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Sen. Chuck Grassley Blasts FBI for Rebuffing Judge’s Request for Clinton E-Mails

Sen. Grassley

Sen. Grassley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s decision to reject a judge’s request for information on the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail system has prompted outrage from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Politico reports that Grassley didn’t mince words after the FBI refused to provide information on whether the bureau retrieved e-mail records.

“The FBI is behaving like it’s above the law,” said Grassley, whose committee oversees the bureau. “Simply refusing to cooperate with a court-ordered request is not an appropriate course of action.”

Grassley hasn’t said yet what actions his committee will take.

Chicago’s New FBI Boss Brings Plenty of Experience Cracking Down on Public Corruption

Anderson, Mike

Michael Anderson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Few people in the FBI have the experience cracking down on public corruption quite like Michael Anderson.

Anderson, the new boss of Chicago’s FBI office, has written the bureau’s Public Corruption manual and led investigations into former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

In mid-October, the 48-year-old will become special agent in chafe of the Chicago FBI after three years at the helm of the bureau’s New Orleans division.

Anderson’s career with the FBI began in 1995 in Miami, where he began investigating public corruption. He moved on to Washington in 2001, also helping investigate public corruption.

In 2006, Anderson led the Public Corruption Unit at FBI headquarters.

Gangster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Hates Movie about Him, ‘Black Mass,’ And Hasn’t Seen It

Scene from "Black Mass."

Scene from “Black Mass.”

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although gangster James “Whitey” Bulger hasn’t seen “Black Mass,” a new film depicting his life of crime, he already hates it.

Yahoo News reports he declined to meet with Johnny Depp, who is portraying him in a movie that has had lukewarm reviews.

In fact, Bulger has no plans to watch it, even though the opportunity may never arise since he’s serving two life sentences in prison.

“Johnny Depp might as well have been playing the Mad Hatter all over again as far as James Bulger is concerned,” Bulger’s lawyer, Hank Brennan says. “Hollywood greed is behind the rush to portray my client, and the movie missed the real scourge created in my client’s case, the real menace to Boston during that time and in other mob cases around the country – the federal government’s complicity in each and every one of those murders with the top echelon informant program.”

Secret Service Director Apologizes After Agency Disrupts Childhood Cancer Vigil

Joseph Clancy

Joseph Clancy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the Secret Service disrupted a cancer vigil over the weekend, the agency’s director apologized Monday.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy pledged to investigate why his agency forced parents and their cancer-stricken children from a park near the White House.

Clancy met with Mike Gillette, an advocate for CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

“He was very open and honest, saying that they (Secret Service) made a mistake,” Gillette said. “We never thought there was any malice intended. We’re just a bunch of families who care about kids with cancer.”

The Secret Service cleared the park because President Obama was attending an event outside of the White House on Saturday night.

Transgender Woman Misses Flight After Embarrassing Pat-Down, Scan

Shadi Petosky

Shadi Petosky, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A transgender woman missed her flight after the TSA forced her to undergo questioning and a 40-minute search after an “anomaly” during her full-body scan calibrated for a woman.

TSA agents flagged her after spotted the “anomaly,” the New York Daily News reports.

“That’s my penis,” she told a male TSA agent at Orlando International Airport.

What followed was a 40-minute pat-down and inspection that forced her to miss her flight to Minneapolis.

The incident drew outrage from transgender activists.

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Secret Service Disrupts Candlelight Vigil for Cancer-Stricken Children in Washington D.C

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service disrupted a candlelight vigil for cancer-stricken children, ordering parents and their sick kids out of Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. on Saturday night, the Washington Post reports.

The Secret Service cited security precautions, effectively ending a two-day event, CureFest for Childhood Cancer.

“We ended up waiting at the gates for two hours, and they never let us in,” said Natasha Gould, an 11-year-old Canadian girl who started a blog after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor this year. “And to be clear, the entire crowd was half kids. I cried last night in my hotel room because it was my first CureFest, and I couldn’t believe people were acting like they don’t care about children.”

Secret Service couldn’t be reached for comment.

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FBI Warns of Threats, Attacks Targeting Planned Parenthood After Release of Videos

Planned ParenthoodBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has issued warnings about possible attacks against Planned Parenthood employees after undercover videos were released by the Center for Medial Progress, 9 News reports. 

The videos, which show doctors discussing the costs of fetal tissue, has incensed anti-abortion activists.

The memo warned of nine incidents, ranging from arson to cyber attacks.

After threats to a Denver physician, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains said the organization has “increased security measures over the last couple of months to ensure both our patients and staff continue to be completely safe.”

“it is likely criminal and suspicious incidents against Planned Parenthood will continue to occur in response to the release of future videos,” the FBI warned in the memo.

1975 Video Shows How Extensively FBI Investigated Black Culture in 1960s

A 1975 video shows how extensively the FBI investigated African Americans in the 1960s.

The video features an interview with Darthard Perry, a former FBI agent, who said the bureau examined every aspect of black culture, from music to books.

“To understand the people, you have to understand culture,” Perry said in the video.