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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Demands Secret Service Loosen Up Traffic Jams from Dignitaries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is tired of traffic jams caused by dignitaries visiting the capital.

In a stern letter sent Tuesday, Gray said the Secret Service protocols need to be changed because “significant portions of downtown Washington (are) being paralyzed by traffic,” the Washington Post reports.

The Secret Service responded that it wold review street closures and protocols.

The agency “makes every effort to minimize traffic disruptions when implementing security plans,” according to a Secret Service statement.

D.C. Firefighter Threatens to Air Threats Over Fire Truck’s Loudspeaker near White House

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical call to the White House.

The man on the phone was a Washington D.C. firefighter who was angry that investigators in Anne Arundel County were not reviewing death threats he had been receiving, myfoxdc.com reports.

“What do I have to do? Air those threats over the truck’s loudspeaker when I come onto the White House grounds?” the man asked on the White House comment line.

The veteran firefighter was placed on desk duty pending an investigation after White House officials expressed alarm.

The firefighter said he regrets making the call and did it out of frustration because no one was taking his report of threats seriously.

Accountant-Turned-FBI Agent Becomes Oregon’s Next Top FBI Official

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gregory T. Bretzing, a former accountant who joined the FBI in 1995, will become special agent in charge of Oregon’s FBI office, The Oregonian reports.

Bretzing, 47, will take over on March 31.

Bretzing, whose father was an FBI agent, served as inspector at the bureau’s Washington D.C. headquarters for the past 18 months.

Bretzing also supervised a joint terrorism task force in Salt Lake City.

Bretzing has five children.

FBI Likely to Leave Washington D.C. Because of Stringent Criteria on New Headquarters

 

Current FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI most likely will leave Washington D.C. to find a new home because of strict criteria on the land, the Washington Post reports.

The new site must be at least 50 acres and within two miles from a Metro station.

That puts D.C. out of the picture, the Post reported.

Officials were looking at Poplar Point, but it doesn’t fit the criteria.

That puts “an urban, riverfront site such as Poplar Point at a significant competitive disadvantage, despite the fact that such a site can provide a secure location near many urban amenities,” Deputy Mayor Victor B. Hoskins said.

New FBI Agents, Analysts Required to Visit MLK Monument in Washington

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

All new FBI agents and analysts must visit the monument for the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., new FBI Director James Comey said Monday, Reuters reports.

The idea, he said, is to remind people of the African American struggles for equality.

For similar reasons, new agents and analysts also are required to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Both monuments are in Washington D.C.

“It will serve as a different kind of lesson – one more personal to the bureau – of the dangers of becoming untethered to oversight and accountability,” Comey said.

FBI Investigating Why Practicing Buddhist Opened Fire at Navy Yard in D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A practicing Buddhist known as a “peaceful soul” by friends was the gunman behind the Washington Navy Yard shooting rampage Monday that claimed a dozen lives, including his own, the Washington Times reports.

Now the FBI is trying to determine why Aaron Alexis would open fire at the historic Washington Navy Yard in Southeast D.C.

“He is a nice person,” said Naree Wilton, an employee at a Thai restaurant where Alexis had worked. “I never see him get mad at anybody.”

According to the Washington Times, Alexis told his coworkers that he was leaving the area about three months ago.

Whether he actually left is another question and part of the FBI investigation.

ATF Team Who Sought Boston Marathon Bomber a Part of D.C. Shooting Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A full-scale tactical team for the ATF, which took part in the capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was activated to investigate the U.S. Navy Yard shooting in Washington D.C., the Boston Globe reports.

The team, based in D.C., is among five regional ATF tactical groups stationed across the nation.

The team was critical in the manhunt and capture of Tsareav, who was captured inside a backyard boat in Watertown.

The Boston Globe wrote that team specializes in covert operations, high-risk surveillance, crisis negotiations, arrest and search warrants and home invasions investigations.

Tucson Sector of Border Patrol Gets New Leader from Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Felix Chavez, who served as deputy division chief of operations for Border Patrol at Washington  headquarters, is returning to the Tucson Sector to take the job as deputy chief patrol agent, Tucson News reports.

As an added bonus, Chavez is intimately familiar with the development and implementation of the 2012-16 National Border Patrol Strategic Plan. He’s also familiar with the challenges along the Southwest border, Tucson News wrote.

Chavez began his Border Patrol career in July 1985 at what is now the Sierra Blanca Station – or the El Paso Sector, as it was previously called.