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Archive for April 9th, 2014

AG Holder: ATF’s Use of People with Mental Disabilities in Stings ‘Is Crazy’

Holder speaks in Philadelphia/doj photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at the ATF’s use and treatment of people with mental disabilities in undercover stings, saying he is “greatly troubled” by the information, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

“The notion that you would use mentally unstable people, you would tattoo them, that you would do ridiculous things like that, it’s absurd and people will be held accountable,” he said. “It’s crazy.”

Holder was testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and said he wants to get to the bottom of the bungled stings.

Holder’s statements one after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found that agents were conducting stings with people with mental disabilities.

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Senate Confirms 2 Key Nominees for Top-Level Homeland Security Posts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Senate confirmed two key nomination on Monday – Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Taylor to be DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis and Dr. Reggie Brothers to Homeland Security’s under secretary for Science and Technology, HSToday.us reports.

Brothers led oversight of the Department of Defense’s cyber portfolio as the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for research.

Taylor was formerly the coordinator for counter-terrorism and assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security.

“As I have consistently said, filling vacancies at DHS is essential to the continued success of this department, and today I thank the Senate for confirming President Obama’s nominees to two key leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Johnson added, “The Senate has shown a strong commitment to DHS leadership by confirming seven senior positions across the Department since December. This is important progress, and a priority we must continue to be focused on. Good management starts with strong leadership, and I am pleased to welcome the newest members of our leadership team, who will join an impressive group of individuals working every day to keep our country safe.”

“Dr. Brothers brings a breadth of hands-on technical experience to the Department of Homeland Security,” said House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.). “His previous role overseeing the Department of Defense’s science and technology programs has prepared him well for his new role and has given him the experience and capability that the Department needs. I commend my Senate colleagues for their swift confirmation of his nomination, and I look forward to working with Dr. Brothers on his plans for the future of the Department’s science and technology initiatives.”

 

Carper also showed support for Taylor’s conformation.

 

“After more than 15 months without a Senate-confirmed leader, the office of Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis is being filled by a man whose experience equips him for the responsibility before him,” Carper said. “General Taylor brings to the Department of Homeland Security a 35-year career in the federal government, in critical areas such as counterterrorism and law enforcement. Rounding out his experience, for the past nine years, he has worked in the private sector to secure one of the largest companies in the world. I thank my Senate colleagues for their speedy confirmation of General Taylor, and I look forward to working with him on the Department’s vital intelligence and information-sharing mission.”

Rev. Sharpton Admits He Helped FBI: ‘I’m a Cat. I Chase Rats’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Rev. Al Sharpton lashed out at critics who are calling him a rat for helping the FBI go after Mafia figures in the 1980s.

At a news conference in Harlem, Sharpton said he “did what was right” when he helped an FBI task force – the “Genovese Squad” – pursue violent mafia members, the New York Daily News reports.

“I was not and am not a rat because I wasn’t with the rats,” he said. “I’m a cat. I chase rats.”

Sharpton said he approached the feds only because his life was threatened by mobsters and had no idea feds were referring to him as an informant.

I don’t know none of that,” Sharpton said. “I know I was threatened. I did what anybody would do…other than a thug. And I cooperated.”

FBI Urged to Help Investigate Gunman Targeting Vehicles in Metro Kansas City

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local authorities are urging the FBI to help investigate at least 13 cases of cars in and around Kansas City being targeted by a shooter.

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte met with the FBI about the mysterious shootings, which have injured three people so far, Time reports.

“Some of the people didn’t realize they were being shot at, so when the incidents were reported they were taken down as possible property damage,” Capt. Tye Grant told the AP.

Although the incidents occurred in similar locations, timing and circumstances, authorities still have not been able to connect the dots between the shootings with physical evidence.