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Archive for February 20th, 2012

Ex-FBI Chief Spokesman John Miller Has Returned to TV

John Miller/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In case you didn’t notice, John Miller, who headed the FBI’s public affairs office, and then moved on in 2009 to become assistant deputy director of intelligence analysis for the Office of Director of National Intelligence, has returned to TV.

The New York Post recently reported that Miller showed up on “CBS This Morning”.

“I thought the stars were aligned — the two wars were winding down, bin Laden was killed,” Miller told the Post. He was named a CBS News senior correspondent in October.

“I always knew I was coming back to journalism,” he tells The Post. “It was just a question of when and where.”

From 1995 to 2002, Miller was an ABC news correspondent and in 2002, he was promoted to co-anchor of “20/20.”

 

FBI Ditches “Anti-Muslim” Materials

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has tossed out more than 700 documents and 3o0 presentations related to Islam following complaints that the bureau was using training materials that were factually inaccurate or wrongly stereotyping the religion, reports the Detroit Free Press. The FBI plans to go public with new rules on how to vet future training materials as well.

Robert Mueller, director of the FBI, said he pulled the documents at a meeting with advocacy groups two weeks ago. “The steps taken by the FBI … are certainly welcomed,” Abed Ayoub, the national director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, said Friday. He and members of six other religious or ethnic groups met with Mueller in to discuss the matter in Washington, D.C., expressing opposition to training materials they considered anti-Muslim.

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Sheriff Charged with Civil Rights Violations and Lying to FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A County Sheriff in Kentucky and his four deputies found themselves on the wrong end of a 10-count indictment, the Justice Department announced on Thursday.

The indictment charges that the defendants–Barren County Sheriff Christopher Easton and deputies Danny McGown, Aaron Bennett, Adam Minor, and Eric Guffey–violated a victim’s civil rights by using unreasonable force on an injured man, reports Surfky News Group. The victim was captured following a vehicle pursuit on Feb. 24, 2011.

Each of the defendants were also charged with making false statements to the FBI over the assault. Sheriff Eaton was also charged with falsifying police reports and tampering with a witness, directing the witness to write false reports, in an effort to cover up the incident.

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NYPD Monitored Muslim Students More Extensively than Thought

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

New York Police monitored Muslim college students far broader than previously thought, reports the Associated Press. Further, the monitoring was conducted at schools far beyond city limits, including Rutgers University, Yale and the University of Pennsylvania. Officers even spoke with professors in Buffalo, 300 miles away from the city.

New York police even sent an agent undercover on a whitewater trip, according to the AP, “where he recorded students’ names and noted in police intelligence files how many times they prayed.”

Police spokesman Paul Browne offered a list of 12 people arrested or convicted on terrorism charges as members of Muslim student associations when asked about the monitoring.

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Congressman Michael Grimm — an Ex-FBI Agent — Keeps Suspicious Business Ties

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

After leaving the FBI, Congressman Michael G. Grimm invested about a million bucks of borrowed money in a Texas real estate investment. Looking for a builder for the project, Grimm found a former FBI agent he had served with in New York–an agent who was at the time under indictment on state racketeering charges, according to the New York Times.

The builder, Carlos Luquis, was later convicted for his role in stealing $2 million from Texas taxpayers, and eventually served 18 months in prison.

Even so, Congressman Grimm continued to do business with Luquis through two other companies. “Mr. Grimm’s ties to Mr. Luquis reflect a checkered business background that seems to clash in some ways with his image as a straight-arrow veteran of the Marine Corps and the F.B.I.,” writes the Times. “That image has been crucial to his ascent in the Republican Party.”

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Jersey City Councilman Arrested Over Pain Pill Prescriptions

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Vincent A. Esposito may need some painkillers to kill the pain from being arrested.

The Madison,  N.J., city councilman, who is also a medical doctor, was arrested Thursday  for writing fraudulent pain pill prescriptions, New Jersey Today reported on Friday. DEA agents and state authorities raided his office.

Vincent A. Esposito, 54, of Madison, New Jersey, also a medical doctor, was arrested on Thursday by officials from the state and the DEA following a search of the doctor’s offices.

Esposito was charged with the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance–namely, OxyConton–and conspiracy, stemming from an investigation of the DEA and the Division of Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau. Local law enforcement agencies assisted the investigation as well.

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John Boles to Head Up FBI’s Norfolk, Va. Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Boles has been named head of the FBI’s Norfolk, Va., office, the agency announced Friday.

Boles, who last served as special assistant to the National Security Branch (NSB) executive assistant director and as section chief of the NSB Executive Staff Section, joined the bureau in 1995. He was first assigned to Sacramento.

In 2003, he was appointed assistant legal attaché in Kiev, Ukraine. Boles was responsible for all FBI programs in Ukraine and Belarus.

In 2006, he transferred to the St. Louis Division and was selected as supervisory special agent. He oversaw the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the International Terrorism squad. He also served as the SWAT coordinator.

Boles later became   assistant special agent in charge in the San Diego Division, responsible for  program management, oversight of the white-collar and cyber crime programs, and other administrative duties.

Before joining the bureau, he  served as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy for five years.