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OIG Report: Border Patrol Lacks Proper Training, Reporting on Use of Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new report suggests reforms at Border Patrol are needed to prevent excessive use of force, NBC Latino reports.

Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General generated the report at the request of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, and 15 members of Congress following media reports of an undocumented immigrant who died in CBP custody.

The report recommends that Border Patrol train agents to use less-lethal tactics for handling suspects. It also recommends working on some of the reforms with ICE.

Border Patrol Agents Came Under Rock Attack While Stopping Illegal Crossing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Border Patrol agents who were trying to prevent a group of undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. over the weekend came under attack, the El Paso Times reports.

The agents spotted eight people illegally crossing the border in El Paso on Sunday, sparking a rock attack.

Luckily none of the agents were injured.

It started at 8 p.m. when agents arrested five of the suspects, the El Paso Times reported. The remaining suspects ran to the Mexican side of the border and began chucking rocks at the agents.

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FBI Investigating Why Practicing Buddhist Opened Fire at Navy Yard in D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A practicing Buddhist known as a “peaceful soul” by friends was the gunman behind the Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage Monday that claimed a dozen lives, including his own, the Washington Times reports.

Now the FBI is trying to determine why Aaron Alexis would open fire at the historic Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.

“He is a nice person,” said Naree Wilton, an employee at a Thai restaurant where Alexis had worked. “I never see him get mad at anybody.”

According to the Washington Times, Alexis told his coworkers that he was leaving the area about three months ago.

Whether he actually left is another question and part of the FBI investigation.

Editorial: Justice Department Wrong to Ignore Federal Pot Laws

The Post-Journal
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Marijuana is illegal under federal law. Yet Attorney General Eric Holder has decided not to interfere in any way with two states where recreational use of the drug has become permissible.

Colorado and Washington decriminalized marijuana last fall. Many states allow its use for medicinal purposes, but the two western states in essence allow anyone who wants to get high to buy the drug.

Proponents of legalizing marijuana for recreational use were delighted by Holder’s decision. “The message to the people of the other 48 states … is clear: Seize the day,” exulted Neill Franklin, of one pro-legalization group.

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ATF Team Who Sought Boston Marathon Bomber a Part of D.C. Shooting Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A full-scale tactical team for the ATF, which took part in the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was activated to investigate the U.S. Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C., the Boston Globe reports.

The team, based in D.C., is among five regional ATF tactical groups stationed across the nation.

The team was critical in the manhunt and capture of Tsareav, who was captured inside a backyard boat in Watertown.

The Boston Globe wrote that team specializes in covert operations, high-risk surveillance, crisis negotiations, arrest and search warrants and home invasions investigations.

Ex-DEA Employee Gets Probation for Embezzling Drug Enforcement Funds

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Embezzling $1,800 from the DEA will cost a former employee one year of probation and 50 hours of community service, the Tribune-Review reports.

U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose delivered the sentenced Monday to Holly Cook, 43, of Monongahela, Pa.

Cook pleaded guilty in May to taking $1,800 from a locked cash box of drug enforcement funds, the Tribune-Review reported.

“I will never forgive myself for allowing a momentary lapse in judgment to define the rest of my life,” she said in court.

 

Mexican Police Arrest 3rd Suspect in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The December 2010 slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry shed light on the U.S. government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, The Washington Times reports.

Now a third suspect is in custody in the shootout that left Terry dead in the Arizona borderlands.

Police in Sinaloa, Mexico, arrested suspect Ivan Soto Barraza, 30.

He is awaiting extradition, the Times reported.

“Brian’s family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,” Terry’s cousin told Reuters.

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FBI Records: New York Knicks Appear to Have Fixed Games in the Early 1980s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated the New York Knicks in the early 1980s on allegations that three of the players shaved off points “as a favor to their cocaine supplier,” Sports Illustrated reports.

The revelations come from the recently released book, “Larceny Games: Sports Gambling, Game Fixing and the FBI.”

According to the book, the FBI “seemed to possess very credible information” about the scam, which involved players shaving off points to cover point spreads.

An FBI informant learned about the alleged scheme in March 1982 when “one of the largest [drug] dealers in the East Coast” upped his bets on the Knicks from $300 per game to $10,000 per game.

But a lack of physical evidence and confessions eventually led to the investigation’s closure, Sports Illustrated wrote.