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Trump Slams FBI for Being Unable to Contain Leaks about His Administration

donald trump rallyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump once again blasted the intelligence community, this time slamming the FBI for failing to prevent leaks inside the bureau.

“The FBI is totally unable to stop the national security “learners that have permeated our government for a long time,” Trump tweeted Friday morning. “They can’t even find the leakers within the FBI itself. Classified information is given to media that could have a devastating effect on U.S. FIND NOW.”

Trump fired off the tweets a day after it was discovered that his administration tried to get the FBI to undermine evidence of ties between his campaign team and Russia during the presidential election.

This is just the latest round of attacks aimed at the intelligence community.


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FBI Investigating Deadly Bar Shootings of Indians as Possible Hate Crime

Shooting suspect Adam Purinton.

Shooting suspect Adam Purinton.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a shooting that killed one Indian man and injured another at a crowded bar in a Kansas City suburb to determine whether a hate crime was committed.

According to witnesses, Adam W. Purinton, 51, opened fire after telling the men to “get out of my country,” CNN reports. 

The shooting killed Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32. The victim’s friend, Alok Madasani, 32, was injured. Both men are originally from India.

A bar patron, Ian Grillot, 24, also was injured.

Purinton faces up to life in prison after he was charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder.

Authorities on Thursday declined to say whether the shooting was a hate crime.


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White House Says Feds Likely to Crackdown on Marijuana Legalized by States

marijuana-istockBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

States where marijuana is legal for recreational or medicinal use are likely to come under fire from federal law enforcement, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said Thursday.

“I do believe you’ll see greater enforcement of it,” Spicer said during a news conference.

Spicer didn’t offered details about future enforcement, but his comments were the strongest indication yet on how Trump’s administration plans to handle marijuana, the Associated Press reports. 

Under the Obama administration, federal law enforcement was asked not to intervene in state’s marijuana laws.

A recent poll showed that 59% of Americans believe marijuana should be legal, while 71% oppose a federal crackdown.

Marijuana advocates said a crackdown would increase marijuana sales in the black market, emboldening cartels.

“It is hard to imagine why anyone would want marijuana to be produced and sold by cartels and criminals rather than tightly regulated, taxpaying businesses,” said Mason Tvert, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project.


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Passengers on Domestic Flight Forced to Show ID to Border Officials

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Passengers of a domestic Delta flight were shocked when they were forced to show their identity documents to Customs and Border Protection agents after arriving at John F. Kennedy airport on Wednesday evening.

A CBP spokesman told Rolling Stone that it’s “nothing new” to request identification during a domestic flight, a legally questionable claim. 

“We were told we couldn’t disembark without showing our documents,” passenger Anne Garrett tweeted.

The Rolling Stone wrote:

In a statement to Rolling Stone, a spokesperson for CBP said the agency had been asked “to assist in locating an individual possibly aboard Delta flight 1583” who had been “ordered removed by an immigration judge.” The spokesman added that CBP agents “requested identification from those on the flight” but that ultimately “[t]he individual was determined not to be on the flight.”

Rolling Stone asked CBP to point to its statutory authority to stop and examine the identity documents of deplaning domestic passengers. The spokesman sent a link to a document titled CBP Search Authority. The document refers to CBP’s authority to inspect international arrivals. Specifically, it cites 19 C.F.R. 162.6, which states, “All persons, baggage and merchandise arriving in the Customs territory of the United States from places outside thereof are liable to inspection by a CBP officer.” The CBP document adds: “CBP has the authority to collect passenger name record information on all travelers entering or leaving the United States.”(Emphasis added.)

Asked to clarify CBP’s authority over domestic passengers, the spokesman replied that “at this time this is all I have.”

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Baltimore Sun: Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Inhumane, Unsafe

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Donald Trump

By Editorial Board
The Baltimore Sun

The new immigration policies President Donald Trump‘s administration released Tuesday make America less humane; they target millions of people who have been in this country for years, have contributed to society and have raised children here. They make America less free because they portend the creation of a massive “deportation force” that will hunt through communities coast-to-coast for those here illegally, inevitably sweeping up the innocent and increasing racial and ethnic profiling. But most of all, they will make America less safe.

Mr. Trump’s spokesman, Sean Spicer, says the president intends to “take the shackles off” immigration officers to make “the No. 1 priority” removing those “who pose a threat to our country.” Actually, that was the No. 1 priority under the Obama administration, which instructed immigration enforcement agents to prioritize deportation of those who committed serious crimes while in the United States. The Trump policy would allow for deportation of people who violate traffic laws or who have even been accused of a crime but not convicted. Innocent until proven guilty no longer applies, and immigration agents will have vastly expanded authority to determine on their own who constitutes a “threat.”

Immigration courts are facing a huge backlog as it is, some 540,000 cases with an average wait of more than two years. In some courts, the delay is much longer. Mr. Trump says he wants to throw more resources at the system, but how much and how quickly? For the time being, flooding the courts with people who have not shown themselves to be a danger would only delay the deportation of people who are.

Mr. Trump plans to deal with that to some degree by vastly expanding a program that eliminates due process for some immigrants caught in this country illegally. The “expedited removal” program, as it was used by the Obama administration, allowed for the elimination of some protections and hearings before deportation for people caught near the border who had been in the country for less than two weeks. Mr. Trump wants to expand it nationwide and draw in those who have been here for up to two years.

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DEA Raids Popular Miami Gym, Arrests Co-Owner on Charges of Selling $10M in Steroids

sbf-dea-badge-webBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents stormed a popular Miami gym early Wednesday morning and arrested the co-owner on charges of leading an international steroid production and distribution ring, the Miami Herald reports.

DEA agents knocked down walls in a second-story office in search of evidence.

The federal government alleges that Iron Addicts co-owner Richard Rodriguez operated a supplement company that produced and sold $10 million in illegal anabolic steroids.

According to a criminal complaint, 37-year-old Rodriquez and his wife were the leaders of a nine-member steroid ring.


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President Trump Faces Big Hurdle in Hiring 15,000 Agents for ICE, Border Patrol

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

ICE agents, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s plans to hire 10,000 more ICE officers and 5,000 more Border Patrol agents may not succeed.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said it’s unlikely that “we’re going to get 10,000 and 5,000 on board within the next couple of year,” NPR reports.

That’s largely because of the extensive training and background checks for potential agents.

When the number of agents at Customs and Border Protection were increased from 10,000 to 21,000 during the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administration, problems occurred. For example, new agents were rushed into the field, many without completed background checks.

“You have to make sure that no red flags come up in someone’s background before you’re putting them in a position like this,” says Shawn Moran, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents Border Patrol agents.

One of the most burdensome steps to becoming an agent is passing a rigorous – and some say flawed and overly burdensome – polygraph exam that two out of three applicants fail.

Moran said the exams, which can take up to eight hours, “is excluding qualified candidates from being Border Patrol agents.”


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