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Comey Blames Trump for Distracting from Discussions on Race, Law Enforcement

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey

Former FBI Director James Comey began his lecture series on “law enforcement and race” at Howard University on Wednesday evening, describing a growing divide between police and people of color and blaming President Trump for muddying the issue with distractions.

Comey said the U.S. has lost some of its focus on the tension between law enforcement and people of color, partly blaming Trump.

“I have noticed that since the election of our current president, [the issues] have not had the place in American life that I saw in late 2014, throughout ‘15, throughout ‘16,” Comey said, according to Newsweek. “I think the most likely explanation is that issues involving the new administration, including the emergence of appalling voices of white nationalism and racism, have crowded out the topic of law enforcement from American public life.” 

Comey added in his third public speech since being fired: “Although I think it is vital that we confront racism when it comes at us in the form of torch marches or racism or hate crimes, it is critical that we not lose sight of the issue that we began discussing in earnest two and a half years ago.”

Comey encouraged frank discussions between people with different viewpoints.

“My goal is to try to model, especially for students, how to have a conversation about really hard, emotional things,” he said. “It’s only by all of us adopting that attitude, the attitude that, ‘Hey, you could be right and I could be wrong,’ that we have the best chance of learning something in a deep away.” He added, “We are in a dangerous place in this country right now, where we hate too quickly, where disagreement becomes anger too quickly.”

Congressional Committee Threatens DEA with Subpoena Over ‘Pill Dumping’

pillsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Growing impatient with the DEA dragging its feet on the opioid epidemic, members of the Energy and Commerce Committee are threatening to subpoena the agency for information on “pill dumping” in West Virginia.

Chairman of the committee, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., blasted the DEA for its failure to fully respond to a May 8 request for data on drug suppliers sending millions of opioids into the state, the Hill reports

“Enough is enough. Will you, on behalf of the DEA, commit today to producing the documents and information we requested, and soon? Or do we simply need to issue a subpoena? Because we are done waiting,” Walden said to DEA Deputy Assistant Administrator Neil Doherty at a hearing. 

West Virginia has been at the center of the opioid crisis, leading the nation in drug overdose deaths.

Drug suppliers pumped 780 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills into the state in six years, according to an investigation by the Charleston Gazette-Mail. 

Border Patrol Detains 10-Year-Old Girl After She Underwent Emergency Surgery

border-patrol-suv-via-border-patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 10-year-old girl in Texas with cerebral palsy was detained by Border Patrol agents soon after she underwent emergency surgery.

Agents were first alerted to the girl, who is an undocumented immigrant, while she was en route to a children’s hospital for gallbladder surgery, according to her family and immigration rights advocates, the Independent reports

Rosemaria Hernandez is facing an extended stay in a detention center if her family doesn’t sign a voluntary department form that would send her back to Mexico, where she has not lives since her family moved her illegally to the U.S. when she was three months old.

DEA Survivors Benefit Fund Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA Survivors Benefit Fund this week celebrates its 20th Anniversary as a national non-profit charity assisting the families of the agency’s fallen.

Over the years, the organization has spent more than $6.5 million in line of duty death and educational benefits.

“Many SBF supporters have suffered the loss of a friend or colleague or heard the stories of our heroes and felt compelled to assist the children that lost a parent,”  said Chairman Richard Crock, a retired DEA agent.  “No matter what drew you to our cause, this is a momentous occasion and a great time to say thank you for your support.”

“Your generosity and kindness has enabled us to honor DEA’s fallen heroes… to take pride in their courage and sacrifice and to vow to their families that they will never be forgotten.”

GLOCK National Sales Manager Robert Radecki presented a check for $30,000 on Sunday to the fund at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia.

Those interested in donating to the fund can click here.

 

Dossier on Trump-Russia Connections Funded by Clinton Campaign, DNC

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A now-famous dossier that has become a lightening rod in the midst of the investigation into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign was funded in part by the Democratic National Convention and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

The Washington Post reports that Marc Elias, a lawyer for the Clinton campaign and the DNC, hired Washington-based firm Fusion GPS to conduct the research. 

Fusion then hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer with a history of working for the U.S. intelligence community, to investigate the Trump-Russia connection and write the dossier.

Elias and his law firm, Perkins Coie, worked with Fusion GPS from April until days before the presidential election.

FBI: Sandy Hook Shooter Interested in Pedophilia, Contemplated Attack for 1+ Year

Adam Lanza, the mass shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Adam Lanza, the mass shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The shooter who killed 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012 was interested in child pedophilia and began contemplating the attack as early as March 2011, according to newly released FBI documents.

The records indicate there’s no evidence that Adam Lanza acted on his interest in pedophilia.

“The shooter did not ‘snap,’ but instead engaged in careful, methodical planning and preparation,” the FBI’s behavioral analysis unit wrote, according to the Associated Press. “The shooter was fascinated with past shootings and researched them thoroughly. The shooter shared many similar characteristics and behaviors with other active shooters.” 

A document by the behavioral analysis unit indicated that an unidentified woman who had an “online relationship” with Lanza for two years told the FBI that Lanza expressed interest in pedophilia and said it could be “possibly beneficial to both parties.”

The FBI source also said Lanza was obsessed with mass murders and ha meticulously documented them on a spreadsheet.

Man Accused of Murdering Ex-Girlfriend Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List

Alejandro Castillo is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend before fleeing to Mexico.

Alejandro Castillo is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend before fleeing to Mexico.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 18-year-old man accused of murdering a former girlfriend and coworker in Charlotte, N. C.  in 2016 has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List.

The FBI believes Alejandro Castillo fled to Mexico after he forced 23-year-old Truc Quan “Sandy” Ly Le to withdraw a large sum of cash from an ATM and then shot her in the head and dumped her body.

The FBI said Castillo was last seen driving into Mexico through a port entry in Nogales, Ariz.

He has since been charged with murder.

DEA Warns Cocaine Is Making a Comeback As Coca Production Rises

Cocaine-jpgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cocaine is making a comeback.

That’s according to a recently released report by the DEA, which indicated that cocaine use and availability are rebounding, Newsweek reports

The DEA has found that coca production has significantly increased in Columbia, the primary supplier of cocaine in the U.S. since the mid-1990s.

“Average farmer profits increased more than 120 percent between 2012 and 2016,” the report underscores. “A Colombian coca farmer tending a mature quarter-hectare field realized some $1,200 in profits in 2016. This rise in potential profits provides the coca farmers with a strong economic incentive to grow more coca.”