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Column: Al Qaeda Bent on Revenge: Watch Out for Assassinations

James Cavanaugh was an ATF agent and supervisor for 33 years before retiring in 2010.

James Cavanaugh/atf photo

By James Cavanaugh
For ticklethwire.com

Dingdong the witch is dead.

Yet the Al Qeada organization remains active and no doubt bent on revenge to show the world it is viable and deadly.

Law-enforcement leaders now have a special challenge: To learn the lessons of history that can help formulate a forward-looking strategy. Don’t count al Qaeda out. Like a wounded cobra, it still may be able to strike out and kill, with the wound only fueling its determination.

Yes, we all remember the attacks on 9/11, and the attacks on the trains of London, Madrid and Moscow. Yes, these were deadly and theatrical attacks we will never forget.

But Al Qaeda has another long-standing tactic of death rarely talked about in law-enforcement command circles: A long history of assassinating leaders. We must be conscious of this and respond if we want to stay ahead of the curve.

One of the seminal events of the modern terrorist era was the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat at the hands of the Muslim brotherhood.

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Wise-Cracking Mike Stenger of U.S. Secret Service Hanging it Up

Stenger overshadowed by a more youthful look/ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Mike Stenger, the wise-cracking, New Jersey bred, 35-year veteran of the U.S. Secret Service whose protective details included President Reagan, Jesse Jackson and Egypt President Anwar Sadat, is hanging up his badge and gun. Friday is his last day.

At a retirement party Thursday at Secret Service headquarters in downtown Washington, Stenger, the assistant director of government and public affairs, delivered a vintage Stenger speech sprinkled with jokes and wise cracks  and shout outs to the many folks he worked with over the years.

Secret Service Dir. Keith Prewitt

Secret Service Dep. Director Kevin Prewitt with Stenger

Secret Service Dir. Mark Sullivan with Stenger

A number of people spoke  including  Secret Service director Mark Sullivan, deputy director Keith Prewitt and Thomas  Harrigan, assistant administrator, chief of operations for DEA.   Agency representatives from the Justice Department, Interpol and Royal Mounted Canadian Police also gave presentations, and his family, including his wife of 38 years, was on hand.

DEA's Harrigan with Stenger

One of the more surprising moments came when a recording was played to the crowd. It was the voice of   Tony Sirico who played “Paulie Walnuts” in the Sopranos. He’s a friend of Stengers.

“I love you, you’re the best,” Sirico said. “They’re losing a good one. You’re top shelf.” Then he signed off with a “badda bing.”

Stenger is going up to Capitol Hill to become assistant Sergeant of Arms for Intelligence and Protective Services for the U.S. Senate. He held a number of posts over the years including special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office.