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Michelle Sutphin Named Special Agent in Charge of Jackson

Jackson Field Office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michelle A. Sutphin, who most recently served at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., has been named special agent in charge of the Jackson Field Office in Mississippi.

Sutphin’s career with the FBI began in 1998 as a special agent investigating violent crimes, gangs, and art crimes at the Chicago Field Office. On 9/11, Sutphin responded to the Pennsylvania plane crash as leader of the Chicago Evidence Response Team.

Special Agent Michelle Sutphin

In 2008, Sutphin was promoted to supervisory special agent and managed the Evidence Response Team Unit at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Va.

In 2011, Sutphin was transferred to the Springfield Field Office in Illinois, where she worked on criminal cases in 18 Central Illinois counties. Two years later, Sutphin investigated violent gangs and drug crimes at the St. Louis Field Office.

Sutphin became the team leader in the Inspection Division in 2014 at the bureau’s headquarters, where she led program reviews during inspections of field offices and reviews of shooting incidents.

In 2016, she was promoted to assistant special agent in charge at the Little Rock Field Office in Arkansas, where she oversaw the intelligence program and all national security programs, from counterterrorism and counterintelligence to weapons of mass destruction and cyber matters, in the state.

Sutphin was promoted in 2018 to section chief and chief of staff for the Science and Technology Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

Sutphin earned a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.

Charles Spencer Named Assistant Director of FBI’s International Operations Division

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charles Spencer, a 21-year FBI veteran who most recently served as special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Field Office in Florida, has been named as the new assistant director of the bureau’s International Operations Division.

Spencer will manage the FBI’s legal attaché program at the division, where he’s tasked with building relationships with foreign law enforcement and intelligence partners. The division also trains international law enforcement partners.

Spencer’s long career with the FBI began in 1998, when he was assigned to the Washington Field Office, working on the Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2005, he was promoted to supervisory special agent, overseeing the FBI’s gun vault.

In 2007, the FBI deployed Spencer to Iraq.

A year later, Spencer served as the supervisor of the Oklahoma City Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. In 2011, he was awarded the FBI’s Shield of Bravery for an encounter with a heavily armed domestic terrorist.

In 2013, the FBI promoted him to assistant special agent in charge of the national security branch in the New Orleans Field Office, where he headed up programs covering weapons of mass destruction, counterintelligence, counter=terrorism, cyber-crimes, surveillance, and crisis management.

In 2015, Spencer became the deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.
A year later, Spencer was placed in charge of the Jacksonville office.

Before joining the FBI, Spencer earned a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He later became an engineer in the commercial nuclear power industry.

FBI’s Jacksonville Division Gets New Agent in Charge, Charles P. Spenser

Charles P. Spenser is the new agent in charge of Jacksonville's FBI office.

Charles P. Spenser is the new agent in charge of Jacksonville’s FBI office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Jacksonville division is getting a new agent in charge.

Tapped for the job was Charles P. Spenser, a 28-year veteran of the bureau with a background in counter-terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and counter-intelligence, The Florida Times-Union reports. 

When Spenser takes over in mid-September, he will replace Michelle S. Klimt, who was the first woman to lead the Jacksonville division when she took the helm in June 2013.

“I am equally proud of the strong working relationships that we have developed with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” Klimt said. “I retire with the utmost confidence that this team will continue to build those partnerships to ensure safer communities across North Florida.”

The Florida Times-Union wrote:

Spencer has been the deputy assistant director of the FBI Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate since August 2015, dealing with both domestic and international weapons activities, according to the FBI. He was responsible for managing classified programs designed to prevent foreign and terrorist efforts to obtain weapon capabilities. Prior to that, Spencer was the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s National Security Branch in New Orleans, leading counter-terrorism, counter-intelligence, cyber, surveillance and crisis management programs.

FBI Investigates Hacking Attempt Targeting Jacksonville International Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating what appears to be a hacking attempt from a “foreign party” targeting Jacksonville International Airport, First Coast News reports.

Investigators said the hacking attempt was unsuccessful.

“There was an incident that occurred around Thanksgiving and the FBI is investigating,” JAA spokesperson Michael Stewart said in a statement.

The FBI declined to provide further details.

The hacking attempt underscores the dangers of hacking.

Armed Florida Man Climbs Gate, Demands to Speak to FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed 36-year-old Jacksonville man climbed over the fence at the FBI’s Jacksonville office and demanded to speak with agents about someone following him, News 4 Jax reports.

Avery McNight Jr. was quickly stopped by a security guard who also was armed and demanded the man drop his weapon. McNight followed directions and was arrested.

He is now charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, armed possession of crack cocaine, armed trespassing, and theft of a firearm.

Police said McNight never threatened the guard.

After police arrested McNight, he kicked his way out of a police car and was subdued again.

New Head of Jacksonville FBI Office Was Never Discouraged by Gender

Michelle Klimt/FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michelle Klimt was eating dinner with her dad in the 1970s when he grumbled about women becoming FBI agents, the Florida Times-Union reported.

He was a special agent at the time. 

“And I sat there and said, ‘Hey dad, I can do what you do now.’ He never complained again and was very supportive of me,” Klimt told the Florida Times-Union.

Sure enough, Klimt not only became an agent, she became the first woman to lead the Jacksonville division seven months ago the Times-Union wrote.

Supreme Court Case Pits Protesters’ Rights to Be Heard Against Politicians

The Daily Astoria 
Editorial

Can political protests be restricted so that political leaders don’t have to listen?

This is one way of framing the issue before the U.S. Supreme Court when it considers this term whether Secret Service agents were right in ordering protesters to be removed from President George W. Bush’s sight and hearing during a 2004 visit to Jacksonville in southern Oregon.

The other main way to view the matter is whether the Secret Service has unquestionable discretion to ensure the president’s safety by keeping obvious opponents much farther away than they keep obvious supporters.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit – the second-highest level of federal court – was seriously split on this question in a decision released in February. A majority of the 28 judges ruled that a lawsuit can proceed against the agents who required protesters to be moved more than twice as far away from the president than supporters. The Obama administration, supporting the agents, asked Supreme Court justices to consider quashing the lawsuit.

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Michael Steinbach Gets the Nod as Permanent Head of FBI’s Miami Division

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael B. Steinbach, who has been acting head of the Miami FBI since last August, becomes the permanent special agent in charge.

Steinbach also served as head of the Jacksonville office while he was acting SAC for Miami.

He began his career as an agent in 1995, and was first posted in Chicago, where he worked in the fugitive and violent crimes/major offenders programs.

In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. He provided program management for FBI operations in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan.

In 2004, he was off to Afghanistan to serve as the deputy on-scene commander for FBI operations.

Steinbach was assigned assistant legal attaché in Israel in 2005. In January 2006, he was promoted to legal attaché. He worked with Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on all FBI investigative matters.

In 2008, Mr. Steinbach was promoted to supervisor of the Violent Crimes Task Force in the D.C. Field Office, and in 2009 was appointed assistant section chief for the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

In May 2010, Steinbach was made deputy director for Law Enforcement Services at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. He was then assigned special assistant to the associate deputy director of the FBI.

In April 2012, he was promoted to special agent in charge of the Jacksonville Division.