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Wisconsin May Hire 5 Justice Department staffers to Investigate Cop-Involved Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The national outcry over cop-involved shootings may mean more accountability in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker said he may change his mind and include in the budget enough money to hire five state Justice Department staffers to investigate the officer-involved deaths, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reports.

“If DOJ feels as though additional funding is necessary to address these cases, we are willing to work with them and the state Legislature to ensure adequate funding,” Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick said in an email.

One of the most recent officer-involved shootings occurred March 6 in Madison, where Tony Robinson was fatally shot by a white cop, prompting large protests.

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Border Patrol Agent Accuses Homeland Security of Manipulating Statistics

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent told a Senate committee Tuesday that Homeland Security is fudging border statistics to make the border seem safer than it actually is, The Business Insider reports.

“I want to be crystal clear – the border is not secure,” said border agent Chris Cabrera in prepared testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday.

“That is not just my opinion or the position of the NBPC,” he said, speaking on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council. “Ask any line agent in the field and he or she will tell you that at best we apprehend 35 to 40 percent of the illegal immigrants attempting to cross. This number is even lower for drug smugglers who are much more adept at eluding capture.”

Cabrera said the number of footprints from immigrants, for example, are severely undercounted and that supervisors create incentives for agents to lie.

“Agents who repeatedly report groups larger than 20 face retribution,” he said. “Management will either take them out of the field and assign them to processing detainees at the station or assign them to a fixed position in low volume areas as punishment.”

“Needless to say agents got the message and now stay below this 20 person threshold no matter the actual size of the group,” he added.

FBI Investigating Massive Cyberattack on Premera Health Insurance Company

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a large cyberattack on the Premera health insurance company after concerns that personal and financial information of nearly 11 million customers has been compromised, ABC News reports.

Premera said there’s no evidence yet that data was used “inappropriately.”

The company discovered the “sophisticated attack” nearly seven weeks ago and quickly learned that the hacking began in May 2014. The FBI was immediately notified, the company and bureau said.

“Cybercrime remains a significant threat and the FBI will continue to devote substantial resources and efforts to bringing cyber criminals to justice,” FBI spokesman Joshua Campbell said in a statement.

Premera is beginning to warning customers of the breach.

“[T]he attackers may have gained unauthorized access to members’ information, which could include members’ name, date of birth, Social Security number, mailing address, email address, telephone number, member identification number, bank account information, and claims information, including clinical information,” Premera said in its statement. “Individuals who do business with Premera and provided the company with their email address, personal bank account number, or Social Security number are also affected.”

Letter Addressed to White House Headed to Third Round of Testing for Cyanide

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Did an envelope addressed to the White House contain cyanide?

It’s going to take a third round of testing after the initial biological testing came back negative but a follow-up test found a “presumptive positive” for the deadly poison, the Secret Service said.

The New York Times reports that the letter was found in an off-site facility where White House mail is screened. 

The Secret Service declined to further discuss the issue.

In early 2013, a Mississippi man sent a ricin-laced letter to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, The Times wrote.

Boston Globe: FBI Should Re-Open City’s ‘Most Notorious Unsolved Mystery’

By The Boston Globe
Editorial Board

After Decades of frustration, the FBI ought to try opening its files on the Gardner Museum heist in hopes that fresh vision will help crack Boston’s most notorious unsolved mystery. The theft of 13 priceless works of art, including Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” 25 years ago on March 18, left a gaping hole in the city’s cultural landscape. The FBI has worked hard to find them, and appeared to be close to a breakthrough two years ago. But as another anniversary passes, and witnesses who might have useful information get a year older, the bureau should enlist the public’s help in a more robust way.

In 2013, the bureau and the museum announced that they believed they knew who stole the paintings, and identified them as “members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England.” Apart from that, though, investigators didn’t make much specific information public. Instead, it created a dedicated FBI website and displayed billboards in the Philadelphia area, where the bureau thinks some of the art may have ended up. The publicitygenerated tips, but no art.

Typically, criminal investigators reveal as little information as possible before making an arrest, mostly to avoid tipping off targets, but partly to discourage irresponsible bystanders from trying to take matters into their own hands. There are enough fresh examples of the dangers of crowd-sourced criminal investigations — just think of the false accusations after the Marathon bombing — to reinforce that conventional wisdom.

But the Gardner heist is different. Getting the art back to its home on the Fenway is far more important than actually arresting anyone.

To read more click here. 

Here is a listing of the works stolen, according to the FBI:

Vermeer, The Concert
Rembrandt, A Lady and Gentleman in Black
Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait
Govaert Flinck, Landscape with Obelisk
Manet, Chez Tortoni
Degas, La Sortie de Pesage
Degas, Cortege aux Environs de Florence
Degas, Program for an artistic soiree (1)
DegasProgram for an artistic soiree (2)
Degas, Three Mounted Jockeys
Chinese Beaker or Ku
Bronze Eagle Finial

 

 

 

 

 

Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder: DOJ Is More Racist Than St. Louis, Ferguson

Peter Kinder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said the Justice Department is “obsessed with race” and has demonstrated more racism than “than anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” The Huffington Post reports.

Kinder claims protests over the death of Michael Brown are “based on a lie” and have been exacerbated by a Justice Department report that concluded Ferguson has systematically discriminated against black residents.

The problem, Kinder said, was that the Justice Department is staffed with “hard-left radical leftist lawyers.”

“There is more racism in the Justice Department than anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” he said. “We’ve come an enormous way in 50 years, that’s not to say that we don’t have still more to do. It is the left, it is the Eric Holder and the Obama left and their minions that are obsessed with race while the rest of us are moving on beyond it.”

Border Patrol Tries New Approach, Trading Gun And Cuffs for Coat and Tie

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mexican immigrants think of the Border Patrol, they often think of agents in green uniform with a gun, handcuffs and a baton.

Intimidating figures.

Now the agency is taking a more humanitarian approach and is urging immigrants to dissuade others from crossing the border because it is more dangerous and difficult than before, Arizona Public Media Media reports.

Agents recently met with about 200 Mexican citizens at the Mexican consulate in Phoenix, wearing a coat and tie and speaking in Spanish.

“Normally, we would probably be wearing rough duty green pants, rough duty long-sleeve shirt and then of course the full gun belt with the gun and cuffs and collapsible baton,” Agent George Trevińo said at the meeting.

Secret Service Director to Face Tough Questions Today Following More Problems

Joe Clancy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not many people want to be in Joe Clancy’s shoes.

The longtime agent that President Obama recently appointed to lead the beleaguered Secret Service will face tough questions from lawmakers today over the latest embarrassment to hit the agency.

Clancy is scheduled to appear before the House Appropriations Committee for a hearing on the budget, but he’s likely to be grilled over the agency’s failure to stop avoidable security lapses and alcohol consumption among agents, CNN reports.

The former director, Julia Pierson, lost her job allowing a fence-jumping at the White House.

Recently, two top-ranking Secret Service officials are accused of being drunk and causing a disruption at a White House command post and an investigation of a potential explosive device.

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