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Wives of Border Patrol Agents Run for Congress to Give Voice to Husbands’ Frustrations

By Steve Neavling

As migrants flood the border, the wives of three Border Patrol agents are running for Congress to give voice to their husbands’ struggles. 

The three Hispanic women have secured the Republican Party nomination for the general election, the Washington Examiner reports. One of them, Cassy Garcia, defeated six other Republicans in the primary.

“The support they’re not receiving from the administration — it’s unbelievable,” said Garcia, whose husband is a 26-year veteran of the agency. 

Garcia is facing nine-term Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar in a district that near the border city of Laredo to San Antonio.

Rep. Mayra Flores won a special election in June to secure a seat left vacant by the incumbent and is running for a full term in November. 

Married to a Border Patrol agent, Flores has focused on border security. 

“We have a border that is completely out of control,” Flores said. “It’s not just a humanitarian crisis. It’s also a national security crisis. … Our Border Patrol are focused on women and children. They’re not able to focus on the terrorists coming in.”

The third candidate, Irene Armendariz-Jackson, is facing Democratic Rep. Veronica Escobar. Her husband retired after serving 24 years as a federal agent and chaplain. 

“Due to Biden’s tyrannical vaccine mandate, he has had to take an early retirement. He has served El Paso & America well — he truly loved his job. This is a sad day for our family,” Armendariz-Jackson tweeted in December 2021.

“My husband was lucky enough to be able to take an early retirement, but many are simply having to quit. It is wrong & pitiful,” Armendariz-Jackson added. “What we inject into our bodies is our choice. This is a major part of why I’m running for Congress in Texas’s 16th district. Our country deserves better than this. The men and women who served us at CBP & in the armed forces deserve better.”


Secret Service Tipped Off about Neo-Nazi Threat on Jan. 6

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By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service was warned about threats against U.S. Capitol Police made by at least one neo-Nazi group ahead of the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

The Secret Service was monitoring Vorherrschaft Division after a member of the neo-Nazi group made a threat on the far-right messaging site Telegram, according to emails obtained by Crew.

“We need boots on the ground and voices loud enough to be heard for miles. That’s the only way things are going to change,” one of the messages warned. 

In another post, the same member urged users to “push for more nationalist policies and attitudes.”

The threat was originally spotted by SITE Intelligence Group, a non-governmental organization tracking white nationalists and extremist groups. In December 2020, the group sent the threat to the Secret Service under the subject line, “NEO-NAZI calls on D.C. Pro-Trump Protesters to Occupy Federal Building.”

The Secret Service passed on the message to the Capitol Police, which responded, “Thanks bro!”

The Secret Service received additional tips, including one about an person who would be coming to D.C. with ballistic helmets, armored gloves and vests, rifles and suppressors.”

The Secret Service has come under fire for not taking threats more seriously. 


Madoff Told the FBI He was Expecting Them

By Allan Lengel

After pulling off an impressive Ponzi scam for many years, FBI agents finally came knocking on Bernie Madoff’s penthouse door on New York’s Upper East Side on Dec. 11, 2008. And when they did, he wasn’t surprised, telling them he’d been expecting them, Market Watch reports, citing newly released FBI files.

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Madoff told the agents he’d been planning to turn himself in and that he couldn’t go on because he was broke and couldn’t carry out the scheme any longer.

Madoff told his sons Mark and Andrew about the scam he’d been pulling off the day before his arrest, Market Watch reports. They contacted the FBI.

Madoff, who was serving a 150 year sentence, died in federal prison in April 2021 at the age of 82 from kidney failure. He had served 11 years.

In 2009, when he was sentenced, he said:

“I live in a tormented state now knowing of all the pain and suffering that I have created. I have left a legacy of shame.” 


TSA on Pace to Seize Record Number of Guns at Airport Security Checkpoints

Guns seized at US airports, via TSA

The TSA is on track to confiscate a record number of guns at airport security checkpoints in 2022. 

The TSA officers have already intercepted more than 4,600 firearms so far this year, The New York Times reports.

About 87% of those guns were loaded, according to the TSA. 

The TSA set a record for gun seizures after confiscating nearly 6,000 firearms at airport checkpoints last year. The previous record was 4,400 seizures in 2019. 

The record seizures come as more Americans are carrying firearms. 

“Entering a checkpoint with a firearm, particularly a loaded one, is an expensive mistake,” Carter Langston, a TSA spokesman, said. 


Appeals Court Grants DOJ Access to Mar-a-Lago Records

By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department scored a victory in its investigation of classified material that former President Trump took home to Mar-a-Lago after he left office. 

The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that the Justice Department can resume using the material in its probe of Trump’s document handling. 

The Justice Department had appealed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon that temporarily prevented investigators from continuing to use the documents. Cannon, a Trump appointee, had paused the review pending a review by an independent arbiter at the request of Trump’s team.

The Justice Department “argues that the district court likely erred in exercising its jurisdiction to enjoin the United States’ use of the classified records in its criminal investigation and to require the United States to submit the marked classified documents to a special master for review,” a three-judge panel of the appeals court wrote, according to The New York Times. “We agree.”

Trump made the bizarre claim in an interview that aired late Wednesday that he could declassify documents by just saying so. 

“You can declassify just by saying ‘it’s declassified,’ even by thinking about it,” Mr. Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News.


‘MyPillow Guy’ Mike Lindell Says Vendors Are Bailing on Him Because of FBI Probe

By Allan Lengel

“MyPillow Guy,” aka CEO Mike Lindell, tells Insider that four businesses that were set to be listed on his MyStore e-commerce platform have pulled out of the plan after the FBI seized his phone at a Hardee’s drive-thru in Mankato, Minnesota last week.

Mike Lindell

“You know, they don’t want to have the connection of the FBI. The FBI scares them,” Lindell tells the publication. “They don’t want to get canceled, you know?”

The FBI seized his phone in connection with an investigation into Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a pro-Trump Colorado election official accused of facilitating an election-data leak, Insider reports.

MyStore, which launched in 2021, is supposed to be Lindell’s “patriotic” answer to Amazon. It offers a variety of products for sale.

On Tuesday, Lindell filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice for seizing his phone and accused the authorities of violating his constitutional rights, The Insider reports.


James Comey to Publish Two Crime Novels ‘Inspired by Real Work’

James Comey (Twitter photo)

By Steve Neavling

Former FBI Director James Comey is trying his hand at something new and familiar – fiction writing. 

Comey announced Tuesday that he’s set to publish his first of two novels in the spring. 

Comey has a deal to publish two novels for Mysterious Press. 

The first, titled “Central Park West,” features an assistant U.S. attorney who investigates the mafia’s ties to the murder of a local politician. 

“I’m excited to take readers inside fascinating worlds I’ve come to know from my time in government and the private sector,” Comey said in a statement.

“These stories are fiction, but, inspired by real work I’ve done, they will offer a rarely-seen view of interesting people and institutions.”

Comey wrote two nonfiction books, A Higher Loyalty and Saving Justice


Arizona Man Indicted After Threatening to Kill Border Patrol Agent

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

An Arizona man accused of threatening to kill a Border Patrol agent and smuggle undocumented migrants was indicted earlier this month, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Jesus Alberto Ibarra-Barraza, 31, of Tucson, was indicted by a grand jury on an eight-count indictment. 

According to the indictment, Ibarra-Barraza tried to transport four undocumented noncitizens in his vehicle. 

When he was pulled over by law enforcement, he stopped his car so the passengers could exit and then fled at a high rate of speed before he crashed his vehicle. 

He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. 

At the hospital, Ibarra-Barraza threatened to kill a Border Patrol agent once he was released, according to the indictment.  

Border Patrol investigated the case.