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Archive for November 26th, 2014

2 FBI Agents Shot Near Unrest in Ferguson While Executing Search Warrant

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two FBI agents were shot while helping police execute a search warrant near Ferguson early Wednesday, Reuters reports.

The FBI said the shooting was unrelated to the unrest in Ferguson, where protesters have been gathering for months after a white police officer shot an unarmed black teen.

“The incident is not directly related to the Ferguson protests,” FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu said.

One agent was shot in the leg and the other was shot in the shoulder.

The injuries are not life-threatening, the bureau said.

Two Young Minnesota Residents Charged in Alleged Attempt to Join, Help Islamic State

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two young Minnesota residents are accused of conspiring to join the radical group Islamic State and provide it with “material support,” Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Abdullah Yusuf, 18, and Abdi Nur, 20, are facing federal conspiracy charges. Both were charged with “conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.”

The men planned to join Islamic State to “to engage in a campaign of terror in support of a violent ideology,” U.S. Attorney Luger said in a statement.

Yusuf, a college student, was arrested as he prepared to board a flight to Turkey.

“His parents did not know that Yusuf had obtained a passport and planned to travel to Turkey, nor did they know that he had acquired $1,500 and purchased an airline ticket,” prosecutors allege.

Investigators said Nur left for Turkey on May 29 and didn’t return as scheduled.

USA Today Editorial: TSA Takes Sensible Steps to Improving Security, Airport Experience

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USA Today
By Editorial Board

Holiday air travel seems to get more unpleasant with each passing year, especially if you’re flying coach. Planes are packed. Seats are cramped. Overhead bins are overloaded. Free meals are non-existent.

But one part of the airport experience has been improving, and — believe it or not — it’s the part controlled by the government. Four years after the pre-Thanksgiving “don’t touch my junk” uproar over intrusive pat-downs, the Transportation Security Administration has made significant strides toward a more common-sense approach to screening.

TSA has accomplished this even as airlines have made the screeners’ job harder by imposing hefty bag-check fees that encourage fliers to schlep their densely packed luggage through security and onto planes.

The most welcome change at the checkpoint: No longer is everyone — from toddlers to wheelchair-bound octogenarians — treated like a terrorist.

Expedited, “risk-based” security is now available to children under 12, seniors 75 and older, members of the armed services and other low-risk fliers. Most significantly, the PreCheck program has enrolled more than 700,000 travelers who can go through special lanes where they don’t have to remove shoes, belts, light jackets or laptops.

As a result of these and other steps, complaints are down more than 25% and wait times have been reduced, says TSA Administrator John Pistole, who is stepping down next month after four-and-a-half years on the job.

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Other Stories of Interest

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Justice Department Needs to Help Restore Order in Ferguson

Michael Brown

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Editorial Board

The story of Ferguson has been told in pictures.

First was the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown, face down on Canfield Drive in a pool of blood, killed by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson. That picture went viral, shared wildly on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by a legion of people growing angrier by the minute as his body lay in the street forfour and a half hours.

That anger bubbled up into the streets, mostly along West Florissant Avenue, where chanting and protests and the tears of a mourning mother were the pictures of the moment.

Then came the militarized police response, SWAT teams in riot gear, sniper rifles and tear gas, cops with dogs keeping young black protesters at bay. A patriotically dressed young black man tossing a tear gas canister back at police in an iconic display of anger and freedom.

St. Louisans reacted in horror to the violent images sent around in those mid-August days and nights. Eventually, an uneasy peace came and the narrative changed. There were regular, organized protests. New coalitions between clergy and young people, between university students and civil rights activists. There was a push for positive change in a community that needs it.

Everything changed, we hope temporarily, on Monday night.

After Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced that the grand jury in St. Louis County would not indict Officer Wilson in Mr. Brown’s death, weeks of tension and rage built upon decades of institutional oppression boiled over.

The world saw Ferguson burn, and the reality was as bad as it looked on late-night cable television. A dead man was found in a car near Canfield Drive. More than two dozen businesses were burned. Bullets and rocks were flying. Some hit their targets.

It was the Failure in Ferguson, and by the next morning, everybody was looking for somebody to blame. There were plenty of candidates.

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