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Where Should FBI Open New Headquarters? Federal Government to Take Public Input

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government wants to hear your concerns about the location of the new FBI headquarters.

The General Services Administration scheduled public hearings next month to gather feedback on an Environmental Impact Statement on each of the three sites, the Washington Business-Journal reports. 

The first meeting is Sept. 22 near the potential new site in Springfield. The other sites under consideration are the Greenbelt Metro and the former Landover Mall.

Here is the schedule:

  • Springfield site: Sept. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Robert E. Lee High School, main lobby, 6540 Franconia Road, Springfield;
  • Greenbelt site: Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Greenbelt Branch Library auditorium, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt;
  • Current FBI site: Oct. 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., District Architecture Center, Hickok Cole Room, 421 7th St. NW;
  • Landover site: Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, Town Hall, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover.

GSA Narrows Down List of Potential Locations for New FBI Headquarters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The General Services Administration has narrowed down the list of possible new locations for a new FBI headquarters by adding more geographic requirements, the Washington Post reports.

The FBI has become more restrictive about location, saying the new headquarters must be within two miles of a Metrorail station and within two-and-a-half miles of the Capital Beltway.

The new map represents areas that fit the requirements.

Fairfax County Tries to Lure FBI HQ to Bustling Springfield, Va.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fairfax County in Virginia is lobbying the FBI to move its headquarters to an abandoned warehouse in Springfield, the Washington Post reports.

The location is perfect, Fairfax officials said.

It’s close to the Metro and major highways and the warehouse meets the needs of a new headquarters, the Post reported.

It appears Fairfax has competition from Prince George County, which also is close to the Metro and major highways.

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An FBI Raid, a Suicide Kit and Egg on the Face of an Oregon Police Department

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ooops.

The oops began when the FBI in San Diego notified the Springfield, Or. cops that a man in that community had purchased a suicide kit from a 91-year-old retired science teacher in California.

The FBI had raided the California woman’s home four months ago and then started — although belatedly — notifying police departments around the country about customers who had purchased the kit, Reuters news service reported.

On Tuesday, the Oregon police department stormed the home of a customer, and busted down the door in an attempt to save the person’s life.

Well, turns out that the home belonged to a copy editor at the Register-Guard newspaper who had purchased the homemade kit for a reporter working on a story about the issue.

Reuters reported that the copy editor wasn’t home at the time and the do-it-yourself asphyxiation package purchased seven months ago was in the reporter’s desk drawer.

Reuters reported that police apologized for the intrusion. Police explained that they had knocked the down the door thinking the man might be in danger of killing himself.

“We’re going to fix the door,” Springfield police sergeant John Umenhofer said, according to Reuters. “But we always err of the side of going in, if there is a question of safety.”

Reuters reports that San Diego FBI spokesman in San Diego Darrell Foxworth conceded that there was a four month lapse between the time the FBI raided the California woman’s home and notified the Springfield, Or., department. He said it took time to review the California woman’s records and get the word to local authorities.

 

It’s Raining SACs; FBI Announces 4 New Ones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On Monday, it appeared to be raining new special agents in charge at the FBI.

The agency announced the names of four new SACs: Christopher M. Piehota for the Buffalo Division; James L. Turgal for the Phoenix Division; Stephen L. Morris for the Houston Division and David A. Ford for the Springfield, Ill. Division.

Christopher M. Piehota most recently served as the deputy director for operations at the Terrorist Screening Center. He started his career as an agent in 1995 at the Newark office.

James L. Turgal most recently served as special assistant to the deputy director. He entered the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to Houston.

David A. Ford most recently served as chief of the Cyber Intelligence Section and was the senior executive responsible for organizing and leading the FBI’s analysis and reporting on cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, Internet fraud, intellectual property rights theft, and other high-technology crimes. He joined the FBI in 1992 in South Carolina.

Stephen L. Morris most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. He joined the FBI in 1988 as  as an administrative file clerk in the Honolulu Division.  In 1991, he completed new agent training in Quantico and was assigned to the El Paso bureau.

“Talib Islam” Gets 28 Years in FBI Sting After Trying to Blow Up Fed Courthouse in Ill.


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A man nicknamed the “Talib Islam” was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to attempting to bomb the federal courthouse in Springfield, Ill., in September 2009, authorities said.

Michael C. Finton, 31, a U.S. citizen from Decatur, Ill., was busted in an FBI sting. He was sentenced in East St. Louis, Ill., federal court.

According to the plea agreement and court documents, Finton met on several occasions with someone  he thought was linked to al Qaeda, when in fact the person was an undercover FBI agent.

During a meeting on July 29, 2009, Finton proposed targeting the federal building in Springfield and using two vehicles: the first to do the initial damage, and the second to attack the responders, authorities said.

Finton also suggested that if the bomb was big enough it might also “take out” the office of the congressman across the street from the federal building, authorities said.

Finton admitted traveling on Sept. 23, 2009,  from Decatur to Springfield where he took control of a truck he thought contained a bomb with about one ton of explosives. The the bomb was actually fake.

Finton drove the truck to the Paul Findley Federal Building and Courthouse at 600 East Monroe Street in Springfield, and parked it immediately outside the building and across the street from where a U.S. Congressman had an office.

After Finton parked the van and armed the device, he locked the truck and got into a vehicle with an undercover FBI agent agent whom he believed was associated with the al-Qaeda terrorist organization.

Finton tried using a cell phone to try and detonate the bomb after he and the undercover agent had driven a safe distance away.

“Michael Finton is one of a number of young Americans over the past two years who, under the influence of a radical and violent ideology, have sought to carry out acts of terrorism in the United States,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Todd Hinnen said in a statement.

“Although a coordinated undercover law enforcement investigation thwarted Mr. Finton’s plot to destroy the federal courthouse in Springfield, this case underscores the need to remain vigilant against the threat posed by homegrown extremism.”

A Big Goof By the Feds Resulted in Mobster’s Murder, Gang Land News Reports


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A goof by federal law enforcement resulted in the murder of Genovese family mobster Adolfo (Big Al) Bruno in 2003, Gang Land News reports.

The website on the Mafia reported that a federal probation officer mentioned in a pre-sentence report to a Massachusetts federal judge that Bruno, who ran the Springfield, Mass. rackets for the crime family,  had cooperated with the FBI. The pre-sentence report was for mobster Emilio Fusco.

When Fusco,  who is entitled to see the report, read the passage about Bruno snitching, he told other mobsters, Gang Land reported. Eventually, then-acting mob boss Arthur (The Little Guy) Nigro put a hit out on Bruno, one mobster testified in court.

The information about the pre-sentence report surfaced in an a federal trial for  Nigro and two associates,  Fotios Geas and Ty Geas. All three were convicted Friday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan in Bruno’s murder and other crimes.

Gang Land quoted a former fed prosecutor as saying: “Obviously, Bruno’s name should not have been in the (pre-sentence report) as the source of the information. It’s like putting a bulls-eye on the guy’s chest.”

Gang Land reported that another former law enforcement source said: “To me, it looks like everyone messed up. The agent shouldn’t have given Bruno’s name to the prosecutor; the prosecutor shouldn’t have repeated it to the probation department, and the probation officer shouldn’t have included it in his report.”

Gangland reported that the FBI declined comment.

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FBI’s Stu McArthur Leaves the Mothership to Head Springfield, Ill. Office

Stu McArthur
Stu McArthur

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON – Stu McArthur, an Inspector in the FBI Inspection Division at headquarters, is leaving the mothership to head up the Springfield, Ill. office as special agent in charge.

He replaces Karen Spangenberg, who was recently named deputy assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division.

McArthur started his FBI career in 1990 and was first assigned to the New York office where he worked on a drug enforcement task force with the N.Y. police department investigating Colombian drug cartels.

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