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Stephen Richardson to Head FBI’s Mobile, Ala. Office

Steve Richardson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Stephen E. Richardson, an inspector with the Office of Inspections, is leaving the mothership at headquarters and heading south to take charge of the Mobile, Ala. FBI office.

Richardson began his career with the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New Orleans Division, Lafayette Resident Agency, and later the Baton Rouge Resident Agency.

In 2002, he moved up to supervisory special agent of the Safe Street and Gang Unit, Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters.

The next year, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division as a program manager, where he supervised terrorism investigations throughout the eastern region of the nation. In 2004, he was promoted to unit chief of the FBI Counterterrorism Watch Center, where he oversaw threats made to the United States.

In 2005, he became a supervisory agent in the Memphis Division and in 2009 he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Richmond Division’s Criminal, Cyber, and Administrative Programs and oversaw the Roanoke, Bristol, and Lynchburg Resident Agencies. In January 2011, Richardson was promoted to his most recent position as inspector with the Office of Inspections.

FBI Agent Robert Allan Jones Who Served on FBI’s bin Laden Unit to Head Indianapolis Division

Robert Allan Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Allan Jones, who served on the Osama bin Laden unit, and eventually moved up to his latest post as FBI section chief in the Counterintelligence division at headquarters, has been named head of the FBI Indianpolis division.

Jones joined the FBI in September 1996 and was first assigned to the Kalamazoo, Mi. office.

In 2002, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Osama bin Laden Unit of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He provided oversight and guidance into FBI probes in to Sunni extremism matters and was made unit chief the next year.

In 2004, he was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in the Rochester Resident Agency of the Buffalo Division,and in 2007 was assigned to a classified, one-year tour in Balad, Iraq, with the United States Special Operations Command.

The next year, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division, and in 2009 was named the Legal Attaché in Afghanistan.

After returned to state side, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

 

Ex-FBI Director Webster Lashes out at Bachmann’s Muslim Comment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Director William Webster criticized Rep. Michele Bachmann’s claim that an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be tied to the Muslim Brotherhood, saying it distracts from the war on terror, Newsmax reports.

The claim, which Webster called “morally wrong,” came from Bachmann and four other Republican House members who openly questioned whether Huma Abedin, Clinton’s chief of staff, was tied to terrorists.

“This is unfair, counterproductive, and it’s probably, in some respects, illegal or tortuous to be saying those things,” Webster told Newsmax. “But more importantly, it gets in the way of our being able to prevent terrorist acts from happening.”

Republicans made the claim because several living or deceased family members of Abedin have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Newsmax.

Activists Decry Interview Requests From FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has tried to question activists who plan to protest today at the Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in Burlington, VT, the Vermont Digger reports.

Occupy Boston responded by reminding activists to get an agent’s card and contact a lawyer. Never lie to feds, the site says.

The protest, known as the BTV Convergence, is designed to show opposition to a tar sand expansion in New England.

“If the FBI is showing up at my neighbor’s door just to ask questions, just to conduct surveillance, that’s ridiculous,” said one of the activists whose name was not released, the Digger reported.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Trenton Residents Demand Protection from Corruption as FBI Investigates Mayor

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI investigates Trenton City Hall and Mayor Tony Mack, residents are calling for the creation of an ethics board to protect against corruption, the Trentonian reports.

At a city council meeting Thursday, officials didn’t discuss details of the FBI investigation, saying they were unaware of specifics.

Residents called on the council to create an ethics board to keep elected officials in check.

“The ethics board should be a no-brainer,” “local businessman Tracey Syphax said, according to the Trentonian. “That’s definitely something we need.”

All in the Family? Justice Department Employees Accused of Nepotism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is mulling over what to do with eight employees who tried to get their children or other relatives hired by the agency, the Washington Post reports, citing a study released Thursday by the department’s inspector general.

Officials accused of the nepotism violations are career employees, not politicians, and include the director and two assistant directors of human resources; the director and deputy director of facilities and administrative services; and a senior adviser to a deputy assistant attorney general in the division.

“The department takes seriously the findings in this report, and we are moving immediately to address the report’s findings,” Gina Talamona, a Justice Department spokeswoman, told the Post.

Talamona pledged quick action and said nepotism would not be tolerated.

OTHER STORIES OF INTERESTS

Baltimore’s FBI Chief Richard McFeely Reflects on Brief Tenure

Richard McFeely/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

During his brief tenure in charge of the FBI’s Baltimore feed office, Richard A. McFeely refocused investigations on corruption and gangs, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Now McFreely is becoming assistant director of criminal and cyber operations at FBI headquarters.

During his thee years in Baltimore, McFreely oversaw high-profile cases, including the investigations of Baltimore police, violent drug trafficker Steven Blackwell, founder of the prison gang Dead Man Inc. and a man who tried to blow up an Army recruiting station, according to the Sun.

McFreely said he wasn’t changing the priorities of the FBI, but believed there was a disproportionate focus on terrorism.

FBI to Investigate Anaheim, Calif. Shootings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI hopes to calm violence that has erupted after a pair of fatal officer-involved shootings over the weekend in Anaheim, Calif., LATimes reports.

During the unrest this week, protesters have tossed rocks at police, ignited fires and damaged public property.

Two dozen people have been arrested so far.

The FBI will determine whether police used excessive force in two separate shootings.