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Archive for September 8th, 2016

DEA’s Intention to Ban Kratom Spurs Outrage in Petition to White House

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s plan to ban kratom, a natural substance that is abused and can be dangerous, has spurred outrage from people who say it is an effective treatment, including for people addicted to opioids.

More than 100,000 people signed a petition to urge President Obama to intervene in the DEA’s fight against kratom, the Huffington Post reports. 

“Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” reads the petition. “This is not true for Kratom, it has been shown numerous times in reports from users to help recovering Opiate addicts, treat pain, combat depression and anxiety, and much more.”

The DEA insists kratom should be banned to “avoid an imminent hazard to public safety.”

Supporters of kratom criticized the DEA for failing to ask for public comment.

“Rather than have an emergency scheduling, why not host a summit meeting with all of the groups and organizations and investors that are out there selling this product and say, ‘Hey, these are our concerns. If you don’t clean this up this is what we’re going to do’?” Susan Ash, founder of the American Kratom Association, a nonprofit that supports kratom consumers, told The Huffington Post last week. “Why not go to the sources that they’re having the problems with?”

Huffington Post wrote:

Kratom is made from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a Southeast Asian tree related to coffee, and has been consumed in Asia for millennia, typically as a tea or powder. The herb contains alkaloids that appear to activate opioid receptors in the brain and reduce pain. Although most opioids have sedative qualities, low to moderate doses of kratom serve as a mild stimulant.

Wall Street Journal: FBI’s Handling of Clinton Investigation Looks Like Political Favoritism

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Wall Street Journal

The closer we look at the FBI’s investigative file on Hillary Clinton’s emails, the more we wonder if Director James Comey always intended to let her off the hook. The calculated release before the long Labor Day weekend suggests political favoritism, and the report shows the FBI didn’t pursue evidence of potential false statements, obstruction of justice and destruction of evidence.

Mr. Comey’s concessions start with his decision not to interview Mrs. Clinton until the end of his investigation, a mere three days before he announced his conclusions. Regular FBI practice is to get a subject on the record early then see if his story meshes with what agents find. In this case they accepted Mrs. Clinton’s I-don’t-recall defenses after the fact.

The notes also show the G-men never did grill Mrs. Clinton on her “intent” in setting up her server. Instead they bought her explanation that it was for personal convenience. This helped Mr. Comey avoid concluding that her purpose was to evade statutes like the Federal Records Act. Mr. Comey also told Congress that indicting her without criminal intent would pose a constitutional problem. But Congress has written many laws that don’t require criminal intent, and negligent homicide (for example) has never been unconstitutional.

The FBI notes also blow past evidence that Clinton advisers may have engaged in a cover-up. Consider page 10 of the FBI report: “Clinton’s immediate aides, to include [Huma] Abedin, [Cheryl] Mills, Jacob Sullivan, and [redacted] told the FBI they were unaware of the existence of the private server until after Clinton’s tenure at State or when it became public knowledge.”

That’s amazing given that Ms. Abedin had her own email account on the private server. It is also contradicted by page 3: “At the recommendation of Huma Abedin, Clinton’s long-time aide and later Deputy Chief of Staff at State, in or around fall 2008, [ Bill Clintonaide Justin] Cooper contacted Bryan Pagliano . . . to build the new server system and to assist Cooper with the administration of the new server system.”

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Border Patrol Captures 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender Who Entered U.S. Illegally

Lee Robert Moore has been captured.

Lee Robert Moore has been captured.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 40-year-old U.S. citizen, who is a wanted sex offender and known gang member, was captured by Border Patrol agents after trying to re-enter Texas illegally.

John Albert Gover was one of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s 10 Most Wanted sex offenders, the Dallas Morning News reports. 

Gover is accused of trying to bypass inspection by crossing the Rio Grande River. He was apprehended by Eagle Pass Station agents.

In 2009, Gover was convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl in Bexar County in Texas. He served four years in prison.

Soon after his release, he was arrested in San Antonio for failing to register as a sex offender.

FBI, Homeland Security: Growing Threat to Civilian Venues by Homegrown Terrorists

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Homeland Security have warned law enforcement nationwide of possible attacks carried out by homegrown extremists and ISIS-inspired terrorists.

The federal agencies sent out the bulletin on Aug. 31, CBS News reported Wednesday. 

According to the bulletin, extremists are shifting their focus to civilian venues, such as restaurants, churches, sports arenas and theaters.

An analysis by the federal agencies found that 75% of homegrown terrorists have targeted civilians in the past year.

FBI Arrests Woman Accused of Setting Fire to Blankets During Flight

JetBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a woman who set fire to two blankets while aboard a Puerto Rico-bound flight from New York City’s John F. Kennedy.

According to the statement by the FBI, passenger Idializ Gomez was a passenger on a JetBlue aircraft when she “utilized a lighter to ignite and successfully damage two blankets and a portion of the in-flight control panel of the seat next to hers.”

Gomez boarded the plane at 12:43 a.m. and was arrested at 4:21 a.m. Tuesday, when the aircraft landed in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Gomez was charged with destruction of an aircraft and aircraft facilities.

It’s unclear what prompted Gomez to allegedly ignite the blankets with a lighter. The FBI continues to investigate.

Democratic Senator Calls for Investigation of Trump Model Management

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Democratic senator is calling for a federal investigation into Trump Model Management after a Mother Jones’ investigation uncovered alleged labor and immigration violations.

At least four Trump models, who were non-U.S. citizens, claimed they were on tourist visas while working for the company owned by Donald Trump.

“I am extremely concerned by the claims levied against Trump Model Management and ask that you open an investigation into the company’s employment practices,” Boxer wrote in a Wednesday letter to León Rodríguez, the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she found Mother Jones’ report to be “disturbing,” calling on the agency to “make clear that immigration and labor violations like these will not be tolerated.”

Mother Jones wrote:

Two of the former models told Mother Jones that they were coached on how to evade the scrutiny of immigration and customs officers by using fake pretenses for entering the country and even writing false addresses on customs forms.

While working for Trump’s agency, the models said, they were charged exorbitant rent to bunk with other Trump models in cramped, dormitory-style quarters while competing for coveted work visas. Those who didn’t make the cut were sent home—but not until after rent and other fees were deducted from their Trump Model Management earnings.