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Whistleblower Protections to Be Expanded for FBI Agents, Employees Who Report Internal Misconduct

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department outlined new changes that will make it easier for agents and employees of the FBI to blow the whistle on misconduct within the bureau, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The idea is to ensure complaints are handled swiftly and fairly.

President Obama directed the rule change in 2012 following complaints that whistleblower aren’t properly protected.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a long-time critic of how the FBI handles internal complaints, said he pleased with the changes.

“Nobody’s got on rose-colored glasses that the culture for whistleblowers at the FBI will change anytime soon, but many of the items outlined in the FBI’s analysis are promising,’’ he said in a statement. “In an agency with so much focus on the chain of command, it makes no sense for the FBI to be the only agency in the federal government not to protect disclosures of waste, fraud, and abuse to immediate supervisors.”

The FBI didn’t comment immediately on the changes.

3 Arrested in Buffalo for Allegedly Impersonating FBI Agents to Kidnap Women

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Perpetrators wearing “FBI” vests and badges around their neck tried to kidnap women in two separate incidents in Buffalo, the Buffalo News reports.

The fake agents handcuffed the victims.

Police stopped an SUV in which the perpetrators and a victim were riding.

The Buffalo News wrote that the victim believed she was being legitimately arrested after they rushed up to her, screaming “FBI, you’re wanted for questioning in a homicide” and placed handcuffs on her.

Another victim escaped when the would-be kidnappers tried to force her into an SUV.

There people were charged with attempted kidnapping: Hakim Owens, 22; Paul Manning, 19; and Christopher Southerns, 22.

FBI spokesman Maureen Dempsey said the suspects were unusually young for FBI agents, noting that the minimum age is 22 with a four-year college degree and three years of work experience.

 

CBP, Border Patrol Fail to Deliver on Promise to Be Transparent About Shootings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Customs and Border Protection pledged to become more transparent and accountable when it comes to agents using deadly force, but the USA Today reports that the agency is struggling to meet that promise.

At least 46 people – 16 of whom were Americans – have been killed by Border Patrol agents and CBP officers were on duty.

Then CBP’s acting internal affairs chief, Mark Alan Morgan, told reporters that he doubts any of the agents or officers were were disciplined in the deaths.

The USA Today rattles of a list of suspicious cases, including an unarmed teen shot in the back and agents shooting through a border fence in Mexico.

Despite the existence of a study on the issues, CBP kept it a secret for 15 months before it was leaked to the media.

“It just boggles my mind that DHS would hide this information,” said Wong, the retired CBP assistant deputy commissioner for internal affairs. “We’re not talking about terrorist activities or national security; we’re talking about things the American public should be aware of, should have access to. For them to say we can’t tell you how many people have been investigated for excessive use of force, well, I don’t understand the rationale.”

Other Stories of Interest

 

FBI Agents Association Issues Statement on Deaths of 2 Agents

Konrad Motyka/ticklethewire.com photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI Agents Association issued a statement on the deaths of FBI agents Christopher Lorek and Stephen Shaw, who died in an accident while training off the coast of Virginia Beach. The two were members of the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team.

FBIAA President Konrad Motyka stated:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Lorek and Shaw families during this very difficult time. The bravery and dedication of Special Agents Lorek and Shaw will not be forgotten, and FBIAA and our 12,000 members stand with the families and send our condolences for their loss.”

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan Says So-Long On Friday

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, who served under two presidents, steps down on Friday after a long reign at the head of the agency.

Sullivan, who had been director since 2006,  had a successful run as director, but his tenure was not without heartburn.

He had to deal with the couple who crashed a White house party in 2009, and last year, his agents were involved in a sex scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia.

He was an agent for 30 years.

3 ICE Agents Shot and Wounded in San Francisco Area

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Incidents like this remind us of the dangers of being in law enforcement.

Three Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were shot and wounded Thursday morning around 4 a.m. while executing a search warrant in Petaluma, outside of San Francisco, reported KABC.

The agents suffered non-life threatening wounds, the station reported.

The agents were executing a federal warrant related to a 2010 gang related triple homicide, the station reported.

The suspect was arrested, the station reported.

 

Column: Does Secret Service Need More Rules to Make Sure Agents Don’t Hire Hookers?

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It would seem like common sense that if you’re a Secret Service agent and you’re on the road, you shouldn’t booze it up too much and bring prostitutes back to the hotel.

Well, obviously some Secret Service agents needed a little more guidance and common sense.

So after the Colombia-prostitute scandal, the Secret Service is tightening and clarifying its policies for travel, according to NPR.

The new rules were contained in an internal message, NPR reported.

Too bad the guidelines weren’t tightened earlier.

I’m sure if the agents had known they weren’t supposed to bring prostitutes back to the hotel, they wouldn’t have done it. Right?

 

Breaking News: Two Agents Resign and a 3rd Retires in Secret Service-Prostitute Scandal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia appears to be moving in a logical direction.

Two Secret Service agents have resigned and a third is retiring, Bloomberg news reported. The men were reportedly part of the advance team for the president.

News agencies have reported that the Secret Service wants to give polygraph exams to those involved.