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Archive for October 30th, 2013

Did Detroit Mayoral Candidate Misspeak When He Said ‘There Are No Organized Gangs’ in Detroit?

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, a mayoral candidate.

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Did Detroit mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon — the county sheriff — misspeak when he downplayed the existence of gangs in Detroit or was his statement on Facebook Tuesday misinterpreted?

“There are no organized gangs in this city because as head of the Detroit Police Gang Squad, we got rid of the Chambers Brothers, Young Boys Incorporated and other gangs,” Napoleon wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday. “We will put the thugs in jail and run others out of town who disrespect Detroiters and our neighborhoods.”

Some law enforcement in Detroit see if differently.

In August, newly minted Detroit Police Chief James Craig was quoted in the Free Press as saying: “I’m looking to bring back a gang suppression unit really quickly. I’m not sure what form it’ll take right now, but we will have a unit in place soon.”

Donald Dawkins, spokesman for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in Detroit, told Deadline Detroit Tuesday: “There are gangs. ATF and DPD have active investigations into gangs.”

Dawkins said some are groups and organizations that “can be categorized as gangs” that control neighborhoods and are involved in robberies, drug trafficking and violent crime.

“We have some that are very closely knit,” he said.

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A Talk With Daniel Kumor, The New Head of ATF in Boston

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Skit Pokes Fun at NSA, FBI Justification for Spying

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel featured a skit about the FBI and NSA spying on ordinary Americans to prevent them from dangers like expired milk and relatives who want to borrow money.

 

Guns And Explosions Bring FBI Agents, Journalists Together at Firing Range

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sometimes the FBI and journalists don’t see eye to eye.

So what’s a better way to nurture that relationship than to host a day at a firing range with reporters in Alabama, AL.com reports?

Journalists and agents gathered Tuesday for FBI Range Day, which gives the media a firsthand look at guns, bombs and explosions.

Reporters from throughout northern Alabama took up arms Tuesday,” AL.com reporter Carol Robinson wrote. “And watched things blow up. And, miraculously, didn’t hurt themselves or each other.”

Controversial Arizona Sheriff Wants Unmanned Drones to Find Drug Dealers

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If controversial Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona gets his way, unmanned drones will be patrolling Maricopa County in search of drug dealers and other scofflaws, News 92 FM reports.

Arpaio, who is a lightening rod on immigration issues, said the idea is to help Border Patrol locate undocumented immigrants and drug dealers.

“We have danger out there. We have dope peddlers shooting each other and I have my deputies to worry about,” he told News 92.

The ACLU expressed concerns, saying drones are an invasion of privacy because they put “everyone else who happens to be nearby underneath the drone as it travels to the target area.”

Homeland Security Nominee Faces Tough Questions During Hearing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jeh Johnson is about to be in the crosshairs of combative Republican senators.

President Obama’s pick for Homeland Security secretary will soon face a confirmation hearing in which he’ll likely be grilled over his role in drone strikes, the National Journal reports.

Johnson also faces tough questions about immigration, terrorism and Guantanamo Bay.

“I have a long list of questions that have been sent to him,” he told National Journal. “So we are real early in the stage,” Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told the National Journal.

Man Files Suit to Continue Parodying DHS, NSA on Mugs, T-Shirts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man who was selling parody T-shirts, mugs and other souvenirs featuring the logos of the NSA and DHS received a cease-and-desist order claiming the seals can’t be reproduced without permission.

That was two years ago.

On Tuesday, LibertyManiacs.com owner Dan McCall filed suit against the federal agencies, saying he has a constitutional right to express his opinions about the government and should be allowed to use the logos, Arstechnica.com reports.

“The agencies’ attempts to forbid McCall from displaying and selling his merchandise are inconsistent with the First Amendment,” his attorney, Paul Alan Levy, said in a statement. “It’s bad enough that these agencies have us under constant surveillance; forbidding citizens from criticizing them is beyond the pale.”

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