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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Demands Secret Service Loosen Up Traffic Jams from Dignitaries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is tired of traffic jams caused by dignitaries visiting the capital.

In a stern letter sent Tuesday, Gray said the Secret Service protocols need to be changed because “significant portions of downtown Washington (are) being paralyzed by traffic,” the Washington Post reports.

The Secret Service responded that it wold review street closures and protocols.

The agency “makes every effort to minimize traffic disruptions when implementing security plans,” according to a Secret Service statement.

Los Angeles Gang Members Captured on Film Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating two Los Angeles-based gang members who are accused of fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, CBS LA reports.

A video shows two unidentified men shooting AK-47s while apparently giving shootouts to their gangs.

“Look homie, check this out,” one man said.

The men are known as “Creeper” from G’d Up-13 and “Wino” from the Westside Armenian Power.

They were fighting alongside pro-Hizbullah and pro-Assad forces.

“The Joint Terrorism Taskforce is aware of the video and is investigating to determine any potential threats to Americans or U.S. interest,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

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AG Holder’s Budget Reflects Desire for Criminal Justice, Prison Reforms

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposed $27.4 billion budget places a priority on criminal justice and prison reform, the Washington Post reports.

The budget reflects Holder’s initiative to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders and crack down on recidivism rates with expanded drug treatment programs.

About $173 million is earmarked for criminal justice reform.

“Each dollar spent on prevention and reentry has the potential to save several dollars in incarceration costs,” Holder said in a statement.

“These wise investments can help make our criminal justice system more effective and efficient.”

Former Long Beach FBI Agent Gets Probation in Banking Scheme Tied to Gambling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent with a gambling habit was sentenced to two years of probation Monday for a series of illegal cash deposits, the Fresno Bee reports.

Raymond Wilson, 38, who worked at the FBI’s Long Beach office, committed a federal crime by regularly depositing $10,000 or less of casino winnings to avoid Currency Transaction Reports.

Wilson accumulated more than $488,000 that way, the Fresno Bee reported.

From 2008 to February 2013, Wilson gambled in California, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia.

FBI’s William Sweeney Named SAC of Counterterrorism in NY; Adam Lee to Head Richmond Office

Adam Lee

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey named William F. Sweeney, Jr. as special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office and Adam S. Lee as head of the FBI’s Richmond, Va., Division.

Sweeney most recently served as the special assistant to the FBI’s deputy director at FBI headquarters. He became an agent in 1998.

Lee most recently served as section chief of the Public Corruption and Civil Rights

William Sweeney

Section at FBI Headquarters. In this role, he led the FBI’s two highest priority criminal investigative programs, which include investigations of elected and appointed government officials and civil rights violations. Lee also led the FBI’s global Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Antitrust Programs.

Lee began his career as an agent in 1996.

 

 

FBI Agent George Piro Who Befriended and Interrogated Saddam Hussein is Named Head of Miami FBI

FBI Agent George Piro interviewed on 60 Minutes in 2008

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

George L. Piro, the FBI agent who befriended and interrogated Saddam Hussein after his capture, has been named head of the Miami FBI Division.

Piro last worked as the deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters.

He joined the FBI in 1999 and was assigned to the FBI’s Phoenix Field Office to work international terrorism cases. In March 2003, he was promoted to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters and was subsequently selected as the team leader and interrogator for the FBI team responsible for the interrogation of Saddam Hussein and other key figures within the former Iraqi regime, the FBI said in a press release.

In March 2006, he was promoted as the supervisor of the Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. He also served as the assistant special agent in charge of the International Terrorism Branch for the Washington Field Office.

From 2011 to 2013, Piro served as director of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), an interagency unit overseen by the Counterterrorism Security Group within the White House that involves the intelligence community, the FBI press release said.

Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon,  he is fluent in  Arabic and Assyrian speaker. He served as a police officer in California for nearly 10 years before joining the FBI. 

 

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Federal Probe Focuses on New Jersey Gov. Christie’s Former Campaign Manager, Appointee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

People connected to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s former campaign manager have been questioned by the FBI, CNN reports.

Bill Stepien said federal agents came to his house and also interviewed people who know him.

“In recent weeks, federal criminal investigators have made their interest in him plain, traveling to his home and importuning his landlord and presumably others to provide information about his conduct and character,” Stepien’s lawyer, Kevin Marino, said.

Christie appointee Bridget Anne Kelly also received a visit from the FBI, CNN reported.

The interactions are the first clear sign that the FBI wants to question people with close ties to the governor, CNN reported.

Justice Department Lifts 3-Year-Long Ban on Hiring New Attorneys

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is looking to go on a hiring spree.

After three long years, the Justice Department is finally lifting a ban on hiring that will bring in new attorneys, The Baltimore Sun reports.

The news comes after Congress restored funding to the Justice Department.

“After years of doing more with less, we will begin to fill critical vacancies and we will resume the normal hiring process for federal agents, prosecutors, for analysts and for the other staff that we need to fulfill our mission,” Holder said in a video announcement.