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Archive for November 14th, 2016

Hate Crimes Against Muslims Surged 67% in 2015, Second Highest on Record

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

Donald Trump supporter yells at Muslim woman at a rally in Detroit. Photo by Steve Neavling.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Reported hate crimes against Muslims increased a whopping 67% in 2015, according to official FBI data released Sunday.

Overall, hate crimes reported to police spiked 6.8%.

The number of reported hate crimes targeting Muslims jumped from 154 in 2014 to 257 in 2015, marking the second highest number since the federal government began recording hate crimes in 1992.

The highest on record was 481 in 2011, when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks occurred.

More than half of the overall hate crimes – 3,310 – involved race. More than 1,050 incidents targeted people due to sexual orientation.

But those numbers are likely only a fraction of the actual hate crimes committed across the country because many police agencies didn’t submit any incidents for the past six year.

Many observers believe hate crimes will spike in 2016 because of the divisive rhetoric of Donald Trump.

Affidavit: FBI Took Over 23 Child Porn Sites As Part of International Sting

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI ran 23 child pornography websites as part of an investigation to catch pedophiles, according to newly unsealed documents.

It was revealed last year that the FBI took over a child pornography site called Playpen for 13 days to track users internationally. But an affidavit obtained by the ACLU shows that the FBI oversaw nearly two dozen child pornography sites as part of its “network investigate technique,” which is a form of dark web hacking, the New York Daily News reports. 

“While Websites 1-23 operate at a government facility, such request data associated with a user’s actions on Websites 1-23 will be collected,” a passage from the documents said.

“Such request data can be paired with data collected by the NIT, however, in order to attempt to identify a particular user and to determine that particular user’s actions on Websites 1-23.”

What’s unclear is whether the sites went live.

Trump Says He Hasn’t Decided Whether to Ask FBI Director Comey to Resign

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump said he has not decided yet whether he’ll ask for FBI Director James Comey’s resignation.

“I think that I would rather not comment on that yet,” Trump said in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday. “I haven’t made up my mind. I respect him a lot. I respect the FBI a lot. … There’s been a lot of leaking, there’s no question about that. But I would certainly like to talk to him.”

Trump also said he was unsure whether he will pursue his campaign pledge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.

Clinton “did some bad things,” Trump said, adding he’s “going to think about” whether to pursue charges against her.

“I don’t want to hurt them,” President-elect Trump said of the Clintons. “They’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them. And I will give you a very, very good and definitive answer the next time we do ’60 Minutes’ together.”

Trump Pledges to Immediately Deport 2-3 Million Undocumented Immigrants

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump said he plans to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants immediately after inauguration in January.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably 2 million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a wide-ranging interview. “But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.”

Trump said he plans to secure the border and then would decide whether to remove the remaining undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

“After the border is secure and after everything gets normalized, we’re going to make a determination on the people that they’re talking about, who are terrific people. They’re terrific people, but we are gonna make a determination at that,” Trump said. “But before we make that determination … it’s very important, we are going to secure our border.”

TSA Confiscated 22,000+ Prohibited Weapons from Carry-On Bags in 2015

Guns seized by the TSA.

Guns seized by the TSA.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA confiscated 22,196 prohibited weapons from checked carry-on bags in 2015.

Of those, 2,653 were guns, and 83% of them were loaded. That’s a record number of guns confiscated by the TSA, The Week reports. 

Denver International Airport had the most confiscations, with more than 1,000 dangerous items found in carry-on bags.

Among the confiscated weapons were firearms, ammunition, knives, stun guns, mace, fireworks and hand grenades.

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