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New Book Argues Border Patrol Has Gone Rogue After Sept. 11 Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A scathing new book argues that Border Patrol agents have squandered the rights of undocumented immigrants by resorting to rogue tactics after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“The U.S. Border Patrol is not just the ‘men in green,’ it is a much larger complex and industrial world that spans from robotics, engineers, salespeople and detention centers to the incoming generation of children in its Explorer programs,” Todd Miller writes in “Border Patrol Nation: Dispatches From the Front Lines of Homeland Security.”

Miller, a journalist who has covered border issues for a decade for major publications, including the New York Times, said agents have become abrasive, and the book offers accounts of people treated harshly.

The book’s release comes as Border Patrol pledged to tone down its tactics after coming under heavy criticism.

ATF Officials Defend Use of People with Mental Disabilities in Storefront Stings Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Top ATF officials said they did nothing wrong by using people with mental disabilities in storefront stings nationwide, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The comments came during a meeting with The Arc, a disability rights group, that was outraged by the discovery that ATF agents used rogue tactics to conduct storefront stings.

The people with disabilities were often used to promote the operations and then arrested, the Journal Sentinel found last week.

ATF officials said they used “common sense” and acknowledged it was difficult determine who has mental disabilities.

“When we pointed out that perhaps everybody would be in a better position if they had training to recognize the characteristics or red flags that they are dealing with someone with a diminished capacity, they simply agreed that it would be worthwhile and appropriate, that ‘common sense’ could be more well-informed,” Peter Berns, head of The Arc, told the Journal Sentinel.

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Washington Post: Ex-FBI Agent Who Disappeared in Iran Was on Rogue Mission for CIA

Robert Levinson

By Adam Goldman
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — An American man who disappeared in Iran more than six years ago had been working for the CIA in what U.S. intelligence officials describe as a rogue operation that led to a major shake-up in the spy agency.

Bob Levinson, an ex-FBI agent, traveled to the Iranian Island of Kish in March 2007 to investigate corruption at a time when he was discussing the renewal of a CIA contract he had held for several years. He also inquired about getting reimbursed for the Iran trip by the agency before he departed, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.

After he vanished, CIA officials told Congress in closed hearings as well as the FBI that Levinson did not have a current relationship with the agency and downplayed its ties with him. Agency officials said Levinson didn’t go to Iran for the CIA.

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