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Border Patrol Agents Offer to Give Up Overtime to Eliminate Furlough Days, Union Says

  

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents are willing to give up increased overtime pay in exchange for not being furloughed as part of the mandated federal spending cuts, the Washington Post reports.

“The reform I have just proposed saves tax dollars, reduces overtime pay and brings about financial certainty to both the Border Patrol agents and the agency alike,” National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said at a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee’s subcommittee on oversight and management efficiency.

The plan also calls for a base-pay increase.

The department would save the department $40 million in the first year, Judd said.

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Gun Store That Sold Weapons Found at Scene of Newtown School Shooting Had Hundreds of Violations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Connecticut gun store that sold two guns at the scene of the Newtown elementary school massacre had more than 500 violations of federal firearms regulations, reports the Journal News of Westchester County.

Still, the ATF allowed the store to stay open without yanking the license until after the shooting, the Journal News wrote. 

That comes despite ATF allegations that the store was knowingly selling guns to felons, which is a federal crime.

ATF also found the store failed to properly keep records on gun sales and even entered the wrong serial numbers on some, according to the Journal News.

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Former FBI Analyst Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Porn in Federal Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI analyst accused of distributing child pornography to an undercover cop in Washington D.C. pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Keith Dietterle, 28, faces 97 to 121 months and a fine of up to $250,000 after pleading guilty to possession of child porn.

A task force of FBI agents and local police arrested Dietterle after authorities says he sent videos and images of children being sexual abused to a man he met on a seedy chat room.

That man turned out to be a D.C. police detective.

Dietterle, who was fired, will be sentenced June 27.

Privacy Group Sues FBI for Details on Sophisticated Biometric System

Courtesy of RecognitionSource.net

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A group of privacy advocates is suing the FBI for refusing to release details about its Next Generation Identification system, which will be one of the largest biometric databases in the world, WND reports.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed the suit, demanding information about technical specifications and private companies that are working on the system, according to WND.

The NGI system will include fingerprints, iris scans, face and voice recognition, DNA profiles, palm prints and photographs.

“The FBI will use facial recognition to match images in the database against facial images obtained from CCTV and elsewhere,” the organization said, arguing there already are an estimated 30 million spy cameras across the United States.

FBI Accuses Sacramento Crew of Making $3 million Selling Stolen Items on eBay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a Sacramento-based shoplifting crew accused of making more than $3 million selling more than 17,000 items from retailers on eBay, News 10 ABC reports.

Seven suspects were identified in criminal complaints that were unsealed Wednesday.

Arizona Man Eludes Capture Twelve Years After Murdering Family

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Twelve years after Robert Fisher slaughtered his family and burned them in his Arizona home, the FBI is still searching, KTVK-3TV in Phoenix reports.

Fisher is one of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives, and he has eluded capture ever since the crime.

“We continue to believe he is alive,” said Mark Hoffman, Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI.

Hoffman said Fisher will remain on the list until he is captured or dead.

“He has ties to Arizona, New Mexico and Florida,” Hoffman told KTVK-3TV. “We look at all possibilities he will not be taken off the top ten until we have definitive proof either he is alive and we captured him or he is dead, we’ll continue to look.”

Congressional Committee Opens Probe into Justice Department Spending

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department has come under fire for questionable purchases using taxpayer dollars, WSB-TV 2 reports.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee found the department spent $600,000 on event planners to organize five Justice Department conferences, the news station found.

Another $10,000 in federal police grants was spent on a pizza party.

The committee has ordered an audit.

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Part 2: What We Can Do to Confront the Threat of New Designer Drugs from China

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office. This is the second in a two-part series.  To read the first part, click here.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Part one of this report discussed the menace of a new generation of synthetic designer drugs from China causing a public health crisis in Europe. In America, in the last two years, enterprising rogue Chinese chemists have introduced hundreds of these new chemical combinations into the market.

This plague in America  is steadily growing worse.  Law enforcement and medical experts believe that the tens of thousands of reported cases in hospitals in the last year are just the tip of the iceberg. These numbers have essentially doubled just in the last year. The rate of reporting by the agencies like DAWN, which records emergency room admissions, and NFLIS, which keeps track of law enforcement laboratory tests on drugs, is a bleak harbinger of things to come.

Unless aggressive action is taken, we can expect the same panic the British are experiencing from this onslaught. On a more optimistic note, there are positive steps that can be taken and virtually all individuals and groups can have a role in this defense. This part will outline a strategy which can meet this oncoming crisis.

Parents —– Since the victims are largely teenagers living at home, the first line of defense has to be the parents. At a minimum all parents of teens and pre-teens should have a frank and two-sided conversation to educate their children on the life-threatening effects of these drugs, which are deceptively packaged and marketed as a “legal high.”

Teens think they are immortal and the prospect of some exciting new forbidden experience can be irresistible. Information and misinformation about the synthetics are spread by friends and acquaintances, and the availability is cheap and accessible. Many of these new consumers are naïve about drugs in general, as well as their dangers.

A teenage boy in North Dakota is currently facing murder charges because he gave a single tablet of a synthetic drug to a friend. The friend died shortly after ingesting it at a party. The consequences of such single acts are beyond the comprehension of most teens.

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