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ICE Special Agent Charged in Alleged Pay-to-Stay Immigration Scheme

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

ICE Special Agent Clifton Divers.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — An Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent is accused of a pay-to-stay immigration scheme.

Clifton L. Divers, 48, of Detroit, has been charged with bribery, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, the Detroit News reports.

Divers, who also is a local attorney, is accused of providing deferrals of deportation and other immigration benefits for non-citizens in exchange for free legal services and more than $5,000.

Divers has been charged with conspiring to impair, obstruct and defeat the lawful function of Homeland Security by dishonest means. In addition, he has been charged with destruction and falsification of records to obstruction an official investigation by the Office of Inspector General of Homeland Security.

Divers is accused of committing the crimes between 2009 and 2015.

If convicted, he faces between five and 20 years behind bars.

Wife of High-Ranking FBI Official Received Campaign Cash by Clinton Allies

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe played a major role in the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

Turns out, McCabe’s wife, Dr. Jill McCabe, received nearly $500,000 in donations from Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who has longstanding ties to the Clintons, for her campaign to run for a state Senate seat, the Wall Street Journal reveals.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which McAuliffe has considerable influence, donated an additional $207,788 worth of campaign mailers to Dr. McCabe’s senate campaign, which she eventually lost.

The governor’s spokesman said he “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors… Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”

In a statement, the FBI responded that Andrew McCabe, who is now the deputy director of the bureau, “played no role, attended no events, and did not participate in fundraising or support of any kind. Months after the completion of her campaign, then-Associate Deputy Director McCabe was promoted to Deputy, where, in that position, he assumed for the first time, an oversight role in the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s emails.”

Dr. McCabe defended her husband.

“Once I decided to run, my husband had no formal role in my campaign other than to be a supportive husband to me and our children. As a federal official…everyone who participated in our campaign understood and respected that he could not participate.”

Richmond Times-Dispatch: More Deplorable Revelations Surface of Clinton Probe

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Richmond Times-Dispatch 

More deplorable revelations about Hillary Clinton have hit the news.

The FBI released more documents related to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, and a letter from the inspector general for the national intelligence community was made public. The dismal revelations are not surprising; they merely reinforce the judgment much of the public has formed about the Democratic presidential nominee.

The most alarming news is contained in the letter from intelligence IG Charles McCullough III. He informed two Senate committees that Clinton’s server contained emails about special access programs.

Certain classified information rises to a level above top secret. Some of it is classified as SCI, or secure compartmentalized information. Information about special access programs is deemed even more sensitive than that.

This news rebuts, once again, Clinton’s false claim that she never sent or received classified information over her private server. To the contrary, information on it was highly classified. It also calls into question FBI director James Comey’s decision not to bring charges against her — a decision that appears to have troubled a number of career FBI agents as well.

The FBI’s own documents show that hackers attacked Clinton’s server numerous times — and were able to gain control of one email account belonging to a staffer who worked for Bill Clinton. The agency was unable to say whether hackers were able to penetrate the entire server.

The agency’s data dump include other information that, while less alarming, is no less embarrassing. Members of the security detail assigned to Clinton while she was secretary of state say she frequently violated both security and diplomatic protocol “without regard for the safety of her staff and protection detail, in order to gain favorable press.”

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NTSB to Investigate Bus Crash That Killed 13, Injured 31 in California

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

Desert Hot Springs, Calif.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a tour bus crash that killed 13 people and injured 31 others in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., early Sunday.

NTSB made the announcement on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

The bus was returning from the Red Earth Casino near Salton Sea when it collided with a big rig on the 10 Freeway.

According to officials, the truck was traveling slowly because workers were strangling power lines across the freeway. That’s when investigators say the bus slammed into the back of the trailer at a high rate of speed.

It’s unclear why the bus didn’t slow down.

DEA Agent Accused of Having Sexual Relationship with Paid Informant

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA supervisor denied allegations that he had sex with a paid informant.

There’s no salacious activity going on,” former DEA Atlanta office supervisor Keith Cromer said in U.S. Magistrate Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah’s St. Louis federal court on Friday, the Daily Caller reports. 

Cromer said he developed a person relationship with a paid informant, but it never became sexual.

Cromer invoked the Fifth Amendment twice during the court hearing.

The Justice Department has opened up a criminal investigation.

Cromer admitted he had gone on vacation with the informant twice, but said they stayed in separate bedrooms.

The informant received $212,000 for information that helped the DEA with several cases.

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Parker: Heavy Marijuana Users Have Thinner Bones and More Fracture

medical marijuana

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.

By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com

Adding to the developing body of medical knowledge about the dangers of marijuana use, the University of Edinburgh announced this past week that frequent use results in reduced bone mineral density and a higher incidence of fractures. The study also concluded that these heavy users have a reduced body mass index (BMI) which further contributed to a thinning of the bones and could result in a greater risk of osteoporosis.

This part of the study raises questions about the popular theory that smoking increases appetite, colloquially known as having the “munchies.” For frequent smokers the use actually had the opposite effect of suppressing appetite, thus resulting in a lower BMI and weaker bones. Frequent smokers were defined as those who had smoked marijuana at least 5,000 times in their lifetimes.

The study also found that moderate use, about 1,000 total occasions of smoking, showed no difference in bone mineral density from that of non-users.

The study was sponsored by Arthritis Research UK and is published in the American Journal of Medicine. 

Attorneys Sue FBI, Homeland Security for Surveillance Records of Black Lives Matter

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Homeland Security have been sued for documents on the agencies’ surveillance of Black Lives Matter protesters.

The suit was filed by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the Milton A.Cramer Center at Case Wester Reserve University School of Law, Salon reports. 

The human rights lawyers said the agencies have failed to release the documents of surveillance.

Federal surveillance of the movement began after Ferguson police killed Michael Brown. In July 2015, an Intercept report revealed that Homeland Security was collecting information on peaceful protests.

The new lawsuit allege police also used a “cell site simulator,” or a “Stingray,” to monitor the protests and individual activists.