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ATF Comes Under Investigation for Handling of Undercover Storefront Stings in 4 Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is under fire for botched storefront stings and other undercover operations across the country.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Inspector General Michael Horowitz opened an investigation into storefront stings in Milwaukee, Pensacola, St. Louis and Wichita, Kan.

The agency is already under investigation for its handling of a controversial drug-running probe, Operation Fast and Furious

Horowitz said the investigation will “examine possible systemic deficiencies in ATF’s storefront operations policies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the Monitored Case Program as an oversight tool in these operations.”

One of the problems with Operation Fast and Furious, he said, was the lack of oversight.

Mexico Lashes Out Over Fatal Border Patrol Shooting at Border with California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Mexican government is incensed over the latest fatal Border Patrol shooting of an undocumented migrant on the California-Mexico border.

CNN reports that Mexican authorities accused the agency of using excessive force against a Mexican national Jesus Flores Cruz, who was shot after an agent was hit with a rock.

The agent did not seek medical help.

At least 28 people have died in encounters with CBP since January 2010, according to CNN.

Some advocacy groups accuse agents of being too quick to use force.

 

D.C. Firefighter Threatens to Air Threats Over Fire Truck’s Loudspeaker near White House

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical call to the White House.

The man on the phone was a Washington D.C. firefighter who was angry that investigators in Anne Arundel County were not reviewing death threats he had been receiving, myfoxdc.com reports.

“What do I have to do? Air those threats over the truck’s loudspeaker when I come onto the White House grounds?” the man asked on the White House comment line.

The veteran firefighter was placed on desk duty pending an investigation after White House officials expressed alarm.

The firefighter said he regrets making the call and did it out of frustration because no one was taking his report of threats seriously.

Retired ATF Agent Sues Feds for $10M Over Handling of Him Infiltrating Hell’s Angels

Jay Dobyns/his website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A retired ATF agent who infiltrated the Hell’s Angels motorcycle gang is suing the federal agency for $10 million for failing to protect him, News 4 Tucson reports.

Jay Dobyns, an ATF agent for 27 years, was investigating Hell’s Angels between 2001 and 2003 as an undercover agent.

As a result, Dobyns has been subjected to threats from the motorcycle gang.

In the suit, Dobyns alleges the agency never investigated a suspicious fire that destroyed his Tucson home, which precipitated the lawsuit.

After closing arguments were made earlier this week, observers expect a judgment soon.

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Cruise Ship Worker Accused of Raping Passenger, Trying to Throw Her Overboard

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A cruise ship worker is accused of trying to throw a passenger into the water after raping her, Fox News reports.

The FBI said 28-year-old Ketut Pujayasa was arrested Sunday after the Holland America Line vessel returned to Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale.

The 31-year-old victim said she was attacked in her stateroom.

“[The woman] then continued to fight for her life by all means available including striking Pujayasa’s exposed genitals as well as utilizing a corkscrew in an attempt to stab him,” agents said Pujayasa told them.

Pujayasa is accused of trying to throw her from a balcony before she managed to escape while they were in international waters off the coast of Honduras.

Justice Department Threatens to Yank Federal Funding to States Over Prison Compliance

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

States have two choices: Comply with federal prison standards to reduce inmate rape or lose federal grant money.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the Justice Department sent all 50 states a letter last week warning that would lose 5% of their federal funding if they are in compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

The deadline to respond is May 15.

The letter comes just a month after the Justice Department released a report that showed serious problems, including inmate rape, at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala.

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Feds Quickly Cancel Plan to Start License Plate-Tracking System Following Mix Up

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Hold up, say ICE officials.

A solicitation for a company to compile a database of license plate information was canceled just a day after the Washington Post revealed the plan.

“The solicitation, which was posted without the awareness of ICE leadership, has been cancelled,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen told the Washington Post in a statement. “While we continue to support a range of technologies to help meet our law enforcement mission, this solicitation will be reviewed to ensure the path forward appropriately meets our operational needs.”

The technology would have allowed law enforcement to scan the tags of every vehicle to collect data.

FBI: 10 Union Members Accused of Resorting to Violence Targeting Contractors with Non-union Laborers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ten union members in Philadelphia are accused of starting fires, sabotaging construction sites and threatening violence when companies used non-union laborers.

The Blaze.com reports that federal agents arrested 10 members of Ironworkers Local 401 and charged them with participating in a “a conspiracy to commit criminal acts of extortion, arson, destruction of property, and assault.”

“While unions have the right to legally advocate on behalf of their members, my office will not tolerate the conduct of those who use violence to further union goals,” said United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. “Union officials and members who commit arson, destroy property, use threats of physical harm, and engage in other acts of violence to extort victims on behalf of their union need to be criminally prosecuted.”

The FBI says the defendants created a “goon” squad to “commit assaults, arsons, and destruction of property.”