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June 2021


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FBI and NYPD Checking on Origin of al Qaeda Graphic


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By Allan Lengel

The graphic is errie.

The New York Daily News reports that the FBI and NYPD are trying to find the source of a a graphic posted on terrorism websites that says: “Al Qaeda coming soon again in New York.”

The Daily News reported that authorities are trying to determine if there’s something to it, or it’s just a sick joke.

“It’s something we’re looking into,” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne told the Daily News. “We’re trying to determine the origins of it. We take all things like this seriously.”

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FBI Probing Controversial Fla. Shooting

By Allan Lengel

The FBI has been questioning potential witnesses in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, trying to determine if the incident was racially motivated, NBC’s Michael Isikoff reports.

NBC reported that the questioning by FBI agents in Sanford, Fla. is part of a a “parallel investigation.” The state is also investigating the matter.

Agents are gathering background on the shooter George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch captain who has claimed he shot in self defense.



FBI Agent Barry Bush Remembered 5 Years Later; Was Killed by Friendly Fire

Barry Lee Bush/fbi photo

By Douglas B. Brill
The Express-Time

The Barry Lee Bush that Joseph Douress remembers isn’t the FBI agent who investigated gangs in Newark and the U.S. Embassy bombing in Kenya.

Douress remembers a friend who would sit on a floor and stuff envelopes with invitations for a charity golf tournament, a neighbor who would plop himself on Douress’ couch to watch sports and have a few beers, a golfer perpetually frustrated by an incurable slice.

“Understand,” said Douress, who lives across the street from Bush’s widow, Karen, in Forks Township, “you’d never know Barry was in some cases the lead investigator in some of the biggest cases in this country’s history. … He was very well respected as an FBI agent. But around the neighborhood, he was Barry Bush.”

Thursday will mark five years since the 52-year-old Bush was fatally shot by friendly fire while pursuing bank robbers in Readington Township. Authorities say a fellow agent mistakenly shot Bush in confusion as agents descended on the robbers.

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A Mob Tape, an FBI Gaffe and Some Murders

By Allan Lengel

On the big screen and on TV, sometimes we forget the twisted plots aren’t simply made up, but actually come from real situations in the wiseguy world.

Here’s a real story worthy of the big screen involving a mob hit and a secret recording in which an FBI audio expert accidentally taped over it for about 18 seconds.

Mob expert Jerry Capeci of Gang Land News reports that the feds plan to use that the tape recording to help try and convict  mob associate Christian Tarantino in the killing in 2003 of his business partner Vincent Gargiulo in Manhattan.

It was Garagiulo who made the secret recording in 2000 in which Tarantino admits killing two people in 1994, Gang Land News reports.  Gargiulo allegedly had tried to blackmail Tarantino and wanted him to pay $500,000 for the cassette tape, Gang Land reported. Instead, he ended up dead.

In 2008, the feds used the tape to help charge Tarantino with the two murders in 1994 and the one involving Gargiulo in 2003. Prosecutors used it last year at the first trial, but while they were able to convict Tarantino of the 1994 murders at that trial, the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict in the killing of Gargiulo, Gang Land reported.

Capeci reports that the judge in the upcoming retrial in the murder of Garigiulo is allowing the tape to be used again.

Interestingly, the FBI audio expert mistakenly recorded his own voice over the tape for 18 second.   Despite arguments from the defense, the judge has ruled that the tape can be introduced as evidence.

Gang Land News reports that the tape mysteriously surfaced after someone mailed it in 2004 to the New York cops, who turned it over to the FBI.


Ouch: Ex-FBI Agent Arrested for Allegedly Hitting Her Partially Blind Dad

By Allan Lengel

It’s never good when you hit your father. It’s really bad when he’s partially blind.

The Vindicator newspaper reports that Sheila Lawson, 46, a former FBI agent, was arrested on the east side of Youngstown, Ohio after allegedly assaulting her father.

The paper reports that Lawson hit her father because he was getting on her nerves.

The paper reported that the father told his daughter, while police were investigating the matter: “You need help. That’s why they kicked you out of the FBI.”

“The statement, reportedly sent Lawson into a frenzy, causing her to curse the man and punch him in the head in front of officers,” the paper reported.

Authorities Bust Two San Diego Men Posing as FBI Agents

By Allan Lengel

Two San Diego men were busted for impersonating FBI agents in a scheme to shake down a woman out of more than $200,000.

NBC San Diego reports that the men posed as agents and told a woman that she was a victim of a fraud by her bank.

They directed her to remove $200,000 from the bank and turn it over to them. The woman called police, the station reported.

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Ex-FBI Agent to Head Puerto Rico Police Dept.

By Allan Lengel

The man who once headed up the FBI office in Puerto Rico has been named the new chief of the Puerto Rico police department.

The Associated Press reports that Hector Pesquera comes just hours after police chief Emilio Diaz Colon resigned a head of the 17,000 member force.

He was first assigned head of the FBI’s Puerto Rico office in 1995 and he retired in 2003 after 27 years with the agency, AP reported.

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FBI’s Top Cyber Cop Talks About Cyber Threats