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FBI Director James Comey Says He Keeps in Touch With Robert Mueller

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Just in case you were wondering, the answer is Yes.

FBI Director James B. Comey, who was in Detroit Tuesday to visit with the local agents and law enforcement folks, told reporters that he keeps in touch with the man he replaced, Robert S. Mueller III.

“He’s been a friend of mine a long time, so I talked to him a lot before coming and I’ve talked to him a number of times since then,” Comey said.

“I guess I don’t want to get into particulars or count the times, but he remains a friend of mine. ”

And then he added with a smile:

“And everything that goes wrong I’m blaming on him.”

Comey fielded questions from reporters about Detroit after meeting with law enforcement folks all day.

Detroiters are often convinced that the crime problem — particularly carjackings — is a little more unique here than in other places around the country.

But Comey responded responded to a reporter’s question about that by saying:

“I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I don’t think Detroit has any unique criminal problems. These are problems that we see in a lot of cities around the country.”

Comey said the FBI plans to add 300 new agents this year.

Will Detroit be a beneficiary?

“We haven’t yet decided where the 300 new agents are going to go,” Comey said. “That will obviously be based on need and where there are risks that are unaddressed. And so Detroit will obviously be part of that conversation, but it’s too early for me to say.”

Comey said the FBI was helping battle the violent crime in Detroit by participating in local task forces, and he acknowledged that  cities like Detroit, Chicago and Cleveland are up against some very tough crime issues.

Still, he emphasized that counterterrorism and counterintelligence remained the FBI’s top priority here and around the country.

He said he’s concerned about the thousands of foreigners training in Syria and where they might wind up after they leave. He also had concerns about home grown violent extremists and lost souls influenced by the propaganda on the Internet.

“So it’s why it’s so important for us to remember the importance of our counterterrorism mission everywhere in the United States.”

Comey also waxed philosophical about solving the violent crime problem.

“You can’t arrest your way to a healthy neighborhood,” he said. “You’ve got to arrest in order to create space for something to grow in its place.

“You will weed for ever if you don’t find a way to seed something in the space you’ve created with your weeding and grow a healthy plan. That is a huge and difficult problem well beyond those of us of in law enforcement but that is the answer to violent crime.”

He was also asked about his level of concern for security at the nation’s northern border.

“The southern border I worry about, the northern border I don’t,” he said.

 

With Terrorism And Other Crimes, Chicago’s FBI Struggles to Find Resources to Combat Violent Crime in Chicago

Robert Holley

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI’s Chicago office continues to make terrorism a top priority, the bureau is facing pressure to help quell violence in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune reports.

But Robert Holley, the special agent in charge in Chicago, said his office lacks the staff to adequately combat violent crime. In addition to terrorism, his 850 agents, analysts and support staff,  also are tied up investigating cyberattacks, financial fraud, political corruption and bank robberies. About half of the 850 are actually agents.

Holley pointed out that budget problems mean a hiring freeze.

“We will go after the worst of the worst, and we will go after the gang leadership. That has to be our focus,” said the 18-year FBI veteran, who has met with Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and plans to speak with Mayor Rahm Emanuel next month. “(But) if I put more resources on violent crime, I’d have to take away from other things… I’m not prepared to accept that risk right now.”

 

Head of Chicago’s FBI Looks For Ways to Help Crack Down on Violent Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Answering calls to help crack down on Chicago’s violent crime rate, the new head of Chicago’s FBI office said Monday that he plans to find new ways for his agents to lend a hand, the Associated Press reports.

But that won’t be easy.

In one of his first interviews since taking the position about a month ago, Robert Holley said about a quarter of his agents work on violent-crime cases.

“Could I move resources from one investigative branch to another? I could,” said Holley. “But I would have to take away from other programs, and I don’t know if I am willing to accept that risk right now.”

Holley’s background is in terrorism, the AP wrote.

‘Whitey’ Bulger Has ‘No Redeeming Qualities,’ Prosecutors Say Before Sentencing

Whitey Bulger/fbi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger has “no redeeming qualities” and should die in prison, prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bulger is awaiting sentencing next week after being convicted of racketeering and murder charges.

“Bulger is one of the most violent and despicable criminals in Boston history,” prosecutors wrote. “Having now been convicted of 31 felonies … Bulger richly deserves to spend the rest of his life in jail.”

Prosecutors also are seeking restitution for the families of 19 murder victims, the LA Times wrote.

 

New FBI Director Comey Warns of Impact of Impending Budget Cuts

FBI photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Speaking for the first time publicly about the budget challenges, new FBI Director James Comey said it will become increasingly difficult to fight crime because of the spending cuts, CBS Philly reports.

Congressional spending cuts may have catastrophic consequences for the FBI as it faces more pressure to fight violent crime and terrorism, Comey said during an International Chiefs of Police Conference.

“I’m required to cut 3,500 positions, to cut my operations to the bone, to do things like ration gas money and to stare at the prospect of sending my folks home for an extended period,” FBI Director James Comey said. He continued, “I don’t think folks understand the impact on the FBI, the other members of the justice family.”

Rabbis Accused of Conspiring to Kidnap, Use Cattle Prods to Force Divorces

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three rabbis and seven others are accused of trying to force Orthodox Jewish men into agreeing to divorce their wives, CBS New York reports.

They allegedly conspired to kidnap and use cattle prods to get the men to agree to divorce their wives.  Under Jewish law, a person must obtain what’s called a “get,” a legal Jewish document, for a divorce to become official. But a husband must agree to give a “get” for the divorce to be official.  In some instances, the men refuse.

The suspects were arraigned in a New Jersey federal court.

“The charge is kidnapping and extortion. Violent crime to get Jewish men to give divorces they wouldn’t otherwise get. It’s not really an exercise of religion. It’s really about money and violent crime,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said.

 

Violent Crime Increased Last Year for First Time Since 2006, FBI Records Show

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

For the first time since 2006, violent crime rose last year, the FBI said Monday.

Violent crime increased 1.2%, or 3.7% in areas with populations between 500,000 and 1 million, NBC News reported.

The biggest spike occurred in the West, where violent crime rose 3.3%. It fell 0.6% in the Northeast.

The data come from a preliminary analysis of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.

While ATF Task Force Member Remains in Critical Condition, Friends and Colleagues Raise Money

Patrick Hill

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Detroit cop Patrick Hill — part of an ATF violent crime  task force — was critically wounded in a shootout with a murder suspect about four weeks ago on Detroit’s west side.

On Saturday night, while he remained hospitalized in critical condition, suffering from head wounds, his fellow officers and members of the community gathered at the VFW hall in Lincoln Park to raise money for Hill and his family. He and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 16.

Detroit Police Sgt. Michael DiCicco, a close friend of Hill’s who played on a traveling softball team with him, spearheaded the fundraiser on Saturday, and said about 1,000 people bought $20 tickets for the event. People also donated money and bought raffle tickets for donated prizes.

“It was a good haul,” DiCicco said, declining to disclose the total amount of money raised.

He said the money will help the family. The wife, who is a phsycian’s assistant at St. Joseph’s Hospital, has taken an unpaid leave to help take care of her husband. DiCicco said she was on hand Saturday night along with other family members.

“She was floored,” he said. “It was overwhelming for her to see all those people come out to support her husband.

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