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Archive for August 17th, 2016

John Brown Named SAC of the FBI’s Administrative Branch in Los Angeles

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Brown, assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s Chicago office,  has been named special agent in charge of the Administrative Branch for the Los Angles Division, the FBI announced. He assumes the new post at the end of October.

Brown joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked primarily counterintelligence matters,  a press release said.

In 2004, Brown was assigned to Iraq to support FBI Operations.

Brown has also served as a senior executive in the FBI’s Cyber Division, a unit chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and as a supervisory special agent of an international terrorism squad in Chicago.

In 2010 and 2011, he served on active duty with United States Army in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

 

FBI Delivers Secret Clinton E-mail Records to Congress

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Tuesday delivered to Congress classified records from the federal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Included in the records was a FBI summary of the 3.5-hour interview with Clinton at FBI headquarters early last month, Politico reports.

The materials were handed over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

“The FBI has turned over a ‘number of documents’ related to their investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email server. Committee staff is currently reviewing the information that is classified SECRET. There are no further details at this time,” a spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee said on Tuesday afternoon.

Trump to Receive First Classified Briefing Today at FBI Office in New York

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is expected to receive his first classified briefing today.

ABC News reports that Trump will arrive in the FBI’s New York Field Office for the briefing.

Trump is expected to bring New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn to the briefing.

The briefing, which likely will cover major threats and other concerns around the globe, will be led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

The FBI won’t conduct the briefing and will only host the Republican candidate.

Federal Court Prohibits Feds from Prosecuting Medical Marijuana Cases

Photo by Steve Neavling.

Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal court ruled Tuesday that the Department of Justice cannot pay to prosecute people who are in compliance with state medical marijuana laws.

That means the DOJ cannot prosecute people who have a license to smoke medicinal marijuana, even if it violates federal drug laws, Time reports. 

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals cited a 2014 Congressional law that prohibited the Justice Department from getting involved with state medical marijuana laws.

The court sent back cases in which defendants were charged with distributing marijuana in states where it’s legal.

There already are 25 states that allow medical marijuana, and nine more states will decide on similar laws in November.

Post-Dispatch: DEA’s Failure to Reclassify Marijuana Tantamount to ‘Reefer Madness’

marijuana-istockBy Editorial Board
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Drug Enforcement Administration officials must be smoking something if they actually believe that heroin and marijuana deserve to be listed in the same category as controlled substances posing extreme dangers to public health. The two aren’t even in the same drug universe.

For years, the DEA has designated marijuana, along with heroin, ecstasy, LSD and peyote, as Schedule I controlled substances. “Schedule I drugs are considered the most dangerous class of drugs with a high potential for abuse and potentially severe psychological and/or physical dependence,” the DEA says.

That not only ignores reality and makes almost no scientific sense, but in effect ties the hands of researchers looking for ways to expand the legitimate medicinal uses of marijuana. But last week theDEA reaffirmed marijuana’s Schedule I classification, though it made it easier for research facilities to get permission to grow and study it.

Consider what the DEA classifies as Schedule II drugs less threatening than pot: the opioid drug fentanyl, which was behind the death of rock star Prince; cocaine; methamphetamine; and oxycodone — uniformly decried by U.S. officials as contributing to the nation’s opioid and heroin addiction epidemic.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2014, 4.176 million people in the U.S. “abused” marijuana. About 3 percent, or 138,000, sought treatment for dependency. That same year, theNational Institutes of Health stated that 215 million Americans older than 18 reported having drunk alcohol, 16.3 million of whom acknowledged having alcohol use disorder. Despite an addiction rate far higher than marijuana, alcohol gets a pass under the DEA’s standards.

Medicinal or recreational marijuana use is legal in 25 states. Alcohol and marijuana are the two most popular recreational intoxicants. The only difference is that any use of marijuana is labeled 100 percent of the time as “abuse” by the DEA, just like shooting up heroin. There’s less science than superstition in this.

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