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Hoping to Save on Fare, Man Impersonates Secret Service Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s one way to avoid paying fare.

A man is accused of impersonating a Secret Service agent on a the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail in hopes of not being asked to pay, Boston.com reports. The Secret Service is investigating.

“We’re aware of the incident and we are investigating it,” Special Agent in Charge Stephen Marks told Boston.com. “Impersonating a federal agent or officer is a crime… we’re taking the report seriously [and] looking to get to the bottom of it.”

Should Border Patrol Agents Wear Body Cameras? ACLU Says Yes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ACLU is urging CBP to require its agents to wear body cameras to improve accountability and transparency, Valley Central reports.

In the past four years, CBP agents have killed about 19 people.

“We know there is a lack of oversight, accountability and training at the same time and that should be taken care of”, ACLU Advocacy Coordinator Astrid Dominguez said.

The call comes less than a week after a Border Patrol agent killed himself after assaulting three immigrants.

“When this type of incident happened, like everybody just keeps on asking questions,” Dominguez said. “In this case you know the agent is not here anymore, but what about the solutions to avoid or to prevent this type of incidents in the future.”

Homeland Security Details Takedown on Web Exploitation Ring That Victimized 250+ Children

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security Department helped bring down an international child exploitation ring involving as many as 27,000 people victimizing at least 251 children online, the New York Daily News reports.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson called the bust “one of the largest-known online child exploitation operations in history.”

Authorities alleges that a Louisiana man created a subscription-based website that disguises the identity and location of its users.

“So far, investigators have identified 251 minor victims in 37 states and five foreign countries: 228 in the United States and 23 in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium. Eight of the victims were female and 243 were male. The majority of victims, 159, were 13 to 15 years old. Fifty nine victims were 16 and 17; 26 victims were 10 to 12; four victims were 7 to 9; one victim was 4 to 6; and two victims were 3 years old or younger,” the agency reported.

Report Cites Slow Response, Communications Breakdown During LAX Shooting Rampage

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paramedics and others took too long to respond to last year’s shooting rampage at the Los Angeles International Airport, according to an independent report.

The report indicates that paramedics took 33 minutes to get to Transportation Security Agency officer Gerardo Hernandez, 39, who was killed in the shooting.

He died between two minutes and five minutes after he was shot, becoming the first TSA agent killed in the line of duty.

The report cites communications breakdowns and a lack of coordination.

The American Federation of Government Employees responded by saying the government needs to create a new unit of armed TSA officers to protect airport checkpoints.

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FBI Agent Narrowly Escaped Death After SUV Tumbles Down Interstate Embankment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI agent escaped almost certain death Monday after an out-of-control SUV tumbled down an embankment and onto his car on southbound Interstate 805 in southern California, NBC 7 reports.

Police said a woman in a Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into a hydrant and drove down the embankment, turning her car into a virtual pancake.

The SUV struck the car of an off-duty FBI agent, who taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

Congressmen to Introduce Bill That Would Improve Oversight of Homeland Security, Border Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Department of Homeland Security and its agencies, including the Border Patrol, would be subjected to greater oversight and accountability under a bill promoted by a pair of congressmen representing districts on the Mexican border, the Global Post reports.

The goal of the Border Accountability and Stakeholder Engagement Act is to create mechanism for monitoring, checking and evaluating federal agents.

The bill is expected to be introduced later this week or early next week by Republican Steve Pearce of New Mexico and Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

“Our offices receive frequent reports from our constituents and those close to them about agents’ excessive use of force and other unjustified conduct,” O’Rourke spokesman John Meza said.

DEA Destroys Far Fewer Marijuana Plants in Past Two Years Than it Did In 2010

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The DEA has substantially reduced the amount of marijuana that it destroys a year, eradicating fewer plants in the past two years combined than it did in 2010.

The Huffington Post reports that the DEA destroyed about 8.3 million plants, compared to more than 10 million destroyed in both 2009 and 2010.

The DEA’s policies are forcing “drug traffickers to cultivate marijuana plants on private property, whereas in prior years, marijuana plants were typically grown on public land,” DEA officials said.

The DEA’s budget said the agency must “continuously modify its enforcement strategies to keep pace with the various adaptations and evolutionary techniques employed by trafficking organizations and other criminal enterprises.”

FBI Stands ‘Firmly Behind’ Agent Accused of Committing Perjury in Criminal Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is standing behind an agent who is accused of committing perjury.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that the FBI stands “firmly behind” Agent Brian Grehoski, who is accused of lying during testimony in a hearing on campaign finance allegations.

FBI spokesman Manuel Johnson said he’s unaware of any internal investigations of Grehoski.

Even Yavapai County prosecutors who are handling the case are defending Grehoski.