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ATF Agent Indicted for Witness Tampering

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Bad news for ATF agent Michael Justin Fanelly.

A fed grand jury in Raleigh, N.C. has indicted him on charges of witness tampering and making a false statement to a law enforcement officers, the News Observer reported.

The paper reported that the grand jury charged that he interfered with two officers who were investigating reports of cocaine distribution last June and that he made a false statement about a woman who was arrested.

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Senators Want Justice Dept. to Probe Employers Asking for Facebook Passwords

By Leslie Horn
PC Magazine

Two U.S. senators are asking the Justice Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate whether employers asking for the Facebook passwords of job applicants is against the law.

The Associated Press is reporting that the offices of Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut announced that they have called for an official probe.

The news follows several reports of companies either asking for job candidates’ Facebook passwords or watching as candidates login to their accounts and click through photos, wall posts, comments, and other items that might otherwise be protected by privacy controls, a practice known as “shoulder surfing.”

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Retired FBI Agent Running for State House in Georgia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent Kenneth M. Russell is taking a stab at running for political office in Georgia.

Russell, vice president of the South Hall Republican Club, is running for a seat in the Georgia State House District 103, which includes parts of Gwinnet and Hall counties, the Gainesville Times reported.

Russell retired from the FBI in 2003.

“I feel I am well positioned because of my education and unique lifetime experiences and service to our country and community,” Russell said, according to the paper. “Moreover, I am fully retired (as will be my wife) and able to devote full time to the yearlong demands of representative of the 103(rd) District.”

 

Survey: ATF Rank and File Critical of Management

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ever since news surfaced of ATF’s highly-flawed Operation Fast and Furious, the agency has not only taken a hit in the public relations arena, but also in the area of morale.

Fox News reports that an internal survey shows that the men and women of the agency gave harsh marks to management.

“A key area in which ATF fell short was leadership,” an e-mail from ATF Headquarters, describing the results of the internal survey, reads, according to Fox.

The most troubling, according to Fox, was the question: “My senior leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity.”

Fox reported that 44 percent of ATF employees said that their leaders maintained such standards last year.

The survey was given by Partnership for Public Service, which administers surveys for government employees.

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Alien Smuggling Ring Used Craigslist to Recruit Drivers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As we’ve come to know, not all the ads on Craigslist promote legal activity.

In one of the latest incidents, a Mexican national living in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, who used Craigslist to recruit drivers for an alien smuggling ring, has been busted.

José Gustavo Diaz-Velasquez, 29, was arrested on March 14 by Border Patrol officers in Rio Grande City, Tex., the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

According to the criminal complaint, Diaz was part of an an alien smuggling group that used Craigslist. Authorities said the probe began in August 2011, when ICE-HSI agents spotted about 10 postings on Craigslist for drivers.

Authorities said investigators were able to identify the physical location — an apartment — where the Craigslist ads were posted.

 

Secret Service Probing Anti-Obama Remark at Gun Range

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jokes and kidding only go so far with the Secret Service.

The Monroe News-Star reports that the Secret Service is investigating an anti-President Obama remark made at a Rick Santorum appearance in Louisiana Friday morning.

The paper reported that while Santorum was at the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office Rifle Range shooting at a paper target, a woman in the crowd shouted: “Pretend it’s Obama.”

The paper reported that Santorum was wearing protective ear muffs and said he didn’t hear it.

“It’s a very terrible and horrible remark, and I’m glad I didn’t hear it,” he said.

“We are conducting the appropriate investigative steps,” said George Ogilvie, public affairs officer for the Secret Service, according to the paper.

Sen. Schumer Wants Justice Dept. to Review “Stand Your Ground” Laws

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The shooting of Trayvon Martin is prompting some folks to push for changes in the “Stand Your Ground” laws around the nation that allow people to use force if they think their lives or others are in danger.

The New York Post reports that Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he wants the Justice Department to review the law.

“This ‘Stand Your Ground’ law is a whole new concept in our jurisprudence. It basically says, if you fear great physical harm, you can shoot,” said Schumer, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Some people call it ‘Shoot first; ask questions later,'” he added.

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