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Archive for February 13th, 2014

Border Patrol Agents Show Compassionate Side by Donating Money, Bone Marrow

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol employees already make big sacrifices for their job.

But Tucson News Now reports that Border Patrol workers in Tucson, Ariz., recently donated more than $335,000 to charities as part of the Arizona Combined Federal Campaign.

The charities ranged from helping children with cancer to supporting local food banks.

But 30 employees didn’t stop there and agreed to be tested to see if they can donate bone marrow.

CNN Editorial: Stop NSA Assaults on Constitutional Rights of Americns

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By CNN
Editorial Page

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated.

This is the beginning of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and defines one of the most important rights we have against a potentially tyrannical government.

Throughout history, governments have used the confiscation of private property, as well as bullying and surveillance techniques, to keep populations under control and maintain a continuous threat against those who would dare criticize them.

The explicit enshrinement of the right to be left alone is one of the crucial features that has defined America as such a unique and moral nation.

In recent years, however, this right, like so many others, has come under attack by the overzealous powers that be in Washington, eager to sacrifice liberty in the name of security, and using fear as a weapon to make us forget the importance of being free.

In 2013, the revelation that the National Security Agency was collecting and storing the metadata from the phone calls and e-mails of millions of American citizens — without any suspicion of criminal activity — served as a striking wake-up call for the country.

Americans do not like to think of their government as some Orwellian leviathan, engaging in surveillance tactics that we only expect to see in oppressive autocracies. That such surveillance could be going on in what is ostensibly the freest nation in the world is a chilling thought indeed.

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How Former DEA Agents Turned From Drug Fighters to Pot Proponents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul Schmidt spent most of his career hunting down drug dealers.

Now the retired DEA agent – the former top drug enforcer in Oregon – is holding seminars to advise medical marijuana dispensaries on the laws, CNBC reports.

DEA Agent Patrick Moen recently gave up his badge to work for a venture-based capital firm focused on the pot industry.

“Fifteen years in law enforcement, I came to realize that targeting marijuana offenders was not a good use of resources,” Moen said. “And so, I believe that prohibition needs to end. I believe the end of it is inevitable.”

DEA agents like Moen and Schmidt are in demand because of their expertise on marijuana, which is rapidly becoming legal in states for medicinal and recreational purposes.

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