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Archive for May 6th, 2014

FBI Agents Ready to Be Deployed to Nigeria to Help Find 276 Teenage Girls Abducted from Nigerian School

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If help is requested, FBI agents may be deployed to Nigeria to help search for 276 teenage girls abducted from a school, ABC News reports. The news comes after the leader of Boko Haram, an African Islamist group, pledged to sell the girls as slaves.

“God has commanded me to sell them,” the leader, Abubakar Shekau, said.

Critics of the group derided Shekau as an attention-seeker with a “rowdy, unemployed, African youth who are looking for a target for their grievances and they’re lashing out at anyone available.”

The girls, ages 16 to 18, who were studying for final exams, were kidnapped at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Nigeria on April 15.

“Last week, the attorney general told U.S. intelligence agencies to prepare a report for him on the kidnapping of the 300 girls in Nigeria and also requested an assessment of Boko Haram, the militant group behind the kidnapping,” a government official told ABC News.

The U.S. is waiting to hear back on the need for U.S. help.

Defense for Boston Bombing Suspect Claim FBI Is ‘Needlessly Intrusive’ in Counsel’s Meetings with Client

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are complaining that the FBI is getting in the way of legal counsel’s constitutional rights to meet with their client in private.

The Boston Globe reports that lawyers filed the complaints in court late Monday, saying FBI continues to be “needlessly intrusive.”

The lawyers said the FBI has ignored previous orders by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to allow the counsel to meet with the suspect without being monitored.

“Defense counsel are thus more convinced than ever of the need for a reasonable degree of privacy and confidentiality for this series of legal visits and request that the court so order,” the lawyers argued.

Tsarnaev, who is now 20, is in federal prison awaiting trial on claims that he helped set off bombs on April 15, 2013, that killed three and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the Boston Globe.

FBI’s Feathers Are Ruffled Over Pesky Intruders at Salt Lake City Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Salt Lake City is dealing with some pesky intruders.

A variety of birds are nesting in the FBI’s parking garage – a problem that has plagued the bureau since moving into their new International Center Facility in 2012, FOX 13 reports.

“Because of the vast amount of waste left by the birds it was determined to hire an expert to mitigate the bird problem in the most humane and legal matter,” the FBI states.

Trouble is, some of those birds may be the protected swallow.

“The Barn Swallow in particular is a very suburban urbanized bird and has learned to use shelters, and bridge overhangs and so forth,” said Bill Fenimore, of the Department of Natural Resources. “They are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so you want to make sure you don’t go out and cavalierly knock nests down and things of that nature.”

The FBI installed netting in the garage, which keeps new birds out but traps the existing birds in, according to Fox 13.

The FBI said it is sensitive to the swallow’s protected status.

“The company working on this issue has explicit rules about the treatment of swallows and understands the strict regulations regarding the treatment of swallows,” according to the FBI.

New Book Argues Border Patrol Has Gone Rogue After Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A scathing new book argues that Border Patrol agents have squandered the rights of undocumented immigrants by resorting to rogue tactics after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“The U.S. Border Patrol is not just the ‘men in green,’ it is a much larger complex and industrial world that spans from robotics, engineers, salespeople and detention centers to the incoming generation of children in its Explorer programs,” Todd Miller writes in “Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Homeland Security.”

Miller, a journalist who has covered border issues for a decade for major publications, including the New York Times, said agents have become abrasive, and the book offers accounts of people treated harshly.

The book’s release comes as Border Patrol pledged to tone down its tactics after coming under heavy criticism.

DEA Head Fights Against Obama Administration Efforts to Reduce Minimum Sentences for Drug Offenders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In her latest defiance of the Obama administration, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart is unwilling to support a bill to reduce mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes, the Huffington Post reports.

Leonhart has departed with the administration on reforms to drug policies heralded by President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.

“Having been in law enforcement as an agent for 33 years, [and] a Baltimore City police officer before that, I can tell you that for me and for the agents that work for DEA, mandatory minimums have been very important to our investigations,” Leonhart said. “We depend on those as a way to ensure that the right sentences are going to the … level of violator we are going after.”

Leonhart, who also has spoken out against leniency in pot laws, has been a thorn on the side of reform efforts.

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