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Archive for August 24th, 2012

Weekend Series on Crime: Zetas Drug Cartel in Mexico

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Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Under Fire for Use of FBI Jet

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Congressional Republicans are questioning why Attorney General Eric Holder is using the FBIs jet for business and personal travel, the Washington Post reports.

Lawmakers sent a letter Thursday to FBI Director Robert Mueller, saying the federal agencies operate on different budgets.

“It is our understanding that the Justice Department does not reimburse the FBI, or other components, for its executive travel expenses even though the Justice Department maintains its own travel budget,” the letter states, according to the Washington Post.

Republicans questioned whether the use of the jet hampered the agency’s readiness.

“We heard troubling allegations that the Attorney General is among those who have reserved and used FBI planes for his own travel when aircraft were needed for FBI missions, then upgraded to a larger aircraft owned by a different agency and left the FBI plane sitting idle,” the lawmakers wrote

FBI Probing Rape Threats Against U.S. Rep. Akins

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and U.S. Capitol Police are investigating rape and death against U.S. Rep. Todd Akins, his staff and his family, Reuters reports.

A spokesman for the Missouri Republican confirmed the investigation.

“There have been threats of rape of staff, (of) the congressman’s family and the congressman himself, and suggestions that people should die,” spokesman Steve Taylor told Reuters.

Akins, who is trying to unseat an incumbent Democrat in November, caught widespread criticism, including from his own party, when he said pregnancies are rare during “legitimate” rape because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Neither the FBI nor the Capitol Police would comment on the case.

Retiring Fedarcyk Opens Up About Her Time in the Field

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Janice Fedarcyk, the first female to ever head up the New York FBI office ,  is retiring Friday to begin work in the private sector.

Fedarcyk spoke to WNYC about her time at the FBI.

 You have been a trailblazer for women in law enforcement. Did gender make a difference in your career?

I’ve never looked at my career from a gender perspective. I think most women, and I’ll speak for law enforcement because that is what I know, want to be judged just as any of their colleagues would be judge, as their peers would be judged and that is on their work ethic, their performance. And in instances of women moving into management ranks based on their leadership skills and abilities.

Did you feel there was resistance? In Nevada when you started out as a patrol officer, how many women were there on the job?

Well, I was on a local police department. My graduating class from the police academy had … six of us graduating in a class of probably 40 males. And there were not that many women at the time on the department. This goes back to 1981. … We were in uniform on the street and we were expected to hold your own because at that time the department fielded one officer cars, which meant that at least until potentially back up arrived, you were on your own and you really did had to have the ability to handle yourself on the streets.

What are some things that you learned along the way that you wished you’d known better than when you started?

Well I think one of the things that you don’t really have a good sense of before you join an organization like the FBI is that this is not a 9-to-5 job. We work around the clock. We work the weekends the holidays. So you miss a lot of the family events — some planned, some not planned. And you really just have to be ready when the call comes and you have to go and respond.

The other part of it is coming into the FBI you are not just taking a job. This truly is about mission. This truly is about protecting America from threats small and large, which continue to evolve as our world continues to change.

During your time here, there was lot of ink spilled about the FBI and the NYPD. How do you think that relationship is now and what do you think drives story that story line?

I think the relationship is in a good place. Just by way of example, the Joint Terrorism Task Force has over 50 different agencies participating. Our largest partner in that effort is the New York City Police Department. That’s not the only joint effort and initiative that we have ongoing with them. So does it sell if you can paint a picture that there is this constant fighting between FBI and NYPD? You know, maybe it sells a few newspapers or makes a great sound bite. But I think people really need to look at what’s getting done in partnership and accentuate the positive as opposed to always wanting to lean to the negative.

New Book Analyzes FBI’s Response to Berkeley in 1960s

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Using tens of thousands of pages of unreleased FBI files, investigative journalist Seth Rosenfeld wrote a book, “Subversives,” about the agency’s handling of the Berkeley student movement in the 1960s, the Daily Beast reports.

The book reveals that top FBI officials went to great lengths to destroy the movement because they believed it posed a serious threat to America.

Rosenfeld also paints an unflattering portrait of Ronald Reagan, who was an FBI investigator and informant.

The FBI records took three decades and four lawsuits to obtain, the Daily Beast reported.

Former Marine Wins Release from Psychiatric Care Over Facebook Message

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A judge ruled Thursday that authorities must release from a psychiatric hospital a former Marine under FBI investigation for posting anti-government messages on Facebook, the Washington Times reports.

Prince George County Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett ordered the release of Brandon Raub because there was not sufficient basis to hold him.

Raub, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, came under FBI investigation after people reported he wrote anti-government messages on Facebook, according to the Washington Post.

Family and supporters said the FBI and magistrate trampled his First Amendment Rights.

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