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FBI Kept Tabs on Soviet Dictator Josef Stalin’s Only Daughter

Joseph Stalin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI monitored Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s only daughter after she defected to the United States in 1967, newly declassified documents show, the Associated Press reports.

The documents show FBI agents were gathering information to find out how Lana Peters’ arrival to the U.S. was affecting relations with other countries.

One source said the impact was “profound.”

“Our source opined that the United States Government exhibited a high degree of maturity, dignity and understanding during this period,” according to the memo, the AP wrote. “It cannot help but have a profound effect upon anyone who is considering a similar solution to an unsatisfactory life in a Soviet bloc country.”

Peters lived a relatively quiet life before she died in a nursing home in 2011.

4 Men With Ties to California Held in Terrorist Plot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced Monday night that it had busted four men -, including one who served in the Air Force —  who allegedly plotted to join Qaeda and the Taliban to commit “violent jihad” and bomb military bases and government facilities,  the Los Angeles Times reported.

The four men had ties to southern California.

A criminal complaint alleges that one of the men Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, traveled in July to Afghanistan, where he arranged for terrorist training to be conducted with Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives.

The complaint, according to the LA Times, also alleged that Kabir introduced Ontario, Calif. resident Ralph Deleon, 23, and Upland, Calif., resident Miguel Alejandro Santana, 21, to “radical and violent Islamic doctrine.”

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FBI Looking for New Employees at Field Office in Motor City

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The job market may be suffering in Detroit, but not at its FBI office.

The FBI is searching for special agents, intelligence analysts and interns to work at its field office in Detroit, WWJ reports.

“We’re looking for special agents who have either an extended degree or a degree with at least three years work experience. We’re looking for interns who are either in grad school or will be juniors next year,” Special Agent Laura Watters said told WWJ. ”And for the intelligence position, we’re looking for folks who are ready to move on, possibly relocating in March when the position is posted.”

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Ex-FBI Agent investigates Spending at Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

David Gentile

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A former FBI agent who pursued mobsters is serving as a watchdog over hundreds of millions of dollars used by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as the agency’s compliance chief, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

David A. Gentile is paid $152,000 a year in his new role, which is focused more on overseeing big spending on projects that employee malfaesence.

“While it’s necessary to handle allegations involving (misconduct), I want to turn our attention on more substantive matters — issues that have a substantial impact on the commission’s bottom line,” Gentile, of Laurel Springs, N.J., told the Tribune-Review.

Among those, Gentile said, is ensuring that contracts stay within budget. When they don’t, he investigates.

FBI May Have Trouble Selling FBI Headquarters for Adequate Price

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 There’s one problem with the plan to buy a new headquarters for the FBI: The federal government might not be able to afford it, reports Federal Times.

Under consideration is trading the current headquarters building in Southwest Washington and swap it for another property.

“The government probably will offer the site in exchange for a new FBI building, rather than as an outright sale,” Bob Peck, former public buildings commissioner at GSA, told the Federal Times.

The current building, however, likely would be leveled to make way for something new because most developers don’t consider the headquarters to be worthy of renovation, the Federal Times reported.

A 2011 estimate by the Government Services Administration placed the cost of a new FBI headquarters at $1.5 billion, compared to $850 million to $1.1 billion to rehab the current building, which still wouldn’t meet security needs, according to the Federal Times.

Selling the current headquarters, the GAO predicts, would bring in $400 million to $600 million.

Boston Globe Editorial: FBI Found Right Balance in Probe of CIA Director Petraeus

By Boston Globe
Editorial
 

What, exactly, would critics want the FBI to have done differently? The agency is coming in for a lot of second-guessing in Congress for its handling of the inquiry into the extramarital affair between former CIA director David H. Petraeus and biographer Paula Broadwell. The bizarre case, involving anonymous e-mails, catty rivalries on the Tampa social scene, and a cast of deeply immature people, has no immediate precedent. Although the facts are still coming out, it seems the Department of Justice handled the investigation about as well as it could have.

To some, the agency never should have gotten involved at all. Sex between consenting adults is legal, romantic rivalries are none of law enforcement’s business, and FBI snooping into private affairs creates an uncomfortable echo of the abuses of the J. Edgar Hoover era. The questionable role played by an FBI agent who had sent a shirtless photo to a woman involved in the case only makes the agency’s involvement more awkward. Still, when the FBI became aware of a prominent national security figure involved in secretive escapades, it had an obligation to ensure that no sensitive information was compromised.

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A Missouri Man Fooled by a Computer Virus Tipped Off Police about Child Porn on His Computer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Missouri man was so spooked by an Internet scam that he tipped off police about child porn on his computer, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Police say the unnamed man, who is now under investigation, panicked when he received an alert that the FBI wanted $200 to unlock his computer to search for porn.

Not knowing the alert was part of a computer virus, the man called police and said he believed there was porn on his computer that he had tried to delete in the past, according to the News-Leader.

When he took the computer into the police department for a look, cops said they found 20 images and a video of child porn.

Obama: No Judgment Yet on FBI Handling of Petraeus Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In his first public comments about the downfall of CIA Director David Petraeus, President Obama said he is reserving judgment on whether the FBI handled the matter properly, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Obama said Wednesday that he is waiting for more information before deciding whether the FBI should have told him earlier about the investigation involving Petraeus.

One good sign, Obama said, is that it so far doesn’t appear like classified information had been disclosed  “in any way that would have had a negative impact” on national security, the Wall Street Journal wrote.

“I have a lot of confidence generally in the FBI,” Obama said.

The FBI continues to investigate whether Petraeus’ affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, led to the leak of classified information.

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