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Archive for January 9th, 2015

Denver Post: Justice Department Must End Crusade Against Reporters

By Denver Post 
Editorial Board

All of the conciliatory talk from the Justice Department about leaving journalists out of its war on leaks appears to be just that — talk.

That’s the only logical answer to the question of why New York Times reporter James Risen was on the witness stand in federal court Monday, being asked about confidential sources and stories.

The feds are attempting to prosecute Jeffrey A. Sterling, a former CIA officer accused of giving Risen classified information about a botched operation involving Iran and its nuclear program.

The government’s attempt to pressure Risen is far from the only episode in which the administration has tried to get at those suspected of revealing sensitive information through journalists.

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Republicans Use Paris Terror Attack to Go After Obama’s Immigration Plan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Not even six hours passed before politicians began injecting the terrorist attack in Paris into budget debates. 

CNN reports that Republicans are trying to add ammunition to their upcoming budgetary battle with Democrats by claiming President Obama’s new immigration policies hamper Homeland Security’s fight against terrorism.

Republicans are expected to unveil their bill Friday.

President Obama has threatened to veto any efforts by Republicans to limit his immigration reforms.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans may resort to a Homeland Security funding bill.

“There are terrorists around the world who are intent on killing Americans and other freedom loving individuals around the country. I believe that the President’s executive action with regard to immigration are outside of the Constitution and outside of his power and I believe that we can deal with that issue in the Department of Homeland Security bill without jeopardizing the security of our country.”

Other Stories of Interest


Alleged Eco-Terrorist Freed After 7 Years in Prison Because FBI Hid Evidence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

A former college student imprisoned since a jury convicted him of eco-terrorism in 2007 was freed Thursday after it was discovered the FBI and prosecutors withheld thousands of pages of evidence that could have been used for his defense, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal prosecutors realized they had little choice but to support the release of 37-year-old Eric Taylor McDavid, prompting a judge Thursday to order his release.

“I’ve never heard or seen of anything like this,” said U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., who originally sentenced McDavid.

In an agreement with prosecutors, McDavid agreed to plead guilty to a single conspiracy count, which carries a sentence less than the number of years he already spent in prison.

McDavid was in prison for allegedly plotting bombing the Nimbus Dam, cell phone towers and a U.S. Forest Service lab.

Ex-Head of Milwaukee Office Resigns Amid Allegations of Encouraging Agent to Lie

Teresa Carlson/fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Teresa L. Carlson, the former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Milwaukee, has retired from the bureau while facing serious allegations that she encouraged an agent to lie under oath and lied when asked about it, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Carlson is under investigation for her handling of the case of Justin Slaby, a wounded veteran who was trying to become an FBI agent but was denied and later sued.

Carlson is accused of encouraging an underling to lie about the case in court.

She was facing termination proceedings when she retired.

Airport, Airline Employees About to Undergo More Vigorous Security Measures

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Airport and airline employees will soon face tougher security measures being implemented by the TSA, CBS New York reports.

Homeland Security made the announcement just weeks after a gun-smuggling operation in which a bag handler and ramp agent were involved. 

Among the potential security measures could be airline-employee screenings, additional TSA patrols and random security checks.

The Aviation Security Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing airport safety nationwide.

Stories of Other Interest

FBI Ends Investigation of Connecticut Man’s Disappearance 

NAACP Chapter Struck with Bomb Reopens in Colorado Springs

Former FBI Chief Mueller: NFL Failed to Get Enough on Info in Rice Case

Boise Terrorism Suspect Tries to Get FBI Interview Tossed Out

Ex-FBI Lawyer to Become Justice Department Fraud Chief