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Archive for March 21st, 2013

Secret Service Calls “Inaccurate” a Report in The Atlantic About an Agent Discharging His Gun and Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service on Thursday issued a statement, calling “inaccurate” a story in The Atlantic entitled “How the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, stated:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.”

“The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”

The Atlantic reported that President George Bush’s daily intelligence brief contained this: “A U.S. Secret Service agent, in an apparent accident, discharged his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading his motorcade at the InterContinental Hotel yesterday.”

The Atlantic wrote:

The agent was adjusting the side-mounted shotgun on one of the motorcade’s armored follow-up Suburbans when it discharged. “Everyone just stopped. The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.” And that was it.

 

Pres. Obama’s Visit to Israel Stirs Up Old Sensitive Issue About Spy Jonathan Pollard

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s visit to Israel is stirring up a longstanding, sensitive issue involving Jonathan Pollard, who spied for Israel while working for U.S. Naval intelligence.

Seymour D. Reich, a lawyer and former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, writes this week in a letter to the editor of the New York Times that “the treatment of Jonathan Jay Pollard has smacked of vindictiveness.”

He writes that President Obama should set Pollard free on humanitarian grounds when he returns from Israel.

He notes that the “usual prison sentence for spying for friendly countries is four to five years.”

He writes:

“Mr. Pollard was initially incarcerated in a hospital for the criminally insane, though he was not insane. It was only when former Representative Lee Hamilton intervened that Mr. Pollard was moved out — to a maximum-security prison in Illinois, where he was held in solitary confinement for almost seven years. When Elie Wiesel and I visited him there, he expressed remorse for his deeds and has done so publicly since.

As you report, he has served for 28 years, and “a growing number” of former American officials “have called for clemency.”

 

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Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting Prompts Gun-Buying Binge Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary appears to be driving an unprecedented number of gun sales, the Atlantic Wire reports.

In fact, 9 of the 10 days with the most requests ever for FBI background checks occurred after the Dec. 14 shooting, according to the Atlantic Wire. And in Sandy Hook, home of the school shooting, gun permits have more than doubled.

On the day of the shooting, the FBI conducted 113,022 checks. The most was Dec. 21, when 177,170 background checks were conducted.

“America is buying guns at a rate that we’ve never seen before,” the Atlantic Wire wrote.

Over Federal Objections, Maryland Senate Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Maryland Senate approved decriminalizing of possession of small amounts of marijuana over the objections of federal law enforcement Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Maryland joins other states and cities across the country decriminalizing pot. Colorado and Washington, for instance, have legalized marijuana.

Unlike like full legalization in those states, Maryland makes it a civil fine of up to $100 for possession of small amounts of pot, the Post repots.

Federal authorities have been debating how do deal with marijuana laws that conflict with federal law.

FBI Reviews Taser incident in Pittsburgh Following Complaints of Civil Rights Violations


 Steve Neavling
 
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether a Pittsburgh police detective was out of control when he pulled a Taser on a man in Pittsburgh over the weekend, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The incident captured a national audience after a cell phone video caught Detective Frank Rende walking up to a man and pointing a Taser in his face.

“When anything attracts our attention that could potentially violate any civil rights of the public, or of anyone in the community, we assess the situation,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The man who was targeted by police, 27-year-old Mark Keyser Jr., faces charges of defiant trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

The detective has a long disciplinary history, the Post-Gazette reported.

Opinion: Homeland Security Buys Up Expensive Assault Rifles, Armored Assault Vehicles

Don Gilleland
Florida Today

In 2008, presidential front-runner Barack Obama called for a “civilian national security force” as powerful as the U.S. military.

Nobody seemed to pay much attention to that suggestion at the time. Much has happened since then that should concern us.

Recent news reports indicate our Department of Homeland Security has bought 7,000 assault rifles, 1.6 billion rounds of hollow point ammunition and 2,700 armored assault vehicles. Why?

What could justify our government stockpiling such a massive supply of weapons and ammunition? Does President Obama think Homeland Security will have to defend our republic against large-scale public riots? What other reason would explain the use of such armored vehicles and assault rifles on American streets?

To read more click here.

 

How a Secret Service Agent Inadvertently Fired a Shotgun at Iranian President Motorcade

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In a chilling close call in September 2006, a Secret Service agent inadvertently fired his shotgun as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was loading a motorcade, The Atlantic reports.

The Secret Service called the report inaccurate.

The Atlantic reported that the agent was adjusting a shotgun on a Suburban when the gun went off .

“Everyone just stopped,” one official recalled to the Atlantic. “The Iranians looked at us and we looked at the Iranians. The agent began to apologize. Ahmadinejad just turned his head and got into his car.”

Fearing Ahmadinejad would reveal the incident – one that could be incorrectly seen as an assassination attempt – federal authorities were relieved when the president never uttered a word.

The incident just became public because of an anonymous source who was there.

Ed Donovan, a spokesman for the Secret Service issued a statement Thursday:

“In September of 2007, one of our personnel assigned to the Iranian presidential protective detail accidentally discharged one round from a Heckler & Koch MP-5 into the floorboard of a Secret Service vehicle while conducting an equipment inspection. At the time of the discharge the vehicle was parked in a motorcade staging area at the United Nations. There were no protectees or foreign security personnel in the vicinity of the vehicle at the time of the discharge. There were no injuries sustained by anyone as a result of the incident.

The Secret Service takes weapons handling and safety very seriously and a full investigation was conducted by our Inspection Division at that time. This matter was handled internally and in an appropriate manner.”

 

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