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Archive for March 10th, 2015

Thomas M. Class Is Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Dallas Division

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Thomas M. Class Sr., who served as a police officer before joining the FBI and becoming an expert in terrorism, has been named the new special agent in charge of the Dallas Division, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Class is replacing Diego Rodriguez, who left in December to become assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office.

Class began his career as a police officer and detective in St. Petersburg before joining the FBI in 1990. Most recently, Class served as section chief of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group in the National Security Branch at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. That position placed him in charge of a multi-agency group tasked with providing resources to interrogate terrorists in custody.

Class also has worked in FBI offices in the Midwest, Atlanta and Alabama.

Washington Post: Justice Department Report Proves Racial Bias in Ferguson

Michael Brown

By Washington Post
Editorial Board

The Justice Department said two things about Ferguson, Mo., last week, both of which should make Americans uncomfortable. First, federal officials announced that they did not have evidence showing that police officer Darren Wilson used unreasonable force when he shot African American teenager Michael Brown. Second, the department found that there is a lot of rotten policing with racist overtones in Ferguson. Mr. Wilson may have been exonerated, but that does not excuse the primed powder keg of community anger that Ferguson authorities had set in place before the incident occurred.

On the Michael Brown shooting, federal investigators pored through the local authorities’ evidence and gathered their own. After an exhaustive inquiry, they determined that they didn’t have a case against Mr. Wilson. They even punctured the widely circulated claim that Mr. Brown had his hands raised in surrender when Mr. Wilson shot him.This is the independent review of the event that Ferguson and the country needed, and it should serve as a warning to those who would rush to judgment in such sensitive policing cases before the facts are in order.

That is not to say that the protesters who filled Ferguson’s streets after the Brown shooting didn’t have a reason to be angry. The Justice Department found that they live under an official system consciously designed to suck money out of vulnerable people. The system combines high fines for all sorts of violations — such as $77 to $102 for having weeds or tall grass — and enforcement that too often is well beyond reason. Investigators found one instance in which a man sitting in a parked car was searched on bogus grounds, arrested for complaining about it, then ticketed for eight municipal code violations. The man claims the charges cost him his job.

Ferguson’s municipal court attaches more fees for missing a payment or a court date, and it regularly hands out jail time for failing to pay. One woman ended up owing more than $1,000 and spending six days in jail over parking tickets, and the court refused to accept the partial payments she attempted to make.

When Ferguson police go in search of revenue, the evidence the Justice Department found suggests that they target minority communities. Police and courts punish African Americans far out of proportion to their share of the town population. Add these numbers to the documented racial bias of certain city officials, the department concludes, “and there is evidence that this is due in part to intentional discrimination on the basis of race.”

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Secret Service Testing Drones to Prepare How to Deal with Rogue Ones

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Secret Service is testing drones in an effort to determine what to do when a rogue one is flying over head, The Associated Press reports.

During the next several weeks, the Secret Service will send drones over Washington D.C.

The sessions come a little more than a month after a drone crashed onto White House grounds.

One method the federal government is testing is jamming the signal of a rogue drone, which are powerful enough to carry explosives.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the testing.

Former FBI Agent in Charge of Seattle Quietly Dismisses Discrimination Lawsuit

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Laura M. Laughlin, the former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle office before abruptly resigning last year, has dismissed her lawsuit against the bureau and Justice Department, King 5 News reports.

Laughlin filed a federal lawsuit in 2011, claiming she faced sex discrimination and retaliation.

“As the agent in charge of 300 agents in Seattle, she was one of the highest level FBI agents ever to sue the bureau,” King 5 News wrote.

It’s still not clear why Laughlin quietly dismissed the case. Neither she nor her attorney could be reached for comment.

The Justice Department released a statement.

“Ms. Laughlin dismissed her case with no settlement,” said Assistant US Attorney Marine Utgoff Braswell.

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