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FBI Plans to Release Transcript of Orlando Shooters’ Conversation with Police

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to release a printed, partial transcript today of the conversations between the police and the gunman who opened fire at the Orlando nightclub.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch made the announcement Sunday on several news shows.

ABC News reports that Lynch wants to build a complete profile of gunman Omar Matteen to help prevent future attacks.

“As you can see from this investigation, we are going back and learning everything we can about this killer, about his contacts, people who may have known him or seen him. And we’re trying to build that profile so that we can move forward,” Lynch said.

Lynch plan to meet with investigators Tuesday in Orlando.

AG Loretta Lynch: Obama’s Endorsement of Clinton Won’t Compromise Probe

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Loretta Lynch sought to assure the public that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton won’t compromise the investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of a private e-mail server.

Lynch told “Fox News Sunday” that Obama has not been a part of the investigation and that no conflict of interest exists.

The FBI is investigating whether Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server violated the law.

Republicans have been questioning the fairness of an investigation led by Obama’s administration.

What DEA Should Do with Marijuana As Agency Considers Reclassifying Marijuana

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Tom Downey
Denver Post

This summer may be a big moment in the national conversation about marijuana. With a decision coming by July 1, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency could partially legalize medical marijuana, and the federal government could usher in a new era with a comprehensive and multi-structural approach to pot policy. Just don’t expect to fill a marijuana brownie prescription at your local drug store any time soon.

Marijuana has been a Schedule I narcotic since 1970.  That means, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana has no medicinal value and is highly addictive.  It is illegal under federal law to grow, possess or sell it.  To put this in perspective, cocaine is a Schedule II narcotic — legally available under highly restrictive circumstances.  The DEA’s options are to keep marijuana as Schedule I or to reschedule or de-schedule it. De-scheduling would allow use for non-medical, recreational purposes like alcohol.  Rescheduling would allow use like a regular prescription issued by a physician and filled by a pharmacy under a DEA license, like Codeine. If this happened, marijuana prescriptions would almost certainly be allowed only in traditional medicinal forms, such as pills and extract drops and perhaps topical lotions and nebulizers.  It’s unlikely that the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration would allow prescriptions for smokable marijuana or pot brownies and other edibles.

Although legal under state law in more than half the states, marijuana is still illegal federally, and federal law trumps. Since 2009, the federal government has followed a policy of non-enforcement.  In short, the federal government is not enforcing federal marijuana laws, as long as anyone involved is in compliance with state marijuana laws.  It is akin to the non-enforcement of traffic laws, for speeding a few miles per hour over the limit.

If the DEA keeps marijuana on Schedule I, the federal government risks continued suffering by those with true medical ailments and continued lack of scientific study.  The DEA would be wildly out of step with rapidly changing public opinion.  If the DEA de-schedules marijuana, big tobacco companies could take over, and the fears of many anti-marijuana advocates would be realized.

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Gun Store Owner Says He Alerted FBI to ‘very suspicious’ Orlando Nightclub Shooter

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A little more than a month before Omar Mateen opened fire on an Orland nightclub, the owner of a Florida gun store alerted the FBI to a “very suspicious man” who was trying to buy body armor and bulk ammunition, ABC News reports. 

That man turned out to be Mateen, said Robert Abell, co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Fla.

According to Abell, Mateen tried to buy high-end body armor that was not available at the store. Mateen then called someone in a foreign language, hung up and inquired about bulk ammunition.

Abell said he turned Mateen away and called the local FBI office in West Palm Beach.

“We gave them information and everything that took place, and that was the end of the conversation,” he said, adding the FBI never visited the store or investigated further.

But the owner also never had Mateen’s name because he made no purchase, so they didn’t have a lot to go on.

New Legislation Aimed at Alerting FBI When Terror Suspect Tries to Buy Gun

Sen. Mark Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New legislation is aimed at alerting the FBI when a terror suspect tries to buy a gun.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois introduced the legislation in the wake of the Orlando nightclub massacre.

“Terrorists should not be able to buy weapons and the FBI should be notified if a suspected terrorist buys a weapon,” Kirk said in a statement, 5 NBC Chicago reports. “This commonsense legislation equips the FBI with a new tool to stop threats on American lives.”

The measure would require anyone who has been investigated for potential terrorism ties to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

The FBI uses the NICS when it conducts background checks.

FBI Contradicts Trump’s Claims That Muslim Community Doesn’t Report Extremists

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If you believe Donald Trump, American Muslims tolerate extremists and fail to report them.

“They don’t report them,” Trump said in a CNN interview on Monday. “For some reason, the Muslim community does not report people like this.”

Not true, FBI Director James Comey said.

“They do not want people committing violence, either in their community or in the name of their faith, and so some of our most productive relationships are with people who see things and tell us things who happen to be Muslim.

“It’s at the heart of the FBI’s effectiveness to have good relationships with these folks,” Comey said at a press conference following the Orlando shootings.

The FBI described its relationship with Muslims as “robust,” contradicting Trump’s claims.

Justice Department Endorses Democrats’ Plan on Gun Control for Terrorism Suspects

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is backing the Democrats on a gun-control measure that would ban suspected terrorists from buying guns.

The gun-control amendment was introduced by Sen. Dianne Feintein, D-Calif.

The measure would allow the attorney general to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists if there’s “reasonable belief that the weapons would be used in connection with terrorism.”

“The amendment gives the Justice Department an important additional tool to prevent the sale of guns to suspected terrorists by licensed firearms dealers while ensuring protection of the department’s operational and investigative sensitivities,” Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson said in a statement posted to the DOJ’s website. “We also continue to support universal background checks as a necessary tool to prevent suspected terrorists from lawfully obtaining firearms.”

Republicans defeated a similar proposal in December.

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