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Archive for September 8th, 2014

International Fight Turns Around so FBI Can Arrest Mom in Parental Kidnapping Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was able to get a United Airlines flight to turn around mid-flight from Washington Dulles International Airport to Beijing to arrest a passenger accused of parental kidnapping, the Washington Post reports.

The mother, Wenking Liu, was arrested Thursday evening at Dulles International Airport, where the plan returned.

Liu was charged with unlawfully attempting to remover her son from the U.S. with intent to obstruct the lawful exercise of parental rights.

The boy’s father reported the kidnapping, prompting agents to urge the airline to turn the flight around.

 

District Attorney Awaits Results of FBI Probe into 22-Year-Old’s Death in Police Car

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How could 22-year-old Victor White III fatally shoot himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in New Iberia, La.?

The Louisiana State Police completed its investigation of the unusual case, but the 16th Judicial District Attorney Phil Haney said his office will await the results of a separate FBI probe, The Town Talk reports.

“We’re going to reach out to the family through their attorney,” he said.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said he sympathized with White and his family.

“In my opinion, this was a tragic loss of life and it is difficult to understand why it happened,” Ackal said in a statement.

White was in the back of a police car after being arrested March 2 for possession of marijuana and cocaine when police said he shot himself in the chest.

Family members are suspicious, finding it difficult to believe that White managed to shoot himself in the chest while handcuffed and after being searched by police.

Senior DOJ Lawyer Named to No. 3 Post, Highest-Ever for Openly Gay Official

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A senior Justice Department lawyer who has been a key proponent of President Obama’s initiatives has been named to the department’s No. 3 post, becoming the highest-ranking openly gay official to ever serve the department, the New York Times reports.

Stuart F. Delery is replacing Tony West, who announced his departure last week, and will handle civil rights and environmental cases, among other issues. Delery may be best known for his role in overturning the federal ban on same-sex marriage. “Stuart has helped to strengthen our nation’s security, to protect public health and safety, and to achieve justice in cases of financial fraud and recover billions of dollars for taxpayers,” Mr. Holder said in a statement.

“I can think of no more dedicated, more capable, or more passionate public servant to continue the duties, and uphold the high standards, that defined Tony West’s time in office.”

Border Patrol: Leave Complicated Immigration Issues Up to Professionals

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol is urging the state of Texas and militia members to leave immigration issues to the pros, the Associated Press reports.

The plea comes after the influx of migrants prompted state Gov. Rick Perry to send as many as 1,000 guardsman and hundreds of state troopers to the border. Militia members also took up guard.

Everyone is heavily armed, and coordination is minimal.

The Border Patrol recently had a friendly fire incident involving a militia member.

“Sometimes it can be dangerous, because you have all these (non-law enforcement) people out there running around the border,” said Kevin Oaks, the Border Patrol’s chief in the Rio Grande Valley. “There are cartel members that carry assault weapons and camouflage, and then there’s others that may be under the auspices of whatever group, may look very similar, and we have no idea who those people are. My fear is that these things clash and eventually there will be a very bad outcome.”

Modernized Border Patrol Facility in San Diego to Get $500,000 in Artwork

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A plan to modernize Border Patrol’s busiest facility includes $500,000 for new art in San Diego, the Weekly Standard reports.

The San Ysidro Land Port of entry, which handles traffic between San Diego and the Tijuana region, is undergoing $735 million in upgrades.

The artwork is part of the third phase of the project, which spans more than a decade.

The GSA recently began soliciting contractors, including artists.

The spending is in line with the GSA’s “Art in Architecture” program, which calls for one-half of one percent of construction expenses to be spent on artwork.

The federal government is accepting registration from artists until Oct. 6.

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