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Archive for May 30th, 2017

President Trump Breaks Silence of Kushner Reports, Dismisses As ‘Fake News’

Jared Kushner. Photo by Lori Berkowitz Photography, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In typical fashion, President Trump finally broke his silence over reports that his son-in-law Jared Kushner tried to establish a secret channel of communications with Russia, attacking the media for relying on White House leaks that he called “fake news.”

The dismissive remarks were posted on Twitter on Sunday.

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Also on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on television new shows that back channels with Russia are a “good thing.”

In a statement Sunday night, published by the New York Times, Trump praised the work Kushner has done at the White House.

“Jared is doing a great job for the country,”€ he said. “€œI have total confidence in him. He is respected by virtually everyone and is working on programs that will save our country billions of dollars. In addition to that, and perhaps more importantly, he is a very good person.”

The news that Kushner tried to set up back channels with Russia is just the latest allegation about possible ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and Moscow.

Ex-FBI Agent: Charging Portland Suspect with Hate Crimes Is ‘Sticky’

Jeremy Christian

Jeremy Christian

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether federal charges are warranted in the case of the 35-year-old man who stabbed three people on a Portland train after yelling expletives at two women he believed to be Muslims.

Jeremy Christian has already been charged with aggravated murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a handgun.

But feds are investigating whether Christian also committed hate crimes and domestic terrorism.

“It will take some time for a review of information and evidence along with consultation with prosecutors to determine whether federal charges will be filed,” Beth Anne Steele, a spokeswoman for the FBI told KATU News.

But a retired FBI agent told KATU those charges may be difficult to prove.

“Hating someone is not a crime,” Greg Vecchi, a retired FBI agent with 29 years of federal investigative experience said.

“You can hate someone, a Christian, a Muslim. You can hate someone who’s black, someone who’s white,” Vecchi said. “That by itself does not trigger the hate crime. What triggers it is taking it a step further and being able to prove that because of that bias that was a motivation or part of a motivation to carry out the crime. … This is where it becomes sticky.”

Other Stories of Interest

Former FBI Agent Publishes Book on Terrorism and Osama Bin Laden

"Anatomy of Terror" by former FBI Agent Ali Soufan.

“Anatomy of Terror” by former FBI Agent Ali Soufan.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan wrote a new book, “Anatomy of Terror,” that compares Al Qaeda and ISIS to a cancer that multiplies.

“The cancer of bin Ladenism has metastasized across the Middle East and North Africa and beyond, carried by even more virulent vectors,” he wrote in a book that the New York Times calls “revealing and timely.” 

Soufan, who also wrote the 2011 best-selling book, “The Black Banners,” has a plethora of experience with terrorism. He was the supervisor of the investigation of events surrounding Sept. 11 and was key to identifying the hijackers.

In a book review, the New York Times wrote:

Soufan underscores the disastrous role that the United States invasion of Iraq and its bungled occupation played in fueling terrorism, creating chaos and a power vacuum in Iraq — the perfect incubator for insurgent violence and bloodshed. Two calamitous decisions made by the Americans (dissolving the Iraqi Army and banning members of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party from positions of authority) would prove fateful. Soufan writes that embittered and unemployed “former Baathists soon became the backbone of the new Islamic State of Iraq.” He adds, “With their governmental, intelligence, and military experience, these men made themselves essential both to ISI’s battlefield achievements and to the terror tactics it has deployed against ordinary citizens.”

He lucidly describes the nefarious modus operandi (borrowed, in part, from Hussein’s regime) by which ISI — which would be renamed ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), and later simply IS, the Islamic State — began aggressively conquering territory in Iraq and Syria in 2013. It would start, in each town, by opening what appeared to be a religious community center, then selecting fervent young men “to inform on their neighbors and spy on any rival rebel groups in the area.”

Soufan also writes in detail about Al Qaeda’s bureaucratic operation and Osama bin Laden’s obsession with micromanagement.

Border Patrol Names New Agent in Charge of Nogales Station in Arizona

Sabri Dikman

Sabri Dikman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sabri Dikman, a 19-year veteran of the Border Patrol, has been named as the new agent in charge of the agency’s Nogales station in Arizona.

Dikman has been assigned to Nogales in the past and also has worked in Sonoita, Tucson and Willcox, the Border Patrol wrote in a press release. In addition, he served with Arizona’s Joint Field Command for a year.

Before joining the Border Patrol, Dikman served in the Army as a squad leader and rifleman.

The Nogales station is the busiest in Arizona.

Sewage from Mexico Causes Festering Rashes on Border Patrol Agents

Tijuana River from a pedestrian bridge, by BrokenSphere. via Wikipedia.

Tijuana River from a pedestrian bridge, by BrokenSphere. via Wikipedia.


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sewage seeping out of Mexico and into South California caused festering rashes on Border Patrol agents, who were sent to the hospital for treatment.

The Washington Times reports that the ongoing spill has hampered efforts to stop illegal immigration and drugs from coming across the border in that area.  

Mexican officials said the latest contamination came after they were forced to shut down a pump station after a reported suicide attempt, causing sewage to flow in the Tijuana River. More than 300,000 gallons of wastewater was leeched into the U.S.

Just hours later, another 3,800 gallons of wastewater seeped into the water.

“As crude and nasty as this sounds, this is not American sewage, this is Third World sewage,” said Christopher Harris, a Border Patrol agent and director of legislative and political affairs for Local 1613, the union for agents in the sector.

“There’s whole areas now that are biologically and chemically impacted, just like if you had a biological or chemical attack. There are areas that are no-go zones,” he said.