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Border Patrol Workers Face Up to 40% Pay Cuts under New Budget Reductions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol employees will lose up to 40% of their pay if they are forced to take 14 days of unpaid leave and eliminate overtime, Tucson News Now reports.

The agency released a statement:

“In order to address the more than half a billion in budget cuts imposed by sequestration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection must take significant budget reduction actions.  CBP will continue to make every effort to minimize the sequester’s impact on public safety and national security, but expects that planned furlough of employees, along with reductions to overtime and hiring freeze will increase wait times at ports of entry, including international arrivals at airports, and reduce staffing between land ports of entry. Even with these cuts though, individuals apprehended illegally crossing the southwest border will still be processed as usual.  CBP continues to evaluate further impacts of sequestration on our operations.   Because the length of the sequestration as well as funding levels through the end of the fiscal year are unknown at this time, it is difficult to project the impact of the reductions on individual employees or job occupations.”

Employees said the cuts add up.

“I mean that’s astronomical,” Tucson Border Patrol Union President, Art DelCueto, told Tucson News Mow. “I don’t know how anybody especially now a days, no matter how much money you’re making. I don’t know how anybody can take a 40% cut.”

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FBI Overreaches to Set Up Potential Terrorists in Phony Attacks

By Business Insider
Opinion

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has busted an impressive number of homegrown terror plots over the past decade, but many people don’t realize how these plots materialize. In some cases, they are hatched not from a cave-dwelling fanatic, but actually from the Bureau itself.

Ever since 9/11, the task of thwarting terrorist plots has consumed the majority of the FBI’s budget — $3.3 billion compared to $2.6 billion for organized crime, according to Mother Jones.

The once exclusively investigative bureau has morphed into a counterterrorism agency, with field agents tapping into a nationwide network of informants that infiltrate mainly-Muslim communities.

The FBI targets the “disgruntled few” who would participate in a terrorist plot if given the opportunity, according to Mother Jones. In many cases, the FBI recruits potential terrorists and provides them with plans, equipment, and weapons — before finally shutting them down and getting credit for thwarting another attack.

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Police and FBI Tracked bin Laden’s Son-in-Law For About 10 Years

By Mark Hosenball
Reuters

WASHINGTON – U.S. investigators tracked Suleiman Abu Ghaith, a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden, for about 10 years before he was detained in Jordan and brought by the FBI to New York City in the past few days, U.S. officials familiar with the investigation said.

An FBI agent and a New York police detective together spent more than a decade investigating Abu Ghaith, not only for his role as a spokesman for al Qaeda after the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington but for activities they believed he was involved in before 2001, said one official.

On Friday, Abu Ghaith pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court to conspiring to kill Americans, becoming one of the highest-ranking al Qaeda figures to face trial in the United States for crimes connected to the September 11 attacks.

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Iran Says It Wants to Help Find Out About Whereabouts of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Have we heard this before?

The Associated Press reports that Iran’s foreign minister says his country is prepared to help find out what happened to retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished six years ago while traveling to the Iranian island of Kish.

Iran has indicated in the past that Levinson is no longer in Iran.

 

Unidentified Bodies Stacking Up While Border Patrol Increases Security: 5,513 Found in 15 Years

 

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Increased security along the U.S.-Mexico border is forcing some migrants to traverse remote deserts with debilitating heat – a reality that leads to deaths.

The Associated Press reports that 5,513 bodies have been found in the past 15 years.

Critics charge that federal agents are more worried about enforcement than saving lives, the AP reported.

“The language coming out is alarmingly more of the same,” said Kat Rodriguez of Coalicion de Derechos Humanos in Tucson, who collects information on missing migrants to help medical examiners identify the dead, the AP wrote.

Many corpses are found with no way to identify the migrant, leaving a backlog of unidentified bodies.

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Congressional Committee to Investigate Search for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A congressional subcommittee plans to launch an investigation into the FBI’s search for a new headquarters, a move that could delay or derail the project the Washington Business Journal reports.

Some in Congress are questioning why the facility needs to be Metro accessible and how to maximize the value of the current building, the Business Journal reported.

The FBI and General Services Administration also can’t agree on wether a consolidated headquarters should be leased or purchased.

The cost for a new building would range from $1.9 billion to $3 billion., the Business Journal wrote.

 

Secret Service Plans to End Public Tours of White House to Save Money

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service plans to save $2 million by ending public tours of the White House beginning March 9, CNN reports.

It’s a small fraction of the cuts that need to be made to absorb $84 million in reduction as part of the sequestration, CNN reported.

The Secret Service pays 37 uniformed officers $50 an hour to stand guard along the route.

The agency is still debating how to most effectively cut $84 million from its $1.6 billion budget.

“The Secret Service, like other agencies of government is affected by the sequester,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during his Thursday press briefing. “And the Secret Service presented options that ranged from canceling tours to potential furloughs and cuts in overtime. And in order to allow the Secret Service to best fulfill its core mission, the White House made the decision that we would unfortunately have to temporarily suspend these tours.”

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FBI’s Investigation into Insane Clown Posse Began After Two Salt Lake City Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s decision to label fans of the Insane Clown Posse as a nationwide gang threat was made after just two arrests, Wired.com reports.

Fans of the Detroit-based rapping duo were part of a “loosely-organized hybrid gang” that’s “forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity,” the FBI concluded in 2011.

New records show the investigation was launched following two arrests of two fans – called Juggalos – in Salt Lake City.

After a seven-month investigation into the group, the FBI warned that fans are part of a dangerous sub-culture, Wired.com reported.