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Archive for November 10th, 2014

FBI Memos: Churchill Urged U.S. to Drop Nuclear Bomb on Soviet Union in 1947

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Britain’s Winston Churchill urged the U.S. to drop a nuclear bomb on the Soviet Union in 1947, fearing the Kremlin would spread Communism and eventually have atomic weapons, according to FBI archives.

International Business Times reports that the revelation is in a new book, “When Lions Road: The Churchills and The Kennedys,” which is to be published next month.

The memo indicates that Churchilll met with Republican Sen. Styles Bridges in 1947 and urged him to talk to President Harry Truman about launching a nuclear attack.

The Soviet Union didn’t yet have nuclear capabilities and would have been unable to defend itself.

Churchill feared that the Kremlin would wipe out civilization when it created nuclear weapons.

Times-Tribune Editorial: FBI’s Impersonation of Media Erodes Confidence in Press

By The Times-Tribune
Editorial Board

Democracy works only with an independent press that is not controlled by the government. The nation’s Founding Fathers knew that. That’s why, right there in the First Amendment, it says that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, of the press.”

It doesn’t include a specific prohibition against government agencies impersonating reporters. Perhaps the founders believed that their successors would have the good sense not to jeopardize the independence of the press.

Recently, however, the FBI has decided to impersonate the press, thus diminishing the press’ separation from the government.

It created a false newspaper website in Washington state to plant software on a suspect’s computer. And one of its agents impersonated an Associated Press reporter in an effort to trick a suspect into verifying facts of an alleged crime.

“This latest revelation of how the FBI misappropriated the trusted name of the Associated Press doubles our concern and outrage, expressed earlier to Attorney General Eric Holder, about how the agency’s unacceptable tactics undermine AP and the vital distinction between the government and the press,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP executive editor.

Indeed, Mr. Holder should prohibit the impersonation of reporters to help maintain the media’s independence.

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested on Charges of Fatally Shooting Man in Southern California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been arrested and suspended after being accused of fatally shooting a 27-year-old Moreno Valley man in the southern California town of East Hemet, the Press Enterprise reports.

Authorities arrested John Demery, 40, who is assigned to the Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector Newton-Azrak Station in Murrieta.

Police arrested Demery after he allegedly confronted a man at a his residence and then shot him several times following an argument.

Bond was set for $1 million, and Demery was lodged in the Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

Off-Duty Secret Service Shoots Alleged Thief Outside of Wal-Mart After Ignoring Commands

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Secret Service officer shot a man outside a Wal-Mart after he allegedly stole from the big-box store in Woodbridge, Va., the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said the 21-year-old man who was shot Thursday had broken jewelry cases using a hammer at a Wal-Mart.

The man who was shot, Mohamed Sankoh of Fayetteville, NC, survived.

Authorities said the Secret Service officer followed Sankoh to the parking lot and shot him after he ignored commands.

No more details were immediately clear.

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Border Patrol Agents Forced to Share Rifles After Problems Found with M4 Carbines

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some U.S. Border Patrol agents are being forced to share their rifles while on patrol near Tucson because the agency is inspecting the quality of the M4 carbines, KVOA reports.

“There’s a lot of agents that are pretty upset over it,” said Art del Cueto, president of the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector union. “We know it’s a dangerous job. We know what we signed on for but we want to have as much of the equipment as we need to perform the job.”

M4 carbines are used by Border Patrol agents and the U.S. military and have been common for the agency’s tactical unit, BORTAC.

Without their own weapons, some agents can’t personalize the settings on their rifles.

“The problem is they are now pool guns so what happens is instead of having their individual ones they have sighted in they’re having to use a pool weapon that you don’t know who used it before you,” del Cueto said.

Customs and Border Protection released a statement to the News 4 Tucson Investigators last week, stating: “CBP’s Offices of Border Patrol and Training and Development are jointly inspecting the serviceability of M4 carbines throughout Border Patrol Sectors nationwide. Some of (the) inspected M4 carbines were deemed unserviceable and removed from inventory to alleviate safety concerns. Inspections will continue to ensure the unserviceable M4 carbines are repaired or replaced for reintroduction into the field. No further information is available at this time.”