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ICE Long Beach shootout: As immigration cauldron boils, ICE agents buckle
CS Monitor ^ | Feb 18, 2012 | Patrik Johnson

Posted on 02/19/2012 7:34:57 AM PST by KeyLargo

ICE Long Beach shootout: As immigration cauldron boils, ICE agents buckle

The Long Beach, Calif., shooting that left one Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent dead and another wounded comes as the Obama administration has moved to improve morale among embattled ICE agents.

By Patrik Jonsson, Staff writer / February 18, 2012

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The internecine shootout that ended with one Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent dead and another critically wounded in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday comes on the heels of an Obama administration effort to relieve dysfunction and morale problems within a frontline agency tasked with enforcing the nation's border laws.

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The shootings came during an apparent counseling session between ICE supervisor Kevin Kozak and a lower-ranking supervisor, Agent Esequiel “Zeke” Garcia, where a third agent was in the room as a witness. During the hearing, Mr. Garcia allegedly drew his service weapon and shot Mr. Kozak six times. The third agent drew his weapon and killed Garcia.

ICE Director John Morton flew to Long Beach Friday to meet with the wounded ICE supervisor and the agent who killed Garcia.

"Both of these men came to work yesterday never imagining if they would literally be fighting for their lives, but that is exactly what in fact happened, and they were tested in a very dangerous way and showed incredible fortitude," Mr. Morton said.

Morton's response to the deadly, puzzling drama is the latest attempt to confront problems rooted in the agency's creation in 2003, when it was formed as a merger between U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

As early as 2005, the Office of the Inspector General began noting troubling operational dysfunction within the nation's immigration enforcement ranks.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: agents; aliens; ice; shootout
More information here on the bad morale of the ICE agents under the Obama and Napolitano strangle hold on immigration law enforcement:

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47321/ice-agents-shooting-no-surprise-w-obama-bad-morale-mgt-immmigration-agency/

1 posted on 02/19/2012 7:35:08 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47321/ice-agents-shooting-no-surprise-w-obama-bad-morale-mgt-immmigration-agency/


2 posted on 02/19/2012 7:35:43 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

ICE are allowed to enforce the borders? Who knew?


3 posted on 02/19/2012 7:39:56 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: KeyLargo
Just when you thought that we might have enough popo orgs with SWAT Teams:


4 posted on 02/19/2012 7:41:37 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: KeyLargo
"More information here on the bad morale of the ICE agents under the Obama and Napolitano strangle hold on immigration law enforcement."

I tend to think it was just one guy hanging on to his sanity by a thread. While I'm the first to blame obambi and nappy for their unContitutional ways and incompetence, I think this just an example of a bad apple. Apparently, it was about being "dressed down" by his superior with a witness that sent him over the edge.

People get the "crazies" no matter what their job or profession. Not everything is related to fedgov policies. Some just lose it. You don't kill your boss because you want to expose the bad policies of ICE/DHS. You whistle-blow if you have half a mind. Apparently, that's all this guy had - half.

5 posted on 02/19/2012 7:45:45 AM PST by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: KeyLargo
"ICE Deputy Special Agent in Charge for Los Angeles, Kevin Kozak, was initially shot by ICE Senior Supervisory Special Agent Zeke Garcia at ICE’s Long Beach office. Garcia was then shot and killed by ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Perry Woo. "

Well, aren't they special.

6 posted on 02/19/2012 7:48:34 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: A Navy Vet

I agree this was primarily a management issue which is very common throughout the private and public sector. The difference here is that those involved are always armed.

“But while he certainly did not deserve to be shot, the many ICE agents I know have universally condemned this man and not a single one is surprised this happened.”

“ICE has already begun the spin, portraying the shooter as a nut. But he was not. ICE Agent Zeke Garcia (full name: Ezequiel Garcia), a Group Supervisor who oversaw a team of ICE agents, had a long career at ICE reportedly without a problem. He was a universally liked man who was bullied by Kozak and snapped.”

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47321/ice-agents-shooting-no-surprise-w-obama-bad-morale-mgt-immmigration-agency/


7 posted on 02/19/2012 7:58:42 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Every once in a while you can see a Big shiney new ICE suv sitting on the side of I-95 with folks inside.
Never actually see them doing anything though.
And that to me is a little strange. As within a 30 minute drive is a dozen little enclaves with majority illegal.


8 posted on 02/19/2012 8:01:50 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: KeyLargo

The next big move should be to merge into ICE the US Postal Service. That should make for some fireworks.


9 posted on 02/19/2012 8:11:43 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: KeyLargo

“I agree this was primarily a management issue which is very common throughout the private and public sector. The difference here is that those involved are always armed.”

Seems to me that it’s a safety hazard to permit them to bring loaded guns into the office...


10 posted on 02/19/2012 8:14:12 AM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: KeyLargo

Boy...This is turning into something

ICE Deputy Special Agent in Charge for Los Angeles, Kevin Kozak, was initially shot by ICE Senior Supervisory Special Agent Zeke Garcia at ICE’s Long Beach office. Garcia was then shot and killed by ICE Assistant Special Agent in Charge Perry Woo. Garcia was in a “counseling session” with Kozak, reportedly over a disciplinary matter, and Woo was there as the witness, the typical procedure for such matters. Garcia shot Kozak four times and then was shot and killed by Woo.

It’s unusual that federal agents would feel sorry for the man who did the shooting (and was ultimately killed) and not for the man who was initially shot and lived. But, in this case, the man who was initially shot yesterday, ICE Los Angeles Deputy Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kozak, was part of the problem, not the solution. I condemn violence, I wish him well, and I hope he fully recovers. But while he certainly did not deserve to be shot, the many ICE agents I know have universally condemned this man and not a single one is surprised this happened. In fact, a retired federal agent I know who worked at ICE told me that everyone predicted that one of these days, Kozak was going to take a bullet by fed-up, abused employees. Other agents from all over the country have echoed the sentiment. I’m told that there have been years of complaints filed against Kozak for bad management and discrimination. Never once was anything done about it. And the fish rots from the head down, with the head being Obama appointee/ICE Chief John Moron Morton, who is flying to Los Angeles to “save the day” that can’t be saved and get face time for his faux-somberness. As I first reported here long ago, this is the same Los Angeles ICE division that was headed by two corrupt agents, Robert Schoch and is close personal BFF Jennifer Silliman, both of whom were allowed to keep their jobs despite what agents was their apparently faking of expenses (the official allegations were “embezzlement” and “misuse of ICE funds”). Obama’s John Morton and Suzie “Stripper Pole” Barr let them get away with it. (As I reported, Kozak was Schoch’s acting replacement ta the time.)

ICE has already begun the spin, portraying the shooter as a nut. But he was not. ICE Agent Zeke Garcia (full name: Ezequiel Garcia), a Group Supervisor who oversaw a team of ICE agents, had a long career at ICE reportedly without a problem. He was a universally liked man who was bullied by Kozak and snapped. As one former ICE agent said, “What does it take for a great guy like this to snap like this? Answer: Kevin Kozak.” Garcia was originally with the INS and that was, reportedly, part of why he was bullied. Yet another episode, this one very tragic, in the old INS/Customs dispute, as the two agencies merged into ICE and ICE pretends to do immigration enforcement but actually does nothing.

**** UPDATE: One ICE agent who knew Garcia says the dispute was regarding Garcia being yanked around, being deliberately transferred by Kozak to an office that would add 90 minutes to his daily commute:

He was recently divorced and has a kid. After the divorce, they moved him from the Laguna office to Long Beach increasing his commute by 90 minutes and, then, were screwing with him and tried to discipline him. There are a lot of high strung guys in the agency, but Zeke was never one of them.

END UPDATE ****

One ICE agent:

Kozak, who is an open INS hater, was going after yet another legacy INS supervisor and got shot. The Group Supervisor that shot him, Zeke Garcia was a great guy from what I knew of him. He was killed by ASAC [Assistant Special Agent in Charge] Perry Woo. What a continued mess that office is. Congress should investigate the whole merger and the continued assault of the legacy INS folks in HSI [Homeland Security Investigations, ICE’s new branding].

Expect our agency to go dead last in that federal survey.

Another:

Kozak is a well known a**hole, from the John Chakwin school of management. None of the agents are surprised by this. ICE has the kind of management that pushes, and pushes and it was just a matter of time before they pushed a guy over the edge. What a f**ked up outfit.

And another:

Deputy SAIC Kevin Kozak….. One of the most despised and corrupt agents in the agency. ICE has already begun their coverup and attack against “the shooter” who was a very good and liked agent. I have personally overheard agents talk that someday Kozak would take a bullet…. That it was just a matter time.

I have personally assisted agents with their formal written complaints against this pieces of s**t. Kozak has more mismanagement and discrimination complaints filed against him than probably any other supervisor in the agency, yet because of his connections in DC, the agency never does anything. Now they will surround the wagons around Kozak “the victim” and trash the name of ” the shooter”.

And finally another (sarcastically):

What a peachy agency ICE is!!!!

Again, I do not condone the violence against Mr. Kozak. But when an agent opens fire on another agent and shoots four times, apparently trying to kill another agent, it’s not usual he gets sympathy and the victim is universally disdained. In fact, it’s usually the other way around.

That should tell you something about ICE. John Morton should have handed his resignation in last night. Or, rather, long before that. But he needs a job and a way to make free booty call trips to the galpal in New York.

America . . . Desperate But NOT Serious.


11 posted on 02/19/2012 8:19:58 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: KeyLargo
In some sort of weird alternate reality I had an anti-CC guy tell me yesterday that this incident proved the fallacy of concealed carry providing security. I was speechless and let it go.

I can't wrap my mind around the type of twisted reasoning that is required to come to his conclusion? We do not inhabit the same planet as some of these folks.

12 posted on 02/19/2012 8:25:05 AM PST by arkady_renko (I want to believe.)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

I was just wondering ... will “Going ICE” become the new “Going Postal”?


13 posted on 02/19/2012 8:26:18 AM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: BobL

Actually over the years there have been shooting incidents in law enforcement offices or police stations where savy felons being interviewed about a crime are well aware that some officers and agents keep their handguns in a desk drawer or file cabinet while in their offices and those offenders have gotten to the gun(s) and started shooting.


14 posted on 02/19/2012 8:33:16 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
-- The next big move should be to merge into ICE the US Postal Service. --

ROTFL.

15 posted on 02/19/2012 8:36:25 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: BobL
-- Seems to me that it's a safety hazard to permit them to bring loaded guns into the office... --

Or anyplace else they are likely to encounter another agent.

16 posted on 02/19/2012 8:37:45 AM PST by Cboldt
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
There are a lot of high strung guys in the agency, but Zeke was never one of them

I'd say that might be a little bit disputable...

17 posted on 02/19/2012 8:42:11 AM PST by ErnBatavia (Carterize Obama in November)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Fascinating.


18 posted on 02/19/2012 8:47:24 AM PST by patton ("Je pense donc je suis," - My Horse.)
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To: KeyLargo
Office of the Inspector General began noting troubling operational dysfunction within the nation's immigration enforcement ranks

As in an immigration enforcement agency not allowed to enforce immigration law or protect the borders.

19 posted on 02/19/2012 9:48:23 AM PST by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Paladin2

“Special agent” X three

This has me thinking that perhaps federal agents ... cannot be trusted with firearms.
Keep in mind the 2nd mentions only the right of the people to keep and bear arms (shall not be infringed).
Carrying this odd argument to its logical extremes, now that our armed forces are being staffed with (`high-strung’) homosexuals, and NCOs will be required to wear pregnancy-related gear—all those hormones racing around—well, it’s Obama’s own fault. (And can the SS be trusted with weapons?)
We may have step in.


20 posted on 02/19/2012 10:23:04 AM PST by tumblindice ( And that's just my opening statement)
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To: tumblindice

Exhibit A: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/bizarre/dea-agent-foot-shoot-suit


21 posted on 02/19/2012 10:27:11 AM PST by tumblindice ( And that's just my opening statement)
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To: KeyLargo
There about 9000 ICE agents and only a fraction of them actually work immigration cases. I worked for ICE for a year and from my experience I saw that legacy INS agensts were looked down upon. Sending agents to the immigration group was seen as a punishment.

Being good at enforcing immigration law and damaging the bad guys, often means ruining your personal life on top of recieving nothing but derision and contempt from ICE management.

22 posted on 02/19/2012 10:28:30 AM PST by Ajnin (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnocet!)
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie

Your post fits my experience with ICE as I noted in post 22. The assistant RAC I worked for had a banner in his office that stated “I’m not Hispanic, I’m Mexican”.


23 posted on 02/19/2012 10:37:08 AM PST by Ajnin (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnocet!)
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To: KeyLargo

It can’t be easy pretending to be law enforcement officers tasked with securing the border against the invasion of illegal alien hordes and then being told to turn a blind eye and instead help the illegals find the local hospitals and welfare offices, and direct them to local Democrat party campaign offices where they can register to vote. It must be very confusing for these agents.


24 posted on 02/19/2012 10:38:49 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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Tired of the disruptions?


25 posted on 02/19/2012 10:44:54 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: KeyLargo
What I heard, was that even though they managed to kill this Garcia, there is a long paper trail against Kozak for absolutely insane activities. That particular office is notoriously poisoned by this Kozak character.

If you look at what happened in the Phoenix ATF office, you can see they were trying to push Agent Dodson to do things that were illegal so he wouldn't be able to blow the whistle.

One of the problems in federal law enforcement seems to be an environment where you can't fire people for completely incompetent leadership. If a bad egg gets promoted, then it seems practically impossible to get rid of him, no matter how much damage he is doing.

A perfect example is the interim head of CBP, Aguilar. When he was head of the Tucson sector for Border Patrol he screamed to have more agents sent down TDY to help with the obvious problems down there. Then he insisted that those agents be housed in a set of rental properties, that were owned by him. Thanks to some shell games he managed to dodge a negative finding with the subsequent internal affairs investigation and still got promoted to head USBP. Gross misuse of government vehicles (towing your boat with your government vehicle), awarding contracts to have your office remodeled by your buddy, leaving your office short of agents because your agents get tired of the nonsense and quit. All those activities get a pass. Illegal activities seem, at worst, to get you a transfer but no demotion.

This isn't a problem with the average line agents, it is a problem in how they pick leadership and the complete lack of accountability in the leadership ranks.

26 posted on 02/19/2012 11:23:35 AM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: ErnBatavia

I would tend to agree, after 4 shots it became excessive.


27 posted on 02/19/2012 11:31:03 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ErnBatavia

The more I read about this Hands, Knee, Arm makes me think that, with six rounds, Garcia’s intent was to maim Kozak not kill him outright.


28 posted on 02/19/2012 11:42:25 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Paladin2

February 19, 2012, - 2:17 pm

Muslim Capitol Bomb Plotter Was Illegal Alien Bush/Obama Wouldn’t Deport

By Debbie Schlussel

Amine El Khalifi a/k/a Sidi Mohamed Amine El Khalifi, the Moroccan national who plotted to blow up the U.S. Capitol Building as a suicide bomber, is exactly the kind of illegal alien the Bush and Obama Administrations told ICE agents NOT to deport, not to round up. Hands off. You see, until the plot in which FBI agents set up El-Khalifi, he was an illegal alien who’d been here for over a decade without a criminal record. And beginning with Bush–but made doubly official under Obama–ICE agents were ordered not to arrest or deport illegal aliens without a criminal record...

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/47376/muslim-capitol-bomb-plotter-was-illegal-alien-bushobama-wouldnt-deport/


29 posted on 02/20/2012 7:15:07 AM PST by KeyLargo
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