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ICE is training its deportation officers in the use of M4 assault rifles, “chemical agents”, stun grenades, and flash bangs, according to federal procurement records I found.

“Sounds like they’re getting ready for war,” a retired ICE agent told me.…
ICE *more than doubled* its supply of M4 assault rifles, according to federal procurement records I found.

ICE also signed a $15 million agreement with the M4's manufacturer, Colt firearms…
View the federal procurement documents on which my story is based below:


Screenshots of the federal procurement documents on which my story is based can be found below.

(Sources:… &…)
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Aug 16, 2018
SCOOP: ICE just ordered 60 straitjacket-like, full-body restraints for "restraining detainees," docs I found show.

The device has been implicated in multiple fatalities and was only recently authorized for use by ICE. My latest @tytinvestigates:…
The restraining device (called "The Wrap"—see pic below) was ordered by ICE Air Operations and is for "restraining detainees during removal operations," the docs say.

The device can also be "downsized to fit very small children," per manufacturer.…
Video of ICE’s newly authorized restraining device in action:
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Jul 2, 2018
So, Ron Paul tweeted this (since deleted)
No apology, just quietly deleted and went with this instead
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Jun 21, 2018
Dogs in the custody of the Department of Homeland Security enjoy nicer accommodations than undocumented children.

While undocumented detainees sleep in tin foil-colored space blankets, dogs sleep on “plush double-sided sheepskin bedding.”

My latest:…
Dogs in DHS custody enjoy “frequent maid service and clean bedding every day."

Undocumented women and children in DHS custody have reported being forced to go without showers or clean bedding for days. (See:…)…
While DHS has put undocumented detainees in what they've described as "freezing cold" holding cells, dogs in DHS custody enjoy heated doggie suites - and will soon have air conditioning as well.…
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Jun 15, 2018
SCOOP: A fmr top CIA interrogator is training ICE's deportation agents in interrogation methods, documents show.

He was hired *3 days* after the Trump admin authorized its policy of separating undocumented families caught crossing the border.…
The fmr CIA interrogator training ICE served as the CIA's chief polygraph examiner for 10 years.

He was also CIA director William Casey's bodyguard.
The interrogator says he's training ICE in interview methods (rather than interrogations) because interrogation implies accusation.

However, the contract states the training is to target "terror suspects" - clearly accusation.
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Apr 23, 2018
Watchdog group tells me it has received "flood" of complaints from CIA personnel about Pompeo pushing religion in the workplace, at times discussing the Rapture.

"The people that worked under him at the CIA that came to us...were scared shitless.”…
Here's Trump's nominee for Secretary of State saying "It is a never ending battle until...the Rapture."
Characteristic of Rapture theology is the belief that Israel plays a central role in the "end times".

According to a travel disclosure form I found, Pompeo made an official visit to Israel in 2011. This was the *only* foreign trip he conducted until he became CIA director.
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Mar 8, 2018
SCOOP: Saudi Arabia is spending up to *$450,000* per month to lobby the Trump admin on uranium enrichment (for a nuclear program).

The money is going to a law firm that represents Trump's real estate empire.

My latest:…
The law firm Saudi Arabia hired, King & Spalding, counted as one of its partners Trump's replacement for Jim Comey: current FBI Director Christopher Wray.…
King & Spalding also represents the Russian state-owned oil company Rosneft and has represented Gazprom.…
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