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Archive for April 25th, 2014

Weekend Series on Crime: Going Undercover as a Mexican Drug Lord

Obama Task Force to Address Poor Handling of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

What started as a complaint from two students about how the University of North Carolina handled their sexual assaults has spread across the nation’s colleges and attracted the attention of President Obama.

The USA Today reports that Annie E. Clark and Andrea Pino were so outraged that university officials blamed them for the assaults that they wrote a Title IX complaint against the school and filed it with the Department of Education in 2013.

“What Annie and I realized was for this to be effective, not just at Carolina, but historically something that would make other things happen, we had to make this bigger. We had to make it a movement,” Pino says. “And we had to come out. We couldn’t stay in the closet about our experiences.”

Worried about the treatment of other victims at universities across the country, the women shared their stories and encouraged others to file complaints.

“Nobody else was really doing it,” Clark told the USA Today. “We knew the law. We had our personal stories, and we kind of put the two together.”

A task forced created by Obama was expected to make its recommendations this week about addressing the complaints at universities, where one in five women is the victim of an attempted or completed rape.

Federal Crackdown Leads to Arrests of 55 Suspected Members of Violent Crips Gang

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The longtime San Diego gang is known for its ruthless violence, from execution-style murders to the shooting of a pregnant woman.

Now U-T San Diego reports that federal authorities nabbed most of the 55 suspected members of the West Coast Crips in pre-dawn raids Thursday, changing them with crimes spanning from murder and armed robberies to prostitution drug dealing.

The suspected mastermind, Randy Alton Graves, was among those arrested.

The crackdown came on the heels of phone surveillance and undercover drug buys, authorities said.

The startling wiretaps reveal that the gangsters “think nothing about murdering rivals in San Diego and they think nothing of executing their own, when their own are even suspected of being disloyal,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said at a news conference.

Seized in the raids were 16 guns, more than 4 pounds of meth, 4,400 pounds of pot and $300,000 in counterfeit money.

Accused Murderer in Shootings Outside Jewish Centers Was FBI Snitch Given New Name

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frazier Glenn Cross is not only an accused murderer and racist. He’s also a rat with a lot to hide.

ABC News reports that Cross, who is suspected of murder in the shootings of three people outside of Jewish centers, was given a new name, social security number and place to live after becoming an FBI snitch in the late 1980s. In exchange for leniency for fleeing a conviction for criminal contempt, he outed other white nationalists.

“I joined the family in Sioux City, Iowa,” Miller wrote later in his self-published autobiography. “I enrolled in truck driving school…and I’ve been trucking ever since. And I love it. After prison, the freedom of the open road is gloriously exhilarating.”

He was born Frazier Glenn Miller and later became the founder of the Carolina Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and the paramilitary White Patriot Party in North Carolina.

AG Holder to Young Women, People of Color: ‘Consider Careers’ With Justice Department

attorney general/doj file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While the Justice Department is more integrated than ever, it still lags behind when it comes to women and people of color, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech aimed at young people.

“Consider careers here at at the United States Department of Justice,” Holder said during the speech, speaking to students who were visiting Washington from a Catholic school in San Francisco, according to CNS News.

Holder also urged new immigrants to consider a Justice Department career.

“Now, statistics show that in recent years, women and people of color have made up a greater percentage of both licensed lawyers and law students,” he said. “Progress remains too often slow, and the law continues to lag behind many other fields. So we need to ensure that the coming decades witness an uptick in the numbers of women, people with disabilities, people of color, and new immigrants finding productive avenues into this profession and others across the American workforce.”

Holder said the fact that he and President Obama are black is not an indication that the “long struggle to overcome disparity and discrimination” is over.

“Now, I know it may be tempting — it may be tempting for some, when they look at the accomplished professionals in this room or the lawyer who works in the Oval Office or consider the fact that I have the privilege of serving as the attorney general of the United States, to feel that this country’s long struggle to overcome disparity and discrimination has ended. But as Justice Sonia Sotomayor said just yesterday in her courageous and very personal dissent in the Michigan college admissions case, we ought not, and I quote, ‘wish away rather than confront the racial inequality that exists in our society. The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to speak openly and candidly on the subject of race,’ end quote.”

Drunk Passenger, Miscommunication Prompted Fears of Hijacked Flight from Australia to Indonesia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunk passenger on a flight from Australia to Indonesia and miscommunication from a pilot caused fears that a Boeing 737 had been hijacked.

BBC reports that a passenger prompted the scare by trying to enter the cockpit, causing the pilot to send a distress signal.

The crew eventually handcuffed the man, who authorities identified as Matt Christopher, a 28-year-old from Australia.

“This is no hijacking, this is a miscommunication,” Heru Sudjatmiko, a Virgin Australia official said. “There was a drunk passenger, intoxicated and aggressively behaved. He was trying to enter the cockpit, banging the door but he did not enter the cockpit.”

News of possible hijacking spread worldwide early this morning.

Probe: Former DHS Watchdog Tailored Reports to Linking of Senior Obama Administration Officials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security has been placed on leave following a report that he ignored serious problems to satisfy senior Obama administration officials, the Washington Post reports.

The news comes a day after the Post reported that former Inspector General Charles K. Edwards had “altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general.”

Edwards, who served as DHS inspector general from 2011 until this past December, was tasked with overseeing the performance of the department’s 225,000 employees and a $39 billion budget.

But the Post reports that Edwards’ objectivity was compromised because of his cozy relationship with top Justice Department leaders and advisers to then-Secretary Janet Napolitano.