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Amsterdam Residents Barely React to News of 3 U.S. Secret Service Agents Being Forced to Leave

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While new spread across the U.S. that three Secret Service agents were sent home from Amsterdam after one of them was found passed out drunk in a hallway.

But the Washington Post reports that hard-partying Amsterdam residents barely registered the news.

The newspapers weren’t interested either.

“These are young guys. It happens,” said one driver who had been contracted to help hundreds of Secret Service agents get around the Netherlands during the logistically complicated presidential trip. “You take them to a place like Amsterdam and they have a good time,” he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because his employer had not granted him permission to talk to the news media.

Justice Department Hunting for Worthy Inmates Who Would Qualify for Clemency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department is searching prisoners who may qualify for clemency.

NPR reports that Deputy Attorney General James Cole met Tuesday with defense attorneys and interest groups to help identify inmates with clean records, long sentences for low-level crimes and no significant history with gangs or violence.

The speech is a strong indication that President Obama plans to use his powers to shorten prison sentences for some worthy prisoners.

Defense attorneys said they are excited to help.

“We look forward to working together with them and others to help identify potential commutation cases and ensure prisoners have trained pro bono counsel to submit focused petitions for the meaningful consideration the Deputy Attorney General has pledged they will receive,” said Mary Price of Families Against Mandatory Minimums.

FBI, Justice Department to Finally Start Hiring Again Following Budget Deal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Justice Department have been losing employees and not replacing them because of budget cuts.

But the Wall Street Journal reports that President Obama’s budget deal in late December would end the hiring freeze and fill positions again.

The FBI plans to hire about 1,000 people. The Justice Department will begin to refill some of the 4,000 positions that have remained unfilled.

“After years of doing more with less, we will begin to fill critical vacancies. And we will resume the normal hiring process for federal agents, prosecutors, analysts and the other staff we need to fulfill our mission,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message to employees.

 

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Washington Times Editorial: Obama Chooses Crook’s Errand Boy to Help Run Homeland Security

 

Christian Marrone

By The Washington Times
Editorial Page

Jeh C. Johnson, only recently confirmed as chief of the Department of Homeland Security, is off to an inglorious start. As our own Jim McElhatton and Kelly Riddell reported Monday, Mr. Johnson’s own right-hand man, Christian Marrone, was previously the right-hand man of a Philadelphia politician with a felonious bent.

The most ethical administration in history — just ask Barack Obama — knows how to pick ‘em.

As the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Marrone now has 240,000 employees and a $60 billion budget to administer. That’s a lot of responsibility for someone tutored by one Vincent J. Fumo, a Democratic power broker in Philadelphia and master of pay-to-play politics.

Mr. Marrone married his daughter and soon after was rewarded with a series of patronage jobs, including operations director of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Corruption has been epidemic, perhaps even pandemic, at the turnpike. One former operations manager pleaded guilty to corruption last month and implicated several other employees, contractors and politicians, including Mr. Fumo.

Read more.  

Justice Department Searches for Crack Cocaine Convicts to Be Freed from Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A disproportionate number of low-level drug criminals who are behind bars are African Americans sentenced under strict laws from the days of the crack epidemic.

Hoping to correct that disparity, the Justice Department is encouraging defense lawyers to help identify inmates for clemency, the New York Times reports.

Penalties for drug offenses involving crack were often more severe than those with powder cocaine.

So far, Obama has commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates sentenced to harsh sentences because of crack.

“There are more low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who remain in prison, and who would likely have received a substantially lower sentence if convicted of precisely the same offenses today,” Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole said. “This is not fair, and it harms our criminal justice system.”

Florida Republican Gets Quick Visit From Secret Service After Tweet About Hanging Obama

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Florida Republican discovered a quick way to get a visit from the Secret Service.

The Daily Caller reports that an African American candidate for state assembly tweeted Tuesday that he believes President Obama should be arrested and hanged.

But the candidate, Joshua Black, didn’t stop there.

He posted this on Facebook:

To everyone who was offended that I said that the POTUS should be hanged for treason, this is the man who droned Al-Awaki on “suspicion of terrorism”–not proof–and later killed his 15-year-old son for nothing more than being his son.

This is also the man who sought to have Bradley Manning and Eric Snowden executed for treason when they didn’t kill anyone, nor does the US government pretend to believe that they cost any spies their lives.

This would be exactly what the President has done to others, and, as Jesus said, “the measure ye mete, it shall be meted to you again.” I make no apologies for saying that the President is not above the People. If ordinary Americans should be executed for treason, so should he.

So, don’t stop at impeachment. Remove him. Try him before a jury (the very right that he arbitrarily denied to al-Awaki and his 15-year-old son), and, upon his sure convictions, execute him. Thus has he done, thus it should be done to him.

Although Black later insisted he was “not threatening the president,” the Secret Service gave him a house visit, the Daily Caller wrote.

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It Could Be a Smooth Nomination for Obama’s Choice for Inspector General of Homeland Security

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama’s choice for inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security appears poised for a relatively quick nomination with bipartisan support, the Washington Post reports.

John Roth, who has led the Food and Drug Administration’s criminal investigations division for the past year, is hoping to replace former acting head Charles K. Edwards, who stepped down last moth in disgrace amid allegations of nepotism and hiding a Secret Service sex scandal.

“One of the things that I’ve found in agencies that have morale problems and have these kind of warring camps is a lack of focus on mission,” Roth said. “I think it’s very important to refocus people on the very important mission that the inspector general’s office has.”

Former Sesame Street Actor Tapped for High-Ranking Justice Department Post

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A child who grew up as an actor on Sesame Street in the 1970s was tapped by President Obama for a high-ranking Justice Department position, the USA Today reports.

Obama nominated Debo P. Adegbile to be the new assistant attorney general for civil rights.

If confirmed by the Senate, Adegbile will fill the position vacated by Tom Perez, the new secretary of labor, the USA Today wrote.