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Archive for October 2nd, 2013

FBI Tries to Manage During Government Shutdown, Hopes for the Best

FBI Director: James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is worried about the impact the government shutdown will have on investigating crime.

Already hammered by budget cuts and sequestration, the FBI is operating without employees deemed “non-essential,” the Washington Times reports.

A month ago, the FBI Agents Association said in a report that it’s concerned about budget cuts that already froze new training and the hirings of new agents.

“Trying to save money by undermining the FBI’s ability to protect the public is likely to be far more costly to our country in the long run,” the group said.

FBI Director James Comey said he’s shocked by the impact on budget cuts.

“I was very surprised to learn how severe the required cut is and the potential impact on this organization,” he said. “Frankly, as a taxpayer and as an American I was surprised, and it didn’t make any sense to me that the FBI director would be asked not just to cut 3,000 positions but, given what’s on our plate, to send folks home for a couple weeks without pay.”

Queens Man Claims FBI Placed Him on No Fly List for Not Acting As Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Queens man said the FBI put him on the no-fly list in retaliation for not acting as an informant, the New York Daily News reports.

Muhammad Tanvir is accusing FBI agents of barring him from air travel because he refused to act as an informant to get intelligence on Muslim neighbors.

To get off the list, Tanvir was told, he must snoop, according to a lawsuit he filed against the FBI.

The bureau declined to comment.

 

Justice Department Official Who Resigned in Protest in ’80s Dies at 83

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Arnold I. Burns was a top Justice Department official in the 1980s when he and others resigned in protest of Attorney General Edwin Meese III’s handling of Iran contra and a number of other issues.

Burns died of cardiac arrest and complications from Parkinson’s disease, the New York Times reports. He was 83.

Burns rose rapidly through the ranks of the Justice Department under President Reagan.

But he and others resigned after allegations also surfaced that Meese was under investigation for project spending that benefited a friend and families, The Times wrote.

Under Meese, Burns said, the Justice Department had become “a world of Alice in Wonderland – a world of illusion and allusion: a world in which up was down and down was up, in was out, out was in, happy was sad and sad was happy.”

Man Who Stabbed Border Patrol Dog in Neck Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Guatemalan man who stabbed a Border Patrol dog in the neck was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday, The Monitor reports.

Luis Gilberto Cruz Solis also will be deported.

Solis was with a group of about 30 people who illegally crossed the border in May, according to the Monitor.

As everyone dispersed, Solis was fleeing when he stabbed Dinie, a 2-year-old German shepherd, in the neck.

The wound was about 2 inches deep. Luckily, Dinie survived and returned to work soon after.

Homeland Security Remains without a Leader As Authorities Struggle to Find Nominee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With Janet Napolitano out, Homeland Security is without a nomination for a new chief.

Maybe that’s because it’s a thankless job that can spoil a reputation, the Washington Post reports.

“It’s a high-risk job,” one observer told the Post. “If something happens on your watch, you’re done.”

 

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