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Secret Service Dep. Director Keith Prewitt is Hanging Up His Badge

Keith Prewitt/secret service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After 29 years with the agency, U.S. Secret Service Deputy Director Keith L. Prewitt is hanging it up. He’ll retire April 7.

“It’s truly been an honor to work with the dedicated men and women of the Secret Service and serve as Director Sullivan’s deputy,” said Prewitt in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to contribute to the rich tradition and history of the most respected law enforcement agency in the world.”

Since 2008,Prewitt oversaw the protection of the U.S. President and Vice President and visiting heads of state. Additionally, he led the Secret Service’s investigative mission enforcing counterfeiting laws and criminal investigations into a wide range of financial and computer-based crimes

“Keith’s contribution to the agency has been invaluable,” said Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan in a statement. “His experience, judgment and management skills have brought our agency much growth and success through the years. His outstanding leadership and friendship have meant a lot to me.”

 

Ex-Secret Service Agent Says Women Went Ga-Ga for Agents on Presidential Detail

secret service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s good to be a Secret Service agent.

Just ask ex-agent Dan Emmett, who writes in his book “Within Arm’s Reach” that attractive” women were so “intoxicated” by the “celebrity-like status” of the presidential security detail, the Examiner newspaper writes.

He writes in his book that it was “paradise” for single agents and sometimes problematic for married ones — some of who gave in to temptation and lost their marriages, according to the Examiner.

“For the single agent it was paradise; for many married agents, it was a constant struggle between good and evil, which was sometimes won and other times lost,” Emmett wrote in the appendix of his book, the Examiner reported.

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Ex-Senator Says FBI Documents Contradict Agency on 9/11 Probe of Saudis

Ex-Sen. Graham

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It appears the 9/11 conspiracy theories are far from over.

MSNBC reports that ex-Florida Sen. Bob Graham, who co-chaired Congress’ Joint Inquiry into the 9/11 terrorist attacks, says he has read two classified FBI documents that suggest the bureau may not have been accurate when it stated publicly that there was no connection between the hijackers and Saudis  living in Sarasota, Fla.

“There are significant inconsistencies between the public statements of the FBI in September and what I read in the classified documents,” Graham said, according to MSNBC.

“One document adds to the evidence that the investigation was not the robust inquiry claimed by the FBI,” Graham said. “An important investigative lead was not pursued and unsubstantiated statements were accepted as truth.”

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It’s Official; Whitey Bulger’s Companion to Plead Guilty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James “Whitey” Bulger’s girlfriend is throwing in the towel.

The Boston Globe reports that Catherine Greig, according to court papers filed Monday in Boston federal court, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to harbor a fugitive, conspiracy to commit identity fraud, and identity fraud .

The Globe reported the agreement did not include a recommended sentence.

In a statement filed in court, according to the Globe, Greig said: “I engaged in conduct that was intended to help Bulger avoid detection from law enforcement and to provide him with support and assistance during his flight from law enforcement.”

She also said that Bulger had obtained false identification documents including driver’s licenses and Social Security cards.

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Ex-Detroit Prosecutor Convertino Asks Appeals Court to Reinstate Suit Against Justice Dept.

Ex-Prosecutor Richard Convertino

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Here we go again?

We shall see.

Ex-Detroit fed prosecutor Richard Convertino is asking a federal appeals court in D.C. to reinstate his privacy suit against the Justice Department over info leaked to Detroit Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter, the BLT: Blog of LegalTimes reported.

Convertino, who was acquitted on obstruction charges in a high-profile terrorism case he prosecuted, has alleged that the Justice Dept. leaked info to the Detroit Free Press about an ethics investigation into his conduct.

U.S. District Judge Royce Lambert in D.C. in March dismissed the suit, saying it had dragged on too long, and that after seven years, Convertino was no closer to figuring out who leaked the information.

“Despite seven years of dedicated effort, Convertino is no closer to identifying the source(s) of the leak today than he was when this litigation commenced,” the judge wrote in his ruling.

“In sum, Convertino has made a monumental effort to identify Ashenfelter’s source(s) and has had absolutely no success. Moreover, OIG (Office of Inspector General) conducted its own extensive investigation into the identity of the source(s) and was equally unsuccessful. After seven years of litigation, then, Convertino cannot answer the question that lies at the heart of [his] case.”

“Without knowledge of the leaker’s identity, Convertino cannot establish that DOJ acted willfully or intentionally,” the ruling said.

The BLT blog reported that Convertino’s attorney Stephen Kohn argued Monday against the judge’s ruling that additional time would not benefit Convertino’s case.

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FBI’s Shawn Henry Stepping Down After 24 Years

FBI's Shawn Henry and Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. (in background)/ file photo fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI executive assistant director Shawn Henry, who had taken on a higher profile in the bureau in more recent times, has decided to retire, Jason Ryan of ABC News reports.

Ryan reports that Henry will step down after 24 years of service.

Henry is credited with “boosting the FBI’s computer crime and cybersecurity capabilities,” Ryan reported.

In 2010, Henry was named to the FBI’s number four spot — Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch. Just before that, he briefly headed up the FBI’s Washington Field Office.