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CBP, Border Patrol Fail to Deliver on Promise to Be Transparent About Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection pledged to become more transparent and accountable when it comes to agents using deadly force, but the USA Today reports that the agency is struggling to meet that promise.

At least 46 people – 16 of whom were Americans – have been killed by Border Patrol agents and CBP officers were on duty.

Then CBP’s acting internal affairs chief, Mark Alan Morgan, told reporters that he doubts any of the agents or officers were were disciplined in the deaths.

The USA Today rattles of a list of suspicious cases, including an unarmed teen shot in the back and agents shooting through a border fence in Mexico.

Despite the existence of a study on the issues, CBP kept it a secret for 15 months before it was leaked to the media.

“It just boggles my mind that DHS would hide this information,” said Wong, the retired CBP assistant deputy commissioner for internal affairs. “We’re not talking about terrorist activities or national security; we’re talking about things the American public should be aware of, should have access to. For them to say we can’t tell you how many people have been investigated for excessive use of force, well, I don’t understand the rationale.”

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FBI Agents Association Issues Statement on Deaths of 2 Agents

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI Agents Association issued a statement on the deaths of FBI agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who died in an accident while training off the coast of Virginia Beach. The two were members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team.

FBIAA President Konrad Motyka stated:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lorek and Shaw families during this very difficult time. The bravery and dedication of Special Agents Lorek and Shaw will not be forgotten, and FBIAA and our 12,000 members stand with the families and send our condolences for their loss.”

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan Says So-Long On Friday

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who served under two presidents, steps down on Friday after a long reign at the head of the agency.

Sullivan, who had been director since 2006,  had a successful run as director, but his tenure was not without heartburn.

He had to deal with the couple who crashed a White house party in 2009, and last year, his agents were involved in a sex scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia.

He was an agent for 30 years.

3 ICE Agents Shot and Wounded in San Francisco Area

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Incidents like this remind us of the dangers of being in law enforcement.

Three Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot and wounded Thursday morning around 4 a.m. while executing a search warrant in Petaluma, outside of San Francisco, reported KABC.

The agents suffered non-life threatening wounds, the station reported.

The agents were executing a federal warrant related to a 2010 gang related triple homicide, the station reported.

The suspect was arrested, the station reported.

 

Column: Does Secret Service Need More Rules to Make Sure Agents Don’t Hire Hookers?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It would seem like common sense that if you’re a Secret Service agent and you’re on the road, you shouldn’t booze it up too much and bring prostitutes back to the hotel.

Well, obviously some Secret Service agents needed a little more guidance and common sense.

So after the Colombia-prostitute scandal, the Secret Service is tightening and clarifying its policies for travel, according to NPR.

The new rules were contained in an internal message, NPR reported.

Too bad the guidelines weren’t tightened earlier.

I’m sure if the agents had known they weren’t supposed to bring prostitutes back to the hotel, they wouldn’t have done it. Right?

 

Breaking News: Two Agents Resign and a 3rd Retires in Secret Service-Prostitute Scandal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia appears to be moving in a logical direction.

Two Secret Service agents have resigned and a third is retiring, Bloomberg news reported. The men were reportedly part of the advance team for the president.

News agencies have reported that the Secret Service wants to give polygraph exams to those involved.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Women Went Ga-Ga for Agents on Presidential Detail

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s good to be a Secret Service agent.

Just ask ex-agent Dan Emmett, who writes in his book “Within Arm’s Reach” that attractive” women were so “intoxicated” by the “celebrity-like status” of the presidential security detail, the Examiner newspaper writes.

He writes in his book that it was “paradise” for single agents and sometimes problematic for married ones — some of who gave in to temptation and lost their marriages, according to the Examiner.

“For the single agent it was paradise; for many married agents, it was a constant struggle between good and evil, which was sometimes won and other times lost,” Emmett wrote in the appendix of his book, the Examiner reported.

To read more click here.

 

Off Color Texts Hurt Justice Department’s Largest Sting Targeting Foreign Bribery

By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — In text message after text message, FBI agents and their key informant joked about sex, booty calls, prostitutes, cigars, the Village People, the informant’s wives and an agent’s girlfriend. They even pondered who might play their roles in a movie based on their sting.

When arrests were announced by the Justice Department, the agents and informant basked in positive press. “It’s like an atomic mushroom cloud,” the informant gloated in a text to his FBI handler.

Since reaching court, however, there hasn’t been much to brag about in the Justice Department’s largest investigation of individuals accused of bribing foreign officials.

To read the full story click here.