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Chicago Tribune: FBI’s Damning Non-Indictment Shows ‘Extremely Careless’ Clinton

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
Chicago Tribune

Here’s the campaign bumper sticker you won’t see: “Clinton in ’16 — Because No Charges Were Recommended.”

FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that, having completed its investigation, his agency will not recommend to the U.S. Department of Justice that Hillary Clinton face criminal prosecution for mishandling sensitive emails when she was secretary of state. No reasonable prosecutor would take up this case, Comey said.

That decision is an enormous relief to Clinton, and an artful escape. The presumptive Democratic nominee for president no longer has to worry about the presumptive part. It looks like she’ll get the nod at the National Democratic Convention. If the FBI had concluded that Clinton likely broke the law, the bumper sticker of the day would have nixed her name and instead featured Joe Biden’s.

Let’s leave the cheerleading to her campaign staffers, though. This is a political disaster for Clinton. Relying exclusively on a private email server to do the public’s work as America’s top diplomat was foolish and reckless. Comey, in a surprise televised statement, rendered a two-word judgment that may never be forgotten: “extremely careless.” As that behavior applies to classified government information, it’s not what many people are looking for in a president.

Specifically, Comey said: “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

He continued: “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”

Parsing that statement, the phrase that sticks out is “any reasonable person,” as in: You’d think the barest qualification for being secretary of state — or becoming president — is the ability to use reasonable judgment. Clinton, the FBI director asserted, failed that test. It’s not going too far to say that what she did could be a firing offense, if she were still on the job. Getting the ax would be the likely fate of any high federal official who showed a willful lack of respect for handling U.S. secrets. But set aside government protocols and politics. Imagine the phrase “extremely careless” stamped on your own performance evaluation by the boss. What might the consequences be?

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Louisiana Lawmaker Calls for Justice Department Probe After Police Shoot Black Man

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Louisiana lawmaker is calling on the Justice Department to investigate Baton Rouge Police after at least one officer shot a 37-year-old man to death while he was on the ground.

A video of the shooting provoked protests in Louisiana Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Louisiana Rep. Cedric Richmond wants federal investigators to solves some of the “unanswered questions” in the case.

“There are a number of unanswered questions surrounding Mr. Sterling’s death, including questions about the initial calls for police presence, the level of force used by officers, the verbal and physical altercation, and the response of the officers after he was shot,” Richmond said Wednesday in a statement, KXLF.com reports. http://www.kxlf.com/story/32381137/louisiana-lawmaker-calls-on-justice-department-to-investigate-police-shooting-death

Local police are reviewing the video.

The officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation.

TSA Testing New Way to Speed Up Airport Lines, Improve Security

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is researching ways to speed up airport lines and improve security.

CBS News reports the TSA is testing computer-tomography – or CT – scanners at a checkpoint in the Phoenix airpot.

The technology would be used to inspect carry-on bags. TSA uses CT scanners for checked baggage.

The scanners generate 3-D images, which are analyzed by computers.

With the technology, screeners would not need to examine X-ray images of every bag.

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FBI Director Comey Recommending No Charges Against Hillary in Email Probe

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that he won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in the State Department email probe.

The final decision is up to the Justice Department. But under the circumstances it would be highly unusual for the Justice Department to move forward with charges.

Comey said there was  evidence of potential violations of the law,  but “our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. ”

“In looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” he said.

Below is the full text of Comey’s remarks:

Good morning. I’m here to give you an update on the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail system during her time as Secretary of State.

After a tremendous amount of work over the last year, the FBI is completing its investigation and referring the case to the Department of Justice for a prosecutive decision. What I would like to do today is tell you three things: what we did; what we found; and what we are recommending to the Department of Justice.

This will be an unusual statement in at least a couple ways. First, I am going to include more detail about our process than I ordinarily would, because I think the American people deserve those details in a case of intense public interest. Second, I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.

I want to start by thanking the FBI employees who did remarkable work in this case. Once you have a better sense of how much we have done, you will understand why I am so grateful and proud of their efforts.

So, first, what we have done:

The investigation began as a referral from the Intelligence Community Inspector General in connection with Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State. The referral focused on whether classified information was transmitted on that personal system.

Our investigation looked at whether there is evidence classified information was improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities.

Consistent with our counterintelligence responsibilities, we have also investigated to determine whether there is evidence of computer intrusion in connection with the personal e-mail server by any foreign power, or other hostile actors.

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Stejskal: How the Late University of Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler Inspired FBI’s First Probe Into Steroids in Sports

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office. His column first appeared in the Ann Arbor Observer. It’s being republished with his permission.

By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com

Featured_stejskal-and-bo_22400The late Bo Schembechler (left) and Greg Stejskal.

In reading recent accounts of state-sponsored use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), primarily by Russia, I was struck by how quickly it was decided that the FBI would open an investigation. There hasn’t always been a keen interest in pursuing criminal investigations of PEDs in sports. Arguably, that interest began in Ann Arbor.

In 1988, when I was an agent in the FBI’s Ann Arbor office, Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler asked me to come to his office. Since 1982, I had been making presentations to Bo’s players about sports gambling, drugs, and violence against women.

Now he and Mike Gittleson, the Michigan strength and conditioning coach, wanted to discuss their concerns about the use of anabolic steroids by football players. These synthetic versions of testosterone have very limited legitimate medical uses–but the coaches were seeing athletes who abused them, taking dangerously high doses to promote abnormal growth and strength.

It wasn’t just college players. The coaches told me that even the high school players they were seeing in Michigan’s summer instructional camp were asking not whether they should use steroids but when they should start.

Bo knew the sale and possession of nonprescription steroids had recently been made a felony under federal law. He wanted to know what was being done to enforce the law. I told him I didn’t know but would find out.

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FBI Won’t Give Up on Norman Rockwell Painting Stolen 40 Years Ago

The Norman Rockwell painting was featured in the

The Norman Rockwell painting was featured in the Saturday Evening Post.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is not giving up on finding a Norman Rockwell painting that was stolen from a Cherry Hill, N.J. home 40 years ago.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that FBI is issuing a new appeal to find the “Taking a Break” painting, which depicts a weary farmboy.

The oil painting was featured on the cover of a 1919 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

The painting was among several items stolen from the home of Robert and Teresa Grant on June 30, 1976.

Woman Captured 3 Days After Being Placed on Top 10 Most Wanted List

Shanika Minor was added to the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list.

Shanika Minor was added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just three days after Shanika Minor was placed on the FBI’s Top Ten Most Wanted list, she was arrested at a motel in North Carolina.

Fox 6 reports that Minor, who was wanted for the murder of a pregnant woman, was on the run for nearly four months after the fatal shooting.

The family of the victim, Tamecca Perry, expressed gratitude.

“I want to tell whoever turned her in, thank you. Thank you,” Elaine Freeman, Perry’s aunt said.

Records: CIA Imprisoned, Interrogated Man Knowing He Was Innocent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

New records reveal that the CIA imprisoned and interrogated a man that investigators knew was not a terrorist.

McClathy reports that the CIA realized it imprisoned the wrong man, a German citizen named Khaleed al-Masri, in Afghanistan.

Al-Mari was held in a secret prison with a “small cell with some clothing, bedding and a bucket for his waste,” according to a recently released internal CIA report.

McClathy wrote:

Adding to the sense of injustice: Even though the agency realized early on that al-Masri was the wrong man, it couldn’t figure out how to release him without having to acknowledge its mistake. The agency eventually dumped him unceremoniously in Albania and essentially pretended his arrest and detention had never happened.