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FBI Dir. Mueller Went to Libya to Discuss Lockerbie Bombing

Robert Mueller

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Lockerbie plane bombing is a mystery that won’t go away.

SkyNews/News Score reports that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and Scotland’s top prosecutor visited Libya in Tripoli to “pave the way for further investigations into the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing.”

The meeting took place April 25, but was kept secret for security reasons.

According to the news aggency, a spokesman for Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said, “The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, and Robert S Mueller, director of the FBI, met with the Libyan Prime Minister Abdurahim el Keib to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.”

 

FBI Most Wanted Ex-D.C. Teacher Still At Large;Tips Flow in

FBI photo of Eric Justin Toth 2008

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

By now you’ve probably seen the headlines that friendly-faced bearded ex-D.C. teacher Eric Toth who took Bin Laden’s place on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive list, for possessing and producing  child porn.

But have you seen him on the street?

Hundreds think they have, reports the Associated Press. But no tips from the general public have panned out yet, says Ronald Hosko, special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Washington field office.

Hosko explains that publicizing fugitives’ faces on the infamous list does risk pushing them further underground, or even to alter their appearance, according to AP.  Since being fired from a D.C. private school in 2008 Toth has eluded authorities throughout the midwest. Authorities even poured resources into a South American tip that turned out to be a dead end.

“We take each tip on its own merits,” explained Hosko, “but we’re certainly more attuned to something that suggests that the person has used his skills to get into a location that’s proximate to kids in the target range. These are young teens, 10 to 12 years old,” however, “If in the wake of this publicity, somebody has fled from area, that’s curious enough. Give us that tip. We’ll take that too.”

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI Busts 5 People Plotting to Blow Up Ohio Bridge

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has busted five men — three of whom are self-described anarchists — on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, the Justice Department announced Tuesday morning.

The men plotted to blow up a Route 82 bridge at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, authorities said in a news release.

“The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by an undercover FBI employee,” the press release said.” The defendants were closely monitored by law enforcement. The explosives that the defendants allegedly purchased and attempted to use were inoperable and posed no threat to the public.

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FBI Investigating Atlanta’s $3B in Airport Vendor Contracts

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Accusations are flying in Atlanta that airport concession contracts have been rigged to favor the Mayor’s campaign contributors, reports WSBTV.

The FBI has apparently contacted several of the losing bidders to interview them about the bidding process. One bidder told WSBTV, “I answered their questions that I had a feeling things went on, but I couldn’t provide hard evidence”.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed held a fundraiser just four days before the airport bidding started. $3 Billion in contracts would be awarded, some of them to the Mayor’s key contributors. Mack Wilbourn, a prominent businessman who hosted a fundraiser for Mayor Reed, had also recently hosted President Obama. Wilbourn won upward of $350M in airport contracts.

Atlanta spokeswoman Sonji Jacobs said the city has not been contacted by the FBI, and insists “The procurement process has been fair and transparent and not a single shred of evidence has been produced to substantiate any of the losing bidders’ claims.”

… So far.

To read more click here.

 

FBI Whistleblower’s New Book Calls for Change in Agency Culture

Authorities Charge Ex-Gun Shop Owner With Threatening Life of ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What ever makes people think they can do crazy things to federal agents and get away with it?

Maybe we should ask Ted Schlenker of Louisville, a former Kentucky gun shop owner.

Authorities charged him with mailing a 9 mm pistol and a threatening letter to an ATF agent who had been investigating his activities, the Associated Press reported.

To read the full story click here.

 

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI’s Michael Steinbach to Head Jacksonville Division

fbi photo

 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael B. Steinbach is taking over the FBI’s Jacksonville Division.

Steinbach, the special assistant to associate deputy director Thomas Harrington at FBI Headquarters, began his career in April 1995 and was first assigned to the Chicago divison, working fugitives and violent crimes.

In 2003, he went to headquarters as a supervisor in the Counterterrorism Division.

Part of his job there was to provide program management for FBI operations at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in Afghanistan.

In 2004, he headed off to Afghanistan to serve as the deputy on-scene commander for FBI operations. As result of his stint there, he was awarded the Shield of Bravery.

In 2005, Mr. Steinbach he was promoted to assistant legal attaché for Tel Aviv, Israel, and in January 2006 he was appointed as legal attaché there.

While in Israel, he worked with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority on FBI investigative matters, with an emphasis on national security issues.

In 2008, he became a supervisor of the Violent Crimes Task Force at the FBI Washington Field Office.

In 2009, he was promoted to assistant section chief for the International Terrorism Operations Section, Counterterrorism Division.

In May 2010, he became deputy director for Law Enforcement Services at the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. Later that year, he was assigned to his most recent post.

In October of that year, he was appointed to his most recent post.

 

 

FBI Orders SW Florida to Digitize Fingerprinting Process

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

ice photo

Ink fingerprints are out.

The FBI is requiring the Florida Dept of Law Enforcement to submit fingerprint background checks digitally, reports Naples News.

Consequently,  employers might get back results on background checks up to 2 months sooner.

To read more click here.