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Probe Into NJ Jihadists Started With Tip on FBI Website

new-jerseyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had been tracking two suspected New Jersey jihadists since 2006 after getting a tip on its website, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

“Every time they access the internet, all they look for is all those terrorist videos about the Islam holly war and where they kill U.S. soldiers and other terrible things …,” the tip said. “They keep saying that Americans are their enemies, that everybody other than Islamic followers are their enemies, and they all must be killed.”

Earlier this month, the two men Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Eduardo Almonte, 26, were arrested at JFK Airport on charges of being jihadists who were going to Somalia to join up with a radical group and kill American soldiers.

The paper reported that in 2006 and 2007  “there was a serious debate inside the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness about the seriousness of the threat posed by the two young men, according to those interviewed for this story.”

Then authorities learned the men had taken a trip to Jordan in 2007, the paper reported.

“We were trying to figure out was it serious or was it just rhetoric. Some of us were saying they thought these guys were just talk. But they had already taken a trip,” a law enforcement source told the Star-Ledger. “We heard about that after the fact. That was what really got the Bureau’s attention.”

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Column: Will Republicans Embarrass Themselves With John Pistole Nomination for TSA?

Chris Battle

Chris Battle

Chris Battle is a former official at Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and DEA. He is currently managing partner of the Adfero Group Homeland Security Practice, a Washington public relations firm.

By Chris Battle
Security DeBrief

WASHINGTON — Will John Pistole, the FBI deputy director nominated to lead the TSA, go the way of the previous two nominees?

Let’s hope not, but it all depends upon whether certain Republicans intend to embarrass themselves – again – by demanding answers from Pistole that he simply will not be in a position to answer. I am speaking here of the unionization issue.

Don’t get me wrong. I am no friend of unions. I was delighted to watch the internal combustion that occurred when the unions sunk millions into the Arkansas Senate election in an effort to hand pick a pro-union candidate.

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5 Ex and Current New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post Katrina Fatal Shooting

new-orleans-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Nearly five years after Katrina, New Orleans,  the city of jazz, Cajun cooking and legendary partying, still bears the scars. So does the tarnished police department.

The latest reminder of the troubles the police department still faces came Friday  when a federal grand jury indicted three current cops and two former ones in connection with the police shooting of a resident, who was fatally shot days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced.

“Behavior such as described in the indictment has no place in a free society, let alone law enforcement,” David Welker, head of the FBI in New Orleans, said in a statement.

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Cory Nelson to Head Up FBI’s San Antonio Division

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

Cory Neslon/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Cory B. Nelson,  chief of the FBI’s Terrorist Financing Operations Section, has been tapped to head up the agency’s San Antonio Division.

Nelson joined the FBI in July 1991 and was first assigned to the New York Division’s applicant squad. He later went on the organized crime squad, where he worked on cases involving the Genovese crime family, the FBI said.

In August 1997, he headed off to the San Antonio Division’s Brownsville Resident Agency, where he worked narcotics, served as a firearms and defensive tactics instructor, and was the SWAT assistant team leader, the FBI said.

In October 1999, Nelson was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division, Colombian/Caribbean Unit, at FBI Headquarters.

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Baltimore’s Anti-Snitching Culture and a Dead FBI Informant

There have been anti-snitching videos distributed in Baltimore, reminders of the very real anti-snitching culture that has snatched many lives. Van Smith, an investigative reporter for the Baltimore City Paper, takes a look at one of the latest victims: Kareem Kelly Guest, an FBI informant.

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

Kareem Kelly Guest/baltimore city paper photo

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — Kareem Kelly Guest, a 29-year-old Westport resident, was no saint. He’d been charged dozens of times in state court for crimes typical of those in the drug game.

He was convicted in several cases, though his sentences were lenient and involved little jail time. But on Jan. 9, 2008, Guest did something that may have helped end his life: He sat down with federal law-enforcers and answered questions about what he knew about drug dealing in his neighborhood.

Twenty months later, after documents proving Guest’s cooperation started showing up on the streets of Westport last summer, Guest was shot dead. Who shot him and why remain unknown, though aspects of law enforcers’ efforts to answer those questions surfaced on June 1, when an obstruction-of-justice indictment was unsealed in U.S. District Court against Raine Zircon Curtis, an alleged witness to Guest’s murder.

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Boston FBI Not Giving Up on Finding Whitey Bulger: Places Ad in Military Publication

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One thing you have to say about the Boston FBI: It’s not rolling over and giving up on capturing mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, one of the agency’s Top Ten Most Wanted fugitives.

The latest, according to the Boston Globe: the FBI placed an ad in the May 24 issue of The Military Times, with photos of Bulger, 80, and his girlfriend Catherine Greig, 59, with the headline “Have You Seen This Couple?”

Why the military angle? The Globe reports Bulger was dishonaraby discharged from the Air Force, but the FBI says “he obtained a fake military identification card before he fled Boston and may be lurking around military bases.” The agency said Bulger has a fascination with the military.

The Globe reports Bulger had served in the Air Force from 1949 to 1952 and was dishonorably discharged after going AWOL. At the time, he was charged with rapes in Montana and Boston, the Globe reported.

In recent times, the FBI placed an ad in the Plastic Surgery News because Bulger’s girlfriend had some work done on her, and a dental trade publication because she was a dental hygentist and seemed to have her teeth cleaned monthly.

“We’re looking for avenues to have his picture reach worldwide,” said Gail Marcinkiewicz, an FBI spokeswoman told the Globe.

Ex-FBI Agent Who Worked on Natalie Holloway Case Comments on van der Sloot Probe

FBI Probing Security Breach of Ipads

ipadBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The creators of the iPad — the mini computer that seems to be today’s hot item in the gadget world — may be getting a little more attention then they want.

This time it’s from the FBI.

The FBI on Thursday said it was investigating a security breach of AT&T’s wireless network, the Washington Post reported. The problem: email addresses and network numbers of iPad users were exposed.

The website Gawker reported that some high-level government officials, including White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, were among those affected.

The Post reported that FBI spokesman Paul Bresson said in a e-mail: “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and is looking into it.”

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