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Democratic Senator Calls for Investigation of Trump Model Management

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Democratic senator is calling for a federal investigation into Trump Model Management after a Mother Jones’ investigation uncovered alleged labor and immigration violations.

At least four Trump models, who were non-U.S. citizens, claimed they were on tourist visas while working for the company owned by Donald Trump.

“I am extremely concerned by the claims levied against Trump Model Management and ask that you open an investigation into the company’s employment practices,” Boxer wrote in a Wednesday letter to León Rodríguez, the director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), a part of the Department of Homeland Security.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said she found Mother Jones’ report to be “disturbing,” calling on the agency to “make clear that immigration and labor violations like these will not be tolerated.”

Mother Jones wrote:

Two of the former models told Mother Jones that they were coached on how to evade the scrutiny of immigration and customs officers by using fake pretenses for entering the country and even writing false addresses on customs forms.

While working for Trump’s agency, the models said, they were charged exorbitant rent to bunk with other Trump models in cramped, dormitory-style quarters while competing for coveted work visas. Those who didn’t make the cut were sent home—but not until after rent and other fees were deducted from their Trump Model Management earnings.

Asbury Park Press: Gov. Chris Christie Should Soon Stand Trial in Bridge Scheme

Gov. Chris Christie/state photo

Chris Christie

By Editorial Board
Asbury Park Press

Jury selection will begin Thursday in the trial of two former senior staff members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration: Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff.

Both were indicted in May 2015 on charges of fraud, conspiracy and civil rights violations for their alleged role in the politically motivated George Washington Bridge lane-closure scheme three years ago this month.

But Baroni and Kelly won’t be the only ones on trial. So, too, will be Gov. Chris Christie, whose insistence that he had nothing to do with ordering the lane closures and knew nothing about them until long after the lane closings occurred, likely will either be confirmed or revealed as a lie during the course of the testimony.

Adding even more interest to one of New Jersey’s most highly anticipated trials in years will be the presence of Kelly’s high-powered defense attorney, Michael Critchley, whose exploits were detailed in Tuesday’s Press (“Feds may have hard case to prove in Bridgegate trial.”)

Among the defendants he has cleared were Michael “Mad Dog” Taccetta and 19 other reputed members of the Lucchese crime family, and a Newark police officer who was found, gun in hand, standing in his former bedroom by the naked body of his ex-wife’s lover.

Uniformed Secret Service Officer Accused of Sexting Underage Girls from White House

Lee Robert Moore

Lee Robert Moore

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service officer is facing charges of trying to solicit sex from who he thought was a 14-year-old girl, police said.

Lee Robert Moore, 38, was fired after the accusations surfaced.

The Sun Sentinel reports that Moore is accused of sexting underage girls while on duty at the White House.

Moore was indicted on three federal charges for allegedly soliciting sex from an undercover agent who was posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Moore, who was a uniformed Secret Service officer at the White House, has been in jail since he was arrested in November.

Moore “sought to use mobile technology to sexually exploit multiple minor, teenage girls from one of the most secure places on the planet. He did so while in the presence of other highly trained law enforcement officers and just yards from the President of the United States, his family, and senior administration officials he was then protecting. … The brazen and self-absorbed nature of his conduct is simply breathtaking,” federal prosecutors wrote.

It’s unclear whether Moore will be charged with additional crimes for allegedly sexting other underage girls.

Retired FBI Assistant Director Lands Job at Nonprofit in Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

Huntsville, Alabama

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jorge Garcia, who recently retired as an assistant director over Directorate of Intelligence with the FBI, will join a nonprofit that is focused on economic development in Huntsville, Alabama.

Al.com reports that Garcia will be the organization’s executive director.

Garcia also served as the the director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Quantico, Va.

“Mr. Garcia has proven to be an outstanding member of the GEOHuntsville board of directors, and we look forward to his leadership as executive director,” Mayor Tommy Battle said.

Man Who Killed TSA Officer, Wounded 3 Others Pleads Guilty to Avoid Death Penalty

Paul Ciancia

Paul Ciancia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man who used a semi-automatic rifle to kill a TSA officer and wound three others at Los Angeles International Airport because he was angry about security checks pleaded guilty to murder and 10 other charges on Tuesday.

Paul Ciancia pleaded as part of a deal with prosecutors that will keep him off death row. Instead, he will face mandatory life in prison, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

Federal authorities said Ciancia shot TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez 12 times at a passenger ID checkpoint in November 2013. Three other TSA officers were injured.

Ciancia was captured on security cameras as he stalked his victims.

A note from Ciancia said he was angry with airport security checks.

Other Stories of Interest

Federal Judges Dismiss Cases After FBI Hosted Child Pornography Site

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s child pornography sting “Operation Pacifier” was successful at locating and identifying abusers, but it has come under attack by federal judges across the country.

Agents took over the “dark web” site, The Playpen, for two weeks, when 48,000 images and 200 videos of sexual abuse were posted or swapped. The FBI arrested more than 180 people in the U.S.

But the Knoxville New Sentinel reports that at least seven federal judges ruled that the FBI’s takeover of the site was illegal and violated federal rules of criminal procedure.

The judges cited constitutional violations.

FBI Tries to Become Hip to Attract Elite Coders to Crack Down on Cyberattacks

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s biggest challenges is hackers who are targeting political and financial groups and personal computers.

To combat cyberattacks, the FBI is looking for elite coders who have the technology background to help.

“One problem? A culture clash between elite coders who are attracted to casual — or even rebellious workplaces — and the agency’s bureaucratic reputation,” the Washington Post reports. 

FBI Director James Comey is trying to make the agency hip enough to attract recruits.

“We’re working very hard inside the FBI to be a whole lot cooler than you may think we are,” he said during his remarks at a Symantec Government Symposium last week.

That doesn’t mean the FBI has added “beanbags and granola and a lot of whiteboards,” Comey said.

“But we’re working very hard at marching in that direction, so that when this talent comes into our organization we are open to having them make us better — in a way that connects us and them to our mission more closely,” he said.

The Washington Post wrote:

Despite outreach at high profile hacker conferences like Black Hat and DefCon, recruitment of tech whiz kids by law enforcement and intelligence agencies has been hampered in recent years. One issue is that they have to compete with private sector gigs that can offer better salaries and benefits.

But fallout over surveillance programs revealed in Snowden documents and the FBI’s legal battle to get Apple to help it break into a locked iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, Calif., attacks has also made government work a hard sell to some.

El Paso Times: Immigration Rhetoric Doesn’t Jive with Data

border patrol 3By Editorial Board
El Paso Times

A major state agency is proposing a massive increase in spending despite providing little if any evidence that its current spending is effective or needed. That scenario would normally bring accusations of bloated government from Texas’ conservative leadership.

But not when the subject is border security.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is proposing a 39 percent increase in border security spending for the next biennium. That comes on top of a doubling in border security spending approved in the 2015 legislative session.

If the Legislature approves the increase in spending next year – and history suggests that it will – state spending on border security will have grown from $120 million in 2010 to $1 billion.

And it’s entirely unclear what Texas is getting for all that money, other than a shift in where DPS troopers are writing traffic warnings and citations.

The idea of the border as a war zone has been popular in Republican circles for years, despite repeated evidence that illegal immigration is on the decline and border communities have much lower crime rates than comparable communities across the country.

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