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June 2021


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FBI Looking for More Victims Tied to Cleveland Serial Killer

Son of CIA Case Officer Takes Charge of FBI Salt Lake City Office

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — James McTighe, the son of a CIA case officer, will take charge of the FBI’s Salt Lake City Division, replacing Timothy J. Fuhrman, who was recently named special agent in charge of the Mobile, Ala. office.

McTighe had last served as special assistant for deputy director John Pistole at FBI headquarters, the FBI said.

McTighe joined the FBI in 1983 and was first assigned to the Cincinnati Division, where he worked general property crimes, public corruption, fugitives, and drug cases, the FBI said.

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Column: Prediction on Sentencing for Rep. William Jefferson: The Judge Won’t Give him What the Prosecution Suggests

Allan Lengel

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON –  It’s almost judgment day for ex-Rep. William Jefferson,   the New Orleans Congressman who at one time seemed invincible.

That was at one time.  Last year, he lost his seat in a bid for a 10th term.  Then this past summer he was convicted by a federal jury on 11 of 16 public corruption charges in Alexandria, Va.

This Friday the 13th, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III will sentence him in Alexandria. The government is asking for a sentence of  27 to 33 years.  It says that’s what the federal sentencing guidelines call for. Still, I’ll be shocked if the sentence comes any where near that.  I’m predicting something closer to 10 to 12 years. OK, maybe 15 tops. But no more.

I could be off, but here’s my thoughts. Jefferson is 62. That’s got to be taken into consideration. A long sentence  would essentially amount to a life sentence. His crimes are egregious and an insult to the public,  but they’re not worthy of a life sentence.

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FBI Says No Information that Ft. Hood Shooter Plotted With Others

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan/dod photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON – The FBI issued a statement Monday on the Fort Hood, Tex., shooting, saying that “at this point there is no information to indicate Major Malik Nidal Hasan had any co-conspirators or was part of a broader terrorist plot.”

“ The investigation to date has not identified a motive, and a number of possibilities remain under consideration,” the statement said.

At the same time, the Washington Post reported that Hasan, who was hospitalized after being shot multiple times, was in  contact via email earlier this year with a  radical cleric in Yemen who has been critical of the U.S. for what he sees as a war against Islam.

“U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted between 10 and 20 e-mails from Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen who once was a spiritual leader at the suburban Virginia mosque where Hasan had worshipped, Rep. Peter Hoekstra (Mich.), the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said later Monday,” the Post reported.  “Aulaqi responded to Hasan at least twice, Hoekstra said, but he described the responses as “innocent.”

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FBI’s Shawn Henry Talks About Prospects of Cyber Jihad Attacks

FBI’s Rich Kolko and Brian Hale Leaving FBI Mothership

Rich Koko (left) and FBI's Jeff McCrehan at going away party
Rich Kolko (left) and FBI’s Jeff McCrehan at going away party/ photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON —  Two key people in the FBI’s National Press Office  have just left the mothership to take on duties elsewhere.

FBI special agent Rich Kolko, chief of the FBI’s National Press Office, is moving up to the FBI’s New York  office to head  the Office of Public Affairs
and work under assistant director in charge Joe Demarest.

Brian P. Hale of the National Press Office is moving over to U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement to become Director of  the Office of Public Affairs.   Both  Hale and Kolko start their new jobs on Monday and celebrated their departure at a party at the Capitol City Brewing Company in downtown D.C. last Thursday night.

Brian Hale / photo

Brian Hale / photo

Kolko has had an interesting career path. He worked at CNN as an assignment editor and producer before joining the FBI.
He worked the FBI’s counterterrorism Fly Team and worked nearly 10 years in Atlanta primarily on terrorism issues.

In 2005, he was appointed chief of the FBI National Press Office under assistant Director John Miller, who recently left to move over to another agency. Earlier in his life, he served as an Aviator in the Navy.

At the FBI Press Office, Hale handled international and national media inquiries dealing with counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction and operational technology.

He also served as the Office of Public Affairs primary media training instructor.

Before joining the FBI, he worked as the press relations manager for the D.C.-based international law firm Patton Boggs. Before that, he worked as a field producer for ABC News’ 20/20.

Ex-Atty. Gen. Alberto Gonzales Puts Va. Home Up For Sale

Alberto Gonzales

Alberto Gonzales

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is leaving behind more than just a shaky legacy.

The Atty. General, now a professor and administrator at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Tex.,  has put his McLean, Va.  hamlet up for sale for  1.075 mil, according to the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column.

The Post reports that the home, which was purchased for $1.05 million in 2005, has five bedrooms,  four-bathrooms “two-car garage, gorgeous views, finished basement, granite countertops — and a sophisticated security system with video-monitored entrances, and a safe room off the master bedroom, behind a thick metal door.”


Weekend Series on History: J. Edgar Hoover Gives Kennedy and Nixon FBI Badges

Hoover Presents Nixon With FBI Badge