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Archive for January 16th, 2014

New Head of FBI’s Connecticut Office Pledges to Make Public Corruption Top Priority

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Patricia M. Ferrick, the new head of the FBI in Connecticut, said Wednesday that a top priority is cracking down on public corruption, the Associated Press reports.

“You have to look for corruption to find it,” Ferrick said Wednesday during an interview in her office with The Associated Press. “It doesn’t walk in the door. I made it pretty clear to my staff that is a priority for me.”

Connecticut has been beset with government scandals in the past.

One scandal involving former Gov. John G. Rowland and two mayors of large cities about a decade ago earned the state the nickname Corrupticut.

 

Head of FBI’s Miami Office Gets Promoted to Counter-Terrorism Post in Washington

 

Michael Steinbach/ fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Michael B. Steinbach, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami office, is returning to Washington to take a top job fighting counter-terrorism, the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The 47-year-old will be promoted to deputy assistant director in the counter-terrorism division, where he had previously worked.

Steinbach, whose departure date has not yet been determined, took the Miami job in February 2013.

He currently leads about 800 employees in the Miami Division, which covers nine counties.

His replacement has been decided but the name has not been released yet, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Justice Department to Dramatically Expand Rules Aimed at Profiling by Federal Agents

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a move to address decades of concerns about the protection of civil rights, the Justice Department plans to expand its definition of racial profiling to alleviate discrimination by religion, nationality, gender and sexual orientation, the New York Times reports.

Although the Bush administration banned racial profiling in 2003, it provided exclusions for national security cases and Latinos for immigration probes.

Attorney General Eric Holder wants that to change, the Times wrote.

“Putting an end to this practice not only comports with the Constitution, it would put real teeth to the F.B.I.’s claims that it wants better relationships with religious minorities,” said Hina Shamsi, a national security lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union.

It’s unclear when the new rules will go into effect.

Budget Cuts Dramatically Reduce Spending on Homeland Security Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new Homeland Security headquarters in Washington will be much smaller than initially conceived because of budget cuts approved by the House on Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

Instead of having $354 million for the HQ, the agency will have about $155 million.

The Republican-Controlled House Appropriations Committee described the bill as “responsible choices to save taxpayer dollars by reducing overhead costs and cutting funding for lower-priority programs.”

Homeland Security, the third largest department in the federal government, has operated for 11 years without a consolidated headquarters, the Post wrote.

Was California Man Retaliated Against for Shooting Cell Phone Video of Border Patrol Agent?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A California man says he was arrested in retaliation for shooting cell phone video of a Border Patrol agent appearing to use excessive force while trying to arrest an undocumented worker, ABC 10 News reports.

“I think this is a classic example of what we call excessive use of force in its literal definition,” said American Civil Liberties Union attorney Mitra Ebadoulahi. “The force is excessive, it’s uncalled for.”

After capturing the video, agents demanded and retrieved the video from Jose Guzman, who said he handed it over without a search warrant because he was a parolee and didn’t want trouble.

But trouble is what he got.

Two days later, Guzman’s probation officer called to say that his GPS ankle bracelet wasn’t working properly. When he brought it in for inspection, he was arrested.

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