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CBP Offers Citizens Up-Close Look at Monitoring Border, Keeping U.S. Safe

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What’s it like protecting the border?

The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona is hosting a Citizens Academy beginning Oct. 15 to give residents and community leaders an inside look at the agency. The idea is to provider a greater sense of Border Patrol’s mission and its duties.

Leaders warned that participants should be in good physical condition because the five-week class includes trek’s on unstable terrain.

For more information, call the Yuma Sector Border Community Liaison Office at (928) 341-6559, or Supervisory CBPO Reggie Smith at (928) 627-8854 Ext. 347.

DEA Cracks Down on Painkillers by Making it More Difficult to Get Them at Pharmacy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is cracking down on narcotic painkiller abuse by restricting how patients can receive the medication, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The DEA plans to reclassify hydrocodone combination drugs like Vicodin, a move that will require people to receive a new prescription for painkillers every 90 days. Currently, painkiller users can get prescriptions for 18- days, with up to five refills.

Patients also must present a prescription for the pills and can no longer rely on having the drugs phone-in by doctors.

The change takes effect in 45 days.

“Today’s action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.

FBI Confirms Authenticity of Video Showing Beheading of American Journalist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley is real, the FBI said Wednesday.

“The FBI on Wednesday morning told the Foley family they believe the video is authentic,” according to GlobalPost, a Boston-based online publication that employed Foley as a freelancer, the Huffington Post reports.

FBI Director James Comey called the Islamic State extremists “savages.”

Comey said the bureau has been investigating Foley’s kidnapping for two years.

Border Patrol Finds 9 Immigrants in Back of U-Haul Truck at Arizona Checkpoint

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Arizona found nine immigrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul, AzFamily.com reports.

Agent searched the trucks after becoming suspicious of the driver and passenger at a checkpoint near Amado.

Inside were eight adults and one juvenile who had no fresh air or ability to escape.

An undocumented immigrant was killed a similar way last summer.

“Transporting people inside the cargo area of a vehicle is extremely dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances,” the agency said in a statement.

Homeland Security Warns about Today’s ‘National Day of Rage’ Over Ferguson Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The activist group Anonymous has hatched plans for nationwide protests in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown, and Homeland Security is worried enough to issue a warning about the potential ramifications, the Caller reports.

The group is calling for a “National Day of Rage” today.

The bulletin was issued but the Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service.

“Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.

“Current civil unrest associated with the incident in Ferguson, MO, presents the potential for civil disobedience directed toward identifiable law enforcement personnel, marked law enforcement equipment and government facilities associated with law enforcement during the identified protest times and dates.”

Attorney General Eric Holder Visits Ferguson

FBI Director Comey Says Agents Have ‘Flooded’ Ferguson in Search of Answers to Shooting

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey addressed the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson during a visit to the bureau’s Salt Lake City office Tuesday, saying agents are on the ground looking for answers, the Associated Press reports.

“We have flooded the area,” Comey said.

The director declined to divulge specifics of the case but said agents are looking for witnesses to the shooting.

The death of Michael Brown sparked outrage and continuing protests in Ferguson.

Comey’s statements come during his tour of the agency’s 56 field offices.

Former FBI Special Agent James P. Mallon Jr. Dies at 66 After Battle with Cancer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James P. Mallon Jr., a retired FBI special agent who helped crack down on organized crime, died after a battle with cancer on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Mallon was working in Detroit when the FBI tapped him to work in the Organized Crime program in Atlantic City, where he shined.

Mallon “was very instrumental in helping set up an FBI undercover operation that resulted in the indictment and conviction of former Atlantic City Mayor Michael Matthews,” in 1984.

Mallon was born in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After college, he initially worked as a certified public accountant.

Mallon’s career as an FBI special agent began in 1972. He worked in offices in Buffalo, Newark and Detroit.