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FBI Received Increase in Tips from the Public Following Massacres in El Paso, Toledo

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Tips to the FBI increased following the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, a sign that the public is taking the gun deaths more seriously.

The FBI’s National Threat Operations Center fielded more than 38,000 tips from the public in the first week following the Aug. 3 and Aug. 4 attacks. NTOC averages 22,000 tips, The Washington Post reports.

At least 28 people have been arrested on allegations of threatening to commit mass shootings since 31 people were killed in massacres in Texas and Ohio.

In the wake of the attacks, FBI Director Christopher Wray urged law enforcement agencies across the country to become more vigilant in their search for potential mass shooters.

The FBI said tips usually increase following “major incidents.”

“Such increases are often observed after major incidents,” the FBI said in a statement. “As always, the FBI encourages the public to remain vigilant and report any and all suspicious activity to law enforcement immediately.”

FBI Gives Bad Advice on How to Avoid Fraud with New Microchip Credit Cards

credit_cardsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to new technology to crack down on fraud, law enforcement sometimes offers the wrong advice.

That happened recently when the FBI told consumers last week to use their PINs with their new microchip-installed credit cards because “these cards are still targeted by fraud.”

Trouble is, most of the new chip cards don’t have PINs, McClatchy reports. 

The new chip is designed to better detect credit card fraud.

For example, a hacker would have a hard time replicating a counterfeit card.

FBI Gets Tips on 25-Year-Old Art Heist in Boston After Release of Video

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 25-year mystery surrounding the bold heist at the Stewart Gardner Museum may be getting closer to being solved after the FBI began investigating a “handful of tips,” The New York Daily News reports.

The tips come just days after the FBI released jumpy surveillance video of the museum 24 hours before the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

One tip included the identity of a man seen leaving the museum the night before it was robbed.

The artwork is valued at $500 million.

Attorney George Burke said one of his clients identified the mystery man an antique dealer.

NSA Phone Surveillance Generates More Than 1,000 Tips a Year for FBI to Investigate

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI receives more than 1,000 tips a year from information gathered from the NSA’s phone-surveillance program, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Newly declassified documents reveal that the NSA averages three tips a day that lead to terrorism probes.

“With respect to any information the FBI receives as a result of this order (information that is passed or “tipped” to it by NSA), the FBI shall follow minimization procedures,” the November 2006 document states. A footnote to that statement adds the NSA “expects that it will continue to provide on average approximately two telephone numbers a day to the FBI.”

The documents, released Friday, come as President Obama pledges to overhaul the system because of the public’s privacy concerns.

It’s unclear how accurate the tips were.

About 100 Tips Haven’t Led the FBI to Anymore Deaths Linked to Alaskan Serial Killer

Israel Keyes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Since the FBI began asking the public for more information about late Alaskan serial killer Israel Keyes, the agency has received about 100 phone calls, the Seattle Times reports.

But none has helped authorities connect Keyes with more missing people.

“The majority of phone calls were from people who knew him and interacted with him, who would give information about the types of things he did, activity he was involved in,” FBI special agent Jolene Goeden of Anchorage told the Peninsula Daily News.

So far, authorities believe Keyes killed 11 people between 2001 and 2012, the Seattle Times wrote.

Latest FBI Campaign to Find Mobster “Whitey” Bulger Brings in Tips Beyond “Our Expectations”

Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The latest FBI campaign to try and nab Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger is paying off — at least if you measure it by the bulk of tips.

The Boston Globe reports the FBI has gotten a number of tips that have “exceeded our expectations”, the result of  a new ad campaign aimed at finding Bulger’s girlfriend, who is believed to be with him. Still, nothing yet in terms of capturing the ever-elusive gangster.

The new campaign includes billboards and 30-second daytime television spots in 14 cities, and focuses on Bulger’s companion Catherine Greig, 60.  The FBI hopes people will recognize Greig, and that will lead to Bulger’s arrest. She is also wanted for harboring a fugitive.

“We’ve been effective and efficient in reaching the geographic areas that we intended to,’’ FBI Special Agent Gregory Comcowich of Boston told the Globe. “The number of tips has exceeded our expectations.’’

2 Ex-FBI Officials Pen a Book on Management Tips Learned on the Job


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI officials Kathleen McChesney and William Gavin become the latest ex-agents to pen a book.

The two have teamed up to write a book — “Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way”, which offers 50 ” essential leadership lessons based on challenges that FBI officials have faced over the course of their careers” while working at the FBI.

The authors claim the “book can help anyone—established leaders, aspiring leaders, minority leaders, and even ‘accidental executives’ who find themselves managing more than they imagined—build a culture of leadership.”

The two have paid their dues.

McChesney, of Los Angeles, the only female special agent to be named the Bureau’s executive assistant director, left law enforcement after 31 years to take on a leadership position at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Walt Disney Company. She is currently a consultant for businesses and non-profit organizations.

Kathleen McChesney

William Gavin

Gavin, a 28-year veteran of the FBI, who resides in Boston, reached the position as assistant director in charge. Since then, he has held executive positions in the health care industry and for a security services provider. He has been a commentator for MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN and is currently a business consultant.

The book will be available on Amazon on May 31. For more info on the book click here.

ATF Launches Pilot Program to Generate Tips Via Text Message

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is turning to text messages to generate more tips.

The agency announced this week a six-month pilot program that will allow crime tips to be submitted anonymously by text message to ATF’s Joint Support and Operations Center for review and processing.

“The general public will benefit from the easy to use, anonymous system that will allow them to readily relay information from any cell phone,”  the agency said in a statement. “ATF will benefit from an increased flow of real—time intelligence, which will enhance its investigative capabilities and help keep communities safer.”

To submit a crime tip, citizens can begin by texting a message with “ATF” in the body of the message to the number “274637” (CRIMES), ATF said.