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Archive for November, 2019

Weekend Series on Crime: Cleveland Mob Boss James T. Licavoli

CBP Failed to Properly Investigate a Trainee’s Claims of Being Repeatedly Raped

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

CBP leaders failed to take proper action after a female Border Patrol trainee reported that she had been repeatedly raped at a graduation party, Newsweek found.

The trainee, who was based at a facility near Charleston, S.C., said the sexual assault occurred at a graduation party at an instructor’s temporary residence in the early 2000s.

James Tomsheck, who was head of internal affairs from 2006 to 2014, said he received a report of the rapes soon after taking the job.

Tomsheck said the woman was “encouraged” to drink a lot of alcohol and play “game of smiles.”

“In great graphic detail, this game was described as a scenario wherein several men would sit around a table with their pants down. The female would then go under the table and engage in oral sex with different members, different persons sitting under the table,” Tomsheck told Newsweek.

“The intent of the game, as described in the report, you lost if you smiled while sitting at the table. This disgusting sexual predator event was documented in great detail,” he said.

After the trainee became unconscious from drinking too much, she was raped, according to the report.

Despite an internal investigation that appeared to corroborate the trainee’s allegation, the investigation was “laid dormant for several months that became years” after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks caused a major shakeup of federal agencies.

Eventually, the trainee decided she was done with the investigation, which then went nowhere.

FBI Did Not Spy on Trump’s Campaign, DOJ Inspector General Found

President Trump and AG William Barr, via DOJ.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the FBI turned rogue and spied on his campaign in 2016 in what he said was “perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country.”

The Justice Department’s inspector general found no evidence that the FBI infiltrated Trump’s campaign or launched a politically motivated investigation to undermine his candidacy, according to The New York Times and NBC News.

The findings are in a draft copy of an inspector general report that is due out on Dec. 9 as part of a larger examination of the Russia investigation.

The inspector general, Michael E. Horowitz, also undercuts claims that the FBI’s pursuit of a secret wiretap on a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page, was politically motivated.

In April, Attorney General William Barr told a Senate committee that he suspected “spying did occur.” A few days later, Trump insisted, “There was absolutely spying into my campaign.”

But in May, FBI Director Christopher Wray took issue with the characterization that the bureau was “spying” on Trump’s campaign, saying, “I don’t think I personally have any evidence of that sort.”

Happy Thanksgiving from ticklethewire.com

Record Number of Migrants Apprehended by Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector

Border Patrol agent makes an arrest. Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A record number of undocumented immigrants were arrested by Border Patrol’s Del Rio Sector so far this year.

The sector, which covers 210 miles of land between the Rio Grand River and Lake Amistad in Texas, apprehended migrants from more than 30 countries since Oct. 1, more than twice the number this time last year, The Epoch Times reports.

“The apprehension of migrants from countries such as Brazil, Haiti, China, and countries of Africa have increased significantly this fiscal year,” Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz said.

He added, “We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat threats in an effort to protect our country and the community.”

Trump’s CBP Head Violated Ethics Rules While Working for the FBI

CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan, via White House.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

President Trump appointed Mark Morgan to head Customs and Border Protection in an effort to clean up the agency.

But it turns out, Morgan violated federal ethics roles while working for the FBI as deputy assistant director of the training division in 2015.

Morgan solicited sponsors to purchase booze and upscale food for FBI happy hours, even though he had been warned it violated federal rules to ask outside entities to pay for social events, the Justice Department’s inspector general found.

Morgan was the acting ICE director in June when Trump appointed him to replace John Sanders as acting head of CBP. Morgan had previously served as chief of Border Patrol before taking over as head of ICE in May.

Morgan became the first person to lead CBP without having served at Border Patrol.

His appointment was intended to bring fresh eyes into an agency that needed cleaned up.

Marine Deserter Wanted for Murder Added to FBI’s Most Wanted List

Michael Alexander Brown

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Marine accused of murdering his mother’s boyfriend in Virginia less than a month after deserting his military post has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List of fugitives.

Michael Alexander Brown, 22, is believed to be “armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons,” according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.

Sheriff’s officials believe he may be hiding in the woods because he frequents national parks and forests.

Authorities said Brown fled after fatally shooting his mother’s boyfriend on Nov. 9 in the man’s home in Hardy, about 10 miles east of Roanoke, Va.

Less than a month earlier, Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Brown’s arrest.

Earlier this month, Brown was charged with second-degree murder.

FBI Agent Robbed at Gunpoint in Puerto Rico, Stealing Bureau Credentials And Official Weapon

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are looking for three men who robbed an FBI agent at gunpoint in an attempted carjacking in Puerto Rico.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information about the three suspects who were driving a black Mercedes Benz, the Associated Press reports.

The suspects stole the agent’s wallet, FBI credentials and official firearm Saturday night in the Ocean Park neighborhood in the capital of San Juan.

While the number of reported carjackings have increased in Puerto Rico this year, crimes are rare in Ocean Park.