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2 Suspected Terrorists Headed to Somalia Busted at JFK Airport

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jfk airport

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two New Jersey men were arrested late Saturday at JFK Airport as they prepared to head to Somalia to join up with the radical Islamic group Al Shabaab and  kill American troops overseas, the FBI announced Sunday.

Mahmood Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, N.J. and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, N.J. had gone to JFK to take take separate flights to Egypt, with the final destination being Somalia,  the FBI said.

Authorities said a law enforcement team was at the airport, armed with arrest warrants, and waiting for the men. The arrest warrants were issued by a U.S. District Court judge in Newark.

The men, according to the FBI, listened to recordings of Anwar al-Awlaki, the spiritual Islamic leader who has reportedly has had many followers including the officer responsible for the Ft. Hood shootings.

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Six Highwaymen Motorcycle Gang Members Convicted of Racketeering in Detroit

Michael Cicchetti

Michael Cicchetti

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Six members of the Highwaymen Motorcycle Club, accused of engaging in violence, drug trafficking and other illegal activities, were convicted Thursday in Detroit federal court of racketeering conspiracy charges including one member who was tried in absentia after having a heart attack in the third week of trial.

The verdict marked a major victory for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, which took on an ambitious project by indicting more than 80 members and associates of the motorcycle gang.  This was the first of potentially many trials to come in what has been regarded as one of the biggest indictments in the history of the U.S.  Attorney’s Office in Detroit.

Those convicted included Aref (Steve) Nagi, 46; Gary (Junior) Ball Jr., 44; Leonard (Dad) Moore, 61; Joseph (Little Joe) Whiting, 56; Anthony (Mad Anthony) Clark, 52, and Michael (Cocoa) Cicchetti, 55, who recently suffered a heart attack during the trial.

“Violent crime is a top priority of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and we will use all of the tools available to us to attack violent criminal organizations like this one,” Detroit  U.S. Attorney Barbara L.  McQuade said in a statement.

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A Texas Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to al Qaeda

texasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal grand jury in Houston on Thursday indicted a 29-year-old Texas man on charges of attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Barry Walter Bujol Jr. of Hempstead, Tex., was charged with attempting to provide al Qaeda with money,pre-paid telephone calling cards, mobile telephone SIM cards, global positioning system receivers, public access-restricted U.S. military publications, including one involving unmanned aerial vehicle operations and another involving the effects of U.S. military weapon systems in operations in Afghanistan, the Houston U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The material had been provided to him by a confidential FBI informant.

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FBI Info Tech Manager Pleads to Child Pornography Possession

chantilly mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A 64-year-old information technology program manager for the FBI in suburban Washington pleaded guilty Wednesday to possession of child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Samuel I. Kaplan, of Gainesville, Va., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va. He worked out of the FBI’s Chantilly office in Virginia.

Sentencing is set for Aug. 27. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

Authorities said court records showed that Kaplan used “the FBI’s network to facilitate sexually explicit communications.”

Authorities said investigators from the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General found between 10 to 20 images on his home computer of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Valerie Parlave to Head FBI Little Rock Division

Valerie Parlave/fbi photo

Valerie Parlave/fbi photo

By Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Valerie Parlave, who most recently served as acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office’s Criminal Division, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Division, the agency announced Thursday.

Parlave joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where she worked as a case agent on violent crime and fugitive investigations.

She was later assigned to the division’s violent gang and drug squad. In 2000, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.

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D.C. FBI Agent George Piro Interviews With Saddam Hussein: To Air Sunday

Hussein Said he Wanted Iran to Think He Had Weapons of Mass Destruction

Pathology Report Raises More Questions About FBI Fatal Shooting of a Detroit Imam

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The controversy over the FBI’s fatal shooting of a Detroit imam last October may not go away any time soon.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a noted pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who did a pathology report at the request of the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR),  has raised many questions, but did not conclude whether the shooting was justified.

For one, Wecht found the Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was shot twice in the back, not once as the Wayne County Medical Examiner reported, the Free Press wrote. The FBI shot the imam 21 times after he shot and killed an FBI dog during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse where the imam was suspected of being involved in a stolen goods ring.

The pathologist also found that the imam had bites and claw marks from the FBI dog and that the dog fractured his jaw.

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Amy Hess Named Head of FBI Memphis Office

Amy Hess/fbi photo

Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Amy S. Hess is leaving FBI headquarters to take the post as special agent in charge of the Memphis office, the FBI announced Wednesday.

Hess most recently served as section chief in the International Operations Division.

She joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Kansas City field office, where she worked violent crimes, gangs and drug trafficking.

In 1999, she headed to the Louisville Division where she worked domestic terrorism. She was promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad in 2002.

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