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AMBER ALERT: FBI Offers $20,000 For Return Of Missing 2-year-old Toddler Myra Lewis.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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From CNN:

 

(CNN) – More than a week ago, a 2-year-old girl with a wide grin and butterfly barrettes in her hair vanished in Mississippi.

 

Authorities hope she’s still alive, and are offering a $20,000 reward for her return.

 

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said.

 

She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

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“Since her disappearance was reported, multiple state, local, and federal law enforcement agencies have participated in a massive, collaborative search effort,” the FBI Office in Jackson said.

 

“Significant resources have been dedicated to this investigation, including extensive ground and air searches, and utilization of specially trained search teams.”

 

Despite the effort, the toddler remains missing, and the FBI is offering the money incentive for her return.

 

“We are confident that information will be uncovered which will lead to Myra’s return, and we continue to solicit the public’s assistance in locating this little girl,” said Daniel McMullen, the FBI special agent in charge.

 

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker told CNN affiliate WAPT that he believes the little girl is in the area.

 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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UPDATE: Sheriff speaks about search for Myra Lewis

 

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Update – 3/10/14, 3:13pm: The FBI & Madison County Sheriff’s Office has announced that there is a $20,000 reward available for information leading to finding Myra Lewis. Officials also stated they believe that Myra is still alive.

 


 

“We have kind of regrouped, we have come up with new leads, new strategies, and things that we’re going to be looking at this week.”

 

Madison County sheriff Randy Tucker says they’re following any and all leads.

 

“I don’t care what it is. If there’s a possibility it’s going to help find Myra, that’s what I’m going to do.” says Tucker

 

When asked if the focus of the investigation was on Myra’s parents, Sheriff Tucker responded with: “I don’t have any specific suspects at this time. We’re still treating this as a missing child, we still need to find her.”

 

Myra’s father, Gregory Lewis tells us off camera, he and his wife, and other family members have taken polygraph tests.

 

We asked the sheriff about the results.

 

“I’m not going to get into any investigative techniques that have taken place.” says Tucker

 

Friday, authorities took an SUV from the family’s home to see if there was a connection to Myra’s disappearance.

 

“One of the scenarios is Myra may have been run over by the truck.” Tucker tells us that is under investigation.

 

Myra’s mother, Ericka Lewis was arrested last week on an unrelated probation violation. She is charged with being a felon in possession of a concealed weapon.

 

Sheriff Tucker says Lewis is on probation for welfare fraud.

 

Lewis’ family questions the timing of her arrest.

 

“They should have waited because that even took their mind off Myra for a moment.” says Martha Samders, Ericka Lewis’ mother

 

Sheriff Tucker says the Department of Human Services became involved after Lewis was arrested.

 

Family members say Lewis’ other children are in their care while she remains behind bars.

 

“They can pressure Erica, but she’ll never give in. She’ll never give in because she didn’t do anything.” says Sanders.

 

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Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker just finished briefing the media on the search for two-year-old Myra Lewis.  She has been missing since last Saturday, March 1.

 

Sheriff Tucker says Lewis is still missing, and he believes she is in the immediate area. When asked if he believes Myra is alive, Sheriff Tucker says he is hoping for the best.

 

Investigators are following any and all leads.

 

Friday, we watched as a tow truck carried away an SUV from the Lewis’ home. Sheriff Tucker says there was talk Myra may have been run over, and they processed the SUV to search for evidence of that. He says they found nothing.

 

We also learned more about the arrest of Myra’s mother, Ericka Lewis. Sheriff Tucker says Ericka was on probation for welfare fraud. Investigators found guns in the home, and Ericka was arrested on a probation violation for being a felon carrying a concealed weapon. She was still in jail Sunday afternoon.

 

We are piecing together all the information from the sheriff.  We also talked with relatives of Myra Lewis and will have an update for you on News Channel 12 at 5:30.

 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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Missing toddler case now being treated as an abduction

 

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We are being told that the missing Madison County toddler case is now being treated as an abduction.

 

The search was called off Monday after the case classification changed.

 

Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker met with members of the FBI Monday.

 

Myra Lewis was last seen at her parents’ home on Mount Pilgrim Road in Camden Saturday morning.

 

“Parents stated they last saw the two year old around 10 am yesterday (Saturday) morning there were several kids there. The father was watching an infant child inside the other children went outside to play and the two year old wandered off,” said Sheriff Randy Tucker, Madison County Sheriff’s Office. “We’ve searched approximately four square miles around this residence and unfortunately have not been able to locate Myra.”

 

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Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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Ten days into the search: Where is Myra Lewis?

 

From the outside looking in, it appears that law enforcement are actually as perplexed about the whereabouts of missing toddler Myra Lewis as they say they are.

 

In the 10 days since the two-year-old disappeared, reportedly from her yard in Camden, the investigation has taken several turns, but they all lead back to the same question: Where is Myra?

 

Throughout the case, Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker says he’s remaining optimistic, and that he thinks the case will have a “positive outcome.” At the same time Tucker says he believes the child is alive, he says he does not have reason to believe she has been kidnapped.

 

 

“We’re very hopeful and continue to be very optimistic. The sheriff is a very spritual and optimistic person and that’s the way he runs the sheriff’s office and the way he continues to run it,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall. “There’s no reason to believe anything other that than she’s alive. That’s why we continue to look for her and why we have put up the reward.”

 

Saturday, Mar. 1 – Monday, Mar. 3: The child’s family reports her missing after her mother, Ericka Lewis, saw her and one of her sisters in the yard. Ericka Lewis told police she was on her way to the store and told the two children to go inside the house, where Gregory Lewis, Ericka’s husband was looking after their one-month-old.

 

Officials are tight-lipped on what happened between the time Ericka Lewis claims to have seen her daughter, and when police were called about the missing child.

 

“I don’t want to get into too much what transpired that day. There are statements from everyone involved that are pretty accurate with one another,” Tucker said. “We’ve put together a timeline of events based on those statements. We feel pretty comfortable that Myra was last seen about the hours of 10 and 11 a.m., so that’s what we’re going on until anything changes it.”

 

Gregory Lewis tells reporters that he had looked for Myra on an ATV, and that he had tried to track her with the family dogs.

 

The search begins on the property at least four to five hours after the toddler disappeared. An Amber Alert is issued, and officers from several agencies begin to comb the four square miles surrounding the child’s home, including a pond across the street.

 

Air support is brought in from Metro One, and the FBI brings in several different resources, including scientific and investigative personnel. Temperatures drop into the 30s and low 40s over Monday and Tuesday.

 

Tuesday, March 4: Authorities hold a press conference to ask for the public’s help in the case. In spite of saying police do not necessarily believe the toddler had been kidnapped, Tucker said they believed she was out there, alive somewhere.

 

The FBI’s special response team can be seen carrying brown paper bags of evidence from the home, but authorities won’t comment on what was in the bags.

 

Wednesday, March 5: State and federal response teams comb the area in a new grid search, looking for places they might have missed in their initial searches.

 

Thursday, March 6: Authorities focus less on grid searches and more on questioning residents. They spend the day going door-to-door and stopping traffic, asking questions about the child’s whereabouts.

 

The specialized state response teams do not search the area on Thursday.

 

Friday, March 7: Specialized teams return to the area. Mt. Pilgrim Road is closed to everyone except residents and law enforcement. Dozens of official vehicles line either side of the road. Heavy machinery can be seen digging on the property investigating a spot where some recent septic work was done, according to Tucker.

 

Sheriff’s Department spokesman Heath Hall says the heavy machinery carries “no implication” as to whether officials believe the toddler could be buried on the property.

 

Ericka Lewis is arrested on a probation violation for felon with a firearm charges stemming from some weapons found inside the home. Authorities say the weapons were in plain sight. It is unclear if those weapons were found as early in the search as Tuesday when the bagged evidence was removed from the home.

 

“Obviously anytime someone has a felony warrant for their arrest, I’m charged with this office to make that arrest. It’s unfortunate, the timing of it,” Tucker said. “I won’t get into too much further detail at this time, but it is unrelated to the child’s disappearance at this time.”

 

When asked if he thinks Ericka Lewis had something to do with Myra’s disappearance, Tucker says, “I’m not going to answer that.”

 

Sunday, March 9: Tucker calls a press conference to inform the public that there are no updates in the case, and to answer questions from reporters.

 

Monday, March 10: FBI announces a $20,000 reward. Officials say they believe Myra is still alive.

 

“We believe there is someone out there who has information as to where little Myra is. We certainly hope by offering this reward, we’ll receive that information,” Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen said.

 

At some point during the investigation, the other children in the home have been removed by authorities.

 

Tuesday, March 11: Hall says officials expect call volumes to go up as a result of the reward money. He says every time there has been a press conference, tips have gone up.

 

“We track all those leads, we take every one of them seriously,” Hall said.

 

Ericka Lewis remains in jail under $5,000 bond.

 

Myra Lewis was reported missing by her family on March 1 after playing with her sister outside their home in Camden, the FBI said. She was last seen about 11 a.m. the same day wearing white or khaki pants, a turquoise sweater adorned with a bear, and pink tennis shoes. Myra is 37 inches tall and weighs 27 pounds.

 

Anyone with knowledge that could be useful to the case should call the FBI at (601) 948-5000 or the Madison County Sheriff’s Department at (601) 859-2345.

 

The FBI also said they are offering a $20,000 reward to anyone with information about Myra’s whereabouts, according to Madison County, Miss. Sheriff Randy Tucker.

 

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President Barack Hussein Obama Welcomes James Comey As FBI Director


 

By Jueseppi B.

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October 28, 2013
04:47 PM EDT

 

President Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover BuildingPresident Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

 

Today, President Obama welcomed James Comey to his new post as the seventh Director of the FBI. Comey previously worked as an attorney and later served as deputy attorney general at the Department of Justice. At the FBI Headquarters, the President praised Comey’s dedication, judgment, and commitment to the ideals of the FBI.

 

“Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity: That’s your motto,” the President told the men and women of the FBI.  “And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day: Mr. Jim Comey.”

 

President Obama reiterated Comey’s qualifications for the job.. “It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security,” he said.

 

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President Obama says that new FBI Director James Comey has “dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.”

 

 

 

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President Obama welcomes James Comey, the newly sworn-in head of the F.B.I.

 

 

 

The President also said he’d keep fighting to restore FBI funding that was cut by the sequester.

The FBI joins forces with our intelligence, our military, and homeland security professionals to break up all manner of threats — from taking down drug rings to stopping those who prey on children, to breaking up al Qaeda cells to disrupting their activities, thwarting their plots. And your mission keeps expanding because the nature of the threats are always changing.

Unfortunately, the resources allotted to that mission has been reduced by sequestration. I’ll keep fighting for those resources because our country asks and expects a lot from you, and we should make sure you’ve got the resources you need to do the job. Especially when many of your colleagues put their lives on the line on a daily basis, all to serve and protect our fellow citizens — the least we can do is make sure you’ve got the resources for it and that your operations are not disrupted because of politics in this town.

 

 

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President Barack Obama makes remarks during a ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters in Washington

President Barack Obama makes remarks during a ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters in Washington

President Barack Obama pats new FBI Director James Comey on the back as they arrive for Comey’s installation ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

President Barack Obama pats new FBI Director James Comey on the back as they arrive for Comey’s installation ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

FBI Director James Comey is sworn in at a ceremony at the FBI Headquarters. Comey was officially sworn in as director of FBI on September 4 to succeed Robert Mueller, who had served as director for 12 years.

FBI Director James Comey is sworn in at a ceremony at the FBI Headquarters. Comey was officially sworn in as director of FBI on September 4 to succeed Robert Mueller, who had served as director for 12 years.

President Obama & The New FBI Director, James Comey during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

President Obama & The New FBI Director, James Comey during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

FBI Director James Comey speaks during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

FBI Director James Comey speaks during a swearing in ceremony at the FBI Headquarters

President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during the installation ceremony for Comey as FBI director

President Barack Obama talks with FBI Director James Comey during the installation ceremony for Comey as FBI director

President Barack Obama attends the swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI headquarters

President Barack Obama attends the swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI headquarters

 

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Remarks by the President and FBI Director James Comey (Transcript)

 

Remarks by the President and FBI Director James Comey

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THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you, FBI.  (Applause.) Thank you so much.  Please, everybody, be seated — those of you who have seats.  (Laughter.)
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Well, good afternoon, everybody.  I am so proud to be here and to stand once again with so many dedicated men and women of the FBI.  You are the best of the best.  Day in and day out, you work tirelessly to confront the most dangerous threats our nation faces.  You serve with courage; you serve with integrity.  You protect Americans at home and abroad.  You lock up criminals.  You secure the homeland against the threat of terrorism.  Without a lot of fanfare, without seeking the spotlight, you do your jobs, all the while upholding our most cherished values and the rule of law.
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Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity:  That’s your motto.  And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day:  Mr. Jim Comey.
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Before I get to Jim, I want to thank all the predecessors who are here today.  We are grateful for your service.  I have to give a special shout-out to Bob Mueller, who served longer than he was supposed to, but he was such an extraordinary leader through some of the most difficult times that we’ve had in national security.  And I consider him a friend and I’m so grateful for him and Ann being here today.  Thank you very much.  (Applause.)
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Now, Jim has dedicated his life to defending our laws — to making sure that all Americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being.  He’s the grandson of a beat cop.  He’s the prosecutor who helped bring down the Gambinos.  He’s the relentless attorney who fought to stem the bloody tide of gun violence, rub out white-collar crime, deliver justice to terrorists.  It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security.  So he’s got the resume.
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But, of course, Jim is also a famously cool character — the calmest in the room during a crisis.  Here’s what a fellow former prosecutor said about him.  He said, “You know that Rudyard Kipling line — ‘If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs’– that’s Jim.”
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There’s also a story from the time during his prosecution of the Gambino crime family.  One of the defendants was an alleged hit man named Lorenzo.  And during the trial, Jim won an award from the New York City Bar Association.  When the court convened the next morning, everybody was buzzing about it, and suddenly, a note was passed down from the defendant’s table, across the aisle to the prosecutor’s table.  It was handed to Jim, and it read:  “Dear Jim, congratulations on your award.  No one deserves it more than you.  You’re a true professional.  Sincerely, Lorenzo.”  (Laughter.)
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“Sincerely, Lorenzo.”  Now, we don’t know how sincere he was.  (Laughter.)  We don’t know whether this was a veiled threat, or a plea for leniency, or an honest compliment.  But I think it is fair to say that Jim has won the respect of folks across the spectrum — including Lorenzo.  (Laughter.)
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He’s the perfect leader for an organization whose walls are graced by the words of a legendary former director:  “The most effective weapon against crime is cooperation.”  Jim has worked with many of the more than 35,000 men and women of the FBI over the course of his long and distinguished career.  And it’s his admiration and respect for all of you, individually, his recognition of the hard work that you do every day — sometimes under extraordinarily difficult circumstances — not just the folks out in the field, but also folks working the back rooms, doing the hard work, out of sight — his recognition that your mission is important is what compelled him to answer the call to serve his country again.
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The FBI joins forces with our intelligence, our military, and homeland security professionals to break up all manner of threats — from taking down drug rings to stopping those who prey on children, to breaking up al Qaeda cells to disrupting their activities, thwarting their plots.  And your mission keeps expanding because the nature of the threats are always changing.
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Unfortunately, the resources allotted to that mission has been reduced by sequestration.  I’ll keep fighting for those resources because our country asks and expects a lot from you, and we should make sure you’ve got the resources you need to do the job.  Especially when many of your colleagues put their lives on the line on a daily basis, all to serve and protect our fellow citizens — the least we can do is make sure you’ve got the resources for it and that your operations are not disrupted because of politics in this town.  (Applause.)
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Now the good news is things like courage, leadership, judgment, and compassion — those resources are, potentially, at least, inexhaustible.  That’s why it’s critical that we seek out the best people to serve — folks who have earned the public trust; who have excellent judgment, even in the most difficult circumstances; those who possess not just a keen knowledge of the law, but also a moral compass that they — and we — can always count on.
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And that’s who we’ve got in Jim Comey.  I’ll tell you I interviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for this job, all with sterling credentials.  But what gave me confidence that this was the right man for the job wasn’t his degrees and it wasn’t his resume; it was in talking to him and seeing his amazing family, a sense that this somebody who knows what’s right and what’s wrong, and is willing to act on that basis every single day.  And that’s why I’m so grateful that he’s signed up to serve again.
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I will spare you yet another joke about how today, no one stands taller.  (Laughter.)  I simply want to thank Jim for accepting this role.  I want to thank Patrice and the five remarkable children that they’ve got — because jobs like this are a team effort, as you well know.
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And I want to thank most all the men and women of the FBI.  I’m proud of your work.  I’m grateful for your service.  I’m absolutely confident that this agency will continue to flourish with Jim at the helm.  And if he gets lost in the building, I want you guys to help him out.  (Laughter.)  Because I guarantee you that he’s going to have your back, make sure you’ve got his back as well.
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Thank you very much, everybody.  God bless you.  (Applause.)
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MR. JOYCE:  And now, ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce the seventh Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation — James B. Comey.  (Applause.)
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MR. COMEY:  Thank you, Sean.  Thank you, Mr. President.  Thank you so much for gracing us with your presence, for honoring us, and for speaking so eloquently about the mission of the FBI and its great people.
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Thank you also to my friends and family who are gathered here today.  My entire life is literally represented in this crowd, and it is a pretty picture.  These are the people that I have known and loved literally my entire life and from whom I have learned so much.
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I’m especially grateful that my dad and my sister and my brothers could be here today.  I wish so much that Mom could be here to enjoy this amazing day.  I can still hear ringing in my entire teenage years her voice as she snapped open the shades every single morning and said, “Rise and shine and show the world what you’re made of.”  I found it less inspiring at the time — (laughter) — but it made us who we are.  And I’ll never forget that.
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And to my five troops and my amazing bride, who talked me into being interviewed for this job — of course, with the caveat that she’d be okay because the President would never pick me.  (Laughter.)  I got to tell you, this is your last chance to talk to him about it.  (Laughter.)
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Mr. President, I am so grateful for this honor and this opportunity to serve with the men and women of the FBI.  They are standing all around this great courtyard, and standing on duty all around this country and around this world at this moment.  I know already that this is the best job I have ever had and will ever have.
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That’s because I have a front row seat to watch the work of a remarkable group of people who serve this country, folks from all walks of life who joined the FBI for the same reason — they were teachers and soldiers, and police officers and scholars, and software engineers, and people from all walks of life who wanted to do good for a living.  They wanted jobs with moral content, and so they joined this great organization.
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I thought about them as I stood in this courtyard just a week ago and showed a visiting foreign leader the statue that overlooks this ceremony.  It’s an artist’s depiction of the words from our shield that the President mentioned:  Fidelity, Bravery, and Integrity. And as I thought about that statue and those words and this ceremony, I thought I would take just a couple of minutes and tell you what those words mean and why I think they belong on our shield.
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First, fidelity.  The dictionary defines fidelity as a strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust, or duty.  To my mind, that word on our shield reminds us that the FBI must abide two obligations at the same time.  First, the FBI must be independent of all political forces or interests in this country.  In a real sense, it must stand apart from other institutions in American life.  But, second, at the same time, it must be part of the United States Department of Justice, and constrained by the rule of law and the checks and balances built into our brilliant design by our nation’s founders.
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There is a tension reflected in those two aspects of fidelity, those two values that I see in that word, and I think that tension is reflected in the 10-year term that I’ve just begun.  The term is 10 years to ensure independence.  But it is a fixed term of years to ensure that power does not become concentrated in one person and unconstrained.  The need for reflection and restraint of power is what led Louis Freeh to order that all new agent classes visit the Holocaust Museum here in Washington so they could see and feel and hear in a palpable way the consequences of abuse of power on a massive almost unimaginable scale.  Bob Mueller continued that practice.  And I will again, when we have agents graduating from Quantico.
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The balance reflected in my term is also a product of lessons hard learned from the history of this great institution.  Our first half-century or so was a time of great progress and achievement for this country, and for the Bureau.  But it also saw abuse and overreach — most famously with respect to Martin Luther King and others, who were viewed as internal security threats.
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As I think about the unique balance represented by fidelity to independence on the one hand, and the rule of law on the other, I think it also makes sense for me to offer those in training a reminder closer to our own history.  I’m going to direct that all new agents and analysts also visit the Martin Luther King Memorial here in Washington.  I think it will serve as a different kind of lesson — (applause) — one more personal to the Bureau, of the dangers in becoming untethered to oversight and accountability.
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 That word fidelity belongs on our shield.
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 Next, bravery.  We have perpetrated a myth in our society that being brave means not being afraid, but that’s wrong.  Mark Twain once said that bravery “is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”  If you’ve ever talked to a special agent that you know well and you ask he or she about a dangerous encounter they were involved in, they’ll almost always give you the same answer, “yeah, I did it, but I was scared to heck the whole time.”  But that’s the essence of bravery.
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Only a crazy person wouldn’t fear approaching a car with tinted windows during a late-night car stop, or pounding up a flight of stairs to execute a search warrant, or fast-roping from a helicopter down into hostile fire.  Real agents, like real people, feel that fear in the pit of their stomachs.  But you know the difference between them and most folks?  They do it anyway, and they volunteer to do that for a living.  402528_176619879142958_864642698_n
What makes the bravery of the men and women of the FBI so special is that they know exactly what they’re in for.  They spend weeks and weeks in an academy learning just how hard and dangerous this work is.  Then they raise their right hands and take an oath, and do that work anyway.  They have seen the Wall of Honor — that I hope so much my friends and guests and family will get to see inside this building — with pictures and links to the lives of those who gave the last full measure of devotion for their country as FBI employees.
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Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman said this:  “I would define true courage to be a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger and a mental willingness to endure it.”
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I called a special agent a few weeks ago after he had been shot during an arrest.  I knew before I called him that he had already been injured severely twice in his Bureau career, once in a terrorist bombing and once in a helicopter crash.  Yet when I got him on the phone, I got the strong sense he couldn’t wait to get me off the phone.  He was embarrassed by my call.  “Mr. Director, it was a through and through wound.  No big deal.”  He was more worried about his Bureau car, which he had left at the scene of the shooting.  (Laughter.)  He felt okay, though, because his wife — also a special agent — was going to go get the car, so everything was fine.  (Laughter.)
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The men and women of this organization understand perfectly the danger they’re in every day and choose to endure it because they believe in this mission.  That’s why bravery belongs on our shield.
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And, finally, integrity.  Integrity is derived from the Latin word “integer,” meaning whole.  A person of integrity is complete, undivided.  Sincerity, decency, trustworthy are synonyms of integrity.  It’s on our shield because it is the quality that makes possible all the good that we do.  Because everything we do requires that we be believed, whether that’s promising a source that we will protect her, telling a jury what we saw or heard, or telling a congressional oversight committee or the American people what we are doing with our power and our authorities.  We must be believed.
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Without integrity, all is lost.  We cannot do the good that all of these amazing people signed up to do.  The FBI’s reputation for integrity is a gift given to every new employee by those who went before.  But it is a gift that must be protected and earned every single day.  We protect that gift by making mistakes and admitting them, by making promises and keeping them, and by realizing that nothing — no case, no source, no fear of embarrassment — is worth jeopardizing the gift of integrity.  Integrity must be on the FBI shield.
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So, you see, those three words — Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity — capture the essence of the FBI and its people.  And they also explain why I am here.  I wanted to be here to work alongside those people, to represent them, to help them accomplish their mission, and to just be their colleague.
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It is an honor and a challenge beyond description.  I will do my absolute best to be worthy of it.  Thank you very much. (Applause.)
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A Monday Potpourri: Naval Yard Shooter Identified. President Obama Responds To Naval Yard Tragedy.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Aaron Alexis Identified As Alleged Navy Yard Shooter

 

 

 

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Aaron Alexis has been identified by police as the dead Washington Navy Yard shooter, NBC News reports.

 

Alexis, 34, originally of Fort Worth, Texas, recently began working at the Navy yard as a civilian contractor, the station reported.USA Today and CBS News also report that an unnamed source identified Alexis as the shooter, who was confirmed dead by police earlier today.

 

At least 13 people were killed — including Alexis — and more were wounded at the Naval Sea Systems Command Headquarters building after at least one gunman opened fire after 8:20 a.m. Monday, a Defense Department official said.

 

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier said at a press conference that a Metropolitan Police officer is among those who have been shot, among other “multiple victims inside who are deceased.” There were other reports that a naval security guard was reportedly among the wounded.

 

The suspect was reportedly killed at that location, but few details about the death were immediately available. One other person of interest is still on the loose. He’s described as a black male, 50, with an olive military-style uniform who may be in possession of a long gun.

 

A third person of interest was cleared.

 

The FBI released a photo and description of Alexis, asking the public for any information about the deceased suspect:

 

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FBI Posts Photos Of Gunman

 

Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office, said at a press conference that the FBI has posted photos of Aaron Alexisconfirmed by an FBI official as the dead gunman. Parlave asked the public for information on Alexis. Anyone with knowledge should call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

 

White House press secretary Jay Carney was reluctant to reopen a debate on gun control Monday after 13 people were killed in a mass shooting at Washington Navy Yard.

Carney was pressed during his daily briefing with reporters on whether President Barack Obama would use the incident to renew his push for stricter gun laws.

“This is an ongoing investigation, it’s an ongoing situation on the ground,” Carney responded. “There are law enforcement officials right now dealing with this, doing everything they can to make sure people here in Washington are safe [and] people around the incident are safe.”

“So it would be inappropriate to try to put in context something about which we have so few facts,” he added.

 

Read more about the White House response from Sabrina Siddiqui

 

 

The death toll has now been increased to 13 dead and as many as 12 injured.

 

 

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said authorities were seeking a potential second suspect, described as a black male, approximately 40 to 50 years old, 5 foot 10, 180 pounds, medium complexion with gray sideburns, wearing an olive military-style uniform and carrying “a long gun.”

 

Before a scheduled economic speech at the White House, President Barack Obama deplored “yet another mass shooting” — this one targeting military and civilian personnel.

 

“These are men and women who were going to work, doing their job, protecting all of us,” Obama said. “They’re patriots, and they know the dangers of serving abroad. But today they faced the unimaginable: violence that they wouldn’t have expected here at home.”

 

“We will do everything in our power to make sure that whoever carried out this cowardly act is held responsible,” the president added. “I want the investigation to be seamless.”

 

At Least 12 Dead, Several Others Injured In Shooting At D.C. Navy Yard

 

Full coverage: Washington Navy Yard shooting

 

 

Statements and Releases/Speeches and Remarks

 

September 16, 2013

 

President Obama Marks the Five-Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis & On The Naval Yard Shooting

 

Published on Sep 16, 2013

After making a statement about the situation at the Washington Navy Yard, President Obama marks the anniversary of the financial crisis and the efforts over the last five years to stabilize the economy and get it growing and creating jobs again. September 16, 2013.

 

 

 

Remarks by the Presideent at the Five-Year Anniversary of the Financial Crisis

 

 

The White House to Host Convening on Food Marketing to Children

 

 

Statement by the NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the Presidential Determination with Respect to Syria

 

 

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Remarks by the First Lady at the Música Latina Workshop

 

Remarks by the First Lady at the Música Latina Workshop

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MRS. OBAMA:  Good morning, everyone.

 

AUDIENCE: Good morning.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  And buenos dias.

 

AUDIENCE:  Buenos dias.

 

MRS. OBAMA:  That’s about all I got.  (Laughter.)  You guys, sit, rest.  It’s good to have you here.  How is everybody doing?  Did you get in easily?  Nobody got too wet?  It’s exciting.  You’re in the White House!  How does it feel?  (Applause.)

 

I want to start by introducing the wonderful people on stage with me.  Of course, we have Gloria and Emilio Estefan, who are just legends — (applause) — legends and dear, dear friends.  They have been here quite often, and they feel like family.  They’re used to this place, and we are so glad to have them back and — taking the time to do this.

 

We have Lila Downs — Lila.  (Applause.)  Romeo Santos we have, as well.  (Applause.)  Marco Antonio Solis.  (Applause.)  And my wonderful friend, Bob Santelli from the Grammy Museum, who has just been so instrumental in making these workshops happen.  Bob, thank you, as always, for being here.  (Applause.)

 

But our very special, most important guests today are all of you.  You guys come from the area — we’ve got Woodrow Wilson High School and the Columbia Heights Educational Campus here from D.C.  You guys, whoop it up.  Give yourselves a round of applause.  (Applause.)  We have students from Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring — (applause) — see, that’s what you do.  All right, we can go back to Woodrow Wilson and Columbia Heights, because you guys didn’t do that for yourselves.  (Applause.)  And Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia.  (Applause.)  Way to go, well done.  (Laughter.)

 

And I really want you all to know that today and every day, this is your house.  So I want you guys to relax, to loosen up, to take a deep breath.  Because I want to make sure that you get everything you can get out of this experience, and you can do that if you kind of breathe in and stop thinking about being in the State Room, but actually — using this as an opportunity to learn and ask questions.  So make yourselves at home.  That’s what this workshop is all about.  And it is one of the most important traditions that our family has started here at the White House.

 

Whenever we have musicians or artists or movie stars come here to perform — which these folks will be doing these evening for a bunch of rich people and fancy people and all of that, right — the most fun is when we invite young people like all of you here during the day so that you get a chance to talk to these folks and learn from them.  It’s a very special part of sharing what we do here at the White House with young people all over the country.

 

And we’ve held workshops from everything from classical music, we’ve done Motown, we’ve done country music.  We’ve even done some modern dance workshops, as well as workshops on civil rights.  We’re going to be doing some things with film in the coming month.

 

So today, in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re here to celebrate some of the most fun, dynamic rhythmic melodies you’ll ever hear in your entire life, and that’s Latin music.  Me encanta la musica Latina!  (Applause.)  I’m trying, I’m trying.  Both the girls are taking Spanish, and they think we’re pretty pathetic.  (Laughter.)

 

Now, the percussive beats and the buoyant melodies from these songs come just — from just about everywhere.  You’ll learn they come from the Caribbean and Mexico, and from Central and South America, and also even from Africa and Europe.  And when you put all of that together, you can’t help but move to the music — even the President, you will see tonight, will shake his groove thing every now and then.  (Laughter.)

 

And over the past few decades, more and more people across America have experienced this music for themselves — stars like Gloria and Ritchie Valens and Ricky Martin have not only helped Latin music move into the mainstream, but they have produced some of the biggest hits this world, this country has ever seen.

 

So in a little bit, I’m going to turn it over to Bob, and these wonderful people up here are going to talk to you about their music, but also about how they got where they are today, which is always so cool to hear.  So as you listen to their stories, I want you to think about how the lessons they’ve learned in their lives can apply to your own lives.  Because the truth is, I want you to remember that when all of us were your age, I’m sure that none of us imagined that we would be here in the White House — none of us.

 

I grew up on the South Side of Chicago.  My parents were working class.  I was a good student.  But no one could have told me that I would be the First Lady of the United States.

 

Romeo was just a shy kid from the Bronx who didn’t start singing until he joined his church choir when he was 13 years old.  And then, I hear that was just because he wanted to meet girls.  (Laughter.)  And Gloria still remembers growing up on meals of Spam and cheese.  Emilio first emigrated to the United States — when he did, he lived in an apartment, a little apartment in Miami with 15 cousins.  And Lila spent time working in her mom’s auto parts store in Mexico before her career got going.  And while Marco Antonio has been performing since he was a young boy, he knows that there’s no secret to his or anyone else’s success.  And one of the things he says — these are his words — he says, “Inspiration comes from hard work.  You can’t always wait for the muse.”

 

And that’s why he and all the folks up here spend so much time honing their craft.  They spend hours and hours every week, probably every day, practicing their songs, rewriting their melodies and fine-tuning their performances.  It doesn’t happen overnight.  And those are the kind of things that all of you will have to keep in mind and do as you work on pursuing whatever dreams you have.  The real message here is that it all takes hard work — it really does.

 

I can tell you now that the President spends hours — above and beyond what you see him do every day, he spends hours reading briefings and being advised.  And when he is not reading briefings and going over issues, he is reading whatever he can get his hands on so that he can stay on top of knowing everything he has to know about what’s going on in the world.  He works every day.  And he has always been that — well, I shouldn’t say always.  He was a little trifling as a young student.  (Laughter.)  He will even admit that.

 

But he woke up as a young man and decided, I have to get my act together.  And from then on, he has been a pretty serious, hardworking person.  The same is true for me.  Whenever I have to give a speech I spend a lot of time with my team working it over so that it looks good and it looks natural and that I understand what I’m saying.  It all takes hard work.

 

Any business leader that you see who is running a company, let me tell you, they spend a lifetime working on presentations and studying market trends.  Athletes, as you know, they bust their tails in the gym before, during, and after the games and off seasons.  Everybody is putting some work in.  If you are a scientist making great discoveries, let me tell you it will take decades of experimenting and researching before you’ll even get a glimmer of a breakthrough.

 

So, again, if there’s one thing I want you to take away from all of this is that if you find something that you’re passionate about — and that’s all us grownups wish for our kids, is that you find the thing that gives you passion — that when you find it, that you know that the next step is working hard.  There is no shortcut to pursuing your dreams — than hard work.  And you have everything you need right now, right this very second, to achieve what you want to achieve.

 

If you commit yourselves, and more importantly, if you commit yourselves to your education, there is nothing more important that you can be doing for yourselves right now than taking your education seriously and practicing that hard work on your books and your studies and your homework — being engaged, opening your mouth, raising your hand, making mistakes, getting over it when you do.  All of that stuff is preparation for the success that I hope all of you all see in the years to come.

 

And if you do all of that and don’t make excuses, don’t let excuses stand in the way of your success — if you do all of that I know that you might just one day either be performing or living right here in the White House.  You have what it takes.

 

So keep it up.  We are proud of you.  We love you all.  That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important for us to share these experiences with you, because you may just take away the thing that you need to spark that sense of possibility in yourselves or maybe pass it on to someone else.

 

So loosen up.  Breathe.  And take advantage of these folks who are spending this time with you today.  And I hope you have fun, and thanks for coming.  And good luck this year in school.  You all take care.  (Applause.)

 

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Mayors Against Illegal Guns: Close The Terror Gap


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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Suspected terrorists should be prohibited from purchasing guns and explosives, and a criminal background check should be required for all gun sales.

 

 

TELL CONGRESS: STOP TERRORISTS FROM BUYING GUNS

Under current law, a suspected terrorist on the FBI‘s No-Fly List can’t board an airplane – but they can still legally purchase guns and explosives.

 

This “Terror Gap” is a glaring loophole in our gun laws that threatens public safety and must be fixed immediately.

 

Suspected terrorists should be prohibited from purchasing guns and explosives just like felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill. And all gun sales should require a criminal background check to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people — including suspected terrorists.

 

Join us by signing the petition to Demand Action from Congress to immediately close the Terror Gap.

 

Under our current law, a suspected terrorist on the FBI’s No-Fly List can’t board an airplane – but they can still legally purchase guns and explosives.

 

This loophole, known as the “Terror Gap,” is a threat to public safety that Congress needs to address immediately.

 

Demand Action: Click here to tell Congress to close the terror gap.

 

The events in Boston last week reminded us that people on the FBI’s terrorist watch lists — such as Tamerlan Tsarnaev — can be extremely dangerous.

 

We don’t yet know how Tsarnaev purchased his gun, but we do know that people on the FBI’s terrorist watch lists tried to buy guns and explosives 1,453 times between February 2004 and December 2010.

 

Suspected terrorists should be prohibited from purchasing guns and explosives just like felons, domestic abusers, and the severely mentally ill. And we should require a criminal background check for all gun sales to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.

 

Click on the link below to automatically sign our petition telling Congress to close the terror gap immediately:

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For more than five years, legislation — originally drafted by the Bush Administration — has been pending in Congress that would close the Terror Gap. But the NRA has fought to keep this dangerous loophole open.

 

It’s time for Congress to stand up to the gun lobby and put public safety and national security ahead of a special interest.

 

Thank you,

Mayors Against Illegal Guns

 

 

 

 

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Boston Bombing Suspects (Maybe) Photo’s/Video Released By FBI


 

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FBI Releases Photos, Video of Boston Bomb Suspects

 

Published on Apr 18, 2013

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The FBI has released images and video of two suspects in the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.

 

Videotapes show two young-looking men wearing baseball caps, one white and one black, wearing jackets and carrying backpacks along the race route while weaving through the crowd.

 

The second man is seen planting the bag that eventually exploded, the FBI said at a press conference in Boston.

 

Special agent Richard DesLauriers said the pair were “armed and extremely dangerous” and warned the public not to approach them.

 

He said the pictures came from surveillance cameras near the explosion sites. One man sought by police is believed to have planted the devices near the finish line of the race.

 

“Identifying and locating those responsible is now our highest priority.. Someone out there knows these individuals,” Mr DesLauriers said.

 

The images were released hours after President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended an interfaith service at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Boston to remember the victims, including an 8-year-old boy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Surveillance Video Related to Boston Bombings

 

 

 

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