September 13, 2006, - 11:30 am
By Debbie Schlussel
On this site, we’ve questioned why corrupt Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents continue in their careers unscathed, why others get sweeheart deals to get out and keep their pensions. We’ve noted that those agents cast a pall on the mostly hard-working, patriotic, loyal ICE agents who try to keep us safe, despite incompetent and lazy management at the highest levels of their agency.
This should be important to all freedom-loving Americans because corrupt ICE agents means lax enforcement of immigration and customs laws. We’ve seen this in Dearborn, Michigan and beyond–the heart of Islamic America, where Michigan/Ohio Special Agent in Charge Brian Moskowitz a/k/a “Abu Moskowitz” refuses to investigate alien smuggling operations and money laundering by Muslims. Agents say they’ve been turned down when requesting to investigate legitimate, substantial tips and leads in the area. Yet, he invited an Islamic terrorist (who was in a sham marriage to get a green card) to his home and to help recruit Arabic speaking ICE agents.
Now, we know why agents like Moskowitz and others get away with it. Richard Skinner, the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, issued a scathing report–ironically on 9/11–of ICE’s internal affairs department, the Office of Professional Responsibility–currently headed by Moskowitz crony Traci Lembke a/k/a “The Cheater Chick.”
We recommend reading the entire report, especially ICE chieftess Julie L. Myers a/k/a “The ICE Princess’” memo in response (beginning on page 31)–which is full of falsehoods and was probably written by Lembke and that expensive new lawyer on whom Myers wasted our tax dollars. We also note that on page 17 of the report (page 21 of the PDF), the Inspector General chastises top ICE management, reportedly Moskowitz’s boss Marcy Forman-Friedman a/k/a “Peppermint Patty,” ICE’s Director of Investigations, for overriding OPR’s prescribed punishment for top ICE officials–cronyism over justice:
OPR officials noted a recent case that it investigated involving a Senior Executive Service [DS: SES status means mucho pay, over $140,000 per year and usually in the $200-$250K neighborhood] employee. The employee had several serious charges of substantiated misconduct that were referred to the appropriate component director for discipline. The initial decision to impose a three-day suspension was rescinded, and a letter of reprimand was imposed, which is under appeal. OPR officials we interviewed expressed surprise at the lenient penalty, considering the serious nature of the misconduct and the employee’s seniority and position, and thought the misconduct warranted a stronger penalty than was imposed. Another official familiar with the case stated that the component responsible for disciplining the employee is widely known for being too lenient.
Sources within ICE say that “lenient component”–who cancelled proper punishment for misconduct of top ICE officials–is Marcy Forman-Friedman. That explains the lack of discipline against Abu Moskowitz, and why complaints against him have bounced all around the agency, at the direction of his friend, Acting OPR Director Lembke.
We think The Washington Post has a pretty good summary of the OIG Report:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has failed to root out internal corruption because it does not reliably track cases, decide them quickly or set uniform punishments, according to a inspector general’s report made public yesterday.
ICE has no coherent system to promptly and fairly oversee allegations of bribery, smuggling, falsification, sexual harassment or mismanagement against agents, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general reported.
From January 2003 to August 2005, agency supervisors failed to take disciplinary action in 147 of 246 cases when allegations were substantiated by investigators, the report said. More than 60 cases lingered for a year or more, some for as long as four years, it added.
ICE relies on five different sets of penalties for workers, the report said, “resulting in the perception that a ‘good old boys’ network still existed where certain infractions were simply made to go away.”
We’d say that, in several cases, the perception of the “good old boys” network is not just a perception. It’s reality. As we noted, ICE’s 2nd in command, John Clark, made a sweetheart deal for convicted sex offender Frank Figueroa a/k/a Frankie the Fig to retire and keep his $100,000-plus annual pension.
We’ve also noted the misconduct of ICE Acting Director of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO), the evil John Torres. Nothing has happened to him, even though he blatantly violated government rules when he got his extra-marital girlfriend a plum job for which she was not qualified and formed a supersecret hiring board to avoid mandated government hiring procedures. Myers needs to sign off on all ICE discipline, but she refuses to sign off any anything to hurt her precious Costanza-like friend, Torres.
And there’s a “Good Old Gal” Network, too. Lembke, a woman, has been known to use her position atop OPR to protect her friends (like Moskowitz) and hurt her enemies within the agency.
And then there’s that other gal we wrote about, Jennifer Sedgebeer, an ICE agent who–with her cop boyfriend–handcuffed a woman to a hot tub and tried to force her to perform sex acts on them. She is still working for ICE and being paid, over a year after this crime and has yet to be indicted.
With such a lack of internal enforcement and rooting out of corruption, how can we expect ICE to do a good job of rooting out illegal aliens in our midst? They can’t even investigate themselves properly. How the heck can they investigate alien and weapons smugglers and money launderers?
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