Drug Enforcement Agency: To drink ,Use drugs and whores agency???

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed its employees to stay on the job despite internal investigations that found they had distributed drugs, lied to the authorities or committed other serious misconduct, newly disclosed records show.

Lawmakers expressed dismay this year that the drug agency had not fired agents who investigators found attended “sex parties” with prostitutes paid with drug cartel money while they were on assignment in Colombia. The Justice Department also opened an inquiry into whether the DEA is able to adequately detect and punish wrongdoing by its agents.

Records from the DEA’s disciplinary files show that was hardly the only instance in which the DEA opted not to fire employees despite apparently serious misconduct.

Of the 50 employees the DEA’s Board of Professional Conduct recommended be fired following misconduct investigations opened since 2010, only 13 were actually terminated, the records show. And the drug agency was forced to take some of them back after a federal appeals board intervened.

In one case listed on an internal log, the review board recommended that an employee be fired for “distribution of drugs,” but a human resources official in charge of meting out discipline imposed a 14-day suspension instead. The log shows officials also opted not to fire employees who falsified official records, had an “improper association with a criminal element” or misused government vehicles, sometimes after drinking.

“If we conducted an investigation, and an employee actually got terminated, I was surprised,” said Carl Pike, a former DEA internal affairs investigator. “I was truly, truly surprised. Like, wow, the system actually got this guy.”

The log, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, does not include details of misconduct or the agency’s reasons for choosing one punishment over another. But it illustrates just how uncommon it is for DEA employees to lose their jobs because of  misconduct.

“There is a culture of protection internally that has to change. If there’s a bad apple, they need to be fired, if not prosecuted, and that’s just not happening,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “Federal law enforcement should be held to the highest standard.”

At a minimum, Chaffetz said, the DEA and other agencies should be able to sideline troubled agents quickly by taking away their security clearances, a step the drug agency takes infrequently.

Student Daniel Chong talks about his ordeal while in the custody of the Drug Enforcement Administration when he was forgotten and left without food and water for five days. (Photo: Lenny Ignelzi, AP)

The DEA has long faced criticism for how it handles misconduct by its 11,000 employees. This spring, the Justice Department said it had “serious concerns” about the discipline meted out to six agents who left a handcuffed college student in a holding cell for five days with no food or water. Two of the agents received brief suspensions; four others were given letters of reprimand. The student, Daniel Chong, won a $4.1 million settlement.

Years before that, the Justice Department’s inspector general faulted the DEA for imposing “penalties that appear to be too lenient.”

But never has the criticism been more pointed than in March, when the inspector general revealed that DEA agents had attended “sex parties” while posted in Colombia. The agents received suspensions of between two and 10 days. Two weeks later, exasperated lawmakers pressed the DEA’s administrator, Michele Leonhart, on why she hadn’t fired them. Federal law doesn’t allow it, she replied.

“If somebody murdered somebody, could you fire him?” asked Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

“If someone murdered someone, there would be criminal charges, and that’s how they would be fired,” she said.

Leonhart resigned a week later. She could not be reached for comment.

Then-Attorney General Eric Holder ordered the Justice Department’s own internal ethics watchdog to conduct a “systematic review” of DEA’s disciplinary process in April. (That office also has faced criticism for being too soft on misconduct.) Spokesman Patrick Rodenbush said the review is ongoing.

The DEA’s internal affairs log shows investigators review more than 200 cases each year and often clear the agents involved. When they do find wrongdoing, the most common outcome is a either a letter of caution — the lightest form of discipline the agency can impose — or a brief unpaid suspension.

In fewer than 6% of those cases did DEA managers recommend firing. In some of those cases, the agency allowed employees to quit. More often, it settled on a lesser punishment.

DEA spokesman Joseph Moses said that often happens because it’s not until after the Board of Professional Conduct makes its recommendations that employees get to fully present their side of the story. That can prompt human resources officials ultimately to opt for lighter punishment.

“DEA agents should be held to a high standard, but not an unrealistically high standard,” said Scott Ando, a former internal affairs investigator for the agency who now heads Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority. “You can’t expect every agent to get fired for every transgression because they’re people and they sometimes make mistakes.”

The process can also be tedious. DEA records show the agency had not finished some of the misconduct cases it opened in 2011, including two serious enough that the agency’s Board of Professional Conduct recommended the employee be fired.

In this April 12, 2013 file photo, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrator Michele Leonhart testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP)

Even when employees are fired, records show the punishment doesn’t always stick because the agents were reinstated by the federal Merit Systems Protection Board, the independent body that reviews federal disciplinary matters. In one case, the board blocked the DEA from firing an agent who left a voicemail for his girlfriend threatening “to give the couple’s consensually made sex video” to her 8-year-old daughter as a birthday present. It ruled another agent could not be fired after he accidentally fired his gun during a foot chase, then threw away the spent shell casing and told an investigator that the shooting never happened.

“The general feeling throughout senior leadership at DEA was that it’s a ridiculous system,” said James Capra, the former head of operations for the drug agency. “We used to joke that this guy got fired but he’s just going to get his job back.”

Those few who ultimately were fired engaged in what records portray as an array of serious misconduct. Three were ousted after the agency accused them of hiring prostitutes while working in Colombia in 2012, an episode unrelated to the agents who attended sex parties in the country. Two also were accused of lying to investigators. A decade earlier, state prosecutors took the unusual step of indicting one of those agents, Jude Tanella, for manslaughter after he shot a drug suspect in the back as they struggled following a high-speed chase. A federal court threw out the charges because it said a federal agent couldn’t be prosecuted in state court for a justified on-duty shooting.

Tanella’s lawyer, Lawrence Berger, who also represented another of the fired agents, said “it’s a shame that they’ve been treated in such a fashion.”

Another agent, Jeffrey Prather, was fired after admitting he let civilians use “DEA-issued fully automatic weapons” as part of a security training business he had set up,according to merit board records. The board also concluded that Prather, who it said established his own religion, had persuaded “vulnerable and struggling women” to have sex with him “by telling them they would be ‘healed'” if they did.

Prather said the case against him “was a witch hunt.”

Still another agent was fired after admitting that he crashed his government vehicle after a night of drinking and gambling in the Bahamas then repeatedly lied to his supervisors about it. In his defense, the agent told the merit board he was still “under the effects of the alcohol” when he lied to his supervisors in Miami 30 hours later.

We seriously have some issues with some people carrying big automatic guns these days, you wonder why we citizens feel the need to arm and protect themselves?It is not always the criminals we are afraid of.

You get a pocket dial, What do you do?…….

What do you do when you answer a phone call from a co-worker and realize that he called you by accident, but now you can hear his whole side conversation about your boss? Record it, of course!

When Carol Spaw, Senior Executive Assistant to the CEO of Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, responded to a pocket-dial from fellow board member James Huff, she overheard a private conversation between Huff, his wife Bertha and his colleague, Larry Savage, discussing the possibility of firing Spaw’s boss, Candace McGraw, from her position as CEO. Even after realizing the call wasn’t meant for her, Spaw did not hang up.

This brings eavesdropping to a whole new level. According to a report that appeared in Amlaw, Spaw recorded a portion of the conversation after putting it on loudspeaker for her colleagues to hear, and took notes because of the incriminating nature of the discussion.

Unbeknownst to her, because of her indiscretion, she was in violation of Title III of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968, 18 U.S.C. § 2510 et seq, because she intentionally intercepted and exploited information that was not meant for her to hear.

The pocket dial happened while Huff was on vacation in Italy, after he had previously called Spaw regarding dinner reservations. Because the second call seemed muffled, Spaw asked colleague Nancy Hill to help decipher what Huff was saying after repeatedly answering “hello” and getting no response.

It took 90 seconds for Spaw and Hill to realize that the call was not actually meant for Spaw. They listened to the entire 91 minutes of the phone call and recorded Huff and Savage’s conversation as evidence of potential discrimination against McGraw.

After transcribing the recording and transferring the recording to a thumb drive, she shared her typewritten summary with other members of the board. Eventually, Huff got wind of the situation and filed a formal complaint against Spaw, alleging that she had deliberately intercepted the call and disclosed information about his discussion in violation of Title III.

The Huffs did not win the case, however, and the judge ruled that pocket dials are not protected phone calls and constitute an open forum.

As reported by CBSNews, 6th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Danny J. Boggs held that anything spoken over cellular lines is fair game, whether the call was intended for you or not.

Nice try, James Huff. If anything, this case proves the fact that the very technology we rely on can easily be turned against us. Here’s a rule of thumb (drive) to those who are predisposed to chatter: Exercise caution when gossiping, or discussing confidential information about a co-worker’s future. You never know who might be listening.

Most people would just hang up and act responsibly, But this BITCH recorded it and tried to gain personally from it. At the least she deserves to be fired at most she needs to be charged criminally.

‘None of your business’ Facebook post goes viral

An Ann Arbor woman’s Facebook post lamenting rude questions about 20- and 30-somethings’ plans to have children went viral over the weekend, drawing international media attention.

Emily Bingham posted her comment Sept. 21 accompanied by what she said was a random ultrasound image of a baby to underscore what she called “just a friendly P.S.A. that people’s reproductive and procreative plans and decisions are none of your business. NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS.”

The sentiment struck a chord, and as of late Sunday evening, the post had been shared more than 36,000 times by other Facebook users.

The post caught the attention of two British news sources that published stories this weekend about the post: metro.co.uk and dailymail.co.uk. ABC’s Good Morning America was sending a camera crew to her home Sunday night for an interview for an upcoming show, she said.


Emily Bingham – Timeline Photos | Facebook

Bingham said in an interview Sunday afternoon that she had no idea the post would catch on so strongly, but it’s pretty clear it hit a nerve. The post, she said, came about after a last-straw conversation recently.

“I had had dinner with some of my boyfriend’s family, and someone had made a joke about grandkids, pointed at me, and it wasn’t the first time I’d had somebody make a comment like that,” Bingham said. “I’m 33. I’ve never been married. I’ve had people say things like, ‘You’re getting older, do you want to have kids? Your clock is ticking.’

“I think I finally felt mad enough about it to say something,” added Bingham, a Michigan State University graduate and a freelance journalist for regional magazines who also does social media consulting and copy writing for corporate clients.

Bingham said it’s not just about the insensitivity of asking those kinds of questions of those like her, single or unmarried people in their 20s or 30s. It’s also about the grief it can cause newly married young couples grappling with whether and when to have children, and those who deal with infertility or other health issues that preclude having children, not to mention singles and couples who have decided parenthood isn’t for them.

All of those matters and decisions, Bingham said, are “incredibly private.”

“It’s a sensitive topic,” she said. “People aren’t intending to be hurtful, but the questions can be insensitive and cause people grief.”

Bingham’s full post is available at www.facebook.com/ebingham.

I agree it is no one else’s business, Emily you do what is right for you and no one else.

New report sheds light on Freddie Gray’s last moments

At least one Baltimore Police officer warned fellow officers thatFreddie Gray needed medical attention, according to CBS Baltimore media partner The Baltimore Sun, which had exclusive access to statements made by officers during a departmental probe.

The statements — which have never before been publicly revealed, according toCBS Baltimore – shed new light on what happened in the moments following Freddie Gray’s arrest on April 12 and why Judge Barry Williams ordered separate trials for six officers in the case.

According to The Baltimore Sun’s report, Officer William Porter told investigators that he told others Gray needed medical care, but wondered if Gray was faking his injuries or being uncooperative. Porter also states that he told the van’s driver, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., that the city booking facility would not process Gray because he was in “medical distress.”

“Everybody plays the ‘I need to go to the hospital’ thing when they get arrested,” Porter allegedly said in his statement.

According to The Baltimore Sun, the paper was granted access to the police department investigation in which detectives outlined statements by the officers following Gray’s arrest.

The alleged statements were made days before any charges were filed in the case, the Sun says.

Some of the statements made provide different accounts of the events that day.

According to Officer Alicia White’s alleged statement, she was not informed that Gray needed medical attention.

This contradicts Porter’s account, who says White asked Gray if he needed a medical attention, but Gray didn’t respond. Porter also told investigators that once he told White that Gray appeared to be in distress, she told the officers to get him medical care.

Defense Attorney Joseph Murtha issued a statement to the Sun on behalf of all the defense attorneys saying, “We are at a disadvantage because we cannot comment on the inaccuracy or accuracy of the statements.”

The Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the report.

Two key pre-trial motion hearings have been held in the case where Judge Williams ruled each officer would get separate trials, all held in the City of Baltimore.

A new hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday for six officers charged in the case.

DUMASS Couple Arrested for Bank Robbery After Posting Photos on Facebook

Are these the dumbest criminals ever?

An Ohio couple was arrested this week for allegedly robbing an Ohio bank after posting photos to Facebook showing them posing with stacks of cash, according to police.

John Mogan, 28, and Ashley Duboe, 24, are charged with the August 24 robbery of Savings Bank in Ashville, a town 20 miles south of Columbus.

Investigators allege that Mogan, a convicted felon who was just released from prison, walked into the bank and gave a note demanding money to a teller, who then handed over cash.

They allege that prior to driving Mogan to the Ashville bank, Duboe applied makeup to his face and neck to cover numerous tattoos.

Once the images were uploaded on to Facebook several days after the robbery, Mogan and Duboe were tracked down and arrested.

They have each been charged with robbery and theft, and are locked up in lieu of $250,000 bond in the Pickaway County jail.

OK everyone at once just shake your heads…….

Step Daughter of Dog The Bounty Hunter Arrested For Bank Robbery

The estranged stepdaughter of Duane Chapman of “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was arrested Sunday on robbery charges after targeting a Honolulu bank, according to local reports.

According to the New York Daily News, the wife of Chapman is the one who ratted her out.

The surveillance footage showed Gillespie veiled by a black ball hat, walking into the bank before handing a note to the bank’s teller demanding cash.

Gillespie is Chapman’s stepdaughter from a two-year marriage to Tawny Marie, but a prison sentence marred any relationship he had with her.

Police arrested the 35-year-old on Sunday on their Crime Stoppers tip tying Gillespie to the Sept. 3 robbery of Honolulu’s Territorial Savings Bank.

Nicole Gillespie’s famous stepfather and mother, Duane and Beth Chapman, addressed Sunday’s arrest over the weekend after learning their she allegedly robbed Territorial Savings Bank this month, according to Hawaii News Now.

“It’s always difficult and disheartening when someone you knew as a child grows up and chooses a life of crime. That is the case with Nicole Gillespie, who has been accused of robbing the Territorial Savings Bank on Bishop Street on September 3rd,” the Chapmans wrote of their homeless daughter to the TV station.

Duane Chapman and his family were the subject of an A&E reality TV series documenting his job as a bounty hunter from 2004 to 2012. Gillespie was never involved.

“We have not seen ‘Nickie’ in over 10 years. Watching her on Crimestoppers left us all shocked and heart broken,” Chapman added.

Gillespie walked into the bank hiding her face with a black ball cap and black-rimmed glasses before handing a bank teller a note demanding cash.

Duane and Beth Chapman instantly recognized a woman suspected of robbing a Honolulu bank as Nicole Gillespie, a woman from his chapter of mistakes.

“I didn’t know this Nikki at all,” Duane Chapman told the Daily News. “The girl I knew was soft, tender, a kind of a tomboy.”

“Now She’s a bank robber,” Beth Chapman bluntly says.

Authorities arrested Gillespie near the city’s Foster Botanical Garden Sunday afternoon.

Beer Festival turns out to be fake; ticket holders scammed

 A big beer festival that was to include lobster, 250 different brews and jet ski races turned out to be a big bust.

Bay Area promoters sold tickets to an event called “Modesto Beer and Bites.”

But the event scheduled for Saturday turned out to be a sham.

Officials with the city of Modesto and local law enforcement said the event’s Bay Area promoters never filed for permits or the appropriate paperwork.

“We can’t find anyone out there,” Modesto Parks and Recreation Director Andy Johnson said. “We’ve been working with the visitors bureau and the chamber of commerce. Nobody knows.”

A similar event in the Bay Area by the same promoter also turned out to be a sham.

“A bit disappointing,” Modesto resident Braulio Rodriguez said. “If things are too good to be true, you know it probably is.”

Rodriguez rode by to check out the event that his brother told him about.

“Yeah, I saw the address and I thought, ‘This little spot? It wouldn’t be able to fit all of that.'”

The event was supposed to be held on a tiny grassy spot at the corner of 14th and L streets for as many as 2,000 people.

Local event promoter Chris Ricci, known for putting together Modesto’s Xfest for the past 16 years, found out about the “Modesto Beer and Bites Festival” three weeks ago. He said he wasn’t sure then if the event was legitimate.

The city and police had gotten a number of complaints. But it wasn’t until Saturday — the day of the scheduled event — that they knew for sure the it was a sham.

“That’s pretty sad if anybody bought tickets to that,” Rodriguez said.

“The real concern, the same group of scammers doing this in other cities,” Ricci said. “People are just finding new ways to get your money.”

Ricci said that’s why you’ve always got to be careful. When you are looking to buy tickets to an event, make sure you deal with a promoter you’ve dealt with before.

Saturday afternoon, miles away at The Taproom on Sylvan Road in Modesto, another beer festival got underway with lots of tunes and plenty of pints.

“That’s a real event. You can go and have a great time today,” Ricci said.

As for the “Modesto Beer and Bites Festival,” a lesson learned for vendors and ticket holders is to double check the validity of the event and the promoter.

A quick tip: if you ever attend a paid event, you can call the city to make sure the business or promoter is licensed. You can also quickly and easily check online by going to the Secretary of State’s website.

Modesto police have assigned a detective to look into the “Beer and Bites” event. Anyone who bought tickets, should file a report with police.

Some people who bought tickets have been reimbursed on their credit cards.

There is always a shithead out there to scam your money

Dipshidiot of the day…….

Many people hate spiders. Sometimes they freak out, scream, and if they’re feeling ever so brave enough, they reach out and smash them. But rarely do you ever see someone reach for fire to get rid of a spider — let alone when that spider is crawling on a vehicle at a gas station — you know, a place surrounded by flammable substances.

That’s until now, when one man’s fear of spiders got him into some real heat.

It happened earlier this week at the Mobile gas station in Center Line. A man pulled into the gas station, hooked his car up to the pump and was filling up his tank when he noticed a spider on his car, reports CBS Detroit.

“That’s when he pulled the lighter out of his pocket and lit it and started the fire,” said station clerk Susan Adams, who was behind the cash register at the time.

The fire burst from the man’s gas tank and spread to the nearby pump. As Adams hit the emergency pump shut-off and called the fire department, the man pulled his vehicle out-of-the-way but he didn’t run from the melee he just caused, he sprung into action.

“He grabbed the fire extinguisher, because the lady had me on hold, so he grabbed the fire extinguisher and put it out,” Adams told CBS Detroit.

The flames were out by the time the fire department arrived on the scene and no one was injured. But when Adams tried to find out what happened, the man wasn’t exactly truthful.

“It shocked me because it was like, ‘So how did it catch on fire,'” said Adams. “And when I asked him after everything was done, I’m like ‘Well, I know you wasn’t smoking and you wasn’t on the phone.’ So he’s like, ‘Well I have static in my car.’ So, I took it as that because when you have static you’re supposed to get out the car and wipe your hands on your car.”

After being questioned by fire investigators though, the man cracked and admitted his 8-legged mistake.

“I didn’t find out until later that he seen a spider and tried to burn it,” said Adams. “Which, the spider did get burned but nothing happened to his car.”

One of the gas pumps was badly damaged but insurance is expected to cover the cost of repairs. At this time no charges have been filed against the motorist, who has since returned to the gas station. He apologized to Adams, saying he’s deathly afraid of spiders.

Sometimes I just shake my head…….