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Huffington Post Reporter Under FBI Investigation for Twitter ‘Joke’

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Huffington Post editor who joked about “destroying Trump ballots” at a Washington D.C. voting site is under investigation by the FBI, the journalist wrote. 

On Halloween, Nick Baumann tweeted, “I love my job working at a voting site in washington dc destroying trump ballots.”

A day later, Baumann said his tweet was “a joking reference” to the conspiracies peddled by Trump supporters that a man was destroying Trump ballots.

On Nov. 4, Bauman said the FBI called him, but he never called back because he thought it was a prank call. A day later, the FBI called again.

“The reason I’m calling is — I can’t give you too many details over the phone — we recently received some complaints regarding some online postings that were made. I don’t know if you know what that’s in reference to, but would you be willing to sit down with us for a couple minutes tomorrow morning by chance?” the agent asked, according to Baumann.

“I know this may sound ridiculous, but when we receive complaints we have to follow them up no matter what,” the federal agent added.

There has been no meeting, but Baumann wrote, “The investigation is ongoing.”

Secret Service May Urge Trump to Relinquish His Twitter Account

Donald TrumpBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Delete your Twitter account” is a common response to President-elect Donald Trump’s sometimes head-scratching tweets that criticize the media, Saturday Nigh Live and even China.

Many Trump supporters praise the president-elect for speaking what’s on his mind without a filter.

But the Secret Service may request that Trump relinquish the Twitter account after he is sworn into office, the New York Daily News reports. 

“That’s going to be up to him, the Secret Service and others who have to help decide those issues,” Kellyanne Conway said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I will tell you that the President-elect looks at his social media accounts, a combined 25 million or probably more at this point users on Twitter on Facebook as a very good platform for which to convey his messages,” she said. “But he’s a unique person who’s been following his instincts and his judgment from the beginning.”

Many critics fear that Trump’s impulsivity on Twitter could endanger himself and the country.

Other Stories of Interest

Secret Service Investigated Ohio Man Who Wrote ‘Kill Trump’ on Facebook

1129-sub-trump-threat-facebook-7By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agents investigated a man who appeared to threaten the life of President-elect Donald Trump.

Law enforcement officials confirmed to TMZ that the Secret Service and deputies in Greene County, Ohio, met Monday with a man who posted, “kill Trump” on Facebook.

Agents asked the man if he was serious, and he responded, “Not unless he starts going door-to-door rounding up people like he says.”

The Secret Service determined he was not a serious threat.

FBI Director James Comey Blames Twitter for ‘Monster of Bias’

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Americans’ trust in government institutions is eroding because of “echo chambers” like Twitter.

“My children, again, discipline me not to go on Twitter because apparently people say bad things about me on Twitter. But things like Twitter offer us the opportunity only to encounter views consistent with our own, 24 hours a day,” Comey explained at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event Wednesday, Politico reports. “There’s an opportunity to feed that monster of a bias, that confirmation bias, all the time. So it accelerates that fractionalizing of our society, and it makes it much harder for people like me, like you, like the people in here, to speak reason to folks about our institutions.”

Comey didn’t directly mention the Hillary Clinton investigation, but eluded to it.

Twitter has become an outlet for GOP attacks against the FBI’s decision against charging Clinton for her use of a private email server as secretary of state.

“I’m not going to talk about the email investigation but I see some of the things people say about this thing, I’m like, ‘really?’ But it becomes truth to so many people. And I don’t know how to unring that bell,” he said. “So I do think it’s become enormously challenging for people in institutions that depend upon the trust of the citizens to recapture trust where it’s been lost, explain ourselves in a way that allows them to resist demagoguery or the Twitterverse.”

Border Patrol Proposes Asking for Social Media Handle of Visitors in Visa Waiver Program

Facebook_logo-2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government has come under fire for a proposal to ask for the social media handles of people visiting the country under the visa waiver program.

Civil liberties advocates say the proposal goes too far, but counterterrorism experts counter it’s not far enough, NBC News reports. 

Border Patrol submitted the proposal to the Federal Register last month that would include a social media section to visa applications. Answering the question would be optional.

Counterterrorism experts are trying to learn more about people before they enter the country.

Homeland Security Wants Permission to Ask Travelers for Social Media Accounts

passport1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection may ask travelers for more than their passports as America looks to tighten its vetting process.

CBP submitted a proposal that would enable official to requests that travelers voluntarily disclose their social media account information, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. 

“It will be an optional data field to request social media identifiers to be used for vetting purposes, as well as applicant contact information,” the CPB said in the proposal.

Citizens from 38 countries are allowed to travel to the U.S. for business or tourism for no longer than 90 days without a visa.

The social media information would help officials assess “potential risks to national security,” Homeland Security said.

Secret Service Investigates Trump’s Former Butler Over Comments about Obama’s Death

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating Donald Trump’s friend and former butler over vile Facebook posts calling for President Obama’s murder.

Anthony Senecal said Obama is a “Kenyan fraud” who should be hanged for treason, the New York Times reports. 

“With the last breath I draw I will help rid this America of the scum infested in its government,” Mr. Senecal wrote last May, saying that the president should be dragged from the “white mosque” and hanged “from the portico — count me in !!!!!”

The Secret Service said it was “aware of the matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Trump’s campaign spokesman criticized Senecal’s statements.

“We totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him.”

In a follow-up interview with NBC News, Senecal again called for the hanging of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He added that Detroit and Milwaukee should become “nuclear bomb sites” because the cities have been “disgraced by Muslims.”

CIA Tweets U.S. Capture of Osama bin Laden – Five Years Later

Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA commemorated the five-year anniversary of killing Osama bin Laden with a series of live tweets.

On Sunday, the CIA tweeted that bin Laden was found “on third floor and killed.”

“The takedown of bin Laden stands as one of the great intelligence successes of all time. History has been a key element of CIA’s social media efforts,” CIA spokesman Ryan Trapani said, according to ABC. “On the fifth anniversary, it is appropriate to remember the day and honor all those who had a hand in this achievement.”

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