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Archive for January 3rd, 2013

U.S. Border Patrol Rescues Injured Boy in Mountains of New Mexico

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. Border Patrol rescued a child who injured his leg on a hunting trip in the mountains of New Mexico, the Associated Press reports.

A Border Patrol crew from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Air and Marine in El Paso rushed to save the child in mountains near Deming.

The AP reported that the agency loaded the boy onto a helicopter.

He is recovering from non-life threatening injuries, the AP reported.

Alabama Releases Over-the-Top Instructional Video on Mass Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security released an unusual instructional video on how respond to a mass shooting, Gawker reports.

With haunting music and blood spatter, the six-minute video “scares the shit out of everyone who watches it,” Gawker reported.

The video, produced originally by the Houston Police Department, depicts an office shooting in direct response to the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

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Investors Business Daily: AG Eric Holder Smears Bankers with Scant Evidence

Investors Business Daily
Opinion

In an end-of-year press release — posted under the banner headline “Accomplishments Under the Leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder” — the Justice Department boasts of charging “nearly 3,000” bankers with lending discrimination and fraud.

If all of them were guilty, this would be quite an accomplishment. Few would argue that prosecuting racists to the fullest extent of the law would be something worth crowing about.

But none of the race-bias cases highlighted by the administration was litigated in court. Evidence was never presented or tested, nor guilt ever proven. What’s more, no incident of discrimination was ever specified, and no individual complainants or victims of discrimination were ever identified.

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FBI Agents Association Backs Bill Authorizing Feds to Help Probe Mass Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI Agents Association is supporting a bill that would authorize federal agents to respond and help local authorities during mass shootings and other violence at a public place, the Washington Times reports.

The association, which announced its support Wednesday,  said the bill would make it easier for feds to help local officials during any violent crime in a public area, the Washington Times wrote.

Association President Konrad Motyka said the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crime Act of 2012 would avoid unnecessary confusion and lift bureaucratic hurdles.

“FBI agents have a long history of working closely with state and local law enforcement officials to investigate crimes,” Motyka said. “However, the FBI must often find indirect grants of authority in order to assist with state and local investigations. This is because of the current ambiguous statutory language granting authority to the FBI and other federal law enforcement officers to provide investigative assistance for certain nonfederal crimes, such as mass killings.

Record Number of Background Checks Performed on Prospective Gun Owners in 2012

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI performed a record number of background checks on people who wanted to buy guns in December and all of 2012, CNN reports.

The spike this month – 2.8 million background checks – occurred during two high-profile mass shootings.

The number of background checks for the years totaled more than 19.5 million, an increase of more than 3 million, according to CNN.

Federal law requires background checks of anyone who wants to buy a gun.

The search is to ensure prospective owners don’t have a criminal record or a serious mental illness.