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Archive for February 18th, 2014

Head of FBI’s Office in Seattle Resigns Abruptly; She Had Long-Standing Sexual Discrimination Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura M. Laughlin, head of the FBI’s office in Seattle for a decade, resigned abruptly Monday.

The Seattle Times reports that Laughlin retirement was anything but routine.

Laughlin, who joined the FBI in 1985, filed suit for sexual discrimination againt the bureau in 2011, claiming she was passed up for at least 15 promotions because of gender discrimination and retaliation since 2007.

An FBI spokeswoman said Laughlin was nearing her mandatory retirement age of 57 in September.

“Many special agents choose to retire before that age-related mandatory point,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.

Mystery Behind Disappearance of Civil Rights Activist in Wounded Knee Is Revealed in FBI Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has finally confirmed that a civil rights activist who disappeared while supporting Native Americans in South Dakota four decades was murdered, the Buffalo News reports.

Roy Robinson went missing after arriving at Wounded Knee to support the American Indian Movement’s fight against the federal government.

The discovery wasn’t easy for his wife, Cheryl Robinson.

Two lawyers were forced to file Freedom of Information Act requests to access the information, which shows the FBI suspected AIM was behind the murder.

“They confirm the rumors that have been floating out there for years,” said Michael Kuzma, one of the Robinson family’s lawyers. “The only missing part of the puzzle is where Ray’s buried.”

Justice Department Reveals Disturbing Treatment of Rape Victims in Montana County

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alarming letter from the Department of Justice accuses Missoula County, Montana prosecutors of all but ignoring sexual assault cases.

Buzzfeed reports that the Missoula County Attorney’s Office only took action on 17 of 85 police reports of sexual assaults of adult women between January 2008 and May 2012.

“[Female] sexual assault victims in Missoula are deprived of fundamental legal protections and often re-victimized by MCAO’s response to their reports of abuse,” U.S. attorneys wrote in a findings letter to County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg.

Prosecutors are accused of “institutionalized indifference” that “perpetuates a culture that tolerates sexual assault, dissuades victims from reporting crimes, leaves violent criminal activity unaddressed, and compromises the safety of all women in Missoula.”

In some cases, prosecutors even failed to return phone calls from victims.

Homeland Security Plans to Build National Database from License-Plate Readers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security hopes to build a national database based on information gathered from license-plate readers, the Washington Post reports.

The idea is to help locate and arrest “absconders and criminal aliens” while also reducing surveillance hours.

DHS spokesman Gillian Christensen emphasized that the database would “only be accessed in conjunction with ongoing criminal investigations.”

License-plate readers automatically records vehicles.

The ACLU claims the devices are an invasion of privacy.

“More and more cameras, longer retention periods, and widespread sharing allow law enforcement agents to assemble the individual puzzle pieces of where we have been over time into a single, high-resolution image of our lives,” the ACLU said.

TSA Supervisor Accused of Third Theft from Passengers at North Carolina Airport

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recently fired TSA supervisor at Charlotte Douglas Airport is accused for the third time of stealing from travelers.

WSOC TV reports that Angel Caban is under fire against after he was terminated last month following allegations that he stole gift cards and iPads from the North Carolina’s airport lost and found.

Caban turned himself into police last week following the latest allegations.

He was charged with misdemeanor larceny.

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