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Fed Prosecutor in 20th Hijacker Case Likely to Get Nod in N.Y. 9/11 Trial

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

Khalid Sheik Mohammad

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — It appears the man who helped prosecute the so called 20th hijacker on Sept. 11 — Zacarias Moussaoui — could get another bite out of the 9/11 apple in the Big Apple.

The New York Times is reporting that assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin of the Manhattan office is likely to get the nod to prosecute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others, who are slated for trial in New York, according to former colleagues.

“Mr. Raskin, 45, is one of the last remaining members of a cadre of seasoned terrorism prosecutors in the Manhattan office, a group that for the past decade and a half has handled many of the most high-profile cases of international terrorism,” the Times reported.

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DEA Hails Capture of Mexican Drug Lord Who Boiled Body Parts in Lye

mexico3By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The DEA is hailing the latest capture of a major Mexican drug lord, who was known to boil the body parts of his rivals in lye.

Mexican authorities on Tuesday captured drug lord Teodor Eduardo Garcia Simental just south of the California border, the New York Times reported.

”This is a big-time arrest,” Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington told the Times. ”We’re seeing a pattern here, a lot of high-profile captures.”

“Mr. Garcia, who went by the name ”El Teo,” did not necessarily look like someone accused of boiling his victims’ remains,” the Times reported. “The mug shot distributed by law enforcement officials showed him in a coat and tie, with chubby cheeks and a wisp of a mustache.”

On Wednesday, the DEA Acting Administrator Michele Leonhart issued a statement on the arrest:

“Today another Mexican cartel leader was taken off the street and is no longer able to carry out his bloody turf war. This arrest is one more demonstration of the growing capacity of the Government of Mexico to bring major drug traffickers to justice.

“This was not an isolated event: it exemplifies the growing effectiveness of our information sharing with the Calderon Administration, and our continued commitment to defeat the drug traffickers who have plagued both our nations.”

The Associated Press reported that American authorities had been helping to track El Teo  for five months. He was suspected of being behind dozens of murders of Mexican police.

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U.S. Atty Office in Wash. State Drops Rape Investigation into Magician David Copperfield

David Copperfield/photo from website
David Copperfield/photo from website

By Allan Lengel

Nearly three years after a former Miss Washington USA claimed she was raped by magician David Copperfield, the case is vanishing, People magazine is reporting.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington state indicated in court papers, without explanation, that it had terminated the grand jury probe into the allegations of rape on Copperfield’s private island in the Bahamas,  the magazine reported.

Emily Langlie, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office told that papers were filed to indicate that the criminal probe had ended so that the lawsuit the woman filed against Copperfield could proceed.

Copperfield’s representative had claimed all along the woman, who was 21 at the time, was lying about the allegations.


Police Say 3 Men in Ala. Posed as FBI Agents and Talked Way Into Home

FBI Joins Hunt in Drive-by That Wounded Anchorage Cop

anchorage-mapBy Allan Lengel

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.


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

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

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 People can also call the Norfolk FBI at 757-455-0100.

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