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Archive for November 15th, 2016

Trump Advisers Mulling Whether to Call for FBI Director Comey’s Resignation

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey has indicated he wants to serve the rest of his 10-year term, but President-elect Donald Trump may have other ideas.

NPR reports that advisers to Trump are mulling whether to retain Comey, who played a central role in the investigation of Hillary Clinton.

Although Comey has nearly seven years left in his term, Trump and his advisers may pressure the director to leave.

Before the Clinton investigation, Comey earned a reputation as non-partisan.

“If Trump chooses [to] replace Comey with a sycophantic yes-man, or if he permits Comey to resign over law or principle, that will be a clear bellwether to both the national security and civil libertarian communities that things are going terribly wrong,” national security scholars Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes wrote on their Lawfare blog.

British Man Accused of Hacking FBI, Others, Fears He ‘May Die’ in Prison

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A British man accused of stealing huge amounts of data and hacking into the FBI, NASA and America’s Federal Reserve fears he “may die” in a U.S. jail.

Lauri Love, 31, faces up to 99 years in prison after U.S. officials agreed to his extradition to America, the Mirror reports. 

“I don’t think much of my future life prospects,” Love said. “I face decades and decades behind bars and at worst I may die.

“We were kind of expecting this but it’s still a disappointment and a kick in the gut. I’ve got to watch my mental health now and make sure I have support. We will put as much as we can into the appeal.”

Love hopes to appeal.

Border Patrol’s ‘Icebox’ Conditions Raise Troubling Questions in Court

Detainees used these mylar mats to stave off the cold in detention centers.

Detainees used these mylar mats to stave off the cold in detention centers.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol has come under fire from federal prosecutors and civil-rights advocates following the discovery that immigrants are forced to sleep on cold concrete floors.

Tucson.com reports that the floors were so called that they earned the nickname, hierleras,” or iceboxes.

A federal hearing on the issue began Monday, and U.S. District Court Judge David C. Bury said he has “concerns” about the court filings.

Bury also referenced statistics that show most detainees are forced to stay in detention centers twice as long as the agency’s recommendation of 12 hours or less.

Border Patrol defended the actions, saying it’s doing the best with limited resources.

“But this court can’t be concerned with budgetary issues,” Bury said.

Man Who Stole Rifle from Parked Homeland Security Car Say He Sold Gun to Drug Dealer

Russel Lawrence

Russel Lawrence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents worry that a drug dealer is now in possession of a .223-caliber rifle that was stolen from the backseat of a car driven by a Homeland Security agent.

The rifle was stolen while the car was parked overnight in Brighton, N.Y., the Democrat and Chronicle reports. 

The discovery came from Russell Lawrence, a heroin addict who admitted he stole the gun and a tactical police vest.

Lawrence told authorities that he sold the vest and gun to a drug dealer.

The vehicle that was broken into was marked as a DHS car.

According to an affidavit, the agent may have forgotten to lock his car.

Secret Service Considers Closing Fifth Avenue to Protect President-Elect at Trump Tower

Trump Tower

Trump Tower

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to divide his time between the White Housee and his home and headquarters at Trump Tower have put the Secret Service in a bind.

The New York Daily News reports that the NYPD and Secret Service may shut down Fifth Avenue in New York, which would create traffic gridlocks in a city already full of them.

But police aren’t happy with the plan and said closing down a major avenue “can’t happen.”

“It’s a negotiation,” a source told the Daily News. “Their job is to keep the President safe. Our job is to keep the President safe, but also let the people who live and work and visit there have some semblance of normality. It won’t be complete normality, but it’ll be adjusted normality.”

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