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Did Federal Agencies Miss Chances to Prevent Boston Marathon Bombing? Budget Cuts Delay Answer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The government shutdown has caused more delays in a high-level investigation into whether federal agencies could have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports.

The furloughs and budget cuts have bogged down inspectors general of four federal agencies who are conducting a wide-sweeping review.

Before the budget hurdles, the officials had already notified Congress that it would not meet a September deadline.

When will they meet again? Nothing has been scheduled, the Globe reported.

President Obama’s Pick For Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Faces Tough Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To say Alejandro Mayorkas is on the hot seat may be an understatement.

President Obama’s pick for deputy secretary of Homeland Security is already under an FBI investigation for allegedly exerting influence to help a political insider with a visa application, the Washington Times reports.

According to the Times, he’s also made misleading and potentially false statements to Congress recently.

Mayorkas is currently in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program, the Times wrote.

Obama’s Spiritual Adviser Reveals Heart-Wrenching Newtown Massacre Details

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter lined up students before unloading his rifle, according to a new book by President Obama’s spiritual adviser, Joshua DuBois, the New York Daily News reports.

“The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings That Inspired President Obama”  describes the horrific scene at the elementary school.

“How the gunman treated the children like criminals, lining them up to shoot them down. How so many bullets penetrated them that many were left unrecognizable. How the killer went from one classroom to another and would have gone farther if his rifle would’ve let him,” wrote DuBois, according to an excerpt of the book.

With DuBois at his side, the president met with families after 20-year-old Adam Lanza gunned down 26 people, 20 of whom were children.

“The President took a deep breath and steeled himself, and went into the first classroom. And what happened next I’ll never forget,” wrote DuBois about the heart-wrenching meetings.

 

Homeland Security Agent Among Those Recovering After Shootout with Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Homeland Security agent is recovering after he and five local law enforcement officials were wounded during a shootout Friday in suburban Sacramento, the Associated Press reports.

The agent was hospitalized in serious condition this weekend after he was shot in the leg.  Four of the officers were wounded by shrapnel  and were treated and released.  Another officer suffered a jaw wound.

The suspect, Nathan Duran, 32, is accused of attempted murder after he triggered an hour-along standoff that forced the evacuation of nearby homes.

The agent, whose name wasn’t released, was chasing Duran on foot when the suspect shot him.

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FBI Probes Claims That Baltimore Police Falsify Reports to Build Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating claims that a plainclothes unit of the Baltimore Police Department falsified reports to help their cases, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The complaints come from Kendall Richburg, who served on the Violent Crimes Impact Section and was charged with federal drug and gun offenses.

The Sun reported that Richburg told authorities he was among many on the unit to falsify reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Copperthite said Thursday that some cases of improper paperwork were found among his colleagues.

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Newark Star-Ledger: FBI Surveillance’s Lasting Impact Reminiscent of NYPD’s Snooping in Newark

Editorial Board
Newark Star-Ledger 

In its hunt for terrorists, the New York Police Department hid moles in Newark mosques and sent agents into Paterson bodegas. The spying stayed secret until boxes of documents were leaked to the Associated Press.

Here’s what was exposed: The NYPD’s surveillance of New Jersey Muslims never turned up a useful lead. But it bred mistrust in those neighborhoods — of police, the government and each other. The damager will outlast the cops’ cloak-and-dagger failure.

The American Civil Liberties Union has evidence of a nearly identical FBI program to
track and map racial, ethnic and religious groups across the country — under a 2003 law that protects the agency’s profiling. In 2011, ACLU lawyers sued for details about who, where and how the feds are watching these communities. This week, a federal appeals court ruled the FBI can keep its spy mission secret.

No one doubts the value of national security. But dangerous, discriminatory policies — particularly those directed at Muslim Americans since 9/11 — undermine trust between law enforcement and those communities. In the end, we’re all less safe.

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Suspects in Benghazi Attacks Not on State Department’s ‘Rewards for Justice’

 

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