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DOJ Names Robert Patterson Acting Director of DEA

Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice has named Robert W. Patterson the new acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  He replaces acting Director Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016, serving as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative and regulatory activities worldwide, a press release said. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector, beginning in November 2015.

Before that, Patterson served in a variety positions in the DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools in support of field operations.

Russia Will Try Harder to Influence Next Prez Election, FBI Director Predicts

FBI Director Christopher Wray (File photo)

FBI Director Christopher Wray (File photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s no secret that Russia has tried to influence elections around the world for many years.

But 2016 appeared to be banner year for the Russians when it came to the U.S. election.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, addressing a crowd of about 150 people at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, said he expects the U.S. to be better prepared to deal with threats in the 2018 and 2020 elections, Max Kutner of Newsweek reports.

That’s the good news.

The bad news: He says anticipates Russia will also be better prepared to go at it again.

“We know a lot more now than we did about all the different threats, whether it’s to our election systems or anything else,” the director said when asked about Russia. “I would expect that we would do better, but I also expect that our adversaries don’t just coast, right? They up their game, too.”

FBI Off the Hook on Releasing Name of Vendor Who Unlocked iPhone in San Bernardino Case

IPhone 6

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has decided that 100 percent transparency isn’t necessary when it comes to the FBI and the San Bernardino shooting.

The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor’s services, a federal judge ruled, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In a summary judgment issued Saturday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the District of Columbia wrote that releasing the vendor’s name could be reasonably expect  “to cause harm to national security interests by limiting the FBI’s present and future ability to gain access to suspected terrorists’ phones.”

She also noted that the disclosure of the vendor’s identity would “risk disclosure of a law enforcement technique and create a reasonably expected risk of circumvention of the law.”

Father of Mass Shooter in Las Vegas Was on FBI’s Most Wanted List

Benjamin Hoskins

Benjamin Hoskins

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the gunman who opened fire at a music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night, killing at least 59 people, was a notorious bank robber who escaped from a Texas prison in 1968 and was the subject of a massive manhunt.

Stephen Paddock’s father, Benjamin Hoskins, was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted List and described as “psychopathic” and “armed and dangerous,” the New York Times reports

benjamin-hoskinsFederal authorities finally tracked down Hoskins in 1978.

Hoskins was originally sentenced to 20 years in prison for bank robberies. At the time, Stephen Paddock was only 8 years old.

Friends and family said the father and son didn’t have a close relations.

Veteran DEA Agent Indicted on Scheme to Steal Money, Property

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran DEA agent accused of stealing money and property during drug investigations has been indicted.

The agent, Chad Allen Scott, who worked in New Orleans, is also accused of perjury and accepting illegal payments of $10,000 and more for advocating for a reduced sentenced for a criminal defendant, the U.S. News reports

Also charged was Hammond Police Officer Rodney Gemar also has been charged with conspiracy.

The Justice Department investigated.

Retired G-Man Launches Investigation to Identify Who Betrayed Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Anne Frank

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent has made it his mission to determine who notified the Nazis where Anne Frank was hiding during World War II.

Former FBI Agent Vince Pankoke has tapped a 19-member team that plans to use new investigative techniques that weren’t available 50 years ago, the Guardian reports. 

The team also has access to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, which collects archives and is supporting the investigation.

Pankoke also has received recently declassified documents that may help investigators get closer to solving the mystery.

Frank and her family were found hiding in a secret place above a canal-side warehouse.

Frank was taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and she was later shipped to Bergen-Belsen, where she died in 1945 at the age of 15 from typhus.

After the war, authorities never were able to identify who betrayed the family’s hiding spot.

Washington Times: Is Robert Mueller on a Fishing Expedition

Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller

By Editorial Board
Washington Times

Robert Mueller is nothing if not relentless. Impatient with a fishing expedition that relies on slippery prey to swim into his net, the special counsel now dreams of besieging anyone at the White House who has so much as watched an episode of a television drama about Soviet spies in Washington. Scalps have to be taken because that’s what special counsels, i.e., special prosecutors, do.

Mr. Mueller was commissioned to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties, if any, to Russians. That investigation seems to be what drillers looking for oil call “a dry hole.” Mr. Mueller has so far spent millions, giving employment to every lawyer in town without a client, and he has to come up with something, and soon. That’s why his investigation is ranging so far afield.

Foreign meddling in American elections, by the Russians or anyone else, is seriously grave business. Mr. Mueller has focused his guns on one of Donald Trump’s early campaign managers, Paul Manafort. No one, despite several investigations, has yet demonstrated that there is anything on Mr. Trump himself. Mr. Mueller sent his agents to raid Mr. Manafort’s home in Alexandria, in suburban Virginia, before dawn, reminiscent of an episode of “Cops.” A forensic team spent 10 hours extracting every shred of evidence of wrongdoing, collecting everything from grocery receipts to tax records, looking for something, anything, to prove the president was in cahoots with Vladimir Putin to save the world from Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Mueller could have collected the “evidence,” such as it might be, by subpoenaing any and all documents. This might have deprived a grand jury of a dramatic search for the big ham sandwich which prosecutors traditionally use to get an indictment when the prosecution doesn’t have anything else. Mr. Mueller, according to several press accounts, has told Mr. Manafort that he will be indicted. He’s apparently still looking for a crime.

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DOJ Trying to Force Facebook to Reveal Names Associated with Anti-Trump Event

computer-photo1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is trying to force Facebook to disclose the names of everyone who interacted with an event page about an anti-Donald Trump rally during the presidential inauguration.

If the social media giant complies with warrants issued by the DOJ, the federal government would receive the Facebook accounts of everyone who “liked” the disruptj20 page and signed up to attend the protest, Gizmodo reports

The ACLU says the Justice Department’s warrants are a violation of the First and Fourth amendments.

“What is particularly chilling about these warrants is that anti-administration political activists are going to have their political associations and views scrutinized by the very administration they are protesting,” ACLU attorney Scott Michelman told CNN.

Facebook said it plans to fight the warrant.