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The Post and Courier Editorial: “Mr. Holder Should Spare the President That Overdue Task by Resigning”

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By Post and Courier
Editorial

A Justice Department official insisted Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder has a “long-standing belief that protecting and defending the First Amendment is essential to our democracy.” That’s hard to reconcile with the department’s wide-ranging wiretapping of Associated Press editors and reporters last year.

Also hard to reconcile is President Barack Obama’s decision to assign the investigation into that appalling Justice Department overreach to Mr. Holder. And this week’s offer by the attorney general to news agencies to discuss how his department should handle leaks investigations — but only “off the record” — was simply laughable.

Huffington Post’s Washington bureau chief, Ryan Grim, put it well to CNN: “A conversation specifically about the freedom of the press should be an open one.”

To read complete editorial click here.

 

Weekend Series on Crime: The Deadly Los Zetas Drug Organization

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Judge: ATF Agent Not Negligent While Driving Through Red Light to Murder Scene

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal judge ruled that an ATF agent was not negligent when he drove through a red light with his emergency lights on and collided with another car at a suburban Detroit intersection in 2010, The News-Herald reports.

Saying Agent William Temple “exercised due care” while driving to a murder scene, U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts said the driver of the other car, Lynae Neal, was more at fault for failing to yield to the unmarked law enforcement car.

Neal filed a lawsuit, claiming the agent was negligent, but acknowledged he heard a siren and still drove through the intersection.

Abuctions by Non-Custodial Parents up 50 Percent in Last Year

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is reporting a disturbing trend in non-custodial parents abducting their children to retaliate against the legal custodian.

Instances of such abuse rose 50% last year, the FBI reported. The reasons vary from seeking revenge to trying to get the former partner back.

“Unfortunately, the threat of violence – and death – in these cases is all too real,” said Ashli-Jade Douglas, an FBI analyst in the Violent Crimes Against Children Intelligence Unit, which specializes in child-abduction matters. “ Most non-custodial parental abductors want retaliation. They feel that if they can’t have the child full time—or any amount of time—then the other parent shouldn’t have the child, either.”

Al Gore to Twitterverse: Privacy Should be a Priority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Vice President Al Gore launched an unusual assault on the Obama administration over the revelation that the federal government is tracking cell phone records, The Washington Post reports.

“In digital era, privacy must be a priority,” Gore tweeted Wednesday. “Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?”

The tweet follows news that the government is tracking cell phone records of millions of Americans.

U.S House Approves Spending Increase in Homeland Security’s Budget, But Veto Looms

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While many federal agencies are getting the budget ax, the House of Representatives on Thursday approved a nearly $1 billion increase in the Department of Homeland Security’s $39 billion budget, Reuters reports.

The Republican-controlled chamber voted predominately along party lines, 245-182.

But the budget plan faces a possible veto from President Obama because of disputes over federal spending.

Another bill is floating in the Democrat-led Senate, Reuters reported.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Fox2: Off-Duty FBI Agent Almost Shoots Detroit Cop in ‘Lame Brain’ Incident

 By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Here’s a story that’s very bizarre and dangerous.

Fox2’s Charlie LeDuff reports that an off-duty FBI agent almost shot a Detroit cop on Wednesday at a gas station in Detroit in the Corktown area during a “lame brain” incident.

He reports that the Detroit Police Department was simulating a purse snatching at the station at Michigan Avenue and 11th Street so WDIV could film peoples’ reaction. WDIV was trying to produce an instructive segment to educate the public on safety and crime prevention.

Problem was that an off-duty FBI agent was filling up and witnessed the plain-clothed cop snatching the purse from a WDIV associate. He had no idea it wasn’t real, LeDuff reports. So the FBI agent gave chase to the cop and pulled out a gun, according LeDuff’s report.

The immediate supervisor of these cops had no idea this was happening until they called him.

LeDuff reports:

“The event takes place. The officer takes the purse, runs around the gas station. As he’s running, an off-duty FBI agent is pumping gas. He witnesses the whole thing. He gives chase. He pulls his weapon, and as he turns the corner around the gas station, he’s stopped by another officer, who identifies herself as a police officer and don’t shoot, don’t shoot, this is a scenario,” said Inspector Shawn Gargalino with the Detroit Police Department.

That is the same description of events we got from four other ranking law enforcement officials, including Lieutenant Chuck Flannagan, a 28-year veteran of DPD.

To read more click here.

 

Column: Focus Should be on Attorney General Holder’s Mediocre Performance

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

By David Ignatius 
The Washington Post

People are looking for the wrong “scandal” about Attorney General Eric Holder.

The problem with Holder is the plain fact that, in the judgment of a wide range of legal colleagues, he has been a mediocre attorney general.

Holder’s mistakes in management and judgment are clear in the current controversy about leak investigations. He was silent as zealous prosecutors overrode the Justice Department’s guidelines for subpoenaing reporters; he recused himself from the case, but bizarrely doesn’t seem to have kept a written record of the recusal; and he failed utterly to anticipate the political flap that erupted when Justice informed the Associated Press that more than 20 of its phones had been tapped.

To read more click here.