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Elizabeth Fries to Head FBI’s Louisville Division

Elizabeth Fries/fbi photo

Elizabeth Fries/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Elizabeth A. Fries,  special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters, is taking over the agency’s Louisville division as special agent in charge.

Fries joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Indianapolis Division where she worked a variety of cases including public corruption and bank fraud, the FBI said.

Later, she was off to the Office of the Independent Counsel in Little Rock, Ark. as part of the Whitewater investigation, the FBI said. In 1998, she headed north to New York to investigate organized crime.

In 2000, she arrived at the mothership, headquarters, as a supervisory special agent in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters.

She went on to some other assignments and in 2006 became assistant special agent in charge of the Miami office. In 2008, she was named special assistant to the associate deputy director, where she provided counsel to the associate deputy director on a variety of policy, technical, budget, and administrative matters, the FBI said.

Atty Gen. Eric Holder Discusses Guilty Plea of Admitted Terrorist Zazi: “We are At War”

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ATF Files Shed Light on Husband of Ala. Prof Who Went on Shooting Rampage

Prof. Amy Bishop/university photo

Prof. Amy Bishop/university photo

By Allan Lengel
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ATF files released on Monday shed some new light on the husband of  Alabama professor Amy Bishop who killed and wounded some of her co-workers after going on a shooting rampage.

The latest revolves around a 1993 incident in which two pipe bombs were mailed to the Newton home of Harvard professor Paul Rosenberg.

Rosenberg, a medical professor and doctor at Children’s Hospital in Boston, told investigators at the time he had a hand in making Bishop resign as a post doctoral research fellow at the hospital, the Boston Globe reported.

The released ATF files show that a witness told investigators that Bishop’s husband Jimmy E. Anderson Jr. had said he “wanted to get back at” the doctor by shooting, bombing, stabbing, or strangling him, the Globe reported.

Anderson and his wife were questioned, but never charged in the case.

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Supervisor of Anthrax Suspect Has Doubts About FBI’s Investigation

Bruce Ivins

Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
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Not everyone is buying into the FBI’s findings that scientist Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer — including his supervisor.

The Frederick News Post  in Frederick, Md., where Ivins worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, reports that Ivins’ supervisor Jeffrey Adamovicz wasn’t impressed with the FBI findings released last week which pointed the finger at Ivins, who committed suicide before authorities could charge him. The FBI also announced the official closing of the case.

“The evidence is still very circumstantial and unconvincing as a whole,” Adamovicz, the former chief of bacteriology, wrote in an e-mail to the paper. “I’m curious as to why they closed the case while the (National Academy of Science) review is still ongoing. Is it because the review is going unfavorable for the FBI?”

“There is an assumption by the FBI that the spores could have only been prepared in the week before each mailing. This is a fatal error in logic,” Adamovicz wrote, according to the paper. “The only reason that I can derive why the FBI has proposed this is that it is the only period that helps provide circumstantial evidence against Bruce.”

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NY Fed Grand Jury Sends Toyota Subpoenas

ToyotaBy Allan Lengel
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DETROIT — Over the years, Toyota’s catchy slogans have included: “Oh, what a feeling!”; “I love what you do for me, Toyota! and “Who could ask for anything more”.

Now of days, it may be something like: “Seriously, We’re Sorry!”

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the auto giant, which has given American auto companies a major heartburn, has gotten federal grand jury subpoenas from the security fraud unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York and from the Securities Exchange Commission in connection with the recall of its autos.

Ex-Phone Worker Hit With 3-Plus Years For Helping Tap Phones of the Rich and Famous for Rogue Hollywood Detective Pellicano

telephoneBy Allan Lengel
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The Anthony Pellicano case just keeps giving.

The latest: Joann Wiggan, 56, a  former SBC phone company worker,  was sentenced Monday  in Los Angeles to 3 years and 5 months in prison and fined $7,500 for helping  Pellicano, the rogue detective to the stars,  wiretap big name  actors like Sylvester Stallone, according to the Associated Press. She was convicted  of two counts of perjury and one count of making a false statement.

Authorities charged Wiggan was a facilities tech at the phone company and had access to the computer mainframes.

Pellicano was sentenced to 15 years in prison and FBI agent Mark Rossini lost his job and was sentenced to one year probation in Washington for leaking a secret FBI document to his girlfriend, actress Linda Fiorentino. She in turn, provided the document to Pellicano’s defense attorney for trial.

Ex-Denver Shuttle Driver Admits to Plot to Blow Up NY Subway

subway-photo-istockBy Allan Lengel
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The former Denver airport shuttle driver who planned to bomb the New York subway is now a convicted terrorist.

Najibullah Zazi, 25, an Afghan native, admitted in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn Monday to the plot and said he was recruited by al-Qaida in Pakistan for a “martyrdom plan” against America, the Associated Press reported.

“I would sacrifice myself to bring attention to what the U.S. military was doing to civilians in Afghanistan,” Najibullah Zazi, 25, told a federal judge in a Brooklyn courtroom, according to the AP.

The wire service reported that he pleaded guilty to weapons of mass destruction, conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country and providing material support for a terrorist organization.

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ATF Says DNA and Tipline Led to Arrest of 2 Men in Texas Church Arsons

arsonBy Allan Lengel
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A tipline and DNA evidence led to the arrest of two men Sunday in connection with 10 church arsons and three attempted church break-ins in east Texas since Jan. 1, the Dallas Morning News reported.

The paper reported that Daniel George McAllister, 21, of Ben Wheeler and Jason Robert Bourque, 19, of Lindale were being held in the Smith County Jail in Tyler in lieu of $10 million bail each.

ATF, in a press release, said that the East Texas Church Arson Task Force investigators had been working on the case.

“The arsons in these communities have been devastating but the citizens have been resilient and aided each other and the investigation,” Robert Champion, special agent in charge of the ATF division in Dallas said in a statement.

“Cooperation is the cornerstone to successful investigations and here in East Texas it is no different,” he said. “ATF has been a proud partner in this case. We had over 70 agents, both local and members of two National Response Teams working on this investigation since the beginning.”

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