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Secret Service, Other Law Enforcement Prepared for Inauguration Day

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With protesters and more than 800,000 people expected to attend Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Secret Service has a daunting job of keeping the president and public safe.

To prepare, the Secret Service, FBI, D.C. Metropolitan Police and numerous other law enforcement agencies have been training for this day for the past year, Circa reports. 

Law enforcement officers have been preparing for bomb attack, random public disturbances and active shooters.

“The planning and preparation for this one is better and more comprehensive than I’ve seen in the previous seven I’ve been involved,” said interim D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham.

So far, Newsham said there have been no “credible threats about terrorist incidents.”

“The one thing we’re not going to tolerate is anyone who’s going to come here with the intention of breaking the law.” 

Notorious Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Extradited to U.S.

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who escaped prison two times in the past, likely will spend the rest of his life behind bars in the U.S.

The Justice Department said Thursday that Guzman has been extradited to the U.S., Reuters reports. 

Guzman is “en route to the United States to face criminal charges in connection with his leadership of the Mexican organized crime syndicate known as the ‘Sinaloa Cartel,'” the Justice Department said in a statement.

Influx of Undocumented Immigrants Rush to Border Before Trump Becomes President

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

Border Fence along Mexico and the U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More migrant adults and children are rushing over the U.S. border before Donald Trump becomes president.

Those who were captured spoke through tears about their attempt to gain access to the U.S.

Most came from Central America.

“The young children, especially, when they start turning 7 or 8, they force them to join gangs or if not, they kill them,” said a mother, holding her son tightly against her chest. “Si no, los matan,” if not they kill them,” said one mom. “I didn’t want that for my son.”

Apprehensions are on the rise. In October 2016, 46,000 migrants were apprehended, compared to about 26,000 in October 2o14.

The surge in October 2016 was the largest since a massive number of unaccompanied minors came to the U.S. during the summer of 2014. 

Secret Service: Mike Pence’s Motorcade Struck, Injured Police Officer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A motorcade for Vice President-elect Mike Pence struck a D.C. police reserve officer, according to the Secret Service.

The motorcar hit the officer while he was conducting traffic control in northwest Washington on Wednesday afternoon, the Associated Press reports. 

The police officer sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the motorcade to strike the officer.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI, Other Agencies Investigating Possible Russian Aid to Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and five other law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been investigating whether Russia secretly provided money to help President-elect Donald Trump win the November election.

Two sources familiar with the matter told McClatchy that investigators are trying to determine how money may have been moved from Russia to help Trump. 

Included in the investigation is whether some email hackers in the U.S. were covertly paid by the Kremlin.

Among those investigating are the FBI, CIA, NSA, Justice Department, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network and the director of national intelligence.

The agencies are investigating a few Americans “who were affiliated with Trump’s campaign or his business empire an of multiple individuals from Russia and other former Soviet nations who had similar connections,” sources told McClatchy.

Black Secret Service Agents Reach $24M Agreement in Discrimination Lawsuit

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An agreement has been reached over a long-running lawsuit that alleged the Secret Service discriminates against black agents.

More than 100 agents have reached an agreement with Homeland Security and the Secret Service, NPR reports. 

The pact still needs approval from a court.

Under the agreement, the Secret Service would pay $24 million, but the agency wouldn’t be required to admit wrongdoing. Included in the settlement are lump sum payments as high as $300,000 per agent.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he was “pleased that we are able to finally put this chapter of Secret Service history behind us.”

“Had the matter gone to trial,” it would have required that we re-live things long past, just at a time when the Secret Service is on the mend,” Johnson wrote in a statement.

The lawsuit was filed in 2000 on behalf of agents who claimed they were routinely denied promotions as less-qualified white agents received better jobs.

Obama Denies Clemency for Native American Convicted of Killing 2 FBI Agents

Leonard Peltier/photo from his website

Leonard Peltier/photo from his website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama will not grant clemency to Native American activist Leonard Peltier, who was found guilty of killing two FBI agents during a shootout at a South Dakota reservation in 1975.

The president denied Peltier’s application for clemency, the Washington Times reports. 

The clemency was “not warranted,” the administration’s Office of the Pardon Attorney told Peltier’s attorney.

“Your client’s application was therefore denied by the president on January 18, 2017… Under the Constitution, there is no appeal from this decision,” the notice stated.

Peltier is 72 and seriously ill.

“We are deeply saddened by the news that President Obama will not let Leonard go home,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “Despite serious concerns about the fairness of legal proceedings that led to his trial and conviction, Peltier was imprisoned for more than 40 years. He has always maintained his innocence. The families of the FBI agents who were killed during the 1975 confrontation between the FBI and American Indian Movement (AIM) members have a right to justice, but justice will not be served by Peltier’s continued imprisonment.”

The FBI Agents Association President Thomas O’Connor  issued a statement:

The FBI Agents Association agrees with the decision of the Obama Administration to deny Leonard Peltier’s petition for executive clemency. In well over a dozen appeals, twice reaching the U.S. Supreme Court, every aspect of Mr. Peltier’s trial has been reviewed in detail. Mr. Peltier has never taken responsibility for his crimes while imprisoned.

Our thoughts today are with the families of FBI Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, who were killed by Mr. Peltier in 1975.  The FBI Agents Association will continue to counter efforts by Mr. Peltier’s legal and public relations team to portray him as anything other than who Leonard Peltier really is: an unremorseful, cold-blooded killer. Mr. Peltier should remain in prison and not be shown a mercy he refused to offer to Agents Coler and Williams in 1975, and has denied to their families and friends over the past four decades.

I would like to thank FBIAA members, the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and former FBI Supervisory Agent Ed Woods for their advocacy efforts against executive clemency for Mr. Peltier.

Border Patrol Operation Leads to Arrest of 1,000+ Migrants in Southern California

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 1,000 people accused of illegally crossing into the U.S. have been arrested since mid-October as part of an operation to thwart human smuggling near Dulzura in southern Californian.

More Border Patrol agents and resources were sent to the Otay Mountain area to combat illegal crossings, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

“Smugglers are exploiting the most rugged terrain in the county, and we’re countering with this effort,” said Matthew Dreyer, Border Patrol agent and commander of the new task force. 

Because of the treacherous conditions, Border Patrol agents often have to rescue migrants.

“Oftentimes the migrants are not prepared by the smugglers for how difficult the terrain is,” Dreyer said. “Oftentimes they’re left behind when they’re injured, and we’ll have to rescue them.”