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Secret Service Investigating Veteran Who Is Accused of Threatening to Shoot Trump

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating a veteran who is accused of carrying a gun to a Donald Trump rally in Virginia after he said he was going to shoot the Republican presidential candidate.

The suspect claims he was “only messing around,” but investigators aren’t so sure, New York Magazine reports. 

According to a police investigation, the veteran said a neighbor asked him what he was doing, and he responded he was going to “shoot Trump.”

The veteran’s identity has not been released.

The Secret Service responded in less than an hour. During an interview with the Secret Service, the suspect allegedly said Trump was “creating problems instead of helping people.”

Secret Service Looks to Beef Up White House Security After Embarrassing Blunder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was an embarrassment and failure of the Secret Service.

An Army veteran with a pocketknife scaled the White House fence and entered the executive mansion Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Secret Service is reviewing ways to better protect the White House.

The suspect on Friday, Omar J. Gonzalez, sprinted across the north lawn and reached the unlocked doors of the North Portico, raising serious concerns about the level of security.

One place to start may be portions of the fence that date back to 1818, the Wall Street Journal reported.

“If the Secret Service wanted to stop fence jumpers, it could close Pennsylvania Avenue and there wouldn’t be any,” one law-enforcement official said. “But that’s not reasonable.”

The issue is a delicate balance between security and preserving public access and architectural integrity, the Wall Street Journal wrote.

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Wounded Army Veteran Justin Slaby Awarded $75,000 in Damages for Lawsuit Against FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A U.S. Army veteran who sued the FBI after saying the bureau removed him from a training academy because of his prosthetic left hand was awarded $75,000 in damages Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

The federal jury in Alexandria determined Justin Slaby, whose hand was blown off by a grenade during a military training accident in 2004, was capable of performing his duties in spite of his disability.

Slaby’s attorney said his client plans to still become a special agent.

“It’s a historical case,” said John Griffin, one of the lawyers who represented Slaby. “A jury has now spoken and said people should be evaluated on their abilities and not on their appearances and not on what happened to them during a war.”

Justin Slaby

Head of Milwaukee FBI Office Is Reassigned After Refusing to Testify in Court

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Teresa Carlson, special agent in charge of the Milwaukee FBI office, was quietly reassigned to the agency’s headquarters after she refused to testify in a federal courtroom in Virginia, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Carlson is accused of trying to influence a subordinate’s testimony on whether the FBI refused to give an Army veteran a job because of his disabilities.

The Office of Inspector General is investigating what could become a criminal case, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Carlson is accused of telling an agent “to come down on the side of the government in this matter,” according to court records in the case.