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Archive for January 14th, 2015

Four top Secret Service Executives To Be Removed in Shake-up

secret service photo

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service has decided to remove four of its most senior officials while a fifth has decided to retire, the biggest management shake-up at the troubled agency since its director resigned in October after a string of security lapses, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

The departures would gut much of the Secret Service’s upper management, which has been criticized by lawmakers and administration officials in recent months for fostering a culture of distrust between agency leaders and its rank-and-file, and for making poor decisions that helped erode quality.

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DEA’s #2 Person, Thomas Harrigan, Retires to Join the Private Sector

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas M. Harrigan, DEA’s number two person who was confirmed by the Senate as deputy administrator in March 2012, has retired from the agency to join the private sector.

Harrigan stepped down at the end of December.

Harrigan joined the DEA in 1987 and was first assigned to the New York Division.

Joseph Moses, a special agent and spokesman for DEA, said Wednesday that no replacement has been named as of yet.

Harrigan has joined CACI, a company based in Arlington, Va., that describes itself as providing “information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers.”

FBI Agents in Hazmat Suits Raid Chicago-Area Businesses in Body Parts Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents raided a crematorium and office building in suburban Chicago as part of what appears to be an investigation into the illegal sale and trafficking of human body parts, FOX 32 reports.

Agents cordoned off the areas with yellow tape while some of them donned hazmat suits.

The FBI declined to comment other than to say there is an investigation.

Detroit’s FBI office is leading the case after raiding the business of a former University of Michigan professor accused of being involved in the illegal trade of body parts. That case is linked to other across the country.

 

FBI, Facebook Partner to Issue Amber Alerts to Social Media Users

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A lot more people are going to learn about missing children after the Justice Department created a partnership with Facebook to send AMBER alerts to its users, WJCL reports. 

A similar deal was reached with Bing.

Attorney General Eric Holder said this is a big step to finding more children before it’s too late.

“Protecting the well-being of our young people is a responsibility that falls to every American,” Holder said.  “Each of us can help by paying close attention to alerts that come in – and by making sure you are plugged into the AMBER Alert network via social media.  Remember: finding an abducted child and returning him or her to safety depends on a fast response.  The more vigilant citizens we have on the look-out, the better our chances of a quick recovery.”

The complete text of Holder’s message:

“At the Department of Justice, we are committed to ensuring the safety and security of everyone in this country – and especially our young people.  Over the last two decades, a key tool in this effort has been the AMBER Alert system – an early warning system that helps us find and return abducted children.”

“Since the first AMBER Alert system became operational in 1996, AMBER Alert’s strong network of law enforcement and transportation officials, broadcasters, private-sector representatives – and dedicated ordinary citizens – has helped to rescue and safely return more than 700 abducted children.  Just last month, two young children were recovered.  In one incident, a three-year-old boy who had been taken in a domestic dispute was used as a shield by his abductor.  In another, an infant just 20 days old was abducted by a carjacker.  Fortunately, with the help of the AMBER Alert system, both children were rescued unharmed.”

“Through radio announcements, highway signs, wireless notifications, and Web posts, AMBER Alerts are now capable of rapidly reaching millions of people across the country.  But we have a great deal more to do in order to ensure that we can spread the word about missing children as quickly and as widely as possible.”

“Today – as our nation observes National AMBER Alert Awareness Day – I am pleased to announce that we are making two vital additions to our innovative national partnerships in order to expand the reach of the AMBER Alert system.  Facebook, already an AMBER Alert partner, will now begin sending alerts, along with detailed information and photographs, to its members in designated search areas.  And the search engine Bing will begin allowing users to access AMBER Alerts through its online tools.  These cutting-edge tools are available as a result of agreements with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which coordinates our AMBER Alert distribution efforts.”

“Facebook’s geo-targeted alerts and Bing’s online broadcast tools will give AMBER Alerts an expanded social media and Internet presence – extending our web of child protection resources into new and critical areas.  I am grateful for their involvement, and for the participation of so many organizations and agencies that have helped to make the AMBER Alert system such an important public safety asset.  And I urge other companies and organizations to step forward and do their part by offering whatever assistance they can provide.”

“Protecting the well-being of our young people is a responsibility that falls to every American.  Each of us can help by paying close attention to alerts that come in – and by making sure you are plugged into the AMBER Alert network via social media.  Remember: finding an abducted child and returning him or her to safety depends on a fast response.  The more vigilant citizens we have on the look-out, the better our chances of a quick recovery.”

Republicans Face Uphill Battle in Halting President’s Immigration Plan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Republican plan to effectively wipe out President Obama’s new immigration initiatives doesn’t appear to have enough votes, Reuters reports

While the House appears to have the votes to defund the president’s controversial plans, the Senate would need at six Democrats and every Republican to support the GOP plan.

That’s not going to happen, a Senate Democratic leadership aide told Reuters.

Whatever the case, the president has pledged to veto any measure that would disrupt his immigration plans.

Republicans said that would be reckless.

“I know there’s a lot of consensus on our side that the last thing we need to do is to do something to jeopardize the security of our own citizens,” said Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Calls President Obama ‘Petulant Child’ in Paris Explanation

Daniel Bongino

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former Secret Service Agent Daniel Bongino bashed President Obama for blaming the Secret Service on his decision to bail out on the anti-terrorism rally in Paris, the Daily Caller reports

Bongino, who has become an outspoken conservative, said the president was “acting like a petulant child” for not just admitting he didn’t want to go.

Bongino said the president went to Mandela’s funeral where many more dangers were present.

“If the president wants to go he goes,” Bongino said. “The Secret Service doesn’t tell him he can’t go. That’s only in movies.”

Member of Elite Squad of Snipers Pleads Guilty to Plot to Kill DEA Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A member of an international crew of veteran snipers pleaded guilty Tuesday to plotting to assassinate a DEA agent, the New York Post reports.

Daniel “Nico” Gogel faces up to 28 years in prison for other crimes including conspiring to kill a confidential informant in Liberia and attempting to import cocaine and possessing machine guns with silencers.

Gogel was working with an elite security detail led by former U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph “Rambo” Hunter that allegedly was helping Colombian drug smugglers.

Surveillance caught members of the group nonchalantly talking about their past crimes and the hit on the FBI agent.

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