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Behind the Scenes With the FBI on New Years in N.Y.

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Weekend History Series: FBI Dir. J. Edgar Hoover on Communism in 1960

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TSA Nominee –Ex-FBI Agent Erroll Southers — Misled Congress About a 20-Year-Old Misdeed

tsa_logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The airline bombing incident in Detroit perhaps highlighted the importance of confirming a new director for the Transportation Security Administration, the front line agency responsible for airport security and passenger screening.

But things aren’t so simple here in Washington. First off, a Senator has been holding up the confirmation hearings for Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent, to head TSA, saying he wants to hear his views on TSA employees joining a union. The senator is against employees doing that.

Now the Washington Post’s Robert O’Harrow Jr. is reporting that Southers “gave Congress misleading information about incidents in which he inappropriately accessed a federal database, possibly in violation of privacy laws” while he was an FBI agent.

The Post reported that Southers described inconsistencies in his accounts to Congress on the 20-year-old incident as “inadvertent”.

To read the full Post story click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Law Enforcement Source Says Authorities Not Aware of Any “Terrorist Chatter” Pointing to New Year’s Eve Disruption in the Big Apple

times square artBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A law enforcement source said Thursday morning that “we’re not aware of any terrorist chatter” around the world hinting of any disruption on New Year’s Eve in the Big Apple where hundreds of thousands of revelers will gather in Times Square to watch the traditional dropping of the Waterford crystal ball at midnight.

“However, due to recent events we’re remaining  extremely vigilant,” the law enforcement source said.

The New York police department will lead the security, but the FBI said Thursday that it will deploy more than 100 agents, analysts, professional support and task force members to help out.

” We will be in place to enact our Crisis Response Plan in the event of terrorist incident,” FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said in a statement. “Sharing information and intelligence will take place at the FBI’s JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) Command Post, staffed by FBI along NYPD, PAPD and numerous other agencies.  Our response teams, including Crisis Response, SWAT, Evidence Response, Hazardous Materials, Crisis Negotiators, Bomb Techs and investigators will be deployed to staging areas.”

Boston’s Top FBI Agent Warren T. Bamford Named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year

William Bamfor/fbi photo

Warren Bamford/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Warren T. Bamford, special agent in charge of  the Boston FBI, has been named ticklethewire.com’s Fed Of The Year for 2009.

The award to Bamford comes as a result of the high marks he earned from colleagues around the country, who say he’s a stand-up person and a  first-rate agent and leader.  In 2009, the Boston FBI, under his leadership, took on a number of key investigations including the recent indictment of mobster Ralph F. Deleo,  a street boss for the Colombo crime family.

Bamford joined the FBI in 1986 and took charge of the Boston office in 2007.  Before that, he served as special agent in charge of  the Counterterrrorism and Intelligence Division in  the  Los Angeles office, where he supervised 450 people.

Last year’s recipient of the Fed Of The Year  award was Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Senator Holding Up Vote on TSA Director Who’s an Ex-FBI Agent

Sen. DeMint/gov photo

Sen. DeMint/gov photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Here in the nation’s capital, there’s always someone willing to play politics, no matter the consequence.

In this case, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is holding up President Obama’s nomination of Erroll Southers, a former FBI agent, to head the Transportation Security Administration over a union issue, McClatchy newspapers reported.

The news organization reports that DeMint is holding up the confirmation to try and prevent TSA workers from joining a labor union. He feels such a move would interfer with the effectiveness of the organization and its ability to change rules quickly.

The news organization reported that he wants to hear testimony on Southers’ view on unionizing TSA before the matter gets voted on before the full Senate.

To read more click here.

FBI Could Name its Miss. Building After Slain Civil Rights Workers

jackson miss map
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A movement is afoot to boost Mississippi’s image.

Some politicians are pushing to name the FBI building in Jackson, Miss., after three slain civil rights workers, who were killed in 1964 during an intense voter registration drive, USA Today reported.

The Jackson City Council is supposed to vote on a resolution on the matter Tuesday, and U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson told USA Today that he would support such a measure.

“Given our state and its history, it would do a lot to show that Mississippi has changed,” Thompson said. “I think it’s an excellent idea and one that I would support.”

The civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, were slain in 1964 while taking part in a voter registration drive in Mississippi.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors in August passed a similar resolution.

FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden told USA Today the FBI will defer to Congress on the matter.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Atty. Says He Saw Man Try to Help Nigerian on Flight Without a Passport

The flaws in the security will only become more embarrassing as days pass. Stories like this could rock the foundation of airport security around the world. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that the suspect had far more explosive than the “shoe bomber” and could have blown a hole in the plane.

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

By Paul Egan
The Detroit News

TAYLOR, Mich. — An attorney who was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day says he saw another man come to the assistance of accused bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab when he tried to board the airplane in Amsterdam without a passport.

Kurt Haskell, a Taylor attorney, told FBI agents what he saw near the boarding gate at Amsterdam when he was questioned at Detroit Metropolitan Airport following Abdulmutallab’s alleged attempt to blow up the aircraft, said Haskell’s wife Lori, who is also an attorney and was traveling with her husband.

“The two of us were sitting on the floor playing cards,” Lori Haskell told The Detroit News. “My husband noticed two men walk up to the ticket counter lady. The only reason he noticed them is that he thought they were really a mismatched pair.”

The man they later learned was Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, wore older, scraggly clothing, but the man who was assisting him, who appeared to be of Indian descent, was dressed in what looked like an expensive suit and shoes, she said.

The well-dressed man told the ticket agent: “We need to get this man on the plane,” Haskell recounted. “He doesn’t have a passport.”

The ticket agent told the man nobody was allowed to board without a passport, to which the well-dressed man replied: “We do this all the time; he’s from Sudan,” Haskell said, adding she and her husband believe the man was trying to pass Abdulmutallab off as a Sudanese refugee.

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