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FBI: Moroccan National Planned to Attack School, Federal Building with Radio-Controlled Plane

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Moroccan national accused of plotting an attack with a radio-controlled model airplane was arrested Monday by FBI agents, the CTPost.com reports.

El Mehdi Semlali Fahti, 27, is accused of plotting to crash the plane into a school and a Connecticut federal building.

FBI agents said they found wires and tools inside the High Ridge Drive apartment where Fahti had been living. It’s unclear whether explosives were also found.

The plot was revealed to an undercover agent in five recorded conversations. According to the FBI, Fahti said he studied bomb attacks and even made a chemical bomb while in high school in Morocco.

He claimed that funding for the plot would come from cash from money-laundering and drug-dealing, according to CTPost.com.

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Special Agent Leonard Davey Spent Entire 24-Year Career in City He Loved

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not many FBI agents are as lucky as Leonard Davey.

Special Agent Davey spent his entire 24-year career tracking down criminals in the city he loves – San Diego.

While most agents agents move around for work, the San Francisco native stayed in San Diego and investigated mobsters, corrupt politicians, law enforcement and hit men.

Now at 51, Davey is retiring after supervising the bureau’s public corruption and border corruption units for seven years, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Davey sat down with the Union-Tribune to reflect on his career.

FBI Under J. Edgar Hoover Hid Bad News about Agent with Help of Supportive Media

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI under J. Edgar Hoover was never as it seemed, and supportive reporters had no qualms changing the narrative to make the bureau look good, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports.

Take April 6, 1939, when an inexperienced FBI agent shot and killed a bank robber, Bennie Dickson, under questionable circumstances.

The agency changed the details of the case to make the shooting appear to be self-defense, saying Dickson had a gun in his hand, instead of in his waistband.

The case is highlighted in “Hoover’s FBI and the Fourth Estate,” a book about the media’s involvement with the FBI.

The author, Matthew Cecil, called Hoover an “opportunist.”

“In the early 1930s during the war on crime, he saw how the exploits of law enforcement created an appealing story for people,” Cecil said.

Second Shooting Spree at Fort Hood Raises Question: Should Military Leaders Carry Guns at Bases?

Ford Hood Darnall HospitalSteve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After two deadly shooting rampages at Ford Hood in Texas, some congressional members said military leaders should be permitted to carry firearms on the base, the New York Post reports.

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul called it “a common sense idea.”

“That would be a deterrent, No. 1 — and No. 2, a way to have a quick response to any shooter that comes on these bases,” McCaul said on “Fox News Sunday.”

But both the White House and Pentagon are opposed to changing bans on service members carrying personal firearms on bases.

 

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Congressional Leaders Call on FBI, Others to Investigate 5-Year-Old Peace Corps Murder in Africa

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investigators haven’t made much headway in the brutal murder of a Peace Corps volunteer after she claimed a local Peace Corps employee was sexually assaulting girls where she worked in the West African country of Benin five years ago, WPRO.com reports.

On Thursday, 184 members of Congress from both sides of the aisle signed a letter urging the federal government, including the FBI, to “make every effort to devote every resource to achieve justice for Kate Puzey.”

The 24-year-old Georgia resident was murdered on March 12, 2009.

“It continues the visibility of the case in the eyes of the people that need not to lose sight of the tragedy,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, a co-author of the letter and advocate for the Puzey family.

The letter was addressed to the FBI, Department of State and Inspector General of the Peace Corps.

 

FBI, Other Law Enforcement Prepare for Mall Attack During Drill in Sacramento

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The hope is they’ll never have to use their training.

But in a country where the once unthinkable is happening, local and federal law enforcement can’t take any chances.

The Sacramento Bee reports that local and federal law enforcement conducted a training drill at the Westfield Roseville Galleria to prepare for the possibility of a mall attack.

The drill was part of a nationwide “Complex Mall Attack” initiative designed to promote preparedness.

The idea is to ensure “we are all prepared for the unlikely event of an attack at the Roseville Galleria,” said sMonica M. Miller, special agent in charge of the Sacramento FBI.