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Troubled Secret Service Seeks to Hire 1,000 New Employees

Secret Service photo

Secret Service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is on a hiring spree following embarrassing scandals that threatened to undermine the effectiveness of the agency that protects the president and other high-profile officials.

The agency plans to hire an additional 1,100 officers and agents, the USA Today reports. 

The plan is to hire 400 agents and 700 uniformed division officers over the next five years.

A Secret Service spokeswoman confirmed a plan to launch “an aggressive hiring campaign” but didn’t provide details.

FBI Spied on African American Novelist James Baldwin for More Than Decade

James Baldwin/Wikipedia

James Baldwin/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James Baldwin, a famous African American writer, was pursued for more than a decade by the FBI because of paranoia about his politics, according to a new biography, “All the Strangers” by Douglas Field.

Baldwin, who is best known for his novels, “Go Tell It On The Mountain” and “Another Country,” was pursued by the FBI during the era of illegal surveillance, The Intercept reports. 

Intercept writes:

Why did the FBI spy on Baldwin? He was a novelist, essayist and critic, one of the most distinguished writers and thinkers of his time. His skin was black, his sexuality fluid, and his politics tended toward the left, a combination that was enough to turn him into a target for the FBI.

Agents began spying on Baldwin in 1960 because of fears he was “connected to several Communist Party front groups.” His role in civil rights also caught the attention of the FBI.

Book Chronicles FBI Special Agent’s Death in Shootout in 1935

Book by William E. Plunkett

Book by William E. Plunkett

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Bill Plunkett knows a thing or two about criminal investigations.

The former FBI special agent put those skills to use to investigate the death of FBI Special Agent Nelson B. Klein, who was killed in a shootout in Indiana in August 1935.

After scouring hundreds of news articles and FBI files, Plunkett published a book chronicling the life and death of Klein.

The book is called, “The G-man and the Diamond King: A True FBI Crime Story of the 1930s.”

The idea for the book came after Plunkett came across a Klein’s toppled gravestone.

The book chronicles how Klein’s life ended after a run-in with a suspect in a car-theft ring.

Hiring More Women As Border Patrol Agents Is About More Than Equality

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s unprecedented campaign to hire more women is not just about equality.

It’s also practical, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Many of the 1,600 agents that the Border Patrol plans to hire by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30 will be women. Only 5% of the agency’s 21,000 agents are women.

The advantages to having female agents are numerous, proponents of the plan said. For one, female agents generally have better relationships migrants who are sexually assaulted. They also can search for valuables hidden in bras and can gather information from migrants by being talkative.

“The women will tell them a lot through girl talk,” said Monique Grame, 39, a single mother from San Diego who joined the Border Patrol nearly 15 years ago.

“The perception is we’re more natural, we put people at ease.”

Columnist: Hillary Clinton Can’t ‘Spin’ the FBI in Losing PR Battle

hillary-clintonBy Jennifer Rubin
Washington Post columnist

The latest Fox News poll reports that “a 58 percent majority thinks Clinton ‘knowingly lied’ when she announced in a March press conference that no emails on her private server contained classified information.  A third says there is ‘another explanation’ for internal government investigators determining secret info was in fact on Clinton’s server (33 percent). Moreover, by a 54-37 percent margin, voters feel Clinton put our national security at risk by using a private email server.” That is extraordinary and arguably poses an insuperable barrier to the White House.

She faces a problem for which spinning is of little or no use. The FBI is not spinnable. Even more ominous for Clinton, The Post reports, “The investigation is being overseen by two veteran prosecutors in the Justice Department’s National Security Division. One of them helped manage the prosecution of David H. Petraeus, the retired general and former CIA director who was sentenced to probation earlier this year after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials. He was also fined $100,000.” Treating Hillary Clinton just like other top officials who have been prosecuted for mishandling secret information is about the last thing Hillaryland wants.

Former attorney general Michael Mukasey explains how troubling the allegations are and how indefensible is the alleged conduct:

It is a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than a year to keep “documents or materials containing classified information . . . at an unauthorized location.” Note that it is the information that is protected; the issue doesn’t turn on whether the document or materials bear a classified marking. This is the statute under which David Petraeus—former Army general and Central Intelligence Agency director—was prosecuted for keeping classified information at home. Mrs. Clinton’s holding of classified information on a personal server was a violation of that law. So is transferring that information on a thumb drive to David Kendall, her lawyer.

To read more click here. 

Weekend Series on Crime: The Hells Angels

TSA Is Moving Its Headquarters to Complex in Alexandria to Save Money

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is moving its headquarters from Arlington to a complex in Alexandria in an effort to save money, the Washington Post reports. 

The TSA plans to move by spring 2018 into the Victory Center office complex after GSA brokered a deal that would save the agency $95 million over 15 years.

The 15-year lease calls for $36 per square foot, a good deal in that area, The Post wrote.

The move also will add about $25 million in property-related taxes during the 15-year period.

“This is yet another great GSA-negotiated deal for government and the American people,” said Darren Blue, GSA’s Public Buildings Service commissioner for the Washington area.

Other Stories of Interest

ISIS Uses Koran to Justify Raping Non-Muslim Girls in Iraq

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS has established a bureaucracy of sex slavery in Iraq and is using the Koran to justify the outrageous practice of raping girls and women who are not Muslims, The New York Times reports.

The extremists are targeting non-Muslims, specifically from the Yazidi religious minority, and have used a network of warehouses to house the victims, who are marketed like livestock and shipped off on buses.

More than 5,200 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still imprisoned by ISIS, which “has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts,” The Times wrote.

“And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.”

ISIS has even published a how-to manual on slavery, using selective readings of the Koran to “celebrate” rape as a “beneficial” and “virtuous” practice.

“Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,” a 15-year-old girl told the Times. “He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him, ‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal.'”