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FBI Agent’s Alleged Misconduct Forces Mass Release of Convicts, Suspects

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Alleged misconduct by an FBI agent has forced authorities to release at least a dozen convicts from prison, the Washington Post reports.

Others awaiting trial on drug charges also have been freed as investigators examine the agent’s role in the case.

It’s not yet clear what the agent is suspected of doing, but it was serious enough to force the freeing of felons.

The cases involve drug-dealing in Washington D.C. and its suburbs.

The U.S. attorney’s office said it is “conducting a case-by-case review of matters in which the FBI agent at issue played some role.”

“We have already begun taking steps to address this issue and are committed to doing everything that is necessary to preserve the integrity of the criminal justice process,” the statement said.

Justice Department Lacks Evidence to Warrant Civil Rights Charges Against Ferguson Cop

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not enough evidence exists to bring civil rights charges against the white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, investigators for the Justice Department said.

The Washington Post reports that the Justice Department is reluctant to acknowledge the lack of evidence because of high tensions in the greater St. Louis area.

Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon maintains the case is still open.

“This is an irresponsible report by The Washington Post that is based on idle speculation,” Fallon said in a statement.

But the Post interviewed other law enforcement officials who said it was not premature to conclude the investigation is ending.

“The evidence we have makes federal civil rights charges unlikely,” one said.

 

Coffee, Anyone? Homeland Security Spends $30,000 at Starbucks Using ‘Purchase Cards’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials appear to have an affinity for Starbucks.

NBC-4 Washington reports that Homeland Security employees spent $30,000 at the coffee chain in 2013.

The drinks were bought with so-called purchase cards.

At a Starbucks in Alameda, Calif., agency employees spent $12,000.

“I don’t know the agency’s needs or contingencies, but going to Starbucks seems like a really hard sell,” former Inspector General for the U.S. General Services Administration Brian Miller said.

A DHS spokesman said the purchases followed protocol.

 

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Pennsylvania Survivalist Finally Captured After 7-Week Manhunt

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Eric Frein, 31

A Pennsylvania survivalist managed to elude capture during a massive manhunt since he was accused on Sept. 12 of killing a state trooper in an ambush.

That was until Thursday,

when he was captured in the Pocono Mountains, Reuters reports.

The ambush killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31.

Frein was captured about 45 miles south of the ambush.

“Eric Frein had a mission and that was to attack law enforcement,” Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, told a news conference. “If he got out of those woods, we were very concerned he would then kill more law enforcement, if not civilians.”

Authorities hope to learn how Frein managed to stay undetected for seven weeks.

He was finally tracked down after U.S. Marshals service officers found him at an abandoned aircraft hangar at a vacant resort in Tannersville, Pennsylvania.

He was arrested without incident.

Washington Post Criticized for Story About Prostitution Scandal Because of Source

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Washington Post published a story in October that revealed White House aides knew of a possible link between Columbia and prostitution.

But since then, some questions have been raised about the credibility of one of the story’s sources, The Huffington Post reported.

The report suggested that David Nieland, one of the sources, was a troubled employee who may not be trustworthy.

But the Post still stands behind the story.

“We fully stand by our story, which relied on multiple investigative records and multiple sources,” Baron said in an email Thursday to The Huffington Post. “It is false to suggest that the story relied disproportionately on any one individual.

“The story focused on what the White House knew and the thoroughness of its investigation,” Baron continued. “Absolutely nothing in the story needs to be corrected. The story was perfectly clear about what was known and not known.”

What wasn’t clear was whether Baron knew about Nieland’s credibility issues.

Union Recommends Terrance Gainer As Next Head of Embattled Secret Service

Terrance Gainer

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Who should replace the leader at the embattled Secret Service?

In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, the nation’s largest police union is recommending former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms and U.S. Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer, the USA Today reports.

The recommendation follows the resignation of Julia Pierson, the agency’s first female leader.

The interim chief is Joseph Clancy, a retired special agent in charge of the Secret Services’s Presidential Protective Division.

Franternal Order of Police President Chuck Canterbury said Gainer has “the respect and admiration of those who worked for him and those who worked with him.”

Former Secret Service Agent Believes He’s Going to Pull Off Upset in Congressional Race

Daniel Bongino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 
A former Secret Service agent for President Obama is expressing optimism that he is going to win Maryland’s Sixth District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in what he characterizes “a huge upset,” WND.com reports.

Daniel Bongino, the Republican candidate, said he’s feeling good about his chances.

“I can comfortably tell you right now there is nothing we could have done to work harder,” Bongino said. “I just got back yesterday from Montgomery County, in the pouring rain. It was 40 degrees. I’m sick as a dog right now, and I’m driving in the western Maryland mountains, getting ready to wash, rinse and repeat, so there’s no more effort we could have given.”

His biggest issue is tax-and-spend policies.

“Our economy is being suffocated right now by a government that absolutely thinks it can spend your money better than you can,” he said.

Bongino is known for writing a 2013 New York Times bestselling book “Life Inside the Bubble.”

He’s still up against a fierce challenge. Incumbent Democrat Rep. John Delaney won the district by 21 points just two years ago, WND wrote.

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