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Brian Hastings Named Chief Border Patrol Agent of Rio Grande Valley Sector

Brian Hastings, the new chief Border Patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley Sector.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Brian Hastings has been named the new chief Border Patrol agent of the Rio Grande Valley Sector, CBP announced Wednesday.

Hastings has plenty of experience in executive leadership positions. Most recently, he oversaw daily law enforcement operations at all Border Patrol sectors as chief of the Law Enforcement Operations Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington D.C.

A 25-year veteran of the agency, Hastings will be tasked with leading a sector that saw a record number of undocumented immigrant apprehensions.

“Supporting the men and women of the RGV Sector, all of whom accomplished amazing things to secure this nation during a time of an unprecedented crisis, is my priority,” Hastings said in a news release. “RGV agents have been at the epicenter of the crisis throughout and they performed those duties in an outstanding manner.”

Hastings added, “I am committed to doing everything I can to strengthen the already incredible partnerships that my predecessors, current leaders, and agents have formed in the Rio Grande Valley.”

The RGV Sector secures 277 miles of rivers and 316 coastal miles across 34 countries.

FBI Director Wray Pledges to Fix Flaws Found in FISA Court Applications

FBI Director Christopher Wray testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Christopher Wray pledged Wednesday to fix the flaws found in the bureau’s applications for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA).

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Wray addressed findings by Justice Department’s inspector general Michael Horowitz that the bureau bungled its surveillance of Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Horowitz said that the FBI’s applications to FISA Court to monitor Page contained “significant inaccuracies and omissions” and that agents “failed to meet the basic obligation” to ensure the applications were “scrupulously accurate.”

Horowitz, however, dismissed some conservatives’ longstanding allegations about the investigation into the Trump campaign, including that top FBI officials were motivated by political bias and illegally spied on Trump advisers.

“The failures highlighted in that report are unacceptable. Period,” Wray said. “They don’t reflect who the FBI is as an institution.”

Wray told lawmakers that the bureau had changed policies and procedures to clean up the process. That includes more training for FBI officials who apply for the warrants.

Saying the warrants are important to the FBI’s mission, Wray asked lawmakers to renew the FISA authorities, which are set to expire in March.

“I can assure members of this committee we need those FISA authorities,” Wray said. “We need the agility to stay ahead of the threat or we’re all going to regret it.”

Bernie Madoff is Dying and Wants Out of Prison, Court Filing Says

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fraudster Bernie Madoff, who became the poster boy of  all that is evil in the investment world, wants out of prison early because he’s dying.

In a court filing, Madoff, 81, says he has less than 18 months to live due to kidney disease, the New York Times reports.

In 2009, he admitted  running a Ponzi scheme that financially ruined individuals and organizations, including non-profits. He was sentenced to 150 years in prison.

“Madoff does not dispute the severity of his crimes, nor does he seek to minimize the suffering of his victims,” his lawyer, Brandon Sample, wrote in the court filing. “Madoff humbly asks this court for a modicum of compassion.”

Madoff is housed at federal medical center at the prison in Butner, N.C.