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Archive for August 1st, 2016

Clinton Claims FBI Director Said Her Comments ‘Were Truthful’

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton claimed Sunday that FBI Director James Comey concluded her statements about using private email “were truthful.”

Clinton made the claim on “Fox News Sunday” after host Chris Wallace challenged her, showing previous comments she had made about the investigation.

Wallace pointed out that Clinton said she did not use the server to send classified material.

“After a long investigation, FBI Director James Comey said none of those things that you told the American public were true,” Wallace said.

Clinton responded, “Director Comey said that my answers were truthful and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails.”

She added: “I was communicating with over 300 people in my emailing. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe that what they were sending was classified. Now, in retrospect, different agencies come in and say, ‘Well, it should have been.” But that’s not what was happening in real time.'”

Clinton Campaign Declined FBI Help After Hacking Was Suspected

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI first warned Hillary Clinton’s campaign last year that its networks likely were hacked, but the campaign wouldn’t give federal investigators access to the internal data.

A Clinton aide said the FBI did not reveal that Russian intelligence agencies were suspected of being behind the hack attempt, NBC News reports. But the aide said that the campaign was aware of hacking attempts and was taking steps to make the networks more secure.

Shortly after, the Democratic National Committee hired Crowdstrike to investigate a potential breach. The cyber security firm determined that two Russian intelligence agencies were responsible for hacking into the DNC.

Donald Trump, Secret Service Agents Rescued from Broken Elevator

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump and Secret Service agents were trapped in an elevator in Colorado Springs for about a half hour.

The Santa Monica Observer reports that Trump and nine others, including Secret Service agents, were trapped before a rally on Friday.  

“The firefighters were able to secure the elevator, open the top elevator hatch, lower a ladder into the elevator which allowed all individuals to self-evacuate, including Mr. Trump, onto the second floor lobby area,” Steven Wilch, who is with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, told KRDO.

About an hour later, Trump bashed the fire marshal at a rally.

“So I have to tell you this. This is why our country doesn’t work,” Trump said from the stage at his Friday rally. “We have plenty of space here. We have thousands of people outside trying to get in. And we have a fire marshal that said, ‘Oh we can’t allow more people.’

“The reason they won’t let them in is because they don’t know what the hell they’re doing.

“Hey, maybe they’re a Hillary person. Could that be possible? Probably. I don’t think there are too many of them,” Trump said.

Jane Burrell, the First CIA Officer to Die in the Agency’s Service

Jane Burrell

Jane Burrell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jane Burrell became the first CIA officer to die while working for the agency when the plane in which she was riding – an Air France DC-3 – crashed while it was approaching the Le Bourget airport near Paris on Jan. 6, 1948.

Small Wars Journal reports that Burrell was a CIA counterintelligence officer at a time when most women in intelligence were “clerk typists.”

“The way that Jane entered into US intelligence and eventually into CIA was through her intellectual ability combined with her mastery of the French language,” Small Wars Journal wrote.

Burrell held several intelligence jobs before the plane accident.

But at the time of the accident, little was known about her. At the time, the U.S. said she had been on vacation.

TSA Finds 74 Firearms, 3 Grenades, Cleaver, Knife at Airports in One Week

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

Recently discovered guns, courtesy of TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

No matter how often the TSA reminds airline passengers not to bring weapons on carry-on bags, security continues to find guns, grenades and other weapons.

In the week spanning from July 22-29, for example, TSA officers found 74 firearms, three inert grenades, a cleaver and several pocketknives, Fox News reports. 

Of the 74 guns found, 65 were loaded.

“Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds,” TSA Social Media Team member Bob Burns wrote on the blog. “Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the line is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested.”

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