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Imitation May Not Always Be The Most Sincerest Form of Flattery: Spanish Lawmaker Rejects Apology Over FBI Use of Photo

FBI used lawmaker's photo for bin Laden
FBI used lawmaker’s photo for bin Laden

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Try telling that to Spanish lawmaker Gasperon Llamazers.

On Tuesday, the angry lawmaker rejected the United States’ apology after the FBI used his photo to create a digitally aged image of  Osama bin Laden, the Associated Press reported.

Not only that, but the member of Spain’s United Left party demanded the U.S. investigate the matter, AP reported.

“Apologies are not enough,” he told a news conference at Parliament after the U.S. ambassador issued an apology Monday, according to AP. “I want a thorough investigation into this disgraceful case, which not only causes concern but also worry and indignation over the behavior of the FBI.”

FBI Illegally Collected Telephone Records During Bush Years, Wasington Post Reports

telephoneBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — A yet to be released Justice Department report is expected to conclude that the FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 during the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported.

The paper reported that the FBI illegally collected the records by “by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews.”

The paper said the bureau issued approvals “after the fact to justify their actions.”

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The FBI responded Tuesday with a statement:

Washington, D.C. — Today, The Washington Post published a story on an upcoming Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the FBI’s use of exigent letters during the time period 2002-2006. The report is expected to build on the OIG’s 2007 findings regarding a limited and discontinued FBI practice wherein exigent letters, or other informal requests for telephone records, were made to obtain telephone toll billing records. The FBI ceased this practice in 2006 and was never involved in obtaining the content of telephone conversations.

“The OIG report is not expected to find – nor were there – any intentional attempts to obtain records that counterterrorism personnel knew they were not legally entitled to obtain,” said Michael P. Kortan, the FBI’s Assistant Director for Public Affairs. “The FBI was lawfully entitled to acquire every record at issue in the OIG report, and no FBI employee used informal methods to obtain telephone records for reasons other than a legitimate investigative interest. FBI employees involved in this matter obtained the telephone records at issue to perform their critical mission to prevent a terrorist attack or otherwise to support a counterterrorism investigation.”

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NY Times Reports that More Clues in Christmas Day Bombing Were Missed than Administration Publicly Disclosed

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marhsals photo

Suspect Abdulmutallab/u.s. marshals photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — It seemed refreshing when the Obama administration released a report on the the intelligence community’s failure to connect the dots that could have prevented the Christmas Day bombing attempt aboard a Detroit bound plane.

But the New York Times reports that there “were far more warning signs than the administration has acknowledged.”

The paper says that the President met on Dec. 22 with officials from the FBI, CIA and Homeland Security and there was concern about a terrorist attack over the Christmas Holiday.

And in early November, the paper reported, that “American intelligence authorities say they learned from a communications intercept of Qaeda followers in Yemen that a man named “Umar Farouk” — the first two names of the jetliner suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab — had volunteered for a coming operation.”

Frankly, it’s almost like going on the Wheel of Fortune and not being able to guess the phrase with a single vowel missing.

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FBI’s Flawed Science on Bullets Causes Problems in Convictions

bulletBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s theory about bullets sounded downright impressive at the time. That’s no longer the case. Just recently, three murder convictions were overturned because of the agency’s flawed science, the Associated Press reported.

The flap  centers around the FBI’s now “discredited theory that bullets found at a crime scene could be linked to bullets found in possession of suspects,” the AP reports.

The AP reports that nearly five years after the FBI conceded that the science was flawed, the agency has yet to complete a review of almost 2,500 cases where the “comparative bullet lead analysis was used.”

To date, the FBI has found that the FBI science was used in 187 trials and it has notified prosecutors where the agency’s testimony “exceeds the limits of the science and cannot be supported by the FBI.”

The AP described the science by saying: “Comparative bullet lead analysis was based on the theory that lead bullets pick up trace elements such as copper, antimony, arsenic, bismuth and silver during manufacturing. When the soft metal is shaped into bullets and packaged, bullets in the same box would contain similar amounts of the trace elements, the theory went.”

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Sen. Kerry Wants to Force FBI to Release More Files on MLK

mlkBy Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON – Sen. John Kerry plans to introduce legislation requiring the FBI to release more records relating to Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Boston Globe is reporting.

The bill would require that all the files be “located, reviewed, and released by a review board at the National Archives similar to those established for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and for Nazi war criminals,” the paper reported.

The move is part of a broader effort to find out what the government did or didn’t do about violence against blacks during the civil rights movement, the Globe reported.

“There are a lot of unanswered questions,” Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and former King aide who was brutally beaten during a civil rights march in 1965 told the Globe. “The American people have a right to know what happened.”

The paper reported that a social studies teacher researching a book about plots to kill King discovered that the FBI files included information about a Ku Klux Klan leader “who claimed to have a played a role” in the 1968 assassination, the Globe reported.

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FBI Raid in Detroit Where Imam Died Raises Concerns About Informants in Mosques

The use of FBI informants in mosques is causing a lot of tension around the country between Muslims and the FBI. Here’s one of those instances.


DETROIT — He called himself Jabril. Two years ago, a white man who claimed he was an ex-con and convert to Islam started attending a predominantly African-American mosque on a run-down street in Detroit.

He touted his Islamic ways while offering poor members of the mosque cash for odd jobs at an auto shop on the city’s west side. He told tales of sick family members and brought a young boy to the mosque who he said was his son.

Jabril soon became a brother in faith and a confidante of the mosque’s fiery leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shootout during an Oct. 28 raid by FBI agents to arrest men suspected of dealing in stolen goods.

Members now believe Jabril was an FBI informant who infiltrated their mosque.

“He built up trust in the community,” said Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons.

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U.S. Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, was killed on Jan. 9 by a A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing the information to three Pakistani intelligence officials, the AP reported that the strike killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, a suspect in a deadly 1986 Pan American plane hijacking.

“The death would be the latest victory for the CIA-led missile campaign against militant targets in Pakistan’s insurgent-riddled tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, a campaign that has recently escalated,” the AP reported.

The FBI website said: “Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim was indicted in the District of Columbia for his alleged role in the September 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways Flight 73 during a stop in Karachi, Pakistan. The attack resulted in the murder of 20 passengers and crew, including two American citizens, and the attempted murder of 379 passengers and crew, including 89 American citizens.”

The site listed his citizenship as “Palestinian and possibly Lebanese”.

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Weekend Stories of Interest

FBI Launches Digital Fugitive Billboard in Times Square

fbi photo
fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

Well, you can’t get much more high profile than this: a GIANT billboard in the middle of Times Square in the Big Apple.

The FBI announced Friday that it was unveiling a digital billboard in Times Square that will highlight wanted fugitives, missing persons and high-priority security messages.

“Most people come to Times Square to be famous, these guys are going to be infamous,” said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.

The FBI said the billboard “is part of a nationwide initiative made possible through a partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, an advertising company that’s providing the space as a public service, which will enable the FBI to highlight those individuals who we’re looking for the most in a given area: violent criminals, kidnap victims, missing kids, bank robbers, and more.”

The FBI has access to similar billboards around the country.

fbi billboard2 fbi photo“With millions of people passing through Times Square every year, there is no better way to draw attention to our most wanted fugitives than through this billboard initiative,”Joseph M. Demarest, head of the N.Y. FBI said in a statement.