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Former Secret Service Agent Says Nancy Reagan’s Personal Life Was As Gracious As Public Life

President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009.  (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) This official White House photograph is being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photograph. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way or used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.Ê

President Barack Obama escorts former First Lady Nancy Reagan in the Diplomatic Room of the White House June 2, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tim Franklin was well aware of Nancy Reagan’s public life, one punctuated by kindness and class.

But between 2001 and 2003, the former secret service agent was assigned to protect the former first lady, and she was just as gracious in her personal life as she was in her public one, he told AZFamily.com. 

Among Franklin’s jobs was to accompany Reagan the White House in 2002, when she was honored with the Presidential Metal of Freedom.

“It was very unique to be around her during those moments in history after they left office, and see her private reactions to the politics that were happening,” Franklin said.

The former Arizona State University criminologist added: “She was extremely kind to me. She was also, what I would say, the epitome of class.”

On his final day with the former first lady, Franklin posed for a picture with Reagan and expressed his gratitude.

“She responded and thanked me as well. It was a very personal moment, a quiet moment, a brief moment. One that I’ll never forget.”

Reagan died on Sunday at the age of 94.

Congress to Investigate Claims That Secret Service Agent Coerced Woman into Having Sex

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Very few people wanted to believe Kristen Miles Anderson’s claim that she was coerced into having sex with a Secret Service agent who was investigating whether she embezzled money from a bank.

It was March 2010, and the agent who first denied the sexual encounter later said the act was consensual, Greenville Online reports. 

Anderson eventually pleaded guilty to embezzling about $90,000 and was sentenced to 15 months in federal prison. She served 10 months.

A judge dismissed her lawsuit against the agent, the federal government and others, and a grand jury investigation into the alleged sexual encounter resulted in no charges.

But now the U.S. House Committee on Oversight is interested in learning more about what happened and last month requested the inspector general of Homeland Security to turn over a copy of the investigation report.

“I stood up and took the blame, told them what I did and paid the price,” Anderson said during an exclusive interview with The Greenville News. “Then to go back and learn they didn’t even charge him, that’s just devastating. I can’t even tell you.”

The accused agent, Richard Kerns Jr., could not be reached for comment.

Secret Service Investigating Radio Host Glenn Beck Over Alleged Threats to Donald Trump

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating conservative radio host Glenn Beck following comments he made on his radio show about Donald Trump.

Beck said his remarks were not directed at the GOP front-runner.

On his radio show Friday, Beck responded to his producer’s mocking statements about Beck being in the shoes of Trump’s rivals: “Was it  gigantic shoes?” producer Stu Burguiere asked.

“If I was close enough and I had a knife. Really.  I mean the stabbing just wouldn’t stop,” Beck responded.

Beck wasn’t referring to Trump, Burguiere said on Facebook.

“It was reported that Glenn had threatened to stab a presidential candidate this morning which was odd since I was on the show with him and didn’t notice anything like that… Of course, if you were listening, you know that Glenn actually threatened me, not Donald Trump, so I am in the odd situation of defending my boss for threatening my life.”

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Numerous Tech Companies Join Apple’s Fight with FBI Over Phone Encryption

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Apple became the first big tech company to openly criticize the FBI’s attempts to force companies to unlock phones to help investigators get access to information.

But the company has been joined by Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and a host of others who filed court briefs on Thursday to support Apple’s argument that it does not have to unlock phones for law enforcement, the New York Times reports. 

About 40 companies and organizations filed more than a dozen briefs with the Federal Court for the District Central California to challenge the government’s case.

They argue about the infringement of free speech, the importance of encryption and government overreach.

“These companies, which are often fierce competitors, have joined together to voice concern about the attempted government overreach in this case, which threatens the integrity and security of their products and privacy rights of consumers in general,” said Neal Katyal, a lawyer at Hogan Lovells for the tech companies and a former acting solicitor general of the United States.

FBI: Flight Attendant Set Fire in Airplane Bathroom, Then Played Hero by Extinguishing Flames

american airlines logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American Airlines flight attendant is accused of setting an airplane bathroom on fire, forcing an emergency landing in Detroit.

Authorities said Jonathan Tafoya-Montano pretended to discover the flames, which he then extinguished, the Washington Post reports. 

The incident occurred on a Feb. 1 flight from Dallas to Detroit.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive.

The FBI and Wayne County Airport Authority Police Department are investigating.

Justice Department Asks FBI to Investigate ExxonMobil’s Denial of Climate Change Dangers

earthBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ExxonMobil’s insistence that climate change was a sham has prompted the Justice Department to request the FBI to investigate whether the oil company violated federal laws.

Democratic lawmakers from California first raised the issue last fall, saying that Exxon executives knew that burning fossil fuels were dangerous but publicly tried to undermine the science behind it, the Huffington Post reports.

Some of the charges, the congressmen said, could include Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization, or RICO.

The Justice Department forwarded the issue to the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division to “determine whether an investigation is warranted.”

Border Patrol Agents Rescue Two Suicidal Men in Detroit on Same Day

Detroit riverfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Detroit riverfront. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents saved two men attempting to commit suicide in separate incidents in Detroit on Wednesday.

The Detroit News reports that a Border Patrol agent on patrol spotted a man stumbling in the street at about 7 p.m.

“The agent stopped to assist him and noticed he was covered in blood,” authorities said Thursday. “The individual stated he just tried to commit suicide and stabbed himself.”

Instead of waiting for an ambulance, agents rushed the man to the hospital.

At 10:30 p.m. that night, separate Border Patrol agents responded to a possible suicidal man near the Detroit River. The man jumped into the river but was rescued when the agents threw bags with ropes so the man could reach shore.

“Each of us in this world has a purpose,” Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison said in a statement Thursday. “I am proud that the purpose for these Border Patrol agents last night was to save the lives of two people who needed help.”