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FBI Raids Homer Police Department As Part of Tight-Lipped Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the Homer Police Department in Louisiana Friday as part of an investigation into the department, the Shreveport Times reports.

Agents executed a search warrant announced, the FBI confirmed to the Times.

The nature of the investigation is unclear but officers were told to turn over their Tasers, the Times wrote.

The investigation comes as the city tries to do away with the police force to save money.

ATF Agent Recalls “Worst Law Enforcement-Involved Shooting in American History”

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When 29-year-old Clay Alexander heard the first gunshots, the ATF agent quickly realized, “They are shooting at me.”

Alexander, who was shot in the legs, spoke at length to the Tyler Morning Telegraph about the Feb. 28, 1993, raid on the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

“It was very bizarre. At that point, I had never heard a gun fired in anger,” Alexander said told the newspaper. “I had never been in a gunfight in law enforcement or otherwise. If it would have only lasted a couple of seconds, that would have been one thing, but it lasted about 45 minutes.”

The standoff has caused some “dark times,” he said.

Looming Budget Cuts Prompted Homeland Security to Release Thousands of Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security released more than 2,000 illegal immigrants facing deportation because of looming budget cuts, not a few hundred as originally reported, Catholic Online writes.Since Feb. 15, about 1,000 illegal immigrants considered low risk have been released each week, according to Catholic Online. 

The Obama administration said it was not aware of the plan, and Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano criticized her agency’s handling of the release.

“Beyond that normal movement, and as fiscal uncertainty remains over the continuing resolution and possible sequestration, ICE reviewed its detained population to ensure detention levels stay within ICE’s current budget and placed several hundred individuals on methods of supervision less costly than detention,” ICE spokesman Brian Hale said.

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FBI Forensic Artists Construct Facial Models of Missing Bodies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI artists are crafting facial models of people whose remains were found and never identified, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

The idea is to release the images to the public and hope someone can identify them

Forensic artists construct “facial approximations ” using plastic and molding material, The Virginian Pilot reported.

The busts were unveiled at a news conference in Norfolk.

Since 2011, Leah Bush, Virginia’s chief medical examiner, worked with the FBI on 15 faces, three of which led to identifications.

Justice Department Faces Serious Cuts If Sequestration Isn’t Avoided Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

The Justice Department faces $1.6 billion in cuts – nearly 10% of it budget – if Congress and the White House can’t reach an agreement on the nation’s spending plan by later today, NPR reports.

Obama earlier warned of big cuts to federal law enforcement.

“FBI Agents will be furloughed,” Obama warned. “Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said a sequestration would be painful, NPR reported.

“Under sequestration, we’ll do the best that we can to minimize the harm that actually occurs as a result,” Holder said. “But the reality is that there is going to be harm. There is going to be pain, and the American people are going to be less safe. That is just a fundamental reality that people have got to get their heads around.”

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Border Patrol Uses Drones to Track Down Illegal Immigrants, Drugs

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection has purchased 10 drones since 2005 to hunt down illegal immigrants, ABC 10 News reports.

The Predator drones helped track down nearly 4,000 illegal immigrants and nine tons of marijuana, ABC News reported, citing records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

The local ACLU said drones pose threats to privacy rights.

“All of this has happened without important questions being asked. A lot of our movements may be captured by these drones without us knowing where that information is going,” said Sean Riordan, staff attorney for the San Diego chapter of the ACLU.