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Archive for July 14th, 2016

Ex-Homeland Security Head: Trump’s Plan to Build Wall Will Hurt GOP

Tom Ridge

Tom Ridge

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is warning Republicans that it’s a mistake to embrace Donald Trump plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Ridge, the first head of the department formed after the Sept. 11 attack, said the wall will hurt the GOP

“It’s a bad idea,” he said Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co.” “It’s a bad idea short-term, and it’s a bad idea long-term. I just can’t believe my party has basically drawn a wall between us and our ability to attract Hispanic voters.”

He added: “This whole proposition of a wall: I say shame on us, we’ve lost our way. I prefer presidents who tear down walls, not build them.”

Most impacted will be Hispanic voters, he aid.

“There was a time when our party was very attractive to Hispanic family members, and then because of some loud and incriminating accusations towards Mexicans and Hispanics generally, we’ve kind of lost it,” he said.

“If then, on top of that, you start building a wall, you’re not going to win, nor are you going to sustain a nationwide support for the Republican Party, pure and simple. In presidential elections, you have to build by addition, not subtraction. I can’t believe it’s happening to the GOP.”

Secret Service, Police Say They’re Prepared for RNC Protests in Cleveland

GOP elephantBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Thousands of protesters are planning to converge in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention.

But the Secret Service and Cleveland police said the city is prepared for potential unrest, Fox8 reports.

Crew have set up barricades to create a security perimeter around the venues for the RNC.

“It’s gonna cause complications to people coming in and out of downtown,” said one downtown worker.

“It’s gonna cause complications to people coming in and out of downtown,” said one downtown worker.

“I heard about the security measures they’re putting up down here…downtown Cleveland is about to be as safe as it’s ever been,” said a Cleveland resident walking through downtown.

“We are prepared, we are ready to welcome the world to Cleveland,” said Agent Ronald Rowe with the U.S. Secret Service.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Confirms Agents Are Sworn to Secrecy in Hillary Clinton E-Mail Case

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI took the unusual step of demanding its agents never peak about the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation.

The agents also are subject to lie detector tests.

Agents signed a “Case Briefing Acknowledgment,” which forbids disclosure of information, Fox News reports. 

“The purpose of this form is to maintain an official record of persons knowledgeable of a highly sensitive Federal Bureau of Investigation counterintelligence investigation,” the agreement attached reads, “….I (FBI agent) also understand that, due to the nature and sensitivity of this investigation, compliance with these restrictions may be subject to verification by polygraph examination.”

Fox News wrote:

The measures show the extent to which the bureau has gone to keep additional details of the politically sensitive case from going public. While Comey has provided some information ‎on why the FBI did not opt to pursue charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch repeatedly ducked questions on specifics of the case at a House hearing Tuesday. 

A recently retired FBI agent, who declined to speak on the record, citing the sensitivity of the matter, said a “Case Briefing Acknowledgement” is reserved for “the most sensitive of sensitive cases,” and can have a “chilling effect” on agents, who understand “it comes from the very top and that there has to be a tight lid on the case.” 

The former agent said the agreements can also contribute to “group think” because investigators cannot bounce ideas off other agents, only those within a small circle.

FBI Investigated Orlando Shooter for 10 Months But Found Nothing

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigated the Orlando shooter for 10 months but found no evidence to charge him.

The Los Angeles Times said counter-terrorism investigators pursued Omar Mateen from May 2013 to March 2014, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

The FBI and local sheriff’s office ran his name through criminal and terrorism databases and checked his phone records for suspicious contacts. They watched him from unmark cars. And they even sent two confidential informants to record his conversations.

Still, the agent and his supervisor believed Mateen was not a threat and closed the case.

About two years later, on Jun 12, he killed 49 people and wounded dozens more.

FBI Director Comey Says Lack of Diversity Among Agents Is ‘a Crisis’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said the bureau has “a crisis” because of the decline of minorities working for the bureau.

Speaking at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla., Comey said the FBI’s agents are 83% white, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“We have a crisis in the FBI and it is this: Slowly but steadily over the last decade or more, the percentage of special agents in the FBI who are white has been growing,’’ he said without saying why that occurred.

Comey’s comments come after high-profile shootings of black men by white police officers. Comey said he worries that the controversies around race and policing may prevent younger people from joining the FBI.