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FBI Agents Fatally Shoot Mosque Bombing Suspect in Oklahoma

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents on Wednesday shot and killed an armed man at an Oklahoma state park, who was wanted in connection with the bombing of a Florida mosque in May of 2010, the TV station News 9 reported.

Authorities identified the man as Sandlin Matthew Smith, 46, of St. John’s County, Fla.

FBI agents had tracked Smith down at a state park near Fairview, Ok., around 1:30 p.m., the station reported.

When agents confronted him, he brandished a gun and he was shot and killed, the FBI said, according to the station. Conflicting news reports made it difficult to determine whether the suspect actually fired his gun.

Smith was suspected of setting off a pipe bomb at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida last year during prayer services. It caused minor damage, but no one was injured.

FBI Dir. Mueller Cancels Trip to India in Aftermath of bin Laden Death

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III called off his trip to India this week where he was expected to brief officials on developments in the Mumbai attack investigation, the IANS news organization reported.

The FBI told ticklethewire.com that Mueller had planned to visit New Delhi on Wednesday and go to other areas in the region. However, Mueller postponed the trip after Sunday’s development with Osama bin Laden so he could attend meetings on the matter.

Mueller is expected to go to the region later this year before he steps down on Sept. 4.

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What’s Next for FBI Dir. Robert Mueller III?

Atty. Gen. Holder (left) and FBI Director Mueller/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — As his 10-year term comes to an end, rumors and speculation are popping up as to what  FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III will do in life.

People who know Mueller say one thing is for certain: He won’t be getting a white belt and white shoes and heading down to Florida to play shuffle board, race to the early bird dinner specials and attend $1 movies.

They say Mueller, who will turn 67 in August, about a month before he steps down,  still wants to stay active professionally.

One rumor — and certainly unconfirmed — is that he has an interest in landing a federal judgeship in California.

One person speculated that he might also have an interest in becoming attorney general if Eric Holder Jr. were to step down after President Obama’s first term.  (Of course, Holder would almost have to if Obama isn’t re-elected).

Another person suggested that Mueller might be a good candidate to take over as baseball commissioner if Bud Selig steps down. Selig first started serving as acting baseball commissioner in 1992 and became the permanent commissioner in 1998.

Prosecution Plays FBI Tapes in Blago Retrial

NY Judge Upholds Synagogue Plot Conviction But Says FBI Might Have Entrapped Defendants

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A New York federal judge delivered a mixed message Tuesday, refusing to overturn last year’s conviction of four men accused of  plotting to blow up synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down military planes. At the same time, she suggested the men may have been entrapped by the FBI, Courthouse News service reported.

The ruling appears to have provided fodder for an appeal.

The legal website reported that defendants James Cromitie, Onta Williams, David Williams and Laguerre Payen based their appeal on lack of predisposition and outrageous government conduct,

The defendants claimed they were entrapped by an FBI informant who offered them $250,000 and other amenities to carry out a plot they never hatched, Courthouse News reported.

U.S. District Judge Connie McMahon said of the entrapment claim: “There is some truth to that description of what transpired here. Nonetheless, the motion is denied.”

FBI Warns: Beware of Malicious Software Claiming to Show Osama bin Laden Photos or Videos se

Osama bin Laden

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden may be gone, but a computer virus associated with the al Qaeda leader is making the rounds.

The FBI on Tuesday warned “computer users to exercise caution when they receive e-mails that purport to show photos or videos of Usama bin Laden’s recent death.”

“This content could be a virus that could damage your computer,” the FBI said. “This malicious software, or ‘malware,’ can embed itself in computers and spread to users’ contact lists, thereby infecting the systems of associates, friends, and family members. These viruses are often programmed to steal your personally identifiable information.”

The Internet Crime Complaint Center issued a warning not to open unsolicited (spam) e-mails, including clicking links contained within those messages.

“Even if the sender is familiar, the public should exercise due diligence. Computer owners must ensure they have up-to-date firewall and anti-virus software running on their machines to detect and deflect malicious software,” the FBI said.

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Ex-FBI Official Greg Jones Recalls the Hunt for bin Laden

Donald Oswald to Head Minneapolis FBI

Donald Oswald/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI agent Donald E. Oswald, the chief inspector in the office of Inspections, is heading to Minneapolis to head up the bureau’s office.

Oswald, 52, who has a law degree, joined the FBI in 1992 and first served in the Los Angeles Division where he investigated bank robberies and street gang activities and also served as a division legal adviser, the FBI said.

Two years later, he was off to new York, where he investigated complex multi-agency public corruption cases. He also served for more than three years as associate division counsel in the New York Division.

In February 2000, he became a supervisory special agent in the Office of the General Counsel at FBI Headquarters. He was assigned to the Investigative Law Unit.

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