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Man in Mitt Romney Mask Robs D.C. Area Bank

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Border Patrol Stops Offering Language Interpreters to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When law enforcement agencies need help translating a language, they often call the U.S. Border Patrol for help.

But under a new decree issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol agents won’t be used as interpreters for local authorities, the Huffington Post reports.

The idea, Border Patrol officials said, is to keep the agency focused on protecting the borders.

“The new guidance related to requests for translation services helps further focus CBP efforts on its primary mission to secure our nation’s borders.” a statement by Customs and Border Protection said. “CBP remains committed to assisting our law enforcement partners in their enforcement efforts.”

Immigration rights groups have long opposed the Border Patrol’s involvement, saying people were being arrested on suspicion of being in the country illegally, the Huffington Post wrote.

Homeland Security Department Ranked Most Unsatisfying Workplace Among Federal Agencies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Working has its drawbacks for anyone.

But among federal agencies, the Department of Homeland Security was ranked the most unsatisfying workplace, U.S. News reports.

The survey, “The Best Places to Work in the Federal Government,” ranked DHS last for effective leadership, teamwork, support for diversity and training and development, U.S. News wrote.

DHS employs 240,000 people.

Where was the best place to work? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Seems exploring space leads to a better work environment than chasing terrorists, the U.S. News reported.

FBI to Host Secret, Exclusive Holiday Sale on FBI Merchandise

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal employees who still need last-minute gifts for the holidays may be in for a bargain at a top-secret sale of bureau-branded clothing and merchandise, Crain’s New York Business reports.

For the first time, the FBI is opening its New York store at 26 Federal Plaza on Dec. 20 for a four-hour exclusive sale.

Up for sale will FBI hate, t-shirts, patches, jackets, coins and pens, Crain’s reported.

The event is so secretive that shoppers will need building and agency IDs and an FBI escort. Cameras and cell phones are prohibited.

“I have a feeling a lot of people are going to go,” one federal employee told Crain’s. “There’s going to be a line around the elevator banks.”

FBI: Former Wells Fargo Banker Helped Insider Trading Ring in Exchange for Gold, Cash

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

 A former Wells Fargo investment banker is accused of tipping off investors in an insider trading scheme in exchange for gold and cash, the FBI announced Thursday.

The banker, John Femenia, was indicted along with eight accused insider traders in an indictment unsealed Thursday.

Femenia, who faces up to 30 years in prison, is accused of stealing private information from the bank that gave investors unfair advantage in the stock market, which is illegal.

Six of the defendants agreed to plead guilty and testify against the others in exchange for lesser charges.

 

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FBI: Government Workers Faked Excessive Exercise to Earn Gift Cards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

An initiative by Blue Cross and Blue Shield to promote good health seemed to work too well when some municipal employees of Kansas City were reporting excessive, grueling exercise sessions to earn gift cards.

It was so unreal, in fact, that the scam caught the FBI’ attention, which resulted in an  investigation, KCTV 5 reports.

One employee claimed to have participated in the Olympics, four triathlons, three duathlons, three marathons and two half-marathons. Others were reporting the same kind of strenuous activity, KCTV 5 reported.

Six Kansas City municipal workers and a Jackson County correctional employee have been indicted by a grand jury.

Muslim U.S. Citizen Claims He’s Being Harassed by Feds, Local Authorities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Muslim man from Oklahoma claims he’s being harassed by the FBI after he was twice barred from flying from Qatar to visit his sick mother in the United States, the Associated Press reports.

Now that he’s back home in the U.S., Saadiq Long says local and federal authorities are trying to interview, including during a traffic stop when he and his sister were ordered to exit the car at gunpoint and were handcuffed, the AP wrote.

The 43-year-old man is an Air Force veteran and U.S. citizen.

Editorial: Border Patrol Spoils Its Good Name with Secrecy, Long Delays in Internal Probes

Editorial
Arizona Daily Star

For a law-enforcement agency to be trusted, the public must be able to see how it functions when something goes wrong.

The U.S. Border Patrol doesn’t seem to understand that.

As the Arizona Daily Star’s Tim Steller reported on Sunday, when Border Patrol agents shoot people on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border, the investigations are slow and secretive. There have been at least six such incidents since January 2010, including the death this fall of a 16-year-old who was on a Nogales, Sonora, sidewalk. A fence and a 36-foot-wide street separated him from the border. Local police reports say two people were on the fence when agents arrived and rocks were thrown at the officers.

When a Tucson police officer or Pima County sheriff’s deputy shoots someone, the agency discloses the incident and the name of the law-enforcer. The investigations are usually quick.

Contrast that with the Border Patrol.

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