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Archive for June 6th, 2016

Police Underreport Hate Crimes to FBI, Hindering Efforts to Combat the Crimes

hate-photo-of-handBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s difficult to know how often hate crimes are committed because many communities don’t share the information with the FBI.

The Associated Press analyzed police data that is given to the FBI and discovered that more than 2,700 city police and county sheriff’s departments have never submitted a hate crime report in the past six years. That’s about 17% of all city and county law enforcement agencies nationwide.

The FBI and others say more accurate reporting would increase efforts to combat hate crimes.

“We need the reporting to happen,” said the Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached. “Without a diagnosis, we don’t know how serious the illness is. And without a diagnosis, there is no prescription. And without a prescription, there is no healing.”

Man Accused of Stealing FBI Agent’s Gun, Badge from Car is Charged

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man accused of stealing an FBI agent’s gun, badge, cellphone and credentials from a parked car in San Francisco has been arrested and charged.

Michael Delton Gregory Jr., of San Francisco, was charged with two felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison after he was arrested May 31, two days after the theft, the Mercury News reports. 

Federal agents also reported finding baggies of cocaine weighing 5.4 grams and about $1,400 in case while serving a warrant at Gregory’s home.

The theft was captured on video footage, as was the suspect and his car.

FBI Director Comey to Celebrate Opening of New Offie in Williston, North Dakota

Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 8.32.31 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey is headed to North Dakota today to celebrate the opening of the bureau’s newest office.

The Associated Press reports that Comey will lead the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office in Williston.

Also on hand will be the state’s congressional delegation and U.S. Attorney Christopher Myers.

The Williston location will be the fifth office in the state. The other locations are in Fargo, Bismark, Grand Forks and Minot.

Comey also plans to meet with tribal officials at the Fort Berthold Reservation.

Ex-Secret Service Officer Writes Book Depicting Hillary Clinton As Temperamental, Unpredictable

crisis of characterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new book written by an ex-Secret Service officer depicts Hillary Clinton as a confrontational, temperamental personality who scared many people around her.

Page Six  received advanced promotional materials on the book, “Crisis of Character.”

Byrne is a retired US Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer, not an Agent or Special Agent.

His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, And How They Operate.”

The author, Gary Byrne, protected Bill Clinton when he was president. Payne wrote that Hillary Clinton was “erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent.”

It wasn’t just White House staffers who were afraid of Hillary Clinton, who often screamed obscenities at her husband, the book claims.

The author reports one “violent” encounter between the Clintons.

“Hillary Clinton is now poised to become the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, but she simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office,” he writes.

Ex-Senator: TSA ‘Is Locked in a Time Warp’ As Lines Get Longer

Airport crowdBy Ex-Senator Judd Gregg
The Hill

The Transportation Security Administration is an agency that really is lost.

The TSA was created in the immediate wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when everything was a bit chaotic.

As a government and as a nation, we were desperate to take actions — and put in place systems — that would avoid a repeat of that horrific day.

Since the attacks had come through the air, air security was one of the obvious and necessary places to begin. Thus the TSA arose.

But like so many things that are created in haste to address an immediate need or threat, reforms are needed. The threat changes over time and the manner of addressing that threat also needs to change.

In the world of government and bureaucracy such adjustments tend to be problematic, however. This is what has happened with the TSA. The agency is locked in a time warp and people who need to get on airplanes are locked in absurdly long lines.

It is appropriate in trying to understand the depth of this problem to review a few facts that were there at the start, when the TSA was born.

First and most important is the event of 9/11 itself.

What made this attack so devastating was something that should have been obvious to anyone interested in how terrorists might try to harm us.

Specifically, it was the use of a commercial airplane filled with fuel as a missile, guided by individuals who were fanatical enough to be willing to sacrifice their lives to deliver this weapon to its target.

Novels had been written using this premise.

But, for reasons never fully explained, no one in the business of protecting our nation had ever come up with a serious strategy to neutralize this threat.

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