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Friday, July 20, 2018

More senior FBI "retirements"

Well, this is certainly unexpected!
Three of the top cybersecurity officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation are retiring from government service, according to people familiar with the matter—departures that come as cyberattacks are a major concern for the country’s security agencies.

Senior U.S. intelligence officials warn that the country is at a “critical point” facing unprecedented cyberthreats, including Russia’s ongoing attacks on the American political system. The retirements also come as the FBI is facing regular criticism from President Donald Trump and his supporters, and is working to attract and retain top cyber talent.

Scott Smith, the assistant FBI director who runs the Bureau’s cyber division, is leaving this month. His deputy, Howard Marshall, also left in recent weeks. Mr. Marshall has accepted a job at Accenture , a consulting firm that is expanding its cybersecurity portfolio. Mr. Smith is also expected to move to the private sector.

David Resch, executive assistant director of the FBI’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch, is departing the bureau as well. Mr. Resch, who was named to his senior post by FBI Director Christopher Wray in April, supervised Mr. Smith and Mr. Marshall.

Additionally, Carl Ghattas, executive assistant director of the FBI’s national security branch, has decided to leave for the private sector. And Jeffrey Tricoli, a senior FBI cyber agent who oversaw a Bureau task force addressing Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. elections, left last month for a senior vice president position at Charles Schwab Corp. , the Journal reported last week.

The FBI confirmed the departures. One U.S. official said more people are expected to leave soon, declining to provide additional names.
I wonder why they are departing now, just when their skills and experience are so desperately required?

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41 Comments:

Blogger veryfunnyminion July 20, 2018 11:12 AM  

Shall we start a pool about when they will be Arkancided?

Blogger Desdichado July 20, 2018 11:12 AM  

Ann Coulter just did us all a major favor too in terms of moving the Overton Window, when she publicly called for the abolishment of the FBI on Fox.

Blogger Johnny July 20, 2018 11:16 AM  

It appears that the FBI is deeply corrupt, and that if it was properly vetted there would be people doing jail time. If the upcoming fall election turns out well for Trump we just might see some action, and wouldn't that be great.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 20, 2018 11:18 AM  

Well there's no thing to see here, according the FBI.

Blogger Avalanche July 20, 2018 11:36 AM  

"These are not the traitors you're looking for. Move along. Move along."

Blogger Longtime Lurker July 20, 2018 11:44 AM  

Bad Luck happens in 3s.

Blogger DCPB July 20, 2018 11:46 AM  

Because they can make at least 3x more money parachuting into a VP/SVP slot at a major beltway firm, work for 18 months without bringing any business in, act as a "subject matter expert" and then move on to another one.

Blogger pyrrhus July 20, 2018 11:48 AM  

"considering the ongoing Russian attacks on the American political system." The Media never gives up a narrative, do they? I read something about SJWs doubling down somewhere......

Blogger Elijah July 20, 2018 11:58 AM  

the recent gallop poll showed that the public's concern for the "Muh Russia!" stuff is so low that it does not register at even 1%. it is closer to zero percent than 1%.

Blogger J Van Stry July 20, 2018 12:00 PM  

I can't go into details (NDA) but back during the height of the Obama years I had to interface (not actually work) with some of those folks once.

They weren't allowed to say that China was hacking us. I said it in a meeting who was behind something (because they either wouldn't or couldn't). Talk about a frosty reception!

Probably why I wasn't invited back.

Blogger Timmy3 July 20, 2018 12:01 PM  

Hiding their incompetence and escaping accountability and punishment. Where’s DNC’s server?

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 20, 2018 12:03 PM  

@8

That's some clever conflation there, though. Look at it again.

...ongoing attacks on the American political system.

So... exactly which server does the American political system run on again? Is it an operating system ? Or just an application?

Gotta give 'me credit for that one. Sneaky.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 20, 2018 12:05 PM  

So what about politically-motivated "cyberattacks" by the FBI (and its contractors) on NSA databases? Are those considered a problem? Or just business as usual?

Blogger English Tom July 20, 2018 12:13 PM  

@Francis Parker Hockey

Check out the JTRIGG documents from: the intercept.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 20, 2018 12:15 PM  

@10 J Van Stry
I can't go into details (NDA) but back during the height of the Obama years I had to interface (not actually work) with some of those folks once.

They weren't allowed to say that China was hacking us. I said it in a meeting who was behind something (because they either wouldn't or couldn't). Talk about a frosty reception!


Almost as if there's an underlying party line that mandates "Chinese military expansionism in the South China Sea is sometimes a problem, but transfers of technology and manufacturing capacity to China (however they are achieved) are never a problem." Or something.

Blogger L July 20, 2018 12:47 PM  

@2 Desdichado "Ann Coulter just did us all a major favor too in terms of moving the Overton Window, when she publicly called for the abolishment of the FBI on Fox."

Who will take over the X-files?

Blogger Franz Lionheart July 20, 2018 1:01 PM  

The assistant director leading the FBI cyberspace division is actually called Mr. Smith?

Lmfao

#theMatrixisReal

Blogger Mr.MantraMan July 20, 2018 1:04 PM  

Hmmm, that hack Wray blurbs out that China is a major problem with net security the next day or so three other hacks take the parachute into the private sector.

I just wonder if the GE put down law that soon the FBI would have to actually come out and act like they care about this or all be put on the chopping block for assisting the Chinese?

Blogger NewAnubis July 20, 2018 1:09 PM  

Those whom the God-Emperor destroys, he first makes angry.
Clear house and put the war making 'intelligence' machine to rest.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 20, 2018 1:22 PM  

@14
Interesting. Didn't know that one. But not really surprising. Spy agencies seem to be always portrayed as engaging in, well, spying -- and covert ops involving some sort of direct action. Disinformation/ propaganda? They would never do that, right? And certainly not in their own countries.

CIA's involvement in directing the media narrative in the 40s-60s is well documented, of course.

See the story of ((Frank Wisner))), who was appointed in 1948 as director of the CIA's Office of Special Projects, soon renamed the Office of Policy Coordination (OPC), to run what was later termed "Operation Mockingbird," and the involvement of WaPo owners Philip Graham and (((Katherine Meyer Graham))) and most other major "news" outlets.

In that light, Jeff Bezos' 2013 purchase of WaPo, shortly followed by Amazon (not the low bidder) receiving a $600M CIA contract for "cloud computing" is... coincidental, I'm sure.

Blogger James Dixon July 20, 2018 1:25 PM  

Archive.is link, since the original is the WSJ: http://archive.is/LwGxq

Blogger Robert Pinkerton July 20, 2018 1:46 PM  

From personal experience decades ago, I learned that the "spook trade" is intrinsically morally foul, and that it befouls everyone who comes into anything less than an accidental brush contact with it.

Blogger CarpeOro July 20, 2018 2:38 PM  

Accenture - also known as Arthur Andersen if I recall correctly? There was a company that probably should have been sent to jail. Not a shock one of them landed there.

Blogger Snidely Whiplash July 20, 2018 2:44 PM  

L wrote:she publicly called for the abolishment of the FBI on Fox."

Who will take over the X-files?

Mulder

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 20, 2018 3:13 PM  

@Francis Parker Yockey

The deep state armed and fed the Soviet Union for decades while simultaneously wailing about its evil existential threat to the rest of the world.

It was such a massive fraud even the willing support of the wealthiest nations on earth couldn’t keep it going.

The war on terror was a stopgap measure until a new enemy of similarly cartoonish menace could be bought online.

Blogger Nostromo July 20, 2018 3:14 PM  

Rats are starting to abandon ship. As if this will save them. Actually, rats are smarter. A rat wouldn't jump of a ship in the middle of the ocean. These guys are looking for the kid glove, "But I'm retired and don't work for the government anymore!" treatment Holder and Lynch doled out to their fellow travelers. Hell, it wasn't just Holder and Lynch, this has been the SOP for Washington for decades. Wish they'd all die in a fire.

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 20, 2018 3:25 PM  

Wish they’d all die in a fire.

Well notch up one more advantage of being a devout Christian:

Knowing they are all going to die in a fire.

Blogger Felix Bellator July 20, 2018 3:27 PM  

@26 - Nostromo, "Wish they'd all die in a fire."

Well, you might not get that wish, but I bet most of them will end up living in fire.

Blogger Harry Spitz July 20, 2018 3:34 PM  

Opportunities in the private sector?

Blogger Crew July 20, 2018 3:50 PM  

Is the Deep State, which the CIA's mouth piece now admits exists, cutting loose non useful people?

Also, I would expect them to have a plan B and a plan C ...

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 20, 2018 4:35 PM  

@25

The deep state armed and fed the Soviet Union for decades while simultaneously wailing about its evil existential threat to the rest of the world.

Yep. Antony Sutton's books are good on this, of course. It's interesting to note that Kerensky, who handed Russia over to the Bolsheviks, had a lifetime sinecure at the Hoover Institution, while Sutton was fired from there for writing "National Suicide."

A good piece on how this perspective sheds some light on the
"McCarthyism" canard:

https://www.counter-currents.com/2013/11/joe-mccarthy-and-the-establishment-bolsheviks/

And, as you point out, shadowy groups of internationally-recruited Salafist mercenaries are far from an ideal Emmanuel Goldstein.

Blogger AnvilTiger July 20, 2018 5:06 PM  

A comment on Arthur Andersen vs Accenture. Two different groups. Andersen Consulting (which became Accenture) was split off from Arthur Andersen to focus on IT while Arthur Andersen handled accounting. Also, they were partnerships, not corporations.

Arthur Andersen was murdered by the Feds. They were doing the accounting audits for Enron, and when Enron went down they were targeted by the Feds while the big banks got off with fines. The prosecutor got them convicted on a single count based on them "shredding documents" which made them look guilty to the jury. But normal business practice while doing an audit is to shred all documents not part of the final audit results, because those documents contain incomplete and inaccurate information. However if those documents are not destroyed, they can be used in "discovery" if their client is ever sued.

As a result Arthur Andersen was destroyed and 47,000 people were laid off. The conviction was reversed by the US Supreme Court in a rare 9-0 decision.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants July 20, 2018 7:25 PM  

Hmmm, CEOs leaving companies, senior politicians peacing out, and now Deep Staters slinking toward the door...
I'm sure there's nothing to see here, just close your eyes.

Blogger Eagle Elk July 20, 2018 9:39 PM  

Exactly who/whom can Trump show the 160TB of data to for analysis and use? Who can he trust?

God bless him.

Blogger tublecane July 20, 2018 10:15 PM  

@22- That's why it was known as the Black Arts, and used to be the patrician class in control in our country. And the Mother Country, at whose knee we learned. They were supposed to be worthy of trust because the national interest was in their blood, and they had binding social codes way beyond anything the legal system could think up. Death before dishonor.

But they rotted and died in our trash culture.

Blogger tublecane July 20, 2018 10:19 PM  

@31- I will forever find it funny that those Establishment pinkos were critically hit by some weirdo who kept evidence hidden in his pumpkin patch.

They can get all the Ivy League-educated, socially exceptional, well-groomed and mannered brights. But they will have to get their hands dirty, and the world will always have pumpkin patches.

Blogger Francis Parker Yockey July 21, 2018 1:06 AM  

the world will always have pumpkin patches.

Gold.

Blogger Resident Moron™ July 21, 2018 2:13 AM  

I suspect there’s some different opinions in the deep state pver who should be the next Hitler X.0

That’s the benefit of having lying cheating scum as our enemies; they’re prone to factional infighting.

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

That’s also why we fire left, having no targets to the right.

Blogger Dirk Manly July 21, 2018 6:31 AM  

@34

"Exactly who/whom can Trump show the 160TB of data to for analysis and use? Who can he trust?"

Marines.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 21, 2018 10:14 AM  

Eagle Elk wrote:Exactly who/whom can Trump show the 160TB of data to for analysis and use? Who can he trust?

The chans.

Blogger Tom Roberts July 21, 2018 12:28 PM  

You are correct; I work for the welfare queens...happens all the time.

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