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FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted’ List Celebrates 63 Years of Existence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of the most popular weapons against criminals, the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” recently turned 63 years old.

The list of most-wanted fugitives has helped nab 153 most-wanted fugitives from people tipped off by pictures on the list, About.com reports.

Of the 495 people who have been on the list, 465 have been apprehended.

J. Edgar Hoover hatched the idea with reporters at the end of Word War II and published the first list on March 14, 1950, About.com wrote.

The FBI’s deputy director chooses the list of fugitives after getting recommendations from field offices, About.com reported.

The list is prioritized by length of criminal history, severity of the crimes and their potential threat to the public, About.com wrote.

Congress Blasts Homeland Security for Failing to Produce Better Method to Assess Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Democrats and Republicans expressed frustration this week that Homeland Security officials never made good on a promise two years ago to produce more reliable standards to assess border security, the New York Times reports.

Not only did Homeland Security fail to devise an accurate method to evaluate the border, it isn’t even close producing one, the New York Times wrote.

“We do not want the Department of Homeland Security to be the stumbling block to comprehensive immigration reform for this country,” said Representative Candice Miller, a Republican from Michigan who is the chairwoman of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on border security.

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Secret Service Calls “Inaccurate” a Report in The Atlantic About an Agent Discharging His Gun and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service on Thursday issued a statement, calling “inaccurate” a story in The Atlantic entitled “How the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, stated:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.”

“The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”

The Atlantic reported that President George Bush’s daily intelligence brief contained this: “A U.S. Secret Service agent, in an apparent accident, discharged his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday.”

The Atlantic wrote:

The agent was adjusting the side-mounted shotgun on one of the motorcade’s armored follow-up Suburbans when it discharged. “Everyone just stopped. The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.” And that was it.

 

Pres. Obama’s Visit to Israel Stirs Up Old Sensitive Issue About Spy Jonathan Pollard

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s visit to Israel is stirring up a longstanding, sensitive issue involving Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel while working for U.S. Naval intelligence.

Seymour D. Reich, a lawyer and former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, writes this week in a letter to the editor of the New York Times that “the treatment of Jonathan Jay Pollard has smacked of vindictiveness.”

He writes that President Obama should set Pollard free on humanitarian grounds when he returns from Israel.

He notes that the “usual prison sentence for spying for friendly countries is four to five years.”

He writes:

“Mr. Pollard was initially incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane, though he was not insane. It was only when former Representative Lee Hamilton intervened that Mr. Pollard was moved out — to a maximum-security prison in Illinois, where he was held in solitary confinement for almost seven years. When Elie Wiesel and I visited him there, he expressed remorse for his deeds and has done so publicly since.

As you report, he has served for 28 years, and “a growing number” of former American officials “have called for clemency.”

 

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Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Prompts Gun-Buying Binge Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary appears to be driving an unprecedented number of gun sales, the Atlantic Wire reports.

In fact, 9 of the 10 days with the most requests ever for FBI background checks occurred after the Dec. 14 shooting, according to the Atlantic Wire. And in Sandy Hook, home of the school shooting, gun permits have more than doubled.

On the day of the shooting, the FBI conducted 113,022 checks. The most was Dec. 21, when 177,170 background checks were conducted.

“America is buying guns at a rate that we’ve never seen before,” the Atlantic Wire wrote.

Over Federal Objections, Maryland Senate Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Maryland Senate approved decriminalizing of possession of small amounts of marijuana over the objections of federal law enforcement Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Maryland joins other states and cities across the country decriminalizing pot. Colorado and Washington, for instance, have legalized marijuana.

Unlike like full legalization in those states, Maryland makes it a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of small amounts of pot, the Post repots.

Federal authorities have been debating how do deal with marijuana laws that conflict with federal law.

FBI Reviews Taser incident in Pittsburgh Following Complaints of Civil Rights Violations


 Steve Neavling
 
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a Pittsburgh police detective was out of control when he pulled a Taser on a man in Pittsburgh over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The incident captured a national audience after a cell phone video caught Detective Frank Rende walking up to a man and pointing a Taser in his face.

“When anything attracts our attention that could potentially violate any civil rights of the public, or of anyone in the community, we assess the situation,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The man who was targeted by police, 27-year-old Mark Keyser Jr., faces charges of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The detective has a long disciplinary history, the Post-Gazette reported.