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Senate Panel Approves Trump’s Nominee to Lead Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, was approved Tuesday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, setting the state for a full Senate vote.

The committee approved the nomination with a vote of 11-4, the Hill reports. 

Plans to confirm the nominee last week were delayed because of nearly 200 follow-up questions from lawmakers.

Nielsen, the White House deputy chief of staff. is expected to proceed to a full Senate confirmation in the coming weeks.

If confirmed, she will lead an agency responsible for protecting America’s borders from terrorists and cybersecurity threats and heading up disaster relief efforts.

The department has been without a permanent leader since John Kelly vacated the position to move to the White House as Trump’s chief of staff at the end of July.

“Our nation is facing constantly-evolving threats, making it all the more important for strong, permanent leadership at DHS. Ms. Nielsen’s prior experience at the department, background in cybersecurity, and tenure with General Kelly will serve her well in this challenging position,” committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said in a statement Tuesday evening. “I hope the Senate will take up Ms. Nielsen’s nomination as quickly as possible.


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FBI Appoints New Special Agent in Charge of St. Louis Division

St. Louis Field Office, via FBI

St. Louis Field Office, via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard Quinn, a 20-year veteran of the FBI, will become the new special agent in charge of the bureau’s St. Louis division in mid-November.

The FBI announced Tuesday that Quinn will replace former Special Agent in Charge William Woods, who retired in September.

Former Special Agent in Charge William Woods

Former Special Agent in Charge William Woods

Quinn, who most recently served as the chief of the Media and Investigative Publicity Section in the Office of Public Affairs, began his career as a special agent in 1997. His first assignment was at the New York Field Office, where he investigated terrorism and foreign counterintelligence as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Quinn also held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters and in the Chicago and Philadelphia Field Offices.


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DEA’s Will Glaspy No Stranger to Drug Battle Along Border

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Will Glaspy, who recently took charge of the DEA’s Houston office, is no stranger to the drug battle.

Glaspy has spent more than decade battling drug traffickers along the Texas border, reports Click2Houston.com. He tells the station the Mexican cartels still have a strong presence in the Texas region.

Below is an interview with the station.


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FBI’s Robert Lasky Heading to Miami; Paul Delacourt Going to LA

Robert Lasky

Robert Lasky

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert F. Lasky has been named head of the FBI’s Miami Division, replacing George Piro, who is going to headquarters. He most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Mobile Division.

Lasky entered on duty with the FBI in 1998, and was first assigned to the San Francisco Division, where he investigated public corruption and drug matters relating to Mexican Organized crime. In 2000, he transferred to the U.S. Virgin Islands to investigate international criminal enterprises and public corruption before transferring to the Springfield Division.

Throughout his career, he has held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Birmingham Division’s Gadsden Resident Agency, the Salt Lake City Division’s Helena Resident Agency and as special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters.

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray also announced the appointment of Paul D. Delacourt as the assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office.

Paul D. Delacourt

Paul D. Delacourt

Delacourt moves from the Honolulu Division where he was special agent in charged.

Delacourt entered the the FBI in 1995 where he was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked gang and drug investigations and was a member of the SWAT team. Following 9/11, he transferred to the Counterterrorism Division, working on a temporary assignment to the Guantanamo Bay Task Force at FBI headquarters. He was also deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Throughout his career, Delacourt has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, in the Atlanta Division, as the FBI deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, in the Honolulu Division, and in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters.

 

 


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FBI’s George Piro, Chief Interrogator of Saddam Hussein, Named AD of International Operations

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George Piro, the Beirut-born Assyrian-American  FBI agent who was the team leaders and lead interrogator of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, has been named assistant director of the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters. His most recent assignment was head of the Miami field office.

Piro joined the FBI in 1999, and was first assigned to the Phoenix Division, where he worked international terrorism cases.

During his FBI career,  Mr. Piro has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division, the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, the Washington Field Office and as a member of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group.


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Trump Picks Top White House Aide to run Homeland Security

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

Kirstjen Nielsen, via Twitter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House announced Wednesday that President Trump plans to nominate Kirstjen Nielsen, a top White House aide, to lead the Department of Homeland Security.

Nielsen, 45, a cyber security expert with an extensive background in homeland security, has a close working relationship with Trump’s chief of staff John Kelly. When Kelly served as Homeland Security secretary until recently, Nielsen was his top aide. When Kelly moved to the White House in July, Nielsen joined him as his principal deputy chief of staff.

Nielsen worked on homeland security issues during stings with the TSA and on the White House Homeland Security Council under George W. Bush.

Also considered for the job was House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul of Texas.


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DOJ Names Robert Patterson Acting Director of DEA

Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice has named Robert W. Patterson the new acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  He replaces acting Director Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016, serving as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative and regulatory activities worldwide, a press release said. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector, beginning in November 2015.

Before that, Patterson served in a variety positions in the DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools in support of field operations.


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Acting DEA Administrator to Step Down at End of Month

DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chuck Rosenberg, acting head of the DEA, plans to resign at the end of the month.

A holdover from President Obama’s administration, Rosenberg told his staff in an email that he was proud to have run a “remarkable agency,” the Washington Post reports. 

“The neighborhoods in which we live are better for your commitment to the rule of law, dedication to the cause of justice, and perseverance in the face of adversity,” he wrote. “You will continue to do great things. I will continue to root for you, now from the sidelines.”

Rosenberg, who has been the acting administrator of the DEA since 2015, didn’t shy away from criticizing the White House and Justice Department.

In July, for example, Rosenberg criticized Trump’s comments that suggested law enforcement should handle criminal suspects roughly.

“We have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong,’’ he wrote in the email.

It’s not yet clear who will replace Rosenberg, who also served as a U.S. attorney and senior counselor to then-FBI Director James Comey.


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