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Archive for August 26th, 2013

Mexican Drug Cartel Activity in U.S. Said to be Exaggerated in Widely Cited Federal Report

By Scott Higham, Sari Horwitz and Steven Rich

WASHINGTON –– When Sen. John McCain spoke during an Armed Services Committee hearing last year on security issues in the Western Hemisphere, he relayed a stark warning about the spread of Mexican drug cartels in the United States.

“The cartels,” the Arizona Republican said, “now maintain a presence in over 1,000 cities.”

McCain based his remarks on a report by a now-defunct division of the Justice Department, the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), which had concluded in 2011 that Mexican criminal organizations, including seven major drug cartels, were operating in more than 1,000 U.S. cities.

But the number, widely reported by news organizations across the country, is misleading at best, according to U.S. law enforcement officials and drug policy analysts interviewed by The Washington Post. They said the number is inflated because it relied heavily on self-reporting by law enforcement agencies, not on documented criminal cases involving Mexican drug-trafficking organizations and cartels.

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Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller III Breaks Tradition, Speaks Out About Challenges Facing Bureau

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Since taking the helm at the FBI just a week before the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, Robert Mueller has managed to avoid the limelight.

But now that he’s retiring after 12 years with the bureau, the FBI director is opening up about his service.

Most recently, NPR reports, the decorated former Marine spoke out about changes in the FBI following the attacks.

“I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like, and Sept. 11 changed all of that,” he said, NPR wrote.

But Mueller didn’t waste his time.

“He directed and implemented what is arguably the most significant change in the FBI’s 105-year history,” said John Pistole, Mueller’s former deputy and right-hand man.

 

FBI: Air Force Officer Accused of Breaking Lobbying Law with Lucrative Private Sector Job

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

As an Air Force captain, Adam J. Pudenz oversaw contracts to provide boots to Afghan soldiers.

Now Pudenz earns $40,000-a-month working for the company that was selling the boots, ABC News reports.

The FBI accuses Carroll,  an Iowa resident of violating a ban on representing companies that he oversees when he took a job with Kabul Milli Trading Company.

Pudenz, 33, was arrested last week and charged with violating the lobbying laws.

Pudenz oversaw nearly $1 billion worth of boots.

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Homeland Security Employee Placed on Paid Leave for Operating Racist, Anti-Gay Website

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Homeland Security employee who was exposed for hosting a racist website that advocates for a race war was placed on paid administrative leave while the agency investigates, the Huffington Post reports  on Monday.

Ayo Kimathi, acquisitions officer for ICE, forecasts on his site, War on the Horizon, forecasted an “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race.”

Kimathi, who has been with the department since 2009, has been quiet since the case was revealed last week and declined to comment.

His site blasts white people and gay people.

Kimathi was exposed last week by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

Homeland Security Veterinarian Is a Finalist for 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Michelle Colby was a child, she wanted nothing more than to become a veterinarian, The Washington Post reports.

She wended her way through school and studied at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.

Still, she wanted more and became the agriculture defense branch chief for the Department of Homeland Security’s chemical and biological division, where the 39-year-old and her team established the country’s first vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease.

Now Colby and her team are finalists for the 2013 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal for homeland security and law enforcement, The Washington Post wrote.