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Archive for November 5th, 2014

Retired FBI Agent Publishes Book That Blasts Quality of Bureau’s Training Academy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI special agent has published a book in which he describes his inadequate training at a new agent class at the academy in Quantico, Va., the Officer.com reports.

Entitled “FBI: Animal House,” the book alleges that the training was subpar and didn’t rise to the level of education by police departments.

Author Peter M. Klismet, Jr. left the Ventura Police Department to join the FBI and later served as a profiler.

Klismet said the training is much better than it used to be and said some of the instructors were inadequate.

Klismet said trainees spent too much time on photography, first aid and fingerprinting.

Justice Department Releases 64,000+ Pages of Fast & Furious Documents to U.S. House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After resisting for years, the Justice Department finally sent Congress 64,280 pages of documents involving the botched Fast and Furious investigation on Tuesday, the Washington Times reports.

The disclosure prompted Republicans to assert that President Obama was acknowledging he had withheld the documents illegally by claiming executive privilege.

The House of Representatives even sued for the documents’ release.

“When Eric Holder wants to know why he was the first attorney general held in criminal contempt of Congress, he can read the judge’s order that compelled the production of 64,280 pages that he and President Obama illegitimately and illegally withheld from Congress,” said Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

The administration is not backing down from its position that the documents did not need to be released.

Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Emerges As Top Candidate to Replace AG Holder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The next U.S. attorney general may be the deputy secretary of the Homeland Security Department, the New York Post reports, citing “well-placed sources.”

The short list of candidates to replace Attorney General Eric Holder is Alejandro Mayorkas, a Cuban-American lawyer.

“He’s one of the top candidates. He has all the qualifications needed to succeed in the job,” one insider said.

Mayorkas is backed by the National Fraternal Order of Police, which is the nation’s largest law enforcement officers’ organization.

“The FOP enthusiastically supported his nomination to his current post as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and it has been a true pleasure working with him in that capacity over the last year,” Canterbury wrote. “We have no doubt that Mr. Mayorkas has the requisite ability and experience to lead the U.S. Justice Department and meet the challenges in the years ahead.”

Other names that have emerged are Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli.

DEA Agent Publishes Memoir Detailing Action-Packed Fight Against Mexican Drug Cartels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mike Vigil knows a thing or two about the secret world of anti-drug agents.

The DEA’s former chief of international operations, Vigil spent 18 years abroad as an agent, Global Post reports.

Now he’s sharing that experience in a new memoir called “Deal.”

The book is packed with thrilling observations and offers a glimpse into drug cartels that are causing serious problems in the U.S.

To read Vigil’s interview with Global Post, click here.

 

TSA: Number of Guns Discovered at Airports Increases for Third Straight Year

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of guns seized at airport security checkpoints has increased for the third straight year, Skift reports.

Security already discovered more guns this year than it found all of last year.

The number of guns reached more than 1,813, which is how many guns were discovered in 2013. In 2012, TSA found 1,550 guns.

“We don’t want to find a firearm,” TSA spokesman Ross Feinstein told Skift. “It slows down the line for everyone.”

States that have lax laws about carrying guns into public places typically have airports with the most seizures. They are airports such as Houston, Denver, Dallas and Atlanta.

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