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Secret Service Agents Face Discipline After Man Jumped White House Fences

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least six Secret Service agents and officers are expected to be disciplined after a man jumped White House fences and managed to stay on the property for nearly 17 minutes before being captured.

The Secret Service blamed “lapses in security protocol” that allowed the man to jump the fences undetected while Trump was inside the White House, CNN reported.

The disciplinary action will be handled by the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and a final judgment on discipline will be made by the Office of Integrity.

The Secret Service expressed frustration with the incident in a statement last week.

“The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10th transpired,” the statement read.

“Immediate steps have been taken to mitigate lapses in security protocols even as the investigation continues. These steps include additional posts, technology enhancements, and response protocols.” 

Report Concludes Border Patrol’s Internal “Discipline System Is Broken”

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s system for cracking down on abuse by agents and officers is seriously flawed and rarely deters criminal misconduct, according to an independent task force.

The Homeland Security Advisory Council, which commissioned the study, is expected to receive the 49-page final report today.

The task force contended that corrupt Border Patrol agents “pose a national security threat” because they are failing to protect the country from international terrorism, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

Cartels and other groups “attempt to target, recruit and corrupt law enforcement personnel who then can facilitate the smuggling of drugs and people and other criminal activity,” the report states. “Such corrupt officials can assist the cartels by providing intelligence and facilitating the movement of large amounts of contraband across our borders and into our country.”

An average investigation into serious misconduct takes more than a year and a half, which the report states is “far too long to be an effective deterrent.”

The report concluded, the “discipline system is broken.”

DEA Rarely Fires Agents Who Commit Serious Misconduct

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DEA agents who have lied to authorities, falsified records, dealt drugs and committed other serious misconduct have been allowed to stay on the job, USA Today reports.

The discovery comes after lawmakers expressed frustration that agents were never fired for attending “sex parties” in Columbia.

Records from the DEA’s disciplinary files show that was hardly the only instance in which the DEA opted not to fire employees despite apparently serious misconduct, The USA Today writes.

The newspaper found that only 13 of the 50 employees recommended to be fired by the DEA’s Board of Professional Conduct were actually terminated.

“If we conducted an investigation, and an employee actually got terminated, I was surprised,” said Carl Pike, a former DEA internal affairs investigator. “I was truly, truly surprised. Like, wow, the system actually got this guy.”

Some members of Congress are calling for more action.

“There is a culture of protection internally that has to change. If there’s a bad apple, they need to be fired, if not prosecuted, and that’s just not happening,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “Federal law enforcement should be held to the highest standard.”

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Agents Slapped on Wrist for Placing College Student in Holding Cell for 5 Days with No Water, Food

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DEA agents who left a 23-year-old college student in a holding cell for five days without food or water for allegedly possessing marijuana received a slap on the wrist.

The agents, who said they forgot about Daniel Chong, were reprimanded or received short suspensions, even though the illegally detained student nearly died and drank his own urine to stave off hydration, The Los Angeles Times reports. 

The Justice Department told Congress that “what happened to Mr. Chong is unacceptable” and that “the DEA’s failure to impose significant discipline on these employees further demonstrates the need for a systemic review of DEA’s disciplinary process.”

Chong was left to die, his hands handcuffed behind his back in a windowless cell. Someone even turned off the light halfway through the ordeal.

Chong was hospitalized for four days and sued the DEA, winning a $4.1 million settlement.

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Few Border Patrol Agents Are Ever Disciplined for Using Deadly Or Questionable Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents rarely face repercussions for using deadly force, even when the shootings are questionable, the Arizona Republic reports.

At least 42 people, including 13 Americans, have been killed by on-duty Border Patrol agents and CBP officers since 2005.

The deaths range from justifiable to highly questionable, the Republic wrote.

Although CBP official insist agents are disciplined when they use excessive force, they won’t provide any details.

What’s concerning, according to the newspaper, is that none of the 42 deaths appears to have yielded consequences for offenders.

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