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As Expected, Tim Murphy Becomes 2nd in Command at FBI

Timothy Murphy/fbi photo

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As expected, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III  tapped Timothy P. Murphy to become the second in command at the FBI.

“Tim has consistently shown exceptional leadership and met tough challenges head-on,” Mueller said in a statement issued Thursday. “I have every expectation that he will do the same as deputy director, and I look forward to working closely with him in his new position.”

Murphy, the number three person in the FBI, replaces John Pistole, who was just confirmed as the head of the Transportation Security Administration.

Since 2008, Murphy has served as associate deputy director, overseeing personnel, budget, administration, and infrastructure, the FBI said.

From the onset, when Pistole was nominated to head up TSA, there appeared to be little doubt within the FBI that anyone other than Murphy would  assume the post.

FBI’s Pete Cullen Who Ran Blago Wiretaps Retires at 61 as Most Senior Agent in the Nation

FBI agent Pete Cullen should have retired in 2006 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 57. But the FBI wanted to keep him around for his expertise.  He ended up running the wire taps on ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is currently on trial. Last week, after getting extensions to stay, he finally retired at age 61, which made him the most senior FBI agent in the country.

fbi logo largeBy Natasha Korecki
Chicago Sun-Times

It was a historic day on Dec. 9, 2008; Illinois’ sitting governor had just been arrested and FBI supervisor Pete Cullen found himself keeping watch over Rod Blagojevich.

“He was in his running suit. He was stretching, running in place, animated. I couldn’t believe it. He couldn’t sit still,” Cullen said. “He kept combing back his hair.

“It was almost like he’s awaiting going on camera. But we were just here [in the FBI office] — no one was going to see him.”

For more than two months preceding the arrest, Cullen spent every night coordinating more than 100 agents who, in shifts, monitored at least nine different phone lines belonging to Blagojevich and those in his inner circle.

By FBI rules, Cullen shouldn’t have even been there. He reached the FBI’s mandatory retirement age of 57 in 2006.

But again and again, Chicago’s FBI chief Robert Grant had something else in mind for the longtime agent and supervisor.

To read the full story click here.

Ex-Chicago Fed Prosecutor Joseph Lamendella Who Went After Mobsters Dies at Age 73

ChicagoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joseph Lamendella, a Chicago native and former assistant U.S. Attorney who became an expert in prosecuting mobsters, died at age 73, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The paper reported that Lamendella died in Evanston Hospital from complications resulting from a broken hip.

Lamendella earned a law degree from John Marshall Law School, then worked for the IRS before becoming an assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago in the 1960s, the Sun-Times reported.

During those years, he became one of the experts in the office in prosecuting mobster cases, which included that of famous Chicago mobster Sam Battaglia, Lamendella’s son told the Sun-Times.

“Battaglia was known as the Al Capone of his day,” son Michael Lamendella told the Sun-Times.

To read more click here.

John Pistole No Longer an FBI Man; Sworn in as Head of Transportation Security Administration

john_s_pistole tsaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After 26 years, John S. Pistole is no longer an FBI agent.

Pistole , the number two person at the FBI, was sworn in Thursday as the head of the Transportation Security Administration after going through a relatively painless confirmation process. The previous two nominees for the job ran into trouble and withdrew their names.

Pistole takes over several months after the public was reminded Christmas day with the underwear bomber in Detroit just how vulnerable it is.

A press release by the TSA said “Under his leadership, TSA will continue to grow as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems.”

A likely candidate to succeed Pistole at the FBI is Timothy Murhpy, who has been assigned to replace Pistole on an interim basis.

Mass. Native Richard DesLauriers To Head Boston FBI

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Massachusetts native Richard DesLauriers, who has served as deputy assistant director of Counterintelligence at FBI headquarters, has been tapped to head the agency’s Boston office.  He replaces Warren T. Bamford, who recently retired from the agency.

DesLauriers entered the FBI in 1987 and was first assigned to the Birmingham, Ala. office where he worked violent crime and fugitives.

In 1990, he began working counterintelligence in New York. Five year later, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Eurasian Section of the National Security Branch at headquarters.

To read more about him click here.

Mary Galligan Named First Female SAC in New York

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In the past week  women have broken the gender barrier at the FBI’s New York office. First Janice Fedarcyk was named the first woman to head the office.

And on Thursday, the FBI announced that Mary E. Galligan will become the first woman special agent in charge at the office. She will head up up Cyber/Special Operations.

Galligan is currently is chief inspector overseeing the Office of Inspections, the FBI said.

Galligan will replace Amy L. Pickett, who filled in as an acting special agent in charge in New York.

To read more about her background click here.

Tenn. U.S. Atty. Russ Dedrick Steps Down This Week

tennesseeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Russ Dedrick, the  Knoxville, Tenn. U.S. Attorney some call “Captain America”, is retiring,  according to the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The 63-year-old prosecutor steps down this week. He is expected to be replaced by William C. Killian.

Former U.S. Attorney John Gill, who hired Dedrick as a federal prosecutor during the Reagan years, said: “Captain America is what we call him. He’ll take on anything that needs to be done.”

To Read more click here.

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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