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Archive for March 26th, 2013

President Obama to Name First Female Secret Service Director

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Obama will name Julia Pierson as director of the U.S. Secret Service, the first female to head that agency, USA Today reported.

An official announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon.

Pierson, 53, now serves as the service’s chief of staff, USA Today reports.

Other women who head law enforcement agencies include Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security and Michele Leonhart, who heads the DEA.

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Report: About 80% of Drug-Related Crimes At Mexican Border Involve Americans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four of the five people arrested for drug-related crimes along the Mexican border are American citizens, the Daily Beast reports.

Citing a report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Daily Beast wrote that the Border Patrol has essentially deceived the public into believing Mexicans are behind most drug busts by emphasizing their arrests in press releases.

Alonzo Peña, a retired deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, accused the U.S. of portraying immigrant as a “boogeyman.”

“After 9/11, the immigrant, terrorist, and criminal and the threat to national security have all been lumped together,” Pena said. “We’re not distinguishing very well who is who.”

A 1947 Memo Shows FBI Trained Agents to Exploit Perceived Weaknesses of Minority Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents were trained to exploit the perceived weaknesses of various minority groups, including Mexicans, Catholics and black people, according to a bureau memo from 1947, the U.S. News & World Report writes.

Compiled for the FBI’s field agents, the memo describes Mexicans as “slow to respond.”

Catholics, according to the report, are easier to get information from, especially after leaving a confessional booth.

Phony insurance salespeople can easily dupe African-Americans into giving them information, according to the report.

Jury Convicts New York Man of Trying to Seek Terrorism Training Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A jury Monday convicted a New York man of lying to the FBI about plans to train with terrorists like the Taliban or al-Qaida, the Associated Press reports.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh now faces up to 21 years in prison when sentenced.

Shehadeh’s friends testified that he spoke of wanting to die while waging holy war against the U.S. abroad .

He first caught the suspicion of the FBI in 2009 when he purchased a one-way ticket to Islambad, the AP reported.

Border Patrol Agent Remembered After Fatal Car Crash in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 26-year-old Border Agent who died in a car crash in California was recently married and on his way to work without a seat belt Friday, KSWT News 12 reports.

The accident that killed agent Francisco Puga, of the El Centro Sector, remains under investigation.

“We have an idea that most likely we’re not going to come back that day because maybe we’re going to die fighting a criminal sometimes and most of the time we don’t think we’re going to die because of a car accident either on duty or on our way to work,” Agent Amaya told News 12.

Since Puga wasn’t officially on duty at the time of the accident, his family is not entitled to extra compensation, News 12 reported.

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