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Sanctuary City Crackdown May Impact Where New FBI Headquarters Is Built

prince-georges-countyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Trump administration’s battle with sanctuary cities may impact where the next FBI headquarters is located.

The two finalists are Prince George’s County in Maryland, where local officials don’t help deport illegal immigrants, and Fairfax County in Virginia, where police cooperate with federal authorities, the Washington Times reports. 

In his first week in office, Trump signed an executive order in which he pledged to eliminate federal funding to local governments that resist federal immigration laws.

It’s unclear whether that will hurt the chances of Prince George’s County getting the next FBI headquarters.

“The first criteria should be that it doesn’t go into a sanctuary city,” said Sue Payne, a conservative activist in Maryland. “You can’t put the top law enforcement agency into a lawbreaking jurisdiction. How does Trump justify that?”

Greenbelt, Maryland Eyed As Location of New FBI Headquarters in 2017

Current FBI headquarters

Current FBI headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI headquarters likely will be built in Maryland in 2017, a source on Capitol Hill told FOX 5

Maryland and Virginia were under consideration for a new headquarters to replace the current one, which is cramped and not equipped to handle modern-day technology.

The new location would be Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Congress approved $834 million for the new building, which is expected to cost $2.1 billion.

Should J. Edgar Hoover’s Name Be Removed from FBI’s New Headquarters?

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

Jonathan Rauch
The Atlantic

Now that the Confederate flag has been furled at South Carolina’s Capitol, it’s time to deal with another symbolic insult to minorities and the Constitution—the one inscribed over the door of the nation’s top law-enforcement agency.

A consummate bureaucrat and institution-builder, J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI’s first director, was also a paranoid obsessive who put together a rogue secret service accountable only to himself. His clandestine harassment of civil-rights activists and his illegal surveillance of political dissidents are well known, but the extent of his persecution of homosexuals is only now coming to light. In 1951, he launched a program to identify and expose homosexuals working in government. (“Each Supervisor will be held personally responsible to underline in green pencil the names of individuals mentioned in any report, letter, memorandum, newspaper article or other communication who are alleged to be sex deviates. This will assure proper indexing by the Records Section.”) By the time the program ended, in the 1970s, the bureau had collected more than 360,000 files on Americans suspected of being gay or lesbian. Dwight Eisenhower was still president-elect when Hoover confronted him with evidence that one of Eisenhower’s senior aides was gay, getting the aide fired and implicitly warning Ike not to cross the FBI. A few months later, the new president banned gays from all government jobs, an injustice not righted until 1975.

As it happens, the government is planning to move the FBI from its brutalist building on Pennsylvania Avenue to a new home in the D.C. suburbs. Hoover’s name, according to an FBI spokesman, will not automatically convey. In deciding what to call the new facility, Congress will be required to confront Hoover’s legacy.

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State, Local Officials to Show Support for Bringing FBI Headquarters to Maryland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI headquarters in Maryland would inject an estimated $2 billion and 11,000 jobs into the economy, the Associated Press reports.

Top officials are scheduled to promote moving the FBI office to Prince George’s County.

Scheduled to attend are Gov. Martin O’Malley, Rep. Steny Hoyer and Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin.

Several areas are competing to land the FBI headquarters, saying it would boost the economy.

Chicago Tribune Editorial: Should ATF Headquarters Be Named for Eliot Ness

Al Capone/fbi photo

By the Chicago Tribune
Editorial Page

Chicago

We all know crime fighter Eliot Ness brought down Chicago mobster Al Capone, right?

Not quite. Ness spent the best years of his life in a hunt to put Capone behind bars, but he had less to do with the final outcome than legend has it. Ness retired from federal law enforcement in his prime, then worked as a public safety official in Ohio. His personal life became a mess and he died at age 54.

Republican Sen. Mark Kirk and Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin are pushing to name the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives after Ness. This has prompted a delicious debate about Chicago history during Prohibition.

Alderman Ed Burke, the City Council’s resident historian, has dismissed the famous lawman. “Eliot Ness had a checkered career after leaving the federal government,” Burke said. “I simply do not think his image matches the actual reality of his legacy.”

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Owner of Washington Nationals Wants to Build New FBI Headquarter in Landover

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If the primary owner of the Washington Nationals gets his way, the Landover Mall will become the new site of the FBI’s headquarters.

The Washington Post reports that Lerner Enterprises, a development firm run by the Nationals owner, has submitted the 88-acre site for consideration as the bureau’s new headquarters.

Sears is the only remaining tenant in the mall, and Sears is on its way out.

“With Sears closed the confusion that existed as to the availability of the entire site should be eliminated. We would hope to attract a major user or users to the site possibly the FBI. In that regard we have submitted the site to the GSA,” Alan H. Gottlieb, chief operating officer of Lerner Enterprises, told the Post in an e-mail.

GSA Narrows Down List of Potential Locations for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The General Services Administration has narrowed down the list of possible new locations for a new FBI headquarters by adding more geographic requirements, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI has become more restrictive about location, saying the new headquarters must be within two miles of a Metrorail station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway.

The new map represents areas that fit the requirements.

Maryland Officials Hope FBI Chooses Greenbelt for New FBI Headquarters Site

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Maryland official hope they soon land the new FBI headquarters, saying the site is perfectly located, News4 reports.

The site at Greenbelt has quick access to Metro and the Beltway, and it has about 80 acres to develop.

The FBI has said it requires about 50 acres for a new headquarters.

“We need to have access to transit, we need to have access to the Beltway,” GSA Project Executive Bill Dowd told News4. “Now we want to identify the sites that are real.”

Others hoping to land the FBI headquarters are Prince William County and Potomac Shores.

“It is still out opinion that Loudoun offers great options for the FBI headquarters relocation,” Lois Kirkpatrick with Loudoun County Communications told News4.

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