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Tag: Scandal

FBI Files on Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Show No Hint of Scandal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com
The FBI has released a 868-page file on the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, but there was nothing in it hinting of the scandal that would shame the coach the school, the New York Daily News reports.

The paper reports that the file mostly involves involves threatening letters sent to him and his staff years ago.

The paper reported that Paterno received threatening letters in the 70s and 80s from someone who referred to themselves as a “a bitter father.”

The man blames Paterno for family problems that popped up after his son prematurely left the football program.

To read more click here. 

Column: Secret Service Scandal is Not Indicative of Agency’s Current Culture

James G. Huse is a retired Inspector General for Social Security and the retired assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service. He occasionally writes a column for ticklethewire.com. He currently a Senior Advisor for a major consulting firm.

James G. Huse

By James G. Huse
ticklethewirecom

I have been somewhat “retired” from this column for many months, but the No. 1 news story in Washington this past week, the Secret Service personnel who broke the code of conduct rules in Cartagena on an advance assignment for President Obama’s trip, has motivated me back to the keyboard.

I have waited a bit for the media hysterics to somewhat abate before making these observations.

Contrary to the hue and cry, this is not the greatest crisis in Secret Service history.

That was, as we all know, the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. That was a true crisis. This instant mess is an egregious failure of discipline on the part of the personnel involved. The breach was reported to leadership and instant remediation action ensued.

This is not, by any gauge, proof of a pandemic culture of immorality and irresponsibility in today’s Secret Service, nor is it the first time in Secret Service history that agents and officers have been disciplined for breaking the rules.

As in all organizations there are people who fail to meet or perform to acceptable standards. Dealing with those individuals has been a continuing Secret Service focus through the years.

I know this because it was my job as a Secret Service Assistant Director. In this current matter the Secret Service process of discipline and correction was well underway before it became public knowledge.

When the failure became known to management the situation was immediately addressed and the miscreant agents and officers immediately replaced.

While this event is certainly an embarrassment to the Secret Service it is not -as some strident media experts suggest – a complete condemnation of its leadership, professionalism and public service to the United States. The over-the-top posturing of these so-called experts should raise some questions about the substantiation behind their pronouncements they endlessly tout on the news media. I wonder what their professional experience is and what their qualifications are, to advance these opinions.

I also question why their inside sources remain anonymous? During my years as Inspector General of Social Security Administration a steady stream of provocative allegations about agency leaders were reported to my office from anonymous sources.

Very few proved to have any validity. I am wary of unidentified sources. To me, it’s the old courage of your convictions test. Too much exists as fact today that is never substantiated by good validation and verification before it is proclaimed to our over-connected world.

I know I am very subjective about my views on the Secret Service. I spent the balance of my federal career in it. I served with the finest men and women I know. I also know that the agents, officers, and all the Secret Service staff of today hold to the same commitments and standards that I did in my time.

On this past Wednesday evening, April 18, a wreath was placed at the Law Enforcement Memorial on E Street NW, here in Washington to commemorate the 29 officers and agents who have died in the line of duty since the Secret Service was authorized by President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.

The Secret Service has a long and rich history of public service to the United States. It is made up of real people, steadfast men and women who respect these traditions, and serve their country with honor and commitment.

Where there are individuals who fail to keep this compact they are identified, and following due process, are removed. This is the abiding core culture of the Secret Service.

Secret Service Ousts 3 More Agents, Bringing Total to 6

 
 

secret service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The fallout from the Secret Service-prostitute scandal continued Friday.

The Washington Post reported that three more agents linked to the prostitution scandal have been forced out, bringing the total to six.

The Post also reported that the Secret Service announced that another person in the Secret Service has been implicated, raising the total to 12.

To read full story click here.

 

Sarah Palin on Ousted Secret Service Agent: Joke is On You

Sarah Palin/ official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service scandal has not been without its politics including from ex-vp candidate Sarah Palin.

The Washington Post reported that David Chaney, one of two supervisors ousted this week in the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, posted a Facebook photo of Palin in Janaury 2009 that said; “I was really checking her out, if you know what i (sic) mean?.” Chaney helped protect her in the 2008 presidential campaign.

On Thursday, on Fox news, Palin said the joke is on Chaney.

“Well, check this out, buddy — you’re fired!” Palin said, according to the Associated Press.

Then Palin weighed in.

“It’s like, who’s minding the store around here?” Palin told Fox. “The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her.”

The White House on Thursday expressed support for Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.

See Cartoons on Scandal (Washington Post)

 

 

The Ok Bombing it Ain’t; Ex-FBI Director Asked to Investigate SAT Test Security

Louis J. Freeh/adl photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As FBI Director Louie Freeh oversaw some of the biggest investigations in the nation including the Oklahoma bombing and the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Africa.

Now as a private lawyer and consultant, he’s being asked to tackle a task with a little less world import.

The New York Times reported that the College Board is hiring Freeh to review its security involving SAT tests.

The move comes in wake of a scandal involving seven Long Island teenagers who were arrested for cheating.

The Times reported that Nassau County prosecutors filed criminal charges on Sept. 27 against Samuel Eshaghoff, 19, who is accused of taking payments to take the SAT tests for six former and current students at Great Neck North High School.

The Times reported that scandal still has potential to get bigger and involve more students.

FBI Agent Charged With Allegedly Lying About Helping Informant He Had Affair With

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Toss in an FBI agent, an informant and allegations of sex and you’ve got scandal.

The U.S. Attorney’s  Office in Manhattan announced Tuesday the unsealing of an indictment charging  FBI agent Adrian Busby, 37,  with making false statements to protect a married confidential source he was allegedly having an affair with.

Busby, who now resides in El Paso, Tex.,  was charged with trying to protect the woman from identity-theft charges in a Queens State Criminal Court trial and then lying about it to authorities. He surrendered Tuesday in Texas to authorities.

It all began in 2008 when Busby, who was investigating mortgage fraud, started using a female real estate loan officer as a confidential source. He also began having an affair with her.

On Feb. 5, 2008, the source was arrested and subsequently prosecuted by the Queens County District Attorney’s Office for identity theft and related charges.

Authorities charged that Busby “actively assisted with her criminal defense, met with her attorneys on multiple occasions, and during trial “provided her defense attorney with confidential, law enforcement reports…related to her case….in violation of FBI regulations.”

In December 2009, she was convicted.

Beginning in January 2008, authorities said Busby made numerous false statements regarding the things he did to assist her in the trial.

Busby denied wrongdoing to The New York Daily News.

“Was she a suspect in my case? She wasn’t a suspect in my case,” Busby told the paper. “Was she a confidential informant? That’s something that the FBI would have to give out.”

“If [the Justice Department investigators] did not find anything, then apparently my actions were appropriate,” he added.

FBI Raids Hedge Funds in What Promises to Be Big Wall Street Scandal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The big Wall Street folks with lots of money could soon be trading in those $3,000 tailored wool suits for orange jumpsuits in what promises to be a full blown, major scandal.

F.B.I. agents on Monday raided offices of three hedge funds as part of an escalating probe into insider trading on Wall Street, the New York Times reports.

The hedge funds include Level Global Investors of New York and Diamondback Capital Management of Stamford, Conn., Loch Capital Management of Boston.

“We are conducting court-authorized search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation,” said N.Y. FBI spokesman Richard Kolko in a statement. “The matter is sealed. We have no further comment.”

To read more click here.

The FBI Cheating Scandal: ticklethewire.com Editor Allan Lengel Interviewed