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Archive for June 20th, 2016

Todd McCall Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Operational Technology Division

Todd McCall

Todd McCall

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Todd McCall, special agent in charge of the Memphis FBI, has been named  assistant director for the bureau’s Operational Technology Division.

McCall joined the FBI in 1990 and began his career in the Dallas Division.

He served on the Dallas Division’s Evidence Response Team and was involved in the management of the investigations of the Oklahoma City bombing and the Sept. 11, 2001 crash of United Air Lines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., the FBI said in a press release.

He’s  held leadership positions at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va. and  in Tennessee.

 

Laura Bucheit Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Security Division

Laura Bucheit

Laura Bucheit

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Laura Bucheit, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s  Las Vegas office, has been named assistant director for the Security Division.

Bucheit joined the FBI in 1996 and began her career in the Baltimore Division, where she conducted investigations into terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and criminal violations, the FBI said. She was also the Baltimore Division’s first female SWAT team member and the second certified female sniper in FBI history.

Throughout her career, Bucheit has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Las Vegas Division, the Inspection Division, the San Francisco Division, the FBI said in a press release. She also served special assistant to former FBI Director Mueller.

She begins the post in mid-July.

Bernie Sanders Is Costing Taxpayers $38,000 a Day for Secret Service Protection

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Bernie Sanders’ refusal to leave the presidential race is costing taxpayers $38,000 a day for Secret Service protection, the Washington Post reports. 

Sanders said he wants to stay in the race to help shape the party’s platform, which happens at the Democratic National Convention next month.

“He’s still a candidate for president, so we continue to protect him,” one agent said. 

Four presidential candidates received Secret Service protection this year: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Sanders.

House Homeland Security Committee to Investigate FBI’s Response to Orlando Shooter

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said his committee will hold overnight hearings to determine whether the FBI could have done more to investigate the Orlando shooter before the massacre, ABC News reports.

“There are some disturbing flags going up in this case that we’re going to take a close look at,” the Texas Republican said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding, “The FBI tells me they didn’t have predication to detain or arrest” the alleged shooter, Omar Mateen, in its prior investigations of him.

“We do know he was on the radar several times saying he had affiliations with al Qaeda, terrorist organizations. We know he was close or attended the same mosque with the suicide bomber in Syria out of Florida,” McCaul said.

McCaul cautioned of future attacks.

“This will not be the last attack in the United States. I’m certain that there is another individual like Mateen out there who is radicalizing as we speak,” he said.

FBI Plans to Release Transcript of Orlando Shooters’ Conversation with Police

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

Attorney General Loretta Lynch

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to release a printed, partial transcript today of the conversations between the police and the gunman who opened fire at the Orlando nightclub.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch made the announcement Sunday on several news shows.

ABC News reports that Lynch wants to build a complete profile of gunman Omar Matteen to help prevent future attacks.

“As you can see from this investigation, we are going back and learning everything we can about this killer, about his contacts, people who may have known him or seen him. And we’re trying to build that profile so that we can move forward,” Lynch said.

Lynch plan to meet with investigators Tuesday in Orlando.

AG Loretta Lynch: Obama’s Endorsement of Clinton Won’t Compromise Probe

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Loretta Lynch sought to assure the public that President Obama’s endorsement of Hillary Clinton won’t compromise the investigation into the former secretary of state’s use of a private e-mail server.

Lynch told “Fox News Sunday” that Obama has not been a part of the investigation and that no conflict of interest exists.

The FBI is investigating whether Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server violated the law.

Republicans have been questioning the fairness of an investigation led by Obama’s administration.

What DEA Should Do with Marijuana As Agency Considers Reclassifying Marijuana

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Tom Downey
Denver Post

This summer may be a big moment in the national conversation about marijuana. With a decision coming by July 1, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency could partially legalize medical marijuana, and the federal government could usher in a new era with a comprehensive and multi-structural approach to pot policy. Just don’t expect to fill a marijuana brownie prescription at your local drug store any time soon.

Marijuana has been a Schedule I narcotic since 1970.  That means, in the eyes of the federal government, marijuana has no medicinal value and is highly addictive.  It is illegal under federal law to grow, possess or sell it.  To put this in perspective, cocaine is a Schedule II narcotic — legally available under highly restrictive circumstances.  The DEA’s options are to keep marijuana as Schedule I or to reschedule or de-schedule it. De-scheduling would allow use for non-medical, recreational purposes like alcohol.  Rescheduling would allow use like a regular prescription issued by a physician and filled by a pharmacy under a DEA license, like Codeine. If this happened, marijuana prescriptions would almost certainly be allowed only in traditional medicinal forms, such as pills and extract drops and perhaps topical lotions and nebulizers.  It’s unlikely that the DEA and the Food and Drug Administration would allow prescriptions for smokable marijuana or pot brownies and other edibles.

Although legal under state law in more than half the states, marijuana is still illegal federally, and federal law trumps. Since 2009, the federal government has followed a policy of non-enforcement.  In short, the federal government is not enforcing federal marijuana laws, as long as anyone involved is in compliance with state marijuana laws.  It is akin to the non-enforcement of traffic laws, for speeding a few miles per hour over the limit.

If the DEA keeps marijuana on Schedule I, the federal government risks continued suffering by those with true medical ailments and continued lack of scientific study.  The DEA would be wildly out of step with rapidly changing public opinion.  If the DEA de-schedules marijuana, big tobacco companies could take over, and the fears of many anti-marijuana advocates would be realized.

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