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People Allegedly Paid Tens of Thousands of Dollars to Father of Detroit Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to Land City Contracts

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Bernard Kilpatrick/wxyz tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

At least nine people have testified in a federal grand jury in Detroit that they paid the the father of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick tens of thousands of dollars to try and land city contracts, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The paper reported that the father, Bernard Kilpatrick, ran a consulting firm called Maestro Associates. But the FBI believes he did no consulting and was really just paid for access to his son.

The paper reported that the FBI has been digging into the father’s finances and tapping his phone. Kwame Kilpatrick, who had been ousted on state charges after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice in connection with a phone text message scandal, is also being looked at by the FBI in connection with bribery.

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Not All NY FBI Agents “Distraught” Over Temp Reassignment of Their Boss

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

Joseph Demarest/ fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Not all the New York FBI agents are “exactly distraught over the reassignment” of the head of the New York FBI, who is in Washington while an internal probe into his affair with an underling is ongoing, the New York Daily News reported.

Ticklethewire.com first reported Thursday  night that Joseph Demarest was temporarily reassigned to Washington while the Justice Department examined the affair and the truthfulness of the statements  Demarest made about it.

Demarest’s statements allegedly differed from the woman who  he had an affair with.

“The New York office is celebrating Demarest’s demise because he bullied subordinates but let the New York Police Department bully the Bureau,” said a retired senior FBI official, according to the Daily News.

Demarest is known as hard charging and someone who was trying to make a lot of changes. Some saw him as a very passionate agent. But some weren’t happy with his management style or the changes.

Head of NY FBI Under Internal Investigation in Connection With Affair and Statements Made About It

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

Joseph Demarest Jr/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Joseph M. Demarest, Jr., the head of the New York FBI, the agency’s largest office, is under internal investigation in connection with an alleged affair he had with an underling in management, sources familiar with the situation told ticklethewire.com., which first reported the story.

Demarest, who has headed the New York office since January 2009,  has been temporarily assigned to headquarters in Washington while the Office of Inspector General and the Office of Professional Responsibility look into the matter, sources said.

Demarest (far right) with Pres. Obama and FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi photo

Demarest (far right) with Pres. Obama and FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi photo

As a key part of the probe, according to sources,  investigators are trying to determine how truthful Demarest  was about the matter when he was questioned about it internally.  A website Main Justice reported that his version differed from the woman he had the affair with, and that the probe had been going since January.

A confirmed misconduct in the bureau can result in action ranging from a reprimand to a firing to a forced resignation or a demotion.

It is fairly common for high-ranking FBI officials in the field to be brought back to Washington on a temporary assignment while they are  under internal investigation.  In the past, some of those officials were eventually cleared of wrongdoing.

Demarest began his career with the FBI in 1988 after serving as a Florida sheriff”s deputy for five years. An FBI press release in 2006 said he was married with two children, but he reportedly is no longer married.

Demarest, through a spokesman, declined to comment Thursday.

Michael P, Kortan, the FBI’s chief spokesman, declined to comment on the report. However, he emphasized that Demarest remains in charge of the New York office.

He also said that Demarest was on temporary assignment in Washington to help further develop an FBI management system known as Strategy Performance Sessions (SPS). The program helps monitor and evaluate investigative programs, with an emphasis on the collection of intelligence.

He said Demarest was one of the people who helped originally develop the program for the FBI and his office in New York was noted for having a strong SPS management program.

Prominent Arab American Lawyer to Join TSA to Advise on Civil Rights

Nawar ShoraBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Security Administration, which is responsible for screening passengers at our nation’s airports, is getting an interesting addition: Nawar Shora, the legal director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

The Washington Post reports that Shora, who was born in Syria and raised in West Virginia,  is joining the agency as a senior adviser for its office of civil rights and liberties.

“I’m finally practicing what I preach,” Shora,33, told the Post. “It’s about time I cross over to the government and start working within the system. That’s the beauty of our society: Anybody can work with the government.”

Shora has been a prominent voice for the American Arab community and has worked to foster better relations between the community and agencies like the FBI.

More Delays in FBI Computer Overhaul: Overruns Expected to Cost at Least $30 Mil

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI has been struggling a long time to catch up to the 21st century when it comes to having  a top-flight computer system.

The New York Times reports that the struggle continues and that the agency “has suspended work on parts of its huge computer overhaul, dealing the agency the latest costly setback in a decade-long effort to develop a modernized information system to combat crime and terrorism.”

The paper reported that completion of the overhaul, whic was slated for the fall, has been delayed until early next year. Not only is the delay bad news, it could cost at least an extra $30 million in cost overruns, the paper reported.

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FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List Turns 60

James Earl Ray/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

WASHINGTON — Mir Aimal Kasi had earned a spot on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list and Brad Garrett, a mild-mannered but dogged FBI agent out of Washington, wanted him badly. Kasi, a Pakistani, had stood outside CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., in 1993 and methodically opened fire, shooting into car windows, killing two CIA employees and wounding three others.

Like most fugitives on the list, Kasi was no easy find. Garrett and others spent 4½ years continent-hopping, tracking endless leads before finding him in a seedy hotel in Pakistan at 4 a.m. Kasi was about to head off to prayer. He was brought back to the U.S., where he was eventually executed by lethal injection by the state of Virginia.

“It’s probably every agent’s dream to capture a top 10 most wanted fugitive,” Garrett, who retired from the FBI in 2006, told AOL News. “It wasn’t my driving force, of course, but the idea of being able to arrest a top 10 fugitive is really something. If you’re on the top 10 list, you must be a really bad person, a big deal.”

Mir Aimal Kansi/fbi photo

On March 14, the bigger-than-life list, which has included some of the most notorious criminals of our time, from assassin James Earl Ray to serial killer Ted Bundy to terrorist Osama bin Laden, turns 60.

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Grand Jury Subpoenas Mi. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick — Mother of Ousted Detroit Mayor

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  In the Motor City, Spring is near and scandal is in the air.

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, 64, the  mother of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, has been subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury, the Detroit Free Press reported. She said Thursday that she is not the target of the probe.

What is known is that her son, who pleaded guilty to perjury in a text message scandal, and was forced from office, is under FBI investigation.

The Free Press recently reported that a contractor who pleaded guilty to corruption charges has told the feds that he gave the mayor bribe money in 2002.

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Yemen Arrests N.J. Man With Ties to al Qaeda

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yemen officials have arrested an American with suspected ties to al Qaeda members, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The man was under FBI investigation in Delaware, the paper reported.

Yemen authorities said that Sharif Mobley, who was raised in New Jersey and later lived in other east coast cities,  was arrested and then killed a guard while trying to escape.

“He has blood on his hands,” Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington told the paper.

“Albasha said Mobley was arrested last week during a sweep of al-Qaeda operatives with close ties to an Alabama-born extremist based in Somalia, Abu Mansour, known as ‘the American’, and the group al-Shabaab, or ‘the Youth’,”the paper reported.

His father has denied that his son is a terrorist.

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