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Archive for February 12th, 2014

FBI Director Comey Shares Views of Surveillance in Post-NSA America

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James Comey was on a mission in 2004.

A deputy attorney general at the time, Comey rushed to the bedside of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to notify him that the White House was trying to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program, the Buffalo News reports.

Comey, who is now the director of the FBI, advised his boss not to sign anything.

“I’ve long been a big fan of the rule of law,” Comey said during a visit to Buffalo on Tuesday. “To me, the intelligence programs that are the most firmly rooted in all three branches of our government are the best.”

What’s he think of the controversial NSA program?

“Folks can disagree with the policy and reasonable people do disagree as to whether the federal government should have such a database,” he told reporters. “What can’t be said is that this is some type of rogue, lawless conduct. This was our government operating as it was designed.”

Wanted: More Than 140,000 Rounds of Sniper Ammunition for Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is in on a shopping spree for more than 140,000 rounds of sniper ammunition, Inforwars.com reports.

The department is looking for 141,160 rounds of Hornady .308 Winchester 168gr A-MAX TAP ammunition.

The cost per round – $1.20.

It’s unclear why the department wants so many rounds of ammunition because the bullets are unsuitably expensive for training purposes, according to Infowars.com.

 

Justice Department Sues State of Rhode Island Over Alleged Discrimination of Minority Applicants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has sued the state of Rhode Island for allegedly discriminating against black people and Hispanics in its hiring corrections officers.

The Providence Journal reports that the state discriminated against minority applicants for entry-level corrections officers jobs.

State officials fired back Tuesday, saying they did nothing wrong.

“The state does not agree with the DOJ’s preliminary interpretation of the data the complaint is based on … and will respond accordingly,” said Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for the attorney general.

The Justice Department alleges the state’s written and video examinations are biased toward white people.

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Former Border Patrol Union Chief Accused of Stealing Money from Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge dismissed charges Tuesday against the former president of the National Border Patrol Council who was accused of funneling union money to finance pornography and trips to see his mistress, CBS8.com reports.

Terence J. Bonner has long claimed that he was set up for political reasons.

“This is about as egregious misconduct as you can find,” Bonner said.

The judge dropped the charges because federal agents exceeded the scope of the warrant for access to Bonner’s electronic devices.

“I would hope this would come back as an absolute embarrassment for the government,” Bonner said. “You can’t un-ring that bell. Everyone is going to say, ‘isn’t that the guy who had the extra-marital affair and had all those images?'”

Airport Security Confiscates Inch-Long, Plastic Gun from ‘Toy Story’s’ Mr. Woody Doll

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

You can rest easy now: Brave airport security has disarmed a Mr. Woody doll.

That’s right. Heahtrow Airport security confiscated Mr. Woody’s inch-long, pistol shaped piece of plastic at Heathrow Airport.

“I have travelled the world with ‘Toy Story’s’ Woody, taking pics for my son. At Heathrow, security just confiscated his ‘weapon,’ keep the world safe boys,” a Reddit user explained.

What’s unusual is that Mr. Woody doesn’t carry a gun in the movie.

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