SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD
Some right-wingers are fond of enumerating the many ways terrorists will win. For example, if Americans stop shopping, the terrorists win. If we don't drill in the Arctic for oil, the terrorists win. If we don't keep our troops in Iraq, the terrorists win.
We wonder how the terrorists feel about our government's anti-terror efforts leeching away about 2,500 Federal Bureau of Investigation agents from duties such as dealing with hate crimes, identity theft and, brace yourselves Seattle home buyers -- mortgage fraud.
The Mortgage Bankers Association figures that $6.25 million is needed to add enough FBI agents and federal prosecutors to investigate and prosecute the booming mortgage fraud racket. As it stands, this type of white-collar crime has run amok, with last year's losses exceeding $4 billion. And since 2005, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., has been pushing to add 1,000 agents to the FBI, saying that we ought to be able to fight terrorism and domestic crime (which he compares with walking and chewing gum at the same time).
The Seattle FBI office is ridiculously short-staffed, requiring 53 additional special agents before it meets the national average for a city of this size. And while mortgage fraud cases here aren't as bad as they are elsewhere, our growing market leaves the door open for that disaster. Mortgage con artists can ply their trade knowing that the FBI's financial investigators who pursued them have moved on and not been replaced.
Hey, Senate: Give us the budget to add more agents. We need 'em, badly.
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And FBI employee is on the other side of the law, facing charges of inappropriate conduct in a woman's bathroom on the University of Arizona Campus.
According to a University Police report, a woman was cleaning the bathroom on May 3, when she saw a stall door open. Inside stood a man with his pants down, masturbating.
"That's actually shocking," says student Meghan Carey. "It makes me question who's walking around U of A."
"I think that masturbation can be a very natural form of sexual expression," says student Stephanie Castle, "but there needs to be a time and a place for that."
The police report states, the witness went to get help. When she returned with an officer she spotted the man, later identified as Ryan Seese, outside the same bathroom.
Seese took off down a hallway and ran out the door. Police chased him into a parking garage where he was arrested.
Seese now faces charges of public sexual indecency, sexual indecency and trespassing.
He also told police he's an FBI agent.
The Bureau verifies his employment but will not reveal his position or status.
Meanwhile, students say this incident is a good reminder not to let their guard down, even in a comfortable place like the student union.
"I'll definitely watch out a little more," says Carey. "I have to be more aware."
Some students say they would like to see UAPD set up more patrols around campus to make them feel safer.
Prosecutors move to dismiss charges against former Scout leaderJanuary 3, 2007NEW HAVEN, Conn. --Federal prosecutors have moved to dismiss charges against a retired FBI agent who was indicted on child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader, in response to the death of his accuser.William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested in February on charges he enticed a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995.Prosecutor John A. Danaher III moved to dismiss the indictment on Dec. 19, and Judge Mark R. Kravitz granted the motion three days later, federal court records show.On Dec. 26, the prosecutor moved to dismiss a revised indictment that had been returned by a federal grand jury in late March. There was no indication in court records that Kravitz has issued a ruling on that indictment.Both indictments alleged crimes against the same person, who has never been publicly identified. The newer indictment added allegations that an August 1995 trip also included a stop in New Hampshire for illegal sexual activity.Both of Danaher's motions cited "the sudden and unexpected death" of the accuser.Hutton's lawyer, Hugh F. Keefe of New Haven, stressed Hutton had pleaded not guilty."Mr. Hutton was very upset by the news of the passing of the gentleman," Keefe said.Hutton had been released on a $200,000 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.The case had been scheduled to go to trial this month in U.S. District Court in New Haven.second readFormer Scout leader-FBI agent indicted on child sex chargesFebruary 3, 2006, 5:59 PM ESTNEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ A retired FBI agent was indicted Friday on federal child sex charges dating back more than a decade when he was a Boy Scout leader.William Hutton, 63, of Killingworth, was arrested Friday. The federal grand jury indictment offers few details about the case but accuses Hutton of enticing a member of his Scout troop to Maine for the purpose of sexual activity in 1994 and 1995."It's obviously devastating. He was an FBI agent in this district and was reputed in this district," defense attorney Hugh Keefe said. "The people who worked with him in the U.S. attorney's office and FBI respected him."Keefe said the investigation has been going on for years. He would not discuss the details of the case or how the allegations surfaced.Investigators asked anyone who knows anything about the case to call the FBI. U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said that's standard practice whenever there might be more victims."In any case that's a concern," O'Connor said. "Whether that's the situation here I can't say."If convicted on all four charges, Hutton faces up to 30 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.Hutton was released on a $200,00 bond. He may not own any firearms or have any unsupervised contact with children. He was also ordered to stay away from playgrounds, schools, arcades or anywhere children congregate.FBI agent in charge of FBI Child Abuse program sued by his daughters for incestTHE DENVER POST - Voice of the Rocky Mountain EmpireMay 17, 1990Sisters win sex lawsuit vs. dad $2.3 million given for years of abuseBy Howard PrankratzDenver Post Legal Affairs WriterTwo daughters of former state and federal law enforcement official Edward Rodgers were awarded $2.319,400 yesterday, after a Denver judge and jury found that the women suffered years of abuse at the hands of their father.The award to Sharon Simone, 45, and Susan Hammond, 44, followed testimony of Rodgers’ four daughters in person or through depositions, describing repeated physical abuse and sexual assaults by their father from 1944 through 1965.Rodgers, 72, who became a child abuse expert after retiring from the FBI and joining the colorado Springs DA’s office, failed to appear for the trial. But in a deposition taken in March, Rodgers denied ever hitting or sexually abusing his children.He admitted that he thought of himself as a "domineering s.o.b. who demanded strict responses from my children, strict obedience." But it never approached child abuse, Rodgers said. "Did I make mistakes? Damn right I did, just like any other father or mother..."Thomas Gresham, Rodger’s former attorney, withdrew from the case recently after being unable to locate his client. Rodgers recently contacted one of his sons from a Texas town along the Mexican border. Gresham said his last contact with Rodgers was on April 24.The sisters reacted quietly to the verdict, and with relief that their stories of abuse had finally been told."I feel really good that I’ve gone public with this,"Hammond said. "I am a victim, the shame isn’t mine, the horror happened to me. I’m not bad."My father did shameful and horrible things to me and my brothers and sisters. I don’t believe he is a shameful and horrible man, but he has to be held accountable," Hammond added.The lawsuit deeply divided the Rodgers family, with Rodgers’ three sons questioning their sister’s motives.Immediately after the verdict, son Steve Rodgers, 37, reacted angrily, yelling at his sisters in the courtroom.Later, Rodgers said he loves his father and stands by him. He said his sisters had told him their father had to be exposed the way Nazi war criminals have been exposed."In a way I’m angry with my father for not being here. But I’m sympathetic because he would have walked into a gross crucifixion," Rodgers said.Steve Rodgers never denied that he and his siblings were physically abused, but disputed that his father molested his sisters.Before the jury’s award, Denver District Judge William Meyer found that Rodger’s conduct toward Simone and Hammond was negligent and "outrageous."Despite the length of time since the abuse, the jury determined the sisters could legally bring the suit. The statute of limitations for a civil suit is two years, but jurors determined that the sisters became aware of he nature and extent of their injury only within the last two years, during therapy.The jury then determined the damages, finding $1,240,000 for Simone and 1,079,000 for Hammond.The sisters had alleged in their suit filed last July that Rodgers subjected his seven children to a "pattern of emotional, physical, sexual and incestual abuse."As a result of the abuse, the women claimed their emotional lives had been left in a shambles, requiring extensive therapy for both and repeated hospitalizations of Hammond, who was acutely suicidal. Simone developed obsessive behavior and became so unable to function she resigned a position with a Boston-based college.Despite the judgment yesterday, Rodgers cannot be criminally charged. the statue of limitations in Colorado for sexual assault on children is 10 years.Rodgers, who worked for the FBI for 27 years, much of it in Denver, became chief investigator for the district attorney’s office in Colorado Sp;rings. during his employment at the DA’s office from 1967 until 1983, he became a well-known figure in Colorado Springs, and lectured and wrote about child abuse both locally and nationwide.He wrote a manual called " A Compendium -- Child Abuse by the National College of District Attorney’s," and helped put together manuals on child abuse for the New York state police and a national child abuse center.FBI agent in charge of investigating other FBI agents for crimes sentenced to 12 years in prison for pedophiliaEx-FBI official pleads guilty to child molestationWASHINGTON (AP) -- The former chief internal watchdog at the FBI has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl and has admitted he had a history of molesting other children before he joined the bureau for a two-decade career.John H. Conditt Jr., 53, who retired in 2001, was sentenced last Friday to 12 years in prison in Tarrant County court in Fort Worth, Texas, after he admitted he molested the daughter of two FBI agents after he retired. He acknowledged molesting at least two other girls before his law enforcement career, his lawyer said.Conditt sought treatment for sex offenders after his arrest last year, said his attorney, Toby Goldsmith."The problem these people have is they don't really feel like it is their fault," Goldsmith said. "The treatment doesn't work unless you admit you are the one who instigated it, and he did that."Conditt headed the internal affairs unit that investigates agent wrongdoing for the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI headquarters in Washington from 1999 until his retirement in June 2001, the FBI said. He wrote articles in law enforcement journals on how police agencies could effectively investigate their own conduct.FBI officials said Tuesday they had no information to suggest that Conditt had any problems during his career and he was never the subject of an investigation.Tarrant County Assistant District Attorney Mitch Poe, who prosecuted the case, said he wanted a longer prison sentence and was skeptical of Conditt's claim that his molestation of children subsided during his FBI career."Both myself and the judge in open court, we were kind of skeptical but we don't have any evidence," Poe said.A recently retired FBI whistleblower who brought allegations to Conditt's office that agents had not aggressively pursued evidence of sexual abuse in Indian country said Tuesday she now questions whether his personal history affected that decision."Before, it never made any sense," retired agent Jane Turner said of the FBI's decision to decline to further investigate her allegations. "Now I can understand. Why in the world wouldn't you want to investigate that?"Goldsmith said he was concerned about the safety of his client in prison given that he is a former FBI agent and an admitted child molester. "He's not going to be comfortable in the penitentiary," the lawyer said.Goldsmith said his client had admitted that he had molested at least two other girls before he became an FBI agent more than 30 years ago, but that there was no evidence of any wrongdoing while he served in the bureau."It seems that he never did because he had stricter control at that time," the lawyer said.Conditt could have faced life in prison, and prosecutors requested he get 50 years. The judge sentenced him to 12 years in prison, in part citing Conditt's decision to spare the victim the trauma of a trial, Goldsmith said.Conditt's conviction is the latest controversy to strike the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.Last year, FBI Director Robert Mueller transferred the head of the office to another supervisory assignment outside Washington, three months after rebuking him for his conduct toward a whistleblower.That whistleblower, John Roberts, alleged the FBI disciplinary office had a double standard that let supervisors off easier than line agents.Those allegations prompted investigations by Congress and the Justice Department inspector general. The latter concluded there was no systematic favoritism of senior managers over rank-and-file employees but there was a double standard in some cases involving crude sexual jokes and remarks.Monday August 8, 2005 Longtime FBI agent sentenced to prison on child porn countBy JOHN MILLERAssociated Press WriterBOISE, Idaho (AP) � A longtime FBI agent who helped arrest mountain-man Claude Dallas and was involved in a deadly 1984 siege involving white supremacists in Washington state is going to prison for 12 months after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.William Buie, 64, of Boise, most recently worked as an investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office.He was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to a year in prison on one count of possession of sexually exploitative materials involving minors. He had pleaded guilty in March.Buie told agents with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that he learned to access child pornography Web sites while attending a seminar on preventing child exploitation as part of his law enforcement training in 2000 or 2001.He acknowledged using his bank debit card to gain access to child erotica and child pornography Web sites, including using the card to buy a month of access to a child pornography Internet site entitled ''Eternal Nymphets.''Buie, a former FBI sniper who worked for about 30 years for the agency in Seattle, Butte, Mont., and Salt Lake City, participated in the arrest of Dallas in 1982 in Paradise Valley, Nev., after the self-proclaimed mountain man had spent a year on the run after killing two Idaho Fish and Game agents. Dallas served 22 years in prison for manslaughter.Buie also took part in the 1984 siege on Whidbey Island, Wash. in which Robert Mathews, leader of the violent racist cell called ``The Order,'' was killed following an 18-month wave of armed robberies and assassinations.U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge gave Buie a reduced sentence of just a year behind bars, down from the standard sentencing range of 27 months to 33 months. That's after his lawyer, Mark Manweiler, argued that Buie's efforts to find sex-addiction treatment and his exemplary work record � as well as concern that as a longtime FBI agent he would be in danger behind bars � entitled him to a sentencing break."He would be unusually susceptible to abuse in a federal correctional institution,'' Manweiler wrote in his motion.In a statement, the Justice Department said that as many as 150 sexually explicit images depicting children were found on Buie's home computers. It said no images were found on Buie's work computer.After leaving the FBI, he worked as a criminal investigator for the Idaho attorney general's office for about six years, according to court documents.According to terms of his sentencing, Buie must turn himself in on July 20 to begin serving his federal prison term.Phone messages left by the Associated Press late Monday at Buie's Boise residence and on his cell phone weren't immediately returned. SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. A former F-B-I analyst has been sentenced to seven years in prison for having sex with a young girl in Spotsylvania County.Forty-four-year-old Anthony John Lesko entered an Alford plea yesterday in Spotsylvania County Circuit Court to nine counts of felony indecent liberties upon a child. An Alford plea means Lesko doesn't admit guilt but believes there is enough evidence for a conviction.Under a plea agreement, he was sentenced to seven years in prison with another 15 years suspended. He also was ordered to pay ten-thousand dollars in restitution to cover the cost of the girl's mental-health counseling.Authorities say Lesko engaged in a sex act with her nine times, beginning when she was nine years old.Lesko's attorney says he worked as an intelligence analyst at the F-B-I for 17 years before moving to Jacksonville, Florida.According to the plea, Lesko said he was a victim in the case. He said the girl initiated the contact.
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