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Archive for October 26th, 2015

FBI Director James Comey: A Chill Wind Has Blown Through Law Enforcement Over the Last Year

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

CHICAGO —  Reality or hunch?

FBI director James Comey, echoing remarks he made a few days ago at the University of Chicago Law School, said Monday he thinks violent crime is on the rise this year, at least in part, because officers are being increasingly scrutinized and are more reluctant to do their jobs in a world where a misstep can be seen on video around the world.

“Maybe something has changed in policing. In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and and do the work that controls violent crime?,” Comey asked, delivering a speech before thousands in attendance at the International Association of Police Chiefs in Chicago. “Are officers answering 911 calls, but avoiding the informal contact that keeps bad guys with guns from standing around?

“I spoke to officers in one big city…who described being surrounded by young people with mobile phones, video cameras rolling, as they step out of the car, taunting them, asking what they want and and why they’re there.  They described a feeling of being under siege and were honest and said ‘we don’t feel much like getting out of our cars.'”

“I’ve been told about a senior police leader who told his force, our political leadership has zero tolerance for you all being connected to another viral video.  The question is are these kinds of things changing police behavior in cities around the country?”

“The honest answer is, I don’t know for sure whether that’s the case,  I don’t know for sure whether even it is the case that it explains it entirely.   But I do have a a strong sense that some part of what’s going on is likely a chill wind that has blown through law enforcement over the last year. That wind is made up of a whole series of viral videos and the public outcry to follow them.  And that wind is surely changing behavior my common sense tells me.”

Comey also expressed the concern that the divide between the black community and law enforcement is getting wider.

“The challenges are complicated, layered, and painful to be honest. I imagine two lines. There’s a line of law enforcement and there’s the line of communities we serve, especially communities of color in the hardest hit neighborhoods in this great country of ours,” Comey said.

“And I actually feel those two lines arching apart. Each incident that involves perceived or actual misconduct by police  that’s captured on video and spreads around the world bends this line this way. Each incident that involves an attack on a member of law enforcement bends our line that way. I have seen those lines arching apart in a lot of different ways. I actually see an example..of that arching through hashtags. Through the# blacklivesmatter and the #policelivesmatter.

“Of course each of those hashtags and what they represent adds a voice to an important conversation,” he said. “Each time somebody interprets  #blacklivesmater as anti-law enforcement one line moves away.  And each time that someone interprets #policelivesmatter as anti-black , another line moves away. I actually feel the lines continuing to arch away, may be accelerating, incident by incident, video by video, hashtag by hashtag, and that’s a terrible place for us to be.

He said the black community and law enforcement need to demand answers.  And academics need to hit it hard and examine the issues.

 

 

FBI Director Suggests Increased Scrutiny of Police May Lead to More Violence

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey suggested that violence may have increased because of the rising scrutiny of police following the high-profile shootings of unarmed black people.

Speaking at the Chicago Law School on Friday, Comey acknowledged he had no data to support his claims, the New York Times reports. 

“I don’t know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Mr. Comey said in a speech at the University of Chicago Law School.

The Times wrote that Comey’s view is not shared by many experts and runs counter to the Justice Department holding police more accountable.

FBI Gives Bad Advice on How to Avoid Fraud with New Microchip Credit Cards

credit_cardsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When it comes to new technology to crack down on fraud, law enforcement sometimes offers the wrong advice.

That happened recently when the FBI told consumers last week to use their PINs with their new microchip-installed credit cards because “these cards are still targeted by fraud.”

Trouble is, most of the new chip cards don’t have PINs, McClatchy reports. 

The new chip is designed to better detect credit card fraud.

For example, a hacker would have a hard time replicating a counterfeit card.

Boston Herald: Former IRS Chief Lois Lerner Enjoys ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card from Obama Administration

IRSBy Adriana Cohen
Boston Herald

Disgraced former IRS chief Lois Lerner is enjoying her “Get Out of Jail Free” card care of the Obama administration.

Who’s surprised she won’t face charges given the fact that most Americans believe the White House was in on allegations the IRS targeted Tea Party and conservative groups 
applying for nonprofit status?

It gets worse. During the “investigation,” IRS head John Koskinen stonewalled big time, refusing to provide Congress with information including Lerner’s “missing” emails. Sound 
familiar?

If Americans don’t see a pattern here — of obfuscation and obstruction — under the Obama administration, I have a bridge I want to sell you.

“Lerner was caught red-handed targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups, wrote partisan emails to prove it, then engaged in a massive cover-up effort — with a suspiciously crashed server, an oddly missing BlackBerry and plenty of excuses,” reports 
Investors Business Daily.

But never mind that. Lerner, a longtime Obama loyalist, was let off the hook by the 
Justice Department on Friday.

Can you imagine if Lois Lerner were a conservative IRS agent who targeted Democrats, minorities or gays? She’d be in jail right now. And the left-leaning media would’ve been covering the scandal — around the clock.

But thanks to the Obama administration, we’re no longer equal under the law. The rule of law is now arbitrarily applied based on 
political affiliation and whose pinky ring you kiss. And that’s dangerous for all of us — no matter how you vote.

To read more click here. 

LA Times: It’s a Shame That Border Patrol Pulled Out of Student Career Fair

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.

By Editorial Board
Los Angeles Times

When UC Irvine holds its student career fair Thursday, the event will be missing one employer that had planned to be there: the U.S. Border Patrol. And though it probably won’t make much difference to the success of the affair, it’s another disappointing example of intolerance on campus and attempts by students — successfully in this case — to stifle opposing opinions.

According to several reports, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the parent agency of the Border Patrol, voluntarily pulled out after a petition drive gathered several hundred signatures and objections were raised by the president of the Associated Students of UC Irvine. Both asserted that the Border Patrol’s participation was insensitive to the school’s hundreds of undocumented students. “We cannot expect undocumented students to not be unhappy or frustrated, that’s only natural,” said Parshan Khosravi, head of the student group.

Yes, it’s quite understandable that students who are not in the country legally would feel uncomfortable with the agency’s presence. But where did students get the idea that no one on campus should ever have to be unhappy or frustrated? Or that the only ones whom it might be all right to frustrate are those who might be interested in a job with the Border Patrol, or with any other controversial employer?

The students involved won a petty, politically correct battle but sadly lost sight of the bigger issue: Universities play a vital role as bastions of unfettered speech. It is precisely the kind of place that should make room for widely disparate views, whether those come in the form of a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States, whose address in 2010 was systematically disrupted by a group of Muslim students, or a recruiting visit by a politically unpopular organization.

To read more click here. 

Native Americans: DEA Seized Industrial Hemp from Sovereign Tribal Land in Wisconsin

MarijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA encroached on the sovereign land of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin and destroyed a large crop of industrial hemp, Native Americans said.

But the Associated Press report that federal authorities maintain the crop was illegal marijuana, some of which was being tended by non-tribal members.

In May, the tribe legalized grow operations for low-THC industrial hemp for research purposes.

Tribal Chairman Gary Besaw said he was surprised that federal authorities used “the full force of the DEA to raid our tribe.”

But the DEA characterized the marijuana as a higher grade than industrial hemp.

“The investigation into the marijuana fields revealed that individuals other than Menominee Tribe Members planted and were tending to the marijuana plants located on tribal land,” said Dennis Wichern, the special agent in charge of the DEA’s Chicago Field Division, which includes Wisconsin.

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