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Former DEA leaders Urge AG to Come Out Against Legalizing Marijuana

DEA photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Nine former heads of the DEA sent a strong message to Attorney General Eric Holder: Fight against efforts to legalize recreational marijuana in three states, the Reuters reports.

Failing to say anything, they said, would suggest he condones legalization.

The former officials told Holder that legalization would fly in the face of federal law, according to Reuters.

“To continue to remain silent conveys to the American public and the global community a tacit acceptance of these dangerous initiatives,” said a copy of the letter obtained by Reuters.

Voters in three states – Colorado, Washington state and Oregon – are set to decide in November whether to legalize pot for recreation.

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Column: The Deafness Before the 9/11 Attack

Kurt Eichenwald, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former reporter for The New York Times, is the author of “500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.”

By KURT EICHENWALD
New York Times
IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda.

That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack.

Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack.

To read the full column click here.

Retired FBI Agent John Wills Publishes Collection of Stories By Women in Law Enforcement

John Wills

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Wills, a retired FBI agent, former Chicago cop and award winning author, has cranked out his latest book: “Women Warriors: Stories from the Thin Blue Line.”

The book is described on his website as  “a compelling collection” of true stories about women in law enforcement from the radio dispatcher to a courageous lone officer staring down the barrel of a gun inside a crowded department store.

The book is set to be released on Tuesday.

It features police officers, federal agents, chaplains, corrections officers and dispatchers.

Wills’ web page says that the women “all share their stories, each one written in their own hand. The diverse tales will make you laugh, cry and cheer as these Women Warriors face unknown danger during their shifts.”

Wills, who in 2011 published his third suspense novel “Targeted”, won First Place in the fiction novel category at the 2011 Writing Competition held by the the Public Safety Writers Association in Las Vegas in July 2011.

 

FBI Agents Forced From Positions to be Compensated Under Deal with Congress


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
Current and retired FBI agents who were forced from their supervisory positions because of a 2004 policy will be compensated under a deal between Congress and the bureau, the FBI Agents Association announced today.

The agency said a total of $6.4 million will be spread out in varying amounts to 94 supervisory special agents who were affected by a policy known as “Up or Out.”

The 2004 policy limited squad supervisors to five years in field offices. After that, they had a few options: transfer to FBI headquarters in Washington, compete for select promotions, accept a demotion or retire.

“While the Bureau has yet to fulfill a prior commitment to assist all those negatively affected by the Policy, we do want to report measurable progress on the effort to address some of the unfortunate consequences of the Up or Out policy,” the FBIAA wrote in a statement.

Under the deal, the SSAs who will be compensated must have been in their positions by 2001.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack Arrested This Morning in Corruption Probe

Mayor Tony Mack

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested Trenton Mayor Tony Mack and others this morning as part of an ongoing corruption investigation, NBC 4 New York reports.

Among the potential charges facing the mayor is conspiracy to obstruct commerce by extortion.

Also taken into custody were top campaign contributor Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni and six others, according to NBC 4 New York.

Specific charges and more details are expected to be announced later today.

 

ATF: Felon Who Killed Trooper May Have Bought Weapon from Gun Show

atf file photo

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun used by a felon to shoot and kill a state trooper in the state of Washington in February was traced to a gun show in 2009, the Associated Press reports.

The news comes from the ATF, which tracked the history of the .40-caliber Smith & Wesson.

The proper documentation was never filled out when the gun changed hands at least twice, according to the AP.

Joshua Blake shot and killed Trooper Tony Radulescu Feb. 23 and then fatally shot himself, the AP reported.

FBI Tells its Side of the Story on the Doomed Flight 93

By ALYSSA CHOINIERE
Daily American Staff Writer

Even the most tragic of stories needs a hero so that the listeners can eventually make sense of its ending.

The passengers of Flight 93 were those heroes for Americans on Sept. 11.

For the FBI investigators, the actions of the Flight 93 passengers made sense of the tragedy in ways they never could have anticipated.

“This was the most important site for our investigation,” FBI digital Evidence Section Chief Todd McCall said. “This is where we tied everything together.”

Members of the Flight 93 FBI investigation and recovery team spoke Sunday about their investigation as part of the “Learning Centers Without Walls” panel discussions at the Flight 93 National Memorial. The investigators’ stories started out that morning like the stories of most every other American old enough to remember the day.

To read more click here.

FBI Begins to Install $1 Billion Face Recognition System

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing its newest weapon against crime – a $1 billion national facial recognition system.

The Next Generation Identification program, which is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014, matches surveillance images of known criminals, reports CNET.

The system is designed to compare a photo to the FBI’s database of mugshots to identify suspects.

It’s unclear how accurate the program is, but some civil liberties groups worry the program could add innocent people to the database of mugshots, according to CNET.