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Archive for December 12th, 2013

Washington Post: Ex-FBI Agent Who Disappeared in Iran Was on Rogue Mission for CIA

Robert Levinson

By Adam Goldman
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — An American man who disappeared in Iran more than six years ago had been working for the CIA in what U.S. intelligence officials describe as a rogue operation that led to a major shake-up in the spy agency.

Bob Levinson, an ex-FBI agent, traveled to the Iranian Island of Kish in March 2007 to investigate corruption at a time when he was discussing the renewal of a CIA contract he had held for several years. He also inquired about getting reimbursed for the Iran trip by the agency before he departed, according to former and current U.S. intelligence officials.

After he vanished, CIA officials told Congress in closed hearings as well as the FBI that Levinson did not have a current relationship with the agency and downplayed its ties with him. Agency officials said Levinson didn’t go to Iran for the CIA.

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FBI Agents Association Throws Weight Behind Bipartisan Spending Plan

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hoping to avoid further cutbacks, the FBI Agents Association is showing its support for a bipartisan spending plan that would avoid more than $700 million in additional sequestration reductions, NPR reports.

The plan, while not ideal for the cash-strapped agency, was announced Tuesday by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

Agents are hoping to avoid furloughs that reduce law enforcement efforts, such as combating terrorism and corruption.

“The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 would help alleviate some of these budgetary pressures by lifting the threat of over $700 million in additional sequestration cuts and providing appropriators with additional funds that can be used to support the vital work of FBI Special Agents,” FBI Agents Association President Reynaldo Tariche writes in a letter obtained by NPR.

Son Learns His Long-Lost Mom Likely Was Killed by Serial Killer Israel Keyes

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Matthew Feldman lost track of his mother about five years ago. The New Jersey mom had chronic drug problems, and her son believed she was in a witness protection program.

Israel Keyes

Then the FBI told him recently that his mother likely was yet another victim of serial killer Israel Keyes, who is believed to have murdered at least 11 people, UPI reports.

Feldman’s mom, Debra Feldman, turned up missing about the time that authorities believe Keyes killed another woman on the east coast.

Keyes committed suicide in an Anchorage, Alaska jail in December 2012.

The last time Feldman saw his mom, he said he reluctantly gave her money for rent.

“It’s unfair to say that I didn’t care whether she lived or died, but it was once the truth,” Feldman said. “The last thing I said to her was, ‘If you’re not going to get clean, you have no room in my life.'”

 

 

 

J. Edgar Hoover Delivered Order to Ignore Democrat After His Critical Comments

 

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

J. Edgar Hoover wasn’t known for messing around.

When U.S. Rep. Jack Brooks criticized the FBI director during a background interview for a potential judicial nominee in 1958, Hoover laid down the law – his version of it.

“He is to be ignored,” Hoover wrote of the Texas Democrat in a June 1958 memo, the Huffington Post wrote.

FBI files shows that agents believe Brooks may have gone to a communist meeting in 1943 and favored inter-racial relationships.

Alejandro Mayorkas Closer to Winning Confirmation for No. 2 Job at Homeland Security

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama’s pick for the No. 2 job at the Department of Homeland Security advanced to the next stage after getting approval from a Senate panel, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Now Alejandro Mayorkas, head of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, needs confirmation from a majority of the Senate.

Republicans have objected to Mayorkas because of dogged allegations that he intervened in a visa program, the Los Angeles Times wrote.

If confirmed, Mayorkas would manage daily operations of Homeland Security, which includes Border Patrol, TSA and ICE.

ICE Employee Fired Over Website That Warned of Impending Race War

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ICE officer who operates a website that warns of an impending race war has been fired, the Associated Press reports.

Ayo Kimathi, who wrote about an “unavoidable, inevitable clash with the white race,” had been on paid administrative leave for four months.

As an acquisitions officer, Kimathi, who is black, handled small businesses, the AP wrote.

In an email statement, Kimathi said he was proud of his time at the agency.

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