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FBI Background Checks for Guns Often Miss Those Who Would Be Banned

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Mentally ill people, drug offenders and others who are prohibited from owning guns often are able to obtain a firearm because the required FBI background checks have significant flaws, the New York Times reports.

The nearly two-decade-old requirement to conduct background checks of prospective gun buyers isn’t working as planned because many states aren’t sharing information on who’s mentally ill or has been tested positive for drugs, the New York Times has found.

Of the 50 states, 19 submitted fewer than 100 records of people with mental illnesses, compared to more than 100,000 records disclosed by New York, the Times wrote.

Rhode Island handed over none.

The Times revealed that states aren’t required to disclose the records, causing the gaps.

Kevin Walker Named FBI’s Next Equal Employment Opportunity Officer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Kevin W. Walker, the former acting deputy director and general counsel of the National Drug Intelligence Center, was named the FBI’s equal employment opportunity (EEO) officer, the FBI announced Thursday.

Walker’s job entails overseeing discrimination complaints, the DOJ Mediator Corps, the reasonable accommodation process and the sign language interpreter program.

Between 2006 and 2007, Walker was the chief prosecutor for U.S. forces in the Iraqi theater of operations and supervised trial team involved in courts-martial.

Walker earned a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and has various post-graduate degrees.

DEA Declines to Help LAPD Investigate Death of Suspect Under Federal Custody

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Los Angeles Police Department investigation into the death of a man while he was in the custody of the DEA has been virtually stalled because the federal agency has refused to cooperate with the investigation, the LA Times reports.

After analyzing records, the Times wrote that LAPD investigators can’t determine how the man’s injuries were inflicted without DEA assistance.

The LAPD believes the DEA may have caused the fatal injuries, which included 21 fractures on his ribs, while handcuffing the suspect. A coroner found that the blunt force caused internal bleeding.

A DEA spokeswoman said the Justice Department’s Inspector General also is investigating.

“It is not uncommon for an agent under multiple ongoing investigations to decline specific law enforcement interviews until an inspector general investigation is completed,” spokeswoman Dawn Dearden said.

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Retired FBI Official Michael Mason: Arming Teachers? Dumbest Idea Ever Proposed

Michael Mason is a retired Executive Assistant Director of the FBI.

Mike Mason/fbi photo

By Michael Mason
For ticklethewire.com

The recent mass shooting in Connecticut was an act of incomprehensible evil.

However, in the wake of this tragedy we need to ensure we come together to present thoughtful and effective ideas to reduce the probability of such an act ever occurring again. Arming teachers is categorically not a recommendation that should enjoy any consideration at all.

The probability of having an active shooter incident at any particular school is infinitesimally small. The ridiculous suggestion of arming teachers would actually increase that probability simply by virtue of putting thousands of guns in schools which today have none.

There is a huge difference between handing someone a gun and ensuring they receive the proper training to effectively engage that gun when required to do so.

Training is not a once and done endeavor, it must be continuous, and be required.  It is difficult enough to hit a paper target that is not shooting back at you.

Imagine the average teacher having to use that gun under the most adverse circumstances imaginable. We expect Ms. Jones, a great, compassionate, effective teacher, to now become an extension of the police department’s SWAT team?

We expect her to run to the sound of gun fire, through all the chaos and noise and effectively use that gun that has been locked in her drawer for the past 11 years? Really, can there be a more absurd notion circulating around the country.

Owning a gun and genuinely being prepared, psychologically and physically, to use it are two entirely different concepts.

I carried a gun for 23 years and in that time only experience one occasion during which I thought I was going to have to shoot another man. I did not think, “Go ahead…make my day.”

I clearly remember thinking, “Please don’t make me shoot you.” Although I was committed to doing so, I remain grateful to this day I did not have to shoot that individual. My point is that the concept of going from teacher one moment to effectively deploying deadly force in the next moment goes far beyond simply having access to a firearm.

The mass shooting in Connecticut absolutely demands that we address the issue of gun control. It is equally important that we not simply react, but rather engage in intelligent, thoughtful discussions to develop solutions that will genuinely impact this horrendous situation. Arming teachers is simply a dumb idea which deserves not a second more of serious consideration.

 

 

FBI Won’t Release More Information about Mass Shooter at Sikh Temple

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the nation looks closer at the motives behind mass shootings, the FBI is refusing to release more information on Wade Michael Page, who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis. before committing suicide.

This is all the FBI has to say about the motive: “The FBI investigation indicates Wade Michael Page acted alone and was not assisted in committing this violent crime killing six and wounding four other victims,” the FBI’s statement said in November. “No evidence was uncovered to conclude this attack was directed or facilitated by any white supremacist group. During the shooting at the temple, Page exchanged gunfire with two Oak Creek police officers seriously wounding one, before being shot by another officer, then turning his weapon on himself. There is also no evidence to suggest the attack was part of any ongoing threat to the Sikh community.”

Although the FBI interviewed 300 people, pursued 200 investigative leads and examined more than 200 pieces of evidence, it does not plan to release more information.

“He did not leave a note behind,” Leonard Peace, spokesman for the FBI’s Milwaukee office, said Tuesday. “The investigation did not reveal that he had communicated to anyone his intent to do this. Without any clear motive as to why, you can only speculate what his true motives were in doing this attack. That’s not what we do. We don’t sit and speculate. We have to base our investigation on finding some facts.”

ICE on the Hunt for ‘Jane Doe’ Child Pornographer Who Was Video Recorded Having Sex with a Child

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to child pornography, the suspects are almost always men.

But ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations special agents are  searching for a woman who produced a child pornography video that depicts her engaging in explicit sex with a 4-to-5-year-old victim, the Daily Mail reports.

The woman is believed to be between 23 and 29 years old.

Investigators fear the child is still in danger. The video was uploaded to the Internet on or about Nov. 27, the Daily Mail reported.

The Mail incorrectly reported that the FBI was investigating. ICE’s Homeland Security Investigation  is the agency working on the case.

FBI Hunts Down Two Daring Inmates Who Escaped from High-Rise Jail in Chicago

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is on the hunt for two inmates who made a daring escape from a high-rise jail in Chicago early Wednesday morning, the Chicago Tribune reports.

New videos show the two fugitive bank robbers hopping a cab a few blocks from the Metropolitan Correctional Facility, where authorities said they slid down a rope made off bedsheets, the tribune reported.

The Tribune wrote that the pair, Joseph “Jose” Banks and Kenneth Conley, fled to Conley’s mom’s house, but they were shooed away.

As the FBI tracked down more leads, it’s offering a $50,000 reward to capture the two fugitives.

 

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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Officials Accused of Hindering FBI Investigation

Steve Neavling
tickethewire.com

A federal grand jury is investigating whether Los Angeles County jail officials moved an FBI informant to hinder a federal probe into alleged jail abuses, the LA Times reports.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials moved the inmate several time under a series of aliases and kept him under constant watch, the LA Times reported.

At least one witness testified that the inmate was moved to hide him from federal agents, according to the LA Times.

Sheriff’s officials insist they weren’t trying to hide the informant, Anthony Brown. Instead, they said, they were protecting him from other deputies.