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Homeland Security Reopens Internal Investigation of Secret Service Leak

Joseph Clancy

Joseph Clancy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service’s efforts to discredit a congressman has prompted another investigation by Homeland Security’s internal watchdog, the Associated Press reports. 

The move comes after Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy changed when he said he learned about agents investigating the background of Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a frequent critic of the agency.

Still, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson expressed confidence in Clancy.

Clancy originally said he first heard about the leak of Chaffetz information on April 1. But Clancy has since changed his story, saying he heard unsubstantiated rumors about Chaffetz in late March.

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IG: Secret Service Leaked Private File to Embarrass Congressman Who Criticized Agency

Secret-Service-BadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An internal government investigation has found that the Secret Service leaked a private file of a congressman in an attempt to embarrass him, the USA Today reports.

A senior Secret Service official gave the green light to release Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s 2003 application to the agency, according to a report by Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth.

The official was Assistant Director Ed Lowery, who -emailed a colleague about the application, saying that “some information that he might find embarrassing needs to get out. Just to be fair.”

The Secret Service has apologized.

Chaffetz was a critic of the agency, and his application filed said that other better qualified applicants existed.

Feds Investigate Homeland Security Agent for Firing Weapon at Man in Parking Garage

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Feds are investigating the actions of a Homeland Security special agent who fired his agency-issued gun after he said he believed he was being carjacked in a parking garage in Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia CBS reports.

The suspected carjacker fled and was later detained.

Wilmington police said there’s not enough evidence to show the 32-year-old intended to carjack anyone.

ICE is handling the internal investigation.

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FBI Agent’s Chronic Theft of Heroin Raises Questions about Bureau’s Evidence Rooms

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An FBI agent’s ability to steal heroin from an evidence room without being detected suspicions for at least 14 months raises serious questions about the bureau’s checks and balances, the Washington Post reports.

By his own admission, Mathew Lowry repeatedly stole heroin from the evidence room at the FBI’s field office in Washington to support his addiction. The thefts have sabotaged drug cases, so far leading to the dismissal of 28 defendants.

The thefts didn’t catch up with Lowry until his colleagues found him incoherent next to his disabled bureau car.

The FBI has responded with an internal review to determine how better to handle evidence.

“It’s shocking that there was such little oversight,” said Steven H. Levin, a former federal prosecutor. “It’s something you would expect to see on a made-for-TV movie. . . . You’re thinking, there is no way that could ever happen. And that’s what happened.”

 

Lowry, 33, has been suspended and is undergoing drug treatment while the case remains under criminal investigation.

Secret Service Blasted for Problems That Allowed Fence Jumper to access White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The man who jumped over a White House fence and burst into the White House in September managed to avoid security because of a litany of problems with the Secret Service, CNN reports.

A Homeland Security report found numerous failures that allowed Omar Gonzalez to so easily access the White House. The problems involved lack of training, disorganization and miscommunication.

After Gonzalez jumped over the fence, the radio and alarm systems weren’t working as planned. The canine handler responded too late because he was talking on his personal cell phone.

The canine officer “gave Gonzalez the required verbal warning about the canine, caught a glimpse of Gonzalez heading toward the bushes, and gave his canine the command to apprehend Gonzalez,” the review said.

“The canine, however, did not have enough time to lock onto Gonzalez and may not have seen Gonzalez at all,” it said.

The incident drew harsh criticism of the agency.

“A combination of technical missteps, lack of radio discipline, improper use of equipment and aging infrastructure,” as well as an improper setting on the Secret Service’s radio system, contributed to those problems, it said.

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CBP, Border Patrol Fail to Deliver on Promise to Be Transparent About Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection pledged to become more transparent and accountable when it comes to agents using deadly force, but the USA Today reports that the agency is struggling to meet that promise.

At least 46 people – 16 of whom were Americans – have been killed by Border Patrol agents and CBP officers were on duty.

Then CBP’s acting internal affairs chief, Mark Alan Morgan, told reporters that he doubts any of the agents or officers were were disciplined in the deaths.

The USA Today rattles of a list of suspicious cases, including an unarmed teen shot in the back and agents shooting through a border fence in Mexico.

Despite the existence of a study on the issues, CBP kept it a secret for 15 months before it was leaked to the media.

“It just boggles my mind that DHS would hide this information,” said Wong, the retired CBP assistant deputy commissioner for internal affairs. “We’re not talking about terrorist activities or national security; we’re talking about things the American public should be aware of, should have access to. For them to say we can’t tell you how many people have been investigated for excessive use of force, well, I don’t understand the rationale.”

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Judge Orders FBI to Investigate Whether Bureau Pressured Witness Not to Testify

Timothy McVeigh/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge wants the FBI to conduct an internal investigation to determine whether the bureau pressured a witness not to testify in a case involving videos of the Oklahoma City bombing, the Associated Press reports.

Utah lawyer Jesse Trentadue claims that the FBI threatened the benefits of a former government operative if he testified in a trial.

The FBI’s attorney rejected the allegations as baseless, but U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said he wants the matter investigated more thoroughly.

“If all of this is nonsense, let’s bring this in and put an end to it,” the judge said.

The attorneys are expected to present their results on Nov. 13.

DEA Paid Amtrak Insider $854,000 for Passenger Data It Could Have Gotten for Free

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA forked over $854,460 to an Amtrak secretary for confidential information the agency should have gotten for free, according to an internal investigation.

The DEA paid the employee to be an informant despite the agency’s right to obtain the information at no cost as part of a joint drug enforcement task force, the Associated Press reports.

The payments were made over a two-decade span, the investigation found.

The Amtrak secretary provided passenger information without the proper approval, but the information was available through the proper channels, the inspector general found.

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