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Residents Want Permission to Monitor Border Patrol Checkpoints from Just 20 Feet Away

Arivaca, AZ

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the Border Patrol are making an unusual request: They want permission to monitor agents from 20 feet away.

Two residents of an Arizona town, Arivaca, filed a lawsuit last year, claiming the Border Patrol violates their First Amendment rights and bullies anyone who protests the checkpoint, the Associated Press reports.

An attorney for Border Patrol argued that checkpoints are not a public forum and having people monitor checkpoints would be dangerous.

2 Border Patrol Agents Injured in Boat Collision Near U.S-Mexico Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents were injured Sunday evening when their agency boat and another boat collided on the Rio Grande outside of Anzaldaus Park in Mission, Texas, KRGV reports. 

Both agents were taken to the hospital, one by air, one by ambulance.

“First is the agents’ safety. We want to make sure they’re okay. We want to make sure they have medical attention,” said Chris Cabrera, Border Patrol Union Vice President. Obviously we have some already in the hospital. We want to make sure any injuries that haven’t come up yet get attended to. The other thing is their mental well being….make sure they have somebody to talk to if  need be. Service is really good at making sure the agents have somebody to talk to. However sometimes the agents don’t want to let their guard down until they get around their peers so sometimes we talk to them and make sure they’re ok in that aspect.”

A Border Patrol spokesman said more information will become available Monday.

FBI Arrests Louisville Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up Building

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Louisville man is accused of threatening to blow up an unidentified building and has been arrested, the FBI announced.

Agents arrested Robert Paul Cardwell, 30, while working with the FBI’s Detroit Division.

The FBI released the following statement:

SAC Howard S. Marshall announced today the arrest of Robert Paul Cardwell on Tuesday April 7, 2015 by FBI Agents in Louisville, KY without incident. The arrest was made in coordination with the Detroit Division of the FBI. Cardwell is charged with 18 U.S.C. 844(e), Threatening to Maliciously Destroy Building by Explosive Device.

Investigators declined to release more information or discuss the nature of the alleged bomb threat.

Al Jazeera: Border Patrol Agents Are Out of Control

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By Mary Turck 
Al Jazeera

On March 20, the Michigan Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit charged two U.S. Border Patrol agents with theft and misconduct while on duty. The two agents allegedly stole from a home while executing an agency-authorized search warrant. The case exemplifies the type of unchecked abuse and corruption that has become so rampant within the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

From 2010 to 2014 CBP agents  shot and killed 28 people. Other charges against CBP agents included drug trafficking, theft, assaults, kidnapping and rape. Investigative reports from multiple sources paint a picture of a law enforcement agency that is out of control. Even worse, most of its victims are people who cannot fight back — undocumented immigrants and refugees with limited or no access to U.S. courts.

Report after report recounts tales of unchecked abuse of power. Agents frequently respond to cross-border rock throwing with deadly force. Sometimes CBP officers step into the path of moving cars to justify shooting the drivers as a “response to deadly force.” The agency has refused to ban either practice, disregarding recommendations from a report that it commissioned. Other kinds of corruption also plague the agency. A 2011 internal study by the CBP found that the agency’s disciplinary system “does not foster timely discipline or exoneration.”

The story of failure traces back to 2001. After 9/11, any legislation to protect U.S. borders sailed through Congress. Need more agents? Done. More money? Done. Lawmakers were eager to support border enforcement. In 2003, they merged the previously understaffed Border Patrol with Customs enforcement and Department of Agriculture inspectors to create the CBP. The new agency now has more than 60,000 employees, a $12.4 billion annual budget and a reputation for corruption and abuse. On average, at least one agent is arrested daily for misconduct, according to Politico Magazine’s Garrett M. Graff.

What happened was predictable. But no one bothered to consult law enforcement experts. Effective law enforcement requires high standards, careful screening of candidates for criminal backgrounds and for psychological fitness, and intensive training by experienced officers. The rush to fill a lot of vacant positions meant inadequate screening and skimping on training.

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House Committee Subpoenas 2 Secret Service Agents Over Crash

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Secret Service agents have been subpoenaed for more information on an incident involving a pair of agents involved in a drunken accident outside of a White House barricade, The Huffington Post reports.

A House of Representatives committee said earlier this week that the subpoenas were necessary because the Secret Service has not been cooperative.

“We therefore must take the regrettable step of compelling the agents for interviews before the Committee,” Republican Jason Chaffetz, head of the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement.

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson criticized the action, saying his department has been forthcoming. He called the subpoenas “unprecedented and unnecessary.”

The committee did not identify the agents who are being subpoenaed.

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Senate Republicans Probe Claims That Agents Disciplined over Obama Immigration Policies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Senate Republicans want to know whether Border Patrol agents or Homeland Security officials were disciplined for refusing to follow President Obama’s immigration policies.

Fox News reports that Republicans are investigating claims that federal managers are retaliating against employees who don’t follow the president’s order.

“We are aware of multiple allegations of targeting and retaliation against DHS personnel who refuse to comply with this administration’s willful disregard of our immigration laws,” members of a Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration told Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in a letter on Tuesday.

The letter comes after Chris Cabrera, a National Border Patrol Council (Local 3307) executive, told a Senate committee that Border Patrol agents are facing discipline for repeatedly reporting a gathering of more than 20 illegal immigrants.

“Needless to say, agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group,” Cabrera testified.

Federal Agents Charged with Stealing Bitcoins While Investigating Website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two former federal agents are accused of stealing bitcoins while investigating the online drug marketplace Silk Road.

The Huffington Post reports that Carl Force, 46, a former DEA special agent, and Shaun Bridges, 32, an ex-special agent with the Secret Service, were arrested and charged, the Justice Department announced Monday.

Force has been charged with wire fraud, money laundering, conflict of interest and theft of government money. Bridges faces charges of wire fraud and money laundering.

Force, whose salary was roughly $15,000 a year, is accused of putting bitcoings into his personal account to pay off “mortgage, a government thrift savings plan loan, and wrote several very large checks for tens of thousands of dollars,” the affidavitt reads.

Bridges and Force worked on the plan together, authorities said.

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Secret Service Furious Over Leaks to Media As Agency Struggles with Image

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Times are tense at the Secret Service.

The Business Insider reports that “the normally tight-lipped agency is now consumed by an intense, high-level guessing game over who was motivated to leak information to the Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig,” who first published accounts of misconduct at the agency.

Secret Service officials are angry and want to know who is leaking the information.

“There’s a lot of speculation,” said an insider, calling the leaks “problematic.”

Because the accuracy of some of the reports have been called into question, some officials are questioning whether the leaker is a disgruntled employee.

“Someone or some group of people who really have a bone to pick with the agency overall,” a government source said.