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June 2021


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Imam in NY Subway Bomb Plot is Deported

By Allan Lengel

It’s adios for a New York imam who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in connection with an alleged terror plot to blow up the N.Y. subways.

As part of his guilty plea, Imam Ahmad Afzali and his wife left Monday at a 2 p.m. on a flight to live in Saudi Arabia, CNN reported.

He had been cooperating with authorities in the probe into the bombing plot of the New York subway and lied to the FBI about tipping off one of the targets of the plot that the FBI was watching him.

Until his departure, he had been required to wear an ankle monitor.

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National Law Enforcement Museum To Display J. Edgar Hoover Items Including His Desk and Phone

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

The public’s fascination with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, a legend, an enigma, a symbol of law enforcement, a subject of much speculation, continues 38 years after his death.

Capitalizing on that, the National Law Enforcement Museum, which opens in March 2013 in Washington, has “sealed a deal” and gotten the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation to deed over some pretty cool things including Hoover’s office desk, telephone and chair, according to a newsletter by Laurie A. Baty, senior director of the museum.

On top of that, the deeded Hoover collection will include photographs, awards, recordings, correspondence, Hoover’s speeches, and other items “that relate to his life, specifically his tenure as director of the FBI from 1924 to 1972,”  Baty wrote in the museum newsletter.

The newsletter also states:

“Also included in the donation are the papers of Morris Childs, a former high ranking member of the Communist Party in the United States.

“This collection of personal papers includes correspondence,reports, notes, speeches, writings, and interview transcripts relating to FBI surveillance of the Communist Party (known as Operation SOLO) and the relationship between the Communist Party of the United States and the Soviet Communist Party and government.”

“The J. Edgar Hoover Collection is certain to be a crown jewel among the strong collections of the National Law Enforcement Museum,” Baty wrote.

The Museum’s will also include items from Jimmy Stewart’s 1959 film The FBI Story and identity cards used by Joe Pistone during his organized crime undercover work as Donny Brasco, the newsletter said.

Authorities Arrest Mexican Gang Leader in Connection with March Murder of Consulate Employee and Husband

mexico-border-signBy Allan Lengel

Authorities on Friday announced the arrest of  a Mexican gang leader just south of the Texas border in connection with the March murder of a U.S. consulate employee and her husband in the border area of Juarez, the El Paso Times reported.

Authorities said they arrested Jesus Ernesto Chavez Castillo , head of the Azteca gang, who led hit squads.

Castillo told Mexican authorities that he ordered the hit on the Consulate employee Lesley Enrique Redelfs and her husband Arthur Redelfs because she was providing visas to a rival gang, the paper reported. A third person was also killed that day in the attacks.

But the FBI was skeptical.

“We maintain the initial information,” FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons told the paper. “We have no indication that anyone who was killed was targeted because of their jobs.”


John Pistole No Longer an FBI Man; Sworn in as Head of Transportation Security Administration

john_s_pistole tsaBy Allan Lengel

After 26 years, John S. Pistole is no longer an FBI agent.

Pistole , the number two person at the FBI, was sworn in Thursday as the head of the Transportation Security Administration after going through a relatively painless confirmation process. The previous two nominees for the job ran into trouble and withdrew their names.

Pistole takes over several months after the public was reminded Christmas day with the underwear bomber in Detroit just how vulnerable it is.

A press release by the TSA said “Under his leadership, TSA will continue to grow as a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems.”

A likely candidate to succeed Pistole at the FBI is Timothy Murhpy, who has been assigned to replace Pistole on an interim basis.

Mass. Native Richard DesLauriers To Head Boston FBI

boston-map-istockBy Allan Lengel

Massachusetts native Richard DesLauriers, who has served as deputy assistant director of Counterintelligence at FBI headquarters, has been tapped to head the agency’s Boston office.  He replaces Warren T. Bamford, who recently retired from the agency.

DesLauriers entered the FBI in 1987 and was first assigned to the Birmingham, Ala. office where he worked violent crime and fugitives.

In 1990, he began working counterintelligence in New York. Five year later, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Eurasian Section of the National Security Branch at headquarters.

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Mary Galligan Named First Female SAC in New York

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel

In the past week  women have broken the gender barrier at the FBI’s New York office. First Janice Fedarcyk was named the first woman to head the office.

And on Thursday, the FBI announced that Mary E. Galligan will become the first woman special agent in charge at the office. She will head up up Cyber/Special Operations.

Galligan is currently is chief inspector overseeing the Office of Inspections, the FBI said.

Galligan will replace Amy L. Pickett, who filled in as an acting special agent in charge in New York.

To read more about her background click here.

Denver FBI Gets Glass Tower Building With Key Security Features

denver-mapBy Allan Lengel

The FBI in Denver has a new home and it’s built to fend off unwanted guests.

The Associated Press reports that the new field office is a  four-story, glass tower with a lobby that has bomb  proof glass, fencing that can stop a moving truck and pillars that can withstand a bomb blast.

The building also features separate interview rooms for crime victims, AP reported. It stated the furniture in those rooms is cozier than the ones for suspects.

AP reported that the building is flush with parking. In the past, agents had to go three blocks to get some vehicles.

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FBI Arrests Chicago Cop in Onging Probe Into Tow Truck Kickbacks

chicago_police_patchBy Allan Lengel

FBI agents on Tuesday arrested a Chicago cop police officer as part of an ongoing probe into officers taking kickbacks from tow truck drivers, the Chicago Tribune reported.

A federal complaint filed against cop James Wodnicki alleged that he received  cash bribes from tow truck operators in exchange for preferential treatment at accident scenes, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The complaint suggests other cops were involved as well, but authorities declined to say if more arrests were forthcoming, the Tribune reported.

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