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6 Colombians Charged in Kidnapping, Murder of DEA Agent in Taxi Cab

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Six Colombians accused of in the death of a DEA agent last month have been indicted by a federal grand jury for kidnapping and murder, the Associated Press reports.

DEA Agent Terry Watson was working in Colombia when he was allegedly attacked in a taxi cab in what officials say was a robbery attempt.

Watson, who was on temporary duty in Bogota, was stabbed to death and shot with a stun gun.

According to investigators, the six Colombians operated an abduction and robbery ring by luring people into taxi cabs.

Obama’s No. 2 Choice for Homeland Security Post Is Subject of Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee for the No. 2 job at Homeland Security is under investigation following allegations that he obtained a special visa after the initial application was denied by the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

The department’s inspector general warned Congress in an email that Alejandro Mayorkas is under investigation for allegedly helping an international investor obtain a special visa without U.S. approval.

Mayorkas, who currently runs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was chosen by President Obama to become the second-ranking officials at DHS.

The inspector general “is investigating Director Mayorkas,” the e-mail read, according to the AP. “Director Mayorkas was not specifically named in the initial complaint; however, the DHS is now investigating allegations concerning the actions/conduct of Director Mayorkas and other USCIS management officials.”

Former Official: Some Justice Department Employees Acted As Racial Advocates, Not Mediators

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former high-ranking Justice Department official accused some in the agency of using their positions to advocate race over law, the Washington Times reports

Ondray T. Harris, former director of the agency’s Community Relations Service, said he often delivered warnings to employees for advocating racial issues because of perceived biases.

One of the main roles of the CRS is to help resolve conflict.

“I found that some employees of CRS talked neutrally in public and spoke in the tenor of mediators in public, but behind the scenes, when they talked to the civil rights groups or the perceived aggrieved parties, they’ll say, essentially, ‘Don’t worry. The Department of Justice is here and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” said Ondray T. Harris, former CRS director.

Harris’ claim comes after the highly publicized report that CRS employees helped organize protests against George Zimmerman in 2012.

Ex-CIA Chief Compares NSA Leaker Snowden to Boston Marathon Bombers

Michael Hayden/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the ways to describe Edward Snowden, former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden may have come up with the most incendiary.

In an interview with Financial Review, an Austrian publication, Hayden compared Snowden to the Boston Marathon bombers.

“I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue,” Hayden said.

“It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system?”

Just in case you’re keeping score, the Boston bombers terrorized the country, tried to kill a massive amount of people with a bomb and led police on a deadly, dangerous pursuit.

Snowden, on the other hand, leaked records because he believed in transparency.

 

Reality Show to Feature Alleged Accomplice in ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sure, Patrick Nee has been connected to five murders in the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

But that hasn’t stopped the Disney Channel from featuring Nee on a reality show on the Discovery Channel about bookies in Boston, the Boston Globe reports.

“I’m absolutely disgusted,” said Tommy Donahue, the son of a man whom Nee is accused of helping murder.

He said he can’t understand why the feds aren’t pursuing Nee.

“His name has been thrown around a dozen times, and the government hasn’t done anything about it,” Donahue said.

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ACLU Urges Florida Authorities to Open Investigation into FBI-Involved Shooting of Chechen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tired of the FBI’s refusal to describe what happened when an agent shot and killed Ibragim Todashev in an Orlando condo, the ACLU is urging Florida authorities to investigate, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The ACLU also wants to know about the Orlando police officer who was at the condo when the May 22 shooting occurred.

Orlando police won’t even confirm any of their officers were in the condo, according to the Sentinel.

Todashev, who is Chechen, was said to be friend’s with the Boston Marathon bomber who was killed.

The ACLU said the FBI “has fostered widespread public distrust.”

Janet Napolitano’s Job at Department of Homeland Security Is Not Only High-Ranking Post Available

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Janet Napolitano’s job as head of the Department of Homeland Security is not the only high-ranking position available there, NPR reports.

According to the NPR, 15 top jobs at DHS are vacant or about to be, and lawmakers won’t fill the jobs.

The openings raise questions about whether DHS is too large and unwieldy.

“Customs and border protection — the role of commissioner for that has been vacant [and] filled by acting people for … nearly a year and a half,” says Christian Beckner, deputy director of George Washington University’s Homeland Security Institute.

And surprise, surprise. There’s bipartisan agreement.

“It is a bad situation,” says Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware, who chairs the Senate homeland security committee. “I call it executive branch Swiss cheese. And it’s not that the people in these acting positions are inept or bad people, but there’s a special stature that comes by Senate confirmation.”

Teens Steal Ammo, Submachine Gun, Bullet-Proof Vest from FBI Agent’s Car in Florida

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two teenagers are accused of breaking into the car of an FBI agent Saturday and stealing bullet-proof vest, ammo and an MP5 9 millimeter submachine gun in the Tampa Bay metro area,  reports The Tampa Bay Times.

Raymond Cano, 18, and a 16-year-old accomplice are believed to have broken into the car between 10 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

Cano was arrested on charges of armed burglary and grand theft and remained in jail Monday on $155,000 bail.