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State Department Slams Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Private E-mail in New Report

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton violated the rules and failed to inform key staff members about her use of a private e-mail server, according to a scorching State Department Inspector General report.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” the report states.

CNN reports that officials examined the rules and policies of the State Department, and the internal investigation included interviews with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. 

Clinton and several members of her staff declined to be interviewed.

According to the report, two staff members in the Office of Information Resources Management who “discussed their concerns about Secretary Clinton’s ue of a personal email account in separate meetings with the then-Director” of their office.

“According to the staff member, the Director stated that the Secretary’s personal system had been reviewed and approved by Department legal staff and that the matter was not to be discussed any further,” the report states. The same director reportedly “instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.”

Clinton has maintained that received permission to use her private email.

Suburban Chicago Man Who Shot 2 FBI Agents Committed Suicide

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Melvin Toran, 50.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reputed gang member accused of shooting two FBI agents before he was found dead in suburban Chicago committed suicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Melvin Toran, 50, turned a gun on himself, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

An FBI SWAT team swarmed his house Tuesday morning to serve an arrest warrant when a shootout occurred, injuring two FBI agents.

The agents were released from local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

FBI’s Refusal to Release Details of Child Pornography Probe Compromises Case

computer-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI may lose some of its cases against alleged pedophiles because the bureau has refused to release details of how investigators used the Tor network to track suspects.

ZDNet reports that a court overseeing the case against an alleged visitor of the site, Jay Michaud, dismissed evidence as a result.

The cost said the evidence can’t be used because against the Vancouver school administrator.

The FBI seized a website on the dark web last year so that investigators could track who used the site.

Since the FBI won’t reveal the full source code of the website takeover, the evidence isn’t permissible, a court said.

Long, Frustrating Airport Security Lines Costs TSA Security Head His Job

Kelly Hoggan, head of security for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

Kelly Hoggan, head of security for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

By Editorial Board
San Francisco Chronicle

Those long airport lines are getting a short answer. The head of security for the Transportation Security Administration is out after a furor over checkpoint delays and management missteps. Fixing the time-wasting mess remains a top priority.

Some of the nation’s busiest airports have become vast waiting rooms with lines snaking down corridors and reports of travelers by the thousands missing flights. The reason is too few security gates plus foot-dragging delays in adding extra staff at the stations.

The ouster of security head Kelly Hoggan is the result. While safety is a priority, so is a dose of efficiency and practicality. Air travel is entering the summer holiday season with families joining business travelers. The TSA hasn’t responded quickly enough.

By one measure, TSA crews have screened 449 million passengers this year, a jump of 57 million over the same period last year. But there are 5,800 fewer security staff than in 2011. This reduction was made on a belief that travelers would pay extra for PreCheck clearance, which allows them to sidestep lines. Sign-ups have fallen short of predictions.

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Scathing Audit of Clinton’s Use of Private E-Mail Gives Ammo to FBI’s Probe

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The scorching audit of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private lends credibility to the FBI’s investigation of the former secretary of state, experts said.

GOP consultant Brad Marston claims the 82-page internal State Department report should make it easier for FBI Director James Comey to recommend charges to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Boston Herald reports. 

“It gives Comey additional cover,” Marston said, “and makes it easier for the FBI to recommend to the Justice Department to pursue an indictment.”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the report provides evidence of wrongdoing.

“If you’re a neutral arbiter like James Comey, you have to say, ‘Hats off. There’s actual proof,’ ” O’Connell said. “It gives him cover if he wants to pursue charges through the Department of Justice.”

The FBI is still investigating the case but has not yet interviewed Clinton.

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2 FBI Agents Shot, Suspect Killed in Shootout at Suburban Chicago Home

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun battle left two FBI agents injured and the suspect dead in suburban Chicago on Tuesday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that an FBI SWAT team swarmed the Park Forest home of Melvin Toran, a reputed high-ranking member of the Black P Stone Nation gang.

The FBI didn’t release details about the shooting, but the agents suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An autopsy on Toran is expected today.

Authorities arrested at least 10 suspects as part of a crack down on narcotics trafficking by gang members.

Hawaii May Be First State to Enter All Gun Owners into FBI Database

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hawaii is poised to become the first state in the nation to enter gun owners into an FBI database.

The Associated Press reports that the database would immediately notify police when a Hawaiian resident is arrested in another state.

In other states, people who are entered into the “Rap Back” database are in “positions of trust,” such as school officials, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”

Supporters of the law say Hawaii would be safer with the database.

FBI Uses Dogs to Sniff Out Cybercrime by Finding Electronic Components

computer spies2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Faced with the growing threat of cybercrime, the FBI has turned to dogs to help crack down on computer crimes.

The canines are trained to sniff out electronic components that store data, News12 reports. Some of the components are tiny and hard to find.

“Cybercrime has evolved and is such a threat right now,” says the Newark FBI’s Michael Brodack.

Electronics are growingly important and can help investigators find evidence against suspects.

“It’s the gang member with a cellphone; it’s the terrorist who builds a bomb using electronic components, all of those are devices that Iris (a dog) is trained to detect,” says Phil Frigm, a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s cybercrime division.

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