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New FBI Agents, Analysts Required to Visit MLK Monument in Washington

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

All new FBI agents and analysts must visit the monument for the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., new FBI Director James Comey said Monday, Reuters reports.

The idea, he said, is to remind people of the African American struggles for equality.

For similar reasons, new agents and analysts also are required to visit the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Both monuments are in Washington D.C.

“It will serve as a different kind of lesson – one more personal to the bureau – of the dangers of becoming untethered to oversight and accountability,” Comey said.

Obama Sings James Comey’s Praises During Welcoming Ceremony for New FBI Director

President Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama officially welcomed James Comey to his new post as FBI director during a ceremony Monday at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

The president applauded what he called Comey’s judgment and commitment, according to a White House blog.

“Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity: That’s your motto,” the President told the men and women of the FBI.  “And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day: Mr. Jim Comey.”

Obama said Comey was the best choice to head the FBI.

“It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security,” he said.

Audit: FBI Makes Big Strides in Handling Confidential Informants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is doing a better job handling confidential informants after a scathing report in 2006 criticized the agency’s dealings with sources, McLatchy reports.

Since the initial report, “the FBI has made substantial changes in its management of confidential human sources.”

Concerns were first raised in 2006 when it was discovered that confidential informant Katrina Leung had a longtime affair with her FBI handler.

FBI Director Comey Warns of Hundreds of Furloughs if Sequestration Continues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey warned that he may have to furlough 600 employees if Congress doesn’t restore the bureau’s budget, the Houston Press reports.

Comey also said he’d be forced to cut 3,500 jobs.

The result could be disastrous, he said, because the bureau will have a more difficult time handling investigations.

The sequestration also is preventing the FBI from hiring anyone new.

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FBI, CIA Could Have Prevented Assassination of JFK Had They Heeded Warnings

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and CIA missed opportunities to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy by not taking seriously enough threats from Lee Harvey Oswald, according to Philip Shenon’s new book, “A Cruel and Shocking Act,” reports the Orland Sentinel.

Days before the assassination, the president’s administration found a threatening note addressed to JFK.

The existence of the letter was never investigated by the Warren Commission because it had been destroyed.

The commission also didn’t know about a memo from former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, who said Oswald even announced he was going to kill JFK, the Sentinel reports.

“There’s tremendous amount of material, much of it has only been released in recent years, that shows that both the FBI and the CIA were very aware of the threat that Lee Harvey Oswald posed,” Shenon said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

President Obama’s Pick For Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Faces Tough Questions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

To say Alejandro Mayorkas is on the hot seat may be an understatement.

President Obama’s pick for deputy secretary of Homeland Security is already under an FBI investigation for allegedly exerting influence to help a political insider with a visa application, the Washington Times reports.

According to the Times, he’s also made misleading and potentially false statements to Congress recently.

Mayorkas is currently in charge of a controversial immigrant visa program, the Times wrote.

Homeland Security Agent Among Those Recovering After Shootout with Suspect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Homeland Security agent is recovering after he and five local law enforcement officials were wounded during a shootout Friday in suburban Sacramento, the Associated Press reports.

The agent was hospitalized in serious condition this weekend after he was shot in the leg.  Four of the officers were wounded by shrapnel  and were treated and released.  Another officer suffered a jaw wound.

The suspect, Nathan Duran, 32, is accused of attempted murder after he triggered an hour-along standoff that forced the evacuation of nearby homes.

The agent, whose name wasn’t released, was chasing Duran on foot when the suspect shot him.

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FBI Probes Claims That Baltimore Police Falsify Reports to Build Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating claims that a plainclothes unit of the Baltimore Police Department falsified reports to help their cases, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The complaints come from Kendall Richburg, who served on the Violent Crimes Impact Section and was charged with federal drug and gun offenses.

The Sun reported that Richburg told authorities he was among many on the unit to falsify reports.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Copperthite said Thursday that some cases of improper paperwork were found among his colleagues.

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