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Archive for September 13th, 2013

Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: Documentary on the FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover

D.C. Agent Paul Abbate to Head Up Detroit FBI Office

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Paul M. Abbate, a veteran FBI agent who has extensive experience in counterterrorism, has been named head of the Detroit FBI, Deadline Detroit has learned.

Abbate, replaces Robert Foley III, who recently transferred to Florida. John Shoup has been the acting head of the office in Detroit since Foley’s departure.

The FBI office in Detroit said Abbate will begin work here on Nov. 4.

Abbate, who has a law degree from the University of Connecticut, is currently the special agent in charge of counterterrorism at the Washington Field office.

He joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to New York where he worked white-collar crimes, and was a member of the SWAT Team.

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Former Head of FBI’s Boston Office Accused of Exploiting Connections to Bureau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former special agent in charge of Boston’s FBI office has been slapped with a federal ethics violation for consulting professionally with a former colleague within a year of service, the Associated Press reports.

Kenneth Kaiser, 57, who became an assistant director at FBI headquarters when he left the Boston office in 2006, met with agents investigating his new company, LocatePlus Holding Corp., in July 2009, the same month he retired.

The 27-year veteran of the FBI faces up to a year in prison after prosecutors say he took the job to handle an internal investigation and to help sell the company’s products and services, the AP wrote.

FBI to Take Off 10 Weekdays a Year to Combat Budget Cuts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Tough times mean desperate measures for the FBI.

To absorb budget reductions, the FBI plans to close its headquarters and offices nationwide for about 10 weekdays over the next year, The New York Times reports.

On the furlough days, the FBI will maintain a small crew with the ability to call back agents in the event of a terrorist attack or some other serious crime, the Times wrote.

The FBI spends $16 million a day to pay employees.

FBI Trailed U.S.-born al-Awlaki Nine Years Before He Was Killed by Drone

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the six hours before radical American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki entered the Pentagon for a luncheon in February 2002, he was being tracked by the FBI’s elite surveillance unit, Fox News reports.

Records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show the bureau’s Special Surveillance Group trailed al-Awlaki, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Fox News wrote that al-Awlaki was delivering a controversial religious lecture to Defense Department officials after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The surveillance didn’t reveal much, Fox News reported, but it raised questions about whether the FBI saw al-Awlaki as an asset before the U.S. killed him nine years later.

 

 

Columnist Argues Congress Should Get Rid of Beleaguered DEA

Bill Piper
The Seattle Times

Note: Piper is the director of national affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Already plagued by scandals, the agency has recently been revealed to be collaborating with the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on unsuspecting Americans. More than 120 groups from across the political spectrum and around the globe have called on Congress to hold hearings on the DEA.

There is no doubt the agency should be reformed. It is also worth asking if it should continue to exist.

According to a Reuters investigation, the DEA has been gathering information from other agencies, as well as foreign governments, for years. The DEA has also been collecting its own arsenal of data; constructing a massive database with about 1 billion records.

This information is shared in secret. By hiding the origins of its data from defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges, the agency and its partners effectively are undermining the right of the people it targets to a fair trial.

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Book Explores Relationship Between FBI Informant and Mobster ‘Grim Reaper’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A new book explores the secret world of FBI informants, questioning the extent of bureau protection for killers and other criminals, U.S. News & World Report said.

“Deal With the Devil: The FBI’s Secret Thirty-Year Relationship with a Mafia Killer” is written by investigative reporter and former ABC correspondent Peter Lance, who exposes the bureau’s questionable relationship with mobster Gregory Scarpa Sr., AKA the “Grim Reaper.”

Scarpa “was the most vicious killer in the history of La Cosa Nostra,” a notorious crime organization in the U.S. and Italy.

Because of deals with the FBI, Scarpa served a total of 30 days “in over 40 years of murder and racketeering.”

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