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Obama Administration Accused of Reuniting Children with Illegal Immigrants in U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Customers and Border Protection has been helping illegal immigrants find their missing children across the country at taxpayers’ expense, the Washington Times reports.

A federal judge in Texas said the agency has sent agents on numerous flights to find the children, which enables the illegal activity.

In the latest case, the judge said agents delivered a young girl to her mother after the mother paid a smuggler to bring her daughter to the U.S. illegally.

“The DHS is rewarding criminal conduct instead of enforcing the current laws. More troubling, the DHS is encouraging parents to seriously jeopardize the safety of their children,” Judge Andrew S. Hanen said in a 10-page report. “It completed the mission of the conspiracy initiated by Salmeron Santos. In summary, instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it. A private citizen would, and should, be prosecuted for this conduct.”

The judge said the department appears to have a policy of not prosecuting parents for helping smuggle their children into the U.S.

Arizona Republic Editorial: Don’t think Border Patrol Impacts You? Arizona Republic Spells Out Reasons To Care

 
 
By Editorial Board 
The Arizona Republic

You might shrug off concerns about how the Border Patrol operates. After all, it’s just the border. Migrants. Smugglers. Lawbreakers.

It’s not about you and me.

Well, yes it is.

We hold police to high standards to protect everyone’s civil rights. Exempting the nation’s largest police force undermines decades of work to increase the professionalism of your local cops. What’s more, the lethal power of the Border Patrol is not limited to migrants and smugglers.

They’ve killed citizens, too.

A lack of transparency and accountability raises red flags about human rights and public safety.

It raises questions about the efficiency and effectiveness of an agency that has grown rapidly in recent years and would double in size under the Senate’s immigration reform plan.

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Expensive Lifestyle Caught Up with Convicted Former Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The high life is expensive.

Just ask Lorne Leslie “Hammer” Jones, a former Border Patrol agent.

Jones was found guilty Friday of helping smugglers enter California from Mexico to help finance his ritzy lifestyle, UPI reports.

Feds say Jones took as much as a half-million dollars in payoffs in exchange for aiding the smuggling of marijuana and illegal immigrants.

Prosecutors said Jones lavished himself with luxuries like boats and football season tickets.

DEA Probe Leads to Charges Against Veteran ICE Agent in Extortion Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran ICE agent is accused of accepting bribes to help smuggle illegal immigrants into the country by claiming they were witnesses to a drug investigation, CBS Miami reports.

That’s one allegation facing Special Agent Juan Martinez, who appeared in court Friday on 12 criminal counts, including extortion and bribery.

Martinez also is accused of looking the other way in exchange for expensive jewelry, airline tickets and liquor.

His attorney, Silvia Pinera-Vazquez, said the charges are false.

“We disagree with the government 100-percent. Agent Martinez has been a law enforcement agent for over 20 years. He has dutifully served his country. He denies every single paragraph of that indictment and is looking forward to a trial where is innocence will be proven,” Pinera-Vazquez said, according to CBS Miami.

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Weekend Series on Crime History: LBJ and J. Edgar Hoover Talk About the Mississippi Civil Rights Workers’ Murders

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High-Ranking FBI Agent Makes ‘Comedy of Errors’ by Copyrighting Sensitive Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A high-ranking FBI agent made a series of baffling mistakes.

For one, the agent filed a sensitive internal manual about secret interrogation practices with the Library of Congress, which means anyone with library card get access it without any redactions, Mother Jones reports.

While the manual sat in a public The ACLU had tried for years to get a copy of the manual and has only ever received a heavily redacted copy.

Turns out, the supervisory special agent wanted to get it copyrighted – even though government documents can’t be copyrighted.

“A document that has not been released does not even need a copyright,” says Steven Aftergood, a government secrecy expert at the Federation of American Scientists. “Who is going to plagiarize from it? Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t violate the copyright because you don’t have the document. It isn’t available.”

“The whole thing is a comedy of errors,” he adds. “It sounds like gross incompetence and ignorance.”

FBI Investigates Appearance of Signs with Rat in Connection with Trenton Mayor Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days after Joseph “JoJo” Giorgianni took a plea deal and implicated the Trenton Mayor Tony Mack in a corruption scheme, professionally looking signs began popping up that displayed “JoJo” and a rat, NJ.com reports.

The FBI is taking the signs seriously. 

“It’s more than crazy, it’s a serious crime,” Giorgianni’s attorney, Jerome Ballarotto said. “And Hamilton Township police doesn’t think it’s funny, and neither does the FBI.”

Giorgianni was arrested along with Mack and his brother Ralphiel in January.

Internal Report: Secret Service Does Not Have Problem with Widespread Sexual Misconduct

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

After more than a dozen Secret Service agents and officers were implicated in a prostitution scandal, the agency’s inspector general sought to determine whether the male-dominated agency had widespread problems with sexual misconduct.

The conclusion from the long-awaited report: The Secret Service does not have a widespread problem with sexual misconduct, the Washington Post reports.

The report only found isolated cases of misconduct.

To address the problems, the inspector general offered new guidelines.

“Although individual employees have engaged in misconduct or inappropriate behavior, we did not find evidence that misconduct is widespread in USSS,” the Office of the Inspector General’s report concluded, according to a copy obtained late Thursday by The Washington Post. “Furthermore, we did not find any evidence that USSS leadership has fostered an environment that tolerates inappropriate behavior.”

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