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FBI Launches Criminal Investigation of Veterans Affairs Department As Scandal Deepens

Steve Neavling

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into widespread problems at the Veterans Affairs Department, CNN reports.

Among other things, agents are examining the long wait lines and whether paperwork was falsified to make delays appear shorter.

“At the department’s direction, the FBI has instructed agents in its Phoenix office to conduct an investigation into the allegations related to the VA. Federal prosecutors will be working with these investigators to determine whether there is a basis for criminal charges.”

The scandal has already led to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki last month.

Managers in Phoenix are accused of using secret waiting lists to disguise the length of time it took to get appointments, CNN wrote.

Former FBI Agent Writes Chilling Book About Long Search for Unabomber Ted Kaczynski

Steve Neavling

When FBI agents raided the Montana cabin of Unabomber Ted Kaczynski in April 1996, they found a bomb ready to use, according to the author of a book on the case.

KCRA interviewed former FBI Agent Terry Turchie, who reveals chilling new details in a book, “How the FBI Broke Its Own Rules to Capture the Terrorist Ted Kaczynski.”

“It’s just a matter of time before he was going to mail another bomb and kill again,” said Terry Turchie, assistant special agent in charge of the task force that tracked down Kaczynski.

The task force took four years to find Kaczynski living in a cabin.

“Ted Kaczynski had a bomb under his bed, wrapped and ready to mail,” Turchie said.

Immigrant Rights Groups: Border Patrol Mistreating Children in Documented Cases of Abuse

Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents are accused of mistreating children in 116 reported cases of abuse, according to a compliant filed by Customs and Border Protection.

CNN reports that the cases range from sexual abuse to holding young undocumented immigrants in cramped, dirty condition, CNN reports.

The cases span several years.

“Given these longstanding problems, and in light of the rising number of unaccompanied children seeking relief from dangerous conditions in their home countries, the need for broad and lasting agency reforms is clear,” the complaint says.

A CBP spokesman said the agency takes “extraordinary measures” to keep children safe.

“Mistreatment or misconduct is not tolerated,” he added.

The complaint was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and four immigrant-rights groups.

TSA Perplexed That So Many Educated Travelers Try to Bring Guns onto Airplanes

Steve Neavling

The TSA can’t understand why seemingly educated people are trying to bring guns onto airplanes.

The Washington Post reports that the federal agency has been alarmed at the increase in the number of guns detected at checkpoints nationwide.

In 2013, the TSA detected 1,800 firearms, compared to 1,500 in 2012 and 1,300 in 2011. The TSA is on pace for 1,800 guns this year.
Befuddled that otherwise responsible adults would bring a gun into an airport, the TSA held a press conference.

“This many years after the September 11th attacks, you’d think people would know the rules. It’d be natural,” said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman. “They’re telling us they forget. You need to know where your firearm is.”

Report: DEA Has Impeded Much-Needed Research into Medical Benefits of Marijuana for Years

Steve Neavling

The DEA has obstructed research into the medical benefits of marijuana in an attempt to keep the drug from being reclassified, according to a new report, AlJazeera reports.

“The DEA impedes research by abusing its discretionary powers over the scheduling process, making it difficult to obtain marijuana for research purposes.

We recommend taking away the DEA’s power over drug scheduling and access to drugs for research,” Ethan Nadelmann, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), said Wednesday during a teleconference.

The report, “The DEA: Four Decades of Impending and Rejecting Science,” urges the DEA to end its objections to marijuana research that could be used to help patients in need.

“The DEA has created a Catch-22 — saying that the FDA didn’t approve marijuana therefore it’s bogus, while at the same time obstructing FDA research necessary for approval,” Jag Davies, publications manager for DPA, said.

Despite impeding research, the DEA continues to insist that there’s not enough evidence to support rescheduling marijuana to Schedule 2, a move that would allow for medical use.