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Archive for June 2nd, 2014

FBI Looks into Insider Trading Involving Pro Golfer Phil Mickelson, Billionaire and Gambler

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pro golfer Phil Mickelson said he’s cooperating with the FBI in an investigation involving allegations of insider trading.

The USA Today reports that investigators are trying to determine whether Mickelson and Las Vegas gambler William “Billy” Walters illegally traded on public information from billionaire investor Car Icahn.

Mickelson said he’s cooperating.

“And I’m happy to do so in the future, too, until this gets resolved,” he said in the clubhouse at Muirfield Village.

In a statement released Saturday, Mickelson said: “I have done absolutely nothing wrong. I have cooperated with the government in this investigation and will continue to do so. I wish I could fully discuss this matter, but under the current circumstances it’s just not possible.”

Border Patrol Kills Alleged Drug Smuggler After Car, Foot Chase

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 31-year-old Tucson man led Border Patrol agents on a 15-mile car and foot chase before an agent shot and killed him Friday afternoon, KVOA.com reports.

The chase began when Jose Luis Arambula failed to yield at a checkpoint on Interstate 19 in Green Valley.

Agents later found bundles of marijuana weighing roughly 500 pounds.

Report Finds Border Patrol Agents Used Excessive Force in 67 Cases Involving Rock Throwers, Others

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents used excessive force in 67 cases, firing guns when it wasn’t necessary, according to an internal report, the Associated Press reports.

The Police Executive Research Forum questioned the shootings of rock throwers, especially when the attacks come from the Mexican side of the border. The 21-page report indicated that some agents may shoot at rock throwers out of frustration.

The report also found that some intentionally got in the escape route of assailants before opening fire, the AP wrote.

Border Patrol released revised guidelines about the use of force, saying not to shoot at drivers or rock throwers unless there is “imminent danger of serious physical injury or death” to them or someone else.

TSA Workers Are Successful in Protecting Traveling Public Because of Dedicated Workforce

tsa.gov

By Robert Cohen
Federal Security Director

As a Marine Corps colonel who commanded in all environments, I learned upon arriving at the Department of Homeland Security that the domestic front lines of the war on terrorism extend to the men and women of the Transportation Security Administration at your local airport.

Having served for the past nine years in leadership positions with TSA and DHS, I will be departing TSA in September as the federal security director for Southwest Florida International and Punta Gorda airports.

The success of TSA in Southwest Florida is directly linked to a dedicated workforce and partnerships with the airport directors, their staffs, airlines, law enforcement community and DHS agencies.

Every day, without fail, the men and women of TSA demonstrate an exceptional capability to protect the traveling public and regulate airports and airlines to ensure compliance with federal regulations. Their commitment to mission and daily actions exemplify the character and integrity of our federal employees. They have a tough job and know there is no margin for error.

They take the routine out of routine when screening thousands of bags and passengers. They accept the risk that a passenger might be carrying an improvised explosive device, gun or knife. They train constantly to stay ahead of a “thinking enemy” who wants to hurt us. They put themselves in harm’s way, as we saw at Los Angeles International Airport when two Transportation Security officers were shot in the line of duty; one of them died.

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FBI Launches Manhunt for San Francisco Man Accused of Possessing Explosives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for a man suspected of possessing explosives in San Francisco.

The USA Today reports that federal agents, police and investigators in hazmat suits were searching the apartment of Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, on Sunday.

The FBI issued a national alert for Chamberlain, who is considered armed and dangerous.

More details weren’t available this morning.

Neighbors reported nothing unusual.

“He was a pretty normal guy,” she said. “I would never ever have thought that this was a dangerous person at all.”

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