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November 2022


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Now That Wasn’t Very Long: Deputy Atty. Gen. David Ogden Stepping Down

People inside the department complained of low morale and too much politics. Interestingly, it’s not a very long time to stick around. Then again, better to go now if it’s not working out instead of dragging it out and creating more problems.

David Ogden/law firm photo

David Ogden/law firm photo

By Joe Palazzolo
Main Justice

WASHINGTON — After less than a year as the Justice Department’s No. 2 official, David Ogden is returning to private practice, the department announced Thursday. His resignation will take effect on Feb. 5, allowing the Obama administration time to nominate his successor.

Ogden, 56, co-chaired President Barack Obama’s Justice Department transition team and was confirmed as Deputy Attorney General in March. He is expected to return to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he was co-chair of the government and regulatory litigation practice group.

Rumors had circulated for weeks that Ogden was on his way out amid reports of bad morale at the Justice Department and displeasure with his management style.

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Secret Service Dir. Mark Sullivan Tells Congress Procedures Were Not Followed At White House Party; 3 Uniformed Officers Placed on Leave

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secret Service Mark Sullivan arrived at a Congressional hearing on Thursday to not only deliver a mea culpa for the lapse in security at the White House during a state dinner, but to announce that three uniformed U.S. Secret Service officers have been put on leave.

“Established protocols and procedures were not followed,” Sullivan said, adding  “In our line of work we cannot afford even one mistake.”


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Authorities Find Mexico-U.S. Tunnel with Lighting, Ventilation and Elevator

tijuana mapBy Allan Lengel

Mexican authorities, acting on info from U.S. federal investigators, shut down a yet to be completed underground tunnel on Wednesday that originated in Tijuana, Mexico and extended 860 feet into San Diego.

The tunnel, measuring just under 1000 feet in length and 90 to 100 feet in depth, had lighting, ventilation and an elevator system, the Drug Enforcement Administration said. The tunnel did not yet have an entry point in the U.S.

“The discovery of this unfinished tunnel bears witness to the extraordinary cooperation between all agencies involved in the task force and the Government of Mexico,” Ralph W. Partridge, DEA special agent in charge of the San Diego office  said in a statement. “It is extremely important to the San Diego area and the entire United States that his cooperative effort stopped the completion of this drug smuggling corridor before even an ounce of drugs could be transported through it.”

Authorities said the Mexican government arrested more than a dozen people inside the tunnel, which may have been under construction for about two years.

The Mexican government acted on information provided by the San Diego Tunnel Task Force comprised of multiple agencies.

Extradited Mexican Drug Cartel Leader Sentenced in NY to 27 Years

By Allan Lengel

The leader of the violent Mexican drug cartel, accused of importing more than 200 tons of cocaine into the U.S., got hit with a 27-year sentence on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Gilberto Salinas Doria, leader of the Juarez Cartel, pleaded guilty in 2008 to narcotics conspiracy charges for importing massive amounts of cocaine into the U.S. between 1994 to 1999, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Salinas was first arrested in Mexico in 1998, but escaped, authorities said. He was later captured in Venezuela and returned to Mexico. He was prosecuted there before being extradited to the U.S. in 2007.

“Gilberto Salinas Doria is a tgrue drug kingpin who, in the course of just five years, shipped more than 200 tons of cocaine from Mexico to the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in a prepared statement. “The harm caused by the poison Salinas Doria poured into the United State is inestimable, and the stiff sentence imopsed by the judge today is a just punishment for a life of crime.

Homeland Chief Napolitano Says al Qaeda Followers in U.S. and Want to Attack

This isn’t exactly new, but maybe it’s important to say publicly from time to  time to remind the American people that they can’t become complacent about the potential threats of terrorism.

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaeda followers are inside the United States and would like to attack targets here and in other countries, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday night.

The secretary’s comments were her bluntest assessment yet of terror threats within the country, and they came one day after President Obama, in announcing his decision to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, warned that extremists have been “sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit more acts of terror.”

Addressing the American Israel Friendship League in New York, Napolitano said a string of recent domestic arrests should “remove any remaining comfort that some might have had from the notion that if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won’t have to fight them here,” rebutting an argument advanced on several occasions by former president George W. Bush.

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John Gotti Jr. Tells Story as a Kid Why he Later Joined the Mob

Father John J. Gotti

Father John J. Gotti

By Allan Lengel

John Gotti Jr. had a little different childhood than most.

On Wednesday, the man who just escaped conviction for the fourth time when a judge declared a mistrial in his racketeering case, explained why he joined the mob.

Newsday’s Sophia Chang reports in an interview with Gotti, 45, that he recalled at age 7 visiting his father John J. Gotti in the Lewisburg, Pa. federal prison where had been serving out his three year sentence for fencing stolen goods. He was popped in an FBI sting at Kennedy Airport.

“My father was released in March of ’72. That [previous] Halloween, ’71, I go to visit my dad, and we were visiting him in Lewisburg,” Gotti said, according to Newsday. “And he’s playing around with me and we’re talking, and he says, ‘Hey John.’ He says, ‘Halloween’s coming up. What’s your plans for Halloween?’

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Wife of Retired FBI Agent Missing in Iran Pleads for Help 1,000 Days Later

Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The wife of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson marked the 1,000th day of her husband’s disappearance in Iran Thursday by talking about the anguish and pleading for help from the Iranian government to find out about his whereabouts.

“Today, Thursday, December 3rd, marks the 1,000th day since my husband, Robert “Bob” Levinson, went missing in Iran,” wife Christine Levinson wrote on the website set up to gather information on his whereabouts.

“To put 1,000 days in perspective – Bob disappeared less than a month after now-President Barack Obama first declared his candidacy, three and a half months before the iPhone was released and two weeks before 15 members of the British Navy were detained in Iran and subsequently freed. On a more personal level, 1,000 days ago our youngest son was 13; today he turns 16 years of age. It is not a happy birthday.‬‪” ‬

“Bob went missing on the Iranian island of Kish on March 9th, 2007. Kish Island is not even part of the Iranian mainland – it is a free trade zone that does not require a visa for entry. My husband expected to be on the island for just 24 hours – one day. But it has now been 1,000 days.”

“My family and I have spent almost three years seeking answers from the Iranian government, which I believe has the power to help us. We continue to ask for their assistance. We have no reason to believe Bob ever left Iran, and his passport has not shown up in any other country.”

The FBI issued a press release saying that it was continuing to seek information about Levinson’s whereabouts, and noting that he has seven children and two grand children.

“Although the FBI has note received any information from Iranian authorities to date about Mr. Levinsion, we are willing to cooperate fully with Iranian investigators in the our effort to find Mr. Levinson and bring him home safely.”

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DEA’s Michele Leonhart Still Appears on Track to Get Agency’s Top Post

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

Michele Leonhart/dea photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Despite all the speculation and rumor as to who will be the next chief of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, word has it that the acting chief Michele Leonhart is still on track to get the nod from the White House for the top post.

Leonhart, whose title is acting administrator, was one of four people being considered for the job as the permanent administrator. Several months back, the FBI’s deputy director John Pistole, by all accounts,  seemed to be the front runner.

But for some reason,  sources said Leonhart had stepped to the front of the line. Still, because nothing has happened, speculation as to who will be the chief continues to circulate inside and outside the agency.

But a source says that Leonhart is  on track to get the job, but it’s still not a done deal. DEA spokesman Rusty Payne declined to comment Wednesday on the matter.

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