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FBI Director James Comey Warns of Social Media Dangers During Jacksonville Visit

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

During a visit to the FBI’s Jacksonville field office, Director James Comey delivered a warning about social media.

“You have a feeling you’re safe and alone in your kitchen, when you’re actually out wandering all over the world,” Comey said about the availability of personal information on social media, First Coast News reports.

Comey said terrorists use social media to keep tabs on law enforcement and the military.

“We want to make sure, given these terrorists are bent on hurting people, especially those in uniform, that we are not communicating things that make it easy for them,” he said.

But Comey said he doesn’t “want to freak people out.”

“I just want them to be prudent,” he said.

Border Patrol Offers Jobs for Women Only to Help Correct Gender Imbalance

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A job posting for new Border Patrol agents didn’t mince words: “Male applicants won’t be considered.”

Customs and Border Protection is trying to correct a significant gender imbalance in the agency by recruiting only women, Fronteras reports.

“Customs and Border Protection has a critical need for female Border Patrol Agents for the screening of female detainees who enter the United States,” reads the job post.

The full-time jobs start with salaries ranging between $39,000 to $44,400 and offer plenty off opportunities for promotions.

Border Patrol hires a small portion of women than most federal law enforcement agencies.

Spokeswoman Agent Shevannah Wray said there’s a greater need for female agents because apprehensions of women are up 173% since 2011.

2 People Killed, 7 Hospitalized After High-Speed Chase Ends in Crash in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two people were killed and seven hospitalized following a high-speed pursuit involving U.S. Border Patrol, Kiii News reports.

A driver of an SUV fled agents, leading to a chase that ended on Highway 77 about two miles south of Ricardo, Texas.

The crash happened about 9 a.m.

ABC 10 reports that about 16 people were underneath a tarp in the SUV.

“There was a lot of people in there… I couldn’t believe they fit that many people in there,” witness Luiza Marques told ABC 10.

More than a dozen people were detained.

Homeland Security Acknowledges It Released 2 Terrorists from Turkey Under Judge’s Order

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

Homeland Security was forced by a judge to release two men who admitted belonging to a terrorist group from Turkey, the Washington Times reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the agency released two of four men who were captured crossing the southern border and have since fled to Canada. The other two remain in custody.

Johnson said he had no choice but to release the suspects.

Although the men claimed to be members of the Revolutionary People’ Liberation/Front, a Marxist group, but counterterrorism officials believe they are members o f the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which has been fighting for Kurdish rights in Turkey.

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Justice Department to Launch Civil Rights Investigation into Eric Garner’s Death

Eric Garner with his children, via National Action Network

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Soon after a grand jury declined to indict a white New York City cop in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who was selling cigarettes, the Justice Department will conduct its own civil rights investigation.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a press conference today that Attorney General Eric Holder was preparing to closely examine the case to determine whether civil rights charges are warranted, the Huffington Post reports.

“They made clear that the investigation initiated by the U.S. attorney would now move forward, move expeditiously, and be a thorough investigation,” de Blasio said.

The announcement comes after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantelo, who placed Garner in a chokehold after arresting him on July 17 for selling single cigarettes.

In a video, Garner can be heard screaming, “I can’t breathe,” before his body went limp.

A medical examiner determined Garner’s death was a homicide caused by the chokehold.

Statement From Attorney Eric Holder:

Good evening. I want to provide an update regarding the case involving Eric Garner, a Staten Island resident, who died tragically in July.

Since Mr. Garner’s death, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the Civil Rights Division and the FBI have been monitoring the local case closely while allowing the local investigation, led by the District Attorney’s office in Staten Island, to proceed first.

Earlier today, the grand jury declined to return an indictment in this case. Now that the local investigation has concluded, I am here to announce that the Justice Department will proceed with a federal civil rights investigation into Mr. Garner’s death.

This afternoon I spoke with the widow of Eric Garner to inform her and her family of our decision to investigate potential federal civil rights violations. I have been in touch with President Obama and Mayor de Blasio regarding our decision as well.

Our prosecutors will conduct an independent, thorough, fair and expeditious investigation.

In addition to performing our own investigative work, the Department will conduct a complete review of the material gathered during the local investigation.

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FBI Investigates California School District Following Plan to Buy iPads for Every Student

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating a Los Angeles school district’s $1.3-billion plan to provide iPads to every student, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Agents seized records from the district on Monday as investigators seek documents related to deals with Apple and the curriculum provider, Pearson.

A grand jury is reviewing the case.

The initiative came under Superintendent John Deasy, who resigned in October.

He declined to speak with the Times.

“No one has spoken to me,” he said. “I have no comment as I do not know anything about this.”

Details of the investigation remain unclear.

Current Superintendent Ramon C. Corines said he is halting any additional iPad purchases.

President Obama’s Close Friend Considered a “Hostile Witness” by Justice Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of President Obama’s closest friends is not cooperating in a federal investigation, prompting the Justice Department to seek Dr. Eric E. Whitaker as a “hostile witness,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Prosecutors filed the motion Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, where a Chicago businessman, Leon Dingle Jr., is on trial on charges of stealing more than $3 million in tax dollars from state grants.

Prosecutors said Whitaker, who has not been charged, benefited at least three times from the state grant money.

Whitaker incensed prosecutors when he backed off a deal to cooperate with investigators.

The cooperation ended, prosecutors said, when Whitaker was asked about his relationship with Quinshaunta R. Golden, the former state official who oversaw the grants.

Whitaker was asked whether he had a “sexual relationship” with Golden and refused to cooperate.

Prosecutors said he is “a witness clearly hostile to the government.”

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty Against Suspects in Murder of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent

Gustavo Tijerina (left) and Ismael Hernandez (right)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two men accused of killing an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on a family vacation could face the death penalty if found guilty.

The Valley Central reports that Willacy County District Attorney’s office is seeking the death penalty against Gustavo Tijerina and Ismael Hernandez.

The two men are accused in the death of Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega, Jr., who was fishing with his family when he tried to protect his family from a robbery.

Authorities said the two suspects fatally shot Vega at a remote fishing spot near Santa Monica.

A trial date has not yet been set.