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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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Lawsuit: FBI Deliberately Uses Outdated System to Impede FOIA Requests

foiaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A national security researcher is suing the FBI, alleging the bureau uses an antiquated system to deliberately impede requests under the Freedom of Information Act, IDG New Service reports. 

Ryan Shapiro, a Ph.D. candidate at MIT, claims in the lawsuit that the FBI has established “countless means” of impeding FOIA requests, including a reliance on a computer system “designed” to fail.

“When it comes to FOIA, the FBI is simply not operating in good faith,” Shapiro said via email. “Since the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, the FBI has viewed efforts to force bureau compliance with FOIA as a security threat.”

Shapiro said the FBI deliberately refuses to user newer search technologies.

Minnesota Man Sues TSA for Long Lines That Caused Him to Miss Flight

body images airportBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man was so angry that he missed his flight that he’s suing the TSA and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.

Hooman Nikizad said he arrived at the airport two hours before his scheduled departure but was stuck in line most of the time, making him miss the flight, CNN reports. 

In the suit, the passenger said only one body scanner was running.

“The [Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport] and TSA have done a very poor job of getting passengers through security,” Nikizad wrote in the claim.

Nikizad wants reimbursed for the flight and is asking for $506.85.

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Rights Group Demands Records about Border Patrol Abuse in Lawsuit

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How many complaints were launched Border Patrol agents and how did the agency respond to each allegation?

The American Immigration council sued Customs and Border Protection for records related to the complaints since January 2012, Courthouse News Service reports.

The nonprofit research and legal organization said the agency is longer overdue in responding to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted in October.

The American Immigration Council previously obtained data on 809 complaints of abuse by Border Patrol agents between January 2009 and January 2012.

The records revealed that Customs and Border Protection failed to take action in 97% of the reports of abuse. The most common complaint was “physical abuse.”

     “CBP’s failure to produce the requested records violates FOIA and is impending the Immigration Council’s efforts to assess and inform the public about CBP’s progress, or lack thereof, in developing meaningful and transparent procedures for investigating and resolving complaints of abuse of USBP agents,” the June 6 complaint states.

Judge: Border Patrol Not Liable in Shooting Death of 19-Year-Old U.S. Citizen

Carlos LaMadrid was shot by a Border Patrol agent.

Carlos LaMadrid was shot by a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent who fatally shot a man near the order fence in Douglas, Ariz., used justified force, a judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge James A. Soto said Agent Lucas Tidwell was not liable for the death of a 19-year-old U.S. citizen during a March 2011 shooting, Tucson.com reports. 

The death of Carlos LaMadrid prompted a civil lawsuit by his mother. The suit claims Tidwell was “grossly negligent” when he shot an unarmed LaMadrid.

The judge said Tidwell only fired his gun after rocks were thrown at him.

“A reasonable person in Tidwell’s position would believe that he was facing unlawful deadly physical force where rocks the size of softballs or bricks are being thrown from 15 feet away and 10 feet above you directly at your head at 50 to 60 miles per hour,” Soto wrote.

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Judge: Ex-Mafia Informant Can Sue FBI for Scheming to Imprison Him

judge and gavelBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ex-mafia informant who is suing the federal government and three FBI agents may proceed with a lawsuit that alleges he was thrown in jail despite authorities knowing he was innocent.

The New York Daily News reports that former Bonanno family soldier Joseph Barone Jr. was a mole for 18 years and is thrilled by the judge’s decision Thursday.

“This is wonderful, this is no joke,” Barone said. “I’m nervous, I’m happy, I’m angry still. I’m so thankful to God, and we’ve just got to wait to take the next step.”

Barone claims federal agents leaked his status as an informant after he refused to wear a wire.

The FBI declined to comment.

Justice Department Allows CIA Torture Lawsuit to Proceed in Stunning Reversal

torture1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a stunning reversal, the Justice Department is allowing a lawsuit by alleged victim of the CIA’s torture program to proceed, the New York Magazine reports. 

The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of three former CIA prisoners. The suit alleges human right violations by two psychologists and former Air Force trainers whose company received a contract to help the CIA run the program.

The Justice Department previously blocked similar cases by invoking the state-secrets privilege.

The ACLU may have been given a hand by the Senate’s investigation of the torture program, which was released in December. The probe found that torture produced very little useful intelligence.

Microsoft Sues Justice Department Over Data Gag Orders

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Microsoft launched a lawsuit against the Justice Department, saying the government should not be able to prevent companies from notifying customers that law enforcement officials have requested their e-mails and data.

The lawsuit argues it’s unconstitutional to prevent companies from informing their customers of the requests, ABC News reports. 

“Microsoft brings this case because its customers have a right to know when the government obtains a warrant to read their emails, and because Microsoft has a right to tell them,” the tech giant says in its lawsuit.

Microsoft said the government often issues orders requiring secrecy.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying, “We are reviewing the filing.”

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