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Mystery Behind Disappearance of Civil Rights Activist in Wounded Knee Is Revealed in FBI Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has finally confirmed that a civil rights activist who disappeared while supporting Native Americans in South Dakota four decades was murdered, the Buffalo News reports.

Roy Robinson went missing after arriving at Wounded Knee to support the American Indian Movement’s fight against the federal government.

The discovery wasn’t easy for his wife, Cheryl Robinson.

Two lawyers were forced to file Freedom of Information Act requests to access the information, which shows the FBI suspected AIM was behind the murder.

“They confirm the rumors that have been floating out there for years,” said Michael Kuzma, one of the Robinson family’s lawyers. “The only missing part of the puzzle is where Ray’s buried.”

Justice Department Reveals Disturbing Treatment of Rape Victims in Montana County

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming letter from the Department of Justice accuses Missoula County, Montana prosecutors of all but ignoring sexual assault cases.

Buzzfeed reports that the Missoula County Attorney’s Office only took action on 17 of 85 police reports of sexual assaults of adult women between January 2008 and May 2012.

“[Female] sexual assault victims in Missoula are deprived of fundamental legal protections and often re-victimized by MCAO’s response to their reports of abuse,” U.S. attorneys wrote in a findings letter to County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg.

Prosecutors are accused of “institutionalized indifference” that “perpetuates a culture that tolerates sexual assault, dissuades victims from reporting crimes, leaves violent criminal activity unaddressed, and compromises the safety of all women in Missoula.”

In some cases, prosecutors even failed to return phone calls from victims.

Homeland Security Plans to Build National Database from License-Plate Readers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security hopes to build a national database based on information gathered from license-plate readers, the Washington Post reports.

The idea is to help locate and arrest “absconders and criminal aliens” while also reducing surveillance hours.

DHS spokesman Gillian Christensen emphasized that the database would “only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations.”

License-plate readers automatically records vehicles.

The ACLU claims the devices are an invasion of privacy.

“More and more cameras, longer retention periods, and widespread sharing allow law enforcement agents to assemble the individual puzzle pieces of where we have been over time into a single, high-resolution image of our lives,” the ACLU said.

TSA Supervisor Accused of Third Theft from Passengers at North Carolina Airport

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recently fired TSA supervisor at Charlotte Douglas Airport is accused for the third time of stealing from travelers.

WSOC TV reports that Angel Caban is under fire against after he was terminated last month following allegations that he stole gift cards and iPads from the North Carolina’s airport lost and found.

Caban turned himself into police last week following the latest allegations.

He was charged with misdemeanor larceny.

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Accused Craigslist Murderer Says She Killed At Least 22 Others As Part of Satanic Cult

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It was an unsettling confession.

Miranda Barbour, 19, who is charged with murder stemming from a Craigslist ad in Pennsylvania, told authorities she killed at least 22 others as part of a satanic cult, Reuters reports.

The FBI said Sunday it was working with local police.

Barbour made the confessions during a jailhouse interview, saying she’s killed people from as far away as Alaska.

On Sunday, the FBI said its Philadelphia Philadelphia division “has recently been in contact with the Sunbury Police Department regarding Miranda Barbour, and will offer any assistance requested in the case.”

Montana Fights to Keep New FBI Office from Closing, Moving to North Dakota

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is urging the FBI to reconsider plans to move a field office from the state to North Dakota.

“When the FBI was looking to set-up an office in the area, Sidney community leaders recognized the importance of having these resources in the area and stepped up to offer space and support to the agents. Now the FBI needs to step-up and recognize the importance of keeping the office in Sidney,” Bullock told the Sidney Herald.

The FBI opened an office in Sidney last year because of a spike in crime from development around the Bakken oil fields.

But now some authorities say the time has come to bring back the agents in North Dakota where they are more needed.

Acting Head of ICE to Resign Friday After Just 6 Months; Gives No Explanation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Sandweg, a former defense attorney who became the acting head of ICE in August despite scant law enforcement experience, plans to resign Friday, Fox News reports.

Sandweg notified agency employees in a letter that he’s joining the private sector. He offered no explanation for his departure.

“Over the past several months I had the opportunity to work alongside many of you,” he wrote. “I was always amazed by your dedication and commitment to the agency and our nation. Despite the challenges we face, you continue to push on, achieving remarkable security and public safety gains for our country.”

Questions were raised at the time of his appointment because he lacked law enforcement experience to run the second-largest law enforcement agency.

Newly confirmed Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson also told employees via email about Sandweg’s departure.

“On a personal note I would like to thank John for his work as I learned about the department during my confirmation process,” Sandweg wrote.

 

Dogged by Controversy During First Term, Attorney General Holder Hits Ground Running in Second Term

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After four years of attacks and controversies, Attorney General appears to be finally settling in during his second term under President Obama.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Holder “has tackled his responsibilities with newfound energy and determination, surprising critics and supporters alike by striking out on a broad, ambitious and unapologetically liberal agenda.”

Here’s what he’s done: shortened prison sentences, pursued mega-banks for fraud and plans to ban federal agents from basing investigations on discriminatory practices.

“I am focusing on issues — really focusing on issues — in these last few weeks that have been near and dear to me for as long as I’ve been a lawyer,” Holder said in an interview. “This whole notion of criminal justice reform, civil rights enforcement — all these are the kinds of things that animated me and that made me want to become a lawyer in the first place.”

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