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Secret Service Incident in Netherlands Was on Heels of Car Wreck during Obama’s Miami Trip

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By Carol D. Leonnig, David Nakamura and Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post Staff Writers

WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Secret Service arrived in the Netherlands last weekend for a presidential trip, managers were already on high alert to avoid any further em­barrassing incidents involving agents.

The agency’s director had admonished supervisors after two counter-sniper officers suspected of drinking were involved in a March 7 car accident during a presidential visit to Miami, according to several people with knowledge of the incident. The driver passed a field sobriety test and was not arrested.

So in Amsterdam on Saturday night, Secret Service supervisor George Hartford had the Miami incident in mind when he issued a warning to a group of agents gathered for dinner: Go out if you want, but stay out of trouble.

By the next morning, Hartford was pounding on the hotel door of a 34-year-old junior agent who had passed out drunk in a hallway and later had to be lifted into his room by several hotel employees, according to a hotel spokesman and two other people familiar with the incident. The agent claimed to have no memory of the events.

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Head of FBI’s Miami Office Gets Promoted to Counter-Terrorism Post in Washington

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Michael B. Steinbach, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami office, is returning to Washington to take a top job fighting counter-terrorism, the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The 47-year-old will be promoted to deputy assistant director in the counter-terrorism division, where he had previously worked.

Steinbach, whose departure date has not yet been determined, took the Miami job in February 2013.

He currently leads about 800 employees in the Miami Division, which covers nine counties.

His replacement has been decided but the name has not been released yet, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Homeland Security Spied on Occupy Wall Street Protests in about a Dozen U.S. Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A division of the Department of Homeland Security spied and kept records on the Occupy Wall Street protests, even when they were peaceful the Huffington Post reports.

More than 250 records obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund show the federal government was keeping close tabs on protesters.

“Taken together, the two sets of documents paint a disturbing picture of federal law enforcement agencies using their vast power in a systematic effort to surveil and disrupt peaceful demonstrations,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said in a statement. “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat,’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”

The department was watching demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Tampa, Fla.

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FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge of Miami Office Impressed Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Steinbach was supposed to be the temporary head of the FBI in Miami while the bureau searched for a permanent special agent in charge.

But the 46-year-old who has fought violent crime and terrorism impressed Washington D.C. so much that he received the permanent job, the Miami Herald reports.

“I never pursued it,” Steinbach, 46, who studied aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, told the Herald.

Steinbach joined the FBI in 1995 and eventually held the top job at the bureau’s Jacksonville office, the Herald wrote.

FBI Appears to Be Targeting New Jersey Sen. Menendez Over Gifts, Prostitutes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez appears to be the focus of a criminal investigation that also resulted in a raid last month against an eye doctor accused of lavishing the Democrat with gifts and young prostitutes, two bureau sources told the Daily Caller.

The Caller wrote that the FBI’s inquiry has changed focus to New Jersey from Miami, where the doctor is based, suggesting Menendez is the ultimate target.

Menendez has forcefully denied any involvement with prostitutes of any age, though he recently reimbursed Melgen $58,500 for two private jet trips to the Dominican Republican in 2010.

The probe began in Miami.

Menendez has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

 

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.

 

 

Miami Cops Accused of Providing Protection to Gambling Ring

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least nine Miami police officers are the target of an FBI investigation into a scheme to protect an illegal sports-betting operation, the Miami Herald reports.

The officers are accused of protecting a Liberty City gambling ring that operated out of a barber shop.

The Miami Herald wrote that six of the officers have resigned or been suspended as part of the probe.

Arrests are expected by the end of the month.

According to the Miami Herald, one gambler saw cops so frequently that he believed the police department was running the shop.

Too Much Evidence Prompts Dismissal of Prescription Drug Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is it possible to have too much evidence against someone?

It appears so after a federal judge in Iowa dropped a case involving the nation’s largest prosecution of Internet pharmacies, the Associated Press reports.

The evidence against former Miami doctor, Armando Angulo, included more than 400,000 documents and two terabytes of electronic data, taking up 5% of the DEA’s worldwide electronic storage, according to Newsday.

Angulo fled to his native Panama, which does not extradite its own citizens. So given that he’s never likely to come back to the U.S., and the issue of maintaining all the documents, the prosecutors asked the to dismiss the case so the evidence can be deleted or destroyed, AP reported.