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Buffalo News: FBI Director James Comey ‘Needs to go, Now’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
The Buffalo News

James B. Comey needs to go, now. With the FBI director’s carelessness regarding the matter of Hillary Clinton’s emails and his pointless late-campaign intrusion into the election, Comey has rendered himself toxic to the cause of justice. He has been undone by his own bad judgment and should step aside in favor of new leadership.

The problem isn’t that the FBI, under Comey’s leadership, investigated Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. It was an appropriate, even necessary, undertaking. But if he wasn’t intending to influence the course of this month’s presidential election, his hamfisted handling of the investigation gave it that appearance. That is an ominous possibility given the authority of the nation’s top law enforcement agency.

With that, Comey is used up. Even if his missteps were honest or inadvertent, he has lost the credibility necessary for administering a law enforcement agency that must, at all costs, be apolitical. It’s not J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI anymore.

Among Comey’s most grievous violations were the way he cleared Clinton of wrongdoing in the email case in July and his decision to go public with a renewed investigation only days before the election. Both violated long-established standards.

Typically, law enforcement agencies never acknowledge the existence of a preliminary investigation, let alone its conclusion. This one was a legitimate exception to that rule and, for that reason, Comey appropriately revealed that it had ended and that Clinton would not be charged with any crime.

But he went beyond that, making inflammatory observations about her that, while welcomed by Clinton’s adversaries, were inappropriate to a law enforcement agency. What was needed was his conclusion, without the personal observations about her use of a private email server. That was political.

To read more click here. http://buffalonews.com/2016/11/15/editorial-fbi-director-exercised-terrible-judgment-intervening-presidential-campaign/

Quick-Acting Border Patrol Agent Helps Save Life of 77-Year-Old Neighbor

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A quick-acting Border Patrol agent and his daughter helped save the life of a 77-year-old woman who had a heart attack.

The woman collapsed on a sidewalk outside of the home of Agent Robert Hughes, of the Douglas Border Patrol Station, Tucson News Now reports. 

Hughes performed CPR on the woman, and soon after, his daughter, Sydney Sandoval assisted her father. She is a certified EMT.

The elderly woman, who had been walking her dog when she collapsed, survived because of the agent’s and his daughter’s actions, according to the Sierra Vista Police Department.

“This act of heroism is an example of the kindness and compassion that Border Patrol agents embody within our communities,” said Tucson Sector’s Chief Border Patrol Agent Paul Beeson.

Judge: Conditions at Border Patrol Detention Centers Violate Civil Rights

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge plans to order Border Patrol to improve sleeping conditions at detention centers in Arizona, saying the detainees’ civil rights are being violated.

U.S. District Court Judge David C. Buru, who is presiding over a lawsuit filed on behalf of three former detainees, said the conditions must be improved, Tucson.com reports.

“I think the deprivation of sleep, at the very least, in this case is a violation of the civil rights of a civil detainee and that needs to be fixed,” Bury said at a hearing in Tucson on Tuesday.

Bury’s plan to grant preliminary relief is not a formal order, but he said he plans to work with both sides to work out a solution.

While acknowledging “the Border Patrol has a really tough job,” Bury said it’s still no excuse for inhumane conditions.

“The complexity of government operations cannot trump civil rights, neither can budgetary constraints,” the judge said.

An attorney for the detainees said they are constantly interrupted while trying to sleep because agents are constantly processing new detainees.

FBI Director Comey’s Job Hangs in Balance As Trump Team Struggles with Appointments

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation.

But his chances of keeping his job likely increased after Donald Trump’s victory, Bloomberg reports.

“The way the e-mail investigation played out, he’s got both Republicans and Democrats mad at him and suspicious of his motives,” said Stewart Baker, a former general counsel at the National Security Agency.

Former and current national security officials said Comey will have a chance to talk one-on-one with Trump in an effort to continue serving his 10-year term.

And luckily for Comey, Trump’s transition team is struggling to make key cabinet and security post appointments.

On Sunday, Trump said he hasn’t decided on Comey’s fate yet.

“I would like to talk to him before I’d answer a question like that,” Trump said. “He may have had very good reasons for doing what he did.”

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Trump Advisers Mulling Whether to Call for FBI Director Comey’s Resignation

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has indicated he wants to serve the rest of his 10-year term, but President-elect Donald Trump may have other ideas.

NPR reports that advisers to Trump are mulling whether to retain Comey, who played a central role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Although Comey has nearly seven years left in his term, Trump and his advisers may pressure the director to leave.

Before the Clinton investigation, Comey earned a reputation as non-partisan.

“If Trump chooses [to] replace Comey with a sycophantic yes-man, or if he permits Comey to resign over law or principle, that will be a clear bellwether to both the national security and civil libertarian communities that things are going terribly wrong,” national security scholars Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes wrote on their Lawfare blog.

British Man Accused of Hacking FBI, Others, Fears He ‘May Die’ in Prison

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A British man accused of stealing huge amounts of data and hacking into the FBI, NASA and America’s Federal Reserve fears he “may die” in a U.S. jail.

Lauri Love, 31, faces up to 99 years in prison after U.S. officials agreed to his extradition to America, the Mirror reports. 

“I don’t think much of my future life prospects,” Love said. “I face decades and decades behind bars and at worst I may die.

“We were kind of expecting this but it’s still a disappointment and a kick in the gut. I’ve got to watch my mental health now and make sure I have support. We will put as much as we can into the appeal.”

Love hopes to appeal.

Border Patrol’s ‘Icebox’ Conditions Raise Troubling Questions in Court

Detainees used these mylar mats to stave off the cold in detention centers.

Detainees used these mylar mats to stave off the cold in detention centers.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has come under fire from federal prosecutors and civil-rights advocates following the discovery that immigrants are forced to sleep on cold concrete floors.

Tucson.com reports that the floors were so called that they earned the nickname, hierleras,” or iceboxes.

A federal hearing on the issue began Monday, and U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury said he has “concerns” about the court filings.

Bury also referenced statistics that show most detainees are forced to stay in detention centers twice as long as the agency’s recommendation of 12 hours or less.

Border Patrol defended the actions, saying it’s doing the best with limited resources.

“But this court can’t be concerned with budgetary issues,” Bury said.

Man Who Stole Rifle from Parked Homeland Security Car Say He Sold Gun to Drug Dealer

Russel Lawrence

Russel Lawrence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents worry that a drug dealer is now in possession of a .223-caliber rifle that was stolen from the backseat of a car driven by a Homeland Security agent.

The rifle was stolen while the car was parked overnight in Brighton, N.Y., the Democrat and Chronicle reports. 

The discovery came from Russell Lawrence, a heroin addict who admitted he stole the gun and a tactical police vest.

Lawrence told authorities that he sold the vest and gun to a drug dealer.

The vehicle that was broken into was marked as a DHS car.

According to an affidavit, the agent may have forgotten to lock his car.