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ACLU Recommends Budget Cuts Amid Imminent Government Shutdown Threats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

New FBI Director James Comey may have to make big cuts to the bureau’s budget because of a government shutdown and last year’s sequester.

The ACLU has some ideas about “programs that deserve to get the axe, because they’re ineffective, undermine innocent Americans’ privacy and civil liberties, or simply offend American values.

The recommendations are: Stop identifying neighborhoods by race in order to investigate them; quit collecting information on innocent Americans a part of “Domain Management;” end intrusive programs called “assessments” that target people or groups without any reason to believe they broke the law; do away with the new database, eGuardian, because it encourages racial discrimination; and end the collection of all U.S. telephone call data.

“Spying on innocent people rarely helps find guilty people,” the ACLU wrote. “We hope that by giving Director Comey a few ideas about FBI programs that can be cut to save expenses, he can turn his attention to other abusive FBI practices documented in the ACLU report. Ending practices that violate civil liberties won’t necessarily put the FBI’s budget back in the black, but it is still the right thing to do.”

Judge Drops Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against Former FBI Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent who filed a $2.2 million federal lawsuit against the FBI claiming retaliation and racial discrimination lost her case, WFMJ-NBC reports.

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson dismissed the case, saying the former agent, Sheila Lawson, never made herself available for depositions.

Lawson, who worked for the FBI between 2002 and 2006, has been largely inaccessible during the case, the WFMJ reported.

Lawson was acting as her own attorney.

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FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud May Get New Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Nashville FBI agent who was sentenced last year to four years in prison for wire and bankruptcy fraud may get a new trial after allegations of racial discrimination surfaced, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, the Tennessean reports.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said the case should be sent back to district court to determine if Darin Lee McAllister is entitled to a new trial.

At issue is the dismissal of two black prospective jurors.

McAllister, who was accused of a scheme to defraud a bank, argues the District Court should have allowed him to challenge the jurors’ dismissals.

Agents File Suit Against DEA for Discrimination

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Some DEA agents in the Caribbean are not too happy with the way things are.

Ten Puerto Rican agents filed suit against the agency claiming they receive less pay and riskier assignments than agents sent to the island from the mainland, the Huffington Post reports.

Attorney Bamily Lopez Ortiz said on Monday that the agents were reluctant to file charges but felt deprived of bonuses and incentives given to agents hired on the mainland. The ten agents were all hired in Puerto Rico.

Because Puerto Rico is considered a high-intensity drug trafficking area, agents hired in the US to work in Puerto Rico are eligible for bonuses equal to a quarter of their base pay, meaning some Puerto Rican agents may be owed more than $100,000 in lost pay and damages, Lopez said.

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