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Archive for April 7th, 2014

Special Agent Leonard Davey Spent Entire 24-Year Career in City He Loved

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not many FBI agents are as lucky as Leonard Davey.

Special Agent Davey spent his entire 24-year career tracking down criminals in the city he loves – San Diego.

While most agents agents move around for work, the San Francisco native stayed in San Diego and investigated mobsters, corrupt politicians, law enforcement and hit men.

Now at 51, Davey is retiring after supervising the bureau’s public corruption and border corruption units for seven years, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Davey sat down with the Union-Tribune to reflect on his career.

FBI Under J. Edgar Hoover Hid Bad News about Agent with Help of Supportive Media

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI under J. Edgar Hoover was never as it seemed, and supportive reporters had no qualms changing the narrative to make the bureau look good, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Take April 6, 1939, when an inexperienced FBI agent shot and killed a bank robber, Bennie Dickson, under questionable circumstances.

The agency changed the details of the case to make the shooting appear to be self-defense, saying Dickson had a gun in his hand, instead of in his waistband.

The case is highlighted in “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate,” a book about the media’s involvement with the FBI.

The author, Matthew Cecil, called Hoover an “opportunist.”

“In the early 1930s during the war on crime, he saw how the exploits of law enforcement created an appealing story for people,” Cecil said.

Second Shooting Spree at Fort Hood Raises Question: Should Military Leaders Carry Guns at Bases?

Ford Hood Darnall HospitalSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After two deadly shooting rampages at Ford Hood in Texas, some congressional members said military leaders should be permitted to carry firearms on the base, the New York Post reports.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called it “a common sense idea.”

“That would be a deterrent, No. 1 — and No. 2, a way to have a quick response to any shooter that comes on these bases,” McCaul said on “Fox News Sunday.”

But both the White House and Pentagon are opposed to changing bans on service members carrying personal firearms on bases.

 

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