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TSA Found 75 Guns, 3 Grenades, Numerous Knives in Carry-On Bags in 1 Week

Guns seized in the last week, via TSA.

Guns seized in the last week, via TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA made some frightening discoveries in carry-on bags at airports across the country last week.

Screeners found 75 firearms, 66 of which were loaded, bear repellent, numerous knives and there realistic replica grenades, the TSA reported. 

The TSA wrote:

In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly in carry-on bags, our officers also regularly find firearm components, realistic replica firearms, bb and pellet guns, airsoft guns, brass knuckles, ammunition, batons, stun guns, small pocketknives and many other prohibited items too numerous to note. 

When packed properly, ammunition can be transported in your checked baggage, but it is never permissible to pack ammo in your carry-on bag.

You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline.

Passengers face penalties of up to $11,000 for bringing prohibited items to airports in carry-on bags.

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FBI Director James Comey Wonders if Data Backs Narrative of ‘Biased Police’ Killing Blacks at DIsproportionate Rates

Director James Comey in San Diego

Director James Comey in San Diego

By Allan Lengel
ticklethetickle.com

SAN DIEGO — In these troubling times for police, FBI Director James Comey addressed thousands of law enforcement officials on Sunday, saying a lack of accurate data raises questions about the pervasive narrative that “biased police are killing black men at epidemic rates.”

“It is a narrative driven by video images of real and gut-wrenching misconduct, by images of possible misconduct, by images of perceived misconduct,” Comey told the crowd at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference at the San Diego Convention Center. “It’s a narrative given force by the awesome power of human empathy.”

Comey said Americans “have no idea if the number of black people or brown people or white people being shot by police is up, down or sideways over the last three years, five years, 10 years.”

He went on to say:

“We need to collect actual, accurate and complete information about policing in this country so that we have informed debates about things that matter enormously.”

He said leaders in law enforcement need to ask questions and understand the community and officers.

“I have heard from you that this is a uniquely difficult time in law enforcement,” he said.

To see the complete speech, click the video below.  To read the complete text click here.

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FBI to Create a National Database on Use of Force by Law Enforcement

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI tracks records on plenty of crimes, but it has not collected statistics on the number of times police use force when interacting with the public.

That is about to change under a pilot program early next year that will compile statistics and establish the first online database on fatal and nonfatal use-of-force among law enforcement, the Washington Post reports. 

“Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement Thursday. “The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve.”

But there’s one flaw: The Justice Department is barred from requiring state and local law enforcement to report nonfatal interactions with the public.

The pilot program comes amid high-profile police shootings of black people.

FBI Director James Comey said it’s “unacceptable” and “ridiculous” that there isn’t comprehensive data on law enforcement’s use of force.

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Homeland Security Memo Says ICE Is Running Out of Money Because of Detention Surge

border fence photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency running out of money because of a surge in the number of immigrants in detention?

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that ICE is on the verge of running out of money unless it receives $136 million to continue operating through Dec. 9.

But after the story was published, a DHS spokeswoman claimed the story was wrong.

Now the Wall Street Journal has a Homeland Security memo that appears to back up the earlier report that ICE is running out of money. The Journal reports today that a memo says, “ICE requests an additional $136 million for this account through Dec. 9, 2016,” and if the agency doesn’t get it, “our funds will run out on November 12.”

“Without the requested funding ICE will not fulfill its detention requirements… Insufficient funding would force ICE to reject any new book-ins, including these recent border crossers that fall within Priority 1 of the Secretary’s enforcement priorities,” the memo says.

Deputy Director of ICE, Daniel Ragsdale, called the memo a “draft which was never reviewed by ICE leadership,” adding, “this type of adjustment is common, and has been done in years past.”

DEA Shows Major Culture Shift in How It Handles Drug Bans After Kratom Reversal

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

Kratom pill, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA appears to be undergoing a major shift in how it handles the war on drugs.

After mounting public pressure, the DEA backed down on its pledge to ban Kratom, a south-east Asian plant that proponents say is an effective treatment for addiction to opioids.

“This is an unprecedented action. It’s never happened before,” said agency spokesman Russ Bayer, the Guardian reports. “We’ve never withdrawn a notice to temporarily schedule any substance but we want to move through this process in a transparent manner.” 

Bayer said the DEA is changing its approach to drugs under acting director Chuck Rosenberg.

“We have had kind of a cultural, organizational transformation during the past year,” Bayer said. “Our core mission has remained the same. It will always be to go after the biggest, most sophisticated, most violent drug traffickers and organizations responsible for the supply of drugs. But Mr Rosenberg has brought in an added emphasis, an increased awareness of some of the other functions that DEA needs to be engaged with. First and foremost community outreach, educating the public in terms of drug abuse, talking about addiction as being a disease.”

Lengel: Why FBI Director Comey Was Right Not to Recommend Charges Against Hillary Clinton

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fox News reported on Thursday that FBI agents and federal prosecutors are upset that FBI Director James Comey recommended no criminal charges against presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton  for the mishandling of classified information– and that Attorney General Loretta Lynch ultimately concurred.

“It is safe to say the vast majority felt she should be prosecuted,” the senior FBI official told Fox News.

I’ve spoken to agents, current and retired, in the past several weeks who have expressed disappointment, and in some cases, embarrassment that the bureau didn’t pull the trigger.

Granted, charges could have been filed. No question. Comey, a former federal prosecutor himself, said as much.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said in July in his statement.  “Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.”

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

It’s not unusual for agents and prosecutors to push for charges, and it would certainly be understandable in this case.  But this is a special case.  In this instance,  it was best to err on the side of caution. An air tight case is one thing. A case that might crumble, is another, particularly under these extraordinary circumstances.

Imagine if you will, that the Justice Department, at the recommendation of the FBI, decided to indict. Unquestionably, the Democratic Party would have pressured Clinton to step aside in the middle of the campaign.

Then let’s just say, after the November election, after Trump or Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden got elected, Clinton went to trial and was acquitted.

Would the FBI and the Justice Department have really wanted to be credited with derailing a presidential candidate, who would later declare that her prosecution was politically motivated, and that she was wrongfully charged?

I think the answer is No.

Some folks will strongly disagree.

But I think ultimately, it’s best for the American people to decide this one.

 

FBI Senior Official On Hillary Clinton: ‘It Is Safe To Say The Vast Majority Felt She Should Be Prosecuted’

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a little more fuel for the political fire.

An unnamed person closely involved in the probe into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information,  tells Fox News that career agents and attorneys on the case unanimously believed the Democratic presidential nominee should have been charged. A second official says it may not have been unanimous but indicated the vast majority felt that way.

The first source tells FoxNews.com that FBI Director James Comey’s July 5 announcement that he would not recommend charges left members of  the investigative team dismayed and disgusted.

“No trial level attorney agreed, no agent working the case agreed, with the decision not to prosecute — it was a top-down decision,” said the source, whose identity and role in the case has been verified by FoxNews.com.

The second, source, a high-ranking FBI official, told Fox News that it might not have been a unanimous decision, but “it was unanimous that we all wanted her [Clinton’s] security clearance yanked.”

“It is safe to say the vast majority felt she should be prosecuted,” the senior FBI official told Fox News. “We were floored while listening to the FBI briefing because Comey laid it all out, and then said ‘but we are doing nothing,’ which made no sense to us.”