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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.

Native American Sentenced to Killing FBI Agents in 1977 Asks for Clemency

Leonard PeltierBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A group of prominent lawyers is trying to win the freedom of Leonard Peltier, a Lakota tribe member who was convicted of murdering two FBI agents in 1977.

Mother Jones reports that Peltier, who has served 40 of his 71 federal prison sentence, is appealing for clemency and requesting that President Obama make it happen.

“[T]he time has come for the interests of the law enforcement community to be balanced against principles of fundamental fairness, reconciliation, and healing,” the lawyers wrote in a five-page letter to the president. 

“Mr. Peltier has exhausted all appeals and is next eligible to apply for parole in 2024, in the unlikely event that he lives that long,” the letter to Obama states. “The Parole Commission has yielded to the objections of the FBI and DOJ in denying Mr. Peltier’s applications for parole at every turn. Effectively, this Petition represents the last chance in Mr. Peltier’s lifetime for the Government to take curative and/or reconciliatory action.”

To some, Peltier has become international symbol the justice system’s mistreatment of Native Americans. His trial was fraught with irregularities, including witnesses who said they were coerced by the FBI.

FBI Agents Save Emaciated Puppies Dumped Along a Road in Michigan

One of the saved puppies.

One of the saved puppies.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two FBI agents from Michigan saved three emaciated puppies who were dumped along the side of the road on Mother’s Day.

Special Agent Kara Pepper and her husband, who also is an FBI agent, began feeding the little black lab mix puppies. Both work for the Jackson office.

“I’m a dog mama myself, so I became an adoptive dog mom of triplets,” Pepper told the Clarion-Ledger. “We took care of them and bathed them and fed them. Seeing those puppies emaciated and thirsty and hungry just broke my heart, and as a law enforcement officer it’s my job to take care of everyone around me, including these little puppies.” 

A family friend adopted one of the pups, and the Peppers named the other two “Socks” and “G.I. Joey.”

They are hoping to find one home for the two dogs so they can stat together.

Claustrophobic? Exploring Underground Drug-Smuggling Passages Probably Not for You

Cross-border tunnel discovered by authorities this year.

Cross-border tunnel discovered by authorities this year.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Someone with claustrophobia should not work with Border Patrol’s Entry team, which explores underground drug-smuggling passages near the border with Mexico.

The Los Angele Times reports that prospective members of the team must prove they can handle tight spaces by wiggling through a two-foot wide pipe for about 20 yards.

“You know right off if it’s playing with someone’s mind,” said Lance LeNoir, who leads the five person squad. “It takes some psyching up, to say the least, to do the job.”

The job is getting more difficult because team members are finding longer and tighter underground passages.

The average tunnel of the past two years was 2,450 feet.

Lawmakers Say Secret Service Needs to Hire More Agents

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is so short-staffed that it should seek outside help, two lawmakers said Tuesday.

The two Congressional members said the agency is losing agents faster than it can replace them.

“USSS simply cannot hire enough personnel to keep pace with historic attrition rates,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland noted in a Tuesday letter to Secret Service director Joseph Clancy.

“The committee encourages USSS to explore innovative ways to fill this staffing gap-such as detailing qualified law enforcement officials or [administrative, professional, and technical] employees from other agencies-in the short-term while continuing its long-term efforts to develop a zero-based budget and increase hiring and retention,” they wrote.

The problem has been that the Secret Service has been unable to vacancies quickly enough.

“Nearly every USSS employee who spoke with the [inspector general] said they had serious concerns regarding UD staffing shortages,” the lawmakers observed. “Some employees characterized the agency as ‘hemorrhaging’ employees.”

Travelers Launched 1,000 Complaints Against TSA Agents at Orland International Airport

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers launched 1,000 complaints against TSA agents at Orlando International Airport in 2014, according to records obtained by Eyewitness News 9.

The complaints varies from rude officers to inappropriate contact. Some of the complaints involved children.

But the most common complaint was that TSA officers stole property from travelers.

“We’ll pull video tape and if there’s an issue with the individual, we’ll hold them accountable. But a lot of times, there’s a lot of frustration with people arriving late to the airport, not understanding our process,” TSA Director Jerry Henderson said.

Henderson said the TSA is working hard to minimize the conduct that leads to complaints.

“(We) don’t really want any complaints, at all, so some of the things we’ve done is really partnered with the airport. We’ve done a lot of customer service training,” Henderson said.

FBI Has Nowhere Near 147 Agents Investigating Hillary Clinton’s E-mail Case

hillary-clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has nowhere near 147 agents investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, sources told NBC News. 

The Washington Post first reported that 147 agents were on the case but has since revised that figure.

“The FBI will not provide an exact figure,” but there are “fewer than 50” FBI personnel involved, the Post reported.

But a former federal official with direct knowledge of the case told MNSBC that even 50 agents is an exaggeration.

“There are currently about 12 FBI agents working full-time on the case,” says the source, who would only speak anonymously about an open investigation.

The former FBU official added: “147 was such a ridiculous number,” said the source, adding that 50 also sounded unrealistic for this kind of inquiry. “You need an act of terrorism to get 50 agents working on something.”

Border Patrol Agents Union Endorses Donald Trump for President

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The largest union representing Border Patrol agents has endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican nomination because of his position on stronger border protections.

“Mr. Trump will take on special interests and embrace the ideas of rank-and-file Border Patrol agents rather than listening to the management yes-men who say whatever they are programmed to say. This is a refreshing change that we have not seen before — and may never see again,” the National Border Patrol Council said in a statement posted Wednesday on its website.

The endorsement – the first by the council in a presidential primary – comes after Trump has pledged to build a wall, which experts said would cost billions of dollars more than he has projected. Trump also has taken a hard line against undocumented immigrants.

“We think it is that important: if we do not secure our borders, American communities will continue to suffer at the hands of gangs, cartels and violent criminals preying on the innocent,” the statement read. “The lives and security of the American people are at stake, and the National Border Patrol Council will not sit on the sidelines.”

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