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FBI Found Hundreds of Classified Files Given to Petraeus’ Biographer, Former Lover

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI was investigating the relationship between then-CIA Director David Petraeus and author Paula Broadwell, agents found hundreds of classified documents on Broadwell’s computer.

The newly unsealed documents offer new details of the investigation into the pair’s relationship, who had been having an affair, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Petraeus resigned as head of the CIA and pleaded guilty of mishandling classified documents as a result of the investigation.

Broadwell was never charged.

New documents show that the FBI believed the pair was misleading investigators about the exchange of classified material.

Rights Group Demands Records about Border Patrol Abuse in Lawsuit

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How many complaints were launched Border Patrol agents and how did the agency respond to each allegation?

The American Immigration council sued Customs and Border Protection for records related to the complaints since January 2012, Courthouse News Service reports.

The nonprofit research and legal organization said the agency is longer overdue in responding to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in October.

The American Immigration Council previously obtained data on 809 complaints of abuse by Border Patrol agents between January 2009 and January 2012.

The records revealed that Customs and Border Protection failed to take action in 97% of the reports of abuse. The most common complaint was “physical abuse.”

     “CBP’s failure to produce the requested records violates FOIA and is impending the Immigration Council’s efforts to assess and inform the public about CBP’s progress, or lack thereof, in developing meaningful and transparent procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of abuse of USBP agents,” the June 6 complaint states.

House Republicans Want to Boost Funding for Border Patrol, ICE, TSA

congress copyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Republicans proposed a spending bill for Homeland Security that includes a $100 million increase over current funding levels.

The increase is $432 million more than President Obama requested for fiscal year 2017, the Washington Examiner reports. 

Republicans supported the increase in funding to boost border security, aviation security protection and protections from cyberattacks.

“Now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant in the protection of our homeland. New threats to our people and way of life emerge every day, and the difficult challenges along our borders continue,” said Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers.

The House bill calls for $41.1 billion for Homeland Security.

Man Killed in Shootout with DEA Outside of His Kansas City Home

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man was killed after shooting at DEA agents who went to his Kansas City home to serve a warrant.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that DEA agents returned fire and struck the suspect in the leg. l

After a four-hour standoff at the home, the man emerged from the house and pointed his gun at officers, police said.

Fearing for their safety, law enforcement officers fired back, killing the suspect.

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The Battle Over the Hoover Legacy Includes the Naming of The New FBI Headquarters

Director Hoover receives the National Security Medal from President Dwight Eisenhower on May 27, 1955, as then-Vice President Richard Nixon and others look on.  (FBI photo)

Director Hoover receives the National Security Medal from President Dwight Eisenhower on May 27, 1955, as then-Vice President Richard Nixon and others look on. (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
For ABC News.com

A debate is brewing inside the Beltway and beyond, pitting some current and retired FBI agents against one another in a fight over the legacy of J. Edgar Hoover and whether the name of the Bureau’s first and most controversial director should grace the FBI’s proposed new $1.8 billion headquarters.

For more than 40 years since Hoover’s death a debate has raged about how to remember the man — as an anti-crime and national security hero, a civil liberties-squashing villain or something in between — and new interviews conducted by ABC News show that even among current and former agents and officials, there’s widely varying opinions on Hoover and the naming of the new headquarters.

“Hoover would have never let me become an agent because I’m a woman and Jewish,” a former FBI agent, who now works in private industry, told ABC News. “He did a lot of things he shouldn’t have done because he was given absolute power. He did a lot of hateful things. I would not like to see his name on the building.”

“He is being unfairly demonized,” said Gregg Schwarz, a retired FBI agent who goes a couple times a year to spruce up Hoover’s grave at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington. “Anybody can look back in history and judge by today’s standards and criticize everything. Everyone seems to forget all his hard, hard work.”

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FBI Increasingly Conducting Undercover Stings to Investigate Suspected ISIS Supporters

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is increasingly conducting undercover operations to investigate American suspected of supporting ISIS.

The New York Times found that stings are used in about two-thirds of the terrorism cases, a significant increase over the past two years. 

Nearly 90 Americans have been charged for allegedly supporting ISIS.

The FBI’s secret operations involve agents and informants who pose as bomb makers, jihadist and gun dealers. The agents have helped suspects acquire weapons, bombing targets and routs to Syria.

“We’re not going to wait for the person to mobilize on his own time line,” said Michael B. Steinbach, who leads the F.B.I.’s national security branch.

He said the F.B.I. can’t afford to “just sit and wait knowing the individual is actively plotting.”

Texas Man Sentenced to 47 Years in Prison for Shooting at Border Patrol Agent

Carl Wiley, 50.

Carl Wiley, 50.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas man who shot at a Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to more than 47 years in federal prison.

A jury found Carl Wayne Wiley, 50, guilty of attempted murder and other charges, Breitbart reports. 

Wiley, who had been wanted on state charges in Texas, was fleeing Border Patrol agents in a vehicle in June 2014. After crashing into a tree, Wiley took off on foot.

As one agent pursued him, Wiley opened fire. He also was accused of shooting at a group of agents.

Wiley eventually dropped his weapon and was arrested.

DEA Head Warns of Alarming Increase in Overdoses from Synthetic Drugs

The use of synthetic drugs is reaching alarming levels.

The use of synthetic drugs is reaching alarming levels.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Synthetic designer drugs are causing an alarming number of overdoses, especially among young people, DEA head Chuck Rosenberg told a U.S. Senate Committee. 

The DEA has been trying to curb the use and delivery of synthetic drugs since they became increasingly popular in 2010. Trouble is, synthetic drug makers are churning out products faster than the federal government can ban them, Reuters reports. 

“For every one substance we’ve controlled, legislatively or administratively, there are 11 more out there that are uncontrolled,” Rosenberg said.

“We’re playing catch-up, and we need your help.”

Synthetic drugs include bath salts, counterfeit painkillers and cannabinoids that mimic marijuana.

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