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Archive for August 23rd, 2017

British Spy Behind Salacious Trump Dossier Met with FBI, Provided Named Sources

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The British spy behind the salacious and unsubstantiated dossier about Donald Trump’s ties to Russia met with the FBI and provided names of his sources.

Former M16 agent Christopher Steele, who wrote a 35-page report, claiming Kremlin officials had blackmailed Trump as part of a their plot to interfere with the presidential election, ABC News reports

Lawmakers also want to interview Steele, and they could compel him to talk.

It wasn’t immediately clear what other information Steele provided the FBI.

FBI: Florida Man Used Twitter to Send Child Pornography to News Anchor

Marchaun Browning

Marchaun Browning

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 20-year-old Florida man was arrested after the FBI said he used multiple Twitter accounts to send child pornography to a local news anchor.

Investigators said Marchaun Browning created new Twitter accounts when the news anchor blocked his tweets containing sexual images of children, ABC Action News reports

Using the IP addresses for each Twitter account, the FBI discovered the tweets originated at Browning’s Gibsonton, Fla. home.

A total of 163 child pornography images were found.

On Aug. 16, a grand jury indicted Browning with three counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

He was arrested Saturday.

Justice Department Drops Request for IP Addresses of Visitors to Anti-Trump Site

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department scaled back its request for information about visitors to an anti-Trump website following claims that the request violated free speech rights.

The Justice Department is no longer seeking the digital addresses that could identify more than 1 million visitors to the website, which helped organize protests on President Trump’s Inauguration Day, the Los Angeles Times reports

In a court filing Monday, government lawyers said they “had no interest in records relating to the 1.3 million IP addresses” of site visitors. Instead, the Justice Department wants information on planning and coordinating protests.

“The government values and respects the 1st Amendment right of all Americans to participate in peaceful political protests and to read protected political expression online. This warrant has nothing to do with that right,” the filing said.

Homeland Security: Trump’s Crackdown on Illegal Immigration Is Working

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials said President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigrants is having a positive impact.

Senior officials said suspected illegal immigration declined 43% in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period last year, CNBC reports. 

The comments came ahead of President Trump’s visit to Yuma, Ariz.

According to Homeland Security officials, ICE arrested about 91,000 people during the first seven months of the year.

“Going from 5 miles of fence to 60 miles of fence on the Yuma border made a huge difference,” a senior DHS official said in a conference call with media, speaking on condition of anonymity.

CNBC wrote:

Increased enforcement, including this year’s extension of the fence, resulted in an 83 percent drop in illegal border crossings near Yuma since 2007, the official said. Up to 800 immigrants illegally crossed the border in the area every day in 2005 and 2006, the official said.

The DHS officials said 126,472 apprehensions have been made in the first half of this year, a 46 percent increase from the first half of 2016.

Away from the border, removals in the interior of the country are up 32 percent this year from last year, the officials said.

Appeals Court Dismisses Case Against Ill-Tempered TSA Supervisor

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

TSA screeners at airport security checkpoints have such an important job that they cannot always be sued for failing to behave properly, a federal appeals court in Philadelphia ruled Tuesday.

The court tossed a First Amendment claim by a passenger who said he was arrested merely for asking to lodge a complaint against an ill-tempered TSA supervisor, Reuters reports

“We, of course, do not suggest that TSA screeners should act with disdain for passenger rights or that they can escape all the consequences of their bad behavior,” Circuit Judge Kent Jordan wrote for a three-judge panel.

“Ultimately, the role of the TSA in securing public safety is so significant that we ought not create a damages remedy in this context,” Jordan added. “The dangers associated with aircraft security are real and of high consequence.”

Reuters wrote:

Airport security screening can be stressful. The decision was issued four weeks after the TSA announced tighter screening of electronic carry-on items, because of concern they could be used to conceal explosives.

Vanderklok said he was flying on Jan. 26, 2013 to Miami from Philadelphia International Airport to run a half-marathon when TSA personnel subjected his carry-on bag to extra screening, after x-rays showed a heart-monitoring watch stored in PVC pipe.

The TSA supervisor, Charles Kieser, said he summoned police after Vanderklok made a bomb threat.

Vanderklok denied doing so, and said Kieser retaliated for his having requested a complaint form to report the supervisor’s “rude” and “aggressive” behavior.

Prosecutors charged Vanderklok, a father of three then in his mid-50s, with threatening to place a bomb and making terroristic threats. He was acquitted after Kieser’s testimony did not match airport surveillance video.

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