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Archive for September 29th, 2014

FBI Grieves Two Employees Killed in Boat Accident on Ohio River

By Steve Neavling
tickethewire.com

The FBI is grieving two of its employees after they were killed in a collision between a barge and a small pleasure boat in the Ohio River, the Associated Press reports.

Investigators are still trying to piece together what happened late Thursday night in the river between Cincinnati and Newport, Kentucky.

“It is with great sadness that we advise that two FBI employees were involved in a tragic accident late last night,” the FBI said in a statement Friday.

According to the FBI, the employees worked for the Cincinnati division but were not special agents.

The employees were identified as Bruce Eastlick, 28, and John Stack II, 29, the AP wrote.

Washington Post: Reforms Could Usher in Accountability for Border Patrol

By Washington Post
Editorial Board

Few federal government agencies have grown as quickly as U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which includes the 21,000 agents, double the number in 2004, who patrol the nation’s frontiers with Mexico and Canada. That growth has been accompanied by an alarming number of incidents involving the use of lethal force, particularly along the Mexican border and all too frequently under circumstances that suggest the agency is indifferent or hostile to the most basic standards of restraint, transparency and self-policing.

Reports by news organizations and independent experts — including one report that was suppressed by Customs and Border Protection for more than a year — have finally prompted the agency to address its problems with accountability. The agency’s new commissioner, R. Gil Kerlikowske, a former police chief in Seattle and Buffalo, has proposed serious reforms.

The question now is whether an organization that badly needs change, and the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents some 17,000 agents in the field, will be receptive to reform.

Mr. Kerlikowske’s ideas for revamping the agency’s policies and culture are far-ranging. Soon after taking office in March, he initiated a review of hundreds of incidents since 2009 involving agents’ alleged misconduct and use of deadly force; 155 such incidents remain under review.

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Justice Department Wants to End Profiling Based Ethnicity, Religion, Sexual Orientation

By Steve Neavling

tickethewire.com

The days of profiling may be over for federal law enforcement, according to a report obtained by the Washington Post.

The ban on profiling would apply to people based on their ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

One impact of the policy, for example, would be prohibiting surveillance of mosques without proof of wrongdoing.

No exemption will be given for national security investigations either, the Post reports.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said his upcoming retirement from the position won’t stop him from pursuing this.

“There remains a great deal to be done,” he said. “I have no intention of letting up or slowing down.”

President Obama Was Angry with Secret Service for Handling of Shots Fired at White House

By Steve Neavling
tickethewire.com

Although President Obama recently expressed confidence in the Secret Service, his actions may speak louder.

Boston.com reports that Obama and his wife were incensed with the Secret Service’s handling of what turned out to be shots fired at the White House in 2011.

The news comes a little more than a week after a Texas man hopped the White House fence with a knife and made it all the way to the front door.

In the 2011 incident, the Secret Service thought the gun shots were sounds from a nearby construction site. Turns out, 7 bullets hit the mansion.

It was later discovered that the shots were fired from a car along Constitution Avenue.

Four days after the shooting, a housekeeper found smashed glass from one of the bullets.

FBI Agents Bust Philadelphia Municipal Judge by Inventing Defendant

By Steve Neavling
tickethewire.com

A Philadelphia municipal judge who pleaded guilty last week to mail and wire fraud charges was caught in the act when the FBI invented a defendant, the Associated Press reports.

Judge Joseph Waters Jr., who was suspected of corruption, had no idea that the FBI created a bogus defendant, David Khoury, who was accused of carrying an unloaded pistol during a traffic stop.

Court documents show that an unidentified campaign donor asked the judge for leniency in the case of Khoury. According to those records, Waters urged another judge to help Khoury, calling the defendant  a friend.