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Retired FBI Official Kevin Kendrick: Hearing The Voices of Detained Immigrant Children Was ‘Absolutely Bone-Chilling’

The writer was as assistant special FBI agent in charge of the Detroit field office from 1999-2002 and retired in 2006 as head of the Charlotte Division in North Carolina. 

By Kevin Kendrick

Kevin Kendrick

Children matter. That’s something most of us can agree on. It doesn’t matter where the child is from or gender or religion. Children are precious. They are innocent. They are ours. They deserve to have a childhood and not to suffer for the actions of their parents. Nelson Mandela said it best: “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.”

It is these universal feelings toward children that have engendered a crisis in our nation, a point in our time that is all about humanity and decency and what the character of this country is all about.

This administration can’t even decide if this is a policy. Stephen Miller was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “It was a simple decision by the administration to have a zero tolerance policy for illegal entry, period…The message is that no one is exempt from immigration law.” Yet, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted just two days ago, “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.”

Whatever one decides to call it, it is something that most Americans see as “cruel and unusual.”

Most Americans see willful separation of children from their parents as simply mean-spirited and unnecessary. This is why we are witnessing such a diverse group of religious leaders including Baptists, Catholics, Episcopalians, Jews, and Mormons coming together to protest this action; why more than 70 former United States Attorneys signed a letter objecting to these practices; why 21 Attorneys General signed a similar protest. This is why every living former First Lady including Rosalynn Carter, Laura Bush, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton all condemned this practice.

Businesses have come out against this including Microsoft, Google and Amazon. Republican Governors are pulling back their states’ National Guard troops because they object to their use in support of what seems to be an arbitrary practice. And perhaps most significantly, the medical profession in the form of the American Medical Association at their 2018 Conference, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Public Health Association all have come down against separating mothers and fathers from their children because of the long-term damage which can occur to children.

My Experience

I can recall as an FBI Agent planning arrests and searches in homes where we knew children were present. One of my goals as a manager with responsibility for planning those actions was to conduct them whenever possible at a time when the children would not be present and officer safety was not compromised. This was because I knew that the kids had nothing to do with the criminal actions of their parents and I did not want them to be adversely affected by seeing their mother or father arrested and taken away.

I have also had the great, good fortune to travel to Guatemala on some mission work and witness first hand the abject poverty of that country. Families subsist on an average of 300 USD per month. Life is extremely hard and many of these families are simply seeking to escape the overwhelming poverty and harshness and violence. Who can blame them for wanting something better?

This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. This is a crisis that has been generated for reasons we are still trying to divine but which certainly don’t seem to have a defined purpose other than to be punitive. I know that we can do better than this. We have to do better. Hearing the voices of those children who were incarcerated last night was absolutely bone-chilling. No child should experience that.

Nelson Mandela said something else very compelling about children: “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.

Interim Head of DEA Is Stepping Down, Citing Increasing Challenges

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel

Having interim heads of major federal law enforcement agencies for too long often sends a message that the agency isn’t as important as some other agencies like the FBI.

Now comes Robert W. Patterson, acting head of  the DEA, who told staff Monday in an email that he is retiring in about two weeks, saying that running the agency as a temporary fill-in had become “increasingly challenging,” Devlin Barrett of the Washington Post reports.

Patterson said he “realized that the administrator of the DEA needs to decide and address priorities for years into the future — something which has become increasingly challenging in an acting capacity.”

A replacement has not been named.

Former Senate Staffer Charged With Lying to FBI Wants Trump To Shut Up About His Case

Jim Wolfe (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel

James Wolfe, former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee charged with lying to FBI agents, wants President Donald Trump to shut up.

His lawyer filed a motion on Tuesday to prevent anyone involved with his case — up to and including President Donald Trump — from speaking publicly about the case, CNN reports.

Wolfe’s attorney writes that comments made by Trump and senior Justice Department officials “have threatened Mr. Wolfe’s right to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment” with an impartial jury and the presumption of innocence, CNN reports.

Last week Trump told reporters that “It’s very interesting that they caught a leaker … it’s a very important leaker.”
Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement last week that the allegations were “doubly troubling as the false statements concern the unauthorized disclosure of sensitive and confidential information.”

Wolfe’s attorney points out that his client has never been charged with leaking classified info.

Fed Judge in South Carolina Blasts FBI in Dylann Roof Gun Purchase

Dylann Roof

By Allan Lengel

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Gergel of South Carolina blasted the FBI  in a court order filed Monday for a parade of  errors and a series of “abysmally poor policy choices” that allowed Dylann S. Roof to unlawfully buy the gun that he used to kill nine African-American people in a Charleston church in 2015, the News York Times reports.

That being said, the judge granted the government’s motion to dismiss about 15 lawsuits filed against it, which had alleged negligent management of criminal databases and performance of background checks.

The judge noted that the lawsuits had uncovered “glaring weaknesses” in the background check system, but the government could still claim immunity.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, operated by the F.B.I., demonstrated in a variety of ways that it was “hopelessly stuck in 1995,” Judge Gergel wrote, according to the Times.  But he noted that  “the victims of this tragedy” had no legal remedy.