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Janet Kamerman Named Assistant Dir. of FBI’s Training Division

fbi-globeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Janet L. Kamerman, the FBI’s associate executive assistant director of the Human Resources Branch, has some added duties.

On top of her current job, she will also become assistant director of the FBI’s Training Division.

The FBI said in “her new role, she will assume additional responsibilities for all FBI training programs, including the new agent and intelligence analyst training programs, as well as the National Academy, which provides training to federal, state, local, and international police executives.”

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Fed Agency Turf Battle Harming Probes Into Corruption of U.S. Border Workers

US Mexican borderBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI, the Inspector General for Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection are locked in a turf battle that seems to be delaying investigations into corruption among U.S. Border and immigration employees, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting.

The journalism organization, which wrote the story for the Washington Post, reported that the turf battle climaxed  in December  when the Homeland  Assistant Inspector General Thomas M. Frost ordered internal affairs at the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to drop any probe that was not being supervised by the  inspector general’s office.

The order also directed CBP to stop participating in task forces or sharing information with other agencies unless it all goes through the inspector general, the investigative journalism center reported. The order brings in question the concept of cooperation.

The journalism center reported that the Inspector General’s Office felt having too many agencies involved created greater risks for leaks.

The journalism center reported at the time of the memo in December   CBP’s internal affairs office “was involved in about 100 criminal corruption inquiries, including joint investigations with the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The cases cover allegations including taking bribes from drug traffickers and improper searches of law enforcement databases.”

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Mexican Drug Traffickers Kill 10 Students on Way to Get Scholarships

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The ugly byproduct of Mexico’s drug war reared its head Sunday in the worst of ways: 10 students on their way to get government scholarships were murdered at a roadblock in the state of Durango apparently set up by drug traffickers, the Tribune Newspapers reported. Half the victims were 16 or under.

The news service reported that the gunmen opened fire and tossed grenades after the youths in a pick up truck apparently did not honor the road block.

The Tribune reported that the dead included three girls 8, 11 and 13.

Meanwhile,  authorities on Monday captured a suspect in the March 13  U.S. consulate shooting in Ciudad Juarez, a town that borders El Paso,  Tex., the Tribune reported.  The man is a leader of the the Barrio Azteca gang, which carries out executions for the Juarez drug cartel.

Mexican authorities made the arrest, acting on a tip from the FBI, the newspaper service reported.

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Calif. FBI Agent Agrees to Plead Guilty to Illegal Access of FBI Records, Court Document Shows

CALIFornia mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A veteran California FBI agent who investigated white collar crimes has agreed to plead guilty to illegally accessing FBI files to help an acquaintance collect a debt, according to court records.

A plea agreement filed by the U.S. Attorneys Office in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif.  said that agent Peter H. Norell Jr. accessed the FBI data base to get information to help the acquaintance “and according to Norell’s understanding, other investors.”

The document said that Norell “never intended to and never did initiate a legitimate FBI investigation into” the person who owed money, but he threatened to launch a probe against someone only identified as T.S. ,  if T.S.  did not pay off the debt.

It said he “communicated his threats to initiate an FBI investigation” in multiple phone calls as well as in person when Norell went to T.S.’s home at 6:45 a.m. on Sept. 16, 2005.

The document said that Norell was informed that T.S. paid a portion of the debt to the acquaintance. Part of the agreement was that Norell resign as an FBI agent.

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FBI Impersonator Went as Far As to Hire An Assistant, Authorities Charge

fbi-badgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Over the years, many people have impersonated FBI agents, but few have gone as far as Brenna Marie Reilly. She even hired an assistant who worked out of her apartment.

Reilly, 29, of Arlington, Va., now faces a federal indictment in Virginia. She is free but in  her mother’s custody in Holyoke, Mass.,  and has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, court records show.

Authorities alleged that Reilly told neighbors, starting in August 2009, that she was a director of the FBI’s Forensic Division and an assistant director of the FBI., according to an affidavit from FBI agent Kari Alexa Parker.

In November, she offered two people a job as her assistant and asked them to fill out government applications, the affidavit said. One declined the job. The other accepted. The job was to begin Dec. 15.

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Feds Indict 9 Christian Militia Members on Charges of Conspiring to Kill Law Enforcement Officers

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Nine suspected members of a Christian militia were indicted in Detroit on charges of conspiring to kill law enforcement officers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Authorities charged that six Michigan residents, two from Ohio and one from Indiana plotted, according to one plan,  to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer and then kill officers who showed up to the funeral.

The indictment said the militia known as Hutaree considered its enemies to be “state and local law enforcement, who are deemed ‘foot-soldiers’ of the Federal government, Federal law enforcement agencies and employees, participants in the “New World Order” and anyone who does not share in the Hutaree’s beliefs.”

After the Oklahoma bombing in 1995, the spotlight turned to Michigan militias. Convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had been hanging out at a farmhouse in Decker, Mi. about two hours north of Detroit.  Terry’s brother James Nichols, who was never indicted, ran a farm in Decker and espoused anti-government views.

Monday’s unsealed indictment said that since at least 2008, the Hutaree militia had been conducting military-style training in Lenawee County in Michigan and elsewhere with the purposes of preparing for the impending war with its enemies.

The indictment said the group also discussed a variety of violent acts including “killing a member of law enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement and his or her family at home, ambushing a member of law enforcement in rural communities, luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call and then killing him or her, and killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession with weapons of mass destruction.”

The indictment said the militia obtained information about Improvised Explosive Devices over the Internet.

One of the militia member David Brian Stone told members that a covert reconnaissance exercise was scheduled for April 2010 and “anyone who happened upon the exercise who did not acquiesce to Hutaree demands would be killed,” the indictment said.

“Because the Hutaree had planned a covert reconnaissance operation for April which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk, the safety of the public and of the law enforcement community demanded intervention at this time.”

Andrew Arenas, head of the Detroit FBI, said : “This is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society.”

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FBI Arrests 9th Person in Militia Case Monday Night (Detroit News)

Low-Key Brooklyn U.S. Atty. Benton Campbell Could Be Replaced Soon By Obama Appointee

In a town not known for its subtleties,  Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell is known as a low key, a nice guy.  He’ll be stepping down soon.
U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell/doj photo

U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell/doj photo

By A. G. SULZBERGER
New York Times

NEW YORK — It should have been the culmination of a distinguished prosecutorial career.

Benton J. Campbell, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was making a rare public appearance in Washington to announce the guilty plea from the man at the center of the terrorist plot to detonate explosives on subways in New York.

He stood by silently as Attorney General Eric H. Holder

Jr. did most of the talking, fleshing out the details of the case he described as one of the most serious threats to the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.

Then, responding to a reporter’s question, Mr. Holder turned to Mr. Campbell, whose office had secured the conviction, and addressed him by name — the wrong name.

”I’ll let Ben Wagner answer that question,” Mr. Holder said.

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