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FBI Investigates Threats Against Family of U.S. Soldier Who Was Freed from Taliban Captivity

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have received threats since their son was freed from five years of Taliban captivity in exchange for the release of five detainees at Guantanamo Bay, CNN reports.

The FBI is investigating but wouldn’t elaborate on the seriousness of the threats.

“We are working jointly with our state and local partners and taking each threat seriously,” FBI Special Agent William Facer told CNN in an e-mail on Saturday.

Since his release, some in the military have claimed that troops have been killed while searching for Bergdahl.

The military said there’s no evidence to support that.

Bergdahl went missing in June 2009 as a member of the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Jury Convicts New York Man of Trying to Seek Terrorism Training Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A jury Monday convicted a New York man of lying to the FBI about plans to train with terrorists like the Taliban or al-Qaida, the Associated Press reports.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh now faces up to 21 years in prison when sentenced.

Shehadeh’s friends testified that he spoke of wanting to die while waging holy war against the U.S. abroad .

He first caught the suspicion of the FBI in 2009 when he purchased a one-way ticket to Islambad, the AP reported.

Undercover FBI Agent Kept Tabs on Three California Men Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three California men charged with plotting terrorist attacks on Americans and military bases overseas were planning to join the Taliban in Afghanistan and eventually fight for al-Qaida, the FBI said, the Associated Press reports.

Little did they know, an undercover agent was recording their conversations.

“The main lesson learned is: Don’t underestimate these groups,” FBI Special Agent David Bowdich told the AP. “This is a very serious case. I think ultimately the outcome was a success.”

The three were to fly to Istanbul, travel to Afghanistan and train to be terrorists to kill Americans living abroad, the AP reported.

4 Men With Ties to California Held in Terrorist Plot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced Monday night that it had busted four men -, including one who served in the Air Force —  who allegedly plotted to join Qaeda and the Taliban to commit “violent jihad” and bomb military bases and government facilities,  the Los Angeles Times reported.

The four men had ties to southern California.

A criminal complaint alleges that one of the men Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, traveled in July to Afghanistan, where he arranged for terrorist training to be conducted with Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives.

The complaint, according to the LA Times, also alleged that Kabir introduced Ontario, Calif. resident Ralph Deleon, 23, and Upland, Calif., resident Miguel Alejandro Santana, 21, to “radical and violent Islamic doctrine.”

To read the full story click here.

 

Feds Drop Terrorism Charge Against Miami Cab Driver

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors dropped their terrorism case against a former Miami cab driver held for nearly a year on charges that he provided aid to Pakistani Taliban terrorists, the Miami Herald reports.

The U.S. attorney’s office didn’t elaborate on why they dismissed charges against Irfan Khan, 39, a U.S. citizen who is married with two children.

Police arrested Khan in May 2011 in Los Angeles on charges that he conspired with his father, brother and three others to provide financial aid to the Pakistani Taliban, a recognized terrorist group, according to the Miami Herald.

The case made international headlines.

Khan’s brother and father remain in custody awaiting trial in November.

The others accused are believed to be living in Pakistan, the Miami Herald reported.

One of Largest Heroin Traffickers in the World Convicted on Drug and Narco-Terrorism Charges

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An Afghan national with ties to the Taliban who authorities described as “one of the largest heroin traffickers in the world” was convicted Tuesday in fed court in D.C. on drug and narco-terrrorism charges, the Justice Department said.

Haji Bagcho, who hailed from Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, was investigated by the DEA. Authorities said he manufactured heroin in clandestine laboratories along Afghanistan’s border region with Pakistan and sold the product to more than 20 countries, including the U.S.

He then sent the proceeds to support high-level members of the Taliban to further their insurgency in Afghanistan, the Justice Dept. said.

“Haji Bagcho was a prolific and dangerous heroin manufacturer, trafficking in over 123,000 kilograms of the drug in 2006 alone,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in a statement.

“Moreover, he used proceeds from his crimes to fund Taliban insurgents and fuel their ongoing ‘jihad’ against the United States and others. The effects of Bagcho’s criminal activity were felt all over the world, and today’s guilty verdict ensures that he will serve a lengthy prison term.”

Fundraising Efforts Continue for Family of Wounded DEA Agent Joe Piersante

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Efforts to help the family of Joe Piersante, a DEA agent wounded in Afghanistan last year while on a mission, is continuing.

Besides raising money through t-shirt sales,  people are being encouraged to contribute directly to the family by sending a check  to JFCU at the following address and endorsement for their contribution:

Justice Federal Credit Union, 5175 Parkstone Drive, Suite 200, Chantilly, VA 20151

Check should be made payable to: Joe Piersante Warrior Fund. Endorse Check “For Deposit” Account Number: 11000002132840.

The DEA said that Piersante was operating in Helmand Province Afghanistan on a counter-narcotics mission along with a combined task force of Afghan National Units along with Australian Special Operations Forces when he encountered Taliban insurgents.

Piersante was struck in the head with a 7.62 mm round, which penetrated his ballistic helmet, passed through both frontal lobes of his brain and caused severe trauma to both optical nerves.

The DEA says he has progressed and is home, but will need to undergo months of intensive rehabilitation.

Here’s how to get the t-shirt to help the family : Pre-Order Sale. Contact Randy Updegraff @ JPWarriorFund@comcast.net or a POC in your area to consolidate orders. Request payment in advance; checks made out to Randy Updegraff in order to better able to facilitate production of the shirts and gauge demand. Denote quantity and size in orders: (2XL, XL, L, M.) Remit Payment to DEA Philadelphia, 600 Arch Street, Suite 10224, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Attn: Randy Updegraff (Group 2).

People are urged to include a mailing address and e-mail address with each order. Orders will be placed on March 1.

 

DEA Commando-Style Squads Operating Far Beyond the War Zone

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s commando style squads that were established during the Bush years to battle Taliban-linked drug traffickers in Afghanistan are operating in regions far beyond that war zone, field, according to the New York Times.

The Times reports that the DEA now has five commando-style squads that have been “quietly deploying for the past several years to Western Hemisphere nations — including Haiti, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Belize — that are battling drug cartels.”

“You have got to have special skills and equipment to be able to operate effectively and safely in environments like this,” said Michael A. Braun, a former head of operations for the drug agency who helped design the program, the Times reported. “The D.E.A. is working shoulder-to-shoulder in harm’s way with host-nation counterparts.”

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