April 12, 2011, - 9:28 pm

Top ICE Agent & Child Porn: Blackmail Bait for Terrorists; Miami Herald Bigoted Against Italians

By Debbie Schlussel

A number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have sent me links to the news stories about the FBI investigation into Miami ICE Special Agent in Charge Anthony V. Mangione.  If the investigation finds anything–and that’s a big if (and he hasn’t been charged with anything), he would not be the first high profile ICE or Homeland Security official to be caught  up with sex crimes related to minors.  In fact, he’d be only the latest.  To me, the story here is that the men who’ve been caught in these investigations and stings, including former Tampa ICE Special Agent in Charge Frank Figueroa and former Homeland Security Deputy Press Secretary Brian J. Doyle, all had Top Secret security clearance and all put themselves in positions that made them vulnerable to the blackmail of Islamic terrorists and others who wish to do America harm.  We are lucky that they were caught first by the feds (and, in one case, some Florida sheriff’s deputies).

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It’s important to point out the bigotry, though, contained in at least one major report about Mr. Mangione.  Not sure why the Miami Herald feels it’s necessary to point out that a top Immigration and Customs Enforcement official investigated for possessing child porn is Italian and Portuguese:

Mangione grew up in an Italian-Portuguese family from Rhode Island.

How the heck is that relevant? You can bet if he were Arab and/or Muslim, that wouldn’t have been pointed out.  In this case, Mangione’s ethnicity is completely irrelevant.  America has millions of people of Italian and Portuguese descent, and the vast majority don’t possess child porn. The same goes for the very many good ICE agents who are of those ethnicities.  Again, you can be certain–as in most reports of crimes or alleged crimes in the mainstream media–that if this man were Muslim, that would never be mentioned, even though it would be far more relevant, since Islam doesn’t really look down on this kind of thing.  On the contrary, it encourages it. As I always say, the treatment of everyone else vis-a-vis Muslims is like George Orwell’s “Animal Farm.” All the animals in the farm are equal but some are more equal than others.

More:

FBI agents searched the home and office of Anthony V. Mangione, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in South Florida, over the weekend in a criminal investigation focusing on child pornography allegedly stored on his computer, according to federal sources familiar with the case.

Mangione, 50, has headed ICE’s regional office since 2007. The agency has aggressively targeted child pornography, with Mangione frequently speaking out against “predators’’ who illegally share images through their computers. ICE also investigates migrant smuggling, illegal weapons exports, counterterrorism and drug trafficking.

Mangione, who lives in Parkland, could not be reached for comment regarding the searches at his home and west Miami-Dade office on Saturday. There are no court records indicating that he has been charged with any crime.

And that last sentence is the key here. I am often skeptical of reports that say “well, they found child porn on his computer.” What does that mean exactly? In some cases, it could mean someone sent you a photo in e-mail and you didn’t even know what it was or the age of the subject. I’ve seen people prosecuted on that charge based on very little. The other two high profile DHS officials caught doing something like this, Figueroa and Doyle, were in far more serious situations, respectively involving fondling one’s self to and soliciting underage girls.

On the other hand, I’ve seen many reports where ICE investigators knew that some favored agents were involved in this sort of thing on previous occasions and looked the other way because the agents in question had friends in high places. I’ve told you about some of the very sleazy cronyism afflicting some of ICE leadership.

We’ll see what happens. Stay tuned.

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17 Responses

I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, chances are that he is guilty, and someone with Top Secret clearance shouldn’t have the slightest connection with child porn.

On the other hand, the PC police have found people guilty in the accidental circumstances you mentioned as possibilities, and the feminist police undoubtedly consider possession of child porn more of an offense than an illegal alien assaulting victims.

And I’ve never heard of a woman being prosecuted for child porn (there are probably a few I’m not aware of, but certainly not very many). I don’t believe that women are, as a whole more free of this vice than men. They just aren’t prosecuted.

Little Al on April 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    Perhaps ICE launched this investigation to get a DEWM out of the way.

    A trumped up child porn charge would put a favored minority in place.

    One possible finding from this story is that the federal government is a dangerous work environment for white males.

    Whether Magione is actually guilty remains to be seen.

    NormanF on April 12, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      Hey delta hotel (NormanF), what does “minority” have to do with this? But as long as you brought up the subject, and the fact that working for the federal government is dangerous for “white males”, how dangerous can it be when the vast majority are “white”?, how many have given their lives lately? The ICE agents shot in Mexico a couple of months ago, one killed, one wounded, were Hispanic (and I hate to say this, but they were probably put in the line of fire by a six-year-on-th-job-“senior”-special-agent-that-passed-a-test-and-got-promoted-to-GS-14-that-dosent-know-his-ass-from-a-hole-in-the-ground-white-boy, you know the type, ICE is full of them); “white males” getting a paper cut, or hurting their back while in training don’t count. The status quo in the federal government hasnt changed; white boy.., er, male, dominated, and at ICE, emphasis on “immigration” the racists think that any Hispanic is illegal, that hasnt changed at all. And before you start talking about that “quota” hiring bullshit, remember there was always a quota in the federal government, if you were white and male, you were given preference, even if you were less qualified. Hispanics, Blacks, and females need not apply. Thankfully that has changed, except at ICE where the clowns are given “quota” hiring and “preferential” treatment, and that is truely “color blind”, except that most of them are still “white”.

      BroMan on April 13, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        Hey man, don’t be such a hater! ICE has lots if minorities and lots of whites too! If you don’t like the mix, do something about it or resign. Go to an agency this preferential to minorities. Can you name any?

        jimmy on April 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I would guess they went after him because he has no highly placed protectors in the agency.

Beyond that, there are no real conclusions to be drawn except media bigotry against white guys.

If he was Muslim, he’d be politically untouchable.

NormanF on April 12, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Soooooo much wrong with this.

samurai on April 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

And these clearances are a joke. I’ve lost track of the number of top officials who stole documents, destroyed them, took them home, took home computers, etc., and of course nothing happened to them. But a little guy (and they’re always guys) who gets caught has the book thrown at him.

Little Al on April 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Something is SERIOUSLY wrong within ICE>. More so than an ANY other FED law enforcement agency.. THe LA thing, the ICE Intel thing, now this… By the way, why is the guy from LA back on the job?!

Wheres the system of checks and balances and internal controls? Maybe ICE OPRs and DHS OIGs roles need to be better clarified and missions altered slightly to do a better job detecting this type of stuff….

ricepilaf on April 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I agree, there is something seriously wrong at ICE, and I would also say that this is another example of a Clown at ICE that was in over his head, except that this guy, by all accounts, is a hard working, experienced agent that rose through the ranks. Unless one has been there, we don’t know what type of stress he was under and how he handled it, and we all do handle it diffrently. I know it does not look good, and I am not making any excuses for him, just that we should not be quick to judge in this case; if he is wrong, he will lose his job. But how will that change anything at ICE, already the laughing stock of all federal agencies? The Clowns are all still there, even the Clowns that are waiting for the books to open so that they can become “made” members.

    QTD on April 13, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Once again it shows how the media through operation Mockingbird is corrupt and bought and paid by foreign offshore sources.

Bob Porrazzo on April 13, 2011 at 9:35 am

Firstly, that anyone would think there is a conspiracy afoot to undo the multi-decade career of an objectively and universally liked individual like Mangione suggests some of you watch too much X-Files. He either had child porn or he didn’t. Time will tell. As for the idiot commenting on preferential treatment for mitorites over white males in government, you are either blind or playing too much X Box and have lost all grasp of reality. There are 26 SAC’s in HSI, the vast majority of them are white males. Additionally, the vast majority of ASAC’s are white males and finally the vast majority of Group Supervisors are white males. Actually, the vast majority of 1811’s in government service are white males. What planet is this guy on…? If this agency were trying to create a “rainbow” coalition of minority groups, it may need to consult with GAP, because it aint workin…

My hope is that you yourself (normanf) aren’t in ICE or any other agency doing investigaitons as you clearly fail to grasp hard evidence of your suroundings. As for Mangione, if it’s true its sad, if its not true it’s still sad. ICE is starving good leaders…

crazytrain on April 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

ICE is starving for a legitimate mission and competent leadership. Irrespective of race or color, I objectively state that ICE is simply full of assholes.

#1 Vato on April 13, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I have been saying that ICE is a total disaster since 2002. In eight years, ICE has had more high level officials arrested or dismissed for high crimes and misdemeanors than ALL the other agencies combined over 200+ years! Shut’er down. Bust the management down (like HSI did LA SAC Schoch and his DSAC lover)and send them packing to DEA and ATF as street agents where they will be eaten alive.

Bonzer Wolf on April 14, 2011 at 9:03 am

Crazytrain and people who believe similar nonsense use an argument that takes for granted and is based on a false assumption. That assumption is that in all cases, there are just as many of each minority group who are every bit as qualified as whites for any type of position. So they believe that if, for example, the vast majority of SACs and ASACs are white, then it “MUST” be racism because there “MUST” be just as many of each minority group who are equally qualified in every way as whites. In other words, it simply “CAN’T” be possible that a higher percentage of whites have better qualifications than other groups. That just wouldn’t feel good if it were true, so it has to be false. (The mere audacity of even pointing out and questioning this assumption will undoubtedly be interpreted as racism.)

And if a universal test or assessment is used for promotions, and a higher percentage of whites score better than other groups, then the test “HAS” to be biased in some way. Because it just can’t be true that there are a higher percentage of whites who can perform better on a truly fair test. I think I’m going to sue the International Olympic Committee over the fact that the short distance track sprint events are racist: too high of a percentage of blacks come out on top so the races are obviously biased somehow. After all, if they were fair, other groups would run just as fast as blacks.

These PC arguments are becoming extremely tiresome. And there are some of us who aren’t going to let the intimidation from imbeciles who try to label these valid points as racist shut us down. We’ve had enough. But ICE is a poor example. It is absolutely true that many of the people who now infest their upper ranks had no business ever being promoted to close to where they are. There has been a severely corrupt promotional practice there for years and from which it will take decades to recover. However, it has nothing to do with favortism toward whites.

JJ on April 14, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Incredible how a blog posting about child porn brings out the closet racists with their complaints about some conspiratorial vendetta against white males. JJ’s (above) posting is full of cliches, misconceptions, and stereotypes that are nonsensical and only prove that racism is alive and well in the U.S., and at federal agencies, such as ICE, although not in an overt way, but a more subtle way; microaggressions. JJ starts out his or her argument with racist assertions that there can’t be as many “minorities” as qualified as Whites because, after all, they are “minorities” Need I say more? It is ridiculous to compare races in sports as an argument that there “CAN’T” be racism because better perfomance means only the best can succeed. I don’t know if you know this but there was a time when Blacks and Hispanics could not compete in professional sports with Whites. And that was not just something that mysteriously occurred, rather it was an apratheid system that was encouraged and protected in the U.S. by Whites. The key concept was and is “opportunity”. Blacks and Hispanics that demanded equal rights were “given”,the opportunity to compete in professional sports, and the Olympics, excelled, and no it does not mean that they were better. And this is not ancient history, rather it is something that happened in our lifeteime. Opportunity is also the key at any federal agency, such as ICE, given the same opportunity as Whites, Blacks and Hispanics can and do succeed. So, no, the fact that there are more Whites at federal agencies, such as ICE, that are being promoted and hold higher level positions, does not mean that the are just the best qualified. It is a fact that Blacks, and Hispanics are not being given the same opportunities as Whites and never will. There are many Whites that begrudge Blacks and Hispanics an equal opportunity so, through subtle racist behavior, they say and do things to Black and Hispanic employees that have negative impcts on their careers. They prefer to preserve the status quo, and fuel racist arguments, such as JJ’s, that “minorities” can’t be qualified for higher positions.

    BroMan on April 15, 2011 at 1:57 pm

JJ… You’re an idiot. Just because I mention how many white males are in posts of influence and power does not intimate that there is some sort of equally qualified number of minorities for the same position. I simply pointed out an obvious fact that shines a bit of light on the other idiot’s point about the “white man” being so opressed. I went there. You’re diatribe merely reflects a desire to express your heartfelt opression of the white man, albeit unsolicited. Let’s face it, very few agents regardless of the agency could investigate their way out of a paper bag or a large mall. We catch the dum and the unlucky, no masterminds, no James Bond villains.

I have to admit that you nearly had me with that very complex explanation of how we are all just color blind, and that testing is the solution and how minorites just fail to understand the matrix of green numbers and letters. But then I realized you’re just a full of shit.

I also love how determined you are not to be intimidated from your very “right” position… No doubt you probably think Palin is a genius and the Tea Party is a rainbow coalition…

You clearly fail to appreciate the very real fact that all these SAC’s and others holding even higher postions promote their buddies. You also demostrate that you have no clue about the testing process in ICE. If you take a test and score an 80 and I score a 90, that doesnt mean I get the job. You merely have to make the BQ list duuuuuude… This means that you get on the BQ list and call your SES buddy or SAC bro and say “I want a job please.” Done! I presume you’re in ICE, but I also presume you have yet to take one of these tests… All tests for promotions in ICE function like this. And it’s not always a test, but a questionaire. This is the primary reason why the management staff looks the way it does. All promotions are inside jobs. Few individuals are promoted on merit. Certainly they may be qualified, but they hardly ever are promoted without calling one of their “friends” to get the ball into the enzone.

Just go visit SAC Boston. Virtually all of the agents there went to North Eastern U. Maybe its just a coincidence.

crazytrain on April 20, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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