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Head of Boston FBI Says Local Police Need to Upgrade Firearms in Case of Terrorist Attacks

The FBI in Boston has sounded a warning that makes sense. Let’s see if the police respond.

FBI Agent Warren Bamford

FBI Agent Warren Bamford

By Jonathan Saltzman and Maria Cramer
The Boston Globe
BOSTON — Boston is making itself vulnerable to a terrorist attack like the rampage in Mumbai last year by not adequately arming its police with the semiautomatic assault rifles widely available to officers in many of the nation’s other major cities, the top FBI agent in Boston said yesterday.

Not only could the police force not easily defend against an attack by well-armed terrorists, but the absence of weapons could actually make the city a target, said Warren T. Bamford, the special agent in charge of the local FBI field office.

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Head of LA FBI Salvador Hernandez to Retire

Salvador Hernandez/fbi photo
Salvador Hernandez/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Salvador Hernandez, who has headed the FBI in Los Angeles since October 2007, is retiring, according to two people familiar with his situation.

Hernandez, the assistant director in charge of the L.A. office,  is expected to take a job in the private sector. He first joined the FBI in 1984.

Born in Mexico City, he moved at an early age to St. Louis where he earned a bachelors degree in history and a law degree from St. Louis University.

UPDATE:  Wed. 1:20 p.m. — Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman for the Los Angeles office, said Hernandez will be departing “toward the end of September”  to take a position as Director of Security at Enterprise Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Enterprise Rent-a-Car, National and Alamo, in St. Louis.

Blogger Questions the FBI’s Pitch to Promote its Computer Forensic Lab

Ulrich Boser
Ulrich Boser

By Ulrich Boser
The Open Case
WASHINGTON — I received an email earlier today from the FBI press office hailing their computer forensics labs.

“A domestic terrorist. A kidnapper. A corrupt politician. An identity thief. These are just of a few of those brought to justice with the help of our Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories,” reads the breathless prose. But if you read the text closely, you wonder what sort of technology the FBI is actually using to catch criminals.

First, there’s the lead picture. Take a close look. While it’s hard to tell for sure, it looks like the FBI agent is examining a computer from the early 1990s. Is that really the type of machine that they analyze on a regular basis?

More importantly, there’s the data on their forensics work over the past year, and according to the FBI, their team examined more than 10,000 floppy disks. That’s remarkable. I mean I haven’t even seen a floppy in five years.

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Ulrich Boser is founder of the website The Open Case

And author of the Book The Gardner Heist

Attorney Claims FBI Trained Jailed NJ Blogger to Incite

If true, this could prove to be a little embarrassing for the FBI. One question would be: How would a jury view these allegations?

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

Hal Turner/msnbc photo

By KATIE NELSON
Associated Press Writer
HARTFORD, Conn. – A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges had training from the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.
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Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an “agent provocateur” and was taught by the agency “what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,” defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,” Orozco said.

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Chief FBI Spokesman John Miller Stepping Down

John Miller/fbi photo

John Miller/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — John Miller, the chief FBI spokesman who enjoyed the confidence of FBI Director Robert Mueller III, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down to join the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to people familiar with his situation.

Miller, a former anchor and reporter for ABC News, announced that he was stepping down at a meeting at headquarters Tuesday morning. He is expected to leave the bureau at the end of September to become assistant deputy director of intelligence analysis for the Office of Director of National Intelligence.

In 2003, after leaving ABC, Miller became chief of the Los Angeles Police Department Counter-Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau. In August 2005, he became the FBI’s first non agent to head up the public affairs office.

In 1994, he served as New York Police Department deputy commissioner and was the chief spokesman. He did not immediately return a phone call for comment

Miller was known as a colorful and powerful personality, who had plenty friends, but also some critics. On the upside, he had the confidence of the director, his opinion was valued at headquarters and according to one person, he contributed far beyond the media job, helping the FBI evolve as a counter-intelligence and counter-terrorism agency.

But there were critics within the FBI, some who thought he was too much of a “wannabe” who tried too hard to act like an agent.

Mother of FBI Organized Crime Supervisor Pleads to Swindling Investors Out of Millions

It’s not everyday a ranking FBI agent’s mother is involved in a major crime. Fortunately for FBI agent Vadim Thomas, he did not follow in his mother’s footsteps. She pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y.  on Aug. 7.

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By Jerry Capeci
Gang Land News

In a case tinged with irony, intrigue and tragedy, the mother of a top FBI organized crime supervisor pleaded guilty last week to swindling investors out of $4.5 million through several bogus global recycling companies she ran with her late husband, Gang Land has learned.

Milana Murcia – who allegedly funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen funds to her daughter, but gave none to her FBI agent son – agreed to a plea deal that calls for a maximum of five years instead of the 20 years she would have faced if convicted at trial. No other Murcia relatives have been charged, and sources say the investigation is over.

Last year, when agents moved quickly to arrest Murcia and her husband Phillippe (above, right) to shut down their schemes even before the investigation was concluded, FBI honchos in Washington called the arrests one of the “FBI’s Top Ten News Stories” of the week.

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FBI Investigates Minneapolis Police Beating Caught on Video

The FBI is investigating the Minneapolis police beating of a 42-year-old motorist Derryl Jenkins in February, according to media reports on Monday. The incident was captured on video.

ICE Chief Announces End to Quotas on Controversial Program

Quotas open the door for people to question motives of law enforcement. Are agents just making arrests to fill quotas?

John Morton/ice photo

John Morton/ice photo

By Anna Gorman
Los Angeles Times
The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced today (Monday)  that he has ended quotas on a controversial program designed to go after illegal immigrants who have ignored deportation orders and that he planned to make more changes to the program soon.

John Morton, who took over as head of the federal agency in May, said during a meeting with reporters in Los Angeles that the program needs to do what it was created to do — target absconders who have already had their day in court.

“The fugitive operations program needs to focus first and foremost on people who have knowingly flouted an immigration removal order and within that category obviously we will focus first on criminals,” he said.

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