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Archive for January 15th, 2010

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U.S. Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, was killed on Jan. 9 by a A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing the information to three Pakistani intelligence officials, the AP reported that the strike killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, a suspect in a deadly 1986 Pan American plane hijacking.

“The death would be the latest victory for the CIA-led missile campaign against militant targets in Pakistan’s insurgent-riddled tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, a campaign that has recently escalated,” the AP reported.

The FBI website said: “Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim was indicted in the District of Columbia for his alleged role in the September 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways Flight 73 during a stop in Karachi, Pakistan. The attack resulted in the murder of 20 passengers and crew, including two American citizens, and the attempted murder of 379 passengers and crew, including 89 American citizens.”

The site listed his citizenship as “Palestinian and possibly Lebanese”.

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Weekend Stories of Interest

NBA Star Arenas Pleads Guilty: Gun Case Ends in a Whimper Rather Than a Bang

Verizon Center where Arenas brought the guns
Verizon Center where Arenas brought the guns

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It ended with a whimper rather than a loud bang, which is probably a good thing.

Troubled NBA Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Sentencing is set for March 6. And though he could face six to 24 months in jail, he’s likely to get probation.  Arenas has been suspended indefinitely from the team he had been expected to help improve this year.

“Playing with firearms is no joke,” U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, who is a known Wizards fan, said in a statement. “Today’s guilty plea to a felony county of carrying a pistol without a license reflects the seriousness and grave risk of such conduct.”

Authorities say Arenas brought four guns to the Verizon Center in December. On Dec. 21, he placed the firearms on the chair of a teammate he’d been beefing with, along with a note — that was supposedly in jest — that said “Pick 1”.

Arenas’ attorney Kenneth Wainstein,  a  former U.S. Attorney who was Channing Phillips’ boss, issued a statement:

“Earlier this afternoon, Gilbert Arenas appeared before the Honorable Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and pled guilty to a charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license.  He accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct.  Mr. Arenas appreciates the professionalism of the authorities handling this matter.”

FBI Launches Digital Fugitive Billboard in Times Square

fbi photo
fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, you can’t get much more high profile than this: a GIANT billboard in the middle of Times Square in the Big Apple.

The FBI announced Friday that it was unveiling a digital billboard in Times Square that will highlight wanted fugitives, missing persons and high-priority security messages.

“Most people come to Times Square to be famous, these guys are going to be infamous,” said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.

The FBI said the billboard “is part of a nationwide initiative made possible through a partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, an advertising company that’s providing the space as a public service, which will enable the FBI to highlight those individuals who we’re looking for the most in a given area: violent criminals, kidnap victims, missing kids, bank robbers, and more.”

The FBI has access to similar billboards around the country.

fbi billboard2 fbi photo“With millions of people passing through Times Square every year, there is no better way to draw attention to our most wanted fugitives than through this billboard initiative,”Joseph M. Demarest, head of the N.Y. FBI said in a statement.

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Arkansas Teen Pleads Guilty in Plot to Kill Pres. Obama During Campaign

white house photo

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old white supremacist from Arkansas pleaded guilty Thursday in Tennessee federal court  to charges of plotting to kill President Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of threatening to kill and harm a presidential candidate and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces up to 10 years in prison.  His plot allegedly also included plans to kill black students.

His co-defendant, white supremacist Daniel Cowart, 21, of Bells, Tenn., remains in custody and is awaiting a Feb. 22 trial. Both men were arrested in October 2008.

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