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Justice Department Declines to Charge Baton Rouge Cops in Alton Sterling’s Death

Alton Sterling

Alton Sterling

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is expected to announce today that it has closed the investigation into the death of Alton Sterling and won’t prosecutor Baton Rouge officers for possible wrongdoing in a case that sparked unrest across the city.

Sterling’s family told the Washington Post on Tuesday that the Justice Department had not informed them of its decision. 

“We have not heard nor received an update and are unaware of any charges that may or may not be filed,” said Ryan Julison, a spokesman for the Sterling family’s attorneys. “We have not received word, nor has the family been given any notice of upcoming updates regarding this case.”

Many civil rights advocates have been nervous about the direction of the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has already questioned the oversight of police departments.

The Justice Department has declined to comment.

The Washington Post wrote:

By the police account, officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake saw Sterling, 37, outside a convenience store in July after it was reported that a man had threatened someone there with a gun. Sterling, who was selling CDs outside the store, fit the description of that man, according to a search warrant affidavit in the case.

A video of the shooting shows Sterling lying on his back with two officers on top of him. One of the officers appears to yell, “He’s got a gun!” and then shots ring out. A detective wrote in the search warrant affidavit that officers had observed the butt of a gun in Sterling’s front pants pocket. At issue in the investigation was whether Sterling was reaching for the weapon, as officers claimed, when he was shot and killed.

Dallas Gunman Was Under FBI Investigation Before Shooting 3 People

Derick Lamont Brown

Derick Lamont Brown

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was investigating a Dallas man before he fatally shot his roommate and critically wounded a neighbor and paramedic on Monday.

Derick Lamont Brown, 36, was the subject of an active, open FBI investigation, NBCDFW.com reports. 

Eric Jackson, special agent in charge of the Dallas FBI, confirmed the investigation Tuesday and said his office was reviewing the case file on Brown, who has ties to two black nationalist groups.

The FBI didn’t disclose more information about the open investigation.

No New Border Wall for President Trump Under New Federal Spending Bill

Fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s repeated pledge to build a new border wall has fallen through the cracks under a federal spending bill wending its way through Congress.

But the budget, which is expected to be voted on by Friday, includes a modest $1 billion increase in discretionary spending for Homeland Security.

Nevertheless, Trump’s administration said it’s using $146 million to replace vehicle barriers with “pedestrian fencing,” another $146 million to replace current pedestrian fencing and $49 million to install 35 border gates.

The spending plan expires on Sept. 30.

Trump blamed Democrats for threatening a government shutdown if a new wall was included in the budget.

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FBI: Grand Jury Subpoenas Were Issued in Hillary Clinton Email Investigation Last Year

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server issued grand jury subpoenas in the case, according to a court filing this week, Politico reports. 

It previously wasn’t known that the FBI had sought grand jury subpoenas, which indicates authorities were investigating a crime.

The subpoenas were used in an unsuccessful attempt to obtain achieved copies of some of Clinton’s old email messages, according to a filing in a civil lawsuit.  

“The FBI…obtained grand jury subpoenas related to the Blackberry e-mail accounts, which produced no responsive materials, as the requested data was outside the retention time utilized by those providers,” FBI Assistant Director for the Counterintelligence Division E.W. Priestap wrote in a declaration filed Monday in federal court in Washington.

Details of the subpoenas were unclear, but it appears AT&T and Cingular were targeted.

Politico wrote:

While most investigative work in the probe was done via voluntary interviews and provision of evidence, prosecutors and the FBI eventually turned to mandatory process again when the investigation was reactivated weeks before the presidential election. A search warrant was obtained in late October to review copies of additional email messages discovered on a laptop seized from former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), the estranged husband of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. The warrant required the FBI to indicate probable cause that the laptop contained evidence of a crime or some sort of contraband.

Priestap’s declaration was filed in connection with lawsuits conservative watchdog groups Judicial Watch and Cause of Action Institute filed against former Secretary of State John Kerry and Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero in an effort to force the government to take additional steps to try to recover Clinton’s work-related messages. Tens of thousands of those messages have been retrieved and have already been made public by the State Department.

The government’s new court filing, including Priestap’s statement, sought to establish that there is nothing practical officials can do at this point to try to recover more of Clinton’s messages.

However, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said he’s puzzled that the FBI revealed the grand jury action at this juncture.

Female FBI Translator Married ISIS Terrorist She Was Investigating

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI translator assigned to investigate an ISIS terrorist wound up falling in love with the German-born jihadist and married him.

Daniela Greene, 38, left her husband in the U.S. to be with a terrorist who was shown on videos holding severed heads, CNN reports. 

The love affair with Denis Cuspert began in 2014, about three years after joining the FBI as a linguist. Greene was assigned to Detroit’s FBI office. 

About six months later, Greene and Cuspert tied the knot in Syria. But she quickly got cold feet and returned to the U.S., where she was charged and later convicted of making false statements involving international terrorism. In August 2016, she was released from prison.

She now works as a hostess in a hotel lounge.

Long-Delayed Plans for FBI Headquarters Hits Budgetary Snag Yet Again

The FBI's current headquarters in Washington D.C.

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The long-delayed plan to build a new FBI headquarters appears to have hit yet another funding snag.

The budget that Congress is set to consider this week is more than a half billion dollars short of what’s needed to build the new headquarters, and it could take another year to decide on the location, the Washington Post reports. 

Under President Obama, the plan was to build a new headquarters in the Washington D.C. suburbs for $1.4 billion. The proposed budget deal under consideration this week provides just $523 million.

But the budget deal leaves open the possibility of another $315 million to add to the $390 million previously appropriated for the project.

The GSA wants to build a new headquarters in Greenbelt, Md., Landover, Md., or Springfield, Va.

The current headquarters is too cramped and not built to accommodate new technology.

Homeland Security May Soon Tap Leader of Anti-Immigration Group As Ombudsman

immigrationBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Julie Kirchner spent a decade advocating for extreme restrictions on immigrations.

So it comes as a surprise to many that Homeland Security is  expected to name her as ombudsman to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a job that requires her to help immigrants and report abuse among government officials, Pacific Standard reports

From 2005 to 2015, Kirchner served as director of the anti-immigration group Federation for American Immigration Reform.

Pacific Standard wrote:

The ombudsman’s office at USCIS provides assistance to immigrants who run into trouble with the agency, such as immigration applications that take too long to process or applications that may have been improperly rejected. The ombudsman also prepares an annual report for Congress in which they can issue audits and policy recommendations without consulting with USCIS in advance.

As the nation’s immigration agency, USCIS handles a wide range of legal immigration matters, including applications for citizenship and green cards. The agency can also grant legal status to those in extreme circumstances, such as refugees and asylum seekers. In addition, the agency is in charge of adjudicating applications from undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children, sometimes referred to as “dreamers” or DACA recipients.

FBI Agent Lost Loaded Gun in Back of Taxi During Late Night in New York City

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent woke up Saturday morning to realize he had lost his loaded gun in the back of a cab in Brooklyn around 2 a.m., police said.

The 43-year-old agent said the .380 semiautomatic weapon was in a holster inside his pants when he hailed the taxi 7509 Third Ave., where the Salty Dog sports bar is located, the New York Post reports

The agent, who has not been identified, told police that he didn’t realize until the morning that he had lost his gun.

He told police that there were seven rounds in the gun.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the agent was under the influence when he misplaced the gun.

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