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Archive for November 13th, 2013

Surprise, President Obama’s choice for Homeland Security Head Faces Few Obstacles

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Jeh Johnson’s opposition to President Obama’s decision to unilaterally use warplanes to drop bombs on Libya in June 2011 may have paid off., the Los Angeles Times reports. Johnson was general council at the Defense Department at the time, and advised Obama to get Congressional approval.

His advice has won him Republican fans.

On Wednesday, Johnson, President Obama’s pick to run the Department of Homeland Security,appears on the verge being confirmed, the LA Times reports.

Two Border Patrol Agents Headed to Prison for Forcing Immigrants to Eat Pot, Run Circles

Border fence along Juarez-El Paso border/istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Border Patrol agents have been sentenced to two years in prison after forcing suspected trafficking to eat marijuana and run around the Arizona desert, RT reports.

The agents, Dario Castillo, 25, and Ramon Zuniga, 31, were convicted of violating the civil rights of four  Mexican men who were in the U.S. legally.

Both agents were fired shortly after the incident.

They told authorities they were overworked at the end of a long day.

“I allowed these individuals to get the best of me that night,” Zuniga said to the judge, according to Reuters. “I’ve regretted those actions every single day for the past five years.”

FBI Employs Proven Technology to Enhance Image of Child Predator

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is using a proven technology in hopes of tracking down a dangerous child predator known as “John Doe 27,” ABC News reports.

Agents employed sophisticated image analysis to develop a refined picture of the predator in hopes that someone in the public will recognize the suspect.

“These types of individuals typically don’t stop with the victim,” FBI Special Agent Shanna Daniels told ABC News. “That’s why we need to catch him before other children are victimized.”

After discovering one of his videos, agents conducted an image enhancement that revealed more about the suspects appearance: He’s white, between 40 and 50 years old, has a bald spot, dark hair, dark eyes and may wear glasses.

To get out the images, the FBI will post the enhanced photos on Twitter and the Endangered Child Alert Program, a program that gets the media and public involved.

Eric Holder Pledges Justice at Ceremony for Slain TSA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling the shooting death of a TSA agent at Los Angeles International Airport “a profound sacrifice,” U.S. Attorney Eric Holder on Wednesday pledged there will be no “rest until justice has been done,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

Holder spoke during the ceremony for Geraldo Hernandez, who became the first TSA agent to die in the line of duty after a shooting rampage.

Hernandez’s death “marked him a man of bravery and of valor,” Holder said. “But what truly made Officer Hernandez a hero was how he lived: with kindness, with consideration — and with love — for all who were fortunate to know him.”

His wife, Ana Hernandez, told the audience that her husband “was a great man who always showed his love for our family.”

Boston Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Faces Victims’ Families, Life in Prison Today

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James “Whitey” Bulger, who once ruled violently over Boston’s criminal world, is expected to get a sentence of life in prison today and hear from victims of his crimes.

It’s unclear whether the 84-year-old man will speak during the trial.

But those who will speak are wives and children of some of Bulger’s victims, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors are seeking two life term sentences plus five years following the 31 criminal convictions.

If Bulger’s trial is any indication, it’s hard to tell how Bulger will react today. He’s shouted at witnesses in the past.

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