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Border Patrol Union Criticized by Own Agents for Endorsing Trump for President

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol union’s decision to endorse Donald Trump for president has polarized the rank-and-file and attracted unwanted attention.

“Mr. Trump is correct when he says immigration wouldn’t be at the forefront of this presidential campaign if months ago he hadn’t made some bold and necessary statements. And when the withering media storm ensued he did not back down one iota,” read the endorsement letter from the union, which represents 16,500 agents.

This was the first time the union has endorsed a presidential candidate.

But many agents weren’t happy because many don’t like Trump, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

For one, about half of the agents on the Southwest border are Hispanic.

“The Border Patrol has changed tremendously in the last 10 to 20 years. It has more than doubled in size and has brought in a lot of new recruits from all over country. That has increased the diversity of the agency,” said David Shirk, an associate professor of political science at the University of San Diego.

“While all of them are committed to the agency’s mission and believe strongly in work that they’re doing, they don’t reflect some of the more traditional stereotypes of the Border Patrol as a bunch of white guys chasing Mexicans.”

Don McDermott, a former supervisor of an anti-smuggling unit in San Diego, said the endorsement, which was made by a  group of 11 union leaders, makes the agency look bad.

“It is probable that the endorsement of Mr. Trump would expose both the union and the individual members to accusations of xenophobia and even racism,” McDermott said. “The reputation of the agency and of every agent is called into question.”

First 7 Students Graduate with Newly Created Minor in Homeland Security

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany.

The College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first seven students graduated with a newly created minor in homeland security and other emergency fields at a New York state college, the Washington Times reports. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the students may play an important role in responding to emergencies that range from terrorism to extreme weather.

The first academic year at the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York in Albany attracted more than 270 students.

State education officials hope to soon create a major in the field.

CIA Tip Led to Imprisonment of Nelson Mandela in Apartheid-Era South Africa

Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A CIA’s tip to apartheid-era South Africa led to the arrest of Nelson Mandela, according to a deathbed interview with the agent.

The interview with former CIA agent Donald Rickard will be aired as part of British film director John Irvin’s new film, “Mandela’s Gun,” reports Newsweek. 

“He could have incited a war in South Africa, the United States would have to get involved, grudgingly, and things could have gone to hell,” Rickard said, accordingly to The Sunday Times.

“We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped, which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.”

Mandela ended up incarcerated for 27 years before the was released in 1990.

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Judge Forces Woman to Unlock iPhone with Fingerprints, But It Doesn’t Work

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI couldn’t open an iPhone in Los Angeles, a judge made the controversial decision to let the bureau force a woman to unlock the phone with her fingerprints.

But it didn’t work, CNN reports. 

The case involves Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, the girlfriend of an accused gangster. 

“They forced her to use all 10 fingers to unlock the phone. But it didn’t unlock the phone,” said George G. Mgdesyan, the attorney who represented the couple.

Turns out, the Touch ID feature expires if it’s not used within 48 hours.

When that didn’t work, the FBI tried another route.

“They asked for a password. She said, ‘It’s not my phone,'” Mgdesyan explained.

Report: FBI ‘Best Place to Work’ in Federal Law Enforcement

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was ranked the best place to work in the federal law enforcement by the Partnership of Public Service and Deloitte.

The FBI scored higher in the report than any other federal law enforcement agency, Federal Times reports. 

Employees were generally happier working for law enforcement than any other type of federal agency.

But employees for agencies within the Justice Department and Homeland Security ranked low, largely because of morale problems.

The report recommended instituting wellness programs and better handling limited resources for employees.

FBI Warns of Federal Consequences of Pointing Lasers at Aircraft

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aim a laser at an aircraft and you will face serious consequences, the FBI warned.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the FBI’s Jackson Field Office recently investigated a laser pointer attack.

“It’s actually a quite serious federal crime, and we want to message that concern to raise awareness, but if that awareness campaign doesn’t work, we do have law enforcement and judicial outcomes up to five years in federal prison and an $11,000 fine,” said Jackson Field Office Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway.

The FBI has seen a more than 1,100% spike in people targeting aircraft with lasers since the bureau began keeping statistics in 2005. In 2015, there were 7,703 FAA-reported laser incidents.

“What can happen is that we think of a very small pinpoint size beam of light, but it spreads out and can cover several feet in diameter,” Alway said.

Secret Service Investigates Trump’s Former Butler Over Comments about Obama’s Death

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating Donald Trump’s friend and former butler over vile Facebook posts calling for President Obama’s murder.

Anthony Senecal said Obama is a “Kenyan fraud” who should be hanged for treason, the New York Times reports. 

“With the last breath I draw I will help rid this America of the scum infested in its government,” Mr. Senecal wrote last May, saying that the president should be dragged from the “white mosque” and hanged “from the portico — count me in !!!!!”

The Secret Service said it was “aware of the matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Trump’s campaign spokesman criticized Senecal’s statements.

“We totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him.”

In a follow-up interview with NBC News, Senecal again called for the hanging of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He added that Detroit and Milwaukee should become “nuclear bomb sites” because the cities have been “disgraced by Muslims.”