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Archive for July 25th, 2016

Editorial: Why FBI Whistleblowers Should Be Protected, Not Mistreated

whistleBy Editorial Board
Post and Courier 

Whistleblowers perform an essential role in providing government accountability. Just consider the array of life-threatening problems that agency employees brought forth at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

But for what they do for the taxpayers and people who are served by the bureaucracy, whistleblowers are routinely mistreated by the federal government.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the FBI’s record on that score is among the worst.

A recent report by the Government Accountability Office, amplified by hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, found that the nation’s premier, elite law enforcement organization routinely discourages employees who want to report fraud, waste and abuse.

Worse, it often retaliates against those that do, ruining careers and taking as long as a decade to resolve whistleblower complaints.

And unlike most other government agencies, FBI employees are not protected by the Merit Systems Protection Board or the Office of Special Counsel whose main mission is to help whistleblowers.

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FBI Arrests 3 Palm Beach County Men for Allegedly Conspiring with ISIS

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 8.26.26 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three Palm Beach County men who were being watched by the FBI for at least a year have been arrested and charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

The men were identified as Gregory Hubbard, also known as Jibreel, 52, of West Palm Beach; Darren Arness Jackson, also known as Daoud, 50, of West Palm Beach, and Dayne Atani Christian, also known as Shakur, 31, of Lake Park, Fox4 Now reports. 

“According to the complaint, these defendants conspired and attempted to provide material support to ISIL and one of the defendants was arrested attempting to travel overseas to join and fight for the deadly terrorist organization,”  Assistant Attorney General Carlin said in a statement.

One of them men, Hubbard, allegedly told an FBI source that he planned to travel to Syria and join ISIS.

FBI Provided Tip to Brazil That Led to Arrests of 11 Terrorism Suspects

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI provided the tip that led Brazil to arrest 11 suspected militants accused of plotting a possible terrorist attack in the upcoming Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Brazilian prosecutor Rafael Brum Miron said the FBI identified at least six people suspected of being militants, Reuters reports.

“The information came from the FBI,” he told the Estado de S. Paulo newspaper. “They sent a succinct report: These people merit investigating.”

The FBI declined to comment.

The suspected were arrested Thursday, just two weeks before the Olympics are scheduled to begin.

Brazil’s justice justice minister called the suspects “absolutely amateur” and said they have no formal ties to ISIS but have pledged allegiance to the terror group.

Homeland Security Employee Charged After Bringing Weapons to Headquarters

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

A 45-year-old Homeland Security employee in Pennsylvania was arrested after authorities say he walked into the agency’s headquarters with a gun, knife, pepper spray, handcuffs and an infrared camera in June.

Leigh Wienke, who is a federal government analyst, was charged with illegally building a silencer on an unregistered pistol, along with six other counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison, NBC Washington reports. 

Security officers found Wienke with the weapons at the headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in northwest D.C.

Agents said in the court filing that there was “probable cause to believe Jonathan Wienke was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against the senior DHS officials in the building.”

DEA Warns of Pills Laced with Deadly Opioid in American Market

pillsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is bracing for overdoses after warning that hundreds of thousands of counterfeit prescription pills are laced with a potentially deadly synthetic opioid.

The DEA said the drugs, which look like legitimate painkillers, have infiltrated the U.S. drug market, the Guardian reports. 

The pills contain fentanyl, which is 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine.

The DEA warned that only a small amount can kill.

“It’s a huge concern. People don’t know what they are getting,” said the DEA spokesman Melvin Patterson, citing an uptick in accidental overdoses by unwitting users.

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