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Archive for June 24th, 2014

FBI Sting Rescues 168 Children, Nets 281 Arrests Involving Sex Trafficking

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A weeklong child-prostitution sting netted 281 arrests and the rescue of 168 children nationwide, Time reports.

Dubbed “Operation Cross Country VIII,” the string is part of a larger effort that has so far rescued about 3,600 children and led to the convictions of 1,450 people.

“Operation Cross Country reveals that children are being targeted and sold for sex in America every day,” said John Ryan, the CEO and president of NCMEC, in a statement.

The FBI originally targeted casinos, truck stops and websites advertising dating services, using that information to expand the string.

“Child sex traffickers create a living nightmare for their adolescent victims,” Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, said in a statement. “They use fear and force and treat children as commodities of sex to be sold again and again. This operation puts traffickers behind bars and rescues kids from their nightmare so they can start reclaiming their childhood.”

 

FBI: Puerto Rico Man Arrested for Aiming Laser Pointer at Police Helicopter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As part of the FBI’s crackdown on people pointing lasers at aircraft, authorities arrested a Puerto Rican man Monday, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI arrested Christopher Jusino Rodriguez in the southern city of Ponce after he allegedly aimed the laser at a police helicopter during a security operation.

The green light was spotting coming from an apartment balcony, helping police locate Jusino.

The FBI said the suspect was using a handheld pointer known as a laser pen.

If convicted, Jusino faces up to five years in prison.

U.S. Releases Justice Department Documents Justifying Killing of U.S. Citizen in Yemen

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. did not violate the constitution or other laws by killing American citizen Anwar Awlaki in Yemen without due process of law, the Justice Department argues in a previously secret memoir release by a federal court Monday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The memo was written in 2010, a year before a U.S. drone strike killed Awlaki.

The documents were released after the ACLU and New York Times sued.

The memo is unusual because it advocates killing of an American citizen without the opportunity of due process. It was written by former Obama Justice Department official David Barron

“In the present circumstances, as we understand the facts, the U.S. citizen in question has gone overseas and become part of the forces of an enemy with which the United States is engaged in an armed conflict; that person is engaged in continual planning and direction of attacks upon U.S. persons from one of the enemy’s overseas bases of operations; the U.S. government does not know precisely when such attacks will occur; and a capture operation would be infeasible,” Barron wrote.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Foresees ‘Humanitarian Catastrophe’ Over Surge in Children Immigrants

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said the dramatic spike in the number of immigrants being arrested has created an “untenable situation” at a Border Patrol facility in southern Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Perry visited the facility following reports of overcrowding and squalid conditions at a Border Patrol facility housing primarily children immigrants.

“This is an absolute humanitarian catastrophe waiting to happen,” Perry said Monday at a Department of Public Safety regional headquarters in South Texas.

Since October, more than 85,000 children have entered the country without an adult.

The surge has left the Border Patrol overwhelmed.

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