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Experts: Secret Service Could Benefit from Hiring Director from Outside Agency

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some members of Congress and other experts believe the next director of the Secret Service should come from outside because much of the agency’s problems are its insular culture, the USA Today reports.

If the White House taps someone with no ties to the agency, it will be the first time an outside leader has taken over the Secret Service.

“If you are going to change the culture, you’re going to have to bring someone from the outside. That has to happen,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, a member of the House panel that has been reviewing agency operations.

Four panelists are currently reviewing the agency’s operations with the goal of completing the study by Dec. 15. Part of the tasks of the panelists is to submit potential candidates for the director position.

‘”I have full confidence that these distinguished individuals will conduct a fair, thorough and unbiased assessment,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Wooden Replica of Branch Davidian Compound in Waco Keeps ATF Memories Alive

photo from Wikipedia.org

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was one of the darkest days in ATF’s history – Feb. 28, 1993.

Four agents were killed that morning, instigating what would be a 51-day standoff that ended with a raging fire and the deaths of about 80 Davidians members.

To remember that fateful day, an architectural firm donated a wooden replica of the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, which is on display at the ATF Houston Division headquarters, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Above the replica are photos of the four agents killed that morning.

While the replica may be a painful reminder, it also serves as a way to preserve history and continue the dialogue over what happened.

TSA Bag Handlers Shocked When They Find Kit for IEDs at Honolulu Airport

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not everyday that the TSA finds a training kit for military-improvised explosive devices packed into luggage.

But that’s exactly what TSA bag handlers discovered in a checked bag at the Honolulu airport. The items included detonators, blasting caps, detonating cord and C-4, the Henry Daily Herald reports.

The TSA evacuated the handling room, causing a delay in the screening process.

The identity of the traveler has not been revealed, nor has the motive for possessing the equipment.

“Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a real bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited,” agency officials wrote on their blog.

 

DEA ‘Most Interested’ in Americans Who Invest in Medical Marijuana Industry in Canada

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA said it is “most interested” in U.S. residents who invest in Canadian medical marijuana, Reuters reports.

Some experts say those investors are violating the Controlled Substances Act because pot is still illegal on the federal level. Using a bank to transfer funds also could be considered money laundering.

Reuters asked about the DEA’s position on these types of investments, and the agency’s spokesman said the DEA is “most interested in these types of activities.”

The news caused a brief decline in shares in medical marijuana companies because a recovery.

Review of Beleaguered Secret Service Will Be Led by 4 Former Senior Government Officials

secret service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four former senior government officials will head up an independent review of the beleaguered Secret Service, Washington Times reports.

The review panel will include two former officials for former President George W. Bush and two who have served under President Obama.

The panel is expected to submit its findings and recommendations to the White House by Dec. 15.

The Secret Service is currently being led by retired Secret Service Agent Joseph Clancy, who will be replaced once a new director is appointed.

FBI Director Comey: ‘You Cannot Trust People in power,’ Question Authority

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said it’s important that the government have the authority to access any American’s phone, he said in a “60 Minutes” interview.

The New York Daily News reports that Comey struck a balanced tone, saying he also thought it was important for Americans to be “deeply skeptical” of the government.

Comey emphasized that access to phones is granted by a judge when the information is critical to a criminal case or security issue.

But don’t stop questioning the government, he said.

“You cannot trust people in power,” he added.

Weekend Series on Crime: Chinatown Gangs

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NYPD’s Use of ‘Broken Windows’ Crime-Fighting Strategy Comes Under Fire

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Justice Department is mulling whether to investigate NYPD’s use of the controversial crime fighting strategy known as “broken windows,” the New York Daily News reports.

The Justice Department Civil Rights Division is considering a request from six members of Congress to investigate whether black people and Hispanics are disproportionately affected by quality-of-life violations.

“When a systemic pattern or practice of misconduct is determined to exist, we have the authority to initiate civil action against state or local officials to remedy the misconduct,” wrote Justice Department Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik.

The Congress members said plenty of evidence exists against the NYPD.

“It’s now our job to convince the Department of Justice that the evidence exists to open a pattern and practice investigation,” said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. “The police department in New York City is out of control right now. It seems as though every day a new video surfaces of an officer brutalizing someone in the black and Latino community.”