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Archive for November 3rd, 2015

Retired FBI Agent Makes Living Administering Polygraph Tests

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

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Jay Cherry has been around long enough to separate truth from fiction.

After retiring in 2012 following 21 years with the FBI, Cherry opened Eagle Eye Polygraph in  The retired FBI agent open Eagle Eye Polygraph in Batavia, Il., in June 2014, Kane County Chronicle reports.

“I did criminal work, investigating federal crimes and did polygraph testing as a specialty since 2004,” said Cherry, of Batavia. “To beat the polygraph, it is very difficult. … To a trained examiner, it is really obvious.”

Cherry said the polygraph is more sophisticated than it used to be.

“The technology is more sophisticated, but basically uses the same principles from 100 years ago,” Cherry said. “We have better ways of recording physiology. I’ve had … guilty people who … think they can beat the test through force of will.”

Cherry charges between $250 and $1,000 to administer a polygraph test, which takes between 90 and 120 minutes.

USA Today: FBI Director Comey Fans Flames without Evidence on ‘Ferguson Effect’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Editorial Board
USA Today

Since the mid-1990s, violent crime in the USA has dropped by nearly half. From 713.6 incidents per 100,000 people in 1994, it had fallen to 365.5 by last year. Apart from a short-lived uptick in 2005 and 2006, the downward trend has been persistent.

Criminologists initially attributed the decline to the ebbing of the crack cocaine epidemic. When the rate continued to fall long after the crack turf wars were over, the experts turned to other possible explanations. Changes in policing? The rising rates of incarceration? No single explanation was particularly convincing.

But now that preliminary data show an increase in violent crime in certain large cities this year, one man says he already knows why. FBI Director James Comey  says the spike is at least in part the result of what is being called the “Ferguson effect” — the increased scrutiny of officers in the wake of several highly publicized police brutality cases, including the shooting of an unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo., last year. This scrutiny, Comey says, is causing police to be more cautious and criminals to be more emboldened.

It is possible, of course, that Comey is on to something and will be proved right over time. Surely, no officer wants to be the next YouTube sensation. But given the history of crime theories, confidence in a gut-sense explanation is unwarranted. Blaming the crime rise on police criticism is provocative and shouldn’t be done without firm data to back it up.

To read more click here. 

National Border Patrol Council Joins Boycott of Quentin Tarantino After Police Remarks

Quentin Tarantino, via Wikipedia

Quentin Tarantino, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents are joining the growing boycott of director Quentin Tarantino, The Wrap reports.

Tarantino, who is known for movies such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs,” has come under fire for disparaging remarks about police. Last week, the director called police “murderers.”

“We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” said National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?”

Here is the full post from NBPC’s site:

Leaders of the National Border Patrol Council, the union that represents more than 16,500 men and women who protect our nation’s borders, expressed their outrage at Quentin Tarantino, who last Saturday joined a New York protest of police brutality and called police “murderers.” The Hollywood filmmaker’s words and actions are “a disgusting and dangerous insult” to all law enforcement officers, said NBPC president Brandon Judd. The Border Patrol, he pointed out, is one of the nation’s largest law enforcement agencies. “We stand strongly in support of our brothers and sisters in uniform who have called for a boycott of Tarantino movies,” Judd said. “His hateful words, spoken just four days after a NYPD officer was gunned down in East Harlem, will only embolden those who would do harm to police officers. Aren’t we a big enough target already?” The NBPC is proud to join the nation’s five largest police unions, all of which have called for a boycott of Tarantino’s work, including his upcoming movie, “The Hateful Eight.” Judd said he agrees wholeheartedly with the Los Angeles Police Protective League, which issued a statement saying “Tarantino took irresponsibility to a new and completely unacceptable level.”

Head of Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector to Take Helm at Rio Grande Valley Sector

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector in southern Arizona is losing its leader.

Chief Patrol Agent Manuel Padilla Jr. is taking the helm at the agency’s Rio Grande Valley Sector, The Arizona Daily Star reports. 

The Nogales native will make the shift later this month.

Under Padilla’s watch, the Tucson Sector has seen a “marked decrease” in human smuggling, border violence and other illegal activities, according to CBP.

Padilla “always felt a sense of community and made it his purpose in life to reduce cross-border criminal activity while improving the quality of life for Arizona’s residents,” a news release said.

Padilla’s career with Border Patrol began in 1986 at the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol Sector in Texas.

TSA Looking for Adoptive Families for Their Furry Partners

dog-foodBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is looking for homes for its furry companions.

The dogs are either retired from the TSA or didn’t pass explosives detection training.

They include German short-haired pointers, Belgian malinois and Labrador retrievers.

The canines are available for adoption at no cost, but adoptive families must travel to San Antonio to retrieve the dogs.

Interested in a furry companion? Email the TSA coordinator at AdoptaTSAcanine@OLE.tsa.dhs.gov.

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