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FBI Director Comey Delivers Good News – More Staff, Training, Resources in Beefed-up 2014 Budget

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey sought to assure agents and local law enforcement that the bureau plans to increase staff, training and resources in what will be a much less frugal 2014.

The Times-Picayune reports that Comey, during his visit to the bureau’s New Orleans Field Office on Thursday, said the beefed-up budget will mean a stronger focus on violent crimes, terrorism, human trafficking, cyber crimes and public corruption.

“As of six weeks ago, the FBI became adequately funded again,” Comey said. “We’re going to invest in the personnel, training and technology we need to face the challenges before us.”

The good news came in January when Congress passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill.

“We had been forced to eliminate over 2,000 positions because of the budget Armageddon of the last 18 months,” he said. “I plan to fill those positions again and then some, ranging from field agents to (support personnel). We also need to resume investing in new technology and training after those things came to a halt.

“We got an enormous budget increase, which I think is something the FBI deserved. We need to explain to the taxpayers how we’re going to spend that money, and I’m going to do that.”

IRS Hires Former Cop Convicted of Illegally Accessing FBI Info, Sharing with Terrorism Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Weiss Russell, a former cop convicted two years ago of illegally accessing an FBI database and sharing it with the subject of an investigation, managed to land a job at the IRS.

The Washington Times reports Mohammad Weiss Rasool, or as the IRS knows him, Wiess Russell, was sentenced to two years of probation after being convicted of accessing the FBI’s National Crime Information Center Database in 2008.

Rasool was running license plate numbers for a friend, who happened to be the subject of a terrorism investigation, the Times wrote.

Now critics want to know how Russell managed to get a job at an agency that handles so much private information.

 

 

 

 

AG Holder, FBI Director Among Officials Who Spent $7.8 Million on Personal Trips and Federal Jets

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder and former FBI Director Robert Mueller are among senior Justice Department officials who billed taxpayers a combined $7.8 million to use federal aircraft for hundreds of personal trips, the Washington Post reports.

The report by Congress’ nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, which was released Thursday, comes less than three months after Holder came under fire for his use of the FBI jet.

Attorneys general have access to Defense Department aircraft for business and personal travel, the Post wrote.

 

Congressman Issa Says ATF ‘Dangerously Mismanaged’ Program Designed to Rid Street of Guns

Darrell Issa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Saying the ATF “dangerously mismanaged” a program aimed at gunning guns off the street, Rep. Darrell Issa is subpoenaing the agency for more information.

Issa chairs the House Oversight and Government reform Committee, which is investigating the ATF’s blundered storefront operations.

Issa criticized the ATF for showing a “complete lack of cooperation.”

“I have no choice today but to issue the enclosed subpoena,” he wrote to ATF Director B. Todd Jones. “… The time for hollow promises is over.”

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Grown Man Robs Bank While Riding Child-Sized Bike into Texas Building

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

They call him the BMX Bandit.

The FBI is looking for a man who robbed a Missouri City, Texas, bank after riding a child-sized bike into the building, Click2Houston.com reports.

The robbery happened at Amegy Bank.

The man pulled out a gun and demanded money.

 

Border Patrol Chief: Agency is Unfairly Criticized for Using Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said his agency is unfairly criticized for using excessive force, the Associated Press reports.

Fisher said it’s a mischaracterization to describe his employees as “indiscriminately” opening fire on immigrants.

“If you are like me, there’s nothing more terrifying than fighting for your life when you’re alone with no communication, and the thought for a split second that you may never get home at the end of that shift to see your wife and son again,” Fisher said. “The only thing that is equal to the ripple of fear is thinking of having to use deadly force against another human being.”

Fisher was speaking at the annual Border Security Expo in Phoenix.

Details Emerge on Man Who Went on Killing Spree Because He Thought He Had AIDS

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Cunanan was out for revenge.

Although he had never been tested, he believed he had AIDS he wanted to seek revenge against anyone who could have given him the disease.

ABC WLS obtained new details from the killing spree, which included world-famous designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real estate tycoon Lee Miglin.

Describing him as “a murder machine,” ABC reports that Cunanan killed five people in five states – from hammer blows, gun shots, pruning shears and a hacksaw.

“If I had AIDS or if someone did that to me I would go on a five-state killing spree and take everyone with me I could,” Cunanan is quoted as telling friends before the spree began.

Washington Times Editorial: ATF Breaks Law to Enforce It

By Washington Times
Editorial Board

When President Obama rewrote inconvenient parts of his very own Obamacare law, he undermined more than health care. The attitude of “we can do what we want” trickles down to the lowliest federal agencies. That’s what several federal judges are saying about the schemes of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

The ATF is the Rodney Dangerfield of law enforcement; among its peers it “don’t get no respect.” So the agency devises creative ways of proving itself, if only to itself. For example, ATF agents posing as cocaine couriers in poverty-stricken neighborhoods of Los Angeles boasted of big plans to steal the narcotics they were supposed to deliver. They did this to goad “small-time crooks” into joining a high stakes fake “stash house” raid to obtain fake cocaine. The hoods would then be arrested.

Agents are allowed to infiltrate a criminal enterprise, but this sting constituted what a federal judge called an outrageous fishing expedition. “In these stash-house cases,” said U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright II, “the Government’s ‘participation in the offense conduct’ is what makes them particularly repugnant to the Constitution. Everything about the scheme — and therefore almost everything bearing upon a defendant’s ultimate sentence — hinges solely on the Government’s whim.”

Threatened with stiff drug penalties, few perps challenge the charges, and federal prosecutors add easy convictions to their trophies. No drugs were taken off the street. “That’s the problem with creating crime,” observed Judge Wright, “the Government is not making the country any safer or reducing the actual flow of drugs.” The judge dismissed all charges against defendants, saying: “The time has come to remind the Executive Branch that the Constitution charges it with law enforcement — not crime creation.”

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