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Archive for June 9th, 2014

Border Patrol Cracks Down on Agents’ Use of Personal Technology After Alarming Photos Turn Up

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Photos that were leaked from overcrowded Border Patrol processing centers has prompted the federal agency to ban agents from using personal technology in some areas, TownHall.com reports.

The photos show children sleeping in cramped areas surrounded by chain-linked cages.

“Due to the recent unauthorized use of a personally owned electronic device in the Nogales Processing Center, the use of such devices will be restricted to locations outside of detention areas,” Lawson wrote in a June 6 memo to all employees at the Nogales station. “Effective immediately, the use of personally owned cellular phones, cameras, or recording devices in the Nogales Detention Facility and the Nogales Processing Center is strictly prohibited. All personnel working or visiting detention facilities at the Nogales Station will be required to turn off these electronic devices and store them in a locker other secure location prior to entering the detention area.”

The agency also has threatened to fire any employees responsible for leaking the photos.

“Apparently they are so ticked over these photos that they are going to fire the person that leaked them,” one source said.

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FBI Director Comey, Wife Serve As Emergency Foster Parents to Stay Centered

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey deals with a lot of bad people – terrorists, mobsters, rapists, murderers.

To stay centered, Comey told a group of new recruits recently that he and his wife are emergency foster parents, NPR reports.

“You’re gonna get to see a lot of bad things in this work, a lot of pain you’re gonna absorb,” Comey said. “You’re gonna help a lot of people and in the course of helping them you’re going to be touched by some of the pain and suffering they’ve endured. I need you to look after yourselves.”

When asked what he does to stay centered, Comey said he and his wife have been helping foster children.

“Little boy who came to us born a month premature in a homeless shelter to a drug-addicted mother and born in very very difficult circumstances so we got him right out of the hospital,” Comey said.

The baby is doing much better and has been placed with an adoptive mom.

“And we’ve stayed very close. We’ll look after him his whole life,” Comey said. “It is absolutely true that as a foster parent that you in a lot of ways get more out of it than you put into it.”

FBI Investigates Threats Against Family of U.S. Soldier Who Was Freed from Taliban Captivity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have received threats since their son was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in exchange for the release of five detainees at Guantanamo Bay, CNN reports.

The FBI is investigating but wouldn’t elaborate on the seriousness of the threats.

“We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously,” FBI Special Agent William Facer told CNN in an e-mail on Saturday.

Since his release, some in the military have claimed that troops have been killed while searching for Bergdahl.

The military said there’s no evidence to support that.

Bergdahl went missing in June 2009 as a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

FBI Helped Try to Send Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Back to Prison After Wrongful Murder Conviction

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Rubin “Hurricane” Carter was released from prison in 1976 after being wrongly convicted of murder, New Jersey prosecutors weren’t happy and brought in a heavyweight – the FBI – in hopes of dragging Carter back to jail, CNN reports.

Newly released documents show that Passaic County officials wanted feds to help get Carter back behind bars for allegedly beating a female friend. And although the FBI is typically busy with racketeering, corruption and other federal crimes, agents joined the case just two months after the former middleweight was released from prison because of his conviction for killing three people in a New Jersey bar was reversed.

A long-time friend of Carter’s isn’t surprised.

“If they’re out to get you, they’re going to attack from the air, land and sea,” said Ron Lipton, a former police officer. “They have carte blanche to do whatever they want.”

The documents were released after Carter died in April.

Carter was never charged in the alleged attack, but he was wrongfully convicted twice for the murders before being released for good in 1985.

Feds Founds Deadly Toxins Inside San Francisco Apartment of Popular Political Consultant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The popular San Francisco media and political consultant who was arrested after federal authorities found bomb-making materials at his apartment bought toxins in the black market, reported SFIST.com.

Using a fake name, Ryan Chamberlain is accused of buying biological agents and lethal toxins from California and Florida. Those toxins include ricin, pure nicotine and abrin.

The abrin powder alone was powerful enough to kill hundreds of people but it would have required more extensive work to purify the substance.

Chamberlain has been ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation.