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Border Patrol Shifts Resources Because of Sharp Increase of Immigrant Smugglers in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The never-ending battle to crack down on immigrant smugglers has shifted to southernmost Texas where federal agents are seeing an alarming influx of activity, Fox News reports.

Border Patrol leaders are shifting resources from western states after a marked increase of arrests from Oct. 1 to May 17, when more than 148,000 people were arrested. At that pace, the arrests would reach the last year’s number in just eight months.

“I don’t think we have anywhere near the resources that we would require to even make a dent in what we’ve got going on here,” said Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent in McAllen and local vice president of the agents’ union. “I think it’s common knowledge that we don’t have the resources, that’s why they’re coming in droves like they are. They’re exploiting a weakness that they’ve found and quite frankly they’re doing a good job of it.”

Justice Department Wants to Slow Pace of Deportations by Focusing on Immigrants with Violent Histories

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

City and county jails are increasingly rejecting federal requests to hold immigrants who are in the country illegally.

Now the Justice Department plans to do something about it – reduce deportation mainly to immigrants who have committed violent crimes, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is expected to make his case before the Security Communities.

The move is controversial because it would reduce the number of deportations.

Supporters say the initiative would allow local police to handle their own crimes and for more humane treatment of immigrants.

Republicans oppose any changes to Secure Communities without an overhaul of the immigration law, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

Discontinued Full-Body Scanners at Airports End Up in Local Jails After Privacy Concerns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The full-body scanners that revealed nude images to the TSA at airports now have a new home.

Time reports that most of the 171 scanners have ended up in jails nationwide.

Privacy advocates blasted the scanners, saying they were too revealing.

The federal government let go of the scanners for much less than they were paid for – $130,000 to $170,00.

 

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Stejskal: Mississippi Burning 50 Years Later

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.
By Greg Stejskal
ticklethewire.com
 
The 60s were a tumultuous decade, and 1964 was emblematic of that decade. Arthur Ashe won the US Open, and Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace. The Beatles came to America and established a beachhead for the “British invasion.” Lyndon Johnson, a Southern Democrat, having become President when John Kennedy was assassinated in November of 1963, showed great political courage and legislative acumen by getting landmark civil rights laws passed in Congress.

On June 19th the US Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Two days later the need for that legislation became clear when three civil rights workers disappeared under suspicious circumstances in Mississippi. Two of the workers were white and from the north, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman. The third, James Chaney, was black and from Mississippi.

In the heady days of the spring of ’64 with the civil rights bills moving through Congress, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) announced an initiative, the Mississippi Summer Project. It was to participate in this project that Schwerner and Goodman had traveled to Mississippi. There, they joined-up with Chaney and other local civil rights workers.

There were those in Mississippi who were dead set (literally) against the civil rights initiatives or any of the changes to the status quo that were portended by the civil rights legislation. Foremost in this opposition were the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi.

The following is a rendition of events based on the testimony at the 1967 federal trial, US v. Price; et al:

In May of 1964, Sam Bowers, Imperial Wizard of the Mississippi KKK sent word to his fellow klansmen, it was time to activate “Plan 4” – the “elimination” of Michael Schwerner. Schwerner had drawn the enmity of the Klan because he had organized a black boycott of a white-owned business and had aggressively been trying to register blacks to vote. The Klan referred to Schwerner as “Jew-boy” and “Goatee.”

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FBI Confirms Sightings of Masterpieces Stolen from Boston Art Museum in 1990

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men disguised as police officers stole $500 million worth of artwork from a Boston museum in 1990.

Now the FBI has confirmed recent sightings of the work that was taken from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston.com reports.

The art included work by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet.

FBI Special Agent Geoff Kelly, who is in charge of the theft, identified three persons of interest, all of whom have ties to organized crime: Carmello Merlino, Robert Guarente, and Robert Gentile.

Gentile, who is the only one of trio still alive, said he knows nothing of the missing artwork.

FBI Director Comey Criticized for Suggesting the Bureau May Relax Marijuana Policy for Job Applicants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has come under fire for suggesting this week that he wants to relax the bureau’s drug policies to hire the best and brightest hackers.

“I have to hire a great workforce to compete with those cyber-criminals, and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview,” Comey said, urging an audience member to tell his stoner friend to still fill out an application.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., wasn’t pleased and confronted Comey, who responded that he was trying to be lighthearted.

“I am determined not to lose my sense humor,” Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Unfortunately, there I was trying to be both serious and funny.”

Sessions said Comey’s earlier statement “could be interpreted as one more example of leadership in America dismissing the seriousness of marijuana use.”

AG Holder: New Recording Policy Intended to Protect Suspects and Federal Law Enforcement

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new policy to require federal agents to electronically record statements while suspects are in custody is intended to protect both suspects and law enforcement, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video posted by the Justice Department Thursday.

“Federal agents and prosecutors throughout the nation are firmly committed to due process in their rigorous and evenhanded enforcement of the law,” Holder said. “This new recording policy not only reaffirms our steadfast commitment to these ideals – it will provide verifiable evidence that our words are matched by our deeds. And it will help to strengthen the robust and fair system of justice upon which all Americans depend — and which every American deserves.”

The policy, which has exceptions and goes into effect July 11, applies to the FBI, ATF, DEA and U.S. Marshals Services.

The new policy “will ensure that we have an objective account of key investigations and interactions with people who are held in federal custody” and “allow us to document that detained individuals are afforded their constitutionally protected rights,” Holder said.