Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

March 2015
S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for March, 2015

MassLive: Justice Department Is Wrong to Work with CIA on Spying on Americans

By MassLive
Editorial

If the CIA and the Justice Department were to get married, what kind of kids might the odd couple have?

One answer: Spies who’d believe that they possess the legal smarts to talk their way out of nearly anything.

When The Wall Street Journal reported late last year that the Justice Department was operating airplanes that flew across the land carrying devices mimicking cell towers scooping up details about the mobile phones of innocent citizens below – normal people who were accused of nothing, suspected of nothing, all in the name of tracking a few criminal suspects – we said in this space that the program was fundamentally anti-democratic. It was, plainly stated, un-American.

To have the authorities flying over the land and sweeping up information about the citizenry – even if it was in the name of locating a few bad actors – treated ordinary people like outlaws. We asked at the time – and we’ll ask again now – what becomes of the data that the Justice Department gathers? Who has access to it? How long is it retained?

Now comes a new report in the Journal detailing the CIA’s work with Justice. The U.S. Department of Justice is supposed to be working to enforce the law, not seeking to find novel ways to spy on the people. And our nation’s Central Intelligence Agency, established in 1947, was created to watch over the doings in foreign lands, not to aid Justice in spying on the American citizens.

To read more click here.

Border Patrol Agents May Lose $10M in Overtime As Part of Overhaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are going to have a harder time getting overtime under a proposal to overhaul the system after a whistleblower exposed abuse, FOX10 News reports.

The overhaul of the overtime system is expected to save about $100 million.

The agents aren’t happy about the new system, though, because many feel like they will still work more than they get paid for,” Fox10 wrote.

In the meantime, the Border Patrol Council is lobbying for raises.

 

 

Drunken Secret Service Agents May Not Have Interrupted Investigation at White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Serious claims launched against Secret Service agents may not be true.

CNN interviewed law enforcement officials who contradicted a Washington Post story that asserted two Secret Service agents crashed through a crime scene at the White House.

But according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation, the agents did not interrupt an active investigation.

CNN also took issue with the Post’s claim that a senior supervisor prevented law enforcement from taking a field sobriety test.

“There is a sense now that that might not be true,” one of the sources said.

Federal officials, including lawmakers, are looking into the case.

Other Stories of Interest


Weekend Series on Crime: Albert “The Mad Hatter” Anastasia, the Gambino Crime Family Godfather

Burglars Masquerading As DEA Agents Caught In the Act at Lexington Apartments

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four burglars masquerading as DEA agents were busted in the act.

WKYT.com reports that Lexington Police interrupted these burglars at an apartment complex where they had barged in early this morning, claiming to be part of a DEA sting.

“Some officers responded. They ended up interrupting a burglary. As they did that the people who were committing the burglary, took a shotgun and fled,” Lieutenant Andrew Daugherty said.

Two of the suspects were captured, while two others jumped out a back window and fled.

A hunt continued this morning for the two suspects.

Other Stories of Interest


Secret Service Agents Accused of Interrupting Active Bomb Probe While Drunk

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two high-ranking Secret Service agents accused of striking a White House security fence while being heavily intoxicated interfered with an active bomb investigation, The Washington Post reports.

The agents may have even run over the suspicious package, which was dropped off by a woman about a half hour earlier.

At 10:25 p.m., a woman dropped off a package wrapped in a green shirt.

“I’m holding a [expletive] bomb,” she yelled, according to a government official with knowledge of the incident.

The woman sped off. Shortly before 11 p.m. the two Secret Service agents were returning from a work party and drove through the crime scene.

The agents have been reassigned.

Marshall Project: Why Is the FBI So White? Bureau Could Use Diversity

By Simone Weichselbaum
The Marshall Project

Richard Garcia, the FBI assistant director in charge of the bureau’s Los Angeles office, was unfazed to learn in 2005 that the agency had agreed to cooperate in the making of a Hollywood film based on his work managing a rogue agent who was suspected of being a Russian spy. Garcia was two months from retiring, and says he “had already seen it all.”

Four years earlier, the bureau’s counterterrorism division had assigned Garcia to keep a close eye on an agent named Robert Hanssen, an operation that ended with Hanssen serving a life sentence in a federal supermax prison on espionage charges.

But Garcia was nonplussed when “Breach” was released in theaters in 2007. The Mexican-American law enforcement veteran — proudly the highest-ranking Latino in the FBI when he retired — was portrayed by the unmistakably Anglo actor, Gary Cole.

“They made me white,” Garcia says.

Hollywood may have gotten Richard Garcia wrong, but it got the FBI right. The bureau has historically been the least diverse of the majorfederal law-enforcement agencies, and, according to a recent breakdown of the FBI’s 13,455 special agents, decades of lawsuits and promises have not moved the needle on diversity.

The agency’s elite law-enforcement roster is 4.5 percent black, down from 5.7 percent in 1998 and 5.1 percent in 2008. Another 6.8 percent of special agents are Latino, down from 7.1 percent in 1998 and 7.9 percent in 2008, according to bureau statistics.

The higher you go up the agency ladder, the less likely you are to encounter men like Richard Garcia. Latinos make up 2.8 percent of the high-level managerial positions in the agency, according to an FBI spokeswoman. (Blacks make up 5 percent, and Asian-Americans are 2.5 percent.)

To read more click here. 

Justice Department Blasted in Report for Handling of Sex Offenders in Protection Program

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has done a poor job protecting the public from sex offenders who are enrolled in the national witness protection program, according to the department’s inspector general.

The Associated Press reports that of the 10 participants who had been convicted of a sex crime, four were not required to register as sex offenders.

“We believe that a waiver of the registration requirement with no alternative procedures in place to monitor these individuals does not strike a balance between the safety of witness and the risk to the public, but instead elevates the security of the witness over the risk to the public,” the report states.

The Justice Department defended its handling of sex offenders in the program and said that no one who received waivers was convicted of a new sex crime.

But the department pledged to make improvements outlined by the inspector general.

“Admitting and relocating witnesses or their family members who were previously convicted of sex offenses mandates an extraordinarily high level of scrutiny,” the department said in a statement, “and it is department policy that sex offenders are presumed ineligible for relocation services. Overcoming that presumption is extremely rare.”