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Secret Service Director Defends Subordinates on Capitol Hill Following High Profile Mishaps

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service’s first female director was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to discuss the misbehavior of her male subordinates.

CNN reports that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson brushed off allegations of widespread problems among employees, saying  recent highly publicized allegations were unusual.

“These are isolated incidents of misconduct and we’re working every day to correct our behavior,” Pierson told reporters Tuesday after leaving a closed meeting with top senators on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Three agents were recently sent home after they were found drunk at a hotel in the Netherlands.

“We’re human and we make mistakes,” Pierson said when asked why the agency continues to be plagued by such problems.

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House Committee Grows Impatient with FBI, Justice Department’s Handling of Boston Bombing Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

If the U.S. wants to stop an attack similar to the Boston Marathon bombing, the Justice Department and FBI must do a better job sharing information with local law enforcement, officials told lawmakers Wednesday, The Hill reports.

“We can no longer deal with this by not sharing information. We’re going to miss other Bostons if the federal government doesn’t engage the local police department in a very, very big way,” said Rudy Giuliani, who was mayor of New York City during the 9/11 attacks.

“They’re our only asset to finding these isolated single individuals and small groups,” Giuliani said. 

Wednesday was the second day of a hearing by the House’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to determine how the suspected bombers managed to escape capture.

“The FBI has refused to appear, and continues to refuse this committee’s appropriate requests for information and documents crucial to our investigation into what happened in Boston,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said.

“The information requested by this committee belongs to the American people. It does not belong solely to the FBI, and I sincerely hope they do not intend to stonewall our inquiry into how this happened.”

Senator Calls for Special Prosecutor in National Security Leaks; Calls Justice Dept. Efforts Insufficient

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Sen. Joseph Lieberman wants a special prosecutor to investigate leaks of classified information following allegations that the White House disclosed the secrets, Reuters reports.

Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, Lieberman said that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s appointment of two federal prosecutor was insufficient.

The security leaks includes details of U.S. cyber warfare against Iran and the use of drones to target militants, Reuters reported.