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Report: About 80% of Drug-Related Crimes At Mexican Border Involve Americans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four of the five people arrested for drug-related crimes along the Mexican border are American citizens, the Daily Beast reports.

Citing a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Daily Beast wrote that the Border Patrol has essentially deceived the public into believing Mexicans are behind most drug busts by emphasizing their arrests in press releases.

Alonzo Peña, a retired deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accused the U.S. of portraying immigrant as a “boogeyman.”

“After 9/11, the immigrant, terrorist, and criminal and the threat to national security have all been lumped together,” Pena said. “We’re not distinguishing very well who is who.”

A 1947 Memo Shows FBI Trained Agents to Exploit Perceived Weaknesses of Minority Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents were trained to exploit the perceived weaknesses of various minority groups, including Mexicans, Catholics and black people, according to a bureau memo from 1947, the U.S. News & World Report writes.

Compiled for the FBI’s field agents, the memo describes Mexicans as “slow to respond.”

Catholics, according to the report, are easier to get information from, especially after leaving a confessional booth.

Phony insurance salespeople can easily dupe African-Americans into giving them information, according to the report.

Jury Convicts New York Man of Trying to Seek Terrorism Training Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A jury Monday convicted a New York man of lying to the FBI about plans to train with terrorists like the Taliban or al-Qaida, the Associated Press reports.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh now faces up to 21 years in prison when sentenced.

Shehadeh’s friends testified that he spoke of wanting to die while waging holy war against the U.S. abroad .

He first caught the suspicion of the FBI in 2009 when he purchased a one-way ticket to Islambad, the AP reported.

Border Patrol Agent Remembered After Fatal Car Crash in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 26-year-old Border Agent who died in a car crash in California was recently married and on his way to work without a seat belt Friday, KSWT News 12 reports.

The accident that killed agent Francisco Puga, of the El Centro Sector, remains under investigation.

“We have an idea that most likely we’re not going to come back that day because maybe we’re going to die fighting a criminal sometimes and most of the time we don’t think we’re going to die because of a car accident either on duty or on our way to work,” Agent Amaya told News 12.

Since Puga wasn’t officially on duty at the time of the accident, his family is not entitled to extra compensation, News 12 reported.

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Edward Hanko To Run Philly FBI

Edward Hanko

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Edward J. Hanko has been named the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division.

Hanko most recently served as  special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division and was responsible for FBI investigations in central and southern Ohio.

Hanko joined the FBI in 1986 and was first assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, he was transferred to the Newark Field Office, where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations, according to a press release.

Three years later, Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, where he worked drug, organized crime, and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002, the press release said.

Hanko transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he instructed new agents, police officers, and Command Staff College attendees.

He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007, and in October 2009, was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division.

He served as an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1981-86.

 

FBI Probes Possible Ties Between High-Profile Killings in Texas, Colorados

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating whether two high-profile killings in Texas and Colorado are connected, Reuters reports.

A masked gunman killed Texas Prosecutor Mark Hasse in Kaufman, Tex. as he walked to his car Jan. 31, Reuters reported. On Jan. 19, Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements was killed in El Paso County in Colorado.

“The Dallas and Denver offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are comparing the homicides of Mark Hasse and Tom Clements to determine if there is any evidence linking the two crimes,” Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told Reuters.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Two-Car Collision in California


 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in a two-car crash on his way to work Friday afternoon in California, Imperial Valley Press reports.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, which also killed a 43-year-old woman who has not been identified. 

Imperial Valley Press identifies the agent as Agent Francisco Puga.

Agents were told “that we lost one of our brothers, that he’s too young to be taken from us, that he was coming to work,” said Lombardo Amaya, union president of National Border Patrol Council Local 2554, which oversees the El Centro Sector.

“We feel really sad for his wife, for his sister, for his mother, for his brother,” Amaya said.

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