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Some FBI Agents See Hypocrisy in FBI Dir. Mueller’s 2-Year Extension

Robert Mueller III/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When President Obama announced plans to have FBI Dir. Robert S. Mueller III stay on two years beyond his 10-year term, the FBI Agents Association quickly issued a very positive statement even though some of its members were not very happy.

Nonetheless, some of the unhappiness seems to be coming out.

The Washington Post reports some agents are angry that Mueller, who imposed term limits on hundreds of supervisors, is getting an extension himself. They find some hypocrisy in the whole matter, the Post reported.

President Obama has said that he wants Mueller to stay on past his 10-year term, which expires in September, to provide some stability and continuity. Congress will have to pass some type of legislation to keep Mueller on because the law states the FBI director should serve no more than 10 years.

“We understand the desire for stability,’’ Konrad Motyka, president of the FBI Agents Association told the Post. “But people are saying, ‘What about my stability?’ It’s ironic that this desire for stability did not apply to supervisors within the FBI.’’

Konrad Motyka/ticklethewire.com photo

The policy that has so irritated agents surfaced after Sept. 11, 2001. It requires FBI supervisors to move on after seven years and compete for another managerial post, retire or get demoted at the same field office with a pay decrease, the Post reported.

The FBI has defended the policy, saying it has resulted in strong managers being brought in to various posts, the paper reported.

“People are up in arms about this,’’ one agent, who likened the news to “a shot in the kneecaps,” told the Post.

“We have lost valuable experience,’’ the agent said. “I’ve seen people, some really significant contributors to this organization and to this country, who are questioning their self-worth now and who are basically bitter.’’

The Post reported that Mueller did not seek the 2-year extension, but agreed to go along with it.

Though Mueller has enforced the term limits on supervisors, he has also given extensions to a number of agents who have reached the mandatory retirement age of 57.

The announcement of the proposed two-year extension for Mueller, has been met with mixed reaction within the bureau, ranging from ecstatic to mad to mixed.

Some say he’s been a great leader.  But others want him to go.  They say he’s drifted too far from the core mission of the agency and doesn’t relate to, or truly understand the mindset of the street agents.

Mueller, 66, started on the job  just days after the Sept. 11 attacks, forcing him to retool the agency to focus more on terrorism.

To read more of the Washington Post story click here.

Ex-Miss. U.S. Attorney H.M. Ray Who Served 20 Years Dies at Age 86

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Mississippi U.S. Attorney H.M. Ray, whose 20- year reign included the 1960s civil rights era, and who served under five presidents, died at age 86, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.

Ray was appointed by President Kennedy to the Jackson, Miss. office, and resigned right after Ronald Reagan became president in 1981.

“We were very close. He was a great boss,” former assistant U.S. attorney John Hailman of Oxford, Miss. told the Commercial Appeal.  “Mainly, he insisted that we do the right thing. He was very courageous about taking unpopular stances, and he always backed us up.”

Some of his higher profile cases included the prosecution of  four men linked to the shooting deaths of two people during rioting over the entrance of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi in 1962, the paper reported. The men were not convicted.

Ray also served in the state House from 1948 to 1951. After resigning as U.S. Attorney,  he went off to  practice law with the Wise, Carter, Child & Caraway firm in Jackson. He then went to work for then-state Atty. Gen. Mike Moore, the Commercial Appeal reported.

“He was quite a mentor for me, and I learned a lot from him. He was a great lawyer and an even better person,”  Moore told the paper.

Police Advisor/Mentor

Police Advisor/Mentor


  • Police Officer

  • Police Advisor/Mentor, Fredericksburg VA

  • 100k

  • 2011-03-10

  • 2011-09-11

  • 2011-04-15

All advisor applicants must have a combined total of eight (8) years work experience, at least five (5) years of which are in their respective field (i.e. for police advisors federal, state, municipal, and county law enforcement service; for corrections advisors correctional service; for justice advisors as an attorney, judge, or justice sector professional; for specialist advisors, professional experience directly related to their advisor skill set).

Advisor applicants must be employed in the respective area of expertise for which they are applying (i.e. police officer, prosecutor, etc), or have retired/separated within the last five (5) years.

Advisor applicants must have adequate English communication skills (Foreign Service Institute standard level 4 for writing, reading comprehension, speaking for U.S. citizens and level 3 for third country nationals).

Advisor applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver?s license and the ability to operate a standard transmission vehicle. Third country nationals must possess an International Driving Permit.

Advisor applicants must have an unblemished background.

Advisor applicants must be in excellent health and able to pass the requisite physical, medical and psychological tests appropriate to assigned mission/country

Advisor applicants must possess a valid U.S. passport (for non ? U.S. citizens, a valid passport from their country of citizenship).

Advisor applicants must possess excellent negotiating, interpersonal communication and leadership skills.

Advisor applicants must be able and willing to train other individuals in their area of expertise.

All advisor applicants must pass a nine-panel drug test for THC, Cocaine, PCP (Phencyclidine), Opiates, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Amphetamine, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines.

Interested, go to Crucible Jobs

Police Advisor/Mentor

Police Advisor/Mentor


  • Police Officer

  • Police Advisor/Mentor, Fredericksburg VA

  • 100k

  • 2011-03-10

  • 2011-09-11

  • 2011-04-15

All advisor applicants must have a combined total of eight (8) years work experience, at least five (5) years of which are in their respective field (i.e. for police advisors federal, state, municipal, and county law enforcement service; for corrections advisors correctional service; for justice advisors as an attorney, judge, or justice sector professional; for specialist advisors, professional experience directly related to their advisor skill set).

Advisor applicants must be employed in the respective area of expertise for which they are applying (i.e. police officer, prosecutor, etc), or have retired/separated within the last five (5) years.

Advisor applicants must have adequate English communication skills (Foreign Service Institute standard level 4 for writing, reading comprehension, speaking for U.S. citizens and level 3 for third country nationals).

Advisor applicants must possess a valid U.S. driver?s license and the ability to operate a standard transmission vehicle. Third country nationals must possess an International Driving Permit.

Advisor applicants must have an unblemished background.

Advisor applicants must be in excellent health and able to pass the requisite physical, medical and psychological tests appropriate to assigned mission/country

Advisor applicants must possess a valid U.S. passport (for non ? U.S. citizens, a valid passport from their country of citizenship).

Advisor applicants must possess excellent negotiating, interpersonal communication and leadership skills.

Advisor applicants must be able and willing to train other individuals in their area of expertise.

All advisor applicants must pass a nine-panel drug test for THC, Cocaine, PCP (Phencyclidine), Opiates, Methamphetamine, Methadone, Amphetamine, Barbiturates, and Benzodiazepines.

Interested, go to Crucible Jobs

Police Chief in Colorado

POLICE CHIEF – Full time

Salary range – $63,358 to $95,036 per yr., DOQ.

Full benefits, uniform allowance and command vehicle for official use only.

Cripple Creek Police Department in Colorado is accepting applications for the position of Police Chief. The Police Chief is responsible for planning, organizing, directing and coordinating activities of the municipal police department in accordance with law and codes. The Police Chief reports directly to the City Administrator. The department consists of 13 full-time sworn positions (including Chief), 1 animal control officer, and 2 civilian office personnel. Minimum requirements include having any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree from a four-year college or university in Police Science, Criminology, or a related field, and five years of progressively responsible police work as a certified officer, two of which should be at the Police Sergeant level or higher. Applicants must obtain POST provisional certification within 90 days and pass the written and skills testing and obtain POST certification within 6 months; and training in law enforcement administration and similar areas is desirable. Applicants must provide a resume with cover letter, a completed City of Cripple Creek application, personal and professional references, and copies of all certificates and degrees. Must be able to pass a pre-employment drug test, physical, and MVR. Applicants will be subject to an extensive background check prior to beginning employment.

Application and job description available at the front desk at City Hall and may be picked up & returned in person, by mail, or by fax to:

Human Resources
City of Cripple Creek
337 E. Bennett Ave.
PO Box 430
Cripple Creek, Colorado 80813
Fax #719-689-2774
www.cripplecreekgov.com (job application)

The City of Cripple Creek is an EOE.

Closing Date: 6-3-11

Wife of Dead Photo Editor Has Doubts About Anthrax Case

Anthrax Suspect Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy over the 2001 anthrax killings  isn’t likely to go away — not for a long time at least.

The latest: The Associated Press reports that the widow of National Enquirer photo editor Robert Stevens, who was killed by an anthrax letter in 2001, has doubts that the lone scientist Bruce Ivins was behind the anthrax that killed five all together and sickened 17 others.

Maureen Stevens made her claims in filings in a lawsuit she has against the government, alleging it didn’t do enough to safeguard the dangerous anthrax strains at the government lab Ft. Detrick in Maryland.

Meanwhile, Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers reports:

“Buried in FBI laboratory reports about the anthrax mail attacks that killed five people in 2001 is data suggesting that a chemical may have been added to try to heighten the powder’s potency, a move that some experts say exceeded the expertise of the presumed killer (Bruce Ivins).”

Stevens claims are based on sworn statements made by two of Ivin’s superiors who claimed Ivin’s didn’t have the expertise  to pull it off, AP reported. One scientist claimed it would have taken more than one person to pull off the attacks.

The Justice Department and FBI had planned to charge Ivins in the murders, but he committed suicide in July 2008 before that could happen.

To read the full McClatchy story click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

TSA Officer Busted With Gun at Airport Checkpoint

file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Every week, as a many as three dozen people get caught by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners with guns at airport checkpoints around the country.

But this was different.

The Associated Press reports that TSA officer Rynel B. Delacruz, 25, was arrested Monday night at Orlando International Airport after a loaded .380 Ruger gun was found in his luggage at a checkpoint. He was arrested and released on $250 bail.

AP reported that TSA spokesman Jonathan Allen said Thursday that  Delacruz’s was no longer a TSA employee as of Wednesday.

Delacruz told police that he forgot the gun was in the bag, AP reported.

Secret Service Looking for Highly Sophisticated Equipment to Intercept Voice Data


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service wants to upgrade its capabilities to intercept voice and data communications, according to a report by Government Security News.

The publication reported that Secret Service wants to replace its current system “with a new, all-inclusive intercept platform that can collect, analyze, decode and reconstruct voice, data and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communications.”

Government News Security reported that the agency  is soliciting proposals from vendors. The new system would be used by about 250 Secret Service analysts, monitors and administrators, on a 24/7 basis.

“The system must be able to decode multiple specified common telecommunications application & network protocols,” the agency said, according to the news publication.

It must also be able to  automatically translate intercepted messages in “numerous highly specific foreign languages,” the agency specified.