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Archive for October 15th, 2015

Wall Street Journal: Obama Should Not Lobby FBI About Hillary Clinton Investigation

president obama state of unionBy Editorial Board
Wall Street Journal

President Obama’s interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday has rightly received attention for his defensiveness about Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria. But the President made other news that deserves more attention: to wit, his legal advice to the FBI and Justice Department about Hillary Clinton’s email server.

The FBI has acknowledged it is investigating the former Secretary of State’s use of a private server for official communications, especially her mishandling of classified information. Though she denied in April that classified material had crossed her server, we now know that was false. Hundreds of emails sent to or from her server contained national secrets, some highly classified. She used her own email system in violation of the Federal Records Act and in order to protect her emails from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, and this evasion made her emails vulnerable to foreign hacking.

Yet when Steve Kroft asked if the server posed a security risk, Mr. Obama dismissed the idea by saying “I don’t think it posed a national security problem.” But how would he know unless his lawyers are filling him in on the investigation? Mr. Obama must know as a lawyer how inappropriate it is for a President to comment on a case being conducted by executive-branch officials who work for him.

FBI Director Comey Offers to Help Cities Deal with Escalation of Violence

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey expressed an urgency Wednesday in cracking down on a surge in violent crimes in inner cities.

Comey said he’s committed to helping local agencies with investigations and other tools, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. 

The violence, he said, was affecting “younger men of color killing each other … and there are no lives that do not matter.”

Comey noted an escalation of violence in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago and Washington D.C.

“There are cities with nothing in common where this is happening,” said Comey, who was appointed to a 10-year term in 2013. “We have hit historic lows for violent crime recently, and if we let it slide back, we will need to explain to those who come after us what we did or didn’t to let that happen.”

Comey called for cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

“I’m not here announcing any big initiative or program … but we have a lot of smart people who we brought on board after 9/11 who may be able to help look at the issue differently,” Comey said. “We definitely need to bring more folks to bear.”

Complaints Paint Disquieting Portrait of Border Patrol Misconduct

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.Drivers routinely complain about misconduct at Border Patrol checkpoints near the Mexican border, according to newly released information, the New York Times reports. 

Among the complaints are verbal abuse, racial profiling and improper use of guns.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona has accumulated 6,000 pages of complaints, statistics and other records related to alleged misconduct.

The New York Times reported:

Collectively, the documents, detailing encounters between motorists and border agents from January 2011 to August 2014, portray an agency whose fractured oversight system has enabled at least some agents working along the southern border to stretch the limits of law and professional courtesy while rarely facing meaningful consequences.

Among the 142 complaints obtained by the A.C.L.U., only one seems to have resulted in disciplinary action: An agent received a one-day suspension for unjustifiably stopping a vehicle, apparently driven by the son of a retired Border Patrol agent.

James Lyall, an A.C.L.U. lawyer dedicated to the border, said the records not only confirmed the types of stories his office regularly heard from border residents, but also suggested that Customs and Border Protection had underreported the number of civil rights complaints it had received.

Florida Police Officers Claims He Was Disciplined for Speaking to FBI

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Boynton Beach police officer who was placed on administrative leave after speaking to FBI agents is suing the Florida city.

The Miami Herald reports that Sgt. Leif Broberg, a 24-year-veteran of the department, alleges the department threatened to fire him for launching complaints about members of the force trying to conceal video of an arrest.

Broberg said his leave amounts to punishment for talking to FBI agents about a video that he says depicts officers beating a suspect after a high-speed chase.

Broberg has contended that high-ranking members of the department wanted to discard the video.

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