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Disgraceful! 2 N.M. Men Admit Branding Developmentally Disabled Native American With Swastika: Men Used Heated Wire Hanger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In one of the more repulsive cases of human behavior, two racist men pleaded guilty Thursday in New Mexico to defacing the body of a developmentally disabled Native American of Navajo descent. The defacing included branding the 22-year-old man with a swastika, using a heated wire hanger.

Paul Beebe and Jesse Sanford of Farmington, N.M., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., to federal hate crime charges related to a racially-motivated assault. A third made pleaded guilty in June.

Beebe, Hatch and Sanford were indicted in November. They became the first defendants to be charged under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (Shepard/Byrd Act), which was enacted in 2009.

“Deplorable, hate-filled incidents like this one have no place in a civilized society,”  Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Thomas Perez said in a statement.

“ No one anywhere, but especially in a state like New Mexico that prides itself on its ethnic, racial and cultural diversity, should be victimized because of what he or she happens to be,” added  U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico Kenneth J. Gonzales in a statement. “The young victim in this case was assaulted, branded and scarred because he happens to be a Native American – that simply is inexcusable and criminal. ”

During the plea hearing, Beebe and Sanford admitted that Beebe took the victim to his apartment, which was adorned in racist paraphernalia, including a Nazi flag and a woven dream catcher with a swastika in it, the Justice Department said.

After the victim had fallen asleep, the defendants began defacing the victim’s body by drawing on him with blue, red and black markers, authorities said.

After the victim awoke,  Beebe branded the victim with a swastika, using a heated wire hanger. The victim had a towel stuffed in his mouth at the time, authorities said.

Authorities said the defendants coerced the man into agreeing to be branded and recorded that on a cell phone.

They also admitted  defacing  the victim’s body with white supremacist and anti-Native American symbols, including shaving a swastika in the back of the victim’s head and using markers to write the words “KKK” and “White Power” within the lines of the swastika.

The two also mocked the victim’s heritage by drawing an ejaculating penis and testicles on his back and telling him they were  “native pride feathers,” authorities said. They recorded the incident on a cello phone to show law enforcement they had “proof” the victim consented to the acts.

Hackers Break into FBI Contractor’s Computers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The mind boggling abilities of hackers continues to boggle the mind.

The latest: The hacker collective Anonymous has released a fresh batch of data taken from Vanguard Defense Industries — an FBI and Pentagon contractor that deals with drones, the publication International Business Times reports.

The publication reported that data release was revealed via a post on tor2web.org and later published on the group’s AnonymousIRC Twitter account.

The publication reported that the group said the emails it released belonged to Vanguard’s senior vice president, Richard T. Garcia, and contained information regarding “internal meeting notes and contracts, schematics, non-disclosure agreements, personal information about other VDI employees, and several dozen ‘counter-terrorism’ documents classified as ‘law enforcement sensitive’ and ‘for official use only.'”

A statement by the hackers, according to the International Business Times, said: “We are doing this not only to cause embarrassment and disruption to Vanguard Defense Industries, but to send a strong message to the hacker community. White hat sellouts, law enforcement collaborators, and military contractors beware: we’re coming for your mail spools, bash history files, and confidential documents.”

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Pa. Father and Son Indicted for Making Harassing Calls to Sarah Palin’s Family

Sarah Palin/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Put Sarah Palin into the equation, and you’re bound to get plenty attention. Just ask Christy, 47, and his 22-year-old son Shawn.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the FBI from the Allentown, Pa. office on Thursday arrested the two on charges of making hundreds of harassing calls to Palin’s family and associates.

They were indicted out of Alaska and are expected to be sent there to face the charges. It was unclear if Palin herself received the calls.

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ATF Denies Fast and Furious Officials Were Promoted

William Newell

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is denying a report by the Los Angeles Times that said supervisors involved in the controversial and troubled “Operation Fast and Furious” were given promotions, NPR reported.

The ATF said the supervisors were “laterally transferred,” NPR reported.

Under Fast and Furious, ATF encouraged gun dealers to sell weapons to middlemen or straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels. ATF lost track of a lot of weapons, some which surfaced at crime scenes on both sides of the border.

The Times reported that supervisor William G. McMahon was named  “deputy assistant director of the ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations. William Newell, who headed the Phoenix field office during Operation Fast and Furious,  became “special assistant to the assistant director of the agency’s Office of Management in Washington” and David Voth, who was the operation’s team supervisor, became “branch chief for the ATF’s tobacco division.”

An ATF press release said the the supervisors from “operational positions” to “administrative roles”, NPR reported.

“They did not receive salary or grade increases nor did they assume positions with greater responsibility,” the ATF statement read.

The LA Times had said it spoke to three ATF employees who characterized the moves as promotions, NPR reported.

Of the three job changes, the one involving William Newell never really seemed like a promotion.

Ticklethewire.com reported that Newell, who had headed the Phoenix Division during Operation Fast and Furious, was supposed to become the ATF Attache in Mexico City.

But his assignment was delayed and he was sent to Washington to help Congressional investigators look into the failed gun operation. The Mexican government was furious about the operation, and according to federal law enforcement sources, had talked about arresting Newell if he came to Mexico.

ATF then changed its mind and decided to keep Newell in Washington in a position that didn’t seem to be promotion — at least not when compared to the attache job.

Secret Service Agent Busted in Iowa for Drunk Driving

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The good news: At least Daneil L. Valencia wasn’t driving the President around.

The bad news: The Secret Service agent, who lives in D.C., was busted in Decorah, Ia. on Saturday for drunk driving after running a red light about 1:30 a.m., according to the Des Moines Register.

President Obama visited Decorah on Monday.

The paper reported that Valencia was alone in the car and had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He told the cops he had two drink, the Des Monines Register reported.

A field sobriety test determined he was too intoxicated to drive, the paper reported. He was released from jail on Monday.

Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the matter had been turned over to the Office of Professional Responsibility.