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Special Agent in Charge of FBI Office in Buffalo Headed to Terrorists Screening Center

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Christopher M. Piehota, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Buffalo, will leave soon to become director of the Terrorists Screening Center in Washington D.C. , the Buffalo News reports.

“To be honest, it’s one of the first lines of defense in our national security,” he said of the screening center, a multiagency organization known for the “Terrorist Watchlist.”

The center was created a few years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.

Piehota worked at the center before and helped develop and maintain a database of suspected terrorists and the no-fly list.

Victor Manuel Genera Has Eluded Authorities Despite Nearly 30 Years on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Victor Manuel Genera has been on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list for nearly 30 years – longer than anyone in history.

Who is he?

Genera is accused of committing one of the largest cash robberies in U.S. history. In September 1983, Gerena allegedly stole $7 million from a Wells Fargo armored car depot, Slate.com reports.

He has eluded authorities ever since. 

Slate.com reported that Genera likely is hiding in Cuba.

Local Residents Groups Help Family of Deceased Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of a Border Patrol agent who was killed in a car crash on his way to work March 22 is getting help from residents in the Imperial Valley of California.

The two-car collision, which is under investigation, killed Agent Francisco Puga, 26, a Calexico native who had been recently married.

The Imperial Valley Press reports that local people and groups are raising money for Puga’s family, which will not receive insurance benefits because the agent wasn’t considered on-duty at the time.

“He was a young man that decided to put on the uniform and defend the constitution with his life,” Lombardo Amaya, union president of National Border Patrol Council Local 2554, said. “He was coming to work to fulfill that commitment that he served, and he was a person that was willing to die for our way of life anytime,” Amaya said. “It’s really sad that someone at that young age is gone. We’re a family and as a family, we feel love for each other, and while we can’t do a lot to make him come back, we can support his family.”

Column: The History of April 19th: American Revolution, Waco, Oklahoma Bombing

Greg Stejskal served as an FBI agent for 31 years and retired as resident agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office.
 
By Greg Stejskal
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Listen my children, and you shall hear

Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,

On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy Five….

Longfellow’s poem forever immortalized Paul Revere’s ride. What the poem does not say is that Revere’s mission that night was to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British soldiers were coming to Lexington to arrest them. It was after midnight, April 19th, when Revere arrived in Lexington and warned Adams and Hancock. Revere also aroused the country side, and that morning the “Minute Men” met the British regulars on Lexington green. No one knows who fired the first shot- “the shot heard around the world”. But on that morning, April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began.

Paul Revere/istock photo

Paul Revere/istock photo

In a perverse twist of fate, on April 19, 1993, it is the 51st day of a siege at the Branch Davidian compound, also known as Mt Carmel, outside of Waco, Texas. It is to be the last day of the siege, a culmination of a series of bad decisions and missed opportunities.

The siege began on February 28th. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) had gone to the Davidian compound to execute search warrants. The warrants were based on affidavits stating the Davidians possessed certain illegal weapons to include fully automatic weapons and components to convert semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic. Some of the Davidians were known to have a propensity for violence including their leader, David Koresh, who had changed his name from Vernon Howell. There had been a power struggle a few years earlier within the Branch Davidians and a gun fight had ensued. The history of the Branch Davidians and how they ended up here, led by Koresh is a long story and won’t be told here. Suffice it to say, Koresh became the leader and subsequently claimed to be a messiah, who could procreate with any women followers irrespective of their age or marital status. The group embraced an apocalyptic philosophy, which relied heavily on the Book of Revelation.

The ATF had been surveilling the compound for several weeks prior to the raid from a home across the road. They had also placed an undercover (UC) agent within the Davidians. However, the surveillance was compromised, and at some point Koresh learned of the UC agent. In addition one of the Davidians was the local postman. On the morning of the ATF raid, a TV crew asked the postman for directions to the compound as they had learned there was to be a raid. The postman gave them directions and took the news of the impending raid back to the compound.

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Who is the Aryan Brotherhood? May Be Tied to Prosecutor Murders


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are trying to determine whether the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas played a role in the murders of two Texas prosecutors. 

CNN explores who the Aryan Brotherhood is.

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A Little Update on Sammy “The Bull” Gravano


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s been a while since we’ve heard of  Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, the former underboss of the Gambino Crime Family, who testified in New York against his boss, the late John Gotti.

So we went on  the Arizona State Corrections website and found a picture of Gravano and a little information which shows him getting released in 2019 for his conviction for selling ecstasy.  He pleaded guilty in 2001 and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Gravano, 68, no longer has that nice head of hair he once displayed.  He’s bald.

There have been reports that he was diagnosed with Graves’ disease,a thyroid disorder. It can cause fatigue, weight loss with increased appetite, and hair loss.

 

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