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Mercury News: Secret Service ‘Is a Mess’ in Need of Drastic Reform

secret serviceBy San Jose Mercury News
Editorial Board

Given the apparently bottomless divide separating Republicans and Democrats in Washington these days, anything the two parties agree on must be painfully obvious. One such truth, apparently, is that the U.S. Secret Service is a mess and needs an immediate and drastic culture change.

This is the overarching conclusion of a scathing report issued Thursday by the bipartisan congressional probe of the inner workings of the Secret Service.
 The arm of government charged with protecting the president, the people who want to be president and other top officials was described by House investigators as an “agency in crisis.” That’s an understatement.
Secret Service was once considered an elite protective force, but it has suffered a number of black eyes in the last few years, including humiliating security lapses and the exposure of scandalous and wildly inappropriate behavior by agents on duty.

If all of this “crisis” talk rings a bell, it’s understandable.

In 2014 Joseph P. Clancy was sent in to direct the agency and to facilitate the needed culture shift. Clancy made promises, but the report indicates House investigators could not see much progress toward reform.

In fact, the report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform detailed security breaches since 2013 that hadn’t been previously disclosed.

For example, at an awards dinner last fall, a man pretending to be a member of Congress walked into a secure backstage area without being properly screened and spoke with President Barack Obama. Five days later, a woman walked backstage unchecked at a gala dinner where Obama was a featured guest. And the list goes on.

Previous reports, and this one, say one of the major problems with is that the Secret Service is understaffed. Clancy vowed to address that, yet the agency has 52 fewer employees than it did in September 2014, now at its lowest point in a decade.

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David J. Johnson Heads A Bit More to the West to Lead FBI’s San Francisco Division


David Johnson

By Allan Lengel
tickelthewire.com

David J. Johnson, who headed the FBI’s Salt Lake City division, is shifting gears a bit to the west and taking over the San Francisco office.

Johnson began his career with the FBI in 1991, and was first posted a Violent Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency.

In 1994, he was assigned to the High Technology Squad, and worked on a case that became the first to be prosecuted under the economic espionage classification.

In 1997, Johnson was assigned to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization Squad. Two years later, he became a supervisory special agent of the Asian Organized Crime Squad in the San Jose Resident Agency. He led two multi-agency task forces that targeted human trafficking and police corruption and racketeering cases, the FBI said.

As the chief of the Crimes against Children Unit, he developed the Innocence Lost National Initiative, which identifies and rescues minors involved in prostitution and investigates the pimps involved in these crimes.

He was promoted to the assistant special agent in charge of the San Francisco Division, and in 2008 he led the task force created by the attorney general to conduct a criminal investigation into the destruction of interrogation videotapes by the CIA.

In 2009, he became chief of the Violent Crimes Section in the Criminal Investigative Division, responsible for managing programs that involve federal violations such as bank robberies, kidnappings, extortions, crimes against children, Indian country matters, fugitives, major theft, transportation crimes, and special jurisdiction matters.

In 2011, he was reassigned to be the chief of the newly created Latin America/Southwest Border Threat Section.

Johnson has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Loren Cannon has replaced Johnson as the acting head of the Utah FBI.

San Jose Man Accused of Impersonating DEA Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Jonathan V. Hoang wanted to be a federal law enforcement agency since he was a child.

He even unsuccessfully applied to the agency in 1986.

Now the 47-year-old San Jose man is accused of impersonating a federal drug agent by forging credentials, adding lights and sires to his truck and using his disguise to bypass credit checks, intimidate rivals, haggle over rent and dole out vigilante justice, the Mercury New reports.

Jonathan V. Hoang faces four counts, including pretending to be an officers of the United States, after he was arrested and indicted last week.

Hoang went as far as carrying a handgun and wearing a fake badge, according to the Mercury News.

Calif FBI Employee Charged With Lying About Debt

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A FBI employee in San Francisco is in big trouble as a result of financial statement she made, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The paper reported that Rachelle Thomas-Zuill, 39, who conducted background investigations on FBI agents for security clearances in San Francisco, was charged in court documents in San Jose with lying about the  debt she had on her properties, court records show.

Thomas-Zuill  wrote on a financial disclosure form to the government that she owned three properties with an outstanding mortgage debt of $866,000, when in reality she owned six properties with a debt of more than $2.2 million, the paper wrote.

The paper reported that she worked from 2003 until July of this year as a personnel security specialist for the FBI.