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Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Announces New Initiative to Address Law Enforcement Safety

Holder delivers speech in Orlando/ticklethewire.com photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ORLANDO — Concerned about the rising tide of law enforcement deaths on duty, Atty. General Eric Holder Jr. announced Tuesday a new  Justice Department initiative called “VALOR” to address law enforcement safety.

Speaking before a crowd of federal, state and local law enforcement  at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in Orlando, Holder said the Justice Department initiative  “will support much-needed research and analysis of violent encounters, and officer deaths and injuries.”

“And we’ll use this information to provide law enforcement with the latest information, and most effective tools and training, to respond to a range of threats – including ambush-style assaults.”

“VALOR also includes an award of $800,000, made earlier this year, to develop training and technical assistance programs to help officers learn how to anticipate and survive violent encounters,” Holder said.

Holder noted that since last October, 163 officers have been killed in the line of duty nationwide – with more than a third of them killed by gunfire.

“These losses – of mothers and fathers, spouses and siblings, children and colleagues – represent an alarming increase in police officer fatalities,” he said. “After reaching a 50-year low in 2009, the number of U.S. law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty has surged.”

“Without question, the work before us is great,” he added. ” And it couldn’t be more urgent.  If current trends continue, 2010 could end as one of the deadliest years for law enforcement in more than two decades.”

Strong Gun Lobby Hurts ATF’s Efforts to Regulate Gun Ownership, Washington Post Reports

atf file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF is operating on a short leash, hamstrung by limited resources to regulate gun ownership, much in part due to the strong gun lobbying efforts, the Washington Post reports.

“Concerns about government regulation of gun ownership have limited the resources available to the ATF, led to strict regulatory restrictions and left the agency without leadership, according to interviews with dozens of former and current ATF officials and examination of thousands of pages of internal documents,” Sari Horwitz  and James Grimaldi of the Washington Post report.

“The ATF is supposed to regulate the gun industry, but many within the bureau say it is the industry that dominates the agency,” the Post reported. “Unlike the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Secret Service or the U.S. Marshals, the ATF must contend with a powerful lobby that watches its every move and fights its attempts to gain resources and regulatory power.”

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Feds Charge Hawaiian Man With Lying About Trying to Join Taliban

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The feds have arrested a Hawaiian man who traveled to Pakistan, hoping to join the Taliban or a similar group, the Associated Press reported.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh, 21, a U.S. citizen, who was arrested Friday in Honolulu, was charged with making false statements relating to international terrorism, AP reported. The criminal complaint was unsealed Monday in New York.

Authorities say Shehadeh was living on Staten Island in New York in early 2008 when he made a plan to join the Taliban or a similar group in Pakistan.

Shehadeh actually flew from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Islamabad, Pakistan, on June 13, 2008, but was denied entry an returned to the U.S., AP reported. He originally told  FBI agents and New York police detectives that he traveled to Pakistan to visit an Islamic university and attend a friend’s wedding, but later confessed to his true purpose.

He also allegedly tried to recruit others, authorities allege, according to AP.

Column: Ex-FBI Official Says Naming Next FBI Director a Rare Opportunity for a Nonpartisan Appointment

Kathleen McChesney

By Kathleen McChesney, Ph.D.
FBI Executive Assistant Director (ret.)

As Robert S. Mueller III completes the final year of his ten-year term as the Director of the FBI, President Barack Obama and the United States Senate will have the critically important responsibility of nominating and confirming his successor.

This selection process should be devoid of the political posturing and gamesmanship that has surrounded the recent appointments of key government leaders and judges – but can only be so if the participants fully understand why the role of FBI Director is significantly different from other leadership positions.

While the FBI Director is not a political persona, the man or woman in this job exercises tremendous influence on international law enforcement issues and leaders.

The Director frequently makes crucial decisions on matters of national security and federal criminal investigations. He or she must be free to make decisions without fear of political consequences – especially in those cases involving public officials.

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FBI Started Tracking late Sen. Paul Wellstone After His Anti-Vietnam Arrest

Late Sen. Paul Wellstone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI first took interest in the late Sen. Paul Wellstone when he was arrested during an anti-Vietnam war protest in 1970, and years later investigated death threats against him as a liberal Democratic senator, according to Minnesota Public Radio, which obtained FBI files under a Freedom of Information request.

MPR reported that Wellstone, who died in a plane crash in 2002, started getting death threats after he unseated incumbent Republican Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, but no one was ever charged. Wellstone opposed the first gulf war.

The FBI also investigated the plane crash in 2002, but found no evidence of criminal activity, MPR reported.

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A Nostalgic Robert Mueller Address Police Chiefs for Last Time as FBI Director

Robert Mueller III last year in Denver at IACP / file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ORLANDO — A nostalgic Robert S. Mueller III addressed the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference (IACP) here on Monday for the last time as FBI director as he finishes up his 10 year term, which ends next  fall.

“My first IACP conference took place seven weeks after September 11th,” Mueller told the crowd. “There was much discussion that year about whether to even hold a conference. Many of you did not want to leave your departments in a time of crisis.

“In the end, you chose not to allow the events of that day to stop you from doing what needed to be done,” he said.

“In the past nine years, we have gone about our business in new ways, with new partners. And we are all better and stronger for it.”

Mueller went on to discuss the threats of terrorism — threats from al Qaeda and its affiliates “from the attempted Christmas Day bombing by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, to the failed Times Square bombing by TTP, a militant group in Pakistan.”

And he emphasized the increasing importance of cooperation among law enforcement in the states and internationally.

Mueller closed by saying : “This is my final IACP Conference as Director of the FBI, and with that comes a degree of nostalgia.”

“Today, we all understand that the foundation of our partnership rests not only on training, task forces, and technology, but on friendship and trust…on our willingness to pick up the phone, walk across the hall, or meet after work for a beer or a glass of wine.”

And we know that this foundation of friendship will outlast any Director, any police chief, any agent, and any officer.”

Investigators Looking at Serial Killer in 2001 Murder of Seattle Fed Prosecutor

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are looking at an imprisoned serial killer and former FBI informant as a possible suspect in the 2001 murder of Seattle federal prosecutor Tom Wales, the Boulder Daily Camera reports.

Wales, 49,  and a father of two, was sitting in front of his computer in the basement of his home on Oct. 11, 2001 when he was shot and killed by someone in his backyard, the Camera reported.  For quite some time, authorities have been focusing on a Seattle businessman whom Wales unsuccessfully prosecuted.

Authorities are now looking at serial killer Scott Kimball, 44, who spent time in Seattle and told the FBI months and years after the killing that he had information about the case, the Camera reported. Kimball was  sentenced last year to 70 years in prison for killing his uncle and three Colorado women in 2003 and 2004, the paper reported. He is also a suspect in other murders.

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