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Poll Shows J. Edgar Hoover Favored for Name of New FBI Headquarters

J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover has long been accused of racism and illegal wiretaps, an online poll shows that respondents believe the new bureau’s headquarters should be named after him.

The poll by Federal Times found that more than 31% favored Hoover, while 27% didn’t want to name the building.

The third-place vote went to FBI Agent Edwin C. Shanahan, the first agent killed in the line of duty in 1925. Fictional FBI Agent Fox Mulder came in fourth with 15% of the vote.

The bureau’s headquarters was named after Hoover following his death in 1972.

The FBI is looking for a new headquarters, which may mean a new name for the building.

Judge: Border Patrol Not Liable in Shooting Death of 19-Year-Old U.S. Citizen

Carlos LaMadrid was shot by a Border Patrol agent.

Carlos LaMadrid was shot by a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a man near the order fence in Douglas, Ariz., used justified force, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge James A. Soto said Agent Lucas Tidwell was not liable for the death of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen during a March 2011 shooting, Tucson.com reports. 

The death of Carlos LaMadrid prompted a civil lawsuit by his mother. The suit claims Tidwell was “grossly negligent” when he shot an unarmed LaMadrid.

The judge said Tidwell only fired his gun after rocks were thrown at him.

“A reasonable person in Tidwell’s position would believe that he was facing unlawful deadly physical force where rocks the size of softballs or bricks are being thrown from 15 feet away and 10 feet above you directly at your head at 50 to 60 miles per hour,” Soto wrote.

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FAA Tests New Drone-Detecting System Designed by FBI to Ward Off Dangers

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FAA is testing a new drone-detecting system designed by the FBI.

The device is intended to take down rogue drones and those flying in sensitive areas, the Verge reports. 

The testing is taking place at JFK airport in New York.

FAA was searching for technology that can “passively detect, identify, and track” drone operations.

The FAA tested “five different rotorcraft and fixed wing” drones.

Attorney Questions FBI Interrogation of Final Holdout in Wildlife Refuge Occupation

David Fry

David Fry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

David Fry, one of the final holdouts in the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, was questioned by the FBI despite his court-appointed attorney objecting to an interrogation.

The Oregonian reports that Fry’s attorney Per C. Olson has asked for all communication between prosecutors and law enforcement involved in the arrest, detention and questioning of Fry.

Fry was one of the last holdouts to surrender to the FBI.

“It will be defendant’s contention that the government should not have taken unfair advantage of the trust defendant had placed in the agents in his vulnerable state of mind by interrogating him in disregard of his counsel’s invocations,” Olson wrote in a motion filed in U.S. District Court.

FBI Employee Arrested for Allegedly Tampering with Evidence in Probe Against Husband

handcuffsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee was arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence in a child pornography investigation involving her husband.

Local News 8 reports that Jennifer Barnett, 38, of Idaho, was arrested on charges of destroying, altering or concealing evidence.

Authorities said Barnett informed her husband, David Phillips, 41, of the investigation.

Jennifer Barnett was arrested Monday and released on $5,000 bond.

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CIA’s Internal Watchdog Claims It Lost Only Copy of Senate Torture Report

torture1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA claims it has “accidentally” deleted its only copy of the Senate’s lengthy torture report.

The CIA blamed the mistake on the inspector general’s office, which was using the report to review agency conduct, Salon reports.

The agency’s acting inspector general, Christopher Sharpley, claimed his office destroyed its copy of the report by uploading the Senate-provided disk, which was destroyed upon upload as part of normal procedure.

“It’s an embarrassing explanation that gives the appearance of extreme incompetence in the inspector general’s office, which is tasked with preventing abuse and fraud in an organization that stands accused of committing both in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks,” Salon wrote.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to the CIA, requesting that the agency immediately supply the inspector general with a new copy.  “Your prompt response will allay my concern that this was more than an ‘accident,’” Feinstein wrote to Brennan.

Experts: DEA Unlikely to Re-Classify Marijuana Despite Public Pressure to Do So

MarijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA pledged in April it would review marijuana’s classification so that it could be researched for possible medicinal benefits.

But don’t expect the DEA to change the current classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means it is in the “most dangerous class” of substances.

Business Insider interviewed drug-policy experts who believe the DEA won’t make the change despite a monumental shift in the public’s attitude about marijuana, which has been legalized in many states for medicinal purposes.

“DEA will carry out its assessment of the FDA recommendation in accordance with the [Controlled Substances Act] … and hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016,” the DEA said in a letter to a group of Democratic senators, first obtained by The Huffington Post.

By changing the classification, it would clear the way for legalizing marijuana more broadly.

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Native American Sentenced to Killing FBI Agents in 1977 Asks for Clemency

Leonard PeltierBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A group of prominent lawyers is trying to win the freedom of Leonard Peltier, a Lakota tribe member who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1977.

Mother Jones reports that Peltier, who has served 40 of his 71 federal prison sentence, is appealing for clemency and requesting that President Obama make it happen.

“[T]he time has come for the interests of the law enforcement community to be balanced against principles of fundamental fairness, reconciliation, and healing,” the lawyers wrote in a five-page letter to the president. 

“Mr. Peltier has exhausted all appeals and is next eligible to apply for parole in 2024, in the unlikely event that he lives that long,” the letter to Obama states. “The Parole Commission has yielded to the objections of the FBI and DOJ in denying Mr. Peltier’s applications for parole at every turn. Effectively, this Petition represents the last chance in Mr. Peltier’s lifetime for the Government to take curative and/or reconciliatory action.”

To some, Peltier has become international symbol the justice system’s mistreatment of Native Americans. His trial was fraught with irregularities, including witnesses who said they were coerced by the FBI.