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Ogden Editorial: Secret Service Needs New Leader Who Won’t Tolerate Inefficiency

Ogden Newspapers
Editorial Board

Unless the Secret Service is shaken up at the very top, the agency charged with protecting the president and other top officials will not correct problems that threaten its mission, an investigation has concluded.

After scandal after scandal – including lapses in which the president was put at risk – a group of former government officials was asked to examine the Secret Service and propose solutions. Earlier this month, their report was released.

Reform will not occur unless a new director from outside the agency is placed in charge of the Secret Service, those who studied it emphasize. They referred to the agency as “insular.”

In other words, the Secret Service is a bureaucracy where inefficiency has become acceptable.

The outside director proposal certainly touches on the problem of insiders unwilling to rock the boat. But it does not go far enough.

Much of the federal bureaucracy has problems similar to those plaguing the Secret Service.

Sending someone from another agency there may merely replace someone knowledgeable about it with someone else who is not – but who has the same sort of “insular” mindset.

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Utah Man Accused of Plot to Bomb Police Station, Assassinate Cops to Begin Revolt

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 47-year-old Utah man has been arrested on allegations he was plotting to kill police officers and bomb a police station to instigate an uprising against the government, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI said John Huggins, who was arrested Thursday, is expected to return to federal court Tuesday after he was charged with possessing an unregistered destructive device.

Huggins faces up to 10 years in prison.

The investigation began on a tip that Huggins had buried bombs around the city of Ogden, which turned out to be true. But investigators said Huggins threatened to blow up the Tremonton Police Department with the intention of assassinating two police officers before the bombing.

The AP wrote that Huggins said be believed the attack would trigger an uprising against the government.

Pot Growers, Sellers and Distributors May be Prosecuted in Medical Marijuana States

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By Joel Rosenblatt
Bloomberg

Large-scale growers, sellers and distributors of marijuana may be prosecuted in states that have passed laws permitting medical use of the drug, according to a Justice Department memo obtained by Bloomberg News.

The June 29 memo, from Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole to U.S. attorneys, says a 2009 memo issued by Deputy Attorney General David Ogden — referred to as the “Ogden Memo” — remains in effect.

The Ogden letter advised prosecutors that enforcement efforts against people using marijuana to treat cancer or other serious illnesses in accordance with state laws may not be “an efficient use of federal resources,” according to Cole’s memo. The Ogden memo was “never intended to shield” larger scale cultivation, Cole wrote.

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