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President Obama Set to Replace Mueller As FBI Director in What Could Be a Difficult Appointment

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 President Obama will soon decide on a successor for Robert Mueller, the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover, the USA Today reports.

Replacing Mueller, who is set to leave in 2013 after Congress extended his 10-year term at Obama’s request, won’t be easy for an agency that investigates crime globally, federal law enforcement analysts told the USA Today.

The FBI Agents Association said new leadership must understand the agency’s many focuses, “from Bloods street gangs to mortgage fraud to Russian sleeper cells.”

Don Borelli, a former assistant agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York division, said the next director needs to be well-rounded and able to steer a big ship.

“The biggest challenges facing the next director are organizational,” he told the USA Today. “It’s how you direct a large organization, provide it the resources it needs to function. Obviously, you need someone who knows the nuances of politics and could be confirmed (by Congress).”

He added: “No matter who gets the job, though, there is going to skepticism, because agents by nature are skeptical. But what you need is someone who can take over like a CEO of a big corporation.”

David Bowdich to Head Counterterrorism Division in LA

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
 
David Bowdich, the special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters, is heading out to the field to become special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles office.

Bowdich started with the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he investigated violent crimes and gangs and served as a SWAT team member and sniper.

In 2003, he headed to headquarters to serve in the Safe Streets and Gang Unit.

In late 2005, he returned to San Diego and supervised a multi-agency gang task force that investigated such groups as the Mexican Mafia, Bloods and Crips, and the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club using wiretaps and undercover operations.

In 2009, he became assistant special agent in charge of the San Diego Field Office.

He eventually initiated the first FBI hybrid squad in the country to target kidnapping cells operating on both sides of the United States and Mexican border.

He also oversaw the murder investigations of two slain Border Patrol agents.

In 2011, he was chosen to handle the transition of a new FBI Director given that Director Mueller’s 10-year term expired in September 2011. After Director Mueller received a two-year extension, he was named a special assistant to the associate deputy director, the FBI said.

 

FBI Director Mueller Will Respond to Controversy Over Atty. Gen. Holder’s Use of FBI Planes

Robert Mueller III/ photo ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is getting dragged into a controversy over Attorney General Eric Holder using FBI aircraft.

CNN reports that the FBI on Friday said it will respond to questions from Congress on the use of aircraft.

Allegations have surfaced that Holder may have been among officials who used the planes for his travel when it was needed for FBI operations.

CNN reported FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III himself will reply to allegations.

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FBI Director Mueller to Visit Colorado and Talk to Agents Investigating Shooting Case

Robert Mueller III/ photo ticklethewire.com

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The big guy, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is set to come to Colorado Tuesday, the Denver Post reported.

The paper reports that his mission, at least in part, will be to talk to agents working on the mass shooting at the Batman movie in Aurora and thank them for their work.

 

 

FBI Sued for Documents Related to Muslim-American Groups and Agent Training

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A government watchdog group is suing the FBI to force the release details of  its contacts with American-Muslim groups that urged the the bureau to stop using certain counter-terrorism materials for agents that they deemed offensive, the Washington Examiner reports.

At issue is a Feb. 8, 2012, meeting between Muslim organizations FBI Director Robert Mueller.

“Our concern is that we have these advocates for terrorists controlling how law enforcement approaches the problem of Islamic terrorism,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told the Examiner.

After complaints that some counter-terrorism training was considered offensive or inaccurate to Muslims, the FBI overhauled its program for field agents.

To address the concerns, the FBI meet with American Muslims.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Kansas City Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert Mueller named a new special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Division, the Kansas City Star reports.

Michael Kaste, who has worked with the FBI since 1988, is replacing Brian Truchon, who is now assigned to the bureau’s information technology engineering division.

Most recently chief of the internal investigations section at the bureau’s headquarters in Washington D.C., Kaste worked at FBI offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Albany, NY, according to the Kansas City Star. He also served as scene commander in Iraq for five months in 2008 and 2009.

NYPD’s Kelly Barks Back After FBI Snub on al Qaeda Plot

NYPD Commissioner Kelly/nypd photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In case you hadn’t notice, NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is no shrinking violet.

So one day after FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified before Congress that he hadn’t bothered to call Kelly about the latest al Qaeda/ underwear bomber plot, Kelly spoke up. FBI agents waited a week to brief Kelly’s folks.

“We can’t be treated like just any other city,” Kelly insisted Thursday, according to the NY Daily News. “We had 14 plots here. We had almost 3,000 people killed just five blocks from [City Hall\]. We had another attack in 1993. We’re different.”

“I’m not looking for a call from the FBI director,” added Kelly, who called Mueller “a personal friend.”

“I’m looking for information as quickly as possible for New York City.”

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NY Daily News Editorial: FBI Director Robert Mueller Must Stop Shutting Out NYPD

Director Mueller testifying on the Hill/fbi file photo

By The New York Daily News
Editorial Page

The pettiness was appalling as FBI Director Robert Mueller explained why the feds had left Police Commissioner Ray Kelly out of the loop on the underwear bomb plot.

“As I told Ray, he’s always welcome to call,” Mueller said. Question, Mr. G-man: Must Kelly say, “Pretty please,” too?

Mueller’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday was disturbing. Heretofore, he had shown no tolerance for the guerrilla warfare his terror fighters have waged against the NYPD. But his remarks under questioning by Sen. Chuck Schumer suggested infection by the same strain of professional jealousy.

Too many in the FBI chafed as Kelly built a domestic and international intelligence division that has been crucial to protecting New York. The force has foiled numerous homegrown plots.

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