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Ex-FBI Agent Thomas F. Minton III Appointed Director of Pennsylvania Homeland Security

 
Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Thomas F. Minton III  will head up the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, the governor’s office announced.

Minton, 52, served most of his 22 years with the FBI investigating national security matters with a focus on terrorism, according to a press release. Minton was involved in key investigations such as  the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, the bombing of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and the 9/11 attacks on America.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Tom Minton’s caliber, character and expertise to direct our Office of Homeland Security,” Governor Tom Corbett said. “The addition of Tom to our team of leaders in public safety will ensure the security of Pennsylvanians for years to come.”

Obit: FBI Agent Harvey C. Flemister Dead at 85

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Ex-FBI agent Harvey C. Flemister 85, a 27-year veteran of the  bureau, died of congestive heart failure March 18 at his home in Silver Springs, Md.

The Washington Post reports Flemister retired in 1977 as chief of the FBI intelligence division’s liaison section. Having started his career as a special agent in field offices in Pittsburgh and Detroit, he worked at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1957 until retirement.

He then continued to serve as treasurer and chairman of the D.C. chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, as well as remaining active in St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Silver Spring.

He leaves behind a wife, four children, four step children and ten grandchildren.

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FBI’s Top Cyber Cop Shawn Henry Joining Calif. Computer Security Firm

FBI's Shawn Henry/ file photo fbi

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Shawn Henry, the FBI’s top cyber cop up until his recent retirement, is putting his FBI skill to use in the private sector.

The Wall Street Journal’s Devlin Barrett reports that ex-FBI official Shawn Henry is joining an Irvine, Calif. upstart computer security firm called CrowdStrike Inc.

The Journal reports that Henry will lead a unit “that will provide vulnerability assessments and instant response for hacking incidents.”

 

Obit: Former FBI Special Agent Bob Craig Remembered for ‘tremendous intellect’ and Busting Pittsburgh Mafia

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Bob Craig, retired FBI agent and father of four, is remembered for being a stand-up agent in the field and a regular guy at home.

Fellow agents applauded him for  his “tremendous intellect,” and essential role in busting up  the Pittsburgh Mafia when he first came to town in the late 70’s, according to the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review.

He died on Monday from pancreatic cancer at age 68.

Ex-FBI agent and colleague Roger Greenbank told the paper.  “We convicted and incarcerated most of the major players in the Pittsburgh family. The end of organized crime as most people think of it really happened as a result of that case.”

Craig also won kudos from colleagues for his leadership in evidence-response teams, investigating such high profile cases as mass killings in Kosovo, the Oklahoma bombing in 1995 and investigating the wreckage of September 11th’s Flight 93 that crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pa.

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DEA Opens Office in Bulgaria

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

To the DEA: Welcome to Bulgaria.

The agency has opened an office in the city of Sofia, according to the FOCUS News agency.

UThe opening of an office of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Bulgaria is a sign for strategic partnership and cooperation between the US and Bulgaria,” Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov said at the official opening of the office in Sofia, according to the news agency.

“It is highly important that the opening of a DEA office in Bulgaria will strengthen the country’s role in the neutralisation of drug trafficking rings and now we become a much securer and more reliable external border of the EU, since Bulgaria has a geostrategic location in the Balkans,” Tsvetan Tsvetanov said.

DEA chief Michele Leonhart, who attended a ceremony in Bulgaria for the opening said: “The opening of a DEA office in Sofia is very important, because our access will allow us expand our activity in the region and other countries.

 

 

Diego Rodriguez Heading South to Take Charge of FBI’s Dallas Office

Diego Rodriguez/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Dallas FBI will have a new boss soon.

The FBI announced that Diego Rodriguez, special agent in charge of the Criminal Division in New York, will take over as the SAC in Dallas.

He’ll replace Robert Casey who will be retiring on April 30.

“I have the highest regard for Mr. Rodriguez,” Casey said of Rodriguez in a statement. ” I am confident that he has the experience and leadership qualities to ensure an effective role here in the Dallas office.”

The two served together in Miami and at headquarters.

Rodriguez will start in Dallas in the summer.

In his present post, Rodriguez is responsible for investigations including white-collar crimes, violent crimes and civil rights.

He started his career in 1990 in the New York division where he was SWAT team and the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).

 

Pres. Obama Filling Final U.S. Attorney Spots as 1st Term Draws to a Close

Patrick Miles Jr./law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

With just seven months to go until election time, President Obama is filling the final U.S. Attorney vacancies around the country.

In a White House press release issued late last week, the president announced the nominations of Patrick A. Miles, Jr. for the Western District of Michigan in Grand Rapids and Danny C. Williams, Sr. for the Northern District of Oklahoma, respectively.

Miles, Jr., a Harvard Law School graduate, has been a partner with Dickinson Wright PLLC since 2006.

Williams has been a partner at the firm of Charney, Buss & Williams since 2003. From 1991 to 1993, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office.

Senate Confirms New IG for Justice Department

Michael Horowitz/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has a new Inspector General.

The US. Senate on Thursday confirmed the confirmation of Michael Horowitz. The Senate also confirmed Kathryn Keneally as Assistant Attorney General for the Tax Division.

“I’m confident Kathryn and Michael will provide strong leadership to the department, and will play an instrumental role in fulfilling our critical mission of protecting the American people,” said Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. in a statement. “Kathryn will be integral to our efforts to enforce our nation’s tax laws fully and fairly, and Michael will promote integrity, financial austerity and effectiveness in Department of Justice operations. They are both welcome additions to our senior leadership team.”

Keneally most recently worked as a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP in New York.

The Justice Department said for over 25 years, Keneally represented clients in tax controversies and defended against allegations of tax, securities and bank fraud, money laundering, currency transaction reporting, false statements and other financial crime.

Horowitz was a  a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft LLP, where he focused on white collar defense, internal investigations and regulatory compliance.

From 2003 to 2009, Horowitz served as a commissioner for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Before that,  Horowitz  worked for the Justice Department in the Criminal Division from 1999 to 2002.

Prior to joining the Criminal Division, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1991 to 1999. From 1997 to 1999, he was chief of the Public Corruption Unit for the Southern District of New York. In 1995, he was awarded the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service for his work on a five-year corruption investigation.