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FBI’s $1B Investment in State-of-the-Art Campus in Alabama to Create Thousands of Jobs, New Technology

FBI rendering of one of the bureau’s new buildings at Redstone Arsenal.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s $1 billion investment on a new state-of-the-art campus in Huntsville is expected to add thousand of new jobs and six new buildings for the bureau.

“We really look at it like a HQ2, a backup for the footprint that we have here in Washington, D.C.,” Paul Abbate, associate deputy director at the FBI, told CNBC in a rare interview. “It’s really the future of the FBI, and it’s all about technology, innovation, talent and resiliency.”

The FBI is making its expansion at Redstone Arsenal, an enormous Army base that leased nearly 1,600 acres to the bureau.

The campus will focus on terrorism, ballistics, explosive devices and even digital threats.

“Our cyberdivision views Huntsville as a current and really future training ground for the tactics, skills expertise that we need in the cyber-realm to work across all the threats we face and put ourselves and our people in the best position to stop that from coming at us,” Abbate said.

About 400 FBI employees currently work at Redstone. The first phase of construction is expected to be finished in 2021 and draw nearly 1,400 bureau employees from the Washington D.C.-area. Over the next decade, an additional 4,000 jobs or more could be added.

The FBI created a webpage to help recruit more employees to the Huntsville area.

FBI Worries Mysterious Cyber Attacks Are Increasing on Federal Agency Websites

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mysterious hacking group is breaching federal computer systems and gaining access to thousands of people’s personal information, Fox News reports.

The FBI issued warnings to federal agencies that the hackers, who are associated with Anonymous, may becoming more widespread.

So far, the agencies affected were the U.S. Army, Department of Energy and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The campaign has been going on for about a year and appears to be an act of retaliation for the prosecution of other hackers, Fox reported.

Former Army Snipers Arrested in Alleged Plan to Assassinate DEA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two former U.S. Army snipers and a retired sharpshooter planned to assassinate a DEA agent and an informant in Africa, the Justice Department announced, reports the USA Today.

The murders-for-hire were part of a bold plan to fly hundreds of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to the U.S., the federal government alleges.

The snipers were charged Friday.

The Colombian “drug traffickers” were acting as confidential sources for the DEA, the USA Today reported.

Two other experienced snipers, one from Poland and the other from Germany, were arrested for allegedly being involved in the original plot, the USA Today wrote.

The “bone-chilling allegations read like they were ripped from the pages of a Tom Clancy novel,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement announcing the indictment.

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Overcoming Gender Equality at Border Patrol Long Way to Go

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jodi Butts, a law enforcement officer since 1998, said the challenges facing women in the field are numerous.

Now a military police officer in the U.S. Army, Butts said women must work harder to be accepted.

As law enforcement officers we face a multitude of challenges every day. Whether it’s dealing with the problems of the public or justifying our actions to the brass, there’s always something we must overcome. 

For the female LEO, these challenges can seem doubled. Let’s face it, some of our male counterparts look upon us as weak and not always up to the task. If a suspect is able to get the upper hand on a female officer, some may say it’s because she couldn’t handle the physical aspects of the job. If a woman sheds a tear in a particularly troubling or stressful moment or shows any act of overt kindness, these can be seen as weakness. 

Despite the numerous gains women in policing have made, we still have to work twice as hard to earn the same respect because of the limitations placed upon us by some in the workplace and the general public. 

Wounded Army Veteran Justin Slaby Awarded $75,000 in Damages for Lawsuit Against FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Army veteran who sued the FBI after saying the bureau removed him from a training academy because of his prosthetic left hand was awarded $75,000 in damages Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

The federal jury in Alexandria determined Justin Slaby, whose hand was blown off by a grenade during a military training accident in 2004, was capable of performing his duties in spite of his disability.

Slaby’s attorney said his client plans to still become a special agent.

“It’s a historical case,” said John Griffin, one of the lawyers who represented Slaby. “A jury has now spoken and said people should be evaluated on their abilities and not on their appearances and not on what happened to them during a war.”

Justin Slaby

Head of Milwaukee FBI Office Is Reassigned After Refusing to Testify in Court

Teresa Carlson/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge of the Milwaukee FBI office, was quietly reassigned to the agency’s headquarters after she refused to testify in a federal courtroom in Virginia, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Carlson is accused of trying to influence a subordinate’s testimony on whether the FBI refused to give an Army veteran a job because of his disabilities.

The Office of Inspector General is investigating what could become a criminal case, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Carlson is accused of telling an agent “to come down on the side of the government in this matter,” according to court records in the case.

US Soldier Ditches the Army, Tried to Join Terror Group in Somalia

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A former Army soldier was charged Monday in federal court in Greenbelt, Md., with  attempting to provide material support to al Shabaab, the terrorist organization, the FBI said in a statement.

Craig Benedict Baxam, 24, of Laurel, Maryland, was arrested on Friday, January 6, when he returned to his home state from a visit to Africa, the FBI statement says.

A criminal complaint alleges Baxam “intended to travel to Somalia and join the terrorist organization al Shabaab,” U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said. “Mr. Baxam was caught in Kenya before he reached Somalia, and there is no allegation that anyone assisted him.”

According to the FBI, Baxam joined the US Army in 2001, where he completed training in cryptology and intelligence before being deployed to Baghdad. Afterwards, he reenlisted. He deployed for a one-year assignment in Korea in August of 2010. But a month before finishing his stint in Korea, Baxam left the Army and returned home to Maryland in July 2011.

The affidavit that came with the criminal complaint claims Baxam had converted to Islam just before leaving the Army, intending to move to Somalia and live under Sharia law and join al Shabaab–a group designated by the US Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization in February of 2008.

Baxam cashed in his approximately $3,600 in savings and hopped a flight to Kenya,  and planned to travel with $600 or $700 to by road to Somalia. He planned to give the remaining money to the terrorist group as an offering. He was stopped by Kenyan police near Mombasa, Kenya on December 23, 2011, where he was detained and interviewed by the FBI.

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U.S. Soldier Among Three Charged in Texas With Killing Drug Cartel Member Who Was a Gov Informant

Here’s a new twist in the violent drug war. A U.S. soldier is involved in this killing. Then again, nothing should come as a shock at this point. Border patrol agents are on the take. Mexican police are getting wiped out.

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By Daniel Borunda
El Paso Times
EL PASO, Tex. – A U.S. Army soldier is one of three men facing murder charges in the killing of a Juárez cartel member who was a government informant.

The soldier was in a camouflage uniform as he and two other men were escorted by homicide detectives and uniformed officers out of El Paso Police Headquarters shortly before 1 a.m. today to be booked into the El Paso County Jail.

The handcuffed men walked out quietly. One of them shook his head no when asked if he had anything to say. Another tried to hide his face from a video camera.

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