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ICE Working to Rebrand Its Image

John Morton

John Morton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement known as ICE has an image problem.

So ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton plans to “re-brand”, realign its duties and emphasize criminal investigations over immigrant deportations, the Washington Post is reporting.

“By streamlining and renaming several offices, officials hope to highlight the agency’s counterterrorism, money laundering and other complex criminal investigations and in the process “re-brand” ICE, turning the public — and political — spotlight away from its immigration work,” the Post wrote.

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Will Spike TV Spike Reality Show “DEA”?

deashow2By Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — NBC weatherman Al Roker predicts the weather, but his production company, which produces  the reality TV show “DEA”,  has been reluctant to predict whether there will be a third season for the program featured on Spike TV.

By most accounts, the forecast for a third season looks doubtful.

The show, which helped boost the profile of the agency and interest from prospective recruits, last aired on March 31,  2009, more than a year ago.  Both seasons featured agents in gritty, high-crime cities; the first year in Detroit, the second in Newark.

Debra Fazio, a spokeswoman for Spike TV, told ticklethewire.com “no decision has been made yet about a 3rd season.” And Tom Chiodo, a spokesman for Al Roker Entertainment Inc., the producer of the show, echoed similar sentiments, saying he was uncertain as well.

The show, which  followed DEA agents and task force members around as they busted down doors, made arrests and gathered info from informants, played to mixed reviews inside and outside the agency. On the upside, it gave the DEA, which is too often overshadowed by the FBI,  a higher profile and helped boost recruiting.

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FBI Won’t Let Muslim American Fly Home From Middle East

Middle-East-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Call it the sign of the times.

The FBI won’t let 26-year-old Muslim American Yahya Wehelie fly home to Virginia from the Middle East, the New York Times reports.

Wehelie spent 18 months in Yemen. In May, he was heading home to Virginia and was changing planes in Cairo when the FBI stopped him and told him he was on the no-fly list, the Times reported.

The Times reported that the FBI wanted to question him about his contact with an American in Yemen accused of hooking up with al Qaeda and fatally shooting a hospital guard. He and his parents said he wants to come home, finish his education and get a job, the Times reported. They say he hates al Qaeda.

He’s stuck in Cairo. It’s been six weeks. He even told the FBI he’d fly handcuffed all the way home, sitting next to air marshals, the Times reported. The FBI declined that offer.

“I’m an innocent American in exile, and I have no way to get home,” he told the Times.

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Joseph Kennedy Touted J. Edgar Hoover for President

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON— J. Edgar Hoover for president?

Well, Joseph Kennedy, the patriarch of the Kennedy political dynasty, apparently thought it was a good idea in the 1950s, according to an essay Hoover wrote that was included in the newly released FBI files on the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

In a letter dated Oct. 13, 1964, Ted Kennedy wrote Hoover to say he was “putting together a short book of recollections of my father” and wanted his father’s good friends like Hoover to contribute. Hoover agreed, and a month later sent off the seven-page essay to Kennedy.

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Man Says FBI Apologized After Raiding Home in Connection with Times Square Car Bomb Probe

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has apologized to a New York man whose Long Island home was raided in connection to the Times Square car bomb incident, the man said, according to the Associated Press.

AP reported that Mohammad Iqbal said agents returned his Pakistani passport and other items seized during a raid at his Shirley, Long Island home.

Authorities conducted raids and rounded up some people suspected of having ties to Faisal Shahzad, the man who has admitted planting the failed car bomb in Times Square on May 1, AP reported. Iqbal said he never met Shahzad.

AP reported that FBI spokesman James Margolin confirmed that agents met Iqbal last week, but he did not elaborate.

White Powder Letters Sent to FBI, U.S. Atty and IRS Offices Out West

western u.s. mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The old white powder in the envelope trick continues to scare people and disrupt work places even though none have ever proved dangerous since the 2001 attacks that killed five people and sickened 17.

The latest: White powder envelopes, that were later found to be harmless, were discovered Monday in eight federal buildings in seven cities in Washington, Idaho and Utah, the Associated Press reported.

An IRS building and a U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boise were evacuated. Letters were also sent to various FBI offices.

“It is obviously disruptive and taken seriously,” FBI special agent Frederick Gutt told AP.

AP reported that a field test on powder found in Bellevue, Wash., showed it was comprised of calcium carbonate, which is found in chalk and limestone.

After the 2001 deadly anthrax letter attacks, the postal service set up systems to detect letters with anthrax and other harmful materials.

FBI Says Millionaire Supposedly Had Info on Sex Parties and Mentioned Kennedys, Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe

photo: jfk libary-facebook

photo: jfk library-facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 40-year-old multi-millionaire who had once been married to the U.S. Ambassador to Spain, reportedly had “considerable information” about sex parties at a New York Hotel  involving the Kennedys and some famous entertainers, according to a 1965 FBI file released Monday.

The July 1965 FBI file, part of a ream of files released Monday about the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, stated that millionaire Jacqueline Hammond had information about sex parties at the Hotel Carlyle in New York and “a number of persons participated at different times.’

frank-sinatra-frank-sinatras-gr-426390The document said among those mentioned: Robert Kennedy, John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy, Sammy Davis Jr., Mr and Mrs. Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe.

The document said that Ogden was once married to Ogden Hammond, the one time ambassador to Spain.

marilyn monroeIt also mentioned that “she maintains a room at the Hotel Carlyle.”

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Ted Kennedy FBI Files: Father Phoned FBI to Check on Rumors of Son; Tipster Told FBI Mob Was Trying to Set Up Teddy and Robert Kennedy and Peter Lawford

Late Sen. Ted Kennedy

Late Sen. Ted Kennedy

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI files released Monday on the late Sen. Ted Kennedy show that Joseph P. Kennedy, the senator’s father, felt close enough to FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover to check on a rumor regarding his son.

An FBI file dated May 11, 1954, said Kennedy called the bureau and spoke to an assistant director. Kennedy said he had learned that muckraking journalist Drew Pearson was going to write a story about his son “Teddy” that said he had not been admitted to school at Fort Holabird, Md., while in the Army because of an “adverse FBI report which linked him to a group of ‘pinkos.'”

The FBI assured him that Ted Kennedy had not been investigated for any links to communism.

In another document, an informant told the FBI the mob was plotting  a character assassination of Robert and Ted Kennedy and brother-in-law Peter Lawford.

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