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Poll: Majority of Americans Disagree with Decision Not to Charge Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most Americans disagree with the FBI’s recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton with a crime over her e-mail practices, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found. 

A majority of those surveyed also said her handling of e-mails are concerning if she becomes president.

Still, about 60% of voters said they won’t change their vote based on the outcome of the investigation.

FBI Director James Comey recommended last week that Clinton not face charges and the Justice Department went along with that recommendation.

Fox News: FBI’s ‘Blatant Malfeasance’ Behind Decision Not to Charge Clinton

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Tom Fitton
Fox News

There is the bipartisan pretense that the FBI is the only government agency in Washington that is above reproach. Yet, this is the agency that collaborated with Lois Lerner and the IRS in an effort to criminally prosecute opponents of Barack Obama. Then, unsurprisingly, this same FBI (and Justice Department) found nothing worth prosecuting in their own blatant malfeasance.

Again, this is the same FBI whose Keystone Cops approach to counter-terrorism failed to prevent eminently preventable terrorist acts ranging from the Boston Marathon bombing to the Orlando massacre. In fact, we now know that an FBI supervisor actually told one Florida police department investigating Omar Mateen, “We do NOT believe he is a terrorist” [Emphasis in original]

How does an agency with this sort of record escape accountability? Quite simply, by doing favors for the likes of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It is to politicians like Clinton and Obama that men such as Comey owe their jobs – and agencies such as the FBI owe their budgets. And so, they are subservient.

According to Comey’s testimony before the House Thursday, the Hillary Clinton lies, subterfuge, document destruction and national security violations that would, for starters, get you or any other non-political elitist drummed out of the FBI, shouldn’t even be considered for prosecution by a “reasonable prosecutor.” Well, not if that “reasonable prosecutor” owes his meal ticket and position of power to the likes (and dislikes) of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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FBI Warns Cities in Louisiana to Brace for Potential Violence During Protests

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s New Orleans Field Division has issued a warning to law enforcement to be on the look out for potential violence in Baton Rouge and Shreveport.

The bulletin cites numerous problematic social media posts after the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Anton Sterling by Baton Rouge police.

The “Potential Activity Alert” came before police in riot gear arrested dozens in Baton Rouge on Sunday. Police said protesters were throwing chunks of concrete and bottles at law enforcement.

New Border Patrol Chief Has Enormous Challenge to Reform Embattled Agency

New Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan

New Border Patrol chief, Mark Morgan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s new chief, Mark Morgan, has a big job ahead of him.

The first outsider appointed to run the Border Patrol, Morgan is a former FBI official.

The hiring of Morgan sends a clear message: “The Border Patrol has a culture problem that needs to be fixed,” The Texas Tribune reports.

But there is one problem: Morgan has only seven months before President Obama leaves office.

“I get that it’s a sad day for the Border Patrol,” said Ronald Colburn, who retired in 2009 as the agency’s No. 2. “But tomorrow, you put your boots back on and your uniform back on – and do your job.” 

Homeland Security Secretary Says He’s ‘Concerned’ about Race Relations

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous rallies nationwide following the police shootings of black people, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he’s “concerned” about race relations in America.

Trying to speak to both police and protesters, Johnson said, “Violence never solves anything.”

“An eye for an eye leaves everybody blind and at this point, we need to stand with our law enforcement community,” Johnson said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Johnson also was referring tot he sniper attack the killed five officers and injured seven others in Dallas.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, speaking with Johnson, criticized Black Lives Matter.

“The reality of the Black Lives Matter movement is it is significantly focused, primarily focused on police and their efforts to portray police and the police profession in a very negative way, which is unfortunate,” he said.

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Law Enforcement Organizations Issue Statements on Dallas Shootings

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

National law enforcement organizations issued statements Friday in wake of the shootings of Dallas Police Office.

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National (FLEOA):

In response to the tragic incident in Dallas last night, where five police officers lost their lives in a targeted attack, The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association National (FLEOA) President Nate Catura issued the following response:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Department, their murdered and wounded officers, and their families.  

We stand with Chief Brown and offer our full support to the arrest and prosecution of the criminals who planned and committed this heinous crime. On a daily basis, police officers risk their lives in support of the public and we condemn the recent anti law enforcement rhetoric.

During times of social upheaval, society should unite, not divide, and let the investigative process work before judging police officers and departments. All lives matter and we grieve for the loss of these brave police officers.”

FBI Agents Association’s President Reynaldo Tariche:

“Federal, state, and local law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day to protect the public from criminal and terrorist threats.  These brave men and women do so at great risk to themselves and great sacrifice to their families. Tragically, we are all reminded of this sacrifice with the shooting of 11 Dallas law enforcement officers last night, five of whom were killed in the attack.  The FBI Agents Association stands with the courageous law enforcement officers in Dallas, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed or injured.

Police officers play an essential role in safeguarding our Constitutional rights to assemble and speak. The Dallas shootings occurred while officers were protecting these very rights, and they are an attack on the foundations of our democracy.

Law enforcement officers and the communities we protect are inseparable.  United we stand, divided we fall.”

  International Association of Chiefs of Police President Terrence M. Cunningham:

Heartbroken, saddened, sickened, appalled – none of these words are strong enough to express how I feel about the tragic and senseless deaths of the five officers in Dallas and the seven others that were wounded. Last night, we witnessed the deadliest attack on law enforcement in the United States since 9/11.

As President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, our entire membership grieves with the brave men and women of the Texas law enforcement community. We stand ready to assist their agencies in the days and months ahead.

Law enforcement officers put their lives in harm’s way on a daily basis, to protect our freedom and democracy, confront crime and ensure the safety of our communities. We do this because we took an oath to safeguard our fellow citizens. We believe in that oath, and we feel an allegiance to and pride for the citizens we protect and the communities we serve. The officers in Dallas were acting as guardians and protecting the protestors.

Law enforcement officers, like the people they serve, are fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, daughters, and sons. Despite the passions aroused by recent events, we must realize that violence is never the solution.

Rather than letting this tragedy divide us, this is a time for us to come together as a community and share our grief and look for solutions.

As this situation continues to develop, we will communicate with our membership, and I urge you to work with your communities. Please stay safe.

 

 

State Department Opens Internal Investigation of Clinton’s Mishandling of Classified Information

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. State Department is opening an internal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information after the Justice Department declined to file criminal charges.

The State Department suspended its internal review in April at the request of the FBI, Huffington Post reports. 

“Given the Department of Justice has now made its announcement, the State Department intends to conduct its internal review,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement.

“I cannot provide specific information about the Department’s review, including what information we are evaluating. We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” he said.