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Former DEA Officials Stand to Profit from Their Opposition to Marijuana Decriminalization

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two former top DEA officials who have been loudly urging the federal government to nullify marijuana decriminalization in Washington and Colorado stand to profit from making pot illegal, the U.S. News & World Report revealed.

The retired officials, Robert L. DuPont, former White House drug czar under Presidents Nixon and Ford, and Peter Bensinger, who was administrator of the DEA in the 1970s, run Bensinger, DuPont & Associates, which specializes in drug testing in the workplace, U.S. News wrote.

“These individuals still have financial and professional interests in ancillary businesses and endeavors that benefit from keeping marijuana illegal,” he says. “So there’s a lot of bluster to imply the sky is falling, while to the rest of the public this is no big deal.” Armentano cites a number of recent public opinion studies on pot, including a 2011 study from Gallup that found at least half of America today supports legalizing marijuana.

The men were among 10 former DEA officials to recently address the Senate Judiciary Committee over their opposition to the pot laws.

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FBI Surveillance Tool Ruled Unconstitutional

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — A federal court in California has ruled that a surveillance tool widely used by the FBI to obtain information on Americans without court oversight is unconstitutional because the gag order that accompanies it violates the First Amendment.

The ruling by Judge Susan Illston of the Northern District of California would bar the issuance of national security letters — a form of administrative subpoena — on constitutional grounds.

The ruling on the 1986 statute has been stayed while the government weighs an appeal. NSLs allow the FBI to ask Internet companies and other electronic communication service providers to turn over subscriber information on American customers and to demand that the providers keep the fact of the letter secret — including from the target.

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San Francisco Homeland Security Agent Faces Child Porn Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A San Francisco Department of Homeland Security Agent faces child pornography charges after police say he had an elaborate computer set-up with more than 85 images and videos of child porn, according to KGO-TV ABC 7.

The investigation of Agent Gilbert Lam began in 2011 and ended last week.

“It was quite elaborate,” Esposto told KGO of the computer set-up. “His resources and electronic expertise he had. I remember being at the house and he had a whole closet downstairs, like he had his own independent server, several computers, several hard drives, electronic storage devices.”

At the time of his arrest, Lam worked as a Homeland Security agent.

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On His Second Mission, an FBI Tactical Dog named Ape Was Killed by Gunman

photo courtesy of istockphoto.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It was Ape’s second mission.

The Czech German Shepherd was searching inside an abandoned bar in upstate New York for a man accused of killing four people and shooting at police officers when the suspect shot the tactical dog in the chest, the New York Times reports.

Police returned fire and killed Ape, who was 2 years 4 months old and equipped with a camera.

“We were trying to do everything we could to try to save its life,” Dr. Emily M. Green, one of the veterinarians at Herkimer Veterinary Associates who worked on Ape, told the Times.

Ape was the second FBI tactical canine to die in the line of duty since October 2009, the New York Times reported.

FBI Questions Suspect in Attack on U.S. Consulate in Benghazi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has finally been given access to a man suspected of being involved in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, sources close to the case told the Washington Times.

Sources told the Times that the suspect is being detained and questioned.

Authorities found the man, Farai al-Shibli, after he returned from a trip to Pakistan, the Times reported.

The level of involvement of the suspect remains unclear.

Homeland Security officials said they believe more than a dozen people were involved in the attack that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.

J. Edgar Hoover’s ex-Top Aide Cartha “Deke” DeLoach Dead at 92

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Cartha “Deke” DeLoach, a former top aide to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, died Wednesday in South Carolina at age 92, the Island Packett newspaper reported.

He was a longtime resident of Hilton Head Island.

The paper reported that he worked on the investigation into the slaying of Martin Luther King Jr. and sat next to agent Mark Felt, who in recent years became known as “Deep Throat,” the source for the Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein during Watergate.

As deputy director under Hoover, the paper reported, he called President Johnson to tell him about the bodies of three slain civil rights workers in Mississippi.

He authored the book “Hoover’s FBI: The Inside Story by Hoover’s Trusted Lieutenant” and defended Hoover’s handling of civil rights matters, the paper reported.

He was also a consultant for the 2011 Clint Eastwood film on Hoover.

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FBI’s Probe of Dallas County District Attorney Began 20 Months Ago

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has been investigating Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins for at least 20 months, but the focus of the inquiry remains unclear, the WFAA News 8 reports.

News 8 reported that FBI agents with subpoenas and questions entered Watkins’ courthouse office on July 13, 2011.

One thing is clear, according to News 8: Part of the probe involves a $10,000 campaign donation from the wife of a Dallas dentist.

“They did take copies of several things,” assistant DA Rocky Jones told News 8. “We didn’t know what they took copies of.”

Watkins has already been in hot water of campaign donations.

Colorado Fugitive Joins the FBI’s ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ list in Connection with Stabbing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Meet the FBI’s newest member of the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list.

His name is Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias, a 28-year-old man with ties to a violent international gang, ABC News reports.

Rivera Gracias is wanted in the stabbing death of Denver resident Richard Limon, whose half-naked body was found on Lookout Mountain in Colorado.

Gracias’ body was thrown from the side of a mountain road after being stabbed in the chest with a steak knife, ABC News reported.

The FBI is expected to announce Gracias’ addition to the “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” list today.