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Mississippi Man Who Tried to Join ISIS Credits FBI for Saving His Life

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mississippi man thanked the FBI for saving his life as he was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for trying to join ISIS.

Muhammad Dakhlalla told a federal judge that he didn’t know at the time what ISIS represented, the Associated Press reports. 

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Dakhlalla said he watched Internet videos with his former fiancee, Jaelyn Young, and videos depicted ISIS members helping people in Syria and Iraq. While jailed, he said he learned about ISIS’ violence after watching TV news coverage of the terrorist organization.

“I was completely wrong about what ISIS was,” Dakhlalla told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. “I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re really sick and twisted. They twist Islam for their own agenda. I denounce them. I condemn them.”

His former fiancee, Young, was sentenced to 12 years in prison earlier this month.

NYT Editorial: Justice Department Too Slow to Apply Mercy

jail2photoBy Editorial Board
New York Times

President Obama last week commuted the prison terms of 214 federal inmates who were sent to prison under draconian, ’80s-era laws that have since been revised. Among them were 67 people serving life sentences, nearly all of them for nonviolent drug offenses.

Mercy was granted in these cases. But the federal clemency system — which moves far too slowly and is too often blocked by politics in both the Justice Department and the White House — was never intended to manage miscarriages of justice that happen on a vast scale, as was the case when so many Americans were sent to prison under the “tough on crime” policies of the 1980s.

The country needs a variety of mechanisms for reducing unreasonably long sentences. And the Justice Department, which has considerable latitude in these matters, needs to do more within the course of its regular operations to deal with the legacy of sentencing policies that have been recognized as destructively unfair.

The former attorney general, Eric Holder Jr., took an important step: In 2014, he supported the United States Sentencing Commission’s decision to reduce sentences for many nonviolent drug crimes and asked that people in prison be made eligible for the reductions. According to the Justice Department, more than 12,000 people have been released under that effort.

Recently, however, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a Justice Department agency, has come under criticism for not doing enough with the powers it already has to help inmates who deserve to be released. The Sentencing Reform Act of 1984 authorizes the bureau to ask a federal judge to reduce an inmate’s sentence when there are “extraordinary and compelling” reasons for doing so.

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Records: CIA Imprisoned, Interrogated Man Knowing He Was Innocent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

New records reveal that the CIA imprisoned and interrogated a man that investigators knew was not a terrorist.

McClathy reports that the CIA realized it imprisoned the wrong man, a German citizen named Khaleed al-Masri, in Afghanistan.

Al-Mari was held in a secret prison with a “small cell with some clothing, bedding and a bucket for his waste,” according to a recently released internal CIA report.

McClathy wrote:

Adding to the sense of injustice: Even though the agency realized early on that al-Masri was the wrong man, it couldn’t figure out how to release him without having to acknowledge its mistake. The agency eventually dumped him unceremoniously in Albania and essentially pretended his arrest and detention had never happened.

Former Army Sniper Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring to Kill DEA Agent

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper instructor accused of conspiring in a plot to kill a DEA agent was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports that Joseph Hunter, also known as Rambo, was accused of receiving $100,000 to recruit snipers to kill a DEA agent. The people h
e hired – a former U.S. Army soldier and an ex-German soldier – were sentenced earlier to 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said Hunter made the “dishonorable choice” to conspire to kill an agent and a cooperating witness in Liberia in 2013.

“His was a choice that betrayed society and the honor and trust that this country invested in his military career,” Swain said.

Homeland Security Released Nearly 20,000 Criminal Immigrants in 2015

immigrationBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security released nearly 20,000 criminal immigrants in 2015, largely because the convicts’ countries wouldn’t take them back.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officials said they often have no choice but to release the criminals back into the U.S. after they serve their time, Newsday reports. 

Many of them have been convicted of violent crimes, such as murder and sexual assault.

Some members of Congress criticized ICE for releasing the immigrants.

“What is unacceptable is even one (release). Why did you release even one person?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked Saldana.

ICE Director Sarah Saldana said her agency is developing a item to alert local authorities when a criminal is released back into society.

Chaffetz said that’s not enough.

“They got caught committing a crime. They were convicted of the crime and instead of following the law and deporting them, you released them … and they commit more crimes,” Chaffetz said. “That is so wholly unacceptable.”

Mexican Judge: Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Can Be Extradited to U.S.

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican judge said Monday that the country can extradite Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S.

The judge, who was not identified, said extradition can move forward if Mexico’s foreign ministry approves it within 20 days. The defense also has the right to appeal, Fox New reports. 

A Mexican security official said Guzman is lodged in a less-secure prison in an area controlled by his Sinaloa cartel.

“El Chapo” broke out of prison in 2001 and 2014.

FBI Widens Investigation of Inmate Abuse at New York State Prison System

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is widening its investigation into inmate abuse in the New York state prison system following the death of a mentally ill inmate last April.

Now the bureau has opened a probe into the alleged 2014 beating of an inmate at Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill by officers, the Poughkeepsie Journal reports. 

Less than 2 miles away is another prison where officers allegedly beat to death Samuel D, Harrell III in a vicious attack. His death prompted a federal wrongful-death lawsuit.

The latest case involves Kevin Moore, who was allegedly beaten so badly that he suffered a collapsed lung, socket fractures, bruised legs, five broken ribs and blurred vision, the Times-Union reports. 

Moore’s assaulted spared a grand jury investigation in Jun 2015 but nothing resulted at the time.

“We reached a point where it became apparent that the investigative resources of the U.S. attorney’s office coupled with the federal grand jury rules of evidence would enhance our ability to conduct a more thorough investigation,” Dutchess County District Attorney Bill Grady said Sunday. “Therefore we, as an office, joined with the U.S. Attorney’s office a number of months ago. And this joint investigation is currently ongoing along with the (Samuel) Harrell case.”

Duped! Hoax Website Falsely Claims ‘El Chapo’ Was Escaped Jail Again

Joaquin_Guzman-LoeraBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Social media was abuzz Sunday after rumors circulated that Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman broke free of jail for the third time.

The source of the rumors was a hoax ABC News site that posted a story that claimed Guzman escaped a Mexican prison once again.

Mexican and U.S. officials confirmed that Guzman did not escape and was still in custody.

The hoax site has been the source of plenty of fake stories that tricked readers.

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