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October 2022


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Lead Agent in Ted Stevens Case Under Ethical Review

The late Sen. Ted Stevens

By Allan Lengel

The mess from the bungled prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens isn’t  over yet.

The website Main Justice reports that the Office of Professional Responsibility is investigating the lead FBI agent in the case, Mary Beth Kepner.

New of the probe surfaced when FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified this week before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Breaking News: 1 Day After Going on FBI’s Top 10 Wanted List, Adam Mayes is Found Dead

By Allan Lengel

That was quick.

One day after the FBI placed him on its Ten Most Wanted List, accused kidnapper and murderer Adam Mayes was found dead Thursday in Union County Miss., CNN reported. He reportedly shot and killed himself.

Mayes was accused of kidnapping a Tennessee mother and her three daughters. The mother and oldest daughter were found dead last Friday.

But the good news Thursday was that the other two daughters were found alive, CNN reported.

Mayes had filled the last spot in the Top 10 list that was vacated after the FBI captured Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger last year in California. The death will once again leave a vacancy.

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Obit: Former Attny Gen Nicholas Katzenbach Championed Civil Rights, Key Aide in Kennedy and Johnson Admins


Shoshanna Utchenik

Nicholas DeBelleville Katzenbach, who worked  as a lawyer for the Justice Department during the Kennedy administration and became Attorney General under the Johnson regime, only to bump heads with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover,  died Tuesday at age 90.

Serving a crucial role in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, it was Katzenbach who stood up to Governor George Wallace’s segregation efforts, his “stand in the schoolhouse door,” by personally assisting two African-American students, James Hood and Vivian Malone, through the doors of the University of Alabama. Malone would later become the first black graduate of U of Alabama, as well as Attny General Eric Holder’s sister-in-law.

The 1960s were “an exciting time,” Katzenbach had told the AP. “There were lots of young people who got themselves involved in civil rights, and later in protesting the Vietnam War, feeling involved in the government and what’s going on in their own future. To my mind that’s what makes this a great country.”

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. issued a statement Wednesday, saying:

“Today, we mourn the loss of Nicholas Katzenbach, one of our Nation’s great champions of civil rights and equal justice. Throughout a life that spanned 90 years, he served our country in many ways – as an attorney, activist, Presidential Advisor, U.S. Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and U.S. Army Officer.

“During WWII, Second Lieutenant Katzenbach battled oppression overseas – and survived more than a year in a German prison camp – before returning home to fight for the cause of equal opportunity.

“Throughout one of the most challenging and consequential eras in American history, his extraordinary talents – and dedicated leadership of the Department of Justice – helped to guide our Nation forward from the dark days of segregation and to secure the successful passage of the landmark Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts.”

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FBI Agent Ralph Boelter Who Helped Investigate Valerie Plame Case to Head LA Office

By Allan Lengel
Ralph S. Boelter, assistant director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division at headquarters, who also helped investigate the leak case involving CIA agent Valerie Plame, has landed one of the more coveted spots in the field.

Bolter will take over the Los Angeles division as assistant director in charge.

Boelter began his career in 1991 and was first assigned to the Boston division where he investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, and criminal enterprise cases.

In December 1997, he was promoted to the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where he oversaw many of the Bureau’s violent crime and fugitive investigations.

In 2000, it was off to Los Angeles to supervise the Violent Crime and Criminal Enterprise squad in the Long Beach Resident Agency.

He later served as acting assistant special agent in charge of the Violent Crime and Criminal Enterprise Branch in November 2001 and was officially named to the position in January 2003.

In April 2005, he was assigned to help direct the sensitive investigation of the unauthorized disclosure of CIA Agent Valerie Plame.

He returned to FBI Headquarters in September 2005 where he was named an inspector.

In 2006, he was named head of the Minneapolis office.

In April 2011, Boelter was appointed deputy assistant director of the newly formed Strategic Operations Branch in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.

In September 2011, he assumed the responsibilities of acting assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division, and a few months later, was formally appointed to the position.



U.S. Atty Who Went After Edwards Wins Republican Nomination for Congress in N.C.

U.S. Atty. George Holding

Shoshanna Utchenik

While once-presidential hopeful John Edwards stands trial in Greensborough N.C. for campaign finance violations, the U.S. Attorney who secured his indictment celebrated a different kind of victory 75 miles down the road in Raleigh Tuesday.

George Holding won the Republican nomination for Congress in North Carolina this week, purportedly riding the coattails of former Sen. John Edwards’ infamy, reports Politico.

While losing opponents former Wake County commissioner Paul Coble got 34% of the vote and Navy veteran Bill Randall trailed behind at 22%, Coble echoed questions raised by Edwards’ attorneys about Holding’s path to glory.

Did the Bush appointee and former aide to the late GOP Sen. Jesse Helms pursue the high-profile Edwards case solely for political and personal gain? Holding says no.

He told Politico, “When I was the United States Attorney, I took an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States and everything I did was an effort to comply with that oath.”

Holding is favored to win the congressional race against Democratic opponent Charles Malone, a former journalist and Army veteran, due to the make-up of the newly drawn 13th district.

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FBI Director Says Bomb Plot is Reason to Renew Electronic Surveillance Powers

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Jordy Yager
The Hill

WASHINGTON — The head of the FBI on Wednesday used a recently thwarted bomb plot to press Congress to extend the agency’s ability to spy on foreigners abroad without a warrant.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told a panel of House lawmakers that some of the surveillance provisions, which are set to expire at the end of the year, are “absolutely essential” to stopping terrorists from attacking the United States.

One of the particular provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) allows U.S. officials to conduct electronic surveillance without a warrant on foreigners living abroad whom they suspect of being engaged in terrorist activities.

Earlier this week, the CIA thwarted a bomb plot hatched by al Qaeda in Yemen that was aimed at exploding a commercial airliner headed to the United States.

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Bryant to Head St. Louis FBI Office

Dean Bryant/fbi

By Allan Lengel

Dean C. Bryant is taking over the St. Louis FBI office.

Bryant, the chief of the Critical Incident Response Group’s Hazardous Devices Operations Section near Quantico, Va., was the senior FBI executive and chairman of the Joint Program Office responsible for coordinating with the interagency and the White House’s National Security Staff.

He started with the FBI in 1991, and was assigned to the Miami division, where he worked public corruption, violent crimes and fugitives.

In 2000, he transferred to the Mobile Field Division’s Monroeville Resident Agency.

In 2003, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in and assigned to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters.

He was als deployed to Qatar and Iraq in support of the FBI’s mission.

In 2005,  Bryant became the supervisory senior resident agent of the Springfield and Joplin, Missouri Resident Agencies, which are part of the Kansas City Field Office. He was responsible for FBI investigations of all violations in 32 counties within Missouri and Kansas. During this assignment, Mr. Bryant served as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Iraq in support of the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2008, Byant was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office, where he supervised the Aviation, Surveillance, and Technical Programs.


Suspected Killer Fills Last Vacancy on FBI’s Most Wanted List

By Allan Lengel

After a great deal of deliberation, the FBI has filled the final vacancy in its Ten Most Wanted fugitive list, the agency announced Wednesday,

Adam Christopher Mayes, wanted in connection with the kidnapping last month of a mother, Jo Ann Bain, 31, and her three daughters in Tennessee, has been added to the list, replacing Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was captured last year in California along with his girlfriend.

Authorities said bodies of two of the kidnap victims — the mother and the oldest daughter Adrienne, 14, —  were found last week buried behind a mobile home where the Mayes family lived in Guntown, Miss.

The two other daughter, 8 and 12, are still missing.

“We believe Mayes could be anywhere in the United States, and we are extremely concerned for the safety of the girls,” said Aaron Ford, special agent in charge of the FBI Memphis office. “Anyone who has any information about this case, of if you’ve seen Mayes or the girls, please contact your nearest FBI office or the local police immediately.”