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

john_s_pistole tsaBy Allan Lengel
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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.

Ex-Justice Lawyer Accuses Bosses of Ignoring White Voters’ Rights; Justice Calls Allegations “Baseless”

blackpantherptylogoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Civil Rights Division lawyer J. Christian Adams and the Justice Department are locked in a war of words over his allegations that his bosses ignored white voters’ rights when charges were dropped against members of the New Black Panthers in a voter intimidation case, the website Main Justice reported.

Allegations were that two members of the militant black group stood outside a Philadelphia polling place in November 2008 and intimidated white voters. One had a night stick.

The Justice Department last year dropped the case, citing lack of evidence and that one of the Black Panthers was a registered Democratic poll watcher.

“You’re supposed to be able to go vote without somebody with a weapon shouting racist slurs at you,” Adams said on Fox New Wednesday. “They said, ‘You’re about to be ruled by the black man, Cracker.’ They called people ‘white devils.’ They tried to stop people from entering the polls.”“It is not uncommon for attorneys within the department to have good faith disagreements about the appropriate course of action in a particular case, although it is regrettable when a former department attorney distorts the facts and makes baseless allegations to promote his or her agenda,” Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told Fox News in a written statement, according to Main Justice.

“It is not uncommon for attorneys within the department to have good faith disagreements about the appropriate course of action in a particular case, although it is regrettable when a former department attorney distorts the facts and makes baseless allegations to promote his or her agenda,” Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told Fox News in a written statement.

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Read ex-prosecutor’s essay on pajamasmedia.com

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Violence Rages on Just Over the Mexican Border; 21 People Killed in Gun Battle

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklthewire.com

Violence just across the Mexican border continues in a big, scary way.

The Associated Press reports that 21 people were killed and at least six others were wounded in Mexico Thursday in a gun battle between gangs just 12 miles from the border near Arizona.

AP reported that the area  the town of Nogales is a prime area for immigrant and drug smuggling.

The Sonora state Attorney General’s Office said police captured nine people at the scene. Six had been wounded in the shootout.

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Mass. Native Richard DesLauriers To Head Boston FBI

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
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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.

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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.

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Denver FBI Gets Glass Tower Building With Key Security Features

denver-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Denver has a new home and it’s built to fend off unwanted guests.

The Associated Press reports that the new field office is a  four-story, glass tower with a lobby that has bomb  proof glass, fencing that can stop a moving truck and pillars that can withstand a bomb blast.

The building also features separate interview rooms for crime victims, AP reported. It stated the furniture in those rooms is cozier than the ones for suspects.

AP reported that the building is flush with parking. In the past, agents had to go three blocks to get some vehicles.

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Fed Judge Tenatively Grants Asylum to Son of Founder of Hamas Who Spied for Israel

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By Allan Lengel
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In a story full of twists, and certainly worthy of a movie, a federal immigration judge in San Diego on Wednesday tentatively granted asylum Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a Hamas founder who converted to Christianity and became a spy for Israel, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the ruling came in a wake of the feds dropping concerns that he was a terrorist threat.

He argued that he’d be killed if he returned home. He was a spy for Israel’s Shin Bet, an Israeli intelligence agency.

“I will keep fighting the ideology that is behind terrorists because I know how they think,” he told reporters in the parking lot, according to AP. “I know that this is the real danger that is facing liberty, facing freedom, facing humanity.”

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