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Drunken Secret Service Agents May Not Have Interrupted Investigation at White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Serious claims launched against Secret Service agents may not be true.

CNN interviewed law enforcement officials who contradicted a Washington Post story that asserted two Secret Service agents crashed through a crime scene at the White House.

But according to two law enforcement officials familiar with the investigation, the agents did not interrupt an active investigation.

CNN also took issue with the Post’s claim that a senior supervisor prevented law enforcement from taking a field sobriety test.

“There is a sense now that that might not be true,” one of the sources said.

Federal officials, including lawmakers, are looking into the case.

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Burglars Masquerading As DEA Agents Caught In the Act at Lexington Apartments

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four burglars masquerading as DEA agents were busted in the act.

WKYT.com reports that Lexington Police interrupted these burglars at an apartment complex where they had barged in early this morning, claiming to be part of a DEA sting.

“Some officers responded. They ended up interrupting a burglary. As they did that the people who were committing the burglary, took a shotgun and fled,” Lieutenant Andrew Daugherty said.

Two of the suspects were captured, while two others jumped out a back window and fled.

A hunt continued this morning for the two suspects.

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Secret Service Agents Accused of Interrupting Active Bomb Probe While Drunk

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two high-ranking Secret Service agents accused of striking a White House security fence while being heavily intoxicated interfered with an active bomb investigation, The Washington Post reports.

The agents may have even run over the suspicious package, which was dropped off by a woman about a half hour earlier.

At 10:25 p.m., a woman dropped off a package wrapped in a green shirt.

“I’m holding a [expletive] bomb,” she yelled, according to a government official with knowledge of the incident.

The woman sped off. Shortly before 11 p.m. the two Secret Service agents were returning from a work party and drove through the crime scene.

The agents have been reassigned.

Marshall Project: Why Is the FBI So White? Bureau Could Use Diversity

By Simone Weichselbaum
The Marshall Project

Richard Garcia, the FBI assistant director in charge of the bureau’s Los Angeles office, was unfazed to learn in 2005 that the agency had agreed to cooperate in the making of a Hollywood film based on his work managing a rogue agent who was suspected of being a Russian spy. Garcia was two months from retiring, and says he “had already seen it all.”

Four years earlier, the bureau’s counterterrorism division had assigned Garcia to keep a close eye on an agent named Robert Hanssen, an operation that ended with Hanssen serving a life sentence in a federal supermax prison on espionage charges.

But Garcia was nonplussed when “Breach” was released in theaters in 2007. The Mexican-American law enforcement veteran — proudly the highest-ranking Latino in the FBI when he retired — was portrayed by the unmistakably Anglo actor, Gary Cole.

“They made me white,” Garcia says.

Hollywood may have gotten Richard Garcia wrong, but it got the FBI right. The bureau has historically been the least diverse of the majorfederal law-enforcement agencies, and, according to a recent breakdown of the FBI’s 13,455 special agents, decades of lawsuits and promises have not moved the needle on diversity.

The agency’s elite law-enforcement roster is 4.5 percent black, down from 5.7 percent in 1998 and 5.1 percent in 2008. Another 6.8 percent of special agents are Latino, down from 7.1 percent in 1998 and 7.9 percent in 2008, according to bureau statistics.

The higher you go up the agency ladder, the less likely you are to encounter men like Richard Garcia. Latinos make up 2.8 percent of the high-level managerial positions in the agency, according to an FBI spokeswoman. (Blacks make up 5 percent, and Asian-Americans are 2.5 percent.)

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Justice Department Blasted in Report for Handling of Sex Offenders in Protection Program

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has done a poor job protecting the public from sex offenders who are enrolled in the national witness protection program, according to the department’s inspector general.

The Associated Press reports that of the 10 participants who had been convicted of a sex crime, four were not required to register as sex offenders.

“We believe that a waiver of the registration requirement with no alternative procedures in place to monitor these individuals does not strike a balance between the safety of witness and the risk to the public, but instead elevates the security of the witness over the risk to the public,” the report states.

The Justice Department defended its handling of sex offenders in the program and said that no one who received waivers was convicted of a new sex crime.

But the department pledged to make improvements outlined by the inspector general.

“Admitting and relocating witnesses or their family members who were previously convicted of sex offenses mandates an extraordinarily high level of scrutiny,” the department said in a statement, “and it is department policy that sex offenders are presumed ineligible for relocation services. Overcoming that presumption is extremely rare.”

The FBI’s Wildly Successful Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List Was Hatched 60 Years Ago

He became a familar fixture on the list.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Saturday marks the 60th anniversary of the FBI’s famous and wildly successful Ten Most Wanted Fugitive program, which has helped capture hundreds of suspects since its inception.

The Imperial Valley News reports that the program’s roots reach back to 1949, when a reporter for the International News Service wrote a story based on his request for a list of the FBI’s “toughest guys.” The FBI handed hi ma list of 10 fugitives, and the story was a sensation.

On March 14, 1950, then-Director J. Edgar Hoover created the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program.

Since then, 473 of the 503 ho appeared on the list were apprehended to located.

Imperial Valley News wrote:

As the nature of crime and FBI priorities has evolved over the years, the makeup of the Top Ten list has also changed. While the list began by featuring bank robbers and murder suspects fleeing state jurisdiction, it has evolved into a tool to search for major organized crime figures, cyber criminals, child predators, and white-collar criminals. The list also reflects the international scope of crime which emphasizes the importance of strong global partnerships in the search for violent criminals who know no boundaries and pose a significant danger to all.

For more on the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives program, visit the FBI’s website at www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten.

Secret Service Agents Drove Car Into White House Barrier

By Carol D. Leonnig
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.

Officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, according to a current and a former government official familiar with the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal matter.

The episode presents an early test for the Secret Service’s new director, Joseph P. Clancy, who was appointed by Obama last month after a string of security lapses at the White House and other embarrassing missteps and had vowed to restore the agency’s once-stellar reputation.

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