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FBI to Hire 1,000 People by Oct. 1 But Still Far from Filling 2,500 Vacancies

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said the bureau plans to hire 1,000 people by Oct. 1 – a move meant to fill some of the 2,500 vacancies.

“I’m looking to hire 1,000 people to start to fill those almost 2,500 vacancies that we have – hundreds of special agents and intelligence analysts to restock that magic of the FBI, which is our talent,” Comey said.

Comey blamed the shortage of employees on the sequester.

“Everywhere around the country, I heard from my folks about the difficulties they were encountering with vacancies, with limitations on gas, with the abolition of training, with Quantico being a ghost town,” Comey said. “And thanks to this committee and other members of the Senate and the House, that changed in late January when the budget was passed.”

Ex-FBI Director Mueller III Joins Law Firm as Partner After Many Years of Public Service

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is joining the private sector.

The New York Times reports that Mueller, who served as director for 12 years before stepping down in September, is becoming a partner of the law firm WilmerHale.

“Bob brings to the firm his broad range of experience as a career prosecutor, an ability to lead the most sensitive investigations, his steady hand in a crisis and unquestioned integrity,” Robert Novick, co-managing partner of WilmerHale, said in a statement.

Mueller brings quite the background, which includes a Princeton degree, a Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam and years as the U.S. attorney in both San Francisco and Boston.

FBI Director Comey Shares Views of Surveillance in Post-NSA America

James Comey

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

James Comey was on a mission in 2004.

A deputy attorney general at the time, Comey rushed to the bedside of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to notify him that the White House was trying to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program, the Buffalo News reports.

Comey, who is now the director of the FBI, advised his boss not to sign anything.

“I’ve long been a big fan of the rule of law,” Comey said during a visit to Buffalo on Tuesday. “To me, the intelligence programs that are the most firmly rooted in all three branches of our government are the best.”

What’s he think of the controversial NSA program?

“Folks can disagree with the policy and reasonable people do disagree as to whether the federal government should have such a database,” he told reporters. “What can’t be said is that this is some type of rogue, lawless conduct. This was our government operating as it was designed.”

Obama Sings James Comey’s Praises During Welcoming Ceremony for New FBI Director

President Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama officially welcomed James Comey to his new post as FBI director during a ceremony Monday at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

The president applauded what he called Comey’s judgment and commitment, according to a White House blog.

“Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity: That’s your motto,” the President told the men and women of the FBI.  “And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day: Mr. Jim Comey.”

Obama said Comey was the best choice to head the FBI.

“It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security,” he said.

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.”

Washington Navy Yard Shooter Was ‘Wondering Around Looking for People to Shoot’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was “wondering around looking for people to shoot” and didn’t appear to have specific targets, new FBI Director James Comey said, NPR reports.

It was Comey’s first public comments since taking office this month.

Comey said Alexis used a legally purchased sawed-off shotgun. When he ran out of ammunition, he used a Beretta that he stole from a wounded guard, NPR reported.

The shooting ended a little more than a half hour after it started.

A “sustained exchange” of gunfire killed Alexis, Comey said.

FBI Admits Using Drones 10 Times for Surveillance on U.S. Soil

istock photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has acknowledged using surveillance drones on U.S. soil at least 10 times, Al Jazeera America reports.

The admission comes after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made inquiries after FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress in June that the bureau had used drones for “limited law enforcement purposes.”

According to the disclosure, the FBI used drones domestically eight times for criminal cases and twice for “national security cases,” Al Jazeera America wrote.

Paul had vowed to block the confirmation of a new FBI director until details of the drone use became available.

Outgoing FBI Director Mueller III Speaks About How Sept. 11 Changed the FBI

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Outgoing FBI Director Robert S Mueller III never imagined that his bureau would be consumed with the fight on terror.

After all, Mueller started his job as director a week before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“I love prosecuting cases, and I love doing investigations, particularly homicide investigations and the like, and that’s why I became a prosecutor,” Mueller said in a rare interview with reporters at FBI headquarters, the Washington Post reports.“I did not expect to be spending my time preventing terrorist attacks,”

Twelve years later, Mueller is exiting a bureau that has been transformed to handle the global war on terror. Since the attacks, the FBI has invested heavily in intelligence programs and information technology, while opening 18 overseas posts.

“You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said.