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Storied FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez Retires After Combating Terrorism

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Carlos T. Fernandez, the legendary FBI agent who spent most of his career fighting terrorism, is retiring after 21 years.

The 50-year-old agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division has accepted a job with media giant Viacom, where he’ll lead their global security at their Times Square headquarters, PageSix.com reports. 

During his illustrious FBI career that began in 1996, Fernandez investigated terrorism in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and in Libya after Benghazi.

New York City police will miss Fernandez.

“There’s been no better collaborator (with the NYPD) than Carlos, and he spent his entire career protecting New York City from acts of terrorism,” NYPD Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald told Page Six. “We’ll miss him — he’s the best.”

He’ll also be missed by colleagues.

“Carlos is a great American, a great agent and a great friend,” Jeffrey Ringel, who worked with Fernandez at the FBI for 19 years, said. “His retirement is a big loss for New York, but his legacy will live on at the FBI.”

Page Six wrote:

He became a supervisor within the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office in 2010, and in 2015 he became the Special Agent-in-Charge overseeing the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Keeping New Yorkers safe, his division has thwarted attacks such as a Times Square massacre plotted by ISIS sympathizer Mohamed Rafik Naji, who intended to drive a garbage truck into a crowd before his 2016 arrest. They also foiled a Hezbollah strike with the 2017 arrest of Ali Kourani, who cased JFK for an attack. Last week, Bronx man Saddam Mohamed Raishani was arrested for trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

Retired DEA Agent Writing Fiction Book, ‘Metal Coffins’ about Drug Cartels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mike Vigil retired from the DEA in 2014, he was an expert in cracking down on drug cartels in Central America.

Instead of quietly retiring, Vigil has used that experience to write a book, “Deal,” about his time with the DEA. Now Vigil is working his first book of fiction called “Metal Coffins.”

“It talks about two fictional cartels that are in conflict with one another,” Vigil told KRQE. “It talks about the typical corruption, the treacherous nature of these cartels and it also talks about the convergence.”

Vigil believes it’s still going to be a long time to defeat the cartels.

“So even if you take Chapo Guzman down and he’s extradited into the United States,” said Vigil. “The Sinaloa Cartel, because of that horizontal structure, will continue to remain one of the most powerful organizations in Mexico.”

Robert Holley, Head of Chicago’s FBI Field Office, Plans to Retire, Join Private Sector

Robert Holley

Robert Holley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The special agent in charge of Chicago’s Field Office plans to retire in late August following 20 years with the bureau, The Chicago Tribune reports. 

Robert Holley, who once led international terrorism investigations, conducted work for the FBI in Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, Tanzania, India and Isreal.

Holley’s career began in 1995 at the Chicago FBI office, where he received several promotions. He also served as deputy assistant director in the Counterterrorism Division and was the special agent in charge of the FBI Indianapolis Division.

“I am most proud of having the opportunity to lead the Chicago Field Office and work with these men and women every day,” Holley said Tuesday in a FBI news release. “I am amazed by their dedication and what they do for the citizens of the United States every day.”

Like many retiring agents, Holley has accepted a job in the private sector. He will work on Discover Financial Services’ Global Security Team after his retirement on Aug. 20.

Retiring Special Agent in Charge of Philadelphia FBI Office Fulfilled Parents’ Dreams

Edward Hanko

Edward Hanko

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

All Ed Hanko’s parents wanted was for their son to achieve more than they did.

Hanko did just that, recently finishing a 29-year career with the FBI and retiring as the special agent in charge of the bureau’s Philadelphia field office, The Citizens Voice reports.

His dad was a coal miner. His mom worked in a dress factory,” The Citizens Voice wrote. “Neither finished high school and both had health problems.”

Hanko’s job in the Philadelphia office put him in charge of the eastern part of the state, including his hometown of Wilkes-Barre.

“For me, looking back, it’s quite an accomplishment to come from those humble beginnings,” Hanko said in a telephone interview with the Citizens Voice. “I got to appreciate what is was like to be at the low end of the economic scale. But it didn’t dissuade me.”

Head of FBI’s Philadelphia Office Plans to Retire, Take Job with Fortune 500 Company

Edward Hanko

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The head of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office, Edward J. Hanko, plans to retire next month following 29 years with the bureau, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Pennsylvania native led the Philadelphia office since 2013, beefing up investigations of terrorism, cyber crime and public corruption.

Hanko, 55, plans to become the vice president of global security for an unidentified Fortune 500 company.

Hanko plans to leave his post on July 31, two years short of the mandatory retirement age for the FBI.

The bureau has not officially made an announcement, and Hanko didn’t return a call for comment.

Watch Outgoing AG Eric Holder Bid Farewell to Justice Department

FBI Director Eric Holder bid a heartfelt farewell to the Justice Department on Friday as he stepped aside for his successor.

Holder served as the top law enforcement leader for the past six years.

Loretta Lynch is replacing Holder after she was finally confirmed by the Senate.

“I am proud of you. I’m going to miss you. I am going to miss this building. I am going to miss this institution. More than anything, I am going to miss you all,” Holder told the large crowd that had amassed.

 

TSA Administrator Pistole to Retire After More Than 4 Years at Helm

John Pistole

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, head of the TSA, will retire after leading the agency for more than four years, Reuters reports.

Pistole was in charge of 60,000 employees and security operations at more than 415 airports nationwide.

Pistole “has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“Because of his efforts over the past four and a half years, our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure,” Johnson added.

Johnson did not say what prompted the retirement.

Head of FBI’s Office in Seattle Resigns Abruptly; She Had Long-Standing Sexual Discrimination Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura M. Laughlin, head of the FBI’s office in Seattle for a decade, resigned abruptly Monday.

The Seattle Times reports that Laughlin retirement was anything but routine.

Laughlin, who joined the FBI in 1985, filed suit for sexual discrimination againt the bureau in 2011, claiming she was passed up for at least 15 promotions because of gender discrimination and retaliation since 2007.

An FBI spokeswoman said Laughlin was nearing her mandatory retirement age of 57 in September.

“Many special agents choose to retire before that age-related mandatory point,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.