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Video: Border Patrol Agent Tases Woman Who Was Asserting Her Rights

One of the Border Patrol agents at the scene.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jess Cooke is a criminal justice major with a dream of becoming a Border Patrol agent.

But the 21-year-old may reconsider that decision after she was tackled, tased and handcuffed during an argument over her rights with a Border Patrol agent at an immigration checkpoint in New York.

Agents sad Cooke “appeared nervous” and told her to get into the secondary checkpoint at Waddington near the border of Canada, where she was told to wait for a K-9 unit to check her car, even though drugs were not suspected and were never found, she said.

While along the side of the road, Cooke demanded to know why she was being detained and said that she would not wait long for a canine unit. When she refused to move, the Border Patrol agent can be heard tasing the woman, who screamed.

“What is wrong with you?!”

The Border Patrol is investigating.

Robbery Suspect Shoots FBI Agent in Leg, Turns Gun on Self

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspect in a Colorado bank robbery shot an FBI agent in the leg and then fatally turned the gun on himself Friday afternoon.

KUSA-TV Denver reports that the agent, whose identity has not yet been released, was not seriously injured and was treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries to his calf.

The agent was serving a warrant at a motel in Littleton, Colo. with a task force when the suspect fired two shots at him and other law enforcement officials.

The FBI said law enforcement did not return fire, but the suspect fatally shot himself.

Homeland Security Chairman Suggests Terrorism ‘Has Gone Viral’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The House Homeland Security chairman suggested terrorism “has gone viral” because of the accessibility of the Internet, where terrorist groups are recruiting new members.

“I think there’s been an uptick in the stream of threats out there,” Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said.

“It’s very concerning.”

McCaul only needed to point to the shooting in Garland, Texas, over a “Draw Muhammad” event for one example of the growing threats.

McCaul said he’s fearful the internet will help terrorists connect with other extremists.

“I think the threat environment today is one of the highest that I’ve ever seen,” McCaul said, comparing the atmosphere to the period around the 9/11 attacks.

“It’s going to get worse, not better,” he said. “This is very difficult to stop.”

Former DEA Head Thomas A. Constantine dies at age of 76

Thomas A. Constantine

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Thomas A. Constantine, the former tough-talking chief of the DEA, died May 3 at a hospice in Pinehurst, N.C., the Washington Post reports. 

He was 76.

Constantine. who died after getting a staph infection, was chosen as the head of the DEA by President Bill Clinton in 1994 after the former cop and investigator led successful crackdowns on drugs in New York.

The n0-nonsense leader of the DEA launched aggressive campaigns to knock down some of the drug operations in Mexico and Central America. But he quickly found out that the well-connected and well-financed drug cartels were ruthless, determined and capable of influencing police and politicians.

Constantine was born in Buffalo on Dec. 23, 1938 and began his law enforcement in 1960 as a sheriff’s deputy.

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NSA Blasted for Unlawfully Collecting Data on Every American’s Phone Calls

Edward Snowden has been outside of the U.S. since leaking the NSA data, making the same claim that the surveillance was illegal.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a crushing defeat to the President Obama administration, a federal appeals court has unanimously ruled Thursday that the NSA violated the law by collecting data on all U.S. telephone calls.

The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the surveillance program was “an unprecedented contradiction of the privacy expectations of all Americans,” The Los Angeles Times reports.

The court ruled in sharply worded language that the NSA had no right to spy on Americans who were not targets of counter-terrorism efforts.

Now Congress must decide how to reform the bulk collection of phone data.

“This is a huge step for individual Americans’ rights,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, (D-Ore.), an outspoken opponent of the program. “This dragnet surveillance program violates the law and tramples on Americans’ privacy rights without making our country any safer.”

The decision also at least partially vindicates Edward Snowden, who has fled U.S. prosecution after revealing the illegal records.

FBI Warned Garland Police about Shooter Just 3 Hours Before Violence Unfolded

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned Garland police that one of the two gunmen who would open fire outside a cartoon contest to draw Prophet Muhammad in Texas may be targeting the event just hours before the shooting, The New York Times reports. 

“We developed information just hours before the event that Simpson might be interested in going to Garland,” FBI Director James Comey told reporters.

Comey was referring to Elton Simpson, 30, who opened fire with Nadir Soofi, 34.

The FBI had investigated Simpson in the past and reopened the investigation in March flowing tweets about ISIS.

Even before the warning about Simpson, the FBI notified local officials that the cartoon even may be targeted by terrorists.

Report: American Psychological Association Helped CIA with Torture Program, Now Assists FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The American Psychological Association has been complicit in the CIA torture program, violated the ethics code and now appears to be assisting the FBI with similar programs, according to a blistering 60-page report by experts and doctors.

The report, “All the President’s Psychologists,” alleges that the APA, which prohibits psychologists from making judgments on torture, has closely coordinated with the White House, CIA and Department of Defense to help get around ethical lines on torture.

The report alleges that the federal agencies secretly worked with APA to change its ethics policy to align it with the requirements for the CIA’s torture program.

The FBI has not commented on revelations that the APA is working more closely with the bureau.