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Military Often Fails to Report Domestic Violence to FBI to Bar Gun Purchases

airforceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The military’s failure to notify the FBI about Devin Kelley’s history of violence and mental illness, which enabled him to buy guns used to kill 26 people at a Texas church, is a familiar pattern.

Military service branches and the Pentagon reported just a handful of “adjudicated mental health” reports and one felony to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, according to an FBI report from December 2016, MySanAntonio.com reports

In 2016, the Department of Defense did not flag a single soldier, sailor, airmen or Marine because of domestic violence restraining orders.

The FBI and ATF said Kelley would have been prevented from buying a gun had the Air Force reported that he assaulted his wife and son, threatened to kill his superiors and escaped from a mental hospital.

Several investigations are underway to determine why Kelley’s name was not added to the NICS.

Border Patrol Agent Charged with Lying to Grand Jury about Expense Vouchers

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent out of Tucson was charged with lying to a grand jury in San Diego following a military housing voucher scheme.

Agent David Wayne Skinner testified about two Marines who were accused of fraud by claiming to be renting each other’s homes, the San Diego Union Tribune reports

The Marines collected a total of more than $200,000 in travel expense vouchers that were supposed to be for their lease payments.

Skinner claimed to be one of the Marine’s landlords.

Secret Service Expected to Get ‘Outsider’ Director from the Military

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is expected to appoint a new Secret Service director with a senior military rank, the Washington Examiner reports. 

It would be the first time an appointment was made from outside the Secret Service in modern history.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired Marin general, is said to be in favor over the appointment of a general to lead the Secret Service and help shakeup the beleaguered agency.

The announcement is expected to be made next week.

The identity of the candidate has not been revealed.

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Former CIA Director: Military May Reject Trump’s Orders If He Becomes President

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Donald Trump becomes president, there’s a real possibility that the U.S. military would refuse to follow his orders, said former CIA director Michael Hayden.

“I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” Hayden said during an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Hayden said the concern is that Trump’s increasingly heated rhetoric would represent his foreign policy decisions.

Earlier this month, Trump said “torture works” and expressed support for waterboarding and other cruel interrogation techniques to get terrorists to divulge information.

Trump went a step further to say that other methods should be employed that are “so much worse” and “much stronger.”

“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” Trump told the Sun City retirement community. “Okay, folks? Torture — you know, half these guys [say]: ‘Torture doesn’t work.’ Believe me, it works. Okay?”

President Obama ended waterboarding during his first term in office.

“Let me give you a punchline: If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act,” Hayden suggested.

Infamous Masked Executioner ‘Jihadi John’ Targeted in U.S. Drone Strike

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by 'Jihadi John.'

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ‘Jihadi John.’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The infamous masked ISIS executioner known as “Jihadi John” was targeted by a U.S. drone strike in Syrian on Thursday, but his fate was unknown this morning, USA Today reports. 

The militant, a British resident whose real name is Mohamed Emwazi, is believed to have beheaded several Western hostages in Syria.

The Pentagon was trying to determine whether Emwazi was in fact killed.

“U.S. forces conducted an airstrike . . . targeting Mohamed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said on Thursday.

“We are assessing the results of tonight’s operation and will provide additional information as and where appropriate,” Cook said.

The 26-year-old who gradated from the University of Westminster in London began appearing in beheading videos in August 2014.

Dozens of FBI Agent Headed to Chattanooga to Crack Mystery of Gunman’s Motive

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The mystery about what motivated Muhammad Abdulazeez to target military targets has drawn dozens of additional FBI agents to Chattanooga, Tenn., this week, ABC reports. 

Investigators still have not found any connection to ISIS and are now looking at Walmart where the 24-year-old may have joined two other men as he purchased ammunition.

His family has indicated he was showing an elevated interested in powerful weapons.

But his family also said he was often suicidal after losing his job in 2013.

FBI Investigates Anonymous Phone Threats Against Commercial Airliners

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating anonymous telephone threats against commercial airliners Monday that involved at least six international flights and prompted at least one U.S. military escort, the Associated Press reports.

Investigators believe the calls were connected but not credible.

Still, authorities took precautions. For example, threats of a chemical weapon aboard an Air France flight into New York prompted U.S. military jets to escorted the jet.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Air France flight number 22 was escorted to John F. Kennedy airport by U.S. Air Force fighter jets following a phone threat,” the FBI said in a statement. “There were no incidents or hazards reported on board the flight by either the passengers or its crew. The plane has been cleared.”

In some cases, the threat involved planes that were already in the air. Others had not taken off yet.

 

DEA Agents Allege Management Discriminates Against Military Reservists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sixteen DEA agents who also serve as military reservists have filed a complain that alleges they are discriminated against by management, CBS 8 reports. 

“They (DEA) have a consistent, perpetual harassment that continues to escalate,” said DEA Special Agent Mark Coast of San Diego. “Servicemen should not be treated as second class citizens.”

The agents said management doesn’t like that reservists have to take time off work.

“You sit at your desk and your supervisors will constantly come by and tell you, ‘You need to get out of the service. You can’t serve two masters,'” said Coast, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves since 1987.

The complaint alleges that DEA management routinely subject military reservists to “hostile and offensive comments in the workplace.”

The DEA declined to comment.

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