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Encounter a Rude or Abusive TSA Agent? Launch a Complaint on Yelp

TSABy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers can now report TSA agents who are abusive or rude.

CNN reports that Yelp, known for restaurant and business reviews, has reached an agreement with the federal government to allow the TSA to respond to reviews.

While travelers have always had the ability to leave comments about TSA agents, there was never a single page or official place to launch those complaints. Now there is.

The idea is to hold government employees more accountable.

Other Stories of Interest

Troubled Secret Service Seeks to Hire 1,000 New Employees

Secret Service photo

Secret Service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on a hiring spree following embarrassing scandals that threatened to undermine the effectiveness of the agency that protects the president and other high-profile officials.

The agency plans to hire an additional 1,100 officers and agents, the USA Today reports. 

The plan is to hire 400 agents and 700 uniformed division officers over the next five years.

A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed a plan to launch “an aggressive hiring campaign” but didn’t provide details.

Hiring More Women As Border Patrol Agents Is About More Than Equality

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s unprecedented campaign to hire more women is not just about equality.

It’s also practical, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Many of the 1,600 agents that the Border Patrol plans to hire by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30 will be women. Only 5% of the agency’s 21,000 agents are women.

The advantages to having female agents are numerous, proponents of the plan said. For one, female agents generally have better relationships migrants who are sexually assaulted. They also can search for valuables hidden in bras and can gather information from migrants by being talkative.

“The women will tell them a lot through girl talk,” said Monique Grame, 39, a single mother from San Diego who joined the Border Patrol nearly 15 years ago.

“The perception is we’re more natural, we put people at ease.”

House Passes Bill to Reform Beleaguered Secret Service with More Oversight, Agents

US CapitolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House approved legislation Monday aimed at reforming the beleaguered Secret Service, which has been beset by lax security, poor management and scandals.

The House passed the Secret Service Improvement Act by a 375-16 vote and gained almost universal support from both parties, the Washington Examiner reports. 

The bill calls for more oversight, more training and reforms to the agency’s vulnerabilities.

The Secret Service also will be able to hire at least 80 new agents and 200 additional division officers.

One big change under the bill: The senate must approve the Secret Service director, who previously was appointed exclusively by the president.

“The person entrusted to not only protect the president, but to also head a $1.5 billion federal law enforcement agency, should be subject to the same process of advice and consent of the Senate as his counterparts at other comparable agencies,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who authored the bill.

FBI Raids Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania; Many Questions Loom

Allentown, PA

Allentown, PA

A federal grand jury investigation has prompted FBI agents to raid Allentown City Hall in Pennsylvania last week, The Morning Call reports. 

Agents spent hours collecting records dating from 2005 to present, said Susan Ellis Wild, Allentown’s solicitor.

“There are a number of things in the search warrant,” Wild said. “It was not terribly specific.”

What remains unclear is target of the investigation.

Some city officials have said they were interviewed by the FBI about city contracts, but they didn’t offer more details.

FBI Looking at Similarities of Women Killed Or Missing from Ohio Town

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents who are investigating a possible serial killer are looking at similarities in the lives of he six women who have been found dead or have gone missing in a small Ohio town, a former agent told ABC News.

ABC discovered that most of the women “ran in the same circle” and “a majority knew each other, often sharing similar personal stories.”

The lived in Chillicothe, Oh.

“They’ll start looking for any type of connections, whether they know each other whether their circumstances were similar — if they were all involved in drug use or maybe a majority of them, or were they involved in prostitution, were they from a certain area or did they frequent a certain area,” said former FBI Special Agent in Charge Steve Gomez.

Many of the victims had drug problems.

The FBI also likely has a profiler to determine the traits of the suspect.

Border Patrol Agents Attacked by Swarms of Bees; 1 Hospitalized

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents have grown accustomed to dodging rocks and other projectiles.

But bees?

Action 4 reports that Border Patrol agents and other local law enforcement were stung by an untold number of bees this week.

Some agents were stung dozens of times, and one was airlifted to the hospital from an adverse reaction.

The agent was in stable condition Wednesday.

The stings happened from Penitas to Rio Grande City over a three-day period.

“This is a prime example of the many dangers Border Patrol agents and other law enfrocment officers encounter when working near the border area,” Border Patrol said.

Border Patrol Agents: Government Making It Impossible to Nab Drug Dealers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents said the federal government is making it impossible to make drug busts, a move that has contributed to a “morale crisis,” the Los Angeles Times reports. 

“We lack the political will to enforce the law and allow our agency to be effective,” said National Border Patrol Council spokesman Shawn Moran in a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

Shane Gallagher, an agent in the San Diego sector, said the agency has been very successful at nabbing border crossers with drugs.

“Now the port of entry has to explain who was in the primary lane, what actions were taken, if the vehicle was inspected, so you can see there’s a whole host of implications,” he said.

Gallagher said fewer agents are responsible for drug busts.

“There was a lot of pressure for us to get out of the [drug] interdiction game,” Gallagher said.