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Man Draped in American Flag Jumps White House Fence on Thanksgiving

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s family was celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday afternoon when a man draped in an American flag jumped over the White House fence, the Washington Post reports. 

Joseph Caputo was taken into custody soon after scaling over the north fence line at 2:45 p.m.

It wasn’t immediately clear why Caputo jumped the fence.

The Secret Service is concerned because Caputo made it over the fence despite the installation of “pencil point” spikes added to the White House perimeter.

A witness said she saw the man drape himself with a flag and then said, “Alright, let’s do this.”

Sex Offender Slips Past Airport Security in Salt Lake City Using Stolen Boarding Pass

Michael Salata.

Michael Salata.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A registered sex offender was able to pass through airport security at Salt Lake City using a stolen boarding pass, the New York Post reports. 

Michael Salata didn’t make it on the flight, however, after checking into a Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 5.

Airport police said Salata stole a boarding pass that had accidentally been left on a kiosk.

But once the woman who lost the pass checked in using a replacement ticket, security moved in on Salata.

The TSA acknowledged it made an identification mistake but properly screened Salata.

Other Stories of Interest

Retired Cop Claims in Lawsuit That Border Patrol Assaulted Him in Southern California

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired police officer claims that Border Patrol agents arrested him on bogus charges after assaulting and macing him in southern California, Courthouse News Service reports. 

Donald Lumn, who retired from the Chula Vista Police Department, filed suit in federal court against Border Patrol Agent Alejandro Martinez and his supervisor Pete Burgos.

“He used to like the Border Patrol before all this happened,” Lumb’s attorney Mary Prevost told Courthouse News in an interview.

Lumb said he was traveling on Interstate 8 with his fiancé’s son when he was motioned to stop at a checkpoint.

Lumb said he was obeying orders.

“Supervisor Burgos began yelling at Lumb to get back in the vehicle,” the complaint reads. “Lumb attempted to comply but as he placed his hand on the car door handle to open it – and without warning – he was sprayed with a chemical agent. Lumb was shoved from behind and slammed against the car, and then slammed to the ground. Approximately four to five sets of hands were grabbing at Lumb and one agent was kneeling on his back.

“Lumb began pleading that he wasn’t resisting. The agent on his back (Doe 1) was screaming ‘Shut up! Shut the fuck up!’ The agents forced Lumb into a single set of handcuffs causing instant pain to Lumb’s shoulder. Another agent was yelling for agents to take Lumb’s watch, and another screamed, ‘He’s got a gun.’ As this was happening, the agents were causing more pain to Lumb’s wrist and shoulder by rolling him side to side on the ground.”

About 90 minutes later, Lumb was arrested for assaulting a federal agent and resisting arrest, which Lumb says are bogus charges.

ATF Agent Accused of Gambling with Government Funds While on Duty

Via Wikipedia.

Via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent is accused of using a government-issued credit card to gamble at the casino while on duty.

But the Washington Free Beacon reports that the agent was later promoted and is now a special agent in charge, according to an investigation by the inspector general.

The investigation revealed that the agent “gambled on duty, misused his government travel card to facilitate his gambling, and misused his assigned government vehicle by using it to travel to casinos.”

“By gambling while on duty, the [Special Agent in Charge] SAC violated federal regulations that prohibit federal employees from gambling while on duty,” the agency watchdog said in a summary of the investigation posted Monday. “In addition, the SAC violated ATF policy by, among other things, misusing his government travel card to obtain cash advances to gamble, and using his assigned government vehicle to travel to casinos to gamble, which is not an ‘official purpose’ for which use of the government vehicle is authorized.”

Still, the inspector general reported, the agent was never prosecuted.

Fox News Columnist: TSA Should Stop Discriminating Against Gun Owners

airport-people-walkingBy Diane Black
Fox News

If you have followed the news headlines lately, you know that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – the bureaucracy responsible for ensuring the safety of our nation’s travelers – has seen better days. An internal investigation released in June found that the TSA had a stunning 96 percent failure rate in detecting weapons and fake explosives.  More recently, a report from “The Today Show” revealed that NBC producers were able to pass airport security with Swiss army knives and box cutters in tow. Comforting, huh?

While knives and weapons may make it past airport security all too often, your handgun carry permit – a government-issued form of identification – will not. I speak from personal experience. On a recent flight from Nashville to Washington, I approached the TSA counter only to realize my drivers’ license was tucked away in a pocket of my jeans at home. Unfazed, I pulled out my handgun carry permit to identify myself to the agent. The card bears my picture, my full legal name, my date of birth, and a hologram with the state seal.

Further, as any firearm owner knows, the process of obtaining your handgun license is significantly more involved than obtaining a drivers’ license. It requires completion of a safety course, a fingerprint, and a thorough background check. If that’s good enough to carry a weapon, then surely it is sufficient as a form of identification to board a plane, right?

Wrong. As I handed over my permit, I was met with a look of immediate disapproval. The TSA agent informed me that handgun licenses are banned as a form of identification. After a moment of panic, I showed the agent my Congressional voting card and boarded my flight, but I vowed to do my research on the subject upon returning to Washington.

As it turns out, the TSA agent was correct. Their website explicitly states that “A weapon permit is not an acceptable form of identification” so I decided to determine what is allowed under TSA standards. According to federal law, the criteria for a “verifying identity document” is “an unexpired document issued by a U.S Federal, State, or tribal government” that includes your full name, date of birth, and photograph … In other words, everything that is on my handgun carry permit.  Compounding my frustration were the reports earlier this year that TSA was accepting Costco membership cards as a form of identification. Double standard much?

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Former New York Senator Sentenced to House Arrest for Lying to FBI

Thomas Libous

Thomas Libous

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former New York state senator who was convicted of lying to FBI agents was sentenced to six months of house arrest on Tuesday, Reuters reports. 

The once-powerful Republican lawmaker, Thomas Libous, lied to agents about a public corruption investigation.

A judge said Libous, 62, would have been sent to prison if he didn’t have terminal cancer.

Libous was accused of pledging to steer business to a law firm if it hired his son.

Authorities also said his son’s salary was supposed to be financed by a lobbying firm.

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FBI: Dentist Possessed Child Pornography, Deliberately Spread HIV

dentist-428651_640By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A dentist arrested in New York on charges of possessing child pornography and doing dental work in exchange for methamphetamine also is accused of poking holes in condoms “in an intentional attempt to spread HIV to his sexual partners,” according to a federal complaint obtained by the New York Times. 

Dr. John Wolf, who is known for his AIDS activism, appeared in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Friday on charges of conspiring to possess methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it and possession and distribution of child pornography.

“Drug investigations have taken us down dark roads before, but nothing darker than the office practices of Dr. Wolf,” James J. Hunt, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New York division, said in a statement.

According to the federal complaint, the methamphetamine dealer said the 59-year-old doctor showed him videos “of infants and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.”

According to recordings of Dr. Wolf for the FBI, the dentist also poked holes in condoms during sexual encounters.

FBI Seeks Helping Tracking Down Military Guns Stolen from Worcester Army Facility

James Morales.

James Morales.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for seven of 16 military guns that were stolen from a Worcester Army facility earlier this month and not recovered after the suspect in the theft was arrested, The Boston Herald reports. 

“As of right now, five of the six M-4 assault rifles and four of the ten M-11 pistols are back in the hands of law enforcement,” the FBI wrote in an announcement issued this morning. “The FBI is working aggressively, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the region, to recover the remaining seven weapons.”

A homeland man found a handful of guns at Mullaly Park near Yankee Stadium.

The suspect, James Walker Morales, 34, was arrested after authorities say he stole 10 9mm pistols and a six 5.6mm M4 rifles in a break-in Nov. 14.

Although authorities four nine of the weapons, seven are still missing, including an M-4 assault rifle.