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Bar Patron Detained After Allegedly Saying He Would Assassinate Trump

9527-pouring-beer-into-a-glass-pvBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Careful what you say at a bar.

The Secret Service and police detained a man after a patron said he overheard the suspect threaten Donald Trump in a Brooklyn bar, the New York Daily News reports. 

The patron said he overheard Gregory Chang threaten the life of Trump at bar in Williamsburg at about 3:40 p.m.

“I’m going to Lee Harvey Oswald Donald Trump,” Chang is accused of saying. 

After the patron heard Chang’s alleged comments, he called police.

Chang was detained and questioned by officers and members of the Secret Service.

He has released without charges.

Secret Service Agents Protecting Presidential Candidates Often Work for Free

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents who are on the campaign trail are working hundreds of hours of overtime without pay because of a cap on federal income.

Since early 2016, agents have worked overtime for free because of the demanding scheduling during this unusual election cycle, BuzzFeed reports. 

While Secret Service agents are routinely paid overtime, unlike many of their federal cohorts, they are hitting caps on overtime pay.

Agents are prohibited from making more than $160,3000 a year, even if they work around-the-clock.

As a result, hundreds of agents will never get paid for their extra time.

The Senate and House were considering raising the cap by about $10,000, but the measures have essentially stalled.

Construction Begins on $11M Border Patrol Complex in Moreno Valley, Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new Customs and Border Protection command center is under construction at March Air Reserve Base in Moreno Valley, Calif.

Federal officials celebrated the new construction Wednesday during a groundbreaking ceremony, Patch.com reports. 

The Air and Marine Operations Center is expected to cost $11 million and be built over the next 12 months. The center will replace an adjacent facility that was built in 1988 and lacks space.

Patch wrote:

The AMOC serves as the coordination hub for interdiction missions off the California coast as well as airborne interdiction missions along the U.S.- Mexico border, according to the CBP.

Personnel monitor air and sea traffic on a 24-hour basis. The new building will house the latest data processing, telecommunications and satellite-based tracking hardware available, according to the agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to coordinating helicopter and fixed-wing intercepts, the AMOC also handles unmanned aerial vehicle deployments, according to the CBP’s website.

Trump Ignores Federal Briefing That Indicated Russia Behind Election Hacking

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In typical Donald Trump fashion, the Republican presidential candidate doesn’t buy the federal government’s belief that Russia is trying to influence the election by hacking Democrats.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul said Tuesday that he warned Trump about the Russian hacks, but Trump promptly rejected the information, CBS News reports. 

“I think he has in his mind that there’s not the proof,” McCaul, a Trump supporter, said at the event in Austin, according to video obtained by Politico. “Now he hasn’t had the briefing I’ve had, but I made it clear that in my judgment it was a nation-state.”

During the final debate last week, Trump again said he didn’t believe Russia was responsible for the hacks.

“She has no idea whether it’s Russia, China, or anybody else,” Trump said. “Hillary, you have no idea.”

The federal government indicated for the first time earlier this month that Russia is behind the hacking of U.S. political groups.

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” the Department of Homeland Security said in a joint statement with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Other Stories of Interest

Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 Missing Emails May Still Be Retrievable

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 missing emails may have not been permanently deleted after all.

But as the New York Post reports, the emails likely exist in several locations and could be recovered by federal authorities if a grand jury is impaneled.

In May, an executive with the company that maintained Clinton’s private email server told FBI agents that the subpoenaed emails weren’t permanently remove.

The Post writes:

Unless one of Clinton’s aides had the capability to log in to the PRN server as an administrator and remove a mailbox, her archived mailboxes more than likely still reside somewhere in that system. And they may also materialize on an internal “shared drive” that PRN created to control access to the Clinton email accounts among PRN employees. PRN has been under FBI order to preserve all emails and other evidence since the start of its investigation last year.

Clinton’s missing “personal” emails may also be captured on a Google server. According to FBI notes, Combetta “transferred all of the Clinton email content to a personal Google email address he created.” Only the FBI never subpoenaed Google to find out.

The FBI documents also reveal that Hillary’s server was mirrored on a cloud server in Pennsylvania maintained by Datto Inc., a tech firm that performs cloud-to-cloud data protection.

How Secret Service Dogs Stopped Intruder Who Jumped White House Fence

secretservicedogs-208c8b2d-1a37-4637-82f8-b9b177defedfBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cane, a Secret Service dog, became unsettled at 7:15 p.m. on Oct. 22, 2014.

“’Cane, buddy—what is up with you?” his handler asked him.

At 7:16 p.m., a man jumped the White House fence, and the dog’s handler yelled out for the unwanted intruder to stop or he’d unleash the canine, Mens Journal reported, citing Maria Goodavage’s book, “Secret Service Dogs.”

After the intruder ignored the commands, another dog named Jadan lunged at the man, biting him in the stomach. Later, the man kicked Jadan in the head.

Another dog, Hurricane, was let loose, and he grabbed the intruder’s knee. But the man repeatedly punched Hurricane.

Then Jadan came rushing back, biting the man.

“OK, I’m done! Get the dogs off of me!” the intruder called out.

Neither dog was seriously injured, but the intruder and threat were stopped.

ICE Urges Justice Department to Reopen Privatized Facilities for Illegal Immigrants

ice sealBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Immigration and Custom’s Enforcement is urging the Justice Department to reopen at least two privatized facilities to help house an influx of illegal immigrants.

ICE says it needs up to 5,000 beds to house a record number of immigrants being detained and deported by the Obama administration, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Among consideration are at least three privately owned detention centers, including troubled facilities in Youngstown, Ohio, and Cibola County, New Mexico.

The Justice Department has sought to curtail its use of private prison because of an inspector general’s report that found higher rates of safety and security incidents.

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates wrote in a memo to federal officials. “This is the first step in the process of reducing – and ultimately ending – our use of privately operated prisons.”

ICE spokeswoman Jennifer Elzea declined to comment on negotiations with the Justice Department.

“ICE remains committed to providing a safe and humane environment for all those in its custody,” Elzea says. “ICE’s civil detention system reduces transfers, maximizes access to counsel and visitation, promotes recreation, improves conditions of confinement and ensures quality medical, mental health and dental care.”

Border Patrol Agent Injured by Concrete Block Hurled Across the Border

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was injured when someone hurled a concrete block at him while he tried to apprehend an illegal immigrant.

The agent spotted a man on surveillance video unlawfully crossing the border. When he pursued the suspect, someone across the border struck the agent on the shoulder with a concrete block.

“While in the process of apprehending the man, the agent was struck on the shoulder by a block of concrete, approximately four inches in diameter, that was thrown over the border fence by an unknown assailant in Mexico,” CBP said in a press release. “The agent suffered soft tissue contusions, but was not seriously injured and declined medical treatment.”

Since Oct. 1, seven border patrol agents were assaulted while working for the El Centro Sector.