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DEA Steps Up Investigations into Drug Thefts at VA Hospitals

pillsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is launching increased investigations into Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals after a sharp rise in opioid theft, unauthorized drug use by VA employees and missing prescriptions, the Associated Press reports. 

Government data suggests that doctors, nurses and pharmacy staff are stealing prescription for themselves or to sell on the street.

Congressional auditors have found lax tracking of drug supplies at VA hospitals, with some skipping monthly inspections of drug stocks.

The increased scrutiny comes at a time when the country is facing an opioid epidemic.

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FBI Opened At Least 3 Investigations Related to Russian Hacking of Election

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has opened at least three investigations related to Russian hacking of the U.S. presidential elections, five current and former government officials told Reuters. 

At the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office, agents trying to determine who hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer systems in 2015 and the first half of 2016.

At the bureau’s San Francisco office, agents are trying to identify the people behind “Guccifer 2,” which posted the stolen emails of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta.

And in Washington, FBI counterintelligence agents are investigating, among other things, financial transactions between Russian individuals and companies that may have links to Trump associates.

Trump continues to say he doesn’t have business connections in Russia.

Secret Service Investigates Student Who Threw Object at Trump Motorcade

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A middle school student admitted he threw a 2X4 piece of lumber at President Trump’s motorcade in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Friday afternoon.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office is expected to file charges, CNN reports

Four other juveniles were implicated in the incident.

Trump’s motorcade was near his Mar-a-Lago resort.

No one was injured.

Secret Service continues to investigate the incident.

Washington Post: Trump Administration Uses Fear to Direct Immigration Policy

border patrol 3By Editorial Board
Washington Post

As a candidate, Donald Trump pledged “zero tolerance for criminal aliens,” a stance, stripped of its tough-guy rhetoric, that might not have represented too drastic a departure from President Barack Obama’s prioritization of undocumented felons for deportation. Within days of taking office, however, Mr. Trump issued an executive order that expanded the definition of criminality so broadly as to encompass virtually any undocumented immigrant charged with a crime or even suspected of having broken a law.

In sweeps by immigration agents across the country, the new administration seemed to be making good on Mr. Trump’s threat by arresting more than 600 undocumented immigrants, most of them in metropolitan areas in a dozen or so states. While the actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in themselves were not dissimilar to raids undertaken during the Obama administration — which in the 2012 fiscal year alone resulted in the deportation of more than 400,000 people — they unleashed a wave of anxiety in immigrant communities. For good reason, they feel they are in the new president’s crosshairs.

That anxiety was fed by reports, subsequently confirmed by ICE officials, that along with unauthorized immigrants who had committed serious crimes, others were caught in the dragnet if they happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, lacking papers.

In a conference call with reporters, David Marin, a top ICE official in Los Angeles, justified the raids by saying that “dangerous criminals who should be deported are being released into our communities.” At the same time, though, he cast doubt on his own assertion by acknowledging that about 40 of the roughly 160 undocumented immigrants detained by ICE agents in the Los Angeles area had been convicted not of felonies but of misdemeanors — and in a few cases had no criminal convictions at all. It’s anyone’s guess how those 40 count as “dangerous criminals who should be deported.”

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Trump’s ICE Given Leverage to Arrest Undocumented Immigrants without Criminal Record

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s hardline approach to immigration is expected to lead to far more arrests of undocumented immigrants, even those without criminal convictions.

The plan is a radical departure from the Obama administration, which largely shielded millions of unauthorized immigrants without a criminal conviction.

Under Trump’s initiative, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will have the option of arresting anyone who is in the U.S. illegally, even if they have no criminal records, the Mercury News reports. 

“They said that we can and should expect many more arrests and removals this year,” said House Democratic Caucus Vice Chairwoman Linda Sanchez, D-Whittier, who attended a Thursday night meeting between ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan and congressional leadership.

Sanchez added, “Essentially anybody who has an immigration status violation is a priority for deportation.”

But supporters of Trump’s hardline approach applauded the changes.

“This removes a lot of the restrictions that were put on ICE agents,” said Jessica Vaughan, policy studies director at the Center for Immigration Studies.

“ICE is not going to have to wait for someone to commit a terrible crime or ignore someone that they encounter on the street,” Vaughan said. “They can go back to enforcing the law.”

Without clear priorities, the determination of detaining and deporting undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions will fall to individual agents.

“It’s a recipe for chaos,” said Stephen Legomsky, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis who served as chief counsel of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services under President Barack Obama. “Without centralized priorities, enforcement can’t reasonably be uniform.”

Man Dies After Breaching TSA Security Checkpoint at Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

Honolulu International Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man in his 40s died after being detained for breaching a TSA security checkpoint at the Honolulu International Airport.

The incident began after Department of Transportation officials said the suspect rushed through an exit lane of a security checkpoint and entered an area where ticketed passengers were waiting to board their flights on Saturday morning, CBS affiliate KGMB reports.

“All of a sudden this man, a very large man, ran through the terminal and started ramming himself through the doors,” reported Hawaii News Now’s Mahealani Richardson. “He looked like he was trying to get out to the runway where the planes are.”

The man was placed in custody.

“Even after he was detained, there was still a struggle and the suspect remained combative and at that point is when he became unresponsive,” said Tim Sakahara, DOT spokesperson.

The man died after being taken to the hospital.

Honolulu police are investigating.

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Former DOJ Official Warns Europe of Russia Meddling in Elections

ballot box flintBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Justice Department official warned European countries about the risks of Russia launching cyber attacks to meddle in their elections.

Former Assistant Attorney General John Carlin, who served in the Obama administration, said the U.S. wasn’t aggressive enough to deter hacking and leaking of Democratic Party emails prior to the presidential election, Reuters reports. 

“What we did was too late,” Carlin said during a panel discussion on election hacking at the RSA cybersecurity conference. “We weren’t bringing deterrence at all to the table.”

U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia hacked the Democratic Paty nan effort to disrupt the election and swing it in favor of Trump.

“Pre-election, it’s vital that not just the United States but partners like Germany, like France make it clear what the red line is, that there’s going to be strong deterrence and that in terms of deterrence, our policy has got to be we are going to take action until the action stops,” Carlin said.

“So there is no ceiling on the level we will ratchet up the deterrence when you are undermining a core value.”

Flynn Lied to FBI about Talking with Russia about Sanctions

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

Former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to FBI agents in an interview last month about the nature of his discussions with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., current and former officials told the Washington Post

Intelligence agencies intercepted communications that showed Flynn discussed sections against Russia, which he denied to in a Jan. 24 interview with the FBI.

Flynn’s denial may place him in legal jeopardy because it’s a felony offense to lie to the FBI.

Whether Flynn is actually charged is another question. That decision falls to President Trump’s Justice Department.