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Homeland Security Chair: There’s a “High Degree of Probability” of Explosion During Sochi Olympics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What is the likelihood of an explosive attack at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia?

According to the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security on Sunday, there’s a “high degree of probability” of an explosion or bomb attack, CBS DC reports.

“There’s a high degree of probability that something will detonate, something will go off,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) told Chris Wallace on Fox News. “But I do think it’s probably, most likely going to happen outside of the Ring of Steel at the Olympic Village.”

“You’re saying, as the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, you think there is a high probability there will be some explosion outside the Ring of Steel?” Wallace responded.

“I hope I’m wrong in this assessment, but you’re talking about an area of the world where suicide bombers go off all the time,” McCaul responded.

“The fact is, right now, the eyes of the world are upon these Olympics. The Chechen extremists know this. They want to make a global statement. They want to make a jihad statement. And what better time to do this than right now?”

Restaurant at Sochi Olympics Bans FBI, CIA Agents in Anger Over Cold War

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone is welcoming of U.S. law enforcement authorities.

At the Sochi Olympics, a restaurant billboard indicated, “We do not serve FBI and CIA agents,” Ground Report writes.

Associated Press photographer Jae C. Hong spotted the wooden billboard outside an eatery in Sochi.

Another sign read, “We remember the Cold War.”

The CIA’s primary mission was the Soviet Union during the Cold War, Ground Report wrote.

TSA Disputes Embarrassing, Unethical Conduct Described by Former TSA Agent in Chicago

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA has strongly criticized a screener’s account of unethical practices, including poking fun at body-scan images, at the agency, The Los Angeles Times reports.

Former TSA Agent Jason Edward Harrington wrote in Politico that TSA agents at Chicago O’Hare International Airport had low morale, targeted certain people for pat-downs and made fun of images created by full-body scanners.

But the TSA quickly disputed those accounts, saying some of the practices were inaccurate or outdated.

“TSA does not tolerate any form of unethical or unlawful behavior by its employees and takes swift disciplinary action if discovered,” TSA Assistant Administrator LuAnn Canipe said.

TSA officials said there are no plans to investigate the claims by Harrington.

Death of Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Shines Light on Influx of Heroin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The untimely death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has cast an ugly light on the rising use of heroin in the U.S.

The Cleveland Conservative Examiner reports that the DEA has been alarmed at the influx of heroin into New York City.

A hallmark of the new heroin was unique, sophisticated packaging, which suggested the drug operation was targeted toward middle- to upper-class users.

 

 

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Parker: The “Good Old Days” of Law Enforcement

Ross Parker was chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit for 8 years and worked as an AUSA for 28 in that office.
 
By Ross Parker
ticklethewire.com
In a recent conversation in a Detroit watering hole in metro Detroit with past and present federal agents, the stories of the “good old days” sounded more like the ”bad young days.” The waitresses were, no doubt, rolling their eyes at our stories of how tough we had it compared to today’s incoming generation of law enforcement officers.

Well, thanks to Justin in Ft. Worth, a stellar example of Detroit federal agent alums, we can have some historical perspective in this recruitment poster for English policemen in 1839.

Walk 20 miles a day, 7 days a week in 12 hour shifts, with one unpaid holiday per year? Most of the guys I worked with could perhaps have handled such rigors. But—no talking to women and no sitting in public houses—that would have required a level of dedication beyond the ability of most of us.

 

Weekend Series on Crime: FBI Agent Robert Hanssen’s Betrayal of America

httpv://youtu.be/6oi3jIILVmc

Los Angeles Times Editorial: Civil Rights Division Nominee Deserves Better

 
 
By The Los Angeles Times
Editorial Board

Debo Adegbile, President Obama‘s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, is an experienced litigator and  specialist in civil rights law. In a rational world, he would receive unanimous confirmation. But as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to vote on his nomination, Adegbile faces opposition from conservatives who don’t like his legal philosophy and a law enforcement group that won’t forgive him for participating in the appeal of a man convicted of killing a police officer.

Neither objection has merit. Like any president, Obama is entitled to Justice Department officials who share his views. As for the charge that Adegbile is hostile to law enforcement, it’s based on a fundamental misunderstanding of a lawyer’s role.

The most sensational — and unfair — criticism of Adegbile involves the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer in 1981. Adegbile and other attorneys at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed a brief with the Supreme Court in 2009 asserting that Abu-Jamal’s conviction was invalid because of racial discrimination in jury selection. Two years later they represented Abu-Jamal directly when prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to reinstate his death sentence.

The Fraternal Order of Police complained to Obama that Abu-Jamal’s “just sentence — death — was undone by your nominee and others like him.” Actually, it was a federal appeals court that overturned Abu-Jamal’s death sentence, citing flawed jury instructions.

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Lawyer Nominated for Key Justice Department Post Faces Increased Pressure

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee of a key Justice Department position is coming under more attack.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and former Gov. Tom Ridge urged the U.S. Senate to reject Debo Adegbile because he helped overturn the death penalty for a convicted cop killer.

Still, the Senate Judiciary Committee narrowly approved Adegbile to lead the Civil Rights Division, placing his fate in the hands of the full Senate.

In 2011, Adegbile helped get the death penalty tossed in the case of a Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convicted in 1982 of murdering a Philadelphia police officer.