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Ex-Secret Service Agent Sentenced to Additional 2 Years in Prison for Bitcoin Theft

bitcoin_bigBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent received an additional two years in prison for stealing bitcoins during an investigation into drug marketplace Silk Road.

Shaun Bridges, 35, was sentenced in 2015 to nearly six years in prison stealing more than $800,000 worth of bitcoins during the Silk Road probe.

Bridges pleaded guilty in August to money laundering in another criminal case involving the theft of more than $350,000 with of bitcoin that today is worth more than $800,000. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco sentenced Bridges to another two years in prison, the Justice Department announced

The investigation shut down Silk Road in October 2013, and authorities said the site generated more than $214 million in sales of drugs and other illicit goods and services, relying on bitcoins for payment.

Michigan Man Charged After Allegedly Threatening to Blow Trump’s Brains Out

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Michigan man accused of threatening to blow President Trump’s “white brains” out of his head has been charged in federal court.

Authorities said truck driver James Anthony Jackson made repeated, profanity-laced calls to the Secret Service in Detroit and Chicago earlier this month, threatening to assassinate the president.

Jackson, who has apparent ties to Grand Rapids, was arrested in Idaho and arraigned in federal court in Spokane, Wash., where he is being held without bond pending a hearing Friday, the Detroit News reports

“Better watch Donald Trump ass, ya bitch,” Jackson said during one of the phone calls, according to court records. “Ya’ll think someone playing with yo dumbasses, I am going to blow white brains out … his (expletive) head.”’

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Another Man Dressed at Pikachu Jumps Over White House Fence

secret-servic-via-secret-serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kentucky man dressed as a Pokemon character wanted to become famous so he  jumped the White House fence on Tuesday.

Curtis Combs, 36, was wearing a Pikachu outfit and planned to post the jump on YouTube, WDRB reports

The Secret Service tweeted that a suspicious package was found at the south fence line.

Combs is not the first person to try to jump the White House fence wearing a Pikachu outfit. He was apprehend by the Secret Service.

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Dems Urge Secret Service to Cough Up Details of Pence’s Football Trip

Vice President Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Calling Vice President Mike Pence’s early departure from an NFL game on Sunday a political stunt, two top Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee are urging the Secret Service to disclose the cost of the trip in Indianapolis.

The letter to Secret Service Director Randolph Alles on Wednesday accused Pence of billing taxpayers for a political stunt.

“The costs associated with the Vice President traveling to Indianapolis and attending a large, public event are immense, and we are deeply concerned that the Trump Administration finds it appropriate to expend taxpayer resources to play political games,” reads the letter by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman.

The letter also asks whether any of the agents who were present lost their eligibility for overtime because of statutory pay limits.

The Hill wrote:

Pence flew from Las Vegas to Indianapolis, where he attended a matchup between the Colts and the San Francisco 49ers. Reporters traveling with the vice president were told by a staffer to wait in their vans outside the stadium because of the possibility of “an early departure from the game.”

Pence soon left, after some players knelt in protest during “The Star-Spangled Banner.” President Trump later tweeted that he had told the vice president to leave if any players took a knee.

Cash-Strapped Secret Service Spends $137,505 on Golf Cart Rentals at Trump’s Clubs

secret serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s frequent visits to his private golf clubs in New Jersey and Florida has cost the Secret Service at least $137,505 on golf cart rental so far this year.

The USA Today reports that the agency spent $61,960 to rent golf carts at the Trump International Golf Club in Florida. 

The news comes three months after it was revealed that the Secret Service can no longer pay overtime to hundreds of agents because of the large amount of resources needed to protect Trump’s large family.

“There’s a question about how fast Trump is racking up bills that the taxpayers have to pay, which are largely trips to his hotels and his golf courses,” said Harrell Kirstein, American Bridge communications director. 

Ex-Agent: Secret Service Not Trained to Handle Weaponized Drones, 3-D Guns


secret-servic-via-secret-serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. is vulnerable to attacks from weaponized drones, 3-D printed guns and other high-tech weapons because the Secret Service isn’t equipped to cope with the “grave threat,” a former agent told the Washington Examiner

Don Bongino, author of “Protecting the President,” said President Trump is at risk of an attack from the high-tech weapons.

“The threat is grave,” Bongino said.

Bongino explained that the Secret Service is trained primarily to stop ground attacks, but are not equipped to handle weaponized drones. He also said that 3D-printed guns may not be detected my traditional magnetometers.

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Secret Service Finds Cache of Weapons in Car Near White House


White_HouseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Secret Service officials approached a man for allegedly urinating in public near the White House on Sunday morning, they found a cache of guns, knives and other weapons in the suspect’s car.

CNN reports that the suspect said he was planning to go to the white House to speak with National  Security Agency Director Admiral Mike Rogers and Defense Secretary James Mattis “for advice on missing paychecks and how to get the chip out of my head,” according to the incident report obtained by CNN

A search of the vehicle uncovered nine guns, three knives, ammunition, brass knuckles and suppressors.

The suspect was charged with multiple weapons violations after he was taken to a D.C. facility for “mental observation.”

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KellyAnne Conway, Donald Trump Jr. No Longer Receiving Secret Service Protection

Donald Trump Jr., via Wikipedia

Donald Trump Jr., via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s eldest son and another top White House official will no longer be protected by the Secret Service, the New York Times reports.

Saying he wants more privacy, Donald Trump Jr. elected to forgo Secret Service protection.

It’s unclear whether the rest of his family has elected to forgo protection.

Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to the president, also will no longer be protected by the Secret Service, which has been run over budget because of the president and his family’s penchant for traveling and going on vacations.

The Times reports:

Like other members of his family, Mr. Trump’s personal and business travel — often to far-flung Trump properties and projects around the world — has triggered frequent criticism and careful documentation by Democrats and other watchdog groups. Those groups argue that taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for the agency’s highly trained agents to accompany the younger Mr. Trump. The size of the first family had forced the Secret Service to shift agents who would otherwise be working on criminal cases or investigations into protective duty.

The Secret Service does not decide who falls under its protection. In the case of the president’s immediate family, the agency is required by law to provide round-the-clock security unless it is told not to and typically errs on the side of caution.

Ms. Conway’s protection is not covered by statute. The president approved her protection after Ms. Conway received several threats in the administration’s early days. That threat assessment has since changed, the official briefed on the decision said.