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FBI Agent in Connecticut Alleges Abuses, Mismanagement in Lawsuit Claiming Retaliation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent in Connecticut claims in a lawsuit that he was retaliated against after complaining that he was passed over for a supervisory position, the New Haven Register reports.

Agent Kurt Siuzdak, a lawyer and 17-year veteran of the FBI, said the Connecticut office is dysfunctional and managed by fear.

Siuzdak said he was retaliated against with a baseless investigation after he launched the complaint.

His wife, Heather Clinton, told the Register that the lawsuit was a last resort.

“This is an organization that he believes in. It’s an organization that is very powerful. And he wants it to be better,” she said.

Family of Slain TSA Officer at Los Angeles International Airport Sues for $25M

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of a TSA officer who was shot 12 times and killed at Los Angeles International Airport last year is suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The lawsuit alleges security lapses and delays in medical care.

A gunman shot Gerardo Ismael Hernandez at point-bank range on Nov. 1.

Los Angeles employees “failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot,” said Michael Alder, the attorney for the officer’s family. “Even more horrific is that the city’s employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez.”

The suit was filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court and names as defendants city of Los Angeles, Los Angeles police and fire departments, Los Angles Airport Police Department and the Los Angeles World Airports.

The lawsuit claims that airport police officers abandoned their positions in a terminal without the required approval from supervisors. The suit further alleges that the agencies did not properly hire or train employees to handle emergencies and to provide prompt medical care.

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Twitter Sues FBI, Justice Department for Right to Disclose Surveillance Requests

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Twitter wants its users to know how often the government has requested information for surveillance purposes.

The Associated Press reports that Twitter is suing the FBI and Justice Department in hopes of getting permission from a judge to release the information.

It’s currently against the law for companies to disclose how many national security requests they receive.

Twitter said the First Amendment should apply to the disclosure so the San Francisco-based company can “”respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance.”

“Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing the exact number of national security letters (‘NSLs’) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (‘FISA’) court orders received — even if that number is zero,” Ben Lee, Twitter’s vice president of legal, wrote in a blog post.

The ACLU hopes other companies join Twitter.

“We hope that other technology companies will now follow Twitter’s lead,” said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union, in a statement. “Technology companies have an obligation to protect their customers’ sensitive information against overbroad government surveillance, and to be candid with their customers about how their information is being used and shared.”

Lawsuit: TSA Responsible for Spilled Urn That Contained Remains of Man’s Mother

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Cleveland man was on his way to Puerto Rico to spread his mother’s cremated remains in the Caribbean Sea.

But when Shannon Thomas opened his bag, he discovered that his mom’s ashes had spilled all over the suitcase with a TSA inspection notice, the Cleveland Scene reports.

In a lawsuit against the TSA, Thomas said his bag was packed with a “very heavy and steady” urn that was tightly screwed.

He argues the TSA “”negligently, carelessly, and recklessly replaced the lid of the urn, placed a bag inspection notice in Plaintiff’s suitcase and sent the bag on its way. This action caused the urn to open and spilled the remains of Plaintiff’s mother on the inside of Plaintiff’s suitcase and on Plaintiff’s personal effects.”

Thomas said he can’t understand why the agency hasn’t even issued an apology.

“No person speaking on behalf of the United States or TSA has ever issued an apology, explanation, or notification to [Thomas] aside from the bag search notice.”

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Judge: Jill Kelly May Press Forward with Lawsuit Against FBI Over Invasion of Privacy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jill Kelley may continue pursuing her lawsuit against the FBI over the scandal involving former CIA Director David Patraeus, a judge ruled Monday.

The New York Daily News reports that U.S. District Judge Amy Berman declined to dismiss a case by Kelly, who claims the FBI and Justice Department violated her privacy by leaking personal information about her to the media.

The case came to light when Kelly told the FBI in 2012 that she had been receiving harassing emails, which turned out to be from Paula Broadwell, who was having an affair with Patraeus.

Soon after, the news media obtained personal information about Kelley.

The judge’s decision, however, does not touch the merits of the case.

 

Lawsuit Seeks to Name Border Patrol Agent Who Shot, Killed 16-Year-Old in Nogales

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Civil rights lawyers are suing federal government to force the disclosure of the name of the Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a 16-year-old teen in the back.

“This is an extraordinary request by the government and just one more example of how the Border Patrol attempts to shield its unlawful actions from the public. The rule of law demands transparency—that’s all we’re asking for,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s national Immigrants’ Rights Project in a news release.

The body of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was found about 40 feet from the border near the port of entry in Nogales.

Border Patrol said the agent was responding to rock throwers, but a witness disputes that.

CBP has agreed to release the name of the agent, but only if the identity is kept hidden from the public.

“The public interest in knowing the identity of a federal agent sued for the use of deadly force during his official duties is paramount,” attorneys wrote.

Insane Clown Posse Can’t Sue Government Over FBI Gang Report, Judge Rules

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse has lost its lawsuit against the feds.

U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland dismissed the group’s lawsuit against the FBI and Justice Department,  saying the government can’t be blamed for any fallout from a 2011 FBI report that classified fans of the group as a “loosely organized hybrid gang,”  the Associated Press reported. The fans are known as Juggalos.

The AP reported that the U.S. Justice Department is not responsible for how authorities use a national report on gangs.

Fans claimed they were unfairly targeted by local authorities because of the gang label.

Border Patrol Union: Court Ruling Endangers Agents Because of Fear of Lawsuits

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An appellate court’s ruling that permitted a Mexican family to sue Border Patrol agents could endanger officers, the agency’s union said Tuesday, according to the Texas Tribune reports.

Agents worried about lawsuits may be more reluctant to use deadly force when necessary, according to the National Border Patrol Council.

“We’re concerned, and we think [Monday’s ruling] is going to have a very chilling effect,” said Shawn Moran, vice president at-large and a spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council.

On Monday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the family of a Mexican child can sue the Border Patrol agent who fatally shot the boy.

The ACLU applauded the decision.

“Today the Fifth Circuit helped ensure that [Customs and Border Patrol] agents are held accountable for shocking and outrageous abuse, even when their victims aren’t inside the U.S.,” Adriana Piñon, an ACLU of Texas staff attorney, said in a statement.