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Second Homeland Security Employee Arrest in Month for Possessing Gun

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

Two Homeland Security employees have been arrested in the past month for taking a handgun inside the secured grounds of the department’s headquarters.

Security officers arrested Thomas Pressley for allegedly possessing a 9-millimeter handgun in a leather handbag while inside the complex, News4 reports. 

Pressley, who has been jailed, is a contractor for information technology. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

“The weapon appeared to be fully functional, capable of being fired by a single hand, and designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” according to a police report.

About a month ago, another Homeland Security was accused of carrying a loaded .22-caliber handgun with five hollow point bullets.

Judge: DEA May Not Track Cell Phones without a Warrant

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge delivered a major blow to the DEA’s use of Stingrays, which enable law enforcement to collect evidence by using fake phone masts.

U.S, District Court Judge William Pauley III said the use of Stingrays would violate the Fourth Amendment unless a warrant is granted, the Register reports. 

The decision comes after a Maryland judge made the same ruling in 2015.

“Absent a search warrant, the Government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device,” the judge said.

Stingrays enable authorities to listen to conversations and access information on phones.

Other Stories of Interest

 

FBI No Longer Investigating Case of Infamous Hijacker D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper

D.B. Cooper

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head-scratching mystery of D.B. Cooper may never be solved.

The lone agent assigned to the case has been switched to other mysteries, “effectively shuttering the 45-year-old case after the FBI – and troves of tipsters – failed to identify the infamous hijacker,” the New York Daily News reports. 

Cooper was a passenger on a Northwest Orient Airlines plane when he showed what appeared to be a bomb, put on a parachute and jumped from the jet with a bag of $200,000 in stolen cash.

“Unfortunately, none of the well-meaning tips or applications of new investigative technology have yielded the necessary proof,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich-Williams said in a statement late Monday.

Many theories have surfaced about Cooper’s whereabouts, but none have been proven.

House GOP Continues to Pressure FBI Director Over Clinton Case

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republicans aren’t backing down.

On Monday, 200 House Republicans demanded answers from FBI Director James Comey after he decided not recommend federal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified material, The Hill reports.  

The lawmakers said Comey created “ cloud over our nation’s justice system” and urged him to disclose additional details about his decision.

“No one is above the law and the American people deserve a more robust explanation for your decision to not recommend criminal charges against the former secretary,” the 204 GOP lawmakers told Comey.

FBI: Polygamist Leader Lyle Jeffs Escaped Using Slippery Substance

Lyle Jeffs' mugshot

Lyle Jeffs’ mugshot

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fundamentalist LDS Church leader Lyle Jeffs was able to escape custody using what likely is a readily available product.

“He used a substance which may have been olive oil to lubricate the GPS tracking band and slip it off his ankle,” Eric Barnhart, the Special Agent-in-Charge of the Salt Lake City field office of the FBI, said in an interview with FOX 13. “The damage to the bracelet was not such to trigger the full array of alarms that law enforcement or the U.S. Marshal’s Service would have responded to.”

Jeff, whose trial on food stamp fraud and money laundering charges was delayed, was released from jail and told to wear a a GPS monitoring device as part of a home arrest.

At some point on June 18, Jeffs appeared to lather himself in oil and slide the ankle bracelet off.

“Checks were done with Mr. Jeffs and at some point, on the 18th, to a satisfactory level the bracelet was still intact where it was supposed to be,” he told FOX 13. “The evening hours, though, that changed. Attempts were made to contact him to no avail. The next day he was found to be missing.”

Thief Steals Service Weapons from FBI Agent’s Car in Washington D.C.

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine who broke into an agent’s car and stole two service weapons on Sunday in Northeast, D.C.

Fox5 reports that someone smashed a rear window of the vehicle and stole a Colt AR-15 rifle and a Glock 22 pistol.

The FBI said the weapons were in a lockbox in the parked Ford Expedition.

The FBI declined to say whether the agent is on administrative leave or if it’s standard operating procedure to leave weapons inside a lockbox in an unattended car.

Other Stories of Interest

Column: Retired FBI Official: I ‘Felt The Air Being Forced Out of My Body’ While Watching FBI Director Comey Announce Recommendation in Hillary Clinton Case

Anthony Riggio is a former lawyer who went on to work for the FBI for 24 years. He held a number of posts during that time including assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit office. He retired in 1995 as a senior executive at FBI headquarters.

Anthony Riggio

Anthony Riggio

By Anthony Riggio
For ticklethewire.com

Thoughts on the investigation and pronouncement of a negative recommendation by the head of the FBI to the Department of Justice regarding Hillary Rodham Clinton:

As a retired FBI agent, who has witnessed many struggles of the FBI with both prosecutorial authorities as well as the public, I watched Director James Comey’s televised presentation of the facts contained in the FBI’s (prosecutorial) report to the Department of Justice presented in an atypical manner.

He chose to deliver it via a press conference.  Normally, when an agent presents a final report on an investigation, the agent has a clear understanding of the intent to prosecute on the part of the government.  The agent has a working relationship with the representative of the government, to wit the United States Attorney and his assistant who will handle the prosecution responsibilities on behalf of the United States.  Usually, both the agent or agents involved in the investigation are on the same page as the federal prosecutor and the relationship is one of harmonious pursuit of trying the bad guy in a federal court, or causing the subject/defendant to take or “cop” a plea.

In the Hillary Clinton investigation the relationship between the investigating agents and the government was mired in a swamp of political intrigue, primarily because Mrs. Clinton was a Presidential candidate and was also a protégé of the current President.

This was further compounded by a meeting between the current Attorney General, Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton almost immediately prior to Comey’s pronouncement as to the conclusion of the FBI’s long investigation into Hillary’s handling of Department of State communications on a private server, which were both sensitive to National Security and classified.

Obvious Violations

There was also the issue of  the destruction of other documents in the possession of Hillary, which belong to the people of the United States. That Hillary co-mingled personal communications with those of the People, exacerbated the whole magillah.

It was obvious to me that Hillary violated every rule written within every agency of the United States. Furthermore, it was patently clear that this mishandling of U.S. documents violated National Security matters.  The average person who ever worked for the U.S. Government knew that this was not only improper but was also a violation of federal law.

Federal laws were broken,  and orbiting around this debacle, was the Congressional investigation into the Benghazi tragedy, where our Secretary of State and government failed to raise the hue and cry to save our ambassador and his workers.  I cannot recall in American history a more perfect storm of events surrounding one person, to wit Hillary Clinton.  It should become obvious to any objective thinking American that Hillary was at the center of a storm of untruths, that unfortunately were not the first in her history of “public service”.

The only agency capable of investigating the e-mail debacle was the FBI, especially considering that her mentor, the President, would not allow an independent prosecutorial investigation to give an unbiased outsider’s look into these violations of law.

I believe firmly that this placing of the e-mail scandal into the arms of the FBI was a political move engineered by the powers that be to control the probe.  The average citizen knew that any finding by the FBI would be held to public scrutiny, and there would be political fallout.

The FBI was placed in an awful situation because of the characters involved and the sensitivity of a Presidential election hanging in the balance. It was the most obvious Hobson’s choice situation.

Apolitical Organization

As a former Special Agent of the FBI, I am very familiar with the strains placed on every agent connected with this massive investigation, and can only barely see the strains of the head of the FBI, an agency built on the idea of being an apolitical organization and an objective finder of facts.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Disagree with Decision Not to Charge Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most Americans disagree with the FBI’s recommendation against charging Hillary Clinton with a crime over her e-mail practices, a Washington Post-ABC News poll found. 

A majority of those surveyed also said her handling of e-mails are concerning if she becomes president.

Still, about 60% of voters said they won’t change their vote based on the outcome of the investigation.

FBI Director James Comey recommended last week that Clinton not face charges and the Justice Department went along with that recommendation.