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Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske to Be Named Drug Czar

New Drug Czar

New Drug Czar

Seattle Police chief Gil Kerlikowske appears to be a good choice for this job. One thing he’ll have to deal with immediately is the violent, out-of-control drug war in Mexico that is spilling over into the U.S. That should be one of his top priorities.

By Chris Cilliza
Washington Post
WASHINGTON — President Obama will name Gil Kerlikowske as the nation’s drug czar today, ending a long search that slowed as details of drug arrests involving Kerlikowske’s stepson came to light earlier this year.

The Obama administration will remove the job’s Cabinet designation — reversing an elevation of the office made during the presidency of George W. Bush — although one senior administration official insisted Kerlikowske would have “full access and a direct line to the president and the vice president.”

The source also noted that Vice President Biden was instrumental in the creation of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, and would continue to be an outspoken advocate on the issue. (Further details on the nomination in a Post story by The Fix.)

Kerlikowske, who is currently the chief of police in Seattle, Washington, has long been speculated to be the frontrunner to serve as the drug czar. But, revelations concerning the arrests of his stepson, Jeffrey, on drug-related charges complicated the process and led some to draw unfavorable comparisons to the film “Traffic” in which the daughter of the man entrusted with overseeing the nation’s drug policy spirals into dependency.

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The New Face of the FBI: The Intelligence Analysts

DEA Informant Admits Taping Defense Attorney Chats

This trial in the sunny state of Florida isn’t looking so sunny.  In fact, it’s getting darn right messy. A DEA informant admitted  tape recording the defense attorney. The U.S. Attorney admits it failed to follow policy, but is opposed to a mistrial or dismissal of the case. The defense says the recordings may have helped the prosecution figure out its trial strategy. A federal judge has yet to rule on the matter. It should be an interesting decision. Stay tuned.

BY JAY WEAVER
The Miami Herald
MIAMI — The federal trial of a Miami Beach doctor accused of illegally prescribing painkillers morphed Tuesday into a courtroom clash between his lawyer and prosecutors.

The attorney for Dr. Ali Shaygan accused two government witnesses of tape-recording him and his private investigator — at the direction of the prosecution — and then keeping it all secret during their testimony last month.

‘These people there said, `Tape-record the defense,’ ” defense attorney David O. Markus declared, pointing to prosecutors Sean Cronin and Andrea Hoffman.

The government witness, Trinity Clendening, agreed, admitting he recorded Markus on his home phone two times in December.
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Terrorist Watch List Hits 1 Million: Entries Up 32% Since ’07

The list keeps growing despite the FBI’s latest efforts to clean it up and remove people who shouldn’t be on there. Sadly, there are still probably plenty folks who shouldn’t be on there including children. It’s part of the constant balance between keeping us safe and going too far.

By Peter Eisler
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – The government’s terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007.

Federal data show the rise comes despite the removal of 33,000 entries last year by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center in an effort to purge the list of outdated information and remove people cleared in investigations.

It’s unclear how many individuals those 33,000 records represent – the center often uses multiple entries, or “identities,” for a person to reflect variances in name spellings or other identifying information. The remaining million entries represent about 400,000 individuals, according to the center.

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They’re Back: N.Y. FBI is Digging Again for Victims of Mob Hits

Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yes, they’re back.

The FBI began digging once again on Tuesday in East Farmingdale, N.Y., at a site where they hope to find the bodies of two men who were victims of mob hits, Newsday reported.

The Long Island paper reported that agents were using a backhoe and front loader to “cut a wide trench alongside a 150-yard-long stretch of railroad tracks in an industrial section of East Farmingdale.”

“We expect to find victims” of the mob, Newsday quoted Dennis Bolles, head of organized crime squads for the FBI in New York.

The digging is expected to resume Wednesday.

Last October, FBI agents digging in East Farmingdale found the body of mobster William “Wild Bill” Cutolo.

This latest round of digging came shortly after two leaders of the Colombo organized crime family were convicted in the slaying of Cutolo.

Mission Support Specialist-Customs & Border Protection

Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Customs and Border Protection

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Sector Enforcement Specialist

Customs and Border Protection
Department: Department Of Homeland Security
Agency: Customs and Border Protection
Job Announcement Number:
MHCBPCE-210850-OC

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Sector Enforcement Specialist
SALARY RANGE: 26,264.00 – 51,738.00 USD per year OPEN PERIOD: Monday, September 22, 2008
to Monday, September 21, 2009
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1801-05/09 POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Career/Career Conditional
PROMOTION POTENTIAL: 9 DUTY LOCATIONS: vacancy(s) in one of the following locations:   Many vacancies – Nationwide, US
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens
JOB SUMMARY:
CBP:  Securing America’s Borders

Whether on the frontlines or serving behind the scenes supporting our mission, the men and women of CBP are dedicated to keeping America safe.  CBP counts on them.  Our Nation counts on them.  Can we count on you?

This announcement has been amended to include updated evaluation information, and additional locations. See “Duties” and “Qualifications”section for specific information.

This is an open continuous announcement which will establish an inventory of applicants interested in a career as a Sector Enforcement Specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This applicant inventory will be used to fill vacancies as they occur within the Office of Border Patrol at various locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early in order to maximize their employment opportunities. Applicant selection referral lists will be issued, as needed, for the duration of this announcement. Although this announcement is advertised for multiple organizational components, duty locations, and grade levels, it is not intended to convey any expectation that positions will be filled at all organizational components, duty locations, or grade levels.

You must meet the grade level qualification and eligibility requirements at the time of submission of your application. If your qualifications and eligibility change, you will need to update your responses in the questionnaire and/or resume reflecting those changes; otherwise, you will continue to receive consideration under your original application. Your eligibility will last for 12 months from the submission of your application.

The salary shown above includes the base pay for the lowest grade and the highest step of the highest possible grade.  Salaries vary by grade level and are adjusted for the locality.  The following link displays the locality pay tables by geographic area.

http://www.opm.gov/oca/08tables/indexGS.asp

If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the last table listed “Rest of the United States”.

CBP Mission Statement: We safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders. We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments of terror. We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering our nation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel. We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity, and professionalism Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation’s borders.  As part of our carefully selected, highly trained team, you’ll leverage state-of-the art technology, innovative strategies and world-wide partnerships to protect our communities and defend our frontier.At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we

  • Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country
  • Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products
  • Prevent unauthorized entry into the country
  • Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border.

For more information about CBP’s mission, activities, and careers, please visit our web site, www.cbp.gov

Who May Apply: All US Citizens. If you are a status candidate, you may also apply through VIN 209898

Organizational Location: Positions will be filled within Customs and Border Protection, Office of Border Patrol, in various locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

For a list of all possible locations, see the “Duties” section.

Relocation Expenses: Relocation expenses will not be paid.

Relocation Information: To compare cost of living data, calculate mortgage scenarios, or gather information on communities and school districts, please visit the website: http://www.relocationessentials.com/aff/lifecare/tools/salary/col.aspx

KEY REQUIREMENTS:
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Background Security Investigation
  • Residency Requirement

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Update on Traffic Death of FBI Agent Paul Sorce

Paul Sorce was a popular agent in Detroit. It was a sad ending to a promising career.

BY CHRISTINA HALL and ZLATI MEYER
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — A Detroit FBI agent who dedicated years to coaching youth football in the area, died Monday after his Chevrolet Trailblazer rolled over on Vernier in Harper Woods.

Special Agent Paul Sorce, 44, died a few hours after the accident, which occurred about noon.

Sorce, married and a father of four, was heading east on Vernier when a Dodge Magnum, driven by an unidentified Grosse Pointe Woods man, came out of a turnaround to go east on Vernier, Harper Woods Police Chief Randolph Skotarczyk said.

Sorce was taken to St. John Hospital in Detroit. The driver of the Magnum said he only had minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital, police said.

Harper Woods police are conducting a joint investigation with the Michigan State Police to determine the cause of the accident. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, police said.
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