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Archive for April 20th, 2022

AG Garland Releases Statement on 27th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

Attorney General Merrick Garland. (Photo: DOJ)

By Steve Neavling

On the 27th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland released the following statement:

“Every year on this day, we remember those who were killed when a domestic terrorist bombed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, taking the lives of 168 people, including 19 children, and seriously injuring hundreds of others.

“And every year on this day, we commemorate the strength of the Oklahoma City community that came together in the face of that loss.

“The Justice Department apprehended, prosecuted, and convicted the men responsible for the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building. As we did, we never forgot the victims, in whose memories we worked.

“Twenty-seven years later, the Justice Department remains vigilant in the face of the threat of domestic terrorism. We believe that the time to address threats of violence is before the violence occurs, so we are putting our resources into disrupting terrorist plots. We also remain committed to holding accountable those who perpetrate such attacks, which are aimed at rending the fabric of our democratic society and driving us apart.

“Today, as we remember Oklahoma City, we must stand together against the kind of hatred that leads to tragedies like that one. Today, we are also reminded of the grace and resilience demonstrated by the Oklahoma City community, which refused to allow hate and division to win.”

Feds Indict 2 Men Accused of Impersonating Federal Agents, Lavishing Secret Service with Gifts

By Steve Neavling

Two men accused of impersonating federal agents and providing expensive gifts to Secret Service officers and agents for the past two years have been indicted by a federal grand jury. 

Arian Taherzadeh, 36, and Haider Ali, 40, were charged with false impersonation of a federal officer and possessing a large-capacity ammunition device, Business Insider reports.

According to the indictment, the men possessed an illegal magazine for a Glock firearm, and Taherzadeh had five illegal magazines for a Sig Sauer firearm.

They live in a luxury apartment building in Southeast Washington, where several Secret Service agents and other law enforcement officials also resided. They are free of jail on home confinement. 

They are accused of falsely claiming they worked for Homeland Security and were on a special task force investigating gang and violence connected to the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The pair allegedly posed as law enforcement in order to build a relationship with real agents. 

Taherzadeh gave Secret Service officers and agents rent-free apartments, surveillance systems, a drone, a TV, iPhones, a generator, a gun case and other policing equipment, according to prosecutors. Taherzadeh is also accused of offering to buy a $2,000 assault rifle for a Secret Service agent assigned to protect the first lady. 

Four Secret Service agents who associated with the pair have been placed on leave pending an investigation.