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Pimps Grow More Brazen, Luring Children into Prostitution in Groups, Public Events

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pimps appear to be getting more brazen.

KSAT ABC 12 reports that pimps are luring children and young adults into sex work by working in groups and public events.

“They travel the same way that maybe a band would travel: from city to city. They identify a market which would be very lucrative and they travel together to that city. We do know that they target sporting events, large music events — any attraction that would bring a large congregation of men to a certain area,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michelle Lee. “They set prices and they work on marketing together. They share intelligence about law enforcement efforts to detect and disrupt they’re activities and they’re becoming very sophisticated.”

The work can be lucrative. The FBI estimates that a pimp will make an average of $67,000 per child.

The brazen efforts by pimps have led to the FBI’s launch of Operation: Cross-country, which empowers authorities to pursue sex traffickers more aggressively.

“Most of the victims are young girls; however, we are seeing a trend for young boys,” Lee said. “We’ve seen victims as young as 9 years old, but we also see a lot who are in their mid-teens and their upper-teens as well.”

Opinion by The Atlantic: FBI Lies A lot – And It’s Often an Affront to Fourth Amendment & Consent

By Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic

The FBI lies a lot.

Sometimes that’s fully justified. Brave agents risk their lives to infiltrate terrorist cells, organized crime, and child-pornography rings. Subterfuge is vital to these operations, and needn’t harm the country if done correctly. But there are certain kinds of lies and untruths that the FBI should carefully avoid. FBI Director James Comey isn’t always able to identify them.

Consider his remarks on three separate subjects.

The first is the debate about whether Apple, Google, and other device manufacturers should build security vulnerabilities into their devices so that the tiny subset that police want to search can be compromised after a warrant is obtained. Comey went on 60 Minutes and misled its audience about whether a warrant is always needed to read your email. He “clarified” his remarks during a subsequent speech at the Brookings Institution. But key details of that speech turned out to be misleading too. Perhaps these were untruths spoken out of ignorance and lack of preparation rather than lies. Either way, an FBI director should take special care to speak accurately when engaged in public debate about important matters of public policy. Comey keeps failing that standard.

Subject No. 2 concerns an FBI lie that everyone acknowledges to be deliberate. Agents in Las Vegas suspected an illegal gambling ring was being run out of a few fancy hotel rooms. But they didn’t have enough evidence for a search warrant. The law forbade them from entering unless the inhabitants let them in voluntarily.

The agents hatched a scheme. They would shut off the room’s Internet connection as if it had broken, pose as hotel employees coming to fix the problem, and thereby gain the “consent” of the inhabitants to come in and look around. This is an affront to the Fourth Amendment and the concept of consent.

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested After Allegedly Beating Man with Helmet Over Cowboys Game

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is in hot water after he was accused of beating another man in the parking lot of a bar with a motorcycle helmet because of an argument over a Dallas Cowboys game, Valley Central reports.

Hector David Arredondo, 42, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge on Nov. 2.

A patrol officer spotted the fight.

The agent has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

It’s unclear whether the agent has been suspended pending results of the investigation.

Defendants in Dog Fighting Ring Get One of Nation’s Longest Sentences for Actions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Defendants in one of the largest dog fighting busts in U.S. history received some of the stiffest prison sentences ever issued for a dog-fighting ring, the Washington Times reports.

The Alabama dog fighting ring involved more than 350 dogs.

“These dogs lived in deplorable conditions that constituted extraordinary cruelty,” said George Beck Jr., U.S. Attorney for the middle district of Alabama. “They were made to fight and if they lost, they were killed.”

The defendants received sentences ranging from six to eight months.

“This is truly a landmark case for the animal welfare community,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of Field Investigations and Response for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The defendants also were found to be in possession of large amounts of drugs and illegal weapons.

Border Patrol Agents Smash Window of American Trucker, Pulls Him Out for Not Answering Questions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American trucker who refused to answer questions from the Border Patrol was yanked out of his truck by agents after they smashed his window as a camera rolled, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The truck driver was arrested at a checkpoint near Falfurrias in Texas, about 60 miles north of the border.

When asked whether he was an America citizen, the trucker said he would “rather not” answer.

Despite warnings of being removed from the truck, the driver refused to answer questions.

“You don’t have probable cause. I don’t have to answer the questions,” the truck driver said. “If I am breaking the law, then arrest me. I am not getting out of the truck, I do not consent.”

An agent accuses the driver of refusing to cooperate with an immigration inspection and then smashes the window before pulling the driver out.

No charges have yet been filed against the driver in federal court.

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FBI Seeking Help Identifying Hundreds of Children Victimized in ‘Sextortion’ Case

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking for help identifying suspects in its largest “sextortion” case ever prosecuted.

WJXX-TV reports that a Northeast Florida man was asking for sexually explicit photos and videos of girls as young as 13 years old.

“He pretended to be a young boy the same age,” said McCarley. “He befriended them, joined their Myspace, Facebook trying to get to know them.”

Agents were shocked when they found what was on Lucas Chansler’s computer: 350 victims and 80,000 pictures and videos on his computer.

Only about 100 victims have been identified.

Chansler was sentenced to 105 years in prison.

FBI Letter to MLK Reveals How Much J. Edgar Hoover Hated the Civil Rights Leader

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s well-known that notorious FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover loathed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

That has never been made clearer than in an uncensored letter from Hoover to King that was recently found among the former director’s archives, the New York Times wrote.

In the letter, Hoover calls King “a colossal fraud” and “a dissolute, abnormal moral imbecile.” The letter is based on King’s lively sex life, which had been known only by his inner circle.

“You are finished,” Hoover wrote. “It is all on the record – your sexual orgies.”

Hoover warned there was “but one way out for you,” possibly referring to suicide.

“You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

Despite Hoover’s obsession with spoiling King’s reputation, history tells a different story. King is remembered as a vigilant leader of nonviolence and equality. Hoover, on the other hand, has a reputation as a bully with little concern for civil liberties.

Law Firm: Alabama Prison System Rife with Abuse, Should be Investigated by DOJ

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Widespread corruption, misconduct and abusive behavior were found in Alabama’s prison system following a six-month investigation by a nonprofit law firm.

Now the firm, the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative, is urging the Justice Department to conduct a formal investigation, the Montgomery Advertiser reports.

Alleging extreme violence, security problems and a culture of fear at the prisons, the firm filed a lawsuit against the Alabama Department of Corrections last month.

EJI Director Bryan Stevenson said the problems are widespread and won’t change until the Justice Department gets involved.

“It’s not adequate to say we don’t have the money to do better,” Stevenson said. “A lot of these problems reflect cultural problems, leadership problems and management problems that don’t directly relate to the budget.”