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Archive for November 19th, 2015

Ex-Subway Pitchman Jared Fogle Gets More Than 15 Years in Prison

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge in Indianapolis sentenced  ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle Thursday to 15 years and eight months in prison for possession and distribution of child pornography and traveling across state lines for commercial sex with underage prostitutes,  Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star reports.

Prosecutors had asked for 12 1/2 years, the paper reported, but U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt said the advisory sentence range of 135 to 168 months “does not sufficiently account for the defendant’s criminal conduct.”

The paper reported:

Fogle’s voice cracked and he sobbed as he said, “Not a day will go by when I don’t think about what I did to (the victims).”

“Members of my family are also victims of my acts,” he said before noting that his wife will be a single mother.

“You gave your wife $7 million, so she’ll be OK,” the judge said, interrupting.

 

FBI Is Investigating Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Over Contracts

cincinnatiBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District over the hiring of outside contractors.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that agents are examining whether money was properly spent on vendors to provide goods and services.

Those contacts have reached as high as $35 million.

“This is highly disturbing,” County Commissioner Chris Monzel said of the FBI investigation. “It calls into question how the city of Cincinnati is operating the Metropolitan Sewer District.”

City Manager Harry Black recently expressed concerns about the contracts.

Homeland Security Investigating Roughly 900 Homegrown Terrorism Suspects in U.S.

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security estimates there are roughly 900 investigations into homegrown terrorists in the U.S., and a vast majority have ties to ISIS, the New York Daily News reports. 

A recent report by Homeland Security said investigations have netted 71 arrests related to ISIS.

The suspects range from Americans to immigrants.

But most suspects were American citizens in their early 20s.

GOP Presidential Candidate Fiorina: IRS Has More Agents Than FBI, CIA

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pointed out “a startling fact” on Tuesday: The IRS has more agents than the FBI and CIA.

“Does that strike you as a mis-allocation of resources? Of course it is. We need to take this terror threat seriously,” Fiorina said in an interview with Fox News. 

While it’s unclear how many agents the CIA has because of its classified budget, the employment numbers are disproportionate. The IRS is authorized in its budget to have 82,203 employees, while the FBI has 35,000 employees.

Fiorina said she supports increasing “the amount of agents we have on the ground.”

“Let’s get real here and talk about who’s the enemy and do what is necessary to protect our nation, because the first and most important responsibility of the federal government is to protect the nation,” she said.

Congressman Calls for Resignation of DEA Chief Over Marijuana Remarks

MarijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Early Blumenauer called for the resignation Wednesday of the acting DEA chief Chuck Rosenberg for saying it’s a “joke” to suggest that marijuana has medicinal benefits, the Huffington Post reports. 

“Rosenberg is clearly not the right fit for the DEA in this administration,” Blumenauer said during a speech on the House floor Wednesday morning.

Rosenberg made the comments earlier this month.

“What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal — because it’s not,” Rosenberg said. “We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don’t call it medicine — that is a joke.”

Blumenauer fired back.

“What is a joke is the job Rosenberg is doing as acting DEA administrator,” he said. “He’s an example of the inept, misinformed zealot who has mismanaged America’s failed policy of marijuana prohibition.”

He added: “Rosenberg’s claim that more research is necessary is true, but it reeks of hypocrisy because the DEA under his leadership has made badly needed cannabis research difficult, often impossible.”

FBI Investigates ISIS Video That Warns of Potential Terrorism Attack in NYC

new york city3 cabsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Responding to threats of a terrorist attack by ISIS in New York City, the FBI and New York police said there are no specific threats, Reuters reports. 

ISIS suggested in a video that New York City is a potential target for attacks similar to the ones in Paris.

“While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target,” Stephen Davis, a deputy NYPD commissioner, said in a statement. “While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance.”

The FBI said it is investigating the threats.

ISIS took credit for the Paris attacks in the video, which shows New York City and a suicide bomber holding a trigger.

“Footage of New York shown in the ISIS video was taken from a video released by the group in April of this year. So while NYC is and has been a target for ISIS, today’s video does not warrant any kind of panic,” SITE director Rita Katz said in an email to Reuters.

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