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Tag: Alexandria

Plans for New TSA Headquarters Delayed for 2 Years Over Bidding Process

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA was expected to get a new headquarters in Alexandria by 2018, but those plans have been delayed until 2020, the Alexandria Times reports.

The decision appears to be influenced by plans for a new bidding process.

The GSA recently requested a request to amend the lease proposals to bidders to clarify certain requirements.

A judge recently voided a lease by Victory Center at 5001 Eisenhower Ave., where TSA was expected to move, over issues with the square footage available.

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Judge Wanted to block TSA Lease for New Headquarters over ‘Ill-Gotten Gain’

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal court judge tried to block the General Services Administration from giving TSA a new headquarters at Victory Center in Alexandria, BizJournal reports. 

Judge Charles Lettow released an order that said GSA leased more space for a TSA headquarters than was authorized by Congress, calling the deal an “ill-gotten gain.”

The redacted order comes after Lettow struck down the GSA’s lease on Nov. 11 following protests by other bidders competing on the contract.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth said her agency is still examining the judge’s decision.

“Obviously, it’s litigation, so I don’t want to step into that, but we’ll take a look at what the ruling was and have an understanding of what that means for us and make decisions about how we move forward,” she said in a recent roundtable with reporters.

TSA Is Moving Its Headquarters to Complex in Alexandria to Save Money

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA is moving its headquarters from Arlington to a complex in Alexandria in an effort to save money, the Washington Post reports. 

The TSA plans to move by spring 2018 into the Victory Center office complex after GSA brokered a deal that would save the agency $95 million over 15 years.

The 15-year lease calls for $36 per square foot, a good deal in that area, The Post wrote.

The move also will add about $25 million in property-related taxes during the 15-year period.

“This is yet another great GSA-negotiated deal for government and the American people,” said Darren Blue, GSA’s Public Buildings Service commissioner for the Washington area.

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Ex-FBI Agent Pleads to Passing on Inside Info to a Close Friend

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ex-FBI agent pleaded guilty Friday to obtaining information about an undercover law enforcement operation in Newark and giving it to a close friend,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark announced.

In June 2011, Ivan Stantchev was asked by a friend to  obtain confidential information in connection with four telephone numbers and any individuals associated with those numbers, authorities said.

Authorities said Stantchev asked an FBI colleague in the New York Metro area to obtain this information from FBI computers.

On June 30, 2011, that colleague sent  Stantchev an electronic document through the FBI’s email system detailing confidential information from certain FBI databases, including the existence of an ongoing FBI investigation in Newark, N.J.; the federal offenses being investigated in Newark; the related FBI case number; the name of the FBI’s operation; and notations confirming the existence of an undercover law enforcement operation in Newark.

 

Ex-CIA Officer Accused of Leaks Involving Terror Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former CIA officer, who helped track down and capture a big terror suspect, was charged Monday with repeatedly disclosing classified information to journalists, including the name of a covert CIA officer and information revealing the role of another CIA employee in classified activities, the Justice Department said.

The charges were filed in fed court in Alexandria, Va., against former CIA agent John Kiriakou.

Kiriakou, 47, of Arlington, Va., was a CIA intelligence officer between 1990 and 2004, serving at headquarters and in various classified overseas assignments.

The government alleged in a four-count criminal complaint that Kiriakou made illegal disclosures about two CIA employees and their involvement in classified operations to two journalists on multiple occasions between 2007 and 2009.

In one instance, Kiriakou allegedly disclosed the name and contact information of an employee, identified in the complaint as “Officer B,” whose participation in an operation to capture and question terrorism subject Abu Zubaydah in 2002 was then classified, authorities said.

Authorities alleged that Kiriakou leaked the information prior to a June 2008 front-page story in The New York Times disclosing Officer B’s alleged role in the Abu Zubaydah operation.

“Safeguarding classified information, including the identities of CIA officers involved in sensitive operations, is critical to keeping our intelligence officers safe and protecting our national security,” said Attorney General Eric Holder in a statement.

Read the press release

Read the NY Times story

 

Suburban D.C. Man Accused of Spying for Syria

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the suburbs of D.C., resident Mohamad Anas Haitham Soueid was more than just a suburban dweller, at least according to the FBI.

Authorities announced this week charges against the 47-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen, who lived in Leesburg, Va., and allegedly collected video and audio recordings and other information about people in the U.S. and Syria who were protesting the government of Syria.

Authorities alleged the he turned over materails to Syrian intelligence agencies “in order to silence, intimidate, and potentially harm the protestors.” He was arrested on Tuesday.

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., charged him with conspiring to act as an agent of the Syrian government in the United States without notifying the Attorney General as required by law; two counts of providing false statements on a firearms purchase form; and two counts of providing false statements to federal law enforcement.

“The ability to assemble and protest is a cherished right in the United States, and it’s troubling that a U.S. citizen from Leesburg is accused of working with the Syrian government to identify and intimidate those who exercise that right,” U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of Alexandria said in a statement. “Spying for another country is a serious threat to our national security, especially when it threatens the ability of U.S. citizens to engage in political speech within our own borders.”

 

Illegal Video Download Host Who Let Millions See Free Movies and TV Shows Pleads Guilty

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

In June of last year the feds shut down the website NinjaVideo.net, which let millions of viewers see copyright-protected movies and television programs in high-quality formats for free or for a nominal fee.

On Thursday,  one of the site’s founders, Hana A. Beshara of Las Vegas,  pleaded guilty in Alexandria, Va. to conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement.  Sentencing is set for Jan. 6.

Beshara admitted the site collected more than $500,000 in overall proceeds over its two-and-a-half-year existence, and that she earned more than $200,000. Beshara agreed to forfeit assets seized by law enforcement in the June 2010 raid “including cash, an investment brokerage account, two bank accounts, a Paypal account and one Internet advertising account,” according to a Justice Department press release.

A press release from the Justice Department said:

“The NinjaVideo.net website allowed visitors to download infringing copies of hundreds of television shows and movies, including those still playing in theaters and some that had not yet been released in theaters. Website visitors could download much of the infringing content for free, but visitors who “donated” at least $25 obtained access to private forum boards that contained a wider range of infringing material.”

 

Ex-Fed Prosecutor Mark Hulkower Who Convicted CIA Agent Aldrich Ames Dies at age 53

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Washington area federal prosecutor who helped put away some key spies including CIA double-agent Aldrich Ames, died this past weekend of colon cancer, the Washington Post reported. He was 53.

Mark J. Hulkower, 53, worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va.,from 1989 to 1995 and went into private practice where he defended clients from companies like Enron and Blackwater, the Post reported. He was a partner at the D.C. firm of Steptoe and Johnson at the time of his death.

During his reign as a federal prosecutor, the Post reported, that he got convictions in spy cases that included defendants Frank Nesbitt, a one-time Marine who passed secrets to the Russians; Frederick C. Hamilton, a Defense Intelligence Agency researcher who gave secrets to the Ecuador and Steven J. Lalas, a State Department staffer who spied for Greece.

“No matter how overwhelming the evidence can be, prosecuting espionage cases is never easy,” John L. Martin, the retired chief of internal security at the Justice Department told the Post. “Mark was prepared to the teeth.”

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