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Archive for November 17th, 2015

Chicago’s Departing Internal Watchdog Turned Over Records to FBI

Seal_of_Chicago,_IllinoisBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Another city hall scandal in Chicago?

The FBI last week picked up the computers and files of departing Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn.

Kahn, who served as the council’s internal watchdog, forwarded complaints that are “criminal in nature” to outside agencies, including the FBI, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

Kahn would not elaborate.

“I don’t know if and when these cases will result in charges,” Khan said. “I simply would like to see them resolved appropriately, and then the public can see what exactly the (office of legislative inspector general) worked on and what the results of those investigations are.”

Kahn’s four-year term ended Monday, and the council has yet to replace him.

It remained unclear Tuesday what the subject of the investigation was.

Justice Department Gets Tougher on Corporate Crime

wall-streetBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is turning up the heat on corporations.

On Monday, the Justice Department notified federal prosecutors that there is no immunity for corporations that don’t disclose all relevant facts about employees involved in an investigation, Reuters reports. 

“In the past, cooperation credit was a sliding scale of sorts and companies could still receive at least some credit for cooperation, even if they failed to fully disclose all facts about individuals,” Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates said in prepared remarks at an American Bar Association conference on money laundering.

“That’s changed now.”

The Justice Department appears to be bending to pressure by advocacy groups that have accused the federal government of going easy on corporations involved in wrongdoing.

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Calls for War Against Islamic State

Sen. Ron Johnson

Sen. Ron Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Monday that the he supports going to war against Islamic State, the USA Today reports. 

Sen. Ron Johnson also called President Obama’s approach naive because of the global threat posed by the terrorist organization.

“It’s high time that we make a commitment in the world that Islamic terrorists have got to be wiped off the face of the planet,” the Wisconsin Republican said in a telephone interview. “Because if we don’t, every day that ISIS survives, every day that they are not overtly losing, they are perceived as winners and perceived as winning and they’ll continue to inspire adherents to this barbarity.”

Johnson supports a global coalition, like the one used by former President George H.W. Bush to push Saddam Hussein out of Kuwait.

“It’s not a perfect solution, but you have to start at the head: We’ve got to destroy the caliphate, which means we’ve got to take back the territory, because a caliphate does not exist without the territory,” he said.

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Suspected Terrorists Are Permitted to Buy Guns in America

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Suspected terrorists may be banned from flying, but they are permitted to buy guns in the U.S., the Washington Post reports. 

Bills have been introduced to ban terrorists from purchasing firearms, but the legislation has stalled in committees because of pressure from the NRA.

“Membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law,” the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in 2010.

The GAO reported found that suspected terrorists tried to buy guns from American dealers at least 2,233 times between 2004 and 2014. Of those, the suspected terrorists successfully made a purchase 91% of the time.

The NRA wouldn’t comment for the story.