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Archive for July 16th, 2018

Justice Department Reopens the Racist 1955 Murder of Emmett Till

Emmett Till

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has reopened the racist killing of Emmett Till, a black 14-year-old from Chicago who was visiting family in Mississippi in 1955, NPR reports.

The department says it has received “new information” in the case but did not provide specifics.

A new book on the killing, The Blood of Emmett Till, combined archival research with new interviews, provided hope for Till’s family.

Two white men were acquitted by an all-white jury, but the men later confessed that they killed Till.

Roger Stone Says He’s Likely the Unnamed Person in the Russian Hacking Indictment

Roger Stone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone could be in big trouble.

On Friday, he acknowledged that he’s “probably” the unnamed person mentioned in special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence officers who allegedly sought to influence the 2016 presidential election, USA Today reports.

The indictment refers to a U.S. person who “was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump” and exchanging messages with the conspirators, who were posing as Guccifer 2.0.

FBI Survey Shows Rank-And-File’s Confidence in Leadership Has Declined

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

These have been tough times for the FBI.  President Donald Trump fired Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and has continually attacked the integrity of the organization. Then there’s the the texts from FBI agent Peter Strzok.

So, this survey comes as little surprise.

The bureau’s “climate survey” shows that the rank-and-file confidence in the FBI’s senior leadership has taken a sharp hit,  reports Lawfare.com, which obtained the survey under a  Freedom of Information lawsuit.

The site reports:

Across an array of metrics, both at headquarters and in the FBI’s 56 field offices, employees still express high esprit de corps about the FBI itself and their work for the bureau. But when asked about confidence in the vision of the FBI director, the value of direct communications from him, the honesty and integrity of senior bureau leaders, or respondents’ respect for those leaders, there is a striking drop in confidence from previous years. Some questions from prior years that might have been particularly evocative were not even asked in this most recent survey.