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Thursday
Apr262012

Napolitano’s Fast and Furious False Testimony before Congress

The Obama Administration is more than happy to fuel the flames of the chicken shit Secret Service sex scandal. The White House is leaking details of the Secret Service investigation to keep attention off the serious scandals involving the highest ranking members of the Obama Administration. 

By the way, if you think this is the first time Secret Service agents every went out drinking and chasing women after work, youre very naive. I know for a fact that this has been going on since at least 1976 (when I was a Uniformed USSS Officer) and so does Secret Service management.

The real scandal is the amount of money that it cost to create another level of wasteful bureaucracy. DHS has a core culture of waste, fraud and mismanagement just like every other Federal department, agency and office.

Obama has very successfully manipulated the liberal media away from the widespread waste, fraud and mismanagement at the GSA, including the  Las Vegas million dollar debacle.  But Operation Fast and Furious is the story Obama most wants to go away. 

For those who care about serious stories that affect National Security and the safety of federal law enforcement officers, the public, and even politicians who could also be assassinated with the same F&F weapons that murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, heres some recent findings.

The following FOX News video shows Manuel Celis-Acosta firing 10 rounds from a 45 caliber handgun purchased illegally by his accomplice Sean Stewart. “We could have taken him in and prosecuted him anytime. It’s either total incompetence. Or maybe it’s something a bit more coordinated that the Department of Justice is not willing to talk about yet,” Representative Jason Chaffetz told Fox News.

But unfortunately it took the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry to end the operation.

Congressional investigators think Justice doesn’t want to talk about Acosta’s because of his role as an informant. Here’s the timeline FOX provides to prove why:

Fast & Furious started in October 2009. Acosta was first arrested in April 2010 in Phoenix with cocaine and handguns hidden in his truck. He was released and not charged. Then, in May 2010, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stopped him from crossing the border because he had 74 rounds of ammunition hidden his car.  According to The LA Times a Fast and Furious case agent, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, put her phone number on a $10 bill and gave it to Acosta after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch. He was released with no charges filed.

In October 2010 investigators observed him on video tape during a shootout captured by a surveillance camera attached to a telephone pole. The police found 15 shell casings.  Acosta is arrested and released again.

Phoenix Police say they forwarded both cases to the county attorney’s office. There were no charges filed in the first case.  The second time he was charged with illegally discharging a firearm within city limits.

Sources told FOX News that after the October incident they didn’t want to take Acosta out of the equation because it would have harmed Operation Fast and Furious. The only reasonable explanation for his release and misdemeanor charge is that he was an informant being protected by ATF.

Of all the many scandals of the Obama administration, Operation Fast and Furious, largely ignored by the mainstream media, is by far the most serious and has resulted in the death of many including a Border Patrol agent and possibly an ICE Homeland Security Investigations agent.

In the explosive new book Fast and Furious , Katie Pavlich makes the case that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not only failed to stop an operation that led to the death of one of her own, Border Agent Brian A. Terry, but she may have also lied to Congress in sworn testimony at a hearing held to find out what really happened.

Inside sources told Pavlich that Napolitano’s testimony was in direct contradiction to emails she exchanged, and reports and briefing she received.  Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious was released on April 16. 

Pavlichs book is particularly revealing, especially considering the lengths the Obama administration has gone to keep anyone from knowing anything about Fast & Furious and other gun-running operations. These operations involved multiple federal agencies facilitating illegal gun purchases, by co-opting the normal checks at gun stores in the Southwest, and then ignoring the guns as they were taken into Mexico. In Mexico, the guns were picked up at hundreds of gun sites.

Sources in ATF told Pavlich that DHS approved letting the guns walk into Mexico and one of the agencies under Napolitano’s command, Customs and Border Protection, allowed guns through.

Another source from the ATF confirmed to Pavlich that Napolitano was briefed regularly by an agent from another of her agencies, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations.

“There was an ICE/HSI agent assigned specifically to be the co-case agent of Fast & Furious. He had to [file] an ICE report that either mirrored or referenced every ATF report that was done,” the ATF source said.

Congress continues to fail the American citizens in their oversight of the Executive Branch, which is suppose to answer to we the people, through our elected Representatives.  Of course most people have no idea how our Constitutional Republic is suppose to function since our education system is run by liberal statists. 

Wake up America!

Friday
Apr132012

Senate Caves and Confirms Justice Department Inspector General 

Michael Horowitz was confirmed as the Department of Justice’s Inspector General late last month, ending months of delay in the Senate.

Keneally and Horowitz were confirmed by voice vote as the senators acted on numerous nominations, under a deal cut before Christmas to break a logjam on nominees. Their fates had been in limbo for months, in part because of anger at the Justice Department over a gun-tracking attempt that backfired badly and then over a broader constitutional tug-of-war between the GOP lead Senate and the White House.

The failed gun-tracking investigation was Operation Fast and Furious, in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed straw buyers to acquire hundreds of guns so they could be tracked across the U.S.-Mexican border and lead law enforcement officers to Mexican gangsters.

ATF lost track of hundreds of weapons. Two of the weapons were found at the scene of an Arizona shoot-out in December 2010 in which U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered.

Operation Fast and Furious guns may have been used in the ambush of two DHS agents assigned to Mexico.  ICE/HSI special agent Jaime Zapata, who was on assignment from the ICE/HSI office in Laredo, Texas,was killed in an ambush by drug cartel operatives.

The death of Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata has not generated the same outrage as the death of Trayvon Martin because the main stream media (MSM) has largely ignored their murders and Operation Fast and Furious.  MSNBC has not covered the story at all. Further proof that the MSM creates the news rather than covering it. Its the MSM that decides what is news and how big the story should be.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been one of the few vocal critics of Fast and Furious in the Senate.  Wheres the rest of the GOP?  

Grassly delayed a full Senate vote on the Inspector General because he was convinced that Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer, head of the DOJ’s Criminal Division, had been misleading in his statements about Fast and Furious.

Even though the Judiciary Committee unanimously endorsed Horowitz’s nomination to be IG, Grassley wondered whether the nominee’s long relationship with Breuer would interfere with the investigation of Fast and Furious.  At the time, Grassley made a point of saying he was not satisfied with some of Horowitz’s responses to questions and would follow up before letting the nomination go to the Senate floor.

Grassley has also expressed anger over appointments made by President Barack Obama while the Senate was in recess. Recess appointments, which a president is empowered to make under the Constitution, expire at the end of the next session of Congress, unless they are approved by the Senate.

The most recent dispute over recess appointments involved the definition of the very word “recess,” as well as the larger issue of the balance of power between the Legislative and Executive branches.

Grassley made clear in a floor speech in February that he was angry at the White House over what he saw as bad faith and departure from past practice on recess appointments, and that some nominations were caught in the cross-fire.

“We could have confirmed more nominees, had the President indicated that he would respect the practice and precedent on recess appointments,” Grassley said.  “He would not give the Senate that assurance, so a number of nominations could not be confirmed and remain on the Executive Calendar.  As it turned out, the President went on to violate the practice and precedent.”

“This is more than just a policy issue or disagreement on a particular nominee,” Grassley went on to say. ” The underlying concern is a power-grab by this President.  I would think that all senators would rise to defend the prerogatives of the Senate and the constitutional principles which have been violated by the President.”

Attorney General Eric Holder says he expects to be interviewed by investigators looking into Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed Justice Department gun trafficking operation in which ATF agents were allegedly ordered by superiors to allow hundreds of weapons to flow illicitly from U.S. gun shops in Arizona into Mexico.

During an appearance in Chicago, the attorney general made the comment about the Justice Departments inspector generals office, which has been examining who is responsible for employing the tactic known as gun-walking. Holder said he would talk to the inspector general investigators when they request it.

Dont hold your breath. He lied before and got away with it.

George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin will continue to be the the national gun story not the Attorney General of the United States approving the walking of guns to drug cartels in Mexico, the murder of two U.S. agents with weapons walked into Mexico by ATF under the direction of Eric Holder and his cover up, including allegations of perjury before Congress.

Thursday
Feb232012

Current Dallas ICE/HSI SAC Dines with Ousted SAC Chakwin

Sources tell me that ICE Homeland Security Investigations SAC/Dallas Dave Marwell is a friend of ousted SAC John Chakwin Jr.  Chakwin was given the option to retire or be transferred from Dallas.  He went kicking and screaming and even threatened to file either an EEO complaint or a lawsuit against ICE.  He later negotiated a settlement, where he would be allowed to stay at home and burn sick leave for almost a year, then retire in good standing, with his high three as an SES SAC.

I was told that Chakwin planned on returning to Florida after he retired on December 31, 2011. But numerous agents have told me Chakwin still lives in the metroplex.

Chakwin was recently seen recently dining with Marwell and retired ASAC Nancy Kratzer at Humperdinks.

Sources tell me he is  friends with the new SAC.  There is some speculation that he may have even had a hand in selecting Marwell.

I have also been told that Marwell has agreed to extend the contract of Pete Delasandro, a retired annuitant, hired by Chakwin.  SAC/Atlanta agents know the story on Pete.  Ive been told its another case of an ICE management official being pushed out of the door before he wanted to go.  Pete himself told me that he retired suddenly. 

I dont know Marewell but I do know Chakwin.  I personally believe that Chakwin is the least trustworthy person who I have ever met in law enforcement.  If Chakwin told me water was wet, Id get a second opinion.  Nancy Kratzers continued relationship with Chakwin also speaks volumes.

Marwell was previously based in Denver which was responsible Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Utah but unlike Dallas, Denver is not an SES SAC position.  Marwell was previously assigned as the ICE attache in Bern, Switzerland.

Marwell earned his bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University in Boston, the alma mater of former Dallas ASAC Tim OConnor, who currently resides in Colorado.

ICE top level management is primarily staffed by a tight knit core of former Customs Office of Investigation agents who worked closely with Marcy Forman .  Chakwin is, based on my experience, a vengeful, vindictive man with no redeeming qualities.  Consider yourself warned, SAC/Dallas HSI agents. 

Monday
Feb202012

Miami ICE/HSI SAC Pleads Not Guilty to Child Porn Charges

The Hits just keep on keeping on at HSI/ICE.  We never read stories like this or last weeks LA Office shoot out, about either the INS or Customs.  But the government decided to break up both those agencies and create the Department of Homeland Stupidity.  TSA and ICE, the lowest rated agencies in the government make up 75% of DHS. 

Anthony V. Mangione, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), has been charged with transportation, receipt and and possession of child pornography. If convicted, Mangione could face up to 20 years in prison. Each transportation and receipt of child pornography charge carries minimum-mandatory sentences of five years.

On Wednesday, the South Florida head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI, who spent decades investigating federal crimes, pleaded not guilty to a federal indictment that accuses him of child-porn offenses on the Internet, including transporting and receiving “visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct,” according to the Justice Department.

Mangione, was arrested Tuesday by Broward sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents outside a Publix supermarket in Coral Springs.  Justice Department, FBI and ICE officials declined to comment on the controversial case brought against the suspended special agent in charge of ICE’s South Florida office.

In April, The Miami Herald reported that the Broward County Sheriffs Department and FBI invesigators had seized Mangione’s computer from his Parkland residence after obtaining a search warrant based on an alert from AOL, Mangione’s Internet service provider. Sources said Mangione, who had headed the ICE regional office since 2007, was not believed to have received the pictures in connection with any ICE investigation.

The Justice Department probe took months to complete as investigators analyzed his computer and other electronic equipment to determine whether Mangione sent, received or distributed illegal digital images of children.

AOL, which monitors the distribution of child pornography by its users, alerted a national nonprofit resource center about the images allegedly sent to Mangione’s computer, sources said. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children then sent the information to a multi agency task force that investigates child-porn distribution over the Internet.

During the past decade, ICE has aggressively targeted child pornography, with Mangione frequently speaking out against “predators” who illegally share images through their computers.  As special agent in charge of ICE’s South Florida office, Mangione often praised the agency’s efforts to fight child pornography in both the cyber and real worlds.

Mangione had planned to retire this summer. He served his entire federal career with ICE and its predecessor, the U.S. Customs Service.  He began his South Florida Customs career hunting down dope smugglers.

He was later transferred to the Washington office. Mangione’s biggest case, during a tour of duty in Customs’ headquarters, came in the mid-1990s. As the head of financial investigations, he supervised a team of Customs agents in Los Angeles that dismantled a Colombian-Mexican drug money-laundering network run by cartels and bankers.

He managed a department stretching from Fort Pierce to Key West that investigates both immigration and customs cases, an agency of the Department of Homeland Security that was created in 2003 after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/09/27/2427824/suspended-immigration-official.html#storylink=mirelated#storylink=cpy
Sunday
Feb192012

ICE Advice for Those Left Behind

The opinions posted below and in this entire blog are my personal opinions and are based on my experience.  Anyone who disputes my representations, or opinions, are welcome to post comments.

We all know that homicide or any form of violence is not the solution for the problems in the workplace. There are reasons that some workers go postal.  In general, Government managers suck. (But not all of them, I worked for and with some of the finest men that I have ever met during my 30 year federal career.)  Federal workers are well paid but can pay a steep price for working in todays bureaucracy.

HSI senior management is now aware of what street agents have known for years.  There can be serious consequences when managers plot to humiliate their armed employees. If ICE/HSI management meetings were recorded and made public, I believe there would be a bounty on the heads of many top managers at HSI.

Money is not the primary reason someone goes into law enforcement or federal service.  I never heard complaints about the pay and benefits.  It was lack of job satisfaction, loss of dignity and respect, the lack of responsibility and simply not being able to work, to do the job you signed up for, that made ICE/HSI agents miserable.

Meter maids and dog catchers have more responsibility and are treated more professionally by supervisors than GS/13 agents at HSI.  Those who can do the job, do.  Those that cant, are all too often promoted to management.  In my opinion, Group Supervisor Ric Manriquez in the SAC/Dallas Division is a prime example.  Many other agents in Dallas have expressed the same sentiments to me. 

He transferred from Secret Service, which by all accounts that Ive heard, was more than happy to get rid of him. We were assigned to the same financial group at Customs.  I used to say that he struggled to spell Customs.  But it appeared that he could sell snow to an Eskimo.  He never finished a case that I know about.  He botched many of them so bad,  they were transferred to other agents.

I got my share of his homicides.  He touted tons of cases to the SAC as the greatest ever.  But he could never do anything with them, except tell everybody how great they were.  Hed sit on them, then open up the next great goat rope.  The GS would reassign his homicides and tell us it was raining as he pissed down our legs because Manriquez was the RACs fair haired boy. 

I proudly turned every one of those pie in the sky reassigned homicides into a suicides.  You cant make chicken salad from chicken shit. Case closed.

In my opinion, Manriquez is a world class suck up. He was on the same level as ASAC Tim OConnor, who I think is the gold standard for suck ups.  So of course, Ric was quickly promoted, even though he had less than two years of Customs experience and little talent for conducting investigations or stats to justify his promotion. 

I think, Manriquez was even more incompetent as a supervisor than he was a street agent. A little power can be a most dangerous thing.  In my experience, Ric was incompetent but predictably consistent.

If his lips were moving, odds were in favor of him lying.  I think he would fuck up a two car funeral. And last but not least, I never knew Ric to have an agents back.  I think he ALWAYS blamed somebody else for his screw ups. Many other agents who worked in his group have shared the same opinion with me.  Manriquez may hold the ICE record for throwing agents under the bus, yet he continues to work as a GS in Dallas.  According to a former SAC, HQ wont have him nor allow him to be passed off (transferred) to another office. 

I spent the last two years of my career working for an empty suit.  I think Chakwin figured out that all Ric was capable of doing was kissing ass and bird dogging (harassing) the troops for the promise of another promotion. Ric told me on more than one occasion that he was frustrated that Chakwin had not promoted him to an ASAC.

Fucking with me appeared to be the only assignment he was capable of handing.  He did that well.  I was eligible to retire and Chakwin wanted all the senior guys gone.  It took two years but he succeeded in running me off on my 54th birthday.  I walked out on the last working day in June 2008 and I never set foot back in the ICE office again. I retired from the comfort of the Wolf Compound.

On Monday I went to my doctor who told me that job is killing you.  You wont get better until after you retire.  I went on sick leave and GS Manriquez and ASAC OConner started harassing me immediately.  The doctor wrote a letter saying I was sick and would be out at least two weeks.  Chakwin said the letter was not specific enough so she wrote another.  I received a harassment call almost daily from Manriquez or OConner for two weeks. Then Chakwin demanded a third letter or my sick leave would not be approved.

Enough was enough. I filed an EEO complaint and retired on August 3, 2008.  Chakwin had to send a GS to my house to pick up my G-ride and other ICE gear. Sources in the office told me he considered having the Special Response Team (SRT) come pick up my stuff because I refused to return to the office. That tells you his goal was to push agents to the brink.  I really was sick; sick of John Chakwin to be more specific.

The EEO complaint was eventually settled to the satisfaction of all parties. Thats all I can say about my EEO case.

But I can say this.  I got out just in time.  I was a CSRS guy with 30 years service, so getting out turned out to be great.  My only regret is not leaving sooner.  In fact, life post ICE is much better than I ever expected.  I lost 50 pounds and I feel better than I did when I was age 50. Life without ICE is good.

For those of you who are not eligible to retire or because of FERS need to log more time, heres some advice. Filing an EEO case is not an easy route to take but its more acceptable than homicide. It wont cost you your life or your freedom.  Its the only complaint you can make that HQ will actually see.   EEO complaints get the attention of someone outside the ICE/HSI chain of command, so you have a fighting chance.

In the mean time, get a hobby. The government doesnt fire people for not working so coast.  Go along to get along.  Find something to do, that keeps your mind off all the problems at ICE.  Make flying under the radar job one.  Use your investigative skills to figure out a way to survive until you can retire.  ICE is a good paycheck, but sadly nothing more.  By the way, turning homicides into suicides will save you a lot of grief. If you cant out maneuver your group supervisor, youre not trying hard enough. 

I have no doubts that Group Supervisor Zeke Garcia was abused and mistreated by the DSAC in LA.   Arrogant, mean spirited, chicken shit management is an ICE trademark.  All of us have seen or experienced forced transfers for not bringing the SAC morning muffins. Youre either a golden boy or on the shit list.  There is no in between in ICEland.

Discipline for chicken shit violations is the order of the day at ICE.  Filing a travel voucher a day late, being late on your car report , or putting a page on the wrong side of a case file are major offenses at HSI.  All of us have been called into meetings to be berated and have been treated like red headed step children at a family reunion.  ICE was and still is a bad place to work. That aint going to change.

But heres the good news. If you make it to retirement, you wont think about the place unless a tragedy happens.  Then the memories come back.  But they go away quickly.  Once youre out, you put it behind, and dont look back.  The first day of every month will cure whatever ailed you at ICE.

Government bosses often get into positions of power and authority because they NEED to exercise control over someone to feel good about themselves.  Many of them are zeros who would be in soup lines if they were held accountable. Their only reason for getting out of bed in the morning is to fuck with the troops.  The only way they build themselves up is by putting talented people down.

But all things must come to an end.  Their career has to end at age 57 and most are run off before they reach mandatory retirement age.  Ask John Chakwin.

Its never a good idea to murder the boss.  Turns out some of then are in fact bullet proof anyway.  Violence is not the answer and it will only make life on the job more difficult.  ICE was created as a result of a typical government knee jerk reaction.  Thats how government works.  It would not surprise me if HSI agents will soon be required to remove their weapons before entering the office. ICE is probably writing the memo now.  Lockers will be placed at the entrance and guns will be locked up before you enter the facility (like at jails).  This will be the ICE solution to the problem.  They are not going to change the culture of management by machete.  Have you ever known a high level manager to admit they were wrong?  I foresee only supervisors being armed in HSI offices as a result of the Long Beach shooting.

By the way, Group Supervisors take more shit from SACs, DSACs and ASACs than street agents.  They have more pressure on them than street agents.  GS is by far the worst job in the office.  Those guys never get a break from the shit.  If you ever heard Chakwin dressing down a GS, you will never forget it.  Ive never been talked to like that in my life. Since shit rolls down hill, many GSs end up dumping all over their troops. But there are a few good ones.  Every agent wants to be in their group, but if the SAC knows you want something, you wont get it.

John Chakwin, Kevin Kozak and Kyle Bully Barnette are infamous within ICE for mistreatment of agents, especially group supervisors . One finally snapped.   Are others dangerously close to the edge?  Will ICE do anything to fix these management problems?  Dont hold your breath.

The bottom line is, if you cant find a way to cope, get out.  Youre not going to change the culture of ICE/HSI management.  Accept it for what it is, or find another job.  But whatever you do, keep your gun in the holster.  You cant shoot your way out of that mess. 

RIP Zeke Garcia. 

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