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Former CIA Director Hayden: I’m Not Voting for Trump Or Clinton

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden is so fed up with the Republican and Democratic nominees for president that he’s planning to vote for a third-party candidate.

That’s right: A security expert who served under President George W. Bush and President Obama will not vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. 

“I’m uncomfortable with the nominee of both of the major political parties,” Hayden said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show, “The Cats Roundtable,” on Sunday.

“A lot of my friends are saying that’s nice, Hayden, but you have to vote for one of them, but I’m not so sure I do.” 

Hayden realizes a third-party candidate is very unlikely to become president.

“I get it. Somebody is going to win, but, you know, no matter who it is, for these two, I’m hoping they don’t think they’re sweeping into office with some powerful mandate. And for people like me that decide to vote for some other choice, might deny them that sense of mandate, which would make, I think, things ever worse.” 

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ProPublica: Why Are We Still Wasting Billions on Homeland Security Projects That Don’t Make Us Safer?

ProPublica is a non-profit, investigative news organization.

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By Stephen Engelberg
Editor-in-Chief, ProPublica

The turbulent months after the 9/11 attacks were notable for something that did not happen. Even though al-Qaeda had killed thousands of people and scored a direct hit on the Pentagon, hardly anyone in either political party blamed the Bush Administration for failing to defend the homeland. In the burst of patriotism that followed the assaults, President Bush and his aides essentially got a free pass from the voting public.

This consensus held even after it emerged that government officials had fumbled numerous clues that might have prevented the attacks. (The Central Intelligence Agency knew two al-Qaeda operatives had entered the U.S. in 2000, but never told the Federal Bureau of Investigation. No one tracked their movements and phone calls, a notable lapse since both men ended up among the 19 hijackers.) Voters had no problem re-electing a president who did nothing after receiving an intelligence briefing weeks before 9/11 headlined “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the U.S.”

In his September cover story for The Atlantic, Steven Brill recounts how the political lessons of those early years evolved into an approach he succinctly summarizes as “never again.” Politicians and government bureaucrats understood that the public would not forgive a second, devastating strike. For the administrations of both President Bush and President Obama, “never again” has meant saying yes to any initiative that could be sold as plausible protection against a future attack. The “never again” approach has remained in place even as those who commit acts of terrorism have shifted in recent years to take advantage of the lethal possibilities of the ever-more connected world.

But for every valid effort, it seems like the terrorism-industrial complex came up with an array of boondoggles that were profitable for the companies involved but added little to the security of ordinary Americans. The upwards of $47 billion spent on FirstNet, the troubled effort to make sure firefighters and police could talk to each other in an emergency, staggers the imagination. Altogether, Brill calculates, the government has spent $100 to $150 billion on equipment and programs that do not work. What might have been accomplished if all of that money had been spent on, say, reducing the cost of a college education for poor and middle-class kids?

“Never again” might have made some sense when the enemy America faced, al-Qaeda, put all of its effort into planning terrorism spectaculars like the simultaneous attack on two American embassies or the destruction of the Twin Towers. The international logistics and footprint required for such operations gave intelligence and law-enforcement officials something to detect.

Unfortunately, as Brill points out, the nature of terrorism has evolved over the past 15 years, much as a virus changes shape in reaction to mankind’s disease-fighting efforts. The threat posed by ISIS relies to a much greater extent on the tools of the networked world.

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Columnist: FBI Shows Double Standard When It Comes to Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Kimberley A. Strassel
Wall Street Journal

As for the suspicion that there is one standard for the Clintons and one for everyone else, witness the FBI’s interaction this week with Congress over Hillary Clinton’s agency file. The G-men are back to being G-men—at least now that the Democratic nominee is off their hook.

FBI Director James Comey gets credit for agreeing to Congress’s demand for documents related to the bureau’s investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email server. The FBI shares such files only on the rarest of occasions. Yet given the cloud surrounding this affair, not to mention Mr. Comey’s stated interest in “transparency,” he would have been hard-pressed to deny Congress’s request.

It’s the manner in which lawmakers are getting access to the documents that is more interesting.

Bear in mind what the FBI investigation revealed: We know that Mrs. Clinton for years emailed top secret information willy-nilly over a home-brew server that lacked security. We know that this classified information leached into the private email accounts of those with whom she communicated. We know that she cavalierly used her private email while in hostile countries, making it possible that those countries gained access. We know that Mr. Comey nonetheless chose not to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for her “extremely careless” behavior.

Compare that standard with the one the FBI is now imposing on Congress, where the Clinton files are being guarded at a level that brings to mind the Vatican Secret Archives. Aides from an array of House committees described to me the extraordinary limits that have been placed on who can see the files and under what circumstances.


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Hillary Clinton Told FBI That Colin Powell Advised Her to Use Personal Email

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell advised her to use a personal e-mail account.

Clinton’s claim comes from notes from her 3.5-hour interview with the FBI, the New York Times reports. 

The notes were given to Congress on Tuesday.

A forthcoming book by political journalist Joe Conason also states that Powell advised Clinton to user her “own e-mail” unless the communication is classified.

“Toward the end of the evening, over dessert, Albright asked all of the former secretaries to offer one salient bit of counsel to the nation’s next top diplomat,” Conason writes in the book, called “Man of the World: The Future Endeavors of Bill Clinton,” according to the NYT.

“Powell told her to use her own email, as he had done, except for classified communications, which he had sent and received via a State Department computer.”

Powell’s office said the former secretary of state “did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”


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Justice Department Plans to Stop Using Private Prisons

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Citing unsafe, ineffective correctional services, the Justice Department plans to stop using private prisons.

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Thursday instructed officials to either let contracts expire with private prison operators or “substantially reduce” the contracts’ scope, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“They simply do not provide the same level of correctional services, programs, and resources; they do not save substantially on costs; and as noted in a recent report by the Department’s Office of Inspector General, they do not maintain the same level of safety and security,” Yates wrote.

The directive, however, only applies to federal prisons, not state ones. Most federal prisons are publicly run and wouldn’t be affected.

The directive applies to 13 privately run facilities, which house more than 22,000 inmates.

“This is a huge deal. It is historic and groundbreaking,” said David Fathi, director of the ACLU National Prison Project. “For the last 35 years, the use of private prisons in this country has crept ever upward, and this is a startling and major reversal of that trend, and one that we hope will be followed by others.”


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Photos Show Crowded, ‘Unsafe’ Conditions at Border Patrol Facilities

Border Control conditions are unsafe and deplorable, lawsuit claims. Photo via Border Patrol.

Border Control conditions are unsafe and deplorable, lawsuit claims. Photo via Border Patrol.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The photos are sobering. Men are huddled together under a thing thermal blanket to stay warm. To change a baby’s diaper, women are forced to use a concrete floor littered with trash.

The Arizona Daily Sun reports the photos came from cell surveillance video inside at least four Border Patrol stations.

The photos are part of a lawsuit that claims the Border Patrol conditions are deplorable, inhumane and unsafe.

“I have visited many detention facilities in my 11 years as an attorney and I have to say what the Border Patrol facilities look like really is deplorable and disgusting,” said Nora Preciado, a staff attorney for the National Immigration Law Center.

Border Patrol declined to directly respond to the images but said it is “committed to the safety, security and welfare of those in our custody, especially those who are most vulnerable.”

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Son of Jailed ‘El Chapo’ Guzman Kidnapped in Mexican Resort

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‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The son of jailed Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was among six men kidnapped by seven armed men who stormed into trendy restaurant in the Mexican resort Puerto Vallarta.

CNN reports that the Jesus Alfredo Guzman, 29, was kidnapped shortly after 1 a.m. Monday.

Jesus Alfredo Guzman is believed to be involved with the Sinaloa Cartel. At least three of the others who were kidnapped are said to have ties with organized crime.

“At this moment, we have identified four of the kidnapped,” Jalisco Attorney General Eduardo Almaguer said, “one of them being Jesus Alfredo Guzman.”

Almaguer said no one reported the men missing, and authorities have not heard from the kidnappers.


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