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Archive for December 13th, 2012

Muslim U.S. Citizen Claims He’s Being Harassed by Feds, Local Authorities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Muslim man from Oklahoma claims he’s being harassed by the FBI after he was twice barred from flying from Qatar to visit his sick mother in the United States, the Associated Press reports.

Now that he’s back home in the U.S., Saadiq Long says local and federal authorities are trying to interview, including during a traffic stop when he and his sister were ordered to exit the car at gunpoint and were handcuffed, the AP wrote.

The 43-year-old man is an Air Force veteran and U.S. citizen.

Editorial: Border Patrol Spoils Its Good Name with Secrecy, Long Delays in Internal Probes

Editorial
Arizona Daily Star

For a law-enforcement agency to be trusted, the public must be able to see how it functions when something goes wrong.

The U.S. Border Patrol doesn’t seem to understand that.

As the Arizona Daily Star’s Tim Steller reported on Sunday, when Border Patrol agents shoot people on the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border, the investigations are slow and secretive. There have been at least six such incidents since January 2010, including the death this fall of a 16-year-old who was on a Nogales, Sonora, sidewalk. A fence and a 36-foot-wide street separated him from the border. Local police reports say two people were on the fence when agents arrived and rocks were thrown at the officers.

When a Tucson police officer or Pima County sheriff’s deputy shoots someone, the agency discloses the incident and the name of the law-enforcer. The investigations are usually quick.

Contrast that with the Border Patrol.

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Ex-FBI Agent Sentenced to Probation for Passing on Information about Undercover Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

A former FBI agent who passed on confidential information to a friend about an ongoing federal investigation in New Jersey was sentenced Tuesday to four years of probation, the Washington Post reports.

Ivan Stanchev, 43, delivered information about a criminal probe in Newark to a friend who apparently was curious about an undercover operation, the Washington Post reported.

Among the information were four telephone numbers and the names of people linked to the probe, the Post wrote.

The information “was in no way classified and did not involve national security,” Stanchev’s attorney said.

Gun ownership appears to be on a steady rise, but the motive is in dispute.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Over the past decade, the number of federally mandated background checks of prospective gun purchases has nearly doubled, the USA Today reports, citing FBI records.

Nearly 17 million people received background checks already this year, up from 8.5 million in 2002, the USA Today wrote.

If you ask gun-rights advocates what’s causing the spike, they’ll tell you it’s the increase in popularity of hunting, fears that the Obama administration will restrict firearm purchases and more lenient concealed weapon laws.

But gun control advocates say the rise predominately is from existing gun owners who believe there is a plot to take away their weapons, the USA Today reported.

Although President Obama hasn’t signed gun-control legislation, some worry he will during the second term.

“People expect a siege on the Second Amendment (right to bear arms),” National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told the USA Today.

Young Cancer Patients Get Smiles, Honors at FBI Office in Nebraska

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

They aren’t your typical FBI agents.

Then again, Sammy Nahorny, 4, Paul Hayes, 9, and Jack Hoffman, 7 aren’t your typical children.

Diagnosed with cancer, the children were distracted from their illnesses at the Omaha FBI office, where they became honorary members of the agency during a mock swearing-in ceremony, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

The kids also met Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead.

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