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Worldwide Crackdown on Illegal Internet Sales of Prescription Drugs Results in the Seizure of Nearly 700 Sites

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Americans who have trouble getting prescriptions from doctors for narcotic medications often find no problem accessing the drugs from illicit online sites.

It will be more difficulty under a crackdown led by ICE and the Department of Justice, which have seized 686 websites accused of selling fake or illegal drug over the past week, ICE said in a press release.

The initiative, called Bitter Pill, was designed to disrupt crime networks peddling illegal online drugs.

Bitter Pill involves 100 countries and netted 79 arrests and the seizure of nearly 4 million doses of counterfeit medications.

Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent Speaks About Frustrations

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The frustrated family of a Border Patrol agent killed nearly two years ago along the Arizona-Mexico border said they want the truth about what happened, Fox 10 News reports.

“If the truth comes out and they tell me the truth, I’ll be happy with that, but I don’t want to just sit there and listen to lies just to cover up and pacify me,” a relative told Fox.

The murder of Brian Terry, which made infamous the controversial drug-running operation known as Fast and Furious, remains under investigation.

Former ICE Chief of Staff Enters Settlement Talks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE official accused of sexual harassment, retaliation and lewd behavior is moving into settlement talks with the federal government, Fox News reports.

Former Ice Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr, who resigned last week, has come under criticism from male employees who claimed she was running a “frat-house”-style agency.

The deadline for talks is Nov. 2, according to Fox News.

Barr has denied the allegations.

“In recent weeks, I have been the focus of unfounded allegations designed to destroy my reputation, but of greater concern however, is the threat these allegations represent to the reputation of this agency and the men and women who proudly serve their country by advancing ICE’s mission,” Barr wrote in her resignation letter, according to Fox News.

ICE Agent Retires After Raid Uncovers 155 Guns at His Home


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE agent whose house in Vermont was raided over firearms has retired as investigators continue to study the case, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Special Agent Richard Bernholz stepped down from his federal job Friday, about 13 months after ATF seized more than 155 firearms from his home in Franklin County, according to the Free Press.

Federal authorities have declined to comment on the investigation, which appears to have been sparked by a gun that Bernholz used in a shooting in Massachusetts, the Free Press reported.

Since October 2010, the longtime federal agent had been assigned to the Homeland Security Investigations Division of ICE.

ICE Officers Files Suit Over President Obama’s Immigration Initiative

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ten ICE officers filed a lawsuit in federal court last week in hopes of invalidating President Obama’s new initiative to defer the removal of 1.8 million young illegal immigrants who meet certain requirements for at least two years, according to the Heritage Foundation.

The lawsuit claims the agents have been ordered to release illegal immigrations who say they meet conditions of the deferral.

ICE agents say the initiative runs counter to Congress’ intent to reduce executive discretion over immigration laws, the foundation reports.

The foundation, however, believes the case will be difficult to win because a judge may decide the defendants have no standing.

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Three ICE Agents Accuse Administrator of Sexual Misconduct

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three employees at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have made sexual harassment complaints against a longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, new court records show, according to the Associated Press.

The employees accuse Suzanne Barr, the agency’s chief of staff, of sexually harassing male subordinates.

The complaints range from offering to have sex with two subordinates in separate cases to inappropriate comments about a worker’s penis.

These are the first sex-related complaints against Barr, the AP reported.

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Lawsuit Causes Turmoil, Uncertainty at ICE Offices

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A gender discrimination lawsuit has caused a sense of unrest and turmoil at Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York Times reports.

The lawsuit, which accuses the agency of retaliation and choosing female employees over male employees, also says the agency’s chief of staff, Suzanne Barr, created a hostile, sexualized environment at work.

The defendant, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, which is on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal probe.

The suit was filed by James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of investigations for the agency’s New York office.

ICE Chief of Staff on Leave Amid Complaints Including Sexual Harassment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE Chief of Staff Suzanne Barr is on leave while the agency investigates claims that she treated men poorly, the New York Daily News reports.

Barr voluntarily placed herself on leave Tuesday, said ICE spokesman Brian Hale.

New accusers are speaking out after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of ICE Special Agent in Charge James T. Hayes Jr., who says Barr was verbally abusive, his attorney said, the New York Daily News reported.

One accuser  said in a statement after  a gathering at the ICE director’s office, according to the Daily News:

“At some point during the conversation, I witnessed Suzanne Barr turn to senior ICE employee Tae Johnson and state ‘You a sexy mothaf—a!’ She then looked at his crotch and asked, ‘How long is it anyway?’ ”

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