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Eric Holder Pledges Justice at Ceremony for Slain TSA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling the shooting death of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport “a profound sacrifice,” U.S. Attorney Eric Holder on Wednesday pledged there will be no “rest until justice has been done,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Holder spoke during the ceremony for Geraldo Hernandez, who became the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty after a shooting rampage.

Hernandez’s death “marked him a man of bravery and of valor,” Holder said. “But what truly made Officer Hernandez a hero was how he lived: with kindness, with consideration — and with love — for all who were fortunate to know him.”

His wife, Ana Hernandez, told the audience that her husband “was a great man who always showed his love for our family.”

Boston Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Faces Victims’ Families, Life in Prison Today

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James “Whitey” Bulger, who once ruled violently over Boston’s criminal world, is expected to get a sentence of life in prison today and hear from victims of his crimes.

It’s unclear whether the 84-year-old man will speak during the trial.

But those who will speak are wives and children of some of Bulger’s victims, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors are seeking two life term sentences plus five years following the 31 criminal convictions.

If Bulger’s trial is any indication, it’s hard to tell how Bulger will react today. He’s shouted at witnesses in the past.

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Chinese Immigrants Are Crossing Texas Border By Hundreds a Year

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hundreds of Chinese immigrants are crossing the Texas border annually, prompting the Border Patrol to erect signs in Mandarin, Fox San Antonio reports.

“We have had on occasion a number of Chinese in the groups that we have called in and reported to border patrol,” said Jim Gibson, with the Texas Border Volunteers.

Border Patrol estimates about 500 Chinese immigrants try to cross the border in South Texas every year.

To curtail the number of immigrant dying trying to cross the border, the feds posted Mandarin-worded rescue beacons, Fox San Antonio reported.

“The fact that the federal government put the chinese language on a rescue beacon is significant and tells us there are a significant number of people from China coming through or else they wouldn’t have bothered with it,” Gibson said.

Opinion: Nobody’s Home at Homeland Security

Michael McCaul
The Wall Street Journal

President Obama recently announced the long-overdue nomination of Jeh Johnson, the former general counsel of the Defense Department, as the fourth secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Mr. Johnson will immediately face a major obstacle: Over 40% of the department’s senior leadership positions are either vacant or have an “acting” placeholder. This means that nearly half of the top positions at the third-largest agency in the U.S. government aren’t filled—a problem that has impaired its operations and speaks volumes about this administration’s commitment to homeland security.

The positions didn’t become vacant all at once. The problem has snowballed as the Obama administration has failed to fill open spots in various parts of the department for many months, and in some cases for years.

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Survey: Homeland Security Continues to Be One Miserable Place to Work

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

If the surveys are true, the Homeland Security Department can be a miserable place to work.

Morale at the department plummeted at a greater rate than the rest of the government, according to a new survey by the Office of Personnel Management, Fierce Homeland Security reports.

While worker satisfaction declined steadily across all federal agencies over the past three years, the decline was much steeper at Homeland Security, which routinely ranks among lowest in worker morale.

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Matt Connolly: ‘Whitey’ Bulger Sentencing Has Turned into Charade

Whitey Bulger/fbi

By Matt Connolly 
Patriot Ledger

This week we see the commencement of the Great Charade which will receive as much coverage in the local media as the Red Sox Parade.

If some had their innermost wishes fulfilled, Whitey Bulger would be fettered to a stake on the back of a duck boat and driven through the streets of Boston. Then the great mass of the citizenry could shout out vile epithets at him and children under twelve allowed to throw small stones at him. Instead of this Lady Godiva-like tour, the event will be held in a courtroom and limited to a handful of people. As for the small stones, the ever mindful courthouse security will search all pocketbooks, backpacks and pockets to ensure no one sneaks any in.

Having attended all of Whitey’s trial, I will be sure to miss this tawdry display hearkening back to the Colonial Days of stocks and scarlet letters. But don’t get me wrong, I’ve not a handful of sand’s worth of sympathy for Whitey. It’s the extraordinary absurdity of the event and its effect on the judicial system that bothers me.

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AG Holder to Speak at Funeral of First TSA Agent Killed in Line of Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to speak at the funeral today of the TSA agent killed in a shooting rampage at Los Angeles International Airport, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena for Gerardo I. Hernandez, who became the first TSA worker killed in the line duty.

In addition to Holder, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers, TSA Administrator John Pistole and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti are expected to speak.

“We are hurting,” Hernandez’s wife, Ana, said. “I am truly devastated.”

Victims Of ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Speak Out During Mobster’s Trial Wednesday

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After all these years, family and friends of victims killed by convicted mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger will finally have their say in court this week.

More than a dozen relatives of Bulger’s victims want to speak during his sentencing Wednesday, the Boston Globe reports.

“I just want Whitey Bulger to know the person he killed,” said Donahue, whose husband, Michael, was killed by Bulger in 1982. “He knew nothing of my husband. He knew nothing of my family.”

Added Edward Connors, whose father was killed by Bulger, “I don’t even need to look at him. The only satisfaction is that I know he’s going to die in jail, as opposed to with his freedom.”