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Rep. Wolf Pushes Bill to Make Top TSA Post 10-Year Term Like FBI

Rep. Frank Wolf/gov photo

Rep. Frank Wolf/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON –– Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) on Tuesday renewed his call for the Obama administration to support his legislation that would make the top post at the Transportation Security Administration a 10-year term.

In a letter to the president, posted on his website, he applauded Monday’s presidential nomination of deputy FBI director John Pistole to head TSA and urged the President to consider the bill.

He said the 10 year term — which is what the FBI has for its top spot — would provide stability to the agency.

“It is troubling that since its creation following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, TSA has had six administrators, averaging terms of just 1.5 years,” he wrote.

“As you know, I have written you and members of your administration numerous times since January urging you to support four bipartisan proposals to strengthen our national security, including making the TSA administrator position a 10-year term of service.

“To date, none of these proposals have been adopted – in spite of the recent attempted terrorist attacks on Christmas Day and in Times Square in New York City. I would appreciate an explanation about why proposals made by members of Congress continue to be downright ignored by this administration.”

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Rumor Mill: No 3 FBI Agent Tim Murphy Could Jump to Number 2

rumor millBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  Timothy Murphy, the FBI’s number three person, seems to be a name circulating in the agency’s rumor mill as a strong prospect to replace deputy director John Pistole, the number two man at the FBI, sources say.

The rumor mill  kicked into gear on Tuesday, one day after President Obama nominated Pistole to head the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole is expected to remain at the FBI until the confirmation process is completed.

In 2008, Murphy rose to the number three spot — Associate Deputy Director in charge of FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure. He was previously assistant Director of the FBI’s Finance Division.

He began his FBI career in 1988 Murphy. He served in four field offices, including Newark, Tampa, Washington  and Cincinnati , where he worked cases in a variety of areas including counterterrorism, organized crime and drugs and as a pilot in the aviation program.

In the Washington field office, he worked  an assistant special agent in charge and he served as a special agent in charge in Cincinnati.

At headquarters, some of his posts included supervisory special agent in the Executive Development and Selection Program,  unit chief  of the Senior Executive Service Unit,  unit chief of the Director’s Research Group and special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, according to an FBI bio.

4 Ex-U.S. Attys. Win Republican Primary Bids; Fifth Gets Trounced

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

Bush Holdover U.S. Atty. Mary Beth Buchanan

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four ex-U.S. Attorney’s won Republican primary bids Tuesday for public office. But perhaps in the most interesting race,  a  fifth ex-U.S. Attorney, Republican Mary Beth Buchanan —  a controversial figure during her reign as the top Pittsburgh prosecutor — got trounced in a contentious battle for the 4th Congressional District seat.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Buchanan was defeated by a relative unknown, attorney and ex-Bush official Keith Rothfus. The paper called it an upset that “was the culmination of a surprising campaign characterized by stinging attacks on both sides.”

Buchanan blamed her defeat on the anti-incumbent sentiment in the nation, even though she was not an elected official, the Post-Gazette reported. She was appointed by President Bush and stayed on for a while under the Obama administration. She got about a third of the votes.

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

Elsehwere around the country, according to the website Main Justice, which closely tracks U.S. Attorneys, former Arkansas U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin won the Republican primary for the 2nd Congressional District in Arkansas.

Three former Pennsylvania U.S. Attorneys won their contests in that state, according to Main Justice.  Pennsylania Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney,  won the Republican bid for Pennsylvania governor; Pat Meehan was unopposed in the Republican primary for a Congressional seat held by Democratic Congressman Joe Sestak, who defeated Sen. Arlen Specter in the primary; and  Tom Marino won his bid in the Republican primary for a Congressional seat.

Detroit Fed Judge Sets Some Hutaree Militia Members Free

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Three members of the Hutaree Christian militia in Michigan charged with plotting to kill cops were released Tuesday and a fourth was expected to go free Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said.

U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts on Tuesday released Tina Stone 44, David Stone Jr., 19, and Jacob Ward, 33, after the U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped it’s legal battle to keep them behind bars.

Kristopher Sickles, 27, is expected to be released Wednesday, but five others will remain behind bars pending their appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals to go free pending trial.

Judge Roberts had ordered all nine free, saying they did not appear to pose a danger to the community, a ruling that raised questions about the strength of the case. But U.S. Attorney’s Office appealed that ruling.

Court records show all three released Tuesday must adhere to number of restrictions. For one, they must live with their parents and refrain from drinking alcohol, using a police scanner and associating with members of a militia or paramiltary group.

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Somali Pirate Pleads Guilty in Manhattan

pirates-of-the-caribbeanBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After decades of seeing pirates portrayed in Hollywood as sword waving, one eye-patched, mythical figures, America has gotten a real life glimpse of the 21st Century Pirate. And he’s not nearly as suave.

Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, a Somali pirate, pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Manhattan federal court to leading the attack on the U.S. vessel Maersk Alabama about 350 miles off the coast of Somali in April 2009. He also pleaded guilty to the hijacking of two other vessels in March and April of last year.

In the case of the  Maersk Alabama, authorities alleged that he and a group of pirates boarded the ship and then took Capt. Richard Phillips hostage on a life boat.

CNN reported that he apologized through an interpreter during court proceedings.

“What we did was wrong. I am very sorry for all of this,” Muse said, according to CNN. “All of this happened because of the government in Somalia.”

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a statement after the guilty plea, saying:

“Today, Abduwali Abdukhadir Musé admitted his leadership role in the armed hijacking of an American-flagged vessel and two international ships in the Indian Ocean. The five-day Maersk hijacking and the events leading up to it make clear that modern-day piracy is a crime against the international community and a form of terrorism on the high seas.”

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The Salahis Still Under the Microscope

The Salahis pose with the v.p./facebook

The Salahis pose with the v.p./facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It seems one way or another, authorities are going to figure out a way to make the Ken and Barbie couple known as Tareq and Michaele Salahi regret that they ever crashed the White House party last November 24.

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reports that not only are federal prosecutors still mulling over the possibility of criminal charges, but U.S. Department of Agriculture is looking into a $100,000 grant Tareq Salahi got to study the impact of Virginia winery tourism. The grant probe was first reported by the Washington Examiner.

The Post, citing “a source”, says that investigators are looking into whether Salahi simply recycled the results of an earlier study.

And on top of that, the column reports that Virginia officials are still probing fundraising activities of the Salahis through their business entity America’s Polo Cup.

Philly Immigration Judge Boots Nazi Death Camp Guard From U.S.

swatsikaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Philly immigration judge has ordered the deportation of an 85-year-old man who served as an SS guard at three Nazi concentration camps during World War II, the Justice Department announced.

U.S. Immigration Judge Charles Honeyman ordered that Anton Geiser, of Sharon, Pa., be sent to Austria, where he immigrated from after the war. The written court ruling noted that Geiser, through his attorney,  “generally admitted all of the factual allegations” in the government’s case, the Justice Department said.

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