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Email: Border Agents Forced Migrant to Walk with ‘I like men’ Sign

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection agents are accused of trying to humiliate a migrant by forcing him to walk around wearing a sign that read, “I like men,” in Spanish, according to emails obtained by CNN.

The March 5 incident is one of several episodes revealed in emails by an agent who accused colleagues of repeated incidents of inappropriate behavior.

“I am forwarding to the Office of Professional Responsibility, the office charged with looking into these allegations,” a CBP official told CNN.

The Honduran man was visibly upset as he was paraded around other detainees at an El Paso processing center, according to the email.

The agent who blew the whistle to a supervisor said CBP took no action.

The report is just the latest discovery of offensive behavior by border agents, and a lack of discipline by supervisors.

CBP Aware of Secret, Offensive Facebook Group for Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection officials knew about a secret, sexist and demeaning Facebook group for at least three years but declined to say whether anyone was disciplined.

In 2016, Border Patrol agents reported offensive photos that included simulated sex acts and other offensive material, a current Homeland Security official told Politico. A former DHS officials also said he knew about the Facebook group during the past year.

Neither official was aware of any serious actions taken against members of the group, called “I’m 10-15,” which was first reported by ProPublica on Monday.

The Facebook group included offensive content and demeaning posts that targeted undocumented immigrants and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
One of the posts was an illustration of President Trump pushing the congresswoman’s head toward his crotch. In another post, a member encouraged agents to toss a “burrito at these bitches,” referring to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who were visiting detention centers.

In one post, commenters questioned the authenticity of a now-viral photo of a drowned man and his younger daughter.

When ProPublica approached CBP about the Facebook group, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost denied knowing about it and pledged to launch an investigation.

Politico received screenshots of Facebook posts that were reported to CBP. One agent appeared in two photos, one of which showed him simulating sex with a training mannequin. The other showed the agent smiling and posing with what appeared to be a human skull.

In a third photo, an agent appeared to be defecting in the Arizona desert.

The reported photos resulted in a now-closed investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility. But a CBP spokesperson declined to say whether any disciplinary action was taken.

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Secret Service Agent Dies After Kayak Capsized in Maryland River

Secret Service Special Agent Stephanie Hancock, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent has died after her kayak capsized in a Maryland river.

Special Agent Stephanie Hancock, who had served on the Presidential Protective Detail, was kayaking with her boyfriend on the Severn River on Saturday, WJZ-TV reports.

After the boat overturned, her boyfriend tried to rescue her but to no avail. Rescue teams pulled him out of the water.

Hancock’s body was recovered about six hours after she slipped into the water and disappeared.

“On Saturday, June 29, 2019, the Secret Service lost one of our own in a tragic kayaking accident in Maryland. Special Agent Stephanie Hancock had been with the U.S. Secret Service since 2007, last serving on the Presidential Protective Detail,” USSS said in a statement. “Our condolences, as well as our thoughts and prayers, are with the family of Special Agent Hancock.”

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the kayak to capsize, but authorities said Hancock was not wearing a life jacket.

FBI Investigating Stolen ‘Top Secret’ Air Force Intelligence Found in Ohio Home

NASIC on Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, via Air Force.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police investigating a marijuana grow facility in an Ohio home turned up something far more alarming – more than 1,000 pages of classified documents marked “top secret.”

The FBI has taken over the case after the Fairborn City Police Department discovered the documents in the home of Izaak Vincent Kemp, a contractor at the U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Forbes first reported.

NASIC, an intelligent unit of the Department of Defense, handles sensitive information on foreign air, space and cyber threats.

“This case is particularly concerning given the intelligence mission, with implications across U.S. security apparatus not just housed at the base,” said Graham Brookie, a former U.S. government advisor on homeland security and counterterrorism.

Some of the documents were “related to Top Secret Special Access Programs” and were “clearly marked as classified.”

“According to the United States Air Force, Kemp was never authorized to remove the above classified information from NASIC and would have had to make a concerted effort to bypass security checkpoints,” says the warrant, obtained by ABC News.

Kemp admitted he printed the sensitive information and consented to an FBI to search of his laptop, cellphone and external hard drive, according to the warrant,

Kemp has not yet been charged with a crime.

Detroit FBI Chief Timothy Slater to Lead Bureau’s Washington Field Office

Timothy Slater

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Timothy R. Slater, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office, is going to lead the Washington Field Office.

The Washington Field Office, which covers Washington and Northern Virginia, is one of three FBI field offices led by an assistant director in charge.

Slater’s career with the FBI began in 1999 as a special agent assigned to the Violent Crimes Task Force in Detroit. In 2013, Slater as assigned to Detroit’s satellite office in Flint before moving to Palm Beach Resident Agency in 2016.

Slater was promoted in 2007 to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI headquarters. A year later, he moved to Oklahoma to supervise four resident agencies in the state.

In 2010, Slater became a unit chief in the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG), which coordinates and manages the FBI’s tactical, negotiations, behavioral analysis, surveillance and aviation; the Strategic Information and Operations Center; and crisis management resources.

In 2013, he served as an assistant special agent in charge of the Knoxville Field Office before returning to CIRG, where he served as a section chief in 2014 and a deputy assistant director in 2015.

Briefly Slater was the special agent in charge of the Denver Field Office in 2016 before becoming the special agent in charge of the Criminal/Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office later that year.

In 2018, Slater took over the Detroit Field Office.

CBP Investigates Offensive Posts on Border Patrol Facebook Group

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is investigating a secret and offensive Facebook group reportedly used by current and former Border Patrol agents.

ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative news outlet, revealed the group, which included offensive content and demeaning posts that targeted undocumented immigrants and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

One of the posts included an illustration of President Trump pushing the congresswoman’s head toward his crotch. In another post, a member encouraged agents to toss a “burrito at these bitches,” referring to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Commenters also questioned the authenticity of a viral photo of a drowned man and his younger daughter.

Ocasio-Cortez said the posts reflect “a violent culture.”

“This isn’t just about ‘a few bad eggs,'” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “This is a violent culture.”

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost slammed the social media page as “completely inappropriate.”

“These posts are completely inappropriate and contrary to the honor and integrity I see — and expect — from our agents day in and day out,” Provost said in a pubic statement. “Any employees found to have violated our standards of conduct will be held accountable.”

Matthew Klein, assistant commissioner of the Office of Professional Responsibility, cited CBP’s Standard of Conduct, which states, “Employees will not make abusive, derisive, profane, or harassing statements or gestures, or engage in any other conduct evidencing hatred or invidious prejudice to or about one person or group on account of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability. This includes comments and posts made on private social media sites.”

“Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection was made aware of disturbing social media activity hosted on a private Facebook group that may include a number of CBP employees,” Klein said. “CBP immediately informed DHS Office of the Inspector General and initiated an investigation.”