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Trump Administration Slaps Visa Restrictions on 4 Countries over Immigration Response

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President Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration has slapped visa sanctions against four countries for their refusal to allow for the return of citizens whom the U.S. is trying to deport.

Homeland Security and the State Department confirmed the sanctions but declined to list the four countries.

Sources told the Washington Times that the countries were Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The administration is using an effective, but rarely used tool for requiring compliance.

“We can confirm the Department of State has received notification from the Department of Homeland Securityregarding four countries that have refused to accept or unreasonably delayed the return of its nationals,” a department official told The Washington Times.

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British Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Met with FBI, Provided Named Sources

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The British spy behind the salacious and unsubstantiated dossier about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia met with the FBI and provided names of his sources.

Former M16 agent Christopher Steele, who wrote a 35-page report, claiming Kremlin officials had blackmailed Trump as part of a their plot to interfere with the presidential election, ABC News reports

Lawmakers also want to interview Steele, and they could compel him to talk.

It wasn’t immediately clear what other information Steele provided the FBI.

FBI: Florida Man Used Twitter to Send Child Pornography to News Anchor

Marchaun Browning

Marchaun Browning

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 20-year-old Florida man was arrested after the FBI said he used multiple Twitter accounts to send child pornography to a local news anchor.

Investigators said Marchaun Browning created new Twitter accounts when the news anchor blocked his tweets containing sexual images of children, ABC Action News reports

Using the IP addresses for each Twitter account, the FBI discovered the tweets originated at Browning’s Gibsonton, Fla. home.

A total of 163 child pornography images were found.

On Aug. 16, a grand jury indicted Browning with three counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

He was arrested Saturday.

Justice Department Drops Request for IP Addresses of Visitors to Anti-Trump Site

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department scaled back its request for information about visitors to an anti-Trump website following claims that the request violated free speech rights.

The Justice Department is no longer seeking the digital addresses that could identify more than 1 million visitors to the website, which helped organize protests on President Trump’s Inauguration Day, the Los Angeles Times reports

In a court filing Monday, government lawyers said they “had no interest in records relating to the 1.3 million IP addresses” of site visitors. Instead, the Justice Department wants information on planning and coordinating protests.

“The government values and respects the 1st Amendment right of all Americans to participate in peaceful political protests and to read protected political expression online. This warrant has nothing to do with that right,” the filing said.

Homeland Security: Trump’s Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Is Working

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials said President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants is having a positive impact.

Senior officials said suspected illegal immigration declined 43% in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year, CNBC reports. 

The comments came ahead of President Trump’s visit to Yuma, Ariz.

According to Homeland Security officials, ICE arrested about 91,000 people during the first seven months of the year.

“Going from 5 miles of fence to 60 miles of fence on the Yuma border made a huge difference,” a senior DHS official said in a conference call with media, speaking on condition of anonymity.

CNBC wrote:

Increased enforcement, including this year’s extension of the fence, resulted in an 83 percent drop in illegal border crossings near Yuma since 2007, the official said. Up to 800 immigrants illegally crossed the border in the area every day in 2005 and 2006, the official said.

The DHS officials said 126,472 apprehensions have been made in the first half of this year, a 46 percent increase from the first half of 2016.

Away from the border, removals in the interior of the country are up 32 percent this year from last year, the officials said.

Appeals Court Dismisses Case Against Ill-Tempered TSA Supervisor

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA screeners at airport security checkpoints have such an important job that they cannot always be sued for failing to behave properly, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday.

The court tossed a First Amendment claim by a passenger who said he was arrested merely for asking to lodge a complaint against an ill-tempered TSA supervisor, Reuters reports

“We, of course, do not suggest that TSA screeners should act with disdain for passenger rights or that they can escape all the consequences of their bad behavior,” Circuit Judge Kent Jordan wrote for a three-judge panel.

“Ultimately, the role of the TSA in securing public safety is so significant that we ought not create a damages remedy in this context,” Jordan added. “The dangers associated with aircraft security are real and of high consequence.”

Reuters wrote:

Airport security screening can be stressful. The decision was issued four weeks after the TSA announced tighter screening of electronic carry-on items, because of concern they could be used to conceal explosives.

Vanderklok said he was flying on Jan. 26, 2013 to Miami from Philadelphia International Airport to run a half-marathon when TSA personnel subjected his carry-on bag to extra screening, after x-rays showed a heart-monitoring watch stored in PVC pipe.

The TSA supervisor, Charles Kieser, said he summoned police after Vanderklok made a bomb threat.

Vanderklok denied doing so, and said Kieser retaliated for his having requested a complaint form to report the supervisor’s “rude” and “aggressive” behavior.

Prosecutors charged Vanderklok, a father of three then in his mid-50s, with threatening to place a bomb and making terroristic threats. He was acquitted after Kieser’s testimony did not match airport surveillance video.

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Motorola Solutions Foundation Donates $40,000 to the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Drug Enforcement Administration Survivors Benefit Fund (DEASBF) has received $40,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc., the DEA foundation announced Tuesday

The  grant will help provide educational and line-of-duty death benefits to the families of DEA’s fallen.

“The DEASBF is very appreciative for the donation by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and for providing vital assistance to the families of DEA’s fallen. Motorola Solutions Foundation has donated a future to the children of our fallen heroes,” DEASBF Chairman Richard Crock stated.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided assistance to the DEASBF since 2009.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of the DEASBF,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs.”

To donate to the Drug Enforcement Administration Survivors Benefit Fund click here.

F C. Bryan Paarmann Named SAC for Counterterrorism Division in N.Y.

C. Bryan Paarmann (FBI photo)

C. Bryan Paarmann (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

F C. Bryan Paarmann, the deputy assistant director in the FBI’s International Operations Division, has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the FBI New York Field Office.

Paarmann joined the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Denver Division, where he worked international terrorism and foreign counterintelligence matters on the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force, a press release said.

Paarmann has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division as well as in the San Juan Division and the Washington Field Office. He was also the legal attaché in Tbilisi, Georgia and in Kyiv, Ukraine.

He reports for the new job in New York next month.