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Obama Plan to Close Deportation Cases Hits Snag

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 An Obama administration efforts to cut down on swelling number of deportation cases has been less than successful,  the Washington Post reports.

An internal review found that more deportation cases are cropping up at a quicker pace than the administration has time to handle.

The idea is to close deportation cases of primarily young, old and pregnant immigrants who have no significant criminal histories, according to the Post. Although they won’t be granted visas, some will be able to obtain work permits.

But the process of closing cases is taking longer than expected, the Post reported.

What Leaks Are Being Investigated, and What’s the Law on Leaks?

Pres. Obama at press conference/white house file photo

By Cora Currier
ProPublica

Recent scoops on national security have drawn the ire of Republican lawmakers, who have accused the Obama White House of leaking stories that burnish its image.

Obama responded that he has “zero tolerance” for leaks. He also said: “the writers of these articles have all stated unequivocally that they didn’t come from this White House. And that’s not how we operate.”

Someone somewhere has to be talking. Eric Holder said he’s assigned two U.S. attorneys to lead separate criminal investigations into “potential unauthorized disclosures.” Although the Justice Department won’t comment on which particular leaks are under investigation, unnamed officials (of course) have given reporters an idea.

Here’s what we know about leak investigations underway, the legality of leaks, and why leak prosecutions have been so rare.

Leak: Stuxnet

The New York Times reported that Obama ordered cyberattacks against Iran using Stuxnet, a computer virus the U.S. developed with Israel.

Sources: “participants” in the program and the attack, “members of the president’s national security team,” “current and former American, European and Israeli officials,” “one of [Obama’s] aides,” “a senior administration official.”

Investigation: The CIA reportedly sent a “crime report” to the Justice Department on the leak, and it is—as unnamed officials told Reuters—one of the two new investigations.

Leak: Foiled Underwear Bomber

The AP reported that the CIA foiled an Al-Qaeda plot out of Yemen to deploy a new kind of underwear bomb. Subsequent stories identified the role of a double-agent in stopping the plot.

Sources: “U.S. officials who were briefed on the operation.”

Investigation: The story also apparently prompted the CIA to send a “crime report” to the Justice Department, making it the second of the criminal inquiries mentioned by Holder.

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Hispanic voters favor Obama despite immigration policies

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

So far President Obama’s immigration policies are unlikely to woo Latino voters, especially after Homeland Security reported last week that too few deportations are being halted under the administration.

Now pressure is building for Obama to loosen his policies in hopes of gaining more support from Latinos, who overwhelmingly supported the president in 2008, according to the New York Times.

Critics believe the president has failed on his pledge to focus deportation efforts on criminals rather than illegal immigrations with clean records, the Times reported.

Under Obama’s watch, fewer deportation cases are being dismissed and new measures are netting more detainments, reports the New York Times.

Still, polls show Hispanics favor Obama over Republican candidate Mitt Romney by 67% to 26%.

Rules on Terror Suspects Change for FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

New rules have been outlined by the Obama administration regarding when the FBI, as opposed to the military, can retain custody of al-Qaida terrorism suspects who are not U.S. citizens but are arrested by federal law enforcement agents, reports the Associated Press.

The new rules from the White House came about from a December agreement amongst congressmen and the Obama administration seeking broader military control and reduced civilian court rule for terrorism suspects, according to the AP.

Non-US citizen members of al-Qaida involved in planning or attempting to target US or coalition forces require military custody, according to the new law. The president maintains the ability to waive that provision, however.

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Obama Admin. Announces New Regs for Gun Operations in Wake of Fast and Furious

atf file photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

New changes in federal law enforcement have emerged from the highly contentious Fast & Furious operation, reports Reuters.

On Friday, the Obama administration announced reforms intended to improve undercover gun trafficking investigations in the wake of a failed operation which let hundreds of guns into the hands of violent criminals along the US-Mexico border.

The new reforms demand more oversight of undercover operations, according to Reuters, focusing on investigations concerning more than 50 firearms and ending the use of payed gun dealers as confidential informants.

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Smoke Bomb Lands on White House Lawn

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Occupy protestors in Washington, D.C., drew the Secret Service out after throwing a smoke bomb on the White House lawn, reports KSTC-TV.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie says there were no arrests made when agents dispersed the crowd on Tuesday night. Still, the White House was on lock down, as people inside were prevented from leaving out of the Pennsylvania Avenue side.

Barack and Michelle Obama were away from the White House celebrating the first lady’s 48th birthday at a nearby restaurant when the smoke bomb was thrown.

Ogilvie says the protest swelled to between 1,000 and 1,500 people at one point.

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Arsonist Sentenced in Post-Obama Election Burning of Black Church

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts man was sentenced to nearly 14 years for a 2010 arson incident, according to a statement from the FBI.

Michael Jacques, a 27-year-old of Springfield, Mass., was sentenced to 166 months in federal prison in connection with the arson of the Macedonia Church of God in Christ in Springfield, a predominately African-American church, according to the statement, hours after Barack Obama was elected president. The prison term will be followed by four years of supervised release, and Jacques was also ordered to pay $1.6 million in restitution, including $123,570 directly to the church.

The church was 75 percent complete, and the fire destroyed nearly everything, authorities said.

Jacques was found guilty in April of this year of conspiracy against civil rights, damage or destruction of religious property and use of fire to commit a felony. Benjamin Haskell and Thomas Gleason, Jacques’ co-conspirators, plead guilty to charges in 2010. Haskell was sentenced to nine years, while Gleason is set for sentencing in January.

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Border Patrols to be Cut by Half

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal budget cuts have manifested themselves in a multitude of ways already. Now, dramatically, the Obama administration plans next year to cut the number of National Guard troops patrolling the US-Mexico border by at least half, reports the Washington Times.

Though the White House is not announcing the plans yet, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter learned of the plan, says half is the minimum number the patrol will have to be cut by, which will mean reshuffling troops already along the border. In Duncan’s state of California, the new plans will mean slashing patrol levels from 264 to just 14.

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