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May 2021


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Fed Law Association Produces Video on ATF Agent Accused of Murder in Virgin Islands; Calls For Oct. 13 Rally to Support Agent


Column: Ex-FBI Agent Says U.S. Must Close Case on USS Cole

uss-cole-crest-234x300Ali H. Soufan was an F.B.I. special agent from 1997 to 2005.

New York Times Op-Ed

TEN years ago, Qaeda terrorists blew a hole in the side of the Navy destroyer Cole in Yemen, killing 17 sailors. Yet the attack’s mastermind still hasn’t been prosecuted, and many of the men tried and imprisoned for the bombing are again free.

As Washington debates whether to increase aid to Yemen, it should first remember its duty to seek justice for those sailors — and to heed the broader national-security lessons from the attack.

As soon as the F.B.I. received news of the Oct. 12 bombing, I flew to Yemen with a team to investigate. The bodies of sailors draped in flags on a blood-stained deck, guarded by teary-eyed survivors, formed a heartbreaking image that motivated us during the following months.

Our investigation faced difficulties from the beginning. Yemen’s weak central government’s on-again, off-again relationship with extremists meant that Al Qaeda had influential sympathizers in positions of authority, as well as among powerful tribes in the country’s vast desert. As a consequence, we regularly faced death threats, smokescreens and bureaucratic obstructions.

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ATF Offering $5,000 Reward in Arson of Indianapolis Cop’s Home

indianapolis policeBy Allan Lengel

ATF is offering a $5,000 reward in the arson fire of an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer’s home on Sept. 20.

Authorities say someone set fire to the home shortly after 1 a.m. on Chateaugay Drive while the officer and his family were inside. All escaped unharmed.

The home was destroyed and damages were in excess of $100,000, ATF said.

“This act of violence endangered a police officer and his family. Thankfully no one was injured by this cowardly violent act,” Chris Sadowski, special agent in charge of the ATF office in Columbus, Ohio said in a statement.

It’s Official: DiCaprio to Play Hoover in Clint Eastwood Film

Leonardo DiCaprio/photo from his website

Leonardo DiCaprio/photo from his website

By Allan Lengel

It’s official: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will play J. Edgar Hoover in director Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film on the legendary FBI director.

Eastwood told Reuters news service that “it’s a great role for” DiCaprio and that he was in the process of signing a contract with the popular actor.

Eastwood Monday shot down rumors that actor Joaquin Phoenix would be in the film and play Clyde Tolson, Hoover’s right hand man.

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

Commenting on Hoover, Eastwood told Reuters:

“He was a very complex person. The homosexual aspect is just one of many. I would say that’s the least of his problems. But he was also very clever, whether rightfully or wrongfully, he was very clever about keeping himself in a certain position in life, so it is an interesting study.”

Should be interesting– and controversial.


Border Patrol Agent in Tex. Fatally Shoots Unarmed Teen After Struggle

Border PatrolBy Allan Lengel

The FBI and other agencies are probing an incident Friday in which a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Texas shot and killed an unarmed teen who was driving a pickup truck filled with marijuana,the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the driver Juan Mendez,18, of Eagle Pass, Tex., died after getting into a struggle with an agent.

According to the AP report, the agent stopped 18-year-old Juan Mendez’s vehicle around 9 a.m. and Mendez tried to escape and struggled with the agent, who then shot him twice as he broke free. Authorities captured a 15 year old who ran from the truck.

Authorities said they found 325 pounds of marijuana in the truck, AP reported. The agent has been placed on routine administrative lead pending the outcome of the investigation.

“CBP regrets the loss of life and awaits the results of the investigation into this incident,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Dennis Smith, according to AP.

Head of Sacramento FBI Drew Parenti Stepping Down

Drew Parenti/fbi photo

Drew Parenti/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

Drew Parenti, head of the FBI’s Sacarmento bureau, is retiring to take a job as vice president of security for Penske Truck Leasing in Reading, Pa., the Sacramento Bee is reporting.

Parenti, 50, a 26 year bureau veteran, said the FBI is “a hard organization to leave,” according to the paper.

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner told the Bee: “I am very, very sad to see him go. We had some controversial prosecutions a few years ago that obviously took a toll on our relationship” with the Muslim American community, the paper said.

“Drew came in and helped us get on a lot better footing, and I think that has paid dividends for law enforcement and the community,” said Wagner. “He immediately took an interest in reaching out to members of underserved communities.”

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FBI Investigative Specialist Killed While Crossing Street in Suburban D.C.

rockvilleBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — An investigative specialist in the FBI Washington Field Office, who was the son of a retired FBI agent, was struck by a car and killed early Sunday morning in Rockville, Md., as he crossed the street with a friend, reporter Martin Weil of the Washington Post reported. The friend was also killed.

FBI special investigator Adam J. Hosinski and his friend Rory J. Weichbrod, a wine salesman, both 26, were crossing Rockville Pike in the Washington suburb after exiting a subway around 3:20 a.m., the Post reported The two had gone to high school together.

The Post reported that the driver stopped and got out of the car, then drove off and parked and walked back to the scene. Police said drinking may have been involved, the Post reported.

Hosinski had worked at the FBI’s Washington Field Office since joining the bureau in 2006 as an investigative specialist, a field office spokeswoman told the Post.

A “great young man” and the son of a retired FBI agent, Hosinski served “at all times with a tremendous amount of pride and dedication,” spokeswoman Katherine Schweit told the Post.

“It’s devastating for the family,” his grandmother, Alice Hosinski told the Post. “He was a great kid.”

Column: Ex-FBI Agent Who Probed Steroids Said Drug Had Plenty of Victims

The author (right) Greg Stejsal and Michigan coach Bo Schembechler

The author (right) Greg Stejksal and Michigan coach Bo Schembechler

Greg Stejskal was an FBI agent for nearly 32 years before retiring in 2006. He was the Senior Resident Agent of the Ann Arbor FBI office and spearheaded Operation Equine with former FBI agent Bill Randall.

By Greg Stejskal

“Say it ain’t so, Rocket.”

(“Say it ain’t so, Joe.” Reported words of a young fan to Shoeless Joe Jackson after the Black Sox gambling scandal.)

Roger Clemens may have lied under oath in front of a Congressional committee regarding the use of steroids during his baseball career, but so what? Couldn’t our prosecutorial resources be used for more important things?

In the late 1980s and early 90s, as an FBI agent (now retired), who helped shepherd the largest steroid investigation in history, similar questions were posed to me. Why should we pursue the illegal distribution of steroids?

In 1989, University of Michigan head football coach Bo Schembechler and his strength coach, Mike Gittleson, shared a big concern.

They believed steroid use was becoming pervasive in college football. Their concern was not only that some players and teams were getting a competitive advantage but that high school players were beginning to think that steroid use was a necessary and accepted practice in getting to the next level.

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