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Archive for May 6th, 2013

FBI Agents Association Pushes for Rep. Mike Rogers to Replace FBI Director Robert Mueller

Rep. Mike Rogers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI Agents Association, which represents more than 12,000 active duty and retired Agents, is urging President Obama to pick Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers to replace FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Rogers, a Republican,  is a former FBI agent, who heads the House Intelligence Committee.

In a press release issued Monday,the association’s president Konrad Motyka stated:

“Chairman Rogers exemplifies the principles that should be possessed by the next FBI Director. His unique and diverse experience as a veteran, FBI Agent and member of Congress will allow him to effectively lead the men and women of the Bureau as they continue their work to protect our country from criminal and terrorist threats.”

“Chairman Rogers heads the House Intelligence Committee and is respected by leaders on both sides of the aisle. His background as a Special Agent sets him apart as someone capable of confronting the wide array of challenges facing our country and the Bureau.”

Jana Monroe

Mueller had his 10-year term extended for two years. That is supposed to expire in September.

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

Other names that have surfaced in the rumor mill include: ex-U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald ,  Jim Comey, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan and Jana Monroe, former head of the Phoenix FBI.

Two years ago, the association pushed for Mike Mason , the former Executive Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI, to get Mueller’s job. But in the end, President Obama punted on a replacement and decided to extend Mueller’s reign by two years.

 

Column: FBI Deserves Praise in Boston Marathon Probe

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When all is said and done, the FBI deserves praise for its swift resolution in the Boston Marathon bombing.

As one agent told me, the FBI showed what it’s made of by kicking some butt. 

Critics say the agency dropped the ball. They say the FBI had reason to suspect that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been radicalized, and it should have been more aggressive about tracking his activities. Easy to say in retrospect.

One federal official, who is not with the FBI, put it best when he said to me:  The FBI can’t surveil every nut just because they have radical thoughts. He said the brothers hadn’t done anything illegal or suspicious to justify surveilling them around the clock for months, if not years. 

“This was the FBI’s finest hour,” he insisted.

President Obama seems to agree.

“There are going to be times where individuals decide they want to cause harm to people for crazy reasons, for no good reason, for ideological reasons,” he said, according to an Associated Press report.

He pointed out that it’s harder to track self-radicalized people who are not part of a broad network of terrorists. In law enforcement circles they’re known as “lone wolves.”

It’s not to say that we shouldn’t review the case and examine how information was shared, or not shared.

Regardless,  the FBI does deserve credit for solving a case so quickly, a case that brought so much anxiety and fear to this country.

FBI Agents Return to Tsarnaev Family Home Sunday As Funeral Planned for Older Brother

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents armed with search warrants returned to the Tsarnaev family’s home in Cambridge Sunday, the Boston Herald reports.

The brothers’ uncle also visited a Worcester funeral home to prepare for the older sibling’s burial.

The FBI was tight-lipped about the search.

“We are conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity as part of our ongoing investigation into the Marathon Bombings,” FBI Boston spokeswoman Katherine Gulotta told the Herlad. “Because the matter is pending, we aren’t able to discuss specific aspects of the case.”

The Globe wrote that Tamerlans body will be prepared for Muslim burial rites.

Obama: FBI Did Not Mishandle Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama is dismissing criticism that the FBI mishandled the investigation of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the Associated Press reports.

The comments come as Republicans prepare for an oversight hearing on the investigation. 

“There are going to be times where individuals decide they want to cause harm to people for crazy reasons, for no good reason, for ideological reasons,” Obama said.

The AP wrote that Obama said it’s difficult to track would-be attackers who are “self-radicalized” with no ties to terrorism groups.

Homeland Security Orders CBP Agents to Verity Validity of Student Visas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The federal government has no way to determine whether foreign exchange students are in the U.S. legally, New York Congressman Peter King told CNN.

CNN reports that Border Patrol and ICE monitor different parts of the visa – one confirms a student has a visa, the other checks to see whether the visa is in compliance. 

There’s no technology to link both agencies’ records.

The Department of Homeland Security ordered CBP to verify that students entering the U.S. have valid student visas.

Virginia Gov. McDonnell Struggles to Preserve ‘Squeaky Clean’ Image During FBI Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI investigation into Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is raising questions about whether the rising star in the Republican Party is all he was stacked up to be, the Washington Examiner reports.

Once considered a candidate for president in 2016, McDonnell has come under fire after FBI agents began investigating McDonnell’s relationship with a wealthy campaign contributor.

“The man was squeaky clean,” Jeremy Mayer, a political science professor at George Mason University, told the Examiner. “He was a personable, honest, good guy. He’s now going to fall victim to the politics of personal destruction.”

The investigation centers around Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, who is accused of giving McDonnell’s family lavish gifts, including paying for a $15,000 catering bill for the governor’s daughter.

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