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Homeland Security Spied on Occupy Wall Street Protests in about a Dozen U.S. Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A division of the Department of Homeland Security spied and kept records on the Occupy Wall Street protests, even when they were peaceful the Huffington Post reports.

More than 250 records obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund show the federal government was keeping close tabs on protesters.

“Taken together, the two sets of documents paint a disturbing picture of federal law enforcement agencies using their vast power in a systematic effort to surveil and disrupt peaceful demonstrations,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said in a statement. “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat,’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”

The department was watching demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Tampa, Fla.

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Andrew Traver Who Was Nominated for Director is Named Head of ATF’s Denver Office

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Traver, whose nomination by President Obama to head up ATF seems to have gone nowhere, is the new head of ATF’s  Denver office.

Before getting this new assignment he was head of the Chicago ATF.

Traver began his ATF career in 1987 as a special agent in the Chicago Field Division and went on to other posts, including Group Supervisor in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New Orleans.

In November 2010, Traver was nominated by President Barack Obama to become director of ATF. He was subsequently re-nominated to the new session of Congress in January 2011, the first ATF career Special Agent to be so nominated.

But there seemed to be resistance on the Hill to appointing him and the nomination seemed to go nowhere.

 

ATF May Help Combat Denver Street Violence if it Becomes More Serious

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Disturbing trends of violence in Denver concern the feds, but it may not be enough to trigger additional resources from ATF, the Denver Post reports.

B. Todd Jones, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who was visiting Denver, said he’s disturbed by increasing violence from gangs and young people.

“The troubling thing about Denver — and it is a phenomenon across the country — is the age of people who are involved in firearm violence for conflict resolution,” Jones said. But Jones warned that resources are scarce and will likely be focused on more violent cities, such as New Orleans and Chicago.

Colo. Fed Prosecutor Bob Mydans, 64, Dies While Snowshoeing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal prosecutor in Colorado died Saturday while snowshoeing in the Rocky Mountain National Park, the Denver Post reported.

Bob Mydans, 64, collapsed shortly after 3 p.m. and couldn’t be revived, the paper reported.

“Bob was a rock, a true mainstay of this office, and never hesitated to take on difficult work, and to do it extraordinarily well,” Denver U.S. Attorney John Walsh said in an email, according to Denver Post. “He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Judy, and his entire family.”

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Hell’s Lovers Arrested, Appear in Court

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

If prison is hell, some Denver gang members may have found their soul mates.

Members of the motorcycle gang Hell’s Lovers were arrested this weekend and made their first court appearance on Monday afternoon, reports 9news.com.

There wasn’t enough room for all 19 defendants in the jury box, 9news reports, so defendants had to sit in the first row of the courtroom

The Feds raided a number of homes around Denver on Friday night and made at least 15 arrests, according to U.S. Attorney for Colorado John Walsh. Authorities alleged that between January 2005 and September 2011, 16 members of the gang got together to “use and distribute cocaine and marijuana.”

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Public Corruption Probes Up in Colorado, FBI Says

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It may not be Chicago, but the Denver FBI is now investigating more than a dozen cases of public corruption in Colorado, Wyoming and Indian country, reports the Denver Post.

That number is up from three years ago, when the bureau launched a special hotline for tips on public corruption At the time, the FBI had suggested that public corruption was going unreported.

“We are very busy right now,” said Supervising Special Agent Brian Schmitt, according to the Denver. “I don’t know if it is a result of the down economy or if there are more avenues to report.”

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Colorado Asks DEA to Reclassify Marijuana

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barbara Grohl, head of the Colorado Department of Revenue, has written a letter asking the DEA to loosen federal controls on marijuana and recognize its “potential medicinal value,” the Denver Post reports.

The letter, written on Dec. 22, is the result of a law passed last year; that legislation required the state to ask the feds to reschedule the drug by the end of the year.

“As long as there is divergence in state and federal law, there is a lack of certainty necessary to provide safe access for patients with serious medical conditions,” Brohl wrote in the letter.

The DEA has rejected similar requests in the past. The governors of Rhode Island and Washington also asked the DEA to reclassify the drug this year.

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New Head of Denver FBI Has Colorful, Global Experience

James Yacone/fbi photo

By Felisa Cardona
Denver Post

DENVER — James F. Yacone is a decorated combat veteran, an accomplished criminal investigator and a graduate of West Point, but he doesn’t like to brag.

The walls in his office at the Denver FBI are nearly bare, with just a sampling of photographs from his military service overseas despite his many awards and accolades.

“I am just an ordinary person put in extraordinary circumstances,” he said.

Yacone, 45, took over as special agent in charge of the Denver FBI in April after the retirement of James Davis, who went on to head the Colorado Department of Public Safety.

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