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FBI Makes Rare Move to Fire Agent for Shooting Unarmed Suspect

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a rare move, the FBI is trying to fire an agent after he intentionally shot a suspect.

The New York Times reports that the FBI concluded the off-duty agent violated bureau policy for shooting an unarmed suspect who was accused of breaking into a Lexus in Queens.

According to internal reports obtained by the Times, the agent shot the man from a second-story window, striking him in the back.

The bureau accused the agent, Navin Kalicharan, of violating its lethal force policy, which permits agents to shoot their weapons only when there is an imminent risk of death or serious bodily harm.

Kalicharan is contesting the dismissal.

Donald Trump: Border Patrol Agents Unable to Enforce Lax Immigration Laws

Donald Trump, via Twitter

Donald Trump, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said immigrations laws are so lax that Border Patrol agents can’t do their jobs, The Hill reports. 

“People are walking across the border right now, right in front of these great people we have,” Trump told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week.”

“We have wonderful Border Patrol people,” he said. “They can do their job, but they’re not allowed to do the job.”

“People are walking into the country [and] nobody even knows where they come from,” he added. “They walk right past guards that are told not to do anything.”

At times, Trump sounded almost paranoid.

“We have lost control of our country,” he said. “We have lost control of our borders.”

Trump wants to tighten border security, cease birthright citizenship and require Mexico to build a wall at the border.

How Anti-Drug Message Became Ubiquitous on Arcade Games in 1980s

This message appeared on countless arcade games

This message appeared on countless arcade games

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Beginning in the late 1980s, the federal government extended its anti-drug message to arcade games.

“Winners Don’t Use Drugs” was a popular slogan that was hatched during a dinner between old friends, Inverse.com reports. 

Bob Davenport, the the FBI’s director of public affairs, met with former FBI Agent Bob Fay, who at the time was the executive director of the American Amusement Machine Association.

“We were talking about my new career and how he had this emphasis on drug awareness,” Fay told Inverse, “and I said, ‘Hey, I might be able to help you out. I’ve got thousands of video games that we could put a message on.'”

That turned into trip to FBI headquarters in Washington.

The two friends decided the best message was “Winners Don’t Use Drugs” because it was concise and snappy.

“We wanted to get it to something that was short,” Fay said, “something that you could say winners not only applied to game-playing, but also if you want to be a winner in life, you can’t use drugs.”

The message became ubiquitous on video arcades in the late ’80.s.

Did it work?

“From some of the feedback that we were getting from the video game industry and others in the drug awareness program, we felt that it was pretty successful,” Davenport said.

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Border Patrol Finds Drug Smuggler in Scuba Gear Near Long Tunnel to Mexico

Photo via Border Patrol.

Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Border Patrol agents found a man in scuba gear, they knew something odd was afoot.

Turns out, the man was smuggling drugs through a tunnel that was partially underwater at the end of the All-American Canal, about 7 miles east of Calexico, Calif., The Associated Press reports.

Near the man was a breathing tank and several vacuum-sealed packages containing 55 pounds of cocaine.

The April 25 discovery unearthed a 150-foot-long tunnel that stretched from the canal to a house in Mexicali, Mexico.

“Drug smugglers will try anything to move their product — even scuba diving in an underwater tunnel,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement. “The ingenuity of the smugglers is matched only by our determination to thwart it.”

Adam S. Cohen Named New Chief of FBI’s Buffalo Office

Adam Cohen/FBI

Adam Cohen/FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Adam S. Cohen, an 18-year veteran of the FBI with expertise in terrorism, is taking over the bureau’s Buffalo office.

Cohen will replace Special Agent in Charge Brian P. Boetig, who will be working outside of the country, the Buffalo News reports. 

Cohen takes the helm in October, FBI Director James Comey announced Thursday.

Cohen began his career with the bureau in the New York City office, dealing with international terrorism cases. Most recently, he served as section chief of the bureau’s Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section.

Cohen graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor of arts degree in American studies and Dowling College, where he earned a master’s degree in business administration.

Observant, Off-Duty DEA Agent Busts Man with Large Amount of Cocaine in Suitcase

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent was off duty getting his car worked on when he saw a suspicious encounter.

Ricky Nuckles, 41, parked his car at a gas station, where another car pulled up, and a man placed a large suitcase in the back of Nuckles’ car before driving off, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Suspicious, the agent confronted Nuckles, who ran into the store and ditched his cell phone.

The agent spotted a firearm in the driver’s seat and called 911.

As police and more agents arrived, they found cocaine worth $750,000 and a handgun after Nuckles agreed to a search.

“Thanks to a vigilant off-duty DEA agent, 22 kilograms of cocaine is off the streets, and Nuckles’ drug-trafficking days are finished,” U.S. attorney John Horn said.

Nuckles was sentenced Thursday to 17 years and 7 months in prison.

Encounter a Rude or Abusive TSA Agent? Launch a Complaint on Yelp

TSABy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers can now report TSA agents who are abusive or rude.

CNN reports that Yelp, known for restaurant and business reviews, has reached an agreement with the federal government to allow the TSA to respond to reviews.

While travelers have always had the ability to leave comments about TSA agents, there was never a single page or official place to launch those complaints. Now there is.

The idea is to hold government employees more accountable.

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