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India News Outlets Report Mueller and Agents to Visit India Next Week

Robert Mueller III/fbi photo

Robert Mueller III/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — News outlets in India  are reporting that FBI director Robert Mueller III and a group of FBI agents plan to visit that country  next week to pursue a terrorism investigation.

The website Indiaserver.com reported that the agents will follow up on an investigation into suspected terrorist David Coleman Headley who was recently charged in Chicago with plotting attacks in India and on a Denmark newspaper that published  controversial cartoons mocking Islam.

“Mueller, who will be heading a team of investigators days ahead of the first anniversary of the Nov 26 Mumbai terror strike, will probe Headley’s network in India and also establish his links with the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba,” the website reported.

The FBI on Thursday said that as a matter of practice it did not discuss or publicize the director’s overseas travel plans in advance.

Kansas Man Charged With Shooting at FBI Violent Crime Task Force

olathe-map-ksBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old man was charged earlier this week with possession of a firearm after felony convictions after  he tried to avoid arrest by shooting at members of the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force in the Kansas City, Ks., area.

According to an FBI affidavit, task force members tried to arrest Nicholas Henry, a convicted felon, on Nov. 1 in the town of Olathe, Ks. He was wanted on an outstanding warrants, and the red Dodge pickup he was driving had been reported stolen.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said when the task force members approached Henry, “he ran to the stolen truck, removed a handgun and a bulletproof vest and began firing at them. They returned fire. He was arrested and treated for gunshot wounds.” No law enforcement people were injured.

Henry’s previous convictions included burglary of a vehicle, forgery, attempted aggravated escape from custody, aggravated assault and felony theft, authorties said.

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2 Secret Service Vehicles Hit and Kill Man in D.C. Area

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A man was killed Wednesday after being hit by two armored Secret Service vehicles on a freeway at the D.C.-Maryland border, the Washington Post reported.  One of the cars, a limo, is sometimes used by Vice President Biden.

The man, whose name had not been released as of Wednesday, was hit by a limousine and a Chevrolet Suburban in Prince George’s County at 2:27 a.m. as “he was crossing rain-slicked Suitland Parkway”, the Post reported.

The two vehicles had just arrived by military plane at Andrews Air Force Base and were headed to a storage facility in Washington, the Post reported. They were not carrying any protectees.

The U.S. Park Police will investigate the crash.

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FBI Accuses Baltimore DEA Task Force Member of Embezzlement and Lying: Harms Drug Cases

Crooked  DEA task force member, Mark James Lunsford, a Baltimore police detective, is causing some big problems.  City paper reporter Van Smith lays it all out in this report.

Detective's Skyville, Md. home the FBI raided/ baltimore city paper photo
Balt. Detective’s Sykesville, Md. home the FBI raided/ baltimore city paper photo

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE —  On Aug. 3, Ira Jimmy Martin was arrested for armed drug dealing in Baltimore City. “Lots of cash [was] recovered in this case,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Margaret Burns says.

But on Sept. 24, court records show, prosecutors dropped all six charges against 33-year-old Martin. The reason, according to Burns: The case rested on the honesty of veteran Baltimore Police Det. Mark James Lunsford.

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task-force officer, Lunsford was revealed in federal court as being accused by the FBI of embezzlement and lying (“Baltimore Cop Charged by Feds with Lying and Embezzlement,” the News Hole, Sept. 24 ) on the same day Martin was let off the hook.

Burns explains in an Oct. 7 e-mail that it “turns out that the drugs [in Martin’s case] were handled at all points by Lunsford only, and so we lost this one. There is no way we could get the drugs in [as evidence in court] due to the taint of the officer.”

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Ex-FBI Agent and Former TV Anchor Thomas Wassell Dead at Age 84

atlanta-map1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thomas Wassell, a former FBI agent who went on to become well-known Atlanta TV news anchor, has died at age 84 in Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Wassell worked as an agent from 1951 to 1960 in Chicago and Miami and later went on to become an anchorman at WSB-tv in Atlanta. He left the station in 1973 and became an information officer for the Georgia State Senate and retired in 1991, the paper reported.

The paper said he used to talk to his sons about his days in the FBI and his espionage cases.

“It sounded like something out of a James Bond movie or something,” his son John Wassell of Tucker told the paper.

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FBI Probing Death Threat of Washington State Rep Over Healthcare

Rep. Brian Baird (left)/official photo

Rep. Brian Baird (left)/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — The FBI has taken over an investigation into an alleged death threat aimed at Democratic Rep. Brian Baird of Washington state over the healthcare furor, the Columbian newspaper reported.

The paper reported that the U.S. Capitol Police, which had been investigating the matter, confirmed that the FBI was probing the threat, which was made by phone in August.

Baird appeared on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” and said the disruptive behavior at town halls meetings on health care “reminded him of the atmosphere that led Timothy McVeigh to bomb the Alfred R. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995,” the paper reported.

Days later,  Baird’s staff reported that someone called his D.C. office and left the message: “You think Timothy McVeigh was bad, there’s a Ryder truck out there with your name on it.”

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President’s Nominee to Head TSA Was Censured as FBI Agent

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This probably won’t be enough to block his confirmation, but it certainly doesn’t help.

By Ed O’Keefe
The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — President Obama’s nominee to lead the nation’s airport security officers received a censure from the FBI in 1988 after asking a San Diego police officer to run a background check on his ex-wife’s boyfriend.

Obama tapped Erroll Southers in September to serve as administrator of the Transportation Security Administration. Southers is currently chief of homeland security and intelligence at the Los Angeles International Airport’s police department and associate director of the University of Southern California’s Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events. He previously served as a homeland security adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Calif.).

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Baltimore FBI Building to Be Named After Slain Agent Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s Baltimore field office will be named after agent Sam Hicks, who was killed last Nov. 19 in a shooting in the Pittsburgh area while serving an arrest warrant in a drug case, the Associated Press reported.

The AP reported that Hicks’ wife Brooke and their son Noah will attend a Nov. 23 dedication ceremony in Baltimore.

Hicks, 33,  had been a Baltimore City Officer before joining the FBI.

The woman who shot and killed Hicks, Christina Korbe, is awaiting trial. She has told investigatators that she thought Hicks was an intruder. The FBI had gone to the house to arrest her husband.