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Former DEA Supervisor Becomes Advocate of Marijuana Industry As Lawyer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patrick Moen, a 36-year-old former DEA supervisor, took quite a turn in his career path, the Atlantic reports.

Yes, Moen may have recently led a team that fought against methamphetamine and heroin dealers in Portland.

But that’s the past. Moen has become the in-house lawyer for Privateer Holdings Inc., a private equity firm that invests in websites, insurers and consultants in the industry.

“The potential social and financial returns are enormous,” Moen said of his new business. “The attitudes toward cannabis are shifting rapidly.”

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Feds: 18 Charged in Sweeping Case of Abuse in L.A. County Sheriff’s Department

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Eighteen current and former members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department are accused of misconduct and abusing inmates in county jails, the New York Times reports.

Feds charged the defendants Monday with excessive use of force and obstruction of justice at the nation’s largest county’s jail system.

The charges follow countless complaints from inmates who say they were mistreated behind bars.

To make matters worse, two lieutenants are accused of trying to hide an FBI informant by releasing him and then rebooking him under a different name, the Times reports.

“Certain behavior had become institutionalized, and a group of officers considered themselves to be above the law,” André Birotte Jr., the United States attorney for Los Angeles, said. “Instead of ensuring the law is defended, they are accused of taking steps to prevent that.”

 

FBI Began Experimenting with Drones in 1995, But Didn’t See Them As Viable Option

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Beginning in 1995, the FBI started experimenting with drones as a tool for video surveillance.

But according to the Verge, federal authorities didn’t initially believe the drones were viable options.

Now, the FBI appears to be building a drone program, according to the Verge.

Records obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics show that the FBI’s first “operational drone deployment” was in October 2006.

Since then, the FBI has slowly but steadily moved toward using drones.

FBI Agent Testifies About 2 Police Officers Using Deadly Force on Homeless Man

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI agent John Wilson didn’t have to see much.

“That would not be good proper police procedure,” Wilson testified after watching a surveillance tape of the deadly police encounter, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Wilson provided expert testimony in the trial of two Fullerton police officers who are charged in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas.

The video showed the homeless man being struck on the head by an officer’s gun.

“Those strikes to the head would be in excess of what a reasonable officer in this position would use to gain control of the situation.”

Dec. 8, 1963: A Look Back at Infamous Kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Just days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a group of amateur criminals plotted to kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. in hopes of landing a big ransom, the FBI posted.

Two 23-year-old former high school classmates from Los Angels kidnapped the son of the world’s most famous singer at the time. Sinatra Jr. was taken from a dressing room, blindfolded and taken to a car waiting outside.

On Dec. 11, the singer gave up $240,000 in ransom.

But one of the conspirators got nervous and let Sinatra go, leading to the arrest of the three men.

NAACP Urges Justice Department to Probe Miami Gardens Police Action

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The NAACP in Florida is asking the Justice Department to investigate an unusual number of arrests at a convenience store in Miami Gardens, CBS Miami reports.

Civil rights leaders are concerned about numerous arrests following police activity at the 207 Quickstop.

One employee, for example, was cited for trespassing more than 60 times despite working at the store, CBS Miami wrote.

“The citizens are outraged. So many complaints have been rolling in about how they’re being treated.We know there is a lot of crime in Miami Gardens. We are not  supporting criminals. This is not that point at all. This is about ensuring that those who are law-abiding citizens are not abused. Even if they are criminals, there is a way to deal with criminals,” said Adora Obi Nweze, president of the NAACP Florida State Conference.

An officer who spoke on condition of anonymity said police are stopping people only to meet quotas.

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Former Prosecutor Critical of Rep. Issa’s Attack on the FBI

James Burdick is a former Wayne County prosecutor in Detroit and is a criminal defense attorney who also practices health care discipline and is a reinstatement expert at the firm of Burdick Law, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Mi. He has also appeared regularly on Larry King Live, Court TV, Geraldo, Good Morning America and other national shows. He is an occasional contributor to ticklethewire.com.  His column is in response to Rep. Darrell Issa accusing the FBI of stonewalling when it comes to disclosing information about its probe into the IRS investigating a conservative group.

James Burdick

James Burdick

By James Burdick
For ticklethewire.com

And here’s the perfect model of Tea Party imbecile – Darrell  Issa. Now the FBI is stonewalling him about its investigation into the IRS who – sorry, Darryl – was using algorithms that pulled up the names of as many progressive groups as conservative.

Sooner or later Mr. Issa is going to have to start working on a budget, isn’t he? Or is he the Congressman designated to only investigate Democratic administrations?

He apparently wasn’t worried at all over Cheney’s office divulging the name and job of an undercover CIA agent, or the lies his office told Congress to get them to approve a declaration of war against a dictator whose only intelligent act was to despise, and be despised by, al Qaida.

No weapons of mass destruction, no connections with Iran (Iraq’s arch enemy) or al Qaida operatives, and yet Cheney and Bush picked him to attack, because they feared they’d have no chance to find bin Laden and would look like the arm-chair “soldiers” that they really were.

Report: ATF Exploits Mentally Disabled People, Children During Questionable Investigations

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ATF used some questionable tactics in investigations that included exploiting mentally challenged people, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel showed.

 After reviewing thousands of documents, the paper found:

■ ATF agents befriended mentally disabled people to drum up business and later arrested them in at least four cities in addition to Milwaukee. In Wichita, Kan., ATF agents referred to a man with a low IQ as “slow-headed” before deciding to secretly use him as a key cog in their sting. And agents in Albuquerque, N.M., gave a brain-damaged drug addict with little knowledge of weapons a “tutorial” on machine guns, hoping he could find them one.

■ Agents in several cities opened undercover gun- and drug-buying operations in safe zones near churches and schools, allowed juveniles to come in and play video games and teens to smoke marijuana, and provided alcohol to underage youths. In Portland, attorneys for three teens who were charged said a female agent dressed provocatively, flirted with the boys and encouraged them to bring drugs and weapons to the store to sell.

■ As they did in Milwaukee, agents in other cities offered sky-high prices for guns, leading suspects to buy firearms at stores and turn around and sell them to undercover agents for a quick profit. In other stings, agents ran fake pawnshops and readily bought stolen items, such as electronics and bikes — no questions asked — spurring burglaries and theft. In Atlanta, agents bought guns that had been stolen just hours earlier, several ripped off from police cars.

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