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Archive for September 29th, 2009

Roland Corvington Returns For Second Tour as Head of FBI St. Louis Office

Roland Corvington/fbi photo

Roland Corvington/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Roland J. Corvington, who headed up the St. Louis FBI office from 2005 to 2007, is returning to take charge of that office once again, the FBI annnounced Tuesday.

Corvington, assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division at headquarters,replaces John Gillies, who was recently named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami Division.

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Column: Ex-ICE Agent Worried About Mexican Drug Cartels Getting to U.S. Law Enforcement

Marty Ficke/security debrief

Marty Ficke

By Marty Ficke
Security DeBrief

The arrest of Richard Cramer earlier this month is very disturbing news for many reasons.

Personally disturbing to me, not only because I am a former ICE Special Agent and Supervisor, but also because of the damage incidents like this have on inter-agency cooperation, and in this case, international cooperation.

It should remind all agents, officers, prosecutors, analysts, and staff of the importance and necessity to “compartmentalize” any and all information relating to sensitive investigations and law enforcement activities. It reinforces the necessity of operational security and the policy of controlling access to “on a need to know basis”.

Cramer was arrested by DEA on September 4th for his participation in a conspiracy to provide members of a Mexican drug cartel with information and background on U.S. narcotics enforcement activities.

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Secret Service Investigating Obama Assassination Poll on Facebook

facebook1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Facebook may be the home of some pretty trivial and silly chatter, but not all that surfaces on the social network is seen as a joking matter.

The Secret Service said Sunday that it was probing an online survey on Facebook that asked whether President Obama should be assassinated, the Associated Press reports.

The site, which was posted Saturday, was quickly taken down after Facebook officials were notified, AP reported. The Secret Service said it was taking the matter seriously.

Miss. U.S. Atty. Office Targeted Islamic Store Owners For Terrorism

koranBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the post-9/11 era, some Islamic groups complained about being indiscriminately targeted simply because of their heritage.

Now The Jackson Clarion Ledger is reporting that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oxford, Miss., targeted “convenience store operators in north Mississippi, many of Middle Eastern descent, despite a lack of any connection to terrorism, according to documents obtained by” the paper. Some civil rights advocates have raised questions.

The paper said the “convenience store initiative” arose from the meetings with local law enforcement in the years after Sept. 11, 2001.

U.S. Attorney Jim Greenlee told the paper authorities were “looking to see any links to terrorism, but what we found was criminal conduct.” Many were arrested for such violations as selling excessive amounts of pseudoephedrine,which can be used to make meth.

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ATF Says Fire that Destroyed Little Nashville Opry in Indiana Was Arson

Johnny Cash was one of the artists who played the venue
Johnny Cash was one of the artists who played the venue

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced Monday that the fire that destroyed The Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, Ind.  on Sept. 19 was intentionally set.

The Opry, which was not affiliated with the Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee, opened in 1975 and hosted big name country music stars like Johnny Cash, George Strait, the Oak Ridge Boys and Trisha Yearwood.

ATF said in a press release “specific information regarding the fire and investigation will not be released as the investigation into the criminal act is continuing.”

Christopher P. Sadowski, special agent in charge of the ATF Columbus office, said in a statement: “The ATF National Laboratory will analyze the fire debris and evidence to assist in determining the cause of the fire.”

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