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How Secret Service Dogs Stopped Intruder Who Jumped White House Fence

secretservicedogs-208c8b2d-1a37-4637-82f8-b9b177defedfBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cane, a Secret Service dog, became unsettled at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2014.

“’Cane, buddy—what is up with you?” his handler asked him.

At 7:16 p.m., a man jumped the White House fence, and the dog’s handler yelled out for the unwanted intruder to stop or he’d unleash the canine, Mens Journal reported, citing Maria Goodavage’s book, “Secret Service Dogs.”

After the intruder ignored the commands, another dog named Jadan lunged at the man, biting him in the stomach. Later, the man kicked Jadan in the head.

Another dog, Hurricane, was let loose, and he grabbed the intruder’s knee. But the man repeatedly punched Hurricane.

Then Jadan came rushing back, biting the man.

“OK, I’m done! Get the dogs off of me!” the intruder called out.

Neither dog was seriously injured, but the intruder and threat were stopped.

ICE Urges Justice Department to Reopen Privatized Facilities for Illegal Immigrants

ice sealBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement is urging the Justice Department to reopen at least two privatized facilities to help house an influx of illegal immigrants.

ICE says it needs up to 5,000 beds to house a record number of immigrants being detained and deported by the Obama administration, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Among consideration are at least three privately owned detention centers, including troubled facilities in Youngstown, Ohio, and Cibola County, New Mexico.

The Justice Department has sought to curtail its use of private prison because of an inspector general’s report that found higher rates of safety and security incidents.

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote in a memo to federal officials. “This is the first step in the process of reducing – and ultimately ending – our use of privately operated prisons.”

ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea declined to comment on negotiations with the Justice Department.

“ICE remains committed to providing a safe and humane environment for all those in its custody,” Elzea says. “ICE’s civil detention system reduces transfers, maximizes access to counsel and visitation, promotes recreation, improves conditions of confinement and ensures quality medical, mental health and dental care.”

Border Patrol Agent Injured by Concrete Block Hurled Across the Border

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was injured when someone hurled a concrete block at him while he tried to apprehend an illegal immigrant.

The agent spotted a man on surveillance video unlawfully crossing the border. When he pursued the suspect, someone across the border struck the agent on the shoulder with a concrete block.

“While in the process of apprehending the man, the agent was struck on the shoulder by a block of concrete, approximately four inches in diameter, that was thrown over the border fence by an unknown assailant in Mexico,” CBP said in a press release. “The agent suffered soft tissue contusions, but was not seriously injured and declined medical treatment.”

Since Oct. 1, seven border patrol agents were assaulted while working for the El Centro Sector.

Bus in Fatal Crash in California Had Tires Out of Compliance

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bus that crashed into a semi-truck near Palm Springs, killing 13 people Sunday, was using tires that were too worn by industry standards, federal official announced Tuesday.

It’s not yet clear whether the tires contributed to the crash, the Orange County Register reports. 

Because of the tires, the bus would have been “placed out of service” if it had been inspected, said board member Earl Weener said at a news conference.

Four of the eight tires lacked enough tread to comply with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

Investigators also are reviewing the bus’s braking system.

The 59-year-old driver was among 13 killed.

Other Stories of Interest

Wall Street Journal: FBI’s Investigation into Hillary Clinton Gets More Suspicious

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Wall Street Journal

Hillary Clinton may win the election in two weeks, but the manner of her victory will bedevil her in the White House. Specifically, evidence keeps turning up suggesting that the FBI probe into her emails was influenced by political favoritism and double standards.

The latest news is the Journal’s report Monday that Virginia Gov.Terry McAuliffe, a longtime friend of Hillary and Bill, steered money to the campaign of the wife of a top FBI official. Political organizations under Mr. McAuliffe’s control gave more than $675,000 to the 2015 Virginia state Senate campaign of Jill McCabe,the wife of FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. Mr. McCabe, director James Comey’s right-hand man, helped oversee the probe into whether Mrs. Clinton mishandled classified information on her server.

Some $467,500 of the money came directly from Mr. McAuliffe’s political action committee, Common Good VA, while $207,788 came from the Virginia Democratic Party, which the Governor essentially controls. The funds amounted to more than one-third of all the money Mrs. McCabe raised.

Mrs. McCabe announced her candidacy the same month (March 2015) as the news broke about Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. Mr. McCabe was running the FBI’s Washington field office at the time, and he was promoted to the No. 3 FBI slot not long after the formal FBI investigation began in July 2015.

The FBI said in a statement that none of this is an issue because Mr. McCabe wasn’t promoted to the No. 2 position until February 2016, months after his wife lost her race, and only then did he assume “for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

All of this asks voters to believe that Mr. McCabe as the No. 3 official at the FBI had nothing to do with the biggest, most sensitive case at that agency. This strains credulity.

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Yet Another Delay in Decade-Long Search for New FBI Headquarters

FBI headquarters

FBI headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Once again, the purchase of a new headquarters in the Washington suburbs has been placed on hold.

The GSA said it won’t select a location and builder until March of next year, the Washington Post reports. 

The decade-long search for a new headquarters has been narrowed down to three locations – Greenbelt, Landover and Springfield.

The concern remains about money as construction is expected to cost about $2 billion.

“Due to a strong and overwhelmingly positive response from developers to the solicitation [gsa.gov] issued earlier this year, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) now plan to announce the selected site and offeror for the competition in early March 2017,” said GSA spokeswoman Renee Kelly, in a statement.

“GSA and FBI are encouraged by the proposals received and are confident that, if Congress provides the resources requested in the President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget, we will be able to deliver on our commitment to provide a world class facility for the FBI and a good deal for the taxpayer,” she said.

To Combat Hackers, Homeland Security Hires New Experts in Cybersecurity

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is facing an increasing threat from hackers.

To combat the challenge, Homeland Security held its first-ever Cyber and Tech Job Fail July 27-28 in Washington D.C.

The Federal Times reports positive results: 14,000 applicants, 2,500 walk-in candidates, 842 on-site interviews, 400 prospective job offers and 120 new employees.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson made the announcement as part of October’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month celebrations.

“We thank Congress for new legal authorities in support of our cyber recruitment and retention efforts,” Johnson said. “The department is maximizing its use of these authorities to build our cyber workforce. We also thank the Office of Personnel Management for granting DHS the authority to hire 1,000 cyber professionals this calendar year.”

Justice Department Shakeup Seeks to Jumpstart Probe into Eric Garner’s Death

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an unusual shakeup, the Justice Department has dumped a New York team of agents and lawyers investigating the death of Eric Garner, who was killed when a police officer placed him in a chokehold over selling untaxed cigarettes.

The Justice Department is replacing the agents and lawyers after the case has been stymied over a dispute between federal prosecutors and FBI officials about whether to file charges, the New York Times reports.

Prosecutors with the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department have been in favor of filing charges, saying there is sufficient evidence in the case.

Recently FBI agents were replaced with agents outside of New York. Federal prosecutors were taken off the case.

It’s not yet clear whether the civil rights prosecutors will work solo to present evidence to a grand jury.

The Justice Department and FBI declined to comment.

The shakeup was criticized for the attorney of Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who placed Garner, 43, in a chokehold.

“If it is true that the Justice Department is rejecting the recommendations of seasoned F.B.I. agents and assistant United States attorneys, this is a gross miscarriage of justice,” the attorney, Stuart London, said. “In our system of justice, politics should never take the place of the rule of law.”