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Justice and FBI Say They Won’t Compromise Terrorism Resources

The Justice Department needs to continue allocating resources for terrorism. But it better beef up the fight against fraud, including mortgage fraud. That, simply put,  has become financial terrorism and it’s helping bring down our economy, not to mention harming the American psyche.

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By DAVID JOHNSTON and NEIL A. LEWIS
New York Times
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is moving to solidify one of the most significant shifts of resources put into place under President George W. Bush: the transformation of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation into agencies where the top priority is counterterrorism rather than conventional law enforcement.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other Justice Department officials have emphasized that they will not cut resources allocated to national security in the foreseeable future, and the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert S. Mueller III, told lawmakers on Wednesday that “we have no intention of retreating from preventing a terrorist attack on American soil as our No. 1 priority.”

The Obama administration’s decision to maintain current levels of national security staffing comes as officials acknowledge, as Mr. Mueller did in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, that the shift of agents to counterterrorism and intelligence duties after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has seriously complicated other efforts.

Those include demands for resources to combat corporate and financial fraud and a deadly drug war across the border with Mexico.

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Hollywood Comes to D.C. to Film FBI Pilot Show

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — They often call Washington Hollywood on the Potomac.

But Wednesday Hollywood came to the Potomac, just north of the Key Bridge in Georgetown to film an explosion in a boat for a tv pilot “Washington Field”.

The tv drama centers on the FBI’s specialty unit the National Capital Response Squad. To read more about the show click here.

Relationship Between FBI and Arab and Muslim Communities Continues to Slide

The relationship between the FBI and the Muslim and Arab communities has been deteriorating as of late. Too bad. So much progress hasd been made in the post 9/11 era. It’s of no benefit to either side for this relationship to continue on the down slide. No benefit at all. It’s time to have constructive dialogue and patch things up.

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By Alexandra Marks
The Christian Science Monitor

Law enforcement efforts to root out home-grown terrorists are jeopardized by deteriorating relations between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Muslim and Arab-American communities.

The situation began last fall when the FBI quietly withdrew formal relations with all local chapters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), one of the largest Muslim American civil rights organizations. The FBI cited “a number of distinct narrow issues” that it has refused to make public.

The situation worsened in February, when it became public that the FBI had planted an informant at a California mosque who, a coalition of more than a dozen Muslim American groups charges, actively tried to recruit terrorists.

Last week, the coalition accused the FBI of engaging in “McCarthy-era tactics” and announced it was considering suspending all ties with the FBI unless it made public its concerns with CAIR and “reassessed its use of agent provocateurs in Muslim communities.”

The FBI would not comment, except to issue a statement saying: “Limiting honest dialogue, especially when complex issues are on the table, is generally not an effective advocacy strategy.”

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FBI Investigating Cicero Police in Illinois

cicero_header1This town has a history. Yes, this is where infamous gangster Al Capone set up shop to escape the Chicago Police. Now the FBI is looking at the Cicero Police and the allegations are none too flattering. Al Capone would be proud of the department.

By STEVE WARMBIR
Chicago Sun-Times
CHICAGO — Federal authorities are investigating several Cicero police officers for allegedly trying to thwart FBI agents running surveillance on an Outfit associate and high-ranking member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang who ran a pawn shop in town, the Chicago Sun-Times has learned.

Cicero police allegedly ran car license plates, pulled over cars they suspected were driven by federal agents and tried to find hidden surveillance cameras around the business of Mark Polchan, according to recently unsealed court records.

Polchan is awaiting trial on charges he bombed a business for the Outfit.

Cicero officers and Polchan also are accused by prosecutors of engaging in sexual acts with prostitutes in Polchan’s business, called Goldberg’s, which was under video and audio surveillance by federal authorities. Prosecutors brought the matter up to counter Polchan’s claim that he is a good family man.

The Cicero police officers under investigation are not named in the court documents.

In one secretly recorded conversation between Polchan and one of the officers in 2007, the officer is quoting telling him, “Alright, I got good news. We ran all the f – – – – – – plates on all the f – – – – – – cars over here. They all came back to f – – – – – – people,” meaning not federal agents.

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FBI Breaks Up One of the Largest Car Theft Rings in U.S. History

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The Big 3 auto companies may have problems selling cars, but apparently this stolen car ring did not.

By CNN
TAMPA — There’s probably no way to describe the feeling. Joe Pirrone’s pride and joy, his F350 Super Duty turbo diesel truck, turned out to be a stolen “clone.”

Joe Pirrone’s pride and joy, his F350 Super Duty turbo diesel truck, turned out to be a stolen “clone.”

One moment, Guiseppe “Joe” Pirrone was on a long weekend at the beach.

The next moment, he found out the pickup that he bought a year ago is stolen, and he is still on the hook for the $27,000 loan.

Stories like Pirrone’s are scattered across the country, and Tuesday the FBI announced that it has broken up one of the largest auto theft cases in the U.S.

Capping “Operation Dual Identity,” arrest warrants for 17 people were executed in Tampa and Miami, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and in Mexico City and Guadalajara, Mexico. The suspects were accused of “cloning” vehicles, which is making stolen cars look like legal ones.

The FBI says that the ring was operating in the U.S. for more than 20 years. More than 1,000 vehicles were stolen in Florida, with more than $25 million in losses to consumers and banks.
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Long Island Police Consulted FBI Unit Before Arson Arrest

The FBI behavioral unit at Quantico has had its hand in many cases over the  years. Sometimes it has been right on and other times — not even close.  It may be a science, but it’s impossible to be right all the time.

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BY JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER
Newsday

Before they ever made an arrest, Nassau police used the help of a small, highly trained FBI behavioral unit to work up a psychological profile of an arsonist they say started a fire that killed four in Lawrence last month.

Later, they arrested Caleb Lacey, the volunteer firefighter who investigators now say set the blaze to gain glory as a hero.

Police departments nationwide and around the world have used the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit in Quantico, Va. It has helped in other arson investigations as well as serial rape and extortion cases, among others, FBI officials said.

James McNamara, a supervisory special agent in the unit, said 60 percent of cases come from local and state police. Eight agents handle all adult crimes in the United States and abroad, he said. Because the Lawrence probe is ongoing, he would not provide specifics on how his unit helped Nassau police.

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Former FBI SAC John Bell Named Inspector Gen. of Detroit Schools

If ever there was a school system in dire straights, it’s Detroit. The good news is that emergency manager Robedetroitrt Bobb, the former deputy mayor of D.C. is there to help. He’s top notch. And now they’ve brought in another person of integrity, John E. Bell Jr., as inspector general. Bell is the former special agent in charge of the Detroit office and is no stranger to the shenanigans of the city that have helped put it behind the eight ball.

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Detroit News
DETROIT — Detroit Public Schools’ new financial management team will get some high-powered help from a former FBI special agent.

The team, announced today by new emergency manager Robert Bobb, includes Inspector General John E. Bell Jr., who served from 2002-2005 as special agent in charge of the Federal Air Marshal Service’s Detroit field office after 32 years with the FBI. Bell also served as special agent in charge of FBI investigative operations in Michigan.

Bell will be charged with rooting out waste, fraud and abuse in the district, Bobb said.

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Owen Harris to Head FBI Charlotte Division

fbi1By Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com
WASHINGTON — Owen Harris, who served as a section chief of the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence at headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Charlotte division, the agency announced Monday.

Harris, an agent since 1990, replaces Nathan T. Gray, who was recently named special agent in charge of the Phoneix division.

Harris’ first stint was in Gary, Ind. He later went on to become a supervisory agent in the Hate Crimes Unit within the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, the FBI said.

At that post, he served as the national program manager for civil rights investigations involving racial and religious discrimination, according to the bureau. He also represented the FBI on the U.S. Attorney General’s Hate Crimes Working Group and served on the President’s National Church Arson Task Force, which investigated arsons nationwide.

He took on several posts after that including violent crimes supervisor in the Houston Division, assistant section chief in the Counterterrorism Division,  and assistant special agent in charge of the Pittsburgh office. He returned to headquarters in 2007.

He is married and has three children.

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