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Washington Times Editorial: Obama Chooses Crook’s Errand Boy to Help Run Homeland Security


Christian Marrone

By The Washington Times
Editorial Page

Jeh C. Johnson, only recently confirmed as chief of the Department of Homeland Security, is off to an inglorious start. As our own Jim McElhatton and Kelly Riddell reported Monday, Mr. Johnson’s own right-hand man, Christian Marrone, was previously the right-hand man of a Philadelphia politician with a felonious bent.

The most ethical administration in history — just ask Barack Obama — knows how to pick ‘em.

As the chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Marrone now has 240,000 employees and a $60 billion budget to administer. That’s a lot of responsibility for someone tutored by one Vincent J. Fumo, a Democratic power broker in Philadelphia and master of pay-to-play politics.

Mr. Marrone married his daughter and soon after was rewarded with a series of patronage jobs, including operations director of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

Corruption has been epidemic, perhaps even pandemic, at the turnpike. One former operations manager pleaded guilty to corruption last month and implicated several other employees, contractors and politicians, including Mr. Fumo.


FBI Busts Suspects at Center of Bold Craigslist Jewelry Heists Nationwide

 Steve Neavling

Craigslist has become a popular target for thieves.

Despite the risks, people will travel around the country to sell expensive items like Rolex watches and diamond rings.

The FBI recently broke up 18 heists from all over the country, CBS Sacramento reports.

The scheme often involved buying the seller a plane ticket and renting a limo before robbing the victim at gunpoint. Stolen were Rolex and Cartier watches ranging from $10,000 to $200,000.


Union Calls for Repeal of Homeland Security’s Suspension of Overtime Pay

Jeh JohnsonSteve Neavling 

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association is urging Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson to reconsider his department’s decision to suspend a troubled overtime program, the Washington Post reports.

The overtime was halted last week after a federal investigation found widespread abuse of the “administratively uncontrollable overtime” – as it’s called.

The pay was intended for agents who do urgent, unexpected work.

An internal investigation found that abuse of the pay cost taxpayers between $8 million and $37 million a year, the Post reported.


Mysterious Death of Physical Therapist in Texas Catches Attention of Justice Department

Steve Neavling

Something isn’t right about the death of a physical therapist who was found dead in an isolated section of Texas.

CNN reports that the Justice Department is investigating the death of Alfred Wright, a  ather who disappeared Nov. 7 after stopping at a liquor store to tell family members that he was having car troubles.

His partially clothed body was founded 19 days later in an area that supposedly had been searched. When the body was discovered, the medical examiner concluded the death was accidental, but a family-hired pathologist found “severe trauma” to the body, CNN reported.

Family members said the sheriff’s department said it found no foul play and believed drugs were involved.

Designer Drug That Acts Like LSD Makes Way Around Country, Causes Health Problems

Steve Neavling 

You probably never heard of 25I – or N Bomb.

But the designer drug, which creates hallucinations similar to LSD, is making its way across the country, the Oregonian reports.

Two teenager girls in Oregon were hospitalized last week after having seizures from the drug, a compound called 25I-NBOMe.

The drug is snorted, injected or laced with food, according to the DEA.

The effects include aggression, hallucinations, hypertension, acute kidney injury and even death.