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Justice Department Faces Serious Cuts If Sequestration Isn’t Avoided Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire

The Justice Department faces $1.6 billion in cuts – nearly 10% of it budget – if Congress and the White House can’t reach an agreement on the nation’s spending plan by later today, NPR reports.

Obama earlier warned of big cuts to federal law enforcement.

“FBI Agents will be furloughed,” Obama warned. “Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said a sequestration would be painful, NPR reported.

“Under sequestration, we’ll do the best that we can to minimize the harm that actually occurs as a result,” Holder said. “But the reality is that there is going to be harm. There is going to be pain, and the American people are going to be less safe. That is just a fundamental reality that people have got to get their heads around.”

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Investigation: AG, FBI Abusing Use of Corporate-Style Jets Intended to Fight Terrorism

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two corporate-style jets that the FBI insisted it needed for the global fight against terrorism are primarily being used for personal and business trips by Attorney General Eric Holder, the former AG and FBI Director Robert Mueller, the Washington Guardian reports.

Taxpayers financed “non-mission flights” on the luxury Gulfstream V jet to the tune of $11.4 million between 2007 and 2011, the Guardian reported, citing an investigation by the Government Accountability Office.

Holder and his predecessor under the Bush administration took 88 personal trips, the Guardian wrote.

“If somebody asks for the expenditure of federal money for the Gulfstream, it’s to be used for the purpose it was meant to be be used for,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight of the Justice Department and FBI.

FBI Defies Judge’s Order to Hand Over More Evidence to George Zimmerman

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for the FBI are defying a judge’s orders to hand over all of its evidence to defendant George Zimmerman, the man accused of killing an unarmed black teenager with a gun, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

The Justice Department argues in paperwork filed this week that the state court cannot trump federal regulations that allow the FBI to keep some evidence away from the defendant, the Sentinel reported.

“This court has ‘no power or authority’ … to compel the FBI to produce the documents at issue here,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean P. Flynn.

It remains unclear what evidence the FBI has found.

Opinion: FBI Continues to Target Vulnerable, Psychologically Troubled Muslims

Mercury News 
Opinion by Fadi A. Saba

The Federal Bureau of Investigation  a track record of attacking the undesirables of the time.

In the early part of the 20th century, immigrants from Italy were the focus; in the 1940s, it was Japanese-Americans; in the 1950s, it was Americans who questioned U.S. foreign policy; in the 1960s, civil rights activists. Today, it’s Muslims and people of color. It’s the Arab. It’s the South Asian. And often, the FBI uses entrapment to create a terror case out of thin air and then claim to have foiled it.

San Jose resident Matthew Llaneza, who converted to Islam in 2011, is accused of attempting to bomb a bank building in Oakland. However, many feel that the FBI used entrapment, which, in criminal law, is a legal defense. Essentially it is the act by law enforcement officers of inducing or encouraging a person to commit a crime when the potential criminal is not otherwise predisposed to committing the crime. I believe, given the history of the FBI, that Llaneza’s is a classic case of entrapment.

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Judge Allows Discrimination Lawsuit to Continue for Black Secret Service Agents

 

secret service photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Black Secret Service agents cleared a major hurdle this week in a discrimination lawsuit that claims the Department of Homeland Security has passed over African Americans for promotions, Reuters reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Roberts ruled the eight current and former agents meet requirements for class recertification, a key technicality to move the case forward.

The plaintiffs claim the department violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by using an job evaluation system that is biased against African Americans, Reuters reported.

The department countered that black agents, on average, receive promotions earlier in their career than others.

“This evidence conclusively refutes plaintiffs’ overarching claim that the Secret Service has refused to eliminate racism from the fabric of its promotion process,” it said in the court document.

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Illegal Immigrants Being Released Ahead of Looming Mandatory Budget Cuts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Department of Homeland Security has begun to empty out some immigration jails ahead of the looming mandatory budget cuts, the Associated Press reports.

The AP wrote that ICE has reviewed hundreds of cases and began removing an undisclosed number of illegal immigrants, who were “placed on an appropriate, more cost-effective form of supervised release,” ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said.

The agency’s “priority for detention remains on serious criminal offenders and other individuals who pose a significant threat to public safety,” she said.

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Trial in Cannibalism Case Against NYPD Cop Begins with Testimony from Potential Targets

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the cannibalism trial of New York Police Officer Gilberto Valle, the big question is: Was the 28-year-old Queens resident serious about chopping up women and eating them?

“I’m dying to taste some girl meat,” Valley told an online friend, according to an FBI agent during the second day of testimony Tuesday, the Associated Press wrote.

In addition to a charge of conspiring to kidnap a woman, Valle also faces jail time for allegedly illegally accessing a government database for potential victims.

To prove their case that Valle was serious about his plan to kidnap a woman and eat her flesh, prosecutors summoned several potential targets to testify.

Author Speaks Out about New Book That Claims FBI Manufactured Terrorism Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethethewire.com

Investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson has caused quite a stir since the release of his new book, “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism.”

Claiming in his book that most terrorism suspects could never have carried out an attack without the help of the FBI, Aaronson spoke at length with The Atlantic about his research.

Trevor Aaronson: The FBI is looking for what they term “a lone wolf terrorist,” which is someone holed up in an apartment somewhere who sympathizes with Al-Qaeda but may lack the specific means to do that. And so the FBI uses sting operations to [find] these people — these people who may want to commit an act of terrorism, are right on that line from moving from sympathizer to operator — and then through these sting operations, lure them out and get them involved in a terrorism plot that they’re ultimately prosecuted for. 

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