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Senate Confirms FBI’s John Pistole to Head Transportation Security Administration

John Pistole/fbi photo

John Pistole/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s number two man John Pistole, who was considered a sure bet, was confirmed unanimously by the Senate Friday to head the Transportation Security Administration, The Hill newspaper reported.

Pistole, who was highly respected in the FBI, was the third nominee for the post. The two others, ex-FBI agent Erroll Southers and retired Gen. Robert Harding, withdrew their nominations after problems surfaced in their backgrounds.

No replacement has been named for Pistole, though one likely and logical candidate appears to be the FBI’s number three person Timothy Murphy.

Previously, Pistole’s  name surfaced as one of four candidates being considered to head up the Drug Enforcement Administration. But in the end the nod went to the acting head of DEA, Michele Leonhart. After that, his name had surfaced as a possible head for ATF, but that idea never went any where.

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Senate Judiciary Approves U.S. Attorneys for Tenn. and Ill.

Wiggington/law firm photo

Wiggington/law firm photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Senate Judiciary Committee continues to chip away at confirming U.S. Attorneys around the country.

On Thursday, the commmittee gave the nod to Stephen Wiggington for the Southern District of Illinois and Edward L. Stanton III for the Western District of Tennessee.

To date, the panel has approved 59 U.S. Attorney nominees and the Senate has confirmed 57 of those, according to the website Main Justice, which closely follows the process.

Breaking News: Philly’s Janice Fedarcyk Named Head of New York FBI; First Woman To Head Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Janice Fedarcyk, one of the names that had been circulating as a prospect to head the New York FBI,  has been named to that post. She is the first female to head that office.

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Janice K. Fedarcyk-FBI Philadelphia

Fedarcyk currently heads up the Philadelphia FBI. Agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the N.Y.  office, confirmed the appointment Thursday afternoon.

She replaces Joseph Demarest, who left the office under a cloud and was later assigned to headquarters  where he now works as Assistant Director of the International Operations Division.

He had  been under internal investigation in connection with an affair he’d had with a supervisor in his office. Investigators were looking into whether he had been totally forthright when questioned about it.

At the time, no permanent replacement had been named, so the office’s special agent in charge George Venizelos was named as the interim head.

Early on, Fedarcyk’s name had surfaced as a candidate along with some others including Andy Arena, who heads the Detroit FBI.

Boston’s Top FBI Agent Warren Bamford Steps Down; James Burrell Acting SAC

Warren Bamford

Warren Bamford

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Warren T. Bamford, head of the Boston FBI, officially retired Friday after heading up the office since 2007. Assistant special agent in charge James C. Burrell has been named the acting special agent in charge.

Under Bamford’s reign, the office produced a number of high-profile cases including one that involved a corrupt state senator and another that targeted a street boss for the Colombo crime family.

“My FBI experience has been tremendous and being able to end my career in the Boston Office makes it even better,” he said Friday in a statement to ticklethewire.com.  “I have tried to do the best job possible and have no regrets.”

Bamford will begin working for a private utility, National Grid,  on June 28.

Under his command, the office aggressively pursued fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger, a violent mobster who was added to the FBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitive list in 1999.

The office took creative steps to find Bulger and his female companion, including placing ads in dental and plastic surgery publications.

But in the end, like his predecessors, he was unable to find Bulger.

Bamford joined the bureau in 1986. Before arriving in Boston, he served as special agent in charge of  the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Division in Los Angeles.

In 2009, he was named “Fed Of The Year” by ticklethewire.com. The previous year, the award went to Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Cory Nelson to Head Up FBI’s San Antonio Division

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Cory B. Nelson,  chief of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section, has been tapped to head up the agency’s San Antonio Division.

Nelson joined the FBI in July 1991 and was first assigned to the New York Division’s applicant squad. He later went on the organized crime squad, where he worked on cases involving the Genovese crime family, the FBI said.

In August 1997, he headed off to the San Antonio Division’s Brownsville Resident Agency, where he worked narcotics, served as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and was the SWAT assistant team leader, the FBI said.

In October 1999, Nelson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Colombian/Caribbean Unit, at FBI Headquarters.

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Pres. Obama Nominates U.S. Atty. for Fla and 6 U.S. Marshals

marshalsBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill for U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Florida and six people for U.S. Marshal posts around the country.

The Marshal nominations, according to a White House press release include:

  • Mark Lloyd Ericks for the Western District of Washington.
  • Joseph Patrick Faughnan Sr.for the District of Connecticut.
  • Harold Michael Oglesby for the Western District of Arkansas.
  • Donald Martin O’Keefe for the Northern District of California.
  • Kenneth James Runde for the Northern District of Iowa.
  • Charles Thomas Weeks II for the Western District of Oklahoma.

UPDATE: 4:10 p.m. Thurs. —  The Senate Judiciary earlier today gave the nod to four U.S. Attorney noninees: Thomas E. Delahanty for the District of Maine; Wendy J. Olson for Idaho; Donald J. Cazayoux for the Middle District of Louisiana and James A. Lewis for the Central District of Illinois.

John W. Douglas Who Headed Justice Dept. Civil Rights Division in 60s Dies at Age 88

justice dept. logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John W. Douglas, an assistant U.S. attorney general who led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division from 1963 to 1966, died Wednesday in the nation’s capital from complications from a stroke, the Washington Post reported. He was 88.

The paper reported that Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy designated him in 1963 to represent the government in the planning of the March on Washington on Aug. 28. It was there before some 250,000 people that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the powerful speech “I Have a Dream”.

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Valerie Parlave to Head FBI Little Rock Division

Valerie Parlave/fbi photo

Valerie Parlave/fbi photo

By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Valerie Parlave, who most recently served as acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office’s Criminal Division, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Division, the agency announced Thursday.

Parlave joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where she worked as a case agent on violent crime and fugitive investigations.

She was later assigned to the division’s violent gang and drug squad. In 2000, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.

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