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Armed Protester Occupying Federal Refuge Would Rather Be Killed Than Arrested

burn oregonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least one of the armed protesters occupying a federal refuge in Oregon said he is prepared to die before being arrested, NBC News reports. 

Today is the fifth day of the standoff at the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

The FBI is trying to resolve the impasse without violence.

But one occupier, LaVoy Finicum, said he “absolutely” would rather be killed than arrested.

“I have no intention of spending any of my days in a concrete box,” he said.

“There are things more important than your life and freedom is one of them,” he said. “I’m prepared to defend freedom.”

But Finicium, a Mormon rancher from Arizona with 11 children, suggested Tuesday that he hopes the standoff ends soon because “I need to get home.”

“I got cows that are scattered and lost.”

Ex-FBI Agent Charged with Murder in Brutal Beating of Daughter’s Husband

Daughter and wife Molly Corbett.

Daughter and wife Molly Corbett.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent and his North Carolina daughter have been charged with murder in the death of the woman’s husband, Fox News reports. 

Molly Martens Corbett, 31, and her father, retired FBI agent Thomas Michael Martens were charged in August with second-degree murder and voluntary manslaughter, according to grand jury indictments unsealed Monday.

“It was an extremely thorough investigation,” Davidson County Sheriff David Grice told The-Dispatch newspaper Monday. “We are pleased with the decision of the grand jury.”

The husband, 39-year-of Jason Paul Corbett, of Ireland, was found dead with fatal head injuries after he was assaulted at his North Carolina home sometime over the night of Aug. 2.

Martens, 65, said he struck his son-in-law with a baseball bat following an argument.

President Obama Plans to Hire More FBI, ATF Staff to Expedite Background Checks for Firearms

President Obama Executive Order ImmigrationBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration wants to expedite mandatory background checks on gun buyers and needs hundreds more federal law enforcement personnel to help, Govexec.com reports. 

The plan calls for hiring more than 230 extra analysts and other support staff for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which saw a record number of gun sales.

The idea is to more quickly process background checks, which helps the FBI provide notice to local authorities about potential unlawful firearm purchases.

The White House said the new hiring “will begin immediately and increase the existing workforce by 50 percent,” according to a fact sheet on the executive actions. “This will reduce the strain on the NICS system and improve its ability to identify dangerous people who are prohibited from buying a gun before the transfer of a firearm is completed.”

The hiring will take place over the next two years.

Washington Post: President Obama’s Actions on Gun Control Have No Teeth

atf-gunsBy Jonathan H. Adler
Washington Post

Today the White House announced a series of executive branch actions(not executive orders) that are supposed to reduce the threat of gun violence. Chief among these measures is a new guidance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) concerning when those who sell guns are required to obtain a federal license and perform background checks of prospective gun purchasers. The ATF is also finalizing a regulation that would prevent prospective gun purchasers from avoiding background checks by acquiring guns through a trust or corporation, but this is a separate measure.

According to the White House, the new ATF guidance is intended “to ensure that anyone who is ‘engaged in the business’ of selling firearms is licensed and conducts background checks on their customers.” The ATF is achieving this not by issuing new regulations (re)defining what it means to be “engaged in the business” of selling guns under federal law. Instead, the ATF issued a guidance document that simply explicates what this legal requirement means, providing examples of the sorts of things that would indicate that a given individual is in the gun business, rather than conducting the occasional personal sale as a hobbyist or as part of an estate liquidation, or something of that sort. According to both the White House release and the ATF guidance, the various indicia identified in the guidance are, in turn, based upon what federal courts have found in relevant cases. (The relevant court decisions are not cited or otherwise identified in the document, and I have asked both ATF and the White House for more information on this point.)

Taken at face value, the new ATF guidance is thus nothing more than a restatement of existing legal requirements. Put another way, it merely identifies those who are already subject to the relevant federal requirements and does not in any way expand the universe of those gun sellers who are required to obtain a license and perform background checks. In other words, it is — as the document says — a guidance, and not a substantive rule. It has no legal effect.

If the ATF guidelines are nothing more than a guidance — an indication of the sorts of things that might trigger a federal investigation or prosecution, but not a tightening of the relevant legal standard — why would the administration do this? There are several potential answers. First, guidance documents are often useful insofar as they explicate relevant legal standards and (as the name implies) provide guidance to the regulated community. Such documents can help people know when they are subject to specific legal requirements. Further, if there are a significant number of people who should have federal gun licenses but have neglected to obtain them, the guidance document might encourage greater compliance with federal law.

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Lengel: Trashy Tabloid Prints False Story About the Recovery of Jimmy Hoffa’s Remains

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — In a drugstore or grocery store line, tabloids are like fool’s gold, eye-catching and enticing and capable of duping the naive. Some of the stories seem so outrageous, so far fetched. Yet, we often glance at them and read the headlines.

I was shopping in a suburb the other day and saw the Globe, a 62-year-old paper that’s part of American Media, Inc. , a New York publisher of magazines, supermarket tabloids, including the National Enquirer, and books. The front page headline reads: “Search Ends After 40 years…Jimmy Hoffa’s Body Found! It has photos of Richard Nixon, mobster Carlo Gambino and Sen. Ted Kennedy with the subhead: “One of these three ordered him killed.”

I did stories on the Hoffa disappearance years after the 1975 abduction, first for The Detroit News and then the Washington Post. So I bought it for $4.99, just out of curiosity and amusement. My mother used to love to read the tabloids, and I’d buy them on occasion for her, even though I was often embarrassed to do so, and sometimes even told the clerk: “This isn’t for me, Really, it’s for my mother.”

I’ve had first-hand experience with tabloids. Starting in 2001, I was one of the lead reporters at the Washington Post on the case involving Chandra Levy, the D.C. intern who disappeared and was having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit. Condit was a “person of interest” in the case and made for good fodder in the tabloids, though he was never charged. At the Post, we were forced to run down the flashy tabloid stories about the case and Condit. More often than not, they were totally false.

The Globe story about Hoffa is just that: False and shameless. It’s pretty disgraceful that this trashy tabloid has published this story about the Hoffa disappearance and the whereabouts of his remains. Though no one has ever been charged, the FBI and investigative journalists have a pretty good idea that certain mob figures had a hand in the death to keep Hoffa from taking over the Teamsters again after serving time in prison.

Before we go on, I asked the Detroit FBI to comment on the Globe story.

“The report is not true,” said Detroit FBI spokesperson Jill Washburn. “As it is still a pending investigation, we have no further comment.”

The tabloid shamelessly claims:

One of the most baffling mysteries of the last 40 years – the shocking disappearance of union boss Jimmy Hoffa – has been solved!

After vanishing in 1975, Hoffa has finally been found buried in a garbage dump, sealed in a barrel – and a bombshell Globe investigation reveals the Teamster kingpin was murdered on the orders of Sen. Ted Kennedy!

The monumental discovery has been hushed up by the Justice Department. But a crack team of G-men unearthed a 55-gallon drum containing Hoff’s remains in a New Jersey dump shortly before Thanksgiving, confidential law enforcement sources reveals.

Now the sources say a top-secret dossier that pointed the fed to the burial site also fingered two hitmen – and one of the killers was working for Ted, the powerful Massachusetts senator who hated Hoffa”

“The lead came from paper written by Hoffa’s killer to a one-time lover,” says a law enforcement source. “These paper specifically mention Kennedy.”

The story goes on to say that Ted Kennedy ordered the killing to get revenge because he thought Hoffa was linked to the murder of brother Robert Kennedy in 1968. You might recall, a Jordanian citizen named Sirhan Sirhan was convicted in that killing.

It seems the tabloids can’t resist exploiting the death of Hoffa, regardless of the truth.

P.S. — Should you buy this issue, be sure to see the article on Pages 10-11 titled “I Was Hitler’s Flower Girl”.

(Read What Really May have Happened by investigative journalist Dan Moldea)

President Obama to Announce Executive Actions to Tighten Gun Control

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama is expected to announce a long-awaited executive action on gun control this week in his final year as president, Politico reports. 

The White House said the measures would curb gun violence.

Citing people familiar with the proposals, Obama would require more small-scale gun sellers to be licensed, making them subject to background checks.

Obama also wants to tighten rules for reporting stolen or lost guns.

Obama proposed even stiffer gun regulations but Congress was unlikely to approve any new curbs on firearms.

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Authorities Believe They’ve Identified ISIS’s New ‘Jihadi John’ in Video

Siddartha Dhar

Siddartha Dhar

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal officials believe ISIS has a new “Jihadi John.”

The suspect’s name is Siddartha Dhar, a London man who converted to Islam as a young man and later joined the banned radical Islamic group, Al Muhajiroun, CBS News reports. 

Authorities had him in custody in 2014 for suspected terrorism but were forced to release him because of a lack of evidence.

Soon after, he joined ISIS in Syria and quipped about the security in Britain.

“What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to the Islamic State,” he tweeted.

In the latest ISIS video showing the execution of five men, a masked man is shown, and it’s believed he is Dhar.

British intelligence services are trying to conclusively identify the masked man by comparing his voice and face with samples the government already has of Dhar.

FBI Takes Control of Federal Building Takeover in Oregon, Urges for Peaceful Resolution

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has taken over the investigation into the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon and has pledged to work with state and local authorities for “a peaceful solution to the situation,” The Washington Post reports. 

How the FBI will reach that resolution is unclear because federal authorities have declined to elaborate.

The occupiers also said Monday that they are confident that law enforcement won’t try to forcibly remove them from the refuge.

The protesters were rallying against the arson conviction of two local ranchers, Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, who reported to federal prison Monday.

“Due to safety considerations for both those inside the refuge as well as the law enforcement officers involved, we will not be releasing any specifics with regards to the law enforcement response,” the FBI said in a statement.