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Archive for June 1st, 2016

Sen. Schumer Proposes Freeing Up Airport Security Lines with $28M

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Responding to complaints about long lines at airports, Sen. Charles Schumer wants to divert $28 million in federal funds to hire 600 new TSA agents.

The New York Post reports that the money would be used for security at JFK, La Guardia and Newark airports.

“We have to do everything we can to reduce wait times,” Schumer said. “It affects thousands of New Yorkers who travel every day, but it affects the whole country because when there are backups here, the rest of the country gets backed up as well.”

The TSA said earlier this month that security-checkpoint wait times had significant increased.

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Chicago Tribune: FBI Investigation Magnifies Hillary Clinton’s Flaws

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Chicago Tribune

For months, Democrats have been watching the GOP presidential primaries with a mixture of amazement and glee, as Republicans went through the process of chaining themselves to an egotistical bully with a disdain for facts and a penchant for statements seemingly designed to alienate major voting blocs. Victory was assured. Democrats only had to ponder how big their triumph over the unelectable Donald Trump would be: Big enough to capture states that have been Republican strongholds, such as Arizona and Georgia? Big enough to deliver Democratic control of the Senate — or even the House? Big enough to cause a fatal splintering of the Republican Party?

Now, Democrats are waking up to the possibility that they are the ones flirting madly with disaster. Hillary Clinton‘s flaws, once considered politically inconsequential, have been steadily magnified by campaign scrutiny and official investigations. Those flaws now loom bigger than Mount Rushmore. Last week’s report by the inspector general of the State Department made clear that in relying exclusively on a private email server as secretary of state, she violated department policy, put security in danger and lied about what she had done.

It is a thoroughly damning document — all the more so because the inspector general who submitted it, Steve Linick, was appointed by President Barack Obama. Anyone groping to excuse Clinton’s conduct eventually has to face the stark, infuriating fact: What she did served no purpose beyond letting her selfishly evade the rules and accountability demanded of everyone else. Her failure to cooperate with the inspector general’s inquiry, at the department she led, iced the cupcake.

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FBI Recovers Agent’s Stolen Handgun, But Badge And Credentials Still Missing

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has recovered a handgun stolen from an agent’s vehicle in San Francisco over the weekend.

The Los Angeles Times reports that authorities tracked down the gun using surveillance cameras in the area of the theft.

But the agent’s badge and credentials are still missing.

One person was arrested in connection with the stolen handgun, which was reported stolen sometime between 12:30 p.m. and 12:40 p.m. Sunday.

The recovered gun was identified as a .-40-caliber Glock 27.

Former Army Sniper Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring to Kill DEA Agent

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper instructor accused of conspiring in a plot to kill a DEA agent was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports that Joseph Hunter, also known as Rambo, was accused of receiving $100,000 to recruit snipers to kill a DEA agent. The people h
e hired – a former U.S. Army soldier and an ex-German soldier – were sentenced earlier to 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said Hunter made the “dishonorable choice” to conspire to kill an agent and a cooperating witness in Liberia in 2013.

“His was a choice that betrayed society and the honor and trust that this country invested in his military career,” Swain said.

Government Watchdog: TSA Fails to Provide Proper Oversight of Airport Perimeters

airport-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Transportation Safety Administration has failed to properly oversee airport perimeter security, making the entire U.S. commercial aviation system vulnerable, a government watchdog said.

CNN reports that the  Government Accountability Office issued a scathing report that includes the TSA’ failure to update recommendations to account for new potential threats.

“TSA has not updated this assessment to reflect changes in the airport security risk environment, such as TSA’s subsequent determination of risk from the insider threat — the potential of rogue aviation workers exploiting their credentials, access and knowledge of security procedures throughout the airport for personal gain or to inflict damage,” the report said.

According to TSA data from 2009 to 2015, there was an average of 2,500 breaches every year over the airport access points and perimeter.

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