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Senate Confirms New IG for Justice Department

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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.

Senate Confirms Thomas Harrigan as #2 Person at DEA

Thomas Harrigan/dea photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More than a year after being nominated by the White House, the Senate on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Thomas Harrigan as the number two person at DEA.

“I cannot think of a better, more qualified, or more honorable person to have at my side than Special Agent Tom Harrigan as we lead the Drug Enforcement Administration through the many challenges we will face and the many successes we will have in the coming years,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart in a statement.

“Tom demonstrated strong leadership and dedication in the field, and his strategic vision as Chief of Operations has been second to none. Special Agent Harrigan’s confirmation enhances our nation’s safety and security by placing a proven, well respected career agent in this critical position at DEA.”

Harrigan, a well respected figure in the DEA, has been the Chief of Operations. He started his career with the agency in 1987 and was assigned to the Bangkok in 1991.

After that, according to the White House, “he has served as Group Supervisor in the Newark Field Division, Staff Coordinator in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, Chief of the Dangerous Drugs and Chemicals Section, and Deputy Chief in the Office of Domestic Operations. He also served as Senior Advisor to the Chief of Domestic Operations and as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge in the Washington Field Office.

In 2004, Mr. Harrigan was appointed to the Senior Executive Service to serve as the Chief of Enforcement Operations.

“I am so pleased to hear of DEA Special Agent Harrigan’s confirmation as Deputy Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration,”  John “Jack” C. Lawn, DEA Administrator from 1985 to 1990 said in a statement. “Tom’s more than 25 years of experience both in domestic and international operations and his exceptional management skills make him uniquely qualified for this position. As Deputy Administrator, he solidifies this leadership role whose responsibilities will be so important to DEA’s future. He now speaks from a position of strength as DEA’s Deputy Administrator.”

 

Ouch: Ex-FBI Agent Arrested for Allegedly Hitting Her Partially Blind Dad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s never good when you hit your father. It’s really bad when he’s partially blind.

The Vindicator newspaper reports that Sheila Lawson, 46, a former FBI agent, was arrested on the east side of Youngstown, Ohio after allegedly assaulting her father.

The paper reports that Lawson hit her father because he was getting on her nerves.

The paper reported that the father told his daughter, while police were investigating the matter: “You need help. That’s why they kicked you out of the FBI.”

“The statement, reportedly sent Lawson into a frenzy, causing her to curse the man and punch him in the head in front of officers,” the paper reported.

Authorities Bust Two San Diego Men Posing as FBI Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two San Diego men were busted for impersonating FBI agents in a scheme to shake down a woman out of more than $200,000.

NBC San Diego reports that the men posed as agents and told a woman that she was a victim of a fraud by her bank.

They directed her to remove $200,000 from the bank and turn it over to them. The woman called police, the station reported.

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Ex-FBI Agent to Head Puerto Rico Police Dept.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The man who once headed up the FBI office in Puerto Rico has been named the new chief of the Puerto Rico police department.

The Associated Press reports that Hector Pesquera comes just hours after police chief Emilio Diaz Colon resigned a head of the 17,000 member force.

He was first assigned head of the FBI’s Puerto Rico office in 1995 and he retired in 2003 after 27 years with the agency, AP reported.

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FBI’s Top Cyber Cop Talks About Cyber Threats

In Wake of Failed Case: Detroit U.S. Atty. McQuade Vows to Try and Prevent Terror Attacks

U.S. Attorney McQuade

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The federal prosecution of a Michigan Militia known as the Hutaree imploded this week in downtown Detroit when a fed judge tossed all the charges that the group of seven conspired to revolt against the government and shoot cops. Two ended up pleading guilty to minor gun charges.

It was an embarrassment to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI.

But on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Barabara McQuade vowed to try and prevent terror attacks, the Detroit News reports. And she responded to criticism from the Hutaree leader David Stone Sr who said the government trampled on his First Amendment rights.

“He can say ugly and hateful things all day long, but the evidence was not just speech,” McQuade said, according to the News. “It was stockpiling weapons, machine guns, 150,000 rounds of ammunition and targeting specific police officers.

“I am a great defender of the First Amendment — this went way beyond the First Amendment. I want to assure the public that our commitment to preventing terrorist attacks will not be deterred.”

But the News reported that one juror said the feds overstepped in this case.

“They overstepped a little bit. It wasn’t there,” said juror Rickey Randall, 58, of St. Clair Shores, according to the News. “It was just a lot of talk, talk, talk and no action.”

“We were all on the same page,” said Randall, a retired construction worker. “They saw what I saw. I felt it was an overreach. I was shocked by what the government presented.”

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