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Border Patrol Agents Find $1M Worth of Cocaine in Single Bust of Mexican Man

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This was not your ordinary drug bust.

Border Patrol agents found more than $1 million worth of cocaine in a car driven by a 25-year-old Mexican man, Breitbart reports.

The man was crossing the Pharr International Bridge when agents stopped him for a secondary inspection.

Agents found 15 packages of cocaine weighing more than 37 pounds.

“Excellent teamwork from our frontline officers contributed to this significant seizure of hard narcotics,” CBP Port Director Efrain Solis Jr. said. “The ability to detect inconsistencies and anomalies with travelers and vehicles is how every smuggling interception is initiated and ultimately how drugs are kept from being introduced into our communities.”

President Obama to Unveil New Immigration Plan Tonight During Speech on TV

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama plans to reveal his plan today to overhaul the immigration system in what is likely to set off a contentious debate with Republicans, CNN reports.

Obama’s plan will involve new rules for deportations, a move that will have ramifications for millions of undocumented immigrants.

Obama is expected to announce the deferment of deportation for the parents of U.S. citizens.

“Everybody agrees that our immigration system is broken. Unfortunately, Washington has allowed the problem to fester for far too long,” Obama said in a video posted on his Facebook page Wednesday. “And so what I’m going to be laying out is the things that I can do with my lawful authority as President to make the system work better, even as I continue to work with Congress to encourage them to get a bipartisan, comprehensive bill that can solve the entire problem.”

Obama is taking action with an executive order, as opposed to waiting for Congress.

Obama will address the nation live during a speech at 8 p.m. tonight.

New ‘One-of-a-Kind’ Homeland Security Policy Center to Open in Oklahoma City

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Oklahoma law school is creating a national center for homeland security law and policy, the Associated Press reports.

The new Judge Alfred P. Murrah Center for Homeland Security Law and Policy is being established at the Oklahoma City University of Law.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind center that will be a national resource for legal analysis and policy for our country’s homeland security issues, especially in regard to domestic terrorism,” Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb said.

The center’s advisory board will be chaired by former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and John Whitley, a former general counsel for Homeland Security.

The center’s launch will take place on the 20th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in April.

“Because of this event in our history and the way in which our city has rebuilt in these two decades since, we are uniquely positioned to help our nation and members of the private sector confront these issues,” said Josh Snavely, dean for advancement and external relations at the law school.

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FBI Tracking Nearly 150 Americans Who Recently Traveled to Syria, Possibly to Fight

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is monitoring nearly 150 Americans who traveled to Syria recently and may have joined armed groups, Reuters reports.

FBI Director James Comey said he’s worried that Americans may return to the U.S. with training and connections to launch a terrorist attack on the homeland.

“We have tracked coming up on close to 150 people who traveled from the United States to Syria, for all manner of motivations. A significant number of them to fight,” he told reporters at a briefing in Boston.

“We are determined not to allow future lines to be drawn from a terrorist diaspora out of Syria to a future 9/11,” he said.

The FBI’s biggest concern is Americans who are joining Islamic State because of effective recruitment campaigns on the internet.

“There we see somewhere in excess of a dozen (Americans who have joined Islamic State) that we have a pretty good handle on,” Comey said. “I don’t have high confidence that I see the entire universe,” he added.

Debt Collectors Accused of Impersonating Federal Authorities to Get People to Pay Up

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Employees of a debt collection company in Georgia are accused of impersonating FBI, Justice Department and local police officials to get thousands of people to pay up, the Guardian reports.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said the employees of Williams, Scott and Associates illegally collected debts from 6,000 people and are now facing criminal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

The employees face up to 20 years in prison.

After buying the debt for a few cents on the dollar, the company began collecting the money from 6,000 people after saying they were investigators. The employees collected $4.1 million this year, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

“After years of threatening false arrest, these defendants are the ones who now find themselves in handcuffs,”  said US attorney for the southern district of New York Preet Bharara in a statement.

Were Police in Ferguson Heavy-Handed During Response to Protests? Justice Department Investigates

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has launched a review of the police response to 16 days of Ferguson protests in wake of the fatal shooting of an unarmed teen, CNN reports.

The review will examine the handling of crowd control, protesters and the media.

The task will be undertaken by a 12-person team that will include Justice Department officials and current and former police chiefs.

The assessment started last week.

Attorney General Eric Holder has criticized the police response, which has been widely considered heavy-handed.

The review comes as law enforcement braces for the outcome of the grand jury that will decide whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.

Border Patrol Accused in Lawsuit of Racially Targeting Latinos in Northern Ohio

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A group of law school students in Ohio teamed up with a nonprofit law firm to filed a federal lawsuit against Border Patrol, alleging agents are targeting Latinos in the northern part of the state, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

The suit is seeking arrest records and polices following actions by agents in the Border Patrol office in northern Ohio.

“We have reason to believe that Border Patrol agents in Sandusky Bay are engaging in racial profiling to target individuals who appear Hispanic, for unlawful enforcement activities,” said Jason Luebbers, a third-year law student at OSU.

The suit was filed by Ohio State University’s law school and a nonprofit law firm, Advocates for Basic Legal Equality in Toledo.

The law firm sought the records on Aug. 18 but have yet to receive a response.

CBP officials couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Suspected Gang Member Implicated in Theft of FBI Agent’s Laptop in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alleged Oakland gang member accused of stealing an FBI agent’s laptop from his locked car  is expected to plead guilty soon to theft of U.S. government property, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Joey Haines, 30, is an alleged member of the Ghost Town gang in West Oakland, Calif.

Haines and a friend are accused of smashing the rear passenger side window of an FBI car parked near the bureau’s office in Oakland and stealing a backpack belonging to Special Agent Russell Nimmo.

Agents were lucky enough to reach their car just after the theft and were able to chase the burglars long enough to track down information about the driver using surveillance.

Agents delivered a message to Haines through his brother’s girlfriend that the laptop better be returned within 24 hours.

Sure enough, the laptop was found in a plastic bag placed on the hood of a police car, with a note that read: “This laptop belongs to FBI agent officer Russ. Please return to him.”

Later that day, Haines was arrested.

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