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Gazette: Trump Should Nominate Mitt Romney for Secretary of State

Romney at CPAC 2011. Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

Courtesy Gage Skidmore.

By Editorial Board
Colorado Springs Gazette

After witnessing a dinner meeting with Mitt Romney this week, the country waits anxiously to learn whether President-elect Donald Trump will nominate him for secretary of state.

This week, Trump also met with former Gen. David Petraeus, whom he praised afterward, floating his name for the same position. It is no surprise Trump was impressed with Petraeus’ knowledge of foreign affairs, given Petraeus’ experience as top Army general and commander and as director of the CIA.

Trump will have to make his own decision, but we urge him to pick Romney.

The former Massachusetts governor met with The Gazette’s editorial board when he sought the presidency in 2012 as the GOP nominee. He impressed us with a deep command of foreign policy.

Romney’s selection would be a magnanimous act of reconciliation and would deepen the sense that the president-elect is big enough to welcome a wide range of views and doesn’t harbor grudges.

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FBI: Ohio State University Attacker May Have Been Inspired by ISIS

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Ohio State University student who attacked people with his car and a knife Monday may have been inspired by ISIS, the FBI said Wednesday.

The attack injured 11 people before a university police officer shot and killed Abdul Razak Ali Artan.

Law enforcement officials believe Artan was radicalized online by radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the Washington Post reports. 

“It certainly appears that he was radicalized online,” said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who was briefed by law enforcement officials Wednesday. Shortly before the attack, Artan referred to Awlaki as “our hero” in a post on Facebook, U.S. officials said. Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011. He also expressed disdain for more moderate Islamic clerics, urging people to ignore “celebrity scholars who have sold their deen (religion).”

The FBI interviewed dozens of Artan’s family members, neighbors and co-workers and analyzed electronic devices and social media accounts used by the college junior.

Special Agent in Charge Angela Byers said investigators were “not aware of anyone else being involved in the planning of this attack,” but they were still patching together a timeline of the attack.

On the morning of the attack, Artan purchased a knife, Columbus police said.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Portland Division

FBI's Portland division.

FBI’s Portland division.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Portland division of the FBI has a new special agent in charge.

FBI Director James Comey appointed Loren Cannon, who has worked for the bureau since 1998.

Cannon will replace Greg Bretzing, who had been at the helm since March 2014.

Cannon began his FBI careering the San Francisco division, where he investigated international terrorism, drug trafficking and violent crime.

Cannon most recently serve as section chief of the Leadership Development Program in the Human Resources Branch at FBI headquarters.

President-Elect Trump’s Transition Team Shifts Focus to Homeland Security

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Following weeks of delays, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has begun shifting its focus to Homeland Security.

Trump met with two prospective Homeland Security leaders this week, the Wall Street Journal reports.  They were Frances Townsend and Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas.

Trump also is considering retired Marine Gen. John Kelly, the former commander of the U.S. Southern Command.

Homeland security was created by then-President George W. Bush following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI May Have Been Investigating Donald Trump During the Campaign

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI may have been investigating Donald Trump before the November election, according to records obtained by Vice News. 

The news agency had filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents connected to comments made by Trump on the campaign trail.

In July, Trump urged Russia to track down “30,000 emails [from Hillary Clinton’s private email server] that are missing.” And in August, Trump made an incendiary comment that some interpreted to be the Republican calling for the assassination of opponent Hillary Clinton.

“The nature of your request implicates investigative records the FBI may or may not compile pursuant to its broad criminal and national security investigative missions and functions,” the bureau responded. “Accordingly, the FBI cannot confirm or deny the existence of any such records about your subject as the mere acknowledgment of such records existence or nonexistence would in and of itself trigger foreseeable harm to agency interests.”

Vice wrote:

This is what’s known as a Glomar response, a term that came into use after the CIA denied a reporter’s request in the 1970s for information about a CIA ship, the Glomar Explorer, designed to recover a sunken Russian submarine. The agency refused to either confirm or deny the ship’s existence.

The FBI’s response states that any records the FBI has must be withheld because disclosure would interfere with enforcement proceedings and disclose information vital for effective investigations. This response is highly suspicious.

FBI Raids Apartment of Suspected Ohio State University Attacker

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the apartment of the Somali-born student accused of carrying out an attack Monday on Ohio State’s campus.

Dozens of agents swarmed the apartment of Abdul Razak Ali Artan at about 7 p.m., Cleveland.com reports. Agents also were investigating a Facebook declaration that may have been written by the Ohio State University student.

The attack, which included a car and a butcher knife, injured 11 people and left the suspect dead.

Cleveland.com wrote:

Agents carried briefcases, large equipment and evidence boxes into the Havenwood Townhome Community complex on Nationwide Boulevard while Franklin County deputies blocked off the street and stood guard outside the building.

It is unknown what the agents found inside. Residents said Franklin County sheriff’s deputies showed up at the home shortly after the attack. Federal agents arrived about 7 p.m. and began searching the apartment. The search was ongoing as of 9:45 p.m. 

A neighborhood business owner, Jack Ouham, said Artan visited his store daily. He described Artan as a good kid who loved going to Ohio State and who worked at a nearby Home Depot.

“He loved doing what he was doing,” said Ouham, who owns Home Town Market less than a half-mile from Artan’s apartment. “I’m shocked. He was very respectful. He was the nicest kid in the neighborhood.” 

Secret Service Investigated Ohio Man Who Wrote ‘Kill Trump’ on Facebook

1129-sub-trump-threat-facebook-7By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents investigated a man who appeared to threaten the life of President-elect Donald Trump.

Law enforcement officials confirmed to TMZ that the Secret Service and deputies in Greene County, Ohio, met Monday with a man who posted, “kill Trump” on Facebook.

Agents asked the man if he was serious, and he responded, “Not unless he starts going door-to-door rounding up people like he says.”

The Secret Service determined he was not a serious threat.

Donald Trump’s Candidate for Homeland Security Riles Border Hawks

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump’s potential selection of Rep. Michael T. McCaul for secretary of Homeland Security incensed border hawks because of the congressman’s position on immigration.

McCaul, a Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security  Committee, is perceived by some as weak on border security and a supporter of amnesty, the Washington Times reports. 

McCaul has been frequently criticized by conservatives and border activists for co-authoring the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which ignored the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.

“We certainly hope that Donald Trump would not reward a deceptive pro-amnesty lawmaker like Michael McCaul with a Cabinet position,” said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. “That would be very disappointing to all of us that believed his campaign promises to secure our borders and deport millions of illegal immigrants under current U.S. laws.”

The Homeland Security secretary will be a critical nomination for Trump, who has pledged to fight illegal immigration.