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Archive for February 3rd, 2016

Family of Armed Militant Fatally Shot by Officers Outside Wildlife Refuge Claim Coverup

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of the man fatally shot by law enforcement officers after participating in the armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon is claiming that the shooting was “unjustified” and the circumstances of his death are being covered up.

Reuters reports that relatives of Robert “LeVoy” Finicium issued a statement that claims the FBI and Oregon state police were “seeking to manipulate and mislead the media and the American public about what really happened.”

The FBI declined to comment on the claims but pointed to the aerial video of Tuesday’s shooting, which they have contended shows Finicium reaching for a gun in his coat pocket .

The family is demanding the release of any video footage recorded by police body cameras or dashboard cameras, as well as any audio recordings.

First Retrial Granted for Case Involving Questionable FBI Hair Samples

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Recent admissions by the FBI that its experts have overstated the scientific veracity of forensic hair have led to the first conviction to be overturned.

The Washington Post reports that a Massachusetts man was granted a new trial after spending 30 years in prison for rape.

In April, the FBI and Justice Department confirmed that linking DNA hair testing to crimes “exceeded the limits of science” after the evidence was used to incriminate hundreds of suspects.

A White House-appointed commission, along with the FBI and Justice Department, are working on strengthening forensic science standards.

Errors were uncovered in more than 1,300 cases involving hair samples.

Secret Service Agent Mauled by Dog After Trying to Protect His Pet in Washington D.C.

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent walking his dog in Washington D.C. was mauled by a loose canine,  and suffered serious bites to his arm.

The Washington Post reports it’s just the latest of a spate of residents attacked by vicious dogs in the area.

Agent Ross Yerger, 44, said he was walking his large dog Sunday when a loose canine attacked his pet.

Yerger was scheduled to be on duty with Hillary Clinton this week but couldn’t because he’s receiving rabies shots and is on sick leave for two weeks.

Wearing a hot pink bandage on his arm, Yerger spoke about the attack to an Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting at the Fort Stevens Recreation Center on Tuesday night.

Hezbollah Accused of Purchasing Weapons Through International Drug Trafficking

Hezbollah flag

Hezbollah flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA alleges that Hezbollah is purchasing weapons for activity in Syria by using cash from international drug trafficking and money laundering, CBS News reports. 

As a result, the DEA said it’s involved in “significant enforcement activity” against Hezbollah.

Dubbed “Project Cassandra,” the law enforcement efforts are targeting Hezbollah for supplying drugs to the U.S. and Europe.

The DEA alleges that Hezbollah is working with South American drug cartels to distribute cocaine.

“These drug trafficking and money laundering schemes… provide a revenue and weapons stream for an international terrorist organization responsible for devastating terror attacks around the word,” DEA Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley said in a statement.”

  

Federal Transportation Officials Want States to Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Levels to 0.05

Via Wikipedia

Via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

States are considering whether to lower legal blood-alcohol levels from 0.08 to 0.05 in an effort to curb car accidents, CBS 13 in Sacramento reports. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for the change for the second time, saying the reduced limit would save nearly 1,000 lives.

“Alcohol remains the No. 1 killer on our roadways,” said Chris Cochran with the California Office of Traffic Safety.

All lowered states their legal limit to 0.08 in 2013.

“Individual states can change it if they want to, but there is an incentive not to. They’ll lose federal dollars,” he said.

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