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Archive for July 24th, 2013

Ooops! U.S. Marshals Service Loses Track of at Least 2,000 Encrypted Two-Way Radios

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s an embarrassing revelation about the U.S. Marshals Service.

Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal reports that the agency has lost track of at least 2,000 encrypted two-way radios and other communication devices valued at millions of dollars.

The Journal cites internal agency documents, and notes that “some within the agency view as a security risk for federal judges, endangered witnesses and others.”

Barrett writes:

The problem, which stretches back years, was laid out in detail to agency officials at least as early as 2011, when the Marshals were deploying new versions of the radios they use to securely communicate in the field. Agency leaders continued to have difficulty tracking their equipment even after they were warned about the problems by an internal technology office, according to the documents, which were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.

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6 Colombians Charged in Kidnapping, Murder of DEA Agent in Taxi Cab

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Six Colombians accused of in the death of a DEA agent last month have been indicted by a federal grand jury for kidnapping and murder, the Associated Press reports.

DEA Agent Terry Watson was working in Colombia when he was allegedly attacked in a taxi cab in what officials say was a robbery attempt.

Watson, who was on temporary duty in Bogota, was stabbed to death and shot with a stun gun.

According to investigators, the six Colombians operated an abduction and robbery ring by luring people into taxi cabs.

Obama’s No. 2 Choice for Homeland Security Post Is Subject of Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s nominee for the No. 2 job at Homeland Security is under investigation following allegations that he obtained a special visa after the initial application was denied by the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

The department’s inspector general warned Congress in an email that Alejandro Mayorkas is under investigation for allegedly helping an international investor obtain a special visa without U.S. approval.

Mayorkas, who currently runs the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was chosen by President Obama to become the second-ranking officials at DHS.

The inspector general “is investigating Director Mayorkas,” the e-mail read, according to the AP. “Director Mayorkas was not specifically named in the initial complaint; however, the DHS is now investigating allegations concerning the actions/conduct of Director Mayorkas and other USCIS management officials.”

Former Official: Some Justice Department Employees Acted As Racial Advocates, Not Mediators

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former high-ranking Justice Department official accused some in the agency of using their positions to advocate race over law, the Washington Times reports

Ondray T. Harris, former director of the agency’s Community Relations Service, said he often delivered warnings to employees for advocating racial issues because of perceived biases.

One of the main roles of the CRS is to help resolve conflict.

“I found that some employees of CRS talked neutrally in public and spoke in the tenor of mediators in public, but behind the scenes, when they talked to the civil rights groups or the perceived aggrieved parties, they’ll say, essentially, ‘Don’t worry. The Department of Justice is here and we’re going to get to the bottom of it,” said Ondray T. Harris, former CRS director.

Harris’ claim comes after the highly publicized report that CRS employees helped organize protests against George Zimmerman in 2012.

Ex-CIA Chief Compares NSA Leaker Snowden to Boston Marathon Bombers

Michael Hayden/gov photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the ways to describe Edward Snowden, former CIA and NSA chief Michael Hayden may have come up with the most incendiary.

In an interview with Financial Review, an Austrian publication, Hayden compared Snowden to the Boston Marathon bombers.

“I don’t think Snowden spied for the money, and he probably did not spy for the power. He seems to have revealed this information because of his ideological embrace of transparency as a virtue,” Hayden said.

“It is a little like the Boston bombers. The issue is at what point does Islamic fundamentalism flip-over and become a genuine national security threat? Likewise, at what point does a cultural tendency towards transparency flip-over to become a deep threat inside your system?”

Just in case you’re keeping score, the Boston bombers terrorized the country, tried to kill a massive amount of people with a bomb and led police on a deadly, dangerous pursuit.

Snowden, on the other hand, leaked records because he believed in transparency.

 

Reality Show to Feature Alleged Accomplice in ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 
 

Whitey Bulger

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sure, Patrick Nee has been connected to five murders in the trial of reputed gangster James “Whitey” Bulger.

But that hasn’t stopped the Disney Channel from featuring Nee on a reality show on the Discovery Channel about bookies in Boston, the Boston Globe reports.

“I’m absolutely disgusted,” said Tommy Donahue, the son of a man whom Nee is accused of helping murder.

He said he can’t understand why the feds aren’t pursuing Nee.

“His name has been thrown around a dozen times, and the government hasn’t done anything about it,” Donahue said.

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