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FBI Plans to Shut Down 3 Offices in Wisconsin

Sen. Kohl/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s footprint in Wisconsin could be shrinking.

The agency plans to close three of its seven offices in the state, according to a press release by Sen. Herb Kohl’s office.

The Wisconsin Democrat raised the issue on Tuesday to Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr., who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The offices that would be closed include:Wausau, Kenosha and La Crosse.

“If these closures go through, the Western District of Wisconsin will lose half of its FBI offices and may have to make do with fewer agents,” Kohl said at the hearing. “I have serious concerns about the ability of the remaining two offices to adequately support already underserved rural areas.”

 

Couple Sentenced in Pregnancy Scam

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

She was perhaps the only lady not carrying for whom you might ask, “how many months along are you?” without being slapped in the face.

Serena Carol Mathews, 42, and boyfriend Scott Thomas Smith, 34, of Oklahoma City, were sentenced to 27 months each on Tuesday in Oklahoma City after pleading guilty on Aug. 1 to conspiracy to defraud. Mathews falsely posed as pregnant and wanting to place her child up for adoption, after which the two sought to receive “birth mother” payments such as rent, utilities, food and personal items, according to an FBI press release.

The couple used the adoption providers to arrange meetings between Mathews and prospective adoptive couples who hoped to adopt a baby.

The two were indicted on June 22, 2010, after an investigation conducted by the FBI. Assistant US Attorneys Susan Dickerson Cox and Kerry Kelly prosecuted the case.

FBI Lends Hand to the Balkans

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

One lucky FBI agent has won a round trip visit to the Balkan nation of Bulgaria.

Announced on Tuesday during Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov’s U.S. visit, an FBI special agent will be sent to Bulgaria to assist the nation’s cyber crime fighting, reports the Sofia News Agency.

The agent will help with such cases involving child pornography, identity theft and financial crimes.

FBI Director Robert Mueller also made clear that in December he will visit Bulgaria, a nation he said the bureau’s relationship with is “better than ever.”

Tsventanov also met with US Attorney General Eric Holder and plans to meet with many others in the intelligence and federal law enforcement community.

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FBI’s Hoover Building “Bursting at Seams”

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has swelled so much in size since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that the D.C. headquarters is bursting at the seams.

The Government Accountability Office has determined that FBI headquarters at the J. Edgar Hoover Building is deteriorating and in need of repair, much of attributable to staff growth since Sept. 11, says a blog post from the Washington Post. The Announcement on Tuesday said the FBI is in need of a new headquarters.

Before Sept. 11, 9,700 headquarters staffers worked at seven locations; now there are about 17,300 employees and contractors at 40 sites across the nation, 22 in the Washington area, according to the Post.

“A new consolidated FBI headquarters facility is urgently needed and we view this as one of our highest priorities for the foreseeable future,” FBI Assistant Deputy Director T.J. Harrington wrote in the report.

The report also noted long standing concerns about the Hoover building’s security. While vehicle barriers and a dry mote protect the building, the building is bounded closely on all sides by busy DC streets–9th, 10th and E Streets and Pennsylvania Ave.

Four potential responses were given: remain in the Hoover building and take no action; renovate the Hoover building and consolidate leases on other FBI buildings; demolish and rebuild the Hoover building at the same site; or build a new headquarters at a completely new location.

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Ex-CIA Agent Claims She Was Railroaded by Overzealous Detroit Fed Prosecutors and FBI Agents

By David Ashenfelter
Detroit Free Press

DETROIT — Nada Prouty, the former Taylor woman who was drummed out of the CIA, prosecuted and stripped of her U.S. citizenship in 2007 because of a fraudulent marriage, says in a new book that she was railroaded by overzealous prosecutors and FBI agents in Detroit.

“They had no interest in the truth,” Prouty, 41, says in “Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA” (Palgrave Macmillan, 282 pages, $26). She is launching a two-week nationwide tour today to promote the book.

“As a national security worker, I was an easy target,” Prouty said, adding that prosecutors coerced her into pleading guilty, partly by threatening to destroy her husband’s career at the State Department. She said she is a patriot who put her life on the line in the war on terror as an FBI agent and CIA officer.

Prouty pleaded guilty in 2007 to citizenship fraud and accessing an FBI computer without authorization to get information about a Detroit-based national security investigation involving Hizballah, which the U.S. designates as a Lebanese terrorist group.

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Aaron Ford to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

Aaron Ford/fbi photo

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Aaron T. Ford, an inspector at FBI headquarters, who has a law degree from Rutgers, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Division.

As inspector, he oversaw field office and headquaters inspections, shooting incident review teams, audits, and special inquiries.

Ford began his career with the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to the St. Louis Division, where he worked violent crime and organized crime matters. He was also a SWAT team member.

In June 1989, he moved east to the Newark Division where he served as a team leader on the SWAT team. In August of that year, he was promoted to supervisory special agent on a drug squad.

Two years later, in January 2000, he became a supervisor for the public corruption/civil rights squad. In August 2005, he was assigned as supervisory special resident agent of the Red Bank , N.J. Resident Agency.

He returned to the mothership at headquarters in February 2006, as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

The following year, he returned to Newark as an assistant special agent in charge.

 

Hoover Had it Out for LA Times Reporter Jack Nelson: Feared He Would Report He was a Homosexual

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Richard A. Serrano
Los Angeles Times

As this week’s release date of the movie “J. Edgar” approaches, more info seems to be surfacing about the legendary FBI director.

The latest: Richard Serrano of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hoover became obsessed in the early 1970s with a new reporter in Washington, Jack Nelson of the Los Angeles Times, and was concerned he was going to report that Hoover was a homosexual.

The Times reported that a top aide to President Nixon in 1970 told Hoover that Nelson was gunning for him.

“Keep an eye on these characters,” the FBI director wrote, referring to Nelson and two of his editors at the Los Angeles Times, according to the Times. “They are up to no good.”

He also eventually wrote in memos:”Nelson is a mental case” and “he is a rat” and “jackal” and “a lice-covered ferret.”

Serrano wrote: “For two years in the early 1970s, Hoover nursed an obsession with the new reporter in the nation’s capital. His agents pumped journalists for dirt on Nelson. He put Nelson on the bureau’s list of ‘untouchables,’ reporters who were to receive no cooperation.”

The Times reports that “Hoover was convinced — mistakenly — that Nelson planned to write that the FBI director was homosexual.”

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Reader Comments

Comment from Alan Stamm | [e]
Time November 7, 2011 at 9:37 am

Let’s pause now to imagine how the 1970 agent(s) felt when assigned the high-value, closely monitored mission of ferreting out dirt on a journalist through to pose a clear and present danger . . . to the director.

That may have felt like an unexpected, unwanted career turn. “Wonder if they’re hiring at ATF,” he well may have mused.