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Even DEA’s Own Hiring Policies Recognize Pot Isn’t As Dangerous As Other Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Although the DEA has insisted that marijuana is one of the “most dangerous” drugs available, the agency’s own drug policy contradicts that.

The Huffington Post reports that DEA applicants are prohibited from working for the agency if they have used narcotics or dangerous drugs in the past.

There’s one exception – marijuana.

It’s a 7-year-old policy, according to Huffington Post.

 

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FBI Raids Home, Ministry of Popular Preacher Who Helps Rescue Kidnapped Children in Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A well-known preacher who rescues kidnapped children in Africa is the subject of an FBI investigation after agents raided his home and ministry headquarters, CBN News reports.

Sam Childers, who last year won the Mother Teresa Humanitarian Award for his work, found out last week that agents combed through his house and ministry in Somerset County, PA.

“I was told they came in guns drawn and told everyone to put their hands in the air, patted everyone down,” Childers told CBN News.

“They made them all leave the building, put my daughter into a closed room and they started their search,” he continued. “We suspect that they were searching for things leading, showing that I’m smuggling arms to Africa and selling them, which is totally crazy.”

Childers said he’s uncertain why agents searched his places but said he did nothing wrong.

The FBI couldn’t be reached for comment.

Border Patrol Agent Says She Was Fired for Trying to Care for Her Baby

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

All Sophia Cruz wanted was be a mom and a Border Patrol agent.

But those plans were derailed, she claims, when she was fired in April after being pressured to work against her doctor’s orders while caring for her baby, KOB Eyewitness News 4 reports.

“All I wanted to do was nurse my daughter.  And all I wanted to do was be a mom and an agent,” Cruz said in an interview with News 4.

She was fired in April for not renewing her firearms certification.

Cruz said she didn’t renew because she wasn’t provided with a new armored vest to fit because the shape of her body changed after having the baby.

Prolific Bank Robber with 2 Monickers Is Busted in Washington State

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The suspect is accused of robbing so many banks that he’s earned two nicknames – the “Elephant Man Bandit” and “Cyborg Bandit.”

Seattlepi.com reports that authorities arrested a 44-year-old Washington state man on suspicion of robbing 30 banks in the Seattle and Marysville areas in the past year.

“(We’re) very elated,” Capt. Steven Paulsen of the Seattle Police Department said Wednesday. “This person has impacted the entire Puget Sound region.”

FBI agents and local police said the man wore latex gloves and covered his face. When he wore a metallic fabric over his face, he was known as the “Cyborg Bandit.” When he covered his head with shirt, he was called “Elephant Man Bandit.”

The man was arrested Tuesday after authorities followed around his van.

Border Patrol Agents Show Compassionate Side by Donating Money, Bone Marrow

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol employees already make big sacrifices for their job.

But Tucson News Now reports that Border Patrol workers in Tucson, Ariz., recently donated more than $335,000 to charities as part of the Arizona Combined Federal Campaign.

The charities ranged from helping children with cancer to supporting local food banks.

But 30 employees didn’t stop there and agreed to be tested to see if they can donate bone marrow.

CNN Editorial: Stop NSA Assaults on Constitutional Rights of Americns

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By CNN
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.

This is the beginning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and defines one of the most important rights we have against a potentially tyrannical government.

Throughout history, governments have used the confiscation of private property, as well as bullying and surveillance techniques, to keep populations under control and maintain a continuous threat against those who would dare criticize them.

The explicit enshrinement of the right to be left alone is one of the crucial features that has defined America as such a unique and moral nation.

In recent years, however, this right, like so many others, has come under attack by the overzealous powers that be in Washington, eager to sacrifice liberty in the name of security, and using fear as a weapon to make us forget the importance of being free.

In 2013, the revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting and storing the metadata from the phone calls and e-mails of millions of American citizens — without any suspicion of criminal activity — served as a striking wake-up call for the country.

Americans do not like to think of their government as some Orwellian leviathan, engaging in surveillance tactics that we only expect to see in oppressive autocracies. That such surveillance could be going on in what is ostensibly the freest nation in the world is a chilling thought indeed.

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How Former DEA Agents Turned From Drug Fighters to Pot Proponents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul Schmidt spent most of his career hunting down drug dealers.

Now the retired DEA agent – the former top drug enforcer in Oregon – is holding seminars to advise medical marijuana dispensaries on the laws, CNBC reports.

DEA Agent Patrick Moen recently gave up his badge to work for a venture-based capital firm focused on the pot industry.

“Fifteen years in law enforcement, I came to realize that targeting marijuana offenders was not a good use of resources,” Moen said. “And so, I believe that prohibition needs to end. I believe the end of it is inevitable.”

DEA agents like Moen and Schmidt are in demand because of their expertise on marijuana, which is rapidly becoming legal in states for medicinal and recreational purposes.

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FBI Director Comey Shares Views of Surveillance in Post-NSA America

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James Comey was on a mission in 2004.

A deputy attorney general at the time, Comey rushed to the bedside of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to notify him that the White House was trying to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program, the Buffalo News reports.

Comey, who is now the director of the FBI, advised his boss not to sign anything.

“I’ve long been a big fan of the rule of law,” Comey said during a visit to Buffalo on Tuesday. “To me, the intelligence programs that are the most firmly rooted in all three branches of our government are the best.”

What’s he think of the controversial NSA program?

“Folks can disagree with the policy and reasonable people do disagree as to whether the federal government should have such a database,” he told reporters. “What can’t be said is that this is some type of rogue, lawless conduct. This was our government operating as it was designed.”