April 12, 2011, - 9:28 pm
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).
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.
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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