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Retired FBI Agent Thomas Louis Hughes Dies at Age 77

Thomas L. Hughes

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas Louis Hughes, an FBI agent from 1961 to 1986, died last week at this home in Virginia Beach. He was 77.

According to an obituary on the Altmeyer Funeral Homes website, Hughes, since 2003, survived amputations, surgeries, and numerous hospitalizations.

“Through it all, his quiet strength of will and pleasant demeanor inspired all who knew him,” the obit said.

A native of Missouri, Hughes was working on a masters degree when he was recruited by the FBI.

He worked in the FBI Crime Lab and earned his Masters Degree in Forensics Science from George Washington University in 1971.

He was a recognized expert witness in 26 states and taught as an adjunct professor at George Washington University.

The obit said he he was Unit Chief in the Crime Lab; Unit Chief, Forensic Training Unit in the FBI Academy, Quantico; and Unit Chief, Administrative Unit, Laboratory Division.

He is survived by his wife Joan, daughter Kendall Hughes, grandchildren Danika and Landon Brackett, son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Judith Hughes. His son Doug Hughes passed away in 1995.

Memorial Service are set for 11 a.m.Saturday (Jan. 25) at Nimmo United Methodist Church, 2200 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA.

 

Head of FBI’s Miami Office Gets Promoted to Counter-Terrorism Post in Washington

 

Michael Steinbach/ fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Michael B. Steinbach, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Miami office, is returning to Washington to take a top job fighting counter-terrorism, the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The 47-year-old will be promoted to deputy assistant director in the counter-terrorism division, where he had previously worked.

Steinbach, whose departure date has not yet been determined, took the Miami job in February 2013.

He currently leads about 800 employees in the Miami Division, which covers nine counties.

His replacement has been decided but the name has not been released yet, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Ex-Fed Prosecutor James Baker Named General Counsel for FBI

James Baker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

James A. Baker, a former federal prosecutor,  has been named the general counsel for the FBI.

Baker, a University of Michigan Law School graduate, clerked for U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman in Detroit before joining the Department of Justice with the Criminal Division through the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 1990. He worked as a federal prosecutor with the division’s Fraud Section.

In 1996, he joined the former Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), which later became part of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

From 2001 to 2007, he served as counsel for intelligence policy and head of OIPR.

Back in 2006, Carol Leonnig of the Washington Post reported  that in 2004 Baker discovered “the government’s failure to share information about its spying program had rendered useless a federal screening system that the judges had insisted upon to shield the court from tainted information. He alerted (U.S. District Judge Colleen)  Kollar-Kotelly, who complained to Justice, prompting a temporary suspension of the NSA spying program.”

From 2008 to 2009, Baker was assistant general counsel for national security at Verizon Business. He then returned to the Justice Department and from 2009 to 2011, served as an associate deputy attorney general where he worked on a range of national security issues, including cyber security.

He last worked as associate general counsel for  Bridgewater Associates, one of the world’s largest hedge fund firms based in Connecticut.

“Jim’s experience as a career prosecutor and as a national security official, as well his experience in the private sector, make him an excellent fit for his new position here at the FBI,” FBI Director James Comey said in a statement.

 

David T. Resch Heads Up FBI’s Little Rock Division

David Resch/FBI photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David T. Resch, who most recently served as chief of the Tactical Operations Section in the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Va., has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock, Ark. office.

Resch became an agent in 1996, and was first assigned to the Houston Division, where worked criminal matters and served as the crimes against children coordinator and the kidnapping coordinator, the FBI said in a press release.

In 2003, he was promoted to the Crisis Management Unit in the Critical Incident Response Group and then transferred to the Behavioral Analysis Unit in 2004, the FBI said.

In 2006, he was promoted to lead the unit in 2006 and directed the FBI’s response to complex and time sensitive crimes involving acts or threats of violence and terrorism.

He transferred to the Richmond Division in 2008 as the supervisory special agent of the Gangs, Violent Crimes, and Cyber programs and subsequently as the Joint Terrorism Task Force supervisor.

In 2012, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge and was responsible for all criminal and administrative programs in the division, the press release said.

 

Former Sesame Street Actor Tapped for High-Ranking Justice Department Post

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A child who grew up as an actor on Sesame Street in the 1970s was tapped by President Obama for a high-ranking Justice Department position, the USA Today reports.

Obama nominated Debo P. Adegbile to be the new assistant attorney general for civil rights.

If confirmed by the Senate, Adegbile will fill the position vacated by Tom Perez, the new secretary of labor, the USA Today wrote.

Ex-MSU Football Star Returns to Detroit to Head ATF Division

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

Steve Bogdalek/ATF photo

DETROIT — Back in day, in the 1980s, Steven Bogdalek, a big, burly guy, was an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in Detroit. If some mistook him for a football player, well, that was understandable.

He was offensive tackle, All-Big 10 for Michigan State University, from 1982-85 and he was subsequently drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. But his NFL career ended prematurely because of an injury. So he moved on to a career with ATF.

While he faced some tough guys on the football field, he also bumped up against some brutal types on the streets. He worked on squads that investigated some of Detroit’s most notorious drug gangs.

“Steve Bogdalek brought his team-player mentality to ATF in Detroit from his athletic prowess on the gridiron at Michigan State,” recalls Bernard La Forest, who headed up the Detroit ATF office at the time. “He was an integral part of our task force efforts in the enforcement squad that investigated the most violent of Detroit’s drug organizations: The Chambers Brothers, Ed Hanserd’s crew, Clifford Jones’ operation, Erie Adams’ organization, and remnants of YBI (Young Boys Incorporated) and Best Friends.

“Steve and the other ATF special agents were successful in just about every investigative operation they opened,” La Forest said.

La Forest recalls how effective Bogdalek was in getting access to buildings and homes during raids, using a battering ram.

“With Steve handling the ram, entry into buildings and dope houses was always quick and efficient,” La Forest said, describing him as humble.

In 1998, Bogdalek went to Toledo to head up the ATF office. And in pursuing years, he moved around the country, eventually ending up in Los Angeles as the top agent of the ATF office. In January, he’ll return to Detroit, the place he started his career, to head up the Detroit office.

“I’m happy to becoming back to Detroit,” he told Deadline Detroit. “Life comes full circle sometimes. I’m ending up back here where I started.”

Bogdalek, who was raised in Naperville, Ill., knows he faces some serious challenges in Detroit, with its violent crime and limited police resources. He says Flint, which is also in his territory, has its challenges as well.

To read more click here. 

 

Former FBI Agent Takes Key Role in Oversight of Billions of Dollars in Settlement Money from BP Oil Spill

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent will oversee the Deepwater Horizon Court-Supervised Settlement Program, which is responsible for paying out billions of dollars in private claims following the 2010 BP oil spill the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

That job goes to David Welker, who served as special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans office until he retired in April 2012.

David Welker

Before the promotion, Welker was the claims program’s director of fraud, waste and abuse, a position he had held since June 2012.

Former FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce to Fight Crime in Private Sector

Sean Joyce

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Less than a month after Sean Joyce retired as the FBI’s deputy director, he is bringing his skills as an investigator to PwC, a private firm that helps groups manage operational and cyber threats, according to PR Newswire.

“We are proud to welcome Sean Joyce to PwC and look forward to working closely with him to help our clients strategically and proactively manage external and internal threats to their organizations,” said Erik Skramstad, U.S. Advisory Forensics Leader. “Sean’s background, skills, experience and leadership make him an exceptional addition to our practice and an incredible asset to our clients.”

Joyce’s career with the FBI began in 1987. His various positions gave him experience with counterterrorism, counterintelligence and weapons of mass destruction.