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FBI Dir. Mueller Says No Imminent Security Threat Tied to High Profile Raids in N.Y.

It was reassuring to hear the head of the FBI say there is no imminent security threat tied to the latest raids in New York and the FBI activity in Denver. On another subject, Mueller did essentially confirm a report that the FBI and ATF still need to correct some problems involving cooperation.  No surprise here. But it’s nice to see him publicly acknowledge the problem. Click here for the AP report on that issue.

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By Jeremy Pelofsky
Reuters
WASHINGTON – FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday there was no imminent security threat related to an investigation that included raids of New York homes this week in an apparent search for homemade explosives.

“I do not believe there is imminent danger from that particular investigation,” Mueller said in response to a question from New York Senator Charles Schumer. He declined to elaborate on the investigation.

A joint anti-terrorism task force carried out raids on Monday in the Queens borough of New York, in an area believed to have been visited by a man suspected of sympathizing with al Qaeda. The raids rattled some residents as they came just days after the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

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Read Mueller’s Statement to the Senate Judiciary

Colo. Man at Center of Terror Probe Says “I’m Not a Terrorist”

Hopefully in short time we’ll get a clearer picture as to what was going on here. Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that the FBI is mad at the New York Police for conducting raids and blowing the investigation before more could be learned. Click here to learn more on that.

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By James Gordon Meek,Judith Crosson, Simone Weichselbaum, Rocco Parascandola, Larry Mcshane and Bill Hutchinson
New York Daily News

The Colorado man who triggered a terror scare in New York that led to a rash of raids in Queens insisted Tuesday night, “I’m not a terrorist.”

Even as Najibullah Zazi, 25, of Aurora, Colo., professed his innocence, counterterrorism agents eyed him as part of the first suspected Al Qaeda cell they’ve uncovered in the U.S. since 9/11.

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OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Inspector Gen. Report Says FBI and ATF Still Feuding Over Bomb Investigations

As Rodney King once said: “Can we all get along?” There has been a tradition of tension between the FBI and ATF. In Washington alone, there have been high-profile cases in which agents have from both agencies have had their differences. This report will only validate what’s already been reported, including a May 2008 report in the Washington Post.

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By Devlin Barrett
Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Agents of the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are feuding over bomb investigations — racing each other to crime scenes, failing to share information and refusing to train together, according to a draft report obtained by The Associated Press.

The report says Justice Department bosses have repeatedly failed to fix the problem.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General, Glenn Fine, has drafted a preliminary report on the two agencies’ repeated squabbles to claim jurisdiction in investigations of explosives incidents across the country — from Times Square in New York City to Arizona and the West Coast.

The most recent documented spat came last December when the FBI protested a local prosecutor’s request to use the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to investigate a blast that killed a state bomb technician and a police officer in Woodburn.

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NY Daily News Says NY Raids Linked to Denver Based Terror Cell

It makes sense that there are still groups planning to attack the U.S. And you assume 9/11 is the bench mark for success and that FBI is not going to hold back at the hint of any possible threat.

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BY James Gordon Meek In Washington and Rocco Parascandola and Larry Mcshane In New York
NY DAILY NEWS
NEW YORK — The massive FBI probe that triggered raids in Queens is focused on a Denver-based terror cell plotting another attack on the scale of 9/11, the Daily News learned Tuesday.

Hundreds of FBI agents are on the ground in Colorado, conducting round-the-clock surveillance on five suspects – including a man who recently visited Queens, sources told The News.

New York authorities searched three Flushing apartments and detained several men – later released – after getting a warrant to look for bomb-making components, explosive powders and fuses.

“The FBI is seriously spooked about these guys planning another 9/11,” a former senior counterterrorism official told the News. “This is not some … FBI informant-driven case. This is the real thing.”

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Soon to be a Motion Picture? Hollywood Husband and Wife Producer Team Convicted of Bribing Thai Official For Film Festival

Yes, bribing foreign officials is illegal. The husband and wife producer team gave the Thai tourism authority $1.8 million in bribes to secure contracts for a local film festival there. Can they at least make a movie out of this?

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By Ben Fritz
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGLES –– Hollywood may be in for tighter government scrutiny of its overseas operations.

Producers Gerald and Patricia Green were found guilty late Friday on charges of bribery and money laundering related to their running of a local film festival in Thailand, a decision that experts say could lead to further investigation into the huge amounts of business film studios do overseas.

The two were convicted of conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, eight counts of violating the act and seven counts of money laundering. In addition, Patricia Green was found guilty on two counts of falsifying U.S. tax returns related to the bribes.

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Detroit Prosecutor Skeptical of FBI Stats Showing Drop in Crime

Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy

Wayne County Prosecutor Kim Worthy

There may be a dearth of employment, department stores and movie theaters in Detroit, but there’s certainly no shortage of crime. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, whose office is in downtown Detroit,  is skeptical of the FBI stats on crime. And probably for good reason. Some police departments have figured out ways to downgrade crimes and play with the numbers.

By Paul Egan and Doug Guthrie
The Detroit News
DETROIT — FBI statistics released Monday that show crime fell last year in communities across the nation were met with skepticism in Detroit.

The numbers “just don’t make sense,” said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. And the way the FBI collects and reports the data — not just in Detroit but across the country — needs to change, Worthy said.

“I don’t think people are telling the truth, and it’s not just here,” she said. “Crime can’t be going down when all of us are struggling to catch up. The public knows those numbers aren’t true. Ask anybody in the neighborhoods, in Detroit.”

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See FBI Crime Stats

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K.C. FBI Agent Bob Herndon Will be At NY Movie Premiere of “The Informant”– And for Good Reason

Many dream of having an aspect of their life made into a movie. FBI agent Bob Herndon can stop dreaming and down some popcorn as he sees one of his cases go Hollywood.

By ROBERT W. BUTLER
Kansas City Star
Matt Dameon in The Informant

Matt Dameon in The Informant!

KANSAS CITY –– There’s reality. And there’s Hollywood  reality.

The difference was only too clear to FBI Special Agent Bob Herndon as he settled into his seat at an Olathe movie theater the other day to watch “The Informant!”, the new Matt Damon film directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh.

This was more than a movie to Herndon. It was his story.

And he was concerned about what Hollywood had done to it.

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FBI Raids NY Homes in Search of Terrorists; No Arrests, No Explosives Found

It sounds like something the FBI needed to check out. But is it anything earth shattering? Who knows? Sen. Schumer described it as preventative movenew-york-map.

By RAYMOND HERNANDEZ and KAREN ZRAICK
New York Times
WASHINGTON – At least two apartments in Queens were raided on Monday after they had been visited in the last week by a suspected associate of Al Qaeda, according to officials.

No arrests were made and no explosives or other weapons were found in the raids, which were conducted by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York, the officials said. Law enforcement officials also did not identify any specific terror plot or any target of a planned attack.

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