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Archive for October 5th, 2010

John Perren Named Acting Head of FBI’s Wash. Field Office

John G. Perren/fbi photo

John G. Perren/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — John Perren, FBI special agent in charge of counterterrorism branch at Washington Field Office, has been named acting head of the office.

In the meantime, James McJunkin, assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at headquarters is rumored to be a front runner to take over the top spot at Washington Field Office on a permanent basis.

The change comes as Shawn Henry, who headed the office, moves over to headquarters to take over the number four spot in the FBI as Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal Cyber Response and Services Branch.

Prior to going to the Washington field office, Henry served at headquarters as assistant Director of the Cyber Division. He’s been with the bureau 21 years.

James McJunkin/fbi photo

James McJunkin/fbi photo

Perren joined the FBI in 1987 and has held a number of positions including  Section Chief of the Countermeasures and Preparedness Section of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate at FBI Headquarters.

Perren was one of three On-Scene Commanders at the Pentagon following 9/11.

From January to June of 2005 he was the On-Scene Commander for FBI Field Operations in Baghdad, with responsibility for over 125 FBI personnel in Iraq.

It’s Life For Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Just as expected, Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bomber, who authorities say had links to al Qaeda in Pakistan, was given a life sentence Tuesday.

U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum, during sentencing, told Shahzad, according to the New York Times:  “You are a young man, and you will have a lot of time to reflect about what you have said today, and what you have done.”

Shahzad told the judge:

“We are only Muslims … but if you call us terrorists, we are proud terrorists and we will keep on terrorizing you,” he said, according to the Associated Press, adding at another point: “The defeat of the U.S. is imminent.”

“If I’m given 1,000 lives I will sacrifice them all for the life of Allah,” he also said. “How can I be judged by a court that does not understand the suffering of my people?”

Though Shahzad, 31,  cooperated with authorities after his capture, he showed no remorse when entering a guilty plea, eliminating even the slightest of chances of getting any break on his sentence.

After sentencing Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara issued a statement:

“Faisal Shahzad is a remorseless terrorist who betrayed his adopted country and today was rightly sentenced to spend the rest of his life in federal prison.”

“The case of Faisal Shahzad demonstrates the global scope of the terrorist threat,” added Janice K. Fedarcyk, head of the New York FBI, in a statement. “Distinctions between home-grown and foreign terrorists are blurred when a U.S. citizen travels to Pakistan to learn bomb-making from a known terrorist organization, then returns to the U.S. and receives financial backing from the overseas organization.

” However you define him, there’s no question that Shahzad built a mobile weapon of mass destruction and hoped and intended that it would kill large numbers of innocent people – and planned to do it again two weeks later.”

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Twin Brothers Plead Guilty to Bribing Cops in an FBI Sting

washington-dc-map2By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Twin brothers pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Washington to trying to bribe two D.C. police officers to get a heroin case dismissed in the city court.

Larry and Garry Moody, 39, both of Washington, who ended up being busted in an FBI sting, are set to be sentenced Jan. 11.

Authorities said Larry Moody was arrested in February 2009 after an undercover cop saw him preparing to sell heroin to two men in Southeast Washington.

Afterwards, Larry and his brother Gary approached two D.C. cops to see if they would help get the criminal charges dropped, authorities said.

The two cops went to the FBI, which set up a sting with the officers. On March 5, 2009, one of the undercover police officers met with Garry Moody at a restaurant in Northwest Washington and Moody paid the officer $8,000.