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Archive for December 2nd, 2014

Wife, Suspected Son of ISIS Leader Arrested in Lebanon with Fake IDs Near Syria Border

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The wife and suspected son of the leader of the Islamic State have been arrested in Lebanon, the USA Today reports.

Lebanon officials confirmed the wife and son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were detained bu t didn’t provide more details as of Tuesday morning.

The Lebanese daily As-Safir broke the news and said the pair were detained about 10 days ago, when they were found with fake IDs near a border crossing point with Syria.

The suspected son is undergoing a DNA test to confirm his relationship with the ISIS leader.

Former CIA Director Petraeus’ Career Comeback May Be Dashed by FBI Investigation

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

By most accounts, David Petraeus is on the rise after losing his job in the wake of an extramarital affair that forced him to resign as director of the CIA.

But Bloomberg reports that Petraeus, who has secured a job at the private equity firm KKR, is still under investigation by the FBI.

Citing current and former U.S. intelligence officials, Bloomberg wrote that the FBI is still trying to determine whether Petraeus violated the law by providing classified documents to Paula Broadwell, his biographer and former lover.

Authorities said Broadwell received intelligence information that was only available to a handful of senior officials.

“It was inappropriately shared and it should never have been shared,” one former senior intelligence official said.

Despite the investigation, President Obama has defended Petraeus, saying he never endangered national security.

FBI Evidence-Handling Controls Considered Too Lax, Could Jeopardize Drug Cases

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Serious questions have been raised about the FBI’s evidence-handling controls that could be used by defense attorneys to seek reversals on convictions, The Washington Times reports.

The problem: The FBI doesn’t have video cameras in some of its evidence rooms, including the Washington field office.

The issue was raised by 13 defense attorneys handling a drug conspiracy case.

The attorneys made the revelation in court filings involving Matthew Lowry, an FBI agent accused of stealing seized heroin.

“If there’s a problem in the FBI evidence room, and it’s just a room with shelves and anybody can walk in and out, that would have huge implications as far as the trustworthiness of evidence,” defense lawyer A. Eduardo Balarezo said in an interview.

According to Balarezo, Lowry checked out evidence without any stated purpose.

While cameras aren’t required for evidence room, they are the best way to protect the integrity of evidence, said Joe Latta, executive director for the International Association for Property and Evidence Inc.

“If you look at general law enforcement, I’d say more don’t have video surveillance than do,” Latta said. “Should they? Absolutely. But the evidence room is sometimes low on the food chain in the organization.”

AG Eric Holder to Unveil Stiff New Racial Profiling Protocols After Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder in Orlando

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Speaking at a church where Martin Luther King once preached, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that he soon will be unveiling stringent new protocols for reducing profiling by federal law enforcement, Time reports.

The new protocols would represent the first change to racial profiling guidelines on the federal level in more than a decade.

“In the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards—and robust safeguards—to help end racial profiling, once and for all,” Holder said at the first of several planned regional community discussions in the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision. “This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.”

Although President George W. Bush barred racial profiling through the Justice Department’s Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, he left exemptions for national security.

Holder, who has said he was the target of racial profiling, said more changes are needed.

“We are dealing with concerns that are truly national in scope and that threaten the entire nation,” Holder told the thousands of attendees. “Broadly speaking, without mutual understanding between citizens–whose rights must be respected–and law enforcement officers–who make tremendous and often-unheralded personal sacrifices every day to preserve public safety–without that trust, without that interaction, there can be no meaningful progress. Our police officers cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from the communities they serve. Bonds that have been broken must be restored. Bonds that never existed must now be created.”

Homeland Security Secretary Johnson to Defend President Obama’s Immigration Orders

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson has a tough task ahead – defending President Obama’s executive order on immigration to combative Republicans.

Fox News reports that Johnson is set to appear today before the House Homeland Security Committee to discuss the executive actions.

“The reality is that, given our limited resources, these people are not priorities for removal. It’s time we acknowledge that and encourage them to be held accountable,” Johnson said in prepared testimony. “This is simple common sense.”

The aim of the executive actions is to end deportation of nearly 5 million immigrants whose children are citizens or have green card holders.

Some Democrats fear Republicans will block funding to block Obama’s actions.

“The president’s decision to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to millions of unlawful immigrants is unconstitutional and a threat to our democracy,” the Homeland Security Committee chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said in a statement. “I will use every tool at my disposal to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions from being implemented, starting with this oversight hearing.”

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