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Archive for January 12th, 2010

FBI Joins Hunt in Drive-by That Wounded Anchorage Cop

anchorage-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has joined local and state police in the hunt for whoever is responsible for a drive-by shooting that wounded an Anchorage police officer on Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The officer, Jason Allen, 47, was shot five times and remained hospitalized, the paper wrote.

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Ex-FBI Official Says FBI Should Get Some Credit For Fighting Terrorism

James Kallstrom is a former FBI Assistant Director and a member of the FBI Director’s Advisory Group. He was also a director of the New York Homeland Security Agency.

terrorism

By JAMES KALLSTROM
New York Post Op-Ed

Ever since 9/11, critics have suggested that the FBI isn’t up to its task as our nation’s lead counterterrorism agency.

Yet, as the nation focused on the failures of the intelligence community in the Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, last Friday saw two more arrests in the ongoing FBI investigation of a plot to bomb New York City first exposed by the September arrest of Najibullah Zazi.

It’s easy to stand on the periphery, without the benefit of real-world experience, and render judgments with the benefit of hindsight. But counterterrorism cases are extremely complex and often require a relatively quick series of judgments, often with incomplete information. Counterterror investigations and intelligence gathering aren’t black and white, simple or easy.

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Drug War in Mexico Continues to Spin Out of Control: 69 Murders in One Day

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — If there’s any doubt the narco-terror war in Mexico is real and getting crazier– just look to Saturday: 69 people were murdered, including 26 in the border town of Ciudad Juarez, the Associated Press is reporting.

In 2009, Mexico recorded more than 6,500 drug related murders.

The AP reports that the drug murders are “becoming more grotesque.”

“Last week a victim’s face was peeled from his skull and sewn onto a soccer ball,” the AP reported. “On Monday, prosecutors in Culiacan identified the remains of 41-year-old former police officer divided into two separate ice chests.”

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FBI Creates Email for Tips for Serial Killings in Virginia in 1980s

colonial_parkwayBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI has created  an e-mail account to collect tips on at least eight slayings between 1986 and 1989 in Virginia known as the Colonial Parkway Murders, the Washington Examiner is reporting.

None of the murders along the 23-mile stretch between Jamestown and Yorktown have been solved and the FBI said it “will use DNA and other new techniques to take a fresh look at the murders”, the paper reported.

The e-mail is Colonial_Parkway_Murders@ic.fbi.gov. People can also call the Norfolk FBI at 757-455-0100.

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Atty. Gen. Holder Swears in Mass. First Woman and Hispanic U.S. Attorney

Carmen Ortiz

Carmen Ortiz

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Eric Holder Jr., the nation’s first black Attorney General, on Monday swore in Carmen Milagros Ortiz as Massachusetts’ first woman and Hispanic U.S. Attorney.

The two first met 30 years ago when Holder was a young lawyer in the Justice Department and Ortiz was a law student serving an internship in his unit, the Boston Globe reported.

“Have we come a long way, huh?” Ortiz said to Holder, drawing a hearty applause from the packed courtroom, the Globe reported.

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The Latest from the Once Friendly Skies: FBI Arrested Intoxicated Passenger Who Locked Himself in Bathroom

plane window2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — And now for the latest from the once friendly skies.

Authorities say a Virginia man who forced an Atlanta to San Francisco AirTran flight to divert to Colorado on Jan. 8 got angry after flight attendants cut him off from having more alcohol, according to Denver tv station KDVR. He had downed 5 airplane sized wines.

Federal prosecutors say Muhammad Abu Tahir, 47, eventually locked himself in the bathroom and took off some of his clothes and at one point  placed his shoes and socks outside, the station reported, the station reported.

At another point he opened the lavatory door, revealing that he was shaving with no shirt, the tv station reported, referring to the arrest affidavit. As a precaution, flight attendants strategically placed beverage carts to prevent the man from reaching the cockpit.

Two military F-16s escorted the plane to Colorado Springs Airport while Tahir remained in the bathroom, the station reported.  The  FBI then arrested him.

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Ex-FBI Agent and ticklethewire.com Columnist Greg Stejskal Says FBI Knew About McGwire’s Steroid Use Way Back

Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal

Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Former FBI agent Greg Stejskal, a columnist for ticklethewire.com, tells ESPN.com that he didn’t need baseball slugger Mark McGwire’s confession on Monday to know he was taking illegal steroids.

Stejskal says informants told the FBI about McGwire’s doping regimen two decades ago and added that it was unfortunate he wasn’t caught back then during a federal steroid probe dubbed Operation Equine that Stejskal helped lead for the FBI.

Stejskal tells ESPN.com that the feds never considered charges against McGwire, but had they, it might have brought more attention to the problem.

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Read Stejksal’s late column on steroids