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FBI Delivers Secret Clinton E-mail Records to Congress

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Tuesday delivered to Congress classified records from the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Included in the records was a FBI summary of the 3.5-hour interview with Clinton at FBI headquarters early last month, Politico reports.

The materials were handed over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“The FBI has turned over a ‘number of documents’ related to their investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Committee staff is currently reviewing the information that is classified SECRET. There are no further details at this time,” a spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee said on Tuesday afternoon.

Trump to Receive First Classified Briefing Today at FBI Office in New York

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to receive his first classified briefing today.

ABC News reports that Trump will arrive in the FBI’s New York Field Office for the briefing.

Trump is expected to bring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to the briefing.

The briefing, which likely will cover major threats and other concerns around the globe, will be led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The FBI won’t conduct the briefing and will only host the Republican candidate.

Federal Court Prohibits Feds from Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Cases

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling

A federal court ruled Tuesday that the Department of Justice cannot pay to prosecute people who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

That means the DOJ cannot prosecute people who have a license to smoke medicinal marijuana, even if it violates federal drug laws, Time reports. 

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cited a 2014 Congressional law that prohibited the Justice Department from getting involved with state medical marijuana laws.

The court sent back cases in which defendants were charged with distributing marijuana in states where it’s legal.

There already are 25 states that allow medical marijuana, and nine more states will decide on similar laws in November.

Post-Dispatch: DEA’s Failure to Reclassify Marijuana Tantamount to ‘Reefer Madness’

marijuana-istockBy Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Drug Enforcement Administration officials must be smoking something if they actually believe that heroin and marijuana deserve to be listed in the same category as controlled substances posing extreme dangers to public health. The two aren’t even in the same drug universe.

For years, the DEA has designated marijuana, along with heroin, ecstasy, LSD and peyote, as Schedule I controlled substances. “Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence,” the DEA says.

That not only ignores reality and makes almost no scientific sense, but in effect ties the hands of researchers looking for ways to expand the legitimate medicinal uses of marijuana. But last week theDEA reaffirmed marijuana’s Schedule I classification, though it made it easier for research facilities to get permission to grow and study it.

Consider what the DEA classifies as Schedule II drugs less threatening than pot: the opioid drug fentanyl, which was behind the death of rock star Prince; cocaine; methamphetamine; and oxycodone — uniformly decried by U.S. officials as contributing to the nation’s opioid and heroin addiction epidemic.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2014, 4.176 million people in the U.S. “abused” marijuana. About 3 percent, or 138,000, sought treatment for dependency. That same year, theNational Institutes of Health stated that 215 million Americans older than 18 reported having drunk alcohol, 16.3 million of whom acknowledged having alcohol use disorder. Despite an addiction rate far higher than marijuana, alcohol gets a pass under the DEA’s standards.

Medicinal or recreational marijuana use is legal in 25 states. Alcohol and marijuana are the two most popular recreational intoxicants. The only difference is that any use of marijuana is labeled 100 percent of the time as “abuse” by the DEA, just like shooting up heroin. There’s less science than superstition in this.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Field Office in White Plains, NY, Moving to Nearby Rye with More Employees

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 7.44.24 AMBy Steve Neavling

The FBI field office in White Plains, New York, is moving to a larger space in nearby Rye to make room for more personnel.

The Journal News reports the move is expected between mid-November and early December.

The office will continue to cover Westchester and Putnam counties, while maintaining it focus on counter-terrorism, white collar and criminal investigation squads.

The office is moving to 600 Midland Ave.

The FBI said it plans to have more employees in the new office, but didn’t specify how many.

“It gives us easier access to the FBI if we need them, which isn’t much, but even so, the police commissioner and the city are happy to have them in our community,” said Rye City Manager Marcus Serrano.

Engineer Charged with Nuclear Espionage Claims FBI Tricked Him into an Interview

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho

By Steve Neavling

The FBI says Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho is the first person in the U.S. to be charged with nuclear espionage involving China.

But the engineer’s attorney claims the FBI tricked him into an interview that may incriminate him, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. 

Ho was arrested in April at a hotel in Atlanta and changed with procuring American nuclear information for the Chinese government.

Ho, whose firm is Energy Technology International, was working to provide information in an alleged plot with Chinese General Nuclear Power.

“Ho repeatedly attempted to justify his situation, at which point agents reminded Ho he had preferred to speak with a lawyer and prohibited Ho from making incriminating statements,” an FBI report stated.

Drug-Sniffing Border Patrol Dogs Help Find Nearly 100 Pounds of Meth

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling

Drug-sniffing dugs for the Border Patrol alerted agents to a massive amount of methamphetamine over the weekend near the El Centro Sector.

The Desert Sun reports more than a combined 100 pounds of meth was confiscated.

The first seizure came Saturday afternoon when a dog alerted agents to the car, which had nearly 43 pounds of meth, which has a street value of more than $170,000. Two U.S. citizens in their 20s were arrested.

On Sunday afternoon, another dog alerted agents to van. An inspection uncovered more than 55 pounds of meth. Two American citizen in their 30s were arrested.

Washington Post: More Research Needed to Reclassify Marijuana

marijuana-istockBy Editorial Board
Washington Post

The Drug Enforcement Administration made headlines last week for sticking to the status quo: The agency declined to change marijuana’s classification under the Controlled Substances Act to a lower, less strictly regulated schedule.

Marijuana sits alongside heroin and LSD in the DEA’s Schedule I category, reserved for the most dangerous substances. Schedule II drugs include narcotics such as methadone and oxycodone that are medically useful but have a high potential for harm. Advocates say the current classification of marijuana makes little sense: They cite studies that show pot can help patients manage pain without any serious risk of abuse. The only problem? The Food and Drug Administration has done studies of its own, and its experts do not agree.

There’s one way to resolve the debate: more research. Until there is substantial evidence that marijuana does more to help than to hurt, the DEA is right not to reschedule the drug. The agency took a step in the right direction by allowing more places to grow marijuana for research on how the drug could treat chronic pain and diseases such as epilepsy.

But even with the rule change, most scientists who want to learn more about marijuana’s effects will find themselves hamstrung. Schedule I drugs are not supposed to have medical benefits, so the rules governing them do not easily allow for clinical trials. That means researchers and the DEA are stuck: The DEA can’t reclassify marijuana unless research proves its effectiveness, but scientists have a hard time doing research unless the DEA reclassifies marijuana.