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Opinion: Loretta Lynch Is Experienced, Skilled & Ready to Lead Justice Department

By Democrat & Chronicle
Editorial Board
 
After the shellacking that President Obama took in last week’s midterm elections, the last thing he needs is another fight. That’s why he was wise to nominate Loretta Lynch as the nation’s next attorney general.

The Senate, which switches to Republican control starting in January, should have little difficulty confirming Lynch, who has a track record of being a top-notch federal prosecutor.

And because Lynch has been given Senate clearance twice in recent decades to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Brooklyn-based Eastern District, and was found to be apolitical for the most part, she should be confirmed before year’s end.

Otherwise, there could be a protracted confirmation process next year that, no doubt, could have much more to do with GOP disdain for retiring Attorney General Eric Holder than Lynch.

Obama, cognizant of how disliked Holder is among Republicans, chose in Lynch someone who, unlike his current attorney general, is not close to him. Rather, the Harvard Law School graduate’s record of accomplishment speaks volumes for her.

The highest profile case Lynch guided was the successful prosecution of New York police officers accused of beating and sodomizing a Haitian immigrant in the late 1990s. But her legal portfolio is wide-ranging, including major cases involving public corruption, terrorism, civil rights, financial fraud and cybercrime.

Some Republicans have expressed concerns about Lynch’s preparedness to leap from being a U.S. attorney to taking over as U.S. attorney general. Yes, it is a considerable jump in scope. But having served as a U.S. attorney both during the Clinton years and the past four under Obama has given Lynch solid executive experience that equips her for the top job.

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Prosecutors Defend FBI’s Ruse to Send Agents into Hotel Suites As Internet Repairmen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Prosecutors defended the FBI’s controversial decision shut off the Internet connection to three luxury Las Vegas suites in a ruse to send in undercover agents to “fix” the problems, the Associated Press reports.

U.S. Attorney Daniel G. Bogden and two other government lawyers filed a lengthy court filing defending the practice.

The response comes after the defense asked a judge to dismiss the evidence gathered in the illegal gambling case against eight suspects.

“Law enforcement has long been permitted to obtain consent by posing as a confederate, business associate, or service provider. In fact, the government uses ruses every day in its undercover operations,” the prosecutors wrote in defense of the FBI operation.

The prosecutors said the ruse was legal because it still gave the defendants a choice of letting in the agents.

“Disruption of the (high speed Internet) did not — in any legitimate sense — require immediate attention,” prosecutors wrote.

FBI Denies Pressuring Witness to Back Off Testifying in Oklahoma City Bombing Case

Timothy McVeigh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Did Timothy McVeigh act alone when he detonated a bomb in Oklahoma in 1995?

Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue believes there’s video evidence to prove that McVeigh had help.

But the FBI, after many delays, finally issued a report that shows the bureau did not pressure a government operative into not testifying, the Associated Press reports.

The records indicate the former operative, John Matthews, didn’t want to testify and asked not to be a part of the case.

FBI inspectors concluded Matthews was never discouraged from testifying after they reviewed five recorded phone conversations between Matthews and an agent.

According to one transcript, Matthews was insistent he didn’t want to testify.

“I’m going to sit there on the stand and say I don’t recall anything,” he said.

 

GOP Senate Chairman Pledges to Crack Down on Immigration with Border Security Bill

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although President Obama is preparing to take executive action on immigration, an incoming GOP Senate chairman has pledged to create a stronger border security bill, the Associated Press reports.

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is about to become chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

His plan is to introduce legislation that would discourage illegal immigration.

Republicans fear Obama plans to remove the threat of deportation for millions of immigrants.

“Regardless of what President Obama does I’m going to move forward with a very strong border security bill,” Johnson said. “I hope President Obama doesn’t take that executive action because I think for many people that will poison the well and certainly make it more difficult to solve the immigration problem.”

Johnson said he plans to waste no time and will act “as quickly as we can” once Congress convenes in January.

Ex-DEA Administrator Criticizes NYC Mayor’s Decision to Stop Arrests for Petty Pot Possession

Ex-DEA Administrator Peter Bensinger
For New York Daily News

The announcement by Mayor de Blasio that the NYPD would not be making arrests for small amounts of marijuana is in defiance of federal law and the laws of almost every country around the world.

Possession of small amounts of marijuana is still a violation of New York State law.

There is a misperception that our prisons and jails are full of offenders arrested for the possession or use of marijuana, when in fact, out of the 1,341,804 inmates in state prisons, less than one-third of 1% are there for the simple possession or use of marijuana.

Less than a handful of individuals in any big-city jail are there for the use or possession of marijuana.

New York City and the United States have to ask whether we enforce the laws we have or ask Congress or the state Legislature to make changes and penalties.

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FBI Memos: Churchill Urged U.S. to Drop Nuclear Bomb on Soviet Union in 1947

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Britain’s Winston Churchill urged the U.S. to drop a nuclear bomb on the Soviet Union in 1947, fearing the Kremlin would spread Communism and eventually have atomic weapons, according to FBI archives.

International Business Times reports that the revelation is in a new book, “When Lions Road: The Churchills and The Kennedys,” which is to be published next month.

The memo indicates that Churchilll met with Republican Sen. Styles Bridges in 1947 and urged him to talk to President Harry Truman about launching a nuclear attack.

The Soviet Union didn’t yet have nuclear capabilities and would have been unable to defend itself.

Churchill feared that the Kremlin would wipe out civilization when it created nuclear weapons.

Times-Tribune Editorial: FBI’s Impersonation of Media Erodes Confidence in Press

By The Times-Tribune
Editorial Board

Democracy works only with an independent press that is not controlled by the government. The nation’s Founding Fathers knew that. That’s why, right there in the First Amendment, it says that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, of the press.”

It doesn’t include a specific prohibition against government agencies impersonating reporters. Perhaps the founders believed that their successors would have the good sense not to jeopardize the independence of the press.

Recently, however, the FBI has decided to impersonate the press, thus diminishing the press’ separation from the government.

It created a false newspaper website in Washington state to plant software on a suspect’s computer. And one of its agents impersonated an Associated Press reporter in an effort to trick a suspect into verifying facts of an alleged crime.

“This latest revelation of how the FBI misappropriated the trusted name of the Associated Press doubles our concern and outrage, expressed earlier to Attorney General Eric Holder, about how the agency’s unacceptable tactics undermine AP and the vital distinction between the government and the press,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor.

Indeed, Mr. Holder should prohibit the impersonation of reporters to help maintain the media’s independence.

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested on Charges of Fatally Shooting Man in Southern California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested and suspended after being accused of fatally shooting a 27-year-old Moreno Valley man in the southern California town of East Hemet, the Press Enterprise reports.

Authorities arrested John Demery, 40, who is assigned to the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector Newton-Azrak Station in Murrieta.

Police arrested Demery after he allegedly confronted a man at a his residence and then shot him several times following an argument.

Bond was set for $1 million, and Demery was lodged in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.