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Archive for September 23rd, 2014

Americans Who Fought Alongside ISIS Terrorists are Back on U.S. Soil

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has its eye on Americans who fought with ISIS terrorists and are now back on U.S. soil, the Daily Mail reports.

The news comes 10 days after a U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop acknowledged there were 40 “foreign fighter” jihadis on U.S. soil.

“The FBI is looking at them,” a senior Obama administration official said.

White House Press Secretary John Earnest declined to discuss specifics Monday, but he did say the U.S. is “working very closely with our international partners to try to mitigate this threat, to keep eyes on these individuals and to monitor their movements.”

GSA Takes Search for New Headquarters to First of Three Possible Sites

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s search for a new headquarters has begun a new phase.

The General Services Administration is hosting public meetings to gauge interest in relocating the FBI’s Washington headquarters.

The first stop is Springfield, the Washington Business Journal reports. http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/breaking_ground/2014/09/gsa-takes-the-fbi-headquarters-search-on-the-road.html

The other locations are Greenbelt and Landover.

The meetings are meant to address the Environmental Impact Statement review of the sites.

“We are clarifying the burden that each of these sites carry,” Bill Dowd, the GSA’s FBI relocation project executive, said.

The 58-acre site in Springfield is mostly owned by the federal government and meets the requirements for a new headquarters.

The next public meeting is today in Greenbelt. On Oct. 2, the third session is scheduled for Landover.

ATF Criticized for Plan to Require Gun Owners to Identify Their Ethnicity on Records

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the ATF gets its way, new gun owners will have to identify their ethnicity on firearm records.

But lawmakers in the House have introduced a bill to eliminate that controversial requirement, The Hill reports.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., demanded answers.

“The right of law-abiding citizens to own firearms is an individual right guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” Blunt wrote in a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) over the weekend. “The constitutional right of a citizen to own a firearm has nothing to do with race or ethnicity.”

He added: “It is disconcerting that the U.S. government is gathering this type of data on citizens when there is no connection between purchasing a firearm and an individual’s race or ethnicity. Any measure that may interfere with a citizen’s ability to exercise his or her constitutional right to purchase a firearm needs to be questioned.”

 

Opinion from the Boston Globe: Secret Service Should Not Cordon Off White House After Jumper Incident

By Kathleen Kingsbury
Boston Globe

 Last Friday, a man with a knife was able to jump the White House fence on Pennsylvania Avenue and make his way into the president’s residence. The intruder allegedly had more than 800 rounds of ammunition in his car, a federal prosecutor said on Monday.

In response, the Secret Service is reportedly considering expanding the security perimeter around the White House — possibly even making tourists go through checkpoints when they’re several blocks away, according to the New York Times.

It’s terrifying to think that 42-year-old Omar Gonzalez, believed to be a war veteran suffering from PTSD, made it to through the White House’s unlocked front door unimpeded. But erecting a larger cordon around 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. — and restricting access to “the people’s house” — is an overreaction. The White House isn’t an ordinary private residence; it’s the president’s home only at the will of the electorate. The building and its grounds should be as open to the public as security allows. Regardless of which administration is in office, I always feel a little swell of patriotism every time I happen by it, when I’m walking or driving in Washington, D.C.

So perhaps a better plan would be to make sure the Secret Service does its job better. The episode raised serious questions about potential lapses by the agency, which is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. The harsh criticism aimed at it over the weekend is appropriate; so is the announcement that Secret Service will conduct an internal review. That will give time for perspective: It’s still worth remembering that agents put their lives on the line to protect the president. And given Gonzalez’s apparent mental illness, their response to the episode may have involved some warranted restraint.

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TSA Busted Canadian Woman with 2 Guns, Hundreds of Ammo, 33 Pounds of Marijuana

TSA confiscates drugs, guns, ammo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Canadian woman is accused of packing her checked luggage full with two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammo and 33 pounds of marijuana, NBC New York reports.

The TSA found the items stuffed into household items like baby wipes, lemonade mix and cat litter.

The 24-year-old woman from Scarborough, Ontario, was arrested and is expected to face drug and weapons charges.

Her flight was headed to Barbados.

It wasn’t immediately clear why she was carrying the guns, ammo and drugs.

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