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Archive for September 10th, 2014

Terry Wade Named Special Agent in Charge of Criminal Division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office

FBI Agent Terry Wade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terry Wade has been named special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office, the agency announced Wednesday.

Wade most recently served as section chief of the executive development and selection program in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, a press release said.

Wade began his career with the agency in 1996, and was first assigned to the Helena, Montana office of the Salt Lake City Division. He focused on domestic terrorism cases.

After that, he headed to the Oklahoma City division, where he primarily worked violent crimes and drug and white-collar crime matters.

After that, he was promoted to a supervisor in the Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters. In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent of the Flagstaff Resident Agency of the Phoenix Division.

In 2007, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Albuquerque Division, where he was responsible for the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber, intelligence programs and the crisis management program and SWAT team.

He also served as the deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq, from December 2008 to April 2009.

 

Former FBI Director Freeh Nearly Struck 3 Motorists Before Crashing Car in Vermont

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh nearly struck two cars and a motorcycle head-on at a high rate of speed, one of the drivers told police, the Burlington Free Press reports.

Van Coleman said the drivers took evasive action to avoid a collision after Freeh’s SUV swerved into the left lane of Vermont 12.

Coleman told the Free Press that Freeh was  “was doing about 60 to 65 miles per hour and was on the left side of the road.” The speed limit was 50 mph.

Freeh’s car swerved off the road and into a tree. He was seriously injured.

“His head was down, so I thought he had fallen asleep,” Coleman said.

Where Should FBI Open New Headquarters? Federal Government to Take Public Input

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government wants to hear your concerns about the location of the new FBI headquarters.

The General Services Administration scheduled public hearings next month to gather feedback on an Environmental Impact Statement on each of the three sites, the Washington Business-Journal reports. 

The first meeting is Sept. 22 near the potential new site in Springfield. The other sites under consideration are the Greenbelt Metro and the former Landover Mall.

Here is the schedule:

  • Springfield site: Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Robert E. Lee High School, main lobby, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield;
  • Greenbelt site: Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Greenbelt Branch Library auditorium, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt;
  • Current FBI site: Oct. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., District Architecture Center, Hickok Cole Room, 421 7th St. NW;
  • Landover site: Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Town Hall, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover.

Inspector General: FBI Routinely Delays Investigations by Failing to Turn Over Records

Michael Horowitz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is routinely denying federal investigators timely access to documents for audits and reviews, the Justice’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz complained to members of Congress on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reports that the FBI’s failure to cooperate has caused delays in investigations, so much so that Attorney General Eric Holder has had to intervene.

They only way to ensure compliance, he said, may be through congressional action.

Under a 1978 law, inspectors general are entitled to government records to investigate mismanagement and fraud.

The FBI denied delaying investigations.

TSA Astonished That People Continue to Bring Guns to Airport in Carry-On Bags

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has become almost too common: Travelers are caught with guns in the carry-on bags.

Even after Sept. 11, when much more innocuous objects were banned from flights, people bring guns to airports, often because they forgot they had the weapon on the them.

WCIV reports that a South Carolina man was arrested after a loaded pistol was found in his carry-on bag.

TSA officials found the Glock .40 caliber pistol at the security checkpoint.

Just this year, the TSA has discovered five firearms at the airport.

“Passengers are responsible for the contents of bags they bring to the checkpoint,” said Mark Howell, TSA spokesman in a prepared statement. “Our advice is to look through bags thoroughly before coming to the airport to make sure there are no illegal or prohibited items.”

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