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Archive for September 29th, 2015

Border Patrol Slapped with Sanction After Destroying Evidence in Lawsuit

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol was slapped with sanctions for destroying evidence that was part of an ongoing civil lawsuit.

American AlJazeera reports that Judge David C. Bury issued the sanctions Monday in a case involving three immigrants who allege Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector routinely held immigrants in inhumane conditions.

“The Court concludes the destruction of the video-tape recordings made prior to this Court’s August 14, 2015, Order was, at best, negligent and was certainly willful. Defendants provide no explanation why, in response to Plaintiffs’ notifications regarding litigation, the Defendants did not undertake the efforts initiated in response to the Court’s August 14 Order,” Bury wrote.

The sanctions require Border Patrol to produce all existing video from the Tucson Sector since June 10.

The plaintiffs believe the video shows the inhumane conditions.

Homeland Security Ranked Worst Federal Agency to Work – Again

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nothing even came close.

Homeland Security was ranked as the worst federal agency to work for in 2015, according to the annual survey of federal employees, The Washington Times reports. 

The satisfaction rate continued its downward slide, from 62% in 2010 to 47% in 2015.

“To be sure, I am disappointed,” said Department Secretary Jeh Johnson. “We will not give up. We know that improving employee satisfaction across a 22-component, 240,000-person department takes time.”

The most satisfied workforce belonged to NASA, where more than three-quarters of its employees expressed satisfaction.

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Painting Looted by Nazis Returned to Poland, FBI Announces

Portrait of a Young Man

Portrait of a Young Man

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A painting believed to have been looted by the Nazis during World War II has been returned to the government of Poland, the FBI announced.

A U.S. serviceman brought the “Portrait of a Young Man” by Krzysztof Lubieniecki to America. The Baroque painting was later sold to art collectors in Ohio, the Associated Press report. 

A relative of the servicemen recognized the painting and its likely origin, the FBI said.

The FBI turned over the painting to the Polish Ministry of Cultural and National Heritage.

It’s believed that the painting was created around 1728.

Identity Theft Targeted 17.6 Million Americans at Cost of $15.4B

Identity theftBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Identity thieves victimized about 7% of the U.S.’s adult population last year, the Justice Department reported.

About 17.6 million Americans older than 16 were targeted, The Washington Times reports. 

About 86% of those victims reported that identity thieves attempted to open credit cards or bank accounts in their name.

As a result of the thefts, victims lost a total of $15.4 billion.

Elderly people and household with annual incomes were disproportionately targeted.

Violent Crime Declined Modestly Nationwide, FBI Report Says

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Violent crime dropped nationwide in 2014, according to the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.

While the .2% decline is modest, the report shows fewer murders than any year since 2009. Robbery, burglary, theft and arson also have declined, CNN reports. 

Some cities, however, saw spikes in murders: Baltimore, Milwaukee and Washington.

“We have witnessed a remarkable drop in crime since the 1980’s — both violent crime and crime overall. Entire cities have been transformed, unlocking tremendous potential and releasing a wave of prosperity,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said, adding that “even though crime is trending downward in most places, we are seeing pockets of rising violence in various locations across the country.”