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DEA ‘Most Interested’ in Americans Who Invest in Medical Marijuana Industry in Canada

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA said it is “most interested” in U.S. residents who invest in Canadian medical marijuana, Reuters reports.

Some experts say those investors are violating the Controlled Substances Act because pot is still illegal on the federal level. Using a bank to transfer funds also could be considered money laundering.

Reuters asked about the DEA’s position on these types of investments, and the agency’s spokesman said the DEA is “most interested in these types of activities.”

The news caused a brief decline in shares in medical marijuana companies because a recovery.

Review of Beleaguered Secret Service Will Be Led by 4 Former Senior Government Officials

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four former senior government officials will head up an independent review of the beleaguered Secret Service, Washington Times reports.

The review panel will include two former officials for former President George W. Bush and two who have served under President Obama.

The panel is expected to submit its findings and recommendations to the White House by Dec. 15.

The Secret Service is currently being led by retired Secret Service Agent Joseph Clancy, who will be replaced once a new director is appointed.

FBI Director Comey: ‘You Cannot Trust People in power,’ Question Authority

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said it’s important that the government have the authority to access any American’s phone, he said in a “60 Minutes” interview.

The New York Daily News reports that Comey struck a balanced tone, saying he also thought it was important for Americans to be “deeply skeptical” of the government.

Comey emphasized that access to phones is granted by a judge when the information is critical to a criminal case or security issue.

But don’t stop questioning the government, he said.

“You cannot trust people in power,” he added.

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NYPD’s Use of ‘Broken Windows’ Crime-Fighting Strategy Comes Under Fire

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Justice Department is mulling whether to investigate NYPD’s use of the controversial crime fighting strategy known as “broken windows,” the New York Daily News reports.

The Justice Department Civil Rights Division is considering a request from six members of Congress to investigate whether black people and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by quality-of-life violations.

“When a systemic pattern or practice of misconduct is determined to exist, we have the authority to initiate civil action against state or local officials to remedy the misconduct,” wrote Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik.

The Congress members said plenty of evidence exists against the NYPD.

“It’s now our job to convince the Department of Justice that the evidence exists to open a pattern and practice investigation,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. “The police department in New York City is out of control right now. It seems as though every day a new video surfaces of an officer brutalizing someone in the black and Latino community.”

 

FBI Reports Positive Leads in Search for Americans Who Joined ISIS Fighters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s appeal for more information on Americans joining ISIS has led to strong leads, ABC News reports.

“The FBI tips website that was announced yesterday has received a substantial number of web visits, some of which have generated leads,” another FBI official said Thursday. “We continue to call on the public to report suspicious activity of travelers in support of a terrorist organization or information about the subject speaking with a North American accent in the video issued by ISIL on September 19.”

The news comes after the FBI announced a new tip line devoted to capturing Americans involved with ISIS. Among those under investigation is a man who is featured in an ISIS video called “Flames of War.”

“In the video, a man whose face is obscured by a mask alternates seamlessly between English and Arabic in pro-ISIL [ISIS] pronouncements intended to appeal to a Western audience,” the web post Tuesday said. “Dressed in desert camouflage and wearing a shoulder holster, the masked man can be seen standing in front of purported prisoners as they dig their own graves and then later presiding over their executions.

“The FBI needs your help identifying the individuals in this video as well as anyone traveling abroad to join terrorist groups,” said the FBI post.

U.S. authorities estimate roughly 100 Americans have joined militant groups in Iraq and Syria.

 

 

FBI Director Comey: ISIS Has Demonstrated No Resources to Attack America

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Does ISIS have the resources to strike the U.S.?

FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that the terrorist organization has shown no “capacity or resources” to pull off such an attack, the Courier-Journal reports.

Comey dismissed suggestions that the Obama administration missed the emergence of ISIS.

“From the FBI’s perspective, I don’t think it is anything we missed,” he said.

Comey was in Louisville as part of his tour of every field office in the U.S.

Because of the surveillance after the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, the U.S. is “much safer” because of additional resources given to the FBI.

ATF Badge, Gun Emerge from Drought-Dry Dam in California After 22 Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fisherman’s catch in a drought-dry dam at Castaic Lake in California was quite the surprise.

Instead of pulling out a fish, the Castaic man reeled in a bag containing a gun and badge issued to an ATF agent, CBSLA.com reports.

The water line has receded 151 feet, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

(Correction: An earlier version of the story mistakenly said the badge was lost by an FBI agent. It was an ATF agent)

Turns out, the backpack was lost by an unidentified ATF agent who was enjoying a day at the lake in 1992 when the bag fell into the water.

“As I opened it up a gun fell out,” the fisherman said. “I opened the wallet and there was a badge. I knew that I better go find the sheriff’s and give it to them.”

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