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Incoming DHS Secretary Has 3 Decades of Experience with 3 Administrations

Deputy Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke.

Deputy Homeland Security Director Elaine Duke.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Washington veteran Elaine Duke, who is set to become the acting Homeland Security secretary today after a dramatic shakeup, has served in high-ranking positions in three administrations.

Duke, who served as deputy secretary, is expected to become acting secretary today to temporarily replace Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-start Marine Corps general who will become President Trump’s chief of staff.

Reince Priebus resigned from the position after the Trump administration made it clear they didn’t want him on staff anymore.

Duke has plenty of federal government experience.

The Hill wrote:

Duke has nearly three decades of experience working for the federal government, including time at DHS and the Department of Defense, serving under both Democratic and Republican presidents.

She previously served as under secretary for management and chief procurement for DHS, where she was responsible for managing the agency’s $47 billion budget. 

Duke was also the deputy assistant administrator for acquisition at the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), where she delivered a program to meet a new mandate after 9/11 to federalize passenger and baggage screening at U.S. airports


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Former FBI Director Comey Is Writing a Book about His Legal Career

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

FBI Director James Comey, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fired FBI Director James Comey is writing a book that will cover his tumultuous tenure during the Trump administration.

Comey, who has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, plans to write about his experience in public service, the New York Times reports. 

Don’t expect the conventional tell-all memoir. Comey plans to explore the principles that have helped him through some of the most difficult times of his long legal career. Those include the investigation of Hillary Clinton and his recent spat with Trump over the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the presidential election.

“It’s a book about leadership and his search for truth, informed by lessons and experiences he’s had throughout his career, including his recent experiences in the Trump administration,” said Matt Latimer, a partner at literary agency Javelin. “It will speak to a broader desire in our country for more ethical leadership.”

Latimer said all of the major publishing houses have expressed interest in the book, which is expected to go to auction soon.


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Barnes & Thornburg First Major Firm to Have 3-Ex-U.S. Attorneys As Partners Who are African Americans

(L-R) Mike Battle, Roscoe Howard, Patrick Miles

(L-R) Mike Battle, Roscoe Howard, Patrick Miles

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Barnes & Thornburg, based in Indianapolis, is the first major law firm to have three former U. S. Attorneys  as partners who are African American.  The firm has 13 offices and is among the 100 largest in the U.S.

The former U.S. Attorneys include Mike Battle, who served in the Western District of New York (Buffalo) under President George W. Bush; Roscoe Howard who served in D.C. under Bush and Patrick Miles, who served in the the Western District of Michigan (Grand Rapids) under President Barack Obama.

Howard and Battle work in the D.C. office and Miles is based in Grand Rapids.


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Storied FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez Retires After Combating Terrorism

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Carlos T. Fernandez, the legendary FBI agent who spent most of his career fighting terrorism, is retiring after 21 years.

The 50-year-old agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division has accepted a job with media giant Viacom, where he’ll lead their global security at their Times Square headquarters, PageSix.com reports. 

During his illustrious FBI career that began in 1996, Fernandez investigated terrorism in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and in Libya after Benghazi.

New York City police will miss Fernandez.

“There’s been no better collaborator (with the NYPD) than Carlos, and he spent his entire career protecting New York City from acts of terrorism,” NYPD Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald told Page Six. “We’ll miss him — he’s the best.”

He’ll also be missed by colleagues.

“Carlos is a great American, a great agent and a great friend,” Jeffrey Ringel, who worked with Fernandez at the FBI for 19 years, said. “His retirement is a big loss for New York, but his legacy will live on at the FBI.”

Page Six wrote:

He became a supervisor within the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office in 2010, and in 2015 he became the Special Agent-in-Charge overseeing the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Keeping New Yorkers safe, his division has thwarted attacks such as a Times Square massacre plotted by ISIS sympathizer Mohamed Rafik Naji, who intended to drive a garbage truck into a crowd before his 2016 arrest. They also foiled a Hezbollah strike with the 2017 arrest of Ali Kourani, who cased JFK for an attack. Last week, Bronx man Saddam Mohamed Raishani was arrested for trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.


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Philip Celestini Named SAC of Intelligence Division at FBI Washington Field Office

Philip Celestini

Philip Celestini

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Philip Celestini, who served as section chief in the Cyber Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Intelligence Division in the FBI Washington Field Office.

Celestini joined the FBI in 1992 in the Charlotte Division.

In 2006, Celestini transferred to the Baltimore Division where he served as the Joint Terrorism Task Force coordinator and squad supervisor.

He was later promoted to supervisory senior resident agent of the Rockville, Md.,  RA, where he oversaw criminal and national security investigations in metropolitan Washington and western Maryland.

Celestini starts his new post on July 10.


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Border Patrol Names New Agent in Charge of Nogales Station in Arizona

Sabri Dikman

Sabri Dikman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sabri Dikman, a 19-year veteran of the Border Patrol, has been named as the new agent in charge of the agency’s Nogales station in Arizona.

Dikman has been assigned to Nogales in the past and also has worked in Sonoita, Tucson and Willcox, the Border Patrol wrote in a press release. In addition, he served with Arizona’s Joint Field Command for a year.

Before joining the Border Patrol, Dikman served in the Army as a squad leader and rifleman.

The Nogales station is the busiest in Arizona.


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Democratic Lawmakers Urge Against Homeland Security Appointment of Sheriff David Clarke

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr., via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

There are few law enforcement officials as controversial and divisive as Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke.

That’s why Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee urged Homeland Security Director David Clark to not appoint Clarke to a post within the agency, The Hill reports. 

“We understand that the Department [of Homeland Security] has yet to make an announcement about this position and strongly urge you not to consider Sheriff Clarke as candidate for this important office or any other within DHS,” they wrote in a letter to Kelly.

Among Clarke’s “troubling record” are allegations of plagiarism and “multiple inmate deaths” under his watch.

“Taken together, they warrant not only his immediate disqualification from consideration, but an unequivocal response from the department stating that neither Sheriff Clarke nor anyone with a similar record would be considered for a secretarial appointment within DHS.”

On Saturday, CNN reported that Clarke plagiarized parts of his master’s thesis on Homeland Security. 


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Yet Another Candidate for FBI Director Withdrawals Name from Consideration

Former FBI official Richard McFeely, via FBI.

Former FBI official Richard McFeely, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Yet another candidate to replace FBI Director James Comey has withdrawn his name from consideration.

Former FBI official Richard McFeely alerted President Trump’s administration that he’s not interested in the top FBI job, citing family considerations, WJLA reports

That leaves three remaining candidates after an additional two – Sen. Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C. – took their name out of the running.

Some of the remaining candidates include former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe and former Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Democrat turned Independent.

Political observers predicated Trump would have problems finding a replacement because of the way he treated Comey, who was fired on May 9, prompting the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russians.


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