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FBI Arrests Oregon Man, Found Pipe Bombs, After Alleged Threats to President Obama

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 61-year-old Oregon man on charges of threatening the president after authorities said they found what appeared to be pipe bombs in his apartment, ABC News reports. 

John Martin Roos of Medford, Oregon, was charged Thursday.

In a statement, the FBI said, “At approximately noon on Thursday, April 28, 2016, FBI Agents and Medford Police Officers served a federal search warrant at an apartment on Poplar Drive in Medford. Inside, they found what appeared to be several pipe bombs. The Oregon State Police Explosives Unit responded, and members of that unit have rendered the devices safe.”

The statement continues, “There are two men who live at that apartment, and one was home at the time of the search. Agents and officers detained him for a short while until the scene could be secured, but he has been released and is not charged. FBI Agents located a second resident of the apartment at another Medford location shortly after entering the residence. This second man, 61-year-old John Martin Roos, was the subject of the search warrant. Agents made a probable cause arrest of Roos, charging him with Threatening the President of the United States and and Use of an Interstate Facility to transmit Threats. The United States Secret Service is assisting in this investigation.”

Ross is lodged in the Jackson County Jail and is expected to make an initial court appearance soon.

Congressman Urges Passage of ATF Enforcement Act to End Gun Hypocrisy

gunsBy Rep. Donald S. Beyer Jr.
for Washington Post

Those who oppose gun safety legislation often contend that the president and Congress should enforce existing gun laws before considering any new ones. National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre has said that under current federal law, President Obama “could take every felon with a gun, drug dealer with a gun, and criminal gang banger with a gun off the streets tomorrow and lock ’em up for five years or more”; House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who holds great power over whether gun legislation sees the light of day, has said that “the federal government is not doing the job they should be doing in enforcing our current gun laws.”

We should call their bluff. The truth is that Congress routinely blocks the power of the federal agency responsible for overseeing and investigating firearms sales: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The ATF is unable to carry out its mission because of the multiple obstacles placed in its path. For example, a 2004 budget amendment blocked the agency from providing data on the tracing of guns used in crimes for any state license revocation action or civil lawsuit. Gun-trace data are critically important for sourcing illegally trafficked firearms and identifying corrupt gun dealers. Another amendment that year banned any requirement that gun dealers keep a physical inventory of their wares. In 2012, Congress said that the ATF couldn’t deny applications to import any shotgun simply because it lacked a sporting purpose. The list goes on.

So what if we didn’t pass new gun safety laws, but instead simply returned to the ATF the authority and autonomy to fully perform its duties? What if this key agency were enabled “to protect communities from violent criminals . . . the illegal use and trafficking of firearms . . . [and] acts of terrorism,” as its mission statement reads, without interference?

Tuesday I will introduce the ATF Enforcement Act, which would restore the agency’s ability to enforce existing gun laws by removing legislative limitations on its operations, enforcement and day-to-day functions. My bill would also allow the person picked to be ATF director to bypass the Senate confirmation process by moving the appointment power to the attorney general. For years, congressional allies of the gun lobby have blocked nominees by both Democratic and Republican presidents. Only one nominee has been confirmed since the position was made subject to Senate approval in 2006.

President Obama Pledges His Administration Won’t Protect Clinton During Investigation

obama1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama pledged Sunday that his administration would not protect Hillary Clinton “in any way” during the investigation of her use of a private e-mail while she she was secretary of state.

“I can guarantee that,” Obama said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.

“And not because I give Attorney General (Loretta) Lynch a directive; that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always have maintained it,” Obama added. “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case.”

He added: “Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department. Because nobody is above the law.”

Obama also said he doesn’t believe Clinton risked national security by using a private server.

“I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security. Now what I’ve also said is that — and she has acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama said. “But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who has served her country for four years as secretary of state, and did an outstanding job. And no one has suggested that in some ways, as a consequence of how she’s handled e-mails … that detracted from her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”

Washington Times: Justice Department Forces Courts to Punish Lawbreakers by Ability to Pay

justice-dept-photo-with-woman-and-courtBy Editorial Board
Washington Times

The rule of law is meant to guide the administration of justice. But in an administration obsessed with race, not necessarily. The Obama Justice Department has instructed judges across the nation to lighten up on the poor, and especially poor minorities, or else. The lady with the blindfold and sword has tossed her blindfold aside and put the weight of her sword on the scale to favor those with the right connections.

The Obama administration is all about payback. The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has written to municipal and state judges from coast to coast warning them that federal funds for their courthouses could be cut unless they dial back fees and fines levied against “economically disadvantaged” defendants guilty of minor crimes, particularly those of ethnic minorities who don’t have the money to pay their fines.

The letter, dispatched March 14, was signed by Vanita Gupta, an assistant attorney general, and Lisa Foster, the director of the Office for Access, and lays out what they call “basic constitutional principles relevant to the enforcement of fines and fees.” Among them is a prohibition against jailing someone for failing to pay without first asking whether he is poor and whether the nonpayment was willful, together with a demand to consider alternatives to jail. Judges were warned that practices that “impose disparate harm on the basis of race or national origin” may violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In the wake of Justice Department investigations into civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore, municipal authorities are sensitive to racial discrimination, as they should be, but now judges are asked to be financial analysts and cut offenders a break if they’re broke. Who says crime does not pay?

To read more click here. 

Response

By James Burdick

What’s the point of printing the ka-ka that the Washington Times pouts out? This is their absurd take on a very serious problems. It’s not the assessment of costs, fines and fees that the economically disadvantaged suffer – typically black and other minorities – it’s putting them in jail “until” they can pay.

Which of course is never. How does that help society. Someone steals a pound of hamburger meat from a grocery store. What is he, a terrorist? A murdered? A rapist? No, he’s hungry and has no money for food for himself or his family. So order him to pay thousands in costs, court fees and fines and then jail him for not paying because he has no money? This the Washington Times thinks is evidence of race bias by the President’s administration. They should try living on $7.00 an hour with a few kids and see how long they can do that.

James Burdick, a former Wayne County prosecutor, is a criminal defense attorney who also handles health care cases at Burdick Law, P.C. in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

President Obama Apologies to Argentina for CIA Actions During Country’s ‘Dirty War’

ArgentinaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama apologized to Argentina for CIA actions during the country’s “dirty war.”

Townhall.com reports that the CIA created operation Condor to combat the spread of communism by helping right-wing groups.

“I believe we have a responsibility to confront the past with honesty and transparency,” Obama said in Argentina. “A memorial like this speaks to the responsibilities that all of us have. We cannot forget the past, but when we find the courage to confront it, and we find the courage to change that past, that’s when we build a better future.”

“This park is a tribute to their memory but it’s also a tribute to the bravery and tenacity of the parents and spouses, siblings and the children who love and remember them,” Obama said during remarks at the memorial. “Today, we also commemorate those who fought side-by-side with Argentinians for human rights.”

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Director Comey Appears to Be Ruffling the Feathers of the Obama Administration

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey is ruffling feathers in the Obama administration over his aggressive posturing, The Hill reports. 

Some of the issues are Comey’s fight with Apple, his suggestion that the Black Lives Matter movement has hindered police and his warning about “gaps” in the screening of Syrian refugees.

Then there’s the issue of Hillary Clinton, the Democratic frontrunner who is under investigation for her use of a private e-mail server while she was the secretary of state.

Comey, a Republican who donated to Mitt Romeny’s presidential campaign in 2012, has shown he is “not attached to the strings of the White House,” said Ron Hosko, the former head of the FBI’s criminal investigative division and a critic of Obama’s law enforcement strategies.

On the Apple issue, “It’s just not clear [Comey] is speaking for the administration,” said Richard Clarke, a former White House counterterrorism and cybersecurity chief. “We know there have been administration meetings on this for months. The proposal that Comey had made on encryption was rejected by the administration.”

Former law enforcement officials said Comey may be giving the president more than he bargained for.

“He takes very seriously the fact that he works for the executive branch,” added Leo Taddeo, a former agent in the FBI’s cyber division. “But he also understands the importance of maintaining his independence as a law enforcement agency that needs to give not just the appearance of independence but the reality of it.”

Cleveland Man Arrested After Threatening to Kill President Obama, Hillary Clinton

Jonathan SmeadBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Cleveland man is accused of calling the Secret Service and saying he wants to kill President Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The Secret Service and Cleveland police on Monday arrested Jonathan Smead, 35, who was charged Wednesday in Ohio Northern District Court, Cleveland.com reports. 

Authorities said Smead called the Secret Service at 10 p.m. Sunday and asked whether it was a federal crime to acknowledge that he wants to kill the president.

Smead, who cited past assassins, also said he wanted to kill Clinton, authorities said.

Smead even told the Secret Service that he “wants federal charges, not little state charges,” and offered up his social security number, name, date of birth and the home where he was living with his grandmother.    

Border Chief Says Agents Should Quit If They Dislike Obama’s Amnesty Program

Border Patrol agents reads the Miranda rights to a Mexican national arrested for transporting drugs.By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The strong message Tuesday came as tensions grow between Congress and the White House over the executive amnesty program, the Washington Times reports. 

Kerlikowske dismissed Congressional testimony by the National Border Patrol Council chief, who said last month that agents are told to release illegal immigrants.

“I would not stand by if the Border Patrol was releasing people without going through all of the formalities,” Mr. Kerlikowske testified to the House Committee on Appropriations.

Still Republican leaders in the House said they plan to vote on joining a lawsuit that seeks to halt the amnesty.

“This executive amnesty is a direct attack on the Congress’s Article I powers under the Constitution,” House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said. “The president is not permitted to write law. Only Congress is. The House will make that very clear.”