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Archive for September 9th, 2015

Government Lawyer: Don’t Discipline Border Patrol for Erasing Videotapes

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The lawyer for federal government acknowledged that Border Patrol erased videotapes that captured allegedly deplorable conditions at several Arizona detention centers but urged a judge not to discipline the agency, the Arizona Capitol Times reports. 

Assistant Attorney General Sarah Fabian said the agency was under no obligation to save the recordings is taking “Herculean efforts to comply at great expense to the agency, both financially and in man hours.”

She added that the recordings are “being preserved to the fullest extent possible in light of technical challenges.

The videotapes are at the center of a lawsuit by immigration rights group who claim Border Patrol was confining people to inhumane conditions.

Defense Attorneys: Jury Should Know How Guns Ended Up at Scene of Murder of ATF Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry underscored the recklessness of ATF’s gun-walking scandal.

Now defense attorneys for two men accused of killing Terry want a jury to hear how the weapons ended at the crime scene, KVOA.com reports. 

The guns were tracked by the ATF, knowing that the AK-47 purchases were illegal. The idea, which has been widely criticized, was to find out where the guns were going.

“In a homicide prosecution the source of the weapon(s) used to perpetrate the alleged crime is and always should be relevant. In an assault prosecution the source of the weapon(s) is and always should be relevant,” the defense attorneys wrote.

The federal government doesn’t want a jury to hear about the scandal.

Ex-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Minced No Words During Post-9/11 Hearing on Terrorism Threats

Rudolph Giuliani

Rudolph Giuliani

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was a key witness Tuesday at a Congressional hearing on the terrorism threats that remain after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Giuliani didn’t mince words, NY1.com reports. 

“Whatever euphemisms we want to engage in, they are at war with us,” Giuliani said. “By they, I mean Islamic extremist terrorists.”

The hearing was a meeting of the House Homeland Security Committee at the 9/11 Museum at the foot of the World Trade Center site.

Giuliani called for more aggressive actions, especially with threats from ISIS.

Giuliani also expressed concerns about Iran and its nuclear capabilities.

“We are putting the nuclear button in the hands of madmen,” Giuliani said.

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