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Head of D.C. FBI Shawn Henry Wants to Be More Transparent

Shawn Henry/fbi photo

Shawn Henry/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shawn Henry, who heads the FBI’s D.C. field office, wants to be more transparent, particularly when it comes to briefing the private sector on such matters as cyberterrorism and other threats, according to an interview with the Associated Press.

“I want to walk up to the line,” Henry, 48, told AP. “I want to give you as much as I can so that you understand what it is that we do.”

Henry told AP that the FBI has gone from a “need-to-know” to a “need-to-share” agency in the past five years.

As previous head of the FBI’s cyber division, he told AP he shared information with banks and financial services on how organized crime groups stole millions of dollars. As a result, financial institutions were able to prevent attacks.

In the past, he admitted such information might not be shared out of concern it might damage a case.

“And what I’ve said is we have an obligation and a responsibility to share the information so people can protect themselves,” Henry told AP.

Senate Confirms FBI’s John Pistole to Head Transportation Security Administration

John Pistole/fbi photo

John Pistole/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s number two man John Pistole, who was considered a sure bet, was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Friday to head the Transportation Security Administration, The Hill newspaper reported.

Pistole, who was highly respected in the FBI, was the third nominee for the post. The two others, ex-FBI agent Erroll Southers and retired Gen. Robert Harding, withdrew their nominations after problems surfaced in their backgrounds.

No replacement has been named for Pistole, though one likely and logical candidate appears to be the FBI’s number three person Timothy Murphy.

Previously, Pistole’s  name surfaced as one of four candidates being considered to head up the Drug Enforcement Administration. But in the end the nod went to the acting head of DEA, Michele Leonhart. After that, his name had surfaced as a possible head for ATF, but that idea never went any where.

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Breaking News: Philly’s Janice Fedarcyk Named Head of New York FBI; First Woman To Head Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Janice Fedarcyk, one of the names that had been circulating as a prospect to head the New York FBI,  has been named to that post. She is the first female to head that office.

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Fedarcyk currently heads up the Philadelphia FBI. Agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the N.Y.  office, confirmed the appointment Thursday afternoon.

She replaces Joseph Demarest, who left the office under a cloud and was later assigned to headquarters  where he now works as Assistant Director of the International Operations Division.

He had  been under internal investigation in connection with an affair he’d had with a supervisor in his office. Investigators were looking into whether he had been totally forthright when questioned about it.

At the time, no permanent replacement had been named, so the office’s special agent in charge George Venizelos was named as the interim head.

Early on, Fedarcyk’s name had surfaced as a candidate along with some others including Andy Arena, who heads the Detroit FBI.

Blago’s Attorneys Want FBI Reports on Pres. Obama Interview

The President in Louisiana/white house photo

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich wants to look at the written reports on President Obama’s interviews with the FBI and prosecutors in his case, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The Sun-Times reports that the Blago defense team has filed a motion asking for the reports, claiming court testimony by government witness John Harris contradicts the government’s previous contention that Obama was unaware of any deals involving the Senate seat appointment.

“Testimony elicited by the government from John Harris and wiretaps played in court raise the issue of President Obama’s direct knowledge and communication with emissaries and others regarding the appointment to his senate seat,” lawyers wrote in the filing, according to the Sun-Times.

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Off-Duty FBI Agent’s Rifle and Bullet Proof Vest Stolen From Car in NJ

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It happens from time to time. Nonetheless, it’s never good.

CBS News reports that an off-duty FBI agent had his M-4 rifle and bulletproof vest were stolen from his car in New Jersey Saturday night.

The television station reported that the New Jersey FBI was on the hunt to recover the property.

“It makes our urgency even greater because the weapon is in the hands of a criminal,” FBI agent Bryan L. Travers told CBS. “We are in charge with protecting the public, and we don’t want someone being hurt with our weapon.”

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Feds Indict Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on 19 Counts

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was anticipated for many months, and on Wednesday federal prosecutors indicted imprisoned ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on 19-criminal counts stemming from his scheme to use the nonprofit Kilpatrick Civic Fund for personal benefit and campaign expenses.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that Kilpatrick, who is serving prison time for state probation violation, devised a scheme starting in 1999 to bilk the fund that was used to pay friends and relatives and cash kickbacks for himself. It also covered expenses ranging from countersurveillance and anti-bugging equipment to yoga and golf lessons, golf clubs and summer camp for his children.

In all, his unreported income amounted to $640,000 between between 2003 and 2008, authorities said.

The indictment was another embarrassment for an impoverished city trying to reinvent itself while struggling to provide the basic services for its citizens. Kilpatrick, once a young, promising political figure dubbed the “Hip Hop Mayor”, quickly fell from the top of the political heap after he got caught lying in a whistleblower case involving the police department.

“It is important that public officials not escape prosecution just because they leave office,” U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said in the statement announcing the indictment. “Public officials need to be accountable to deter them and others from cheating our citizens in the future.”

Detroit FBI Chief Andrew Arena said in a statement that the charges are part of a continuing investigation into “the corruption that has long plagued the City of Detroit.

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Abramoff’s Crimes Weren’t Kosher, But the New Gig Is

Jack Ambramoff/ msnbc

Jack Ambramoff/ msnbc

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is finishing off his prison term in a halfway house in Maryland, has got a new gig: It’s with a kosher pizza joint in Baltimore.

The Baltimore Jewish Times reports that he is working at Tov Pizza with owner Ron Rosenbluth “in almost all areas of the restaurant business, with perhaps a focus on marketing strategies.”

Abramoff ran some restaurants in D.C. including a kosher deli called Stacks, that was ironically or not, in very close proximity to FBI headquarters on Pennyslvania Avenue NW. He went off to prison in 2006 for fraud, conspiracy and corruption charges.

The paper said Abramoff will work at Tov Pizza for at least six months. His release date is Dec. 4.

FBI Turns Up Few Leakers Despite Many Complaints From Intelligence Agencies

iStock_000003334143XSmallBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In Washington, and elsewhere, leaks happen often. The media quote anonymous sources on a regular basis, and sometimes note that the leaker doesn’t want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the information.

Finding those leaks is no easy task.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. intelligence agencies have made 183 complaints about unauthorized leaks of classified information in the past five years, but the FBI has only identified 14 suspected leakers.

And of those, none have been prosecuted, AP reported.

Of the 183 complaints, the AP reported, the FBI opened 26 leak investigations. The news service said the agency lacked information to proceed in the others.

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