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FBI’s #2 Guy Sean Joyce Brings Intensity to the Job

Sean Joyce/fbi photo

By Jerry Markon
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — In the middle of the Pakistani night, near the border with Afghanistan, a team of FBI agents dressed in native garb descended on a hotel room. One of those agents, Sean M. Joyce, kicked in the door, tackled a screaming Pakistani man and threw him to the ground.

The 1997 raid resulted in the capture of Mir Aimal Kasi, who was later executed for murdering two CIA employees outside the agency’s Langley headquarters. And it marked a milestone in the ascension of Joyce, who in September became the FBI’s deputy director, the bureau’s second-ranking job.

With his wire glasses, receding hairline and thick Boston accent, Joyce could be mistaken for a college professor or corporate executive. In fact, he nearly was — he graduated from business school, interned on Wall Street and fielded job offers from leading financial firms.

But Joyce, 50, was drawn to law enforcement because, he said, “there’s something more to life than just making a lot of money.’’

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Bush to FBI Director Mueller Right After Sept. 11; What is the FBI Doing to Prevent the Next Attack?

Robert Mueller III/ photo ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a speech  Friday in Washington before the National Symposium for United States Court of Appeals Judges, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III shared a very interesting exchange he had with President Bush right after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

“A few days after the attacks, I was briefing President Bush in the Oval Office. As I was describing to the president the FBI’s efforts to identify the hijackers and gather evidence on those responsible, the president cut me off.

“Bob,” he said, “I expect the FBI to determine who was responsible for the attacks and to help bring them to justice. That is what the Bureau has been doing since its beginning. What I want to know from you—today—is what the FBI is doing to prevent the next attack.”

Mueller recalled: “I must say, I felt like a chastened schoolboy who had turned in the wrong homework assignment.

“And for the next four years, I briefed President Bush daily, and the question was always the same. Thereafter, I continued to regularly brief President Bush, and do so today with President Obama. And the question remains the same.

“That initial question posed by President Bush—what is the FBI doing to prevent the next attack?—triggered a number of changes in the Bureau.”

Mueller went on to explain the changes and then got into his management style. “The fact of the matter is, to whom you delegate and how you delegate is as important as anything else. People will tell you I am still not very good at it, and those are the individuals that are currently being micromanaged by me.”

“Several years ago, I had a rather salty chief of staff, an old friend named Lee Rawls, who would put me in my place. More than once, when I sought to micromanage a situation, he would politely push me to the side.

“And I would hear Lee say, ‘Don’t listen to him. He thinks he’s the Director of the FBI, but we can take care of this.’” “In one particularly heated meeting, everyone was frustrated—mostly with me—and I myself may have been a wee bit ill-tempered. ”

“Lee sat silently, and then said, ‘What is the difference between the Director of the FBI and a 4-year-old?’ The room grew hushed. Finally, he said, ‘Height!’ And with that, he broke the tension.”

“Micromanaging aside, it was responding to the terrorist threat and addressing the Bureau’s outdated technology that came to be my most substantial challenges.”

He went on to say in his speech how important it is to fight crime, but stay within the rule of law. “Every FBI employee takes an oath promising to uphold the rule of law and the United States Constitution—the same oath that I and each of you have taken.”

“In the end, we in the FBI know that we will be judged not only by our ability to keep Americans safe from crime and terrorism, but also by whether we safeguard the liberties for which we are fighting and maintain the trust of the American people.”

National Fraternal Order of Police Back Atty. Gen. Eric Holder

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr., whose likely to get a grilling from Republicans over ATF’s Operation Fast Furious when he appears Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, got some welcome backing on Thursday.

Politico reports that the National Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest group of sworn law enforcement officers, fired off a letter the committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) expressing its solidarity with Holder. The letter did not mention Fast and Furious.

“The FOP is very proud of the strong and positive working relationship that we have had with Eric Holder, not just for the two years in which he has served as the nation’s ‘top cop,’ but through his long career of public service,” wrote Chuck Canterbury, the organization’s National President, according to Politico. “As the brother of a retired law enforcement officer and one of the most dedicated and experienced law enforcement leaders, General Holder has been a true partner to the FOP and to our nation’s rank-and-file officers.”

The letter also emphasized that Holder has worked with the organization on fiscal challenges and officer safety, Politico reported.

More than 30 Republican lawmakers have asked for Holder’s resignation over Fast and Furious, an operation that encouraged Arizona gun dealers to sell to middlemen or “straw purchasers”, all with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels.  ATF lost track of many guns, some of which surfaced at crime scenes on both sides of the border.

Holder testified before Congress earlier this year that he only learned of the operation after the controversy over it surfaced. But some Republican lawmakers believe he has been less forthright about when he learned of the matter and have asked for him to step down.

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Defense for Suspected Terrorist Seeks Bail, Claims Mental Illness

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

When in doubt, play the crazy card.

A lawyer for Rezwan Ferdaus, the 26-year-old Muslim American arrested in September for plotting to fly explosive-packed remote control planes into the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, suggested in court on Friday that the FBI ignored signs of the defendant’s mental illness during their investigation of him, reports the AP.

The suggestion was made at Ferdaus’ bail hearing. Ferdaus, as ticklethewire.com has reported, faces charges inluding attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy national defense premises.

Ferdaus, who has a physics degree from Boston’s Northeastern University,  was arrested  in Framingham, Mass. when federal employees posing as al-Qaida members brought what he thought was 24 pounds of C-4 explosives. Ferdaus had also showed feds a cellphone he had fashioned into a detonation device.

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Wall Street Journal Says of “J Edgar” Film: It’s a “Mixed Bag”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Expect in coming days the to see some reviews on the upcoming move “J Edgar”. Some folks got a sneak preview of the film this week that opens nationwide on Nov. 11, and Nov. 9 in selected cities.

Yes, in the movie, Hoover kisses his trusted sidekick Clyde Tolson and yes, Hoover even pops on a dress.

Here’s a review that appears on the “Speakeasy” webpage of the Wall Street Journal:

“The movie was a mixed bag, showcasing J. Edgar Hoover’s seminal role as the dude that brought the FBI to life. But on the flip side, a conundrum – a man completely dedicated to his career, let alone the betterment of his country, without a personal life, yet striving to connect with those closest to him. These include his mother (Judi Dench), his secretary (Naomi Watts) and his 2nd in command, not to mention his ‘closest’ friend (left to interpretation) Clyde Tolson (Armie Hammer). The good thing about the film is that it leaves the relationship ambiguous. There is a genuine love and respect between the characters of J. Edgar and Clyde, but Eastwood tap-dances around just what that may be.”

“To recap (without spoilers): Okay. Leo does put on a dress. That doesn’t make him Ed Wood. He does kiss Hammer. Does that make him gay? Maybe. But realistically, does it matter? This is the guy who managed to expand our fingerprinting system and better equip us to divide the guilty from the innocent. Hammer (aka, the duo known as Winklevoss in “The Social Network”) said this of kissing Leo vs. Lily Collins in the upcoming Tarsem-directed “Snow White”: “The kiss with Leo was a lot messier because there was blood and glass involved.” Sounds a little “Twilight”-ish. Hammer shrugged and said , “NEVER.”

FBI Agent and Body Shop Owner to Testify Against Ex-Fed Prosecutor in Murder Case

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and a body shop owners are scheduled to testify Friday in the ongoing murder trial in federal court in Newark of ex-fed prosecutor Paul Bergrin, who once represented rap stars and drug kingpins, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Bergin, 55,  is accused of orchestrating the 2004 murder of a government informant Kemo Deshawn McCray.

The government contends that Bergrin told a drug gang member “No Kemo, no case” after one of their associates got busted on cocaine charges, the Star-Ledger reported. Bergrin is representing himself.

On Thursday, the paper reported, government witness Anthony Young testified. He is serving 30 years for the murder.

Bergrin said in opening statements that some witnesses were lying to get lesser sentences.

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Bank Bandit Leaves Behind Demand Note with Prints; Suspected of Robbing Same Bank 4 Times

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

David E. Gregory, 57, walked into the Chicago Community Bank at 52 East Lake Street in Chicago, Ill. at around 9:30am on Sept. 30. He handed the teller a note which said he had a gun and a bomb, and demanded money from the teller’s drawer. Gregory walked out of the bank with $631 in cash, but left behind the note.

The FBI reports that Gregory was arrested on Friday without incident by members of the Chicago FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force (VCTF), who had determined through forensic work that the demand note left behind at the scene had a latent fingerprint belonging to Gregory.

Gregory is also suspected of robbing the same bank on three other occasions–August 12, September 16 and October 12–though he has not yet been charged in those incidents. He is being held without bond until his next court hearing, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at 2:30 in the afternoon. He faces a possible 20 year jail sentence.

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FBI Arrests Tenn. Man for Threatening House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor & Family

Rep. Eric Cantor/gov photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A 62-year-old Tennessee man left two messages on the voicemail of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on the evening of Oct. 27, saying he was going to destroy Cantor, rape his daughter and kill his wife, the FBI reported in a press release.

Glendon Swift of Lenoir City, Tenn., was arrested by FBI agents on Wednesday and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He made a preliminary appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge C. Clifford Shirley Jr. in Knoxville on Thursday.

“Threatening to harm the family of a public official is a very serious charge, and we are grateful to the FBI and their law enforcement partners for their quick action in this case,“ U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride said in announcing the arrest.

Swift was traced as the registrant of the phone number the call was made from. He admitted to the arresting officers he had made the call.