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The DEA Releases Voluminous List of Street Names for Pot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has released a list of street slang names for drugs including pot. And as expected, some media outlets are having fun with it.

Headlines of stories include this one on the blog, Reason: “The DEA’s List of Cannabis Slang Is Predictably Hilarious.”

Here’s the list:

420; A-Bomb (marijuana mixed with heroin); Acapulco Gold; Acapulco Red; Ace; African Black; African Bush; Airplane; Alfalfa; Alfombra; Alice B Toklas; All-Star; Almohada; Angola; Animal Cookies (hydroponic); Arizona; Ashes; Aunt Mary; AZ; Baby; Bale; Bambalachacha; Barbara Jean; Bareta; Bash; Bazooka (marijuana mixed with cocaine paste); BC Budd; Bernie; Bhang; Big Pillows; Biggy; Bionic (marijuana mixed with PCP); Black Bart; Black Gold; Black Maria; Blondie; Blue Cheese; Blue Crush; Blue Dream; Blue Jeans; Blue Sage; Blueberry; Bobo Bush; Boo; Boom; Branches; Broccoli; Bud; Budda; Burritos Verdes; Bush; Cabbage; Café; Cajita; Cali; Camara; Canadian Black; Catnip; Cheeba; Chernobyl; Cheese; Chicago Black; Chicago Green; Chippie; Chistosa; Christmas Tree; Chronic; Churro; Cigars; Citrol; Cola;

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PBS: How The FBI Tracks Down Child Pornography Predators

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Internet has opened up endless possibilities for pedophiles.

PBS takes a look at the problem and how the FBI is addressing it.

FBI Announces Moves For Three Headquarter’s Officials to the Field

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James Hendricks (Linkedin photo)

FBI Director Christopher Wray recently announced moves for three officials.

James N. Hendricks has been named special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office. He most recently served as chief of the Countermeasures Operations Section in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters.

James C. Langenberg has been named special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Field Office. He most recently served as the chief of the External Audits and Compliance Section in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

Andrew C. Campi has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division for the New York Field Office. He most recently served as a deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters.

Judge Rules Back-Flipping FBI Agent Can Carry His Gun Again

FBI agent Chase Bishop reaches for his gun on the dance floor.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, it’s highly unlikely FBI agent Chase Bishop will appear any time soon on Dancing With the Stars.

But the good news is that Judge Frances Simonet of the Second District County Court in Denver agreed Tuesday to amend a protection order to allow Bishop to carry his service weapon again, the New York Times reports.

You might recall Bishop was dancing at a Denver club last month and did a back flip. When he realized he dropped his gun, he went to pick it up. It accidentally misfired and hit a customer in the leg.

He’s  facing a felony second-degree assault charge and has been offered a plea agreement. The details of that offer have not been publicly disclosed.

 

Robert Allan Jones Now Heads the FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Robert Allan Jones (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Robert Allan Jones, who was in the Usama Bin Laden Unit, has now been assigned to head up the Pittsburgh Field Office. He most recently served as the assistant director for the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

Jones joined the  FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the Detroit Field Office, Kalamazoo Resident Agency, where he investigated drug, violent crime, while-collar crime and terrorism cases, a press release says.

In 2002, Jones was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Usama Bin Laden Unit of the Counterterrorism Division. He was promoted to chief of the unit in 2003.

In 2004,  Jones served as supervisory senior resident agent in the Buffalo Field Office, Rochester Resident Agency. In 2007, he served a one-year tour in Iraq as the senior FBI liaison to the Joint Special Operations Command. In 2008, Jones was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office, where he supervised all intelligence and counterintelligence programs, the release said.

In 2009, Jones was named as legal attaché in Kabul, Afghanistan. In 2011, he returned to FBI headquarters as a section chief in the Counterintelligence Division. In 2012, he was named special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office. In 2014, he returned to headquarters as deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division.

 

Rosenstein’s Right-Hand Man At Justice Is Joining Uber

Scott Schools (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Scott Schools, the Justice Department’s highest ranking career official, and a close adviser to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is joining Uber Technologies Inc., the Wall Street Journal reports.

Schools becomes the company’s first chief compliance officer, as the ride-hailing giant seeks to move past a series of regulatory problems and other controversies ahead of a highly anticipated initial public offering next year, the Journal rights.

Uber is expected to announce the hiring to staff on Tuesday.

School departed the Justice Department last week, an agency that has come under constant attack by President Donald Trump.

Committee Subpoenas Former FBI Lawyer Who Exchanged Anti-Trump Emails With Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer, finds herself getting ready for the firing squad on Capitol Hill.

You might recall that Page exchanged anti-Trump text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok, triggering a storm of controversy.

CNN, citing “two congressional sources,”  reports that she has been subpoenaed for a closed-door interview this week with the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican, subpoenaed Page to attend a deposition on Wednesday, the sources said, one day before Strzok is slated to testify publicly before the two House panels, CNN reports.

Page’s attorney Amy Jeffress issued a statement to CNN saying she’s been working with the committee  to arrange for her client’s “voluntary appearance.”

“We asked the committee staff to explain the scope of the investigation and provide sufficient notice that would allow her to prepare, which are normal conditions for congressional committees, but these committees have not followed the normal process,” Jeffress said. “The FBI has agreed to provide Lisa with her notes and other documents to allow her to prepare, but they have not provided those documents to date, so we are still waiting to work out a reasonable date for her interview. Lisa has cooperated voluntarily with another congressional committee that had no objection to explaining the scope of its investigation or providing sufficient notice for her interview. Lisa also cooperated fully with the OIG investigation and appeared voluntarily for multiple interviews, including after she left the FBI.”

Editorial From Valley News: ATF’s Firearms Tracing Hurt by Absurd Law

By Valley News Editorial Board

When law enforcement agents seek information on guns found at crime scenes, they call the firearms tracing center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Agents at the tracing center, in West Virginia, then try to establish a chain of custody based on the gun’s serial number, manufacturer, distributor and retailer.

The agents pursue this task in the most inefficient, wasteful and time-consuming manner imaginable, manually searching records — about 800 million of them — because federal law purportedly prevents the center from organizing them into a searchable digital database.

This absurd prohibition needs to be lifted.

The law, the 1986 Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, resulted from a marriage of ideological rigidity and political cowardice. It expressly prohibits “any system of registration of firearms, firearms owners, or firearms transactions or dispositions.”

Of course, if a gun sale is legal, and it’s made by a federally licensed dealer, then all that information exists. The National Rifle Association doesn’t want officers of the law to be able to access it efficiently.

To read the full editorial click here.