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Archive for March 12th, 2014

NRA Casts Ex-ATF Agent in Good Light to Trash the Agency

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The National Rifle Association has never really been much of a friend of ATF.  The NRA  sees the agency as carrying out a mission that is contrary to its own.

So it’s interesting that NRA News has put together a video that casts an ATF agent in good light. Then again, it does that by essentially casting the agency itself in bad light.

The following is a video on ex-ATF Agent Jay Dobyns, who is suing ATF. It’s an interesting video.

 

FBI Agents Searching Hawaii for Suspect of Two California Bombings in California in 2003

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com 

FBI agents are in Hawaii searching for the suspect of a two bombings in California that targeted companies that tested animals for products.

Hawaii News Now reports that authorities are also erecting signs offering a $250,000 for the capture of Daniel Andreas San Diego, who is suspected of two bombings in 2003.

“They showed us their FBI badges and they gave us the flyer for this guy,” said Bethany Kiley, an employee at Jeff Hunt Surfboards in Pahoa. “They wanted us to know that he is armed and dangerous and he likes explosives.”

FBI officials said the search is serious.

“He may or may not actually be on Hawaii Island, but we are taking this lead seriously out of genuine concern for local residents,” said Honolulu FBI Special Agent Tom Simon. “It’s important to recognize that this guy is considered armed and dangerous.  If you know where he is, please just call it in.  We don’t want anyone getting hurt trying to be a hero.”

 

 

Former Teacher on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Is Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Producing Child Porn

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eric Toth, a former teacher placed on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List in 2012 for producing pornography, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison, Reuters reports.

Toth took videos and photographs of children while he was a camp counselor in Wisconsin and a teacher in Washington D.C.

Toth, who pleaded guilty to three counts of production of child pornography and to one count each of misuse of a Social Security number and identity theft in December, was arrested in Nicaragua in April 2013 and was extradited to the U.S.

U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras also sentenced Toth to lifetime supervision after his release.

Editorial: Border Patrol Made Right Decision to Restrict Use of Deadly Force by Agents

By The Sacramento Bee
Editorial Board 

Crossing into the U.S. illegally is not a capital crime. Yet since 2010, some 20 people have been fatally shot by Border Patrol agents along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The head of the Border Patrol has taken the correct and necessary step of making clear to his agents that using deadly force should be a last resort. On Friday, Chief Michael Fisher ordered agents not to step in front of moving vehicles in order to open fire, and not to shoot at fleeing vehicles. He also directed agents to seek cover or move away from rock throwers, and not to shoot unless in imminent danger.

No doubt, agents should be able to protect themselves or the public. But it’s also clear that more intensive training is needed to make sure this reasonable policy is followed.

The new rules bring the patrol more in line with the nation’s major law enforcement departments. The changes come after scrutiny from civil rights groups and the Mexican government, and follow eye-opening reports a week earlier by Tim Johnson of McClatchy’s foreign staff and by the Los Angeles Times.

To read more click here.

 

Border Patrol Recruit Not Only Fails Polygraph Test; He Ends Up Under Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol recruit taking a polygraph test for a job failed miserably.

So much so, according to CBS 8, a search warrant has been filed in San Diego County after he admitted to possessing child porn.

The 22-year-old man, whose identity was not released, told authorities he possessed 14 images of child porn on his computer. Some of the images were children as young as 5 or 6.

The man also said he tried to sexually assault children when he was 12 and 16 years old.

Secret Service Looks for Proposals for Next-Generation Presidential Limousines

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 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama already has a sweet ride.

But Homeland Security is looking for the next-generation presidential limousine for Obama’s replacement in 2017.

It can’t be just any car, according to the proposal.

“Phase 1, armor development, is currently underway. Phase 2 work will include integration of the armor design developed during Phase 1 of the program. Phase 2 requirements will include selection and integration of final automotive components, chassis, interior, exterior, and test vehicle fabrication and automotive component testing. Phase 3 will be focused on automotive validation and Phase 4 production of vehicles.”

The proposal also must come from a major domestic U.S. auto manufacturer.

The Obama administration plans to award the contract by Aug. 29.

Jury to Decide Fate of Suspended FBI Agent Accused of Killing His Wife After Argument

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Did an FBI agentkill his estranged wife in self-defense last year?

A Stafford County, Va.  jury is set to begin deliberations today in the second-degree murder trial of Arthur Gonzalez, who shot his wife in the chest four times at their home.

Gonzalez, 43, claims his wife, Julia Serna Gonzalez, was attacking him with a knife.

Gonzalez is suspended pending the outcome of the case.

Gonzalez said his estranged wife became outraged over his new 23-year-old girlfriend and tried to strike him with something.

“She wanted to kill me,” a sobbing Gonzales said. “It wasn’t the same Julie. It wasn’t my Julie. It happened so quickly I didn’t have time to think.”

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