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Head of NY FBI Under Internal Investigation in Connection With Affair and Statements Made About It

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the head of the New York FBI, the agency’s largest office, is under internal investigation in connection with an alleged affair he had with an underling in management, sources familiar with the situation told ticklethewire.com., which first reported the story.

Demarest, who has headed the New York office since January 2009,  has been temporarily assigned to headquarters in Washington while the Office of Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility look into the matter, sources said.

Demarest (far right) with Pres. Obama and FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi photo

Demarest (far right) with Pres. Obama and FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi photo

As a key part of the probe, according to sources,  investigators are trying to determine how truthful Demarest  was about the matter when he was questioned about it internally.  A website Main Justice reported that his version differed from the woman he had the affair with, and that the probe had been going since January.

A confirmed misconduct in the bureau can result in action ranging from a reprimand to a firing to a forced resignation or a demotion.

It is fairly common for high-ranking FBI officials in the field to be brought back to Washington on a temporary assignment while they are  under internal investigation.  In the past, some of those officials were eventually cleared of wrongdoing.

Demarest began his career with the FBI in 1988 after serving as a Florida sheriff”s deputy for five years. An FBI press release in 2006 said he was married with two children, but he reportedly is no longer married.

Demarest, through a spokesman, declined to comment Thursday.

Michael P, Kortan, the FBI’s chief spokesman, declined to comment on the report. However, he emphasized that Demarest remains in charge of the New York office.

He also said that Demarest was on temporary assignment in Washington to help further develop an FBI management system known as Strategy Performance Sessions (SPS). The program helps monitor and evaluate investigative programs, with an emphasis on the collection of intelligence.

He said Demarest was one of the people who helped originally develop the program for the FBI and his office in New York was noted for having a strong SPS management program.

Prominent Arab American Lawyer to Join TSA to Advise on Civil Rights

Nawar ShoraBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening passengers at our nation’s airports, is getting an interesting addition: Nawar Shora, the legal director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

The Washington Post reports that Shora, who was born in Syria and raised in West Virginia,  is joining the agency as a senior adviser for its office of civil rights and liberties.

“I’m finally practicing what I preach,” Shora,33, told the Post. “It’s about time I cross over to the government and start working within the system. That’s the beauty of our society: Anybody can work with the government.”

Shora has been a prominent voice for the American Arab community and has worked to foster better relations between the community and agencies like the FBI.

More Delays in FBI Computer Overhaul: Overruns Expected to Cost at Least $30 Mil

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI has been struggling a long time to catch up to the 21st century when it comes to having  a top-flight computer system.

The New York Times reports that the struggle continues and that the agency “has suspended work on parts of its huge computer overhaul, dealing the agency the latest costly setback in a decade-long effort to develop a modernized information system to combat crime and terrorism.”

The paper reported that completion of the overhaul, whic was slated for the fall, has been delayed until early next year. Not only is the delay bad news, it could cost at least an extra $30 million in cost overruns, the paper reported.

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Feds and Locals Rounded Up Gang Members to Try and Get Info on Mexican Consulate Murders

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — U.S. law enforcement started to flex its muscle Thursday in an attempt to find out who killed three people last Saturday who were tied to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

The Associated Press reported that more 200 federal, state and local law enforcement officers conducted a broad sweep in El Paso on Thursday, and picked up suspected members of the Barrio Azteca gang, hoping to get intelligence on who was responsible for the killings. El Paso borders Ciudad Juarez, regarded as one of  the most dangerous cities in the world because of its high number of drug related murders.

“The El Paso law enforcement community has come together today to locate Barrio Azteca members as part of a major intelligence collection effort in an attempt to generate leads into Saturday’s Juarez murders,” FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons said, according to the Associated Press.

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Head of NY FBI Under Internal Investigation in Connection With an Alleged Affair With Underling and Statements About It

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the head of the New York FBI, the agency’s largest office, is under internal investigation in connection with an alleged affair he had with an underling in management, sources familiar with the situation told ticklethewire.com., which broke the story.

Demarest, who has headed the New York office since January 2009,  has been temporarily assigned to headquarters in Washington while the Office of Professional Responsibility investigates the matter, sources said.

As a key part of the probe, according to sources,  investigators are trying to determine how truthful Demarest  was about the matter when he was questioned about it internally.  A website Main Justice reported that his version differed from the woman he had the affair with, and that the probe had been going since January.

A confirmed misconduct in the bureau can result in action ranging from a reprimand to a firing to a forced resignation or a demotion.

It is fairly common for high-ranking FBI officials in the field to be brought back to Washington on a temporary assignment while they are  under internal investigation.  In the past, some of those officials were eventually cleared of wrongdoing.

Demarest began his career with the FBI in 1988 after serving as a Florida sheriff”s deputy for five years. An FBI press release in 2006 said he was married with two children, but he reportedly is no longer married.

Demarest, through a spokesman, declined to comment Thursday.

Michael P, Kortan, the FBI’s chief spokesman, declined to comment on the report. However, he emphasized that Demarest remains in charge of the New York office.

He also said that Demarest was on temporary assignment in Washington to help further develop an FBI management system known as Strategy Performance Sessions (SPS). The program helps monitor and evaluate investigative programs, with an emphasis on the collection of intelligence.

He said Demarest was one of the people who helped originally develop the program for the FBI and his office in New York was noted for having a strong SPS management program.

Justice Department Agrees Not to Seek Death Penalty Against Chicago Man in Mumbai Killings

Chicago
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has agreed not to seek the death penalty for a Chicago man as part of his guilty plea in connection with the the Mumbai, India attacks in 2008, the Chicago U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

David Coleman Headley, 49, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent, pleaded guilty Thursday in Chicago and admitted scouting targets in preparation for the Mumbai attack that killed about 170 people. Six were Americans.

Headley admitted attending training camps in Pakistan operated by a terrorist organization Lashkar e Tayyiba and he traveled to India five times before the bombings to conduct surveillance. (Read Plea Agreement)

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Long-Time Fugitive Pleads Guilty in NY to Hijacking Plane to Cuba in 1968

pan am
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A man who was a fugitive for nearly 41 years pleaded guilty Thursday in  Manhattan federal court in the hijacking of Puerto Rican bound Pan American Flight 281 to Havana on Nov. 24, 1968, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Luis Armnando Pena Soltren, 67, the long-time fugitive, voluntarily surrendered to federal authorities in the U.S. in October 2009.

Authorities charged that he, along with some other men, wielded pistols and knives aboard the plane, forced their way into the airplane cabin and ordered the crew to land in Havana.

His fellow hijackers Jose Rafael Rios Cruz, now 68, was apprehended in 1975, and Miguel Castro, now 79, was captured in 1976, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Cruz was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Castro got 12 years.

Pena Soltren faces up to  life in prison. Sentencing is set for June 29.

Inmate Broke Bernie Madoff’s Nose and Ribs, Wall Street Journal Reports

butner-prisonBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some inmate did to Bernie Madoff what plenty of his investors probably wanted to do: He beat him up and broke a few things.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Madoff, who is serving a 150-sentence in Butner federal prison in North Carolina, was beaten up in December and got a broken nose, fractured ribs and cuts to his head and face.

At time of the incident, the prison denied reports of a physical attack. The Journal cited three people familiar with the attack and said an inmate described the injuries.

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