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Ex-CIA Spy is Arrested Aftering Failing to Appear in Fed Court in D.C.

cia-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former CIA station chief in Algiers was arrested Monday at a Norfolk, Va. hotel after failing to show up for a hearing last week in U.S. District Court in Washington where he faces charges of sexually assaulting a woman while stationed overseas, the website Spy Talk reported.

U.S. Marshals, Diplomatic Security Service Special agents and Norfolk police arrested Andrew Warren, 42. Spy Talk said a Virginia TV station reported that the ex-spy had been exposing himself to neighbors in recent weeks.

Authorities have accused Warren of drugging a woman at his CIA residence in Algiers and sexually assaulting her, Spy Talk reported.

Spy Talk said Warren’s attorney, Mark David Hunter said in March that his client was innocent and would contest the charges.

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Former Associate Says bin Laden Was Surprised By Tough U.S. Response to Sept. 11

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

bin Laden said getting weapons of mass destruction was a "religious duty"

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON – A former Osama bin Laden associate is saying that bin Laden had no clue the U.S. would strike back as ferociously as it has since Sept. 11, 2001, WTOP radio  in Washington reported.

In what was billed as an exclusive interview, the radio station reported that Noman Benotman, who was the head of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group in the summer of 2000 said that al Qaeda thought the U.S. was a “paper tiger.”

“I’m 100 percent sure they had no clue about what was going to happen. What happened after the 11th of September was beyond their imagination, ” Benotman told WTOP.

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A Philly Cop on FBI Drug Task Force Gets 2 Years for Tipping Off Kingpin About Raid

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Philly police detective working an FBI drug task force was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for tipping off  a drug kingpin about a raid in 2005, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Savage in Philadelphia sentenced ex-officer Rickie Durham, 44, to the two years, rejecting suggestions by federal prosecutors that he get a minimum of 15 years.

The judge called Durham’s actions “reckless” and said he “exposed fellow officers to great risk”, the Inquirer reported. But the judge said it was an isolated incident in what had been an exemplary career.

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Former Idaho U.S. Atty Sidney Smith Dies at Age 95

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Sidney Smith, a World War II vet and Nixon-appointed U.S. Attorney in Idaho, died on April 23 at the age of 95, The Associated Press reported.

Born in the Midwest, he graduated from the University of Colorado law school, AP reported. In 1970, President Nixon appointed him deputy general counsel for the General Services Administration before appointing him U.S. Attorney in Idaho.

He served in that post from 1971 to 1975.

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Ex-FBI Agent Gets 30 Years For Home-Invasion Plot

CALIFornia mapBy Allan Lengel
For AOL NEWS

A former FBI agent was sentenced Monday in California to 30 years in prison for plotting a violent home invasion of a suspected drug stash house in Orange County in what turned out to be an FBI sting.

Vo Duong Tran, 42, of New Orleans, was convicted in March 2009 of plotting the robbery with an accomplice, Yu Sung Park. Park, 36, of Wilmette, Ill., was also sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., to 30 years in prison.

Tran worked for the FBI’s Chicago Division from 1992 to April 2003.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, Tran organized and Park schemed “to commit a violent home-invasion robbery” of a home in the middle-class community of Fountain Valley, Calif. They thought the home was a base for a drug-trafficking organization and was flush with drugs and cash, prosecutors said. But the home was actually vacant.

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NY Port Authority Failed to Find Explosives in Terrorist’s Car After Being Warned by FBI

George Washington Bridge/istock photo

George Washington Bridge/istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s a goof that could have been costly.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the FBI warned Port Authority police to search suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi’s car last September when he drove up to the George Washington Bridge that spans the Hudson River.

But noooo. Instead, the police waved Zazi, the subway bombing plotter, across without finding two pounds of explosives that was hidden inside, the Wall Street Journal reported.

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