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Nevada Man With Fascination for Va. Tech Killings Faces Fed Charges For Sending Threatening Emails

nevada1This story comes under the category of “scary people with guns”. With 13 guns and three bullet-proof vests, who knows what this guy was capable of doing.

By Allison Klein
Washington Post Staff Writer

As the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech massacre approaches, federal prosecutors are preparing a criminal case against a Nevada man who police say idolized shooter Seung Hui Cho, owned the same type of guns Cho used and sent threatening e-mails to two Tech students who had run-ins with Cho before the rampage.

In the e-mails, Johnmarlo Balasta Napa, 27, included a picture of Cho holding paper dolls with photos of the faces of the two students and the people he killed, according to court records. Napa is accused of sending the e-mails from the address seunghuichorevenge@yahoo.com hours before the first anniversary of the April 16, 2007, shooting.

When Napa was arrested last year, police found 13 guns and three bulletproof vests in his house in Henderson, Nev., police said.

Napa, who has been held without bail since April, is charged with two counts of sending e-mail threats. His trial is scheduled for April 28 in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

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Ex-FBI Agent Featured in Tv Episode on Steroids

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal

ticklethewire.com columnist Greg Stejskal is featured in an episode on the Investigation Discovery network about steroids.

By Amalie Nash
Ann Arbor News
ANN ARBOR, Mi. — Retired Ann Arbor FBI Agent Greg Stejskal jokes that he was hoping Clint Eastwood would play him. Stejskal is indeed portrayed by an actor – not exactly Eastwood, though – in an upcoming episode of “Undercover: Double Life,” on the cable network Investigation Discovery.

The hour-long episode, airing Tuesday for the first time, focuses on Operation Equine, an investigation into steroid trafficking that began in Ann Arbor in 1989.

That investigation later generated controversy when Stejskal revealed in 2005 that he had warned Major League Baseball years earlier about steroid use among players after arresting the personal trainer of star player Jose Canseco.

The Investigation Discovery piece – which The News got a sneak peak of this week – focuses on Bill Randall, the undercover agent Stejskal chose to pose as a gym owner interested in getting steroids for some clients.

Randall and Stejskal are extensively interviewed, interspersed with a number of flashback scenes showing them – portrayed by actors – working together on the case. Randall was assigned to the Detroit FBI office and now lives in Oakland County.

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FBI Probing Missouri State Lawmakers

A major scandal is brewing in Missouri. One lawmaker has even recorded conversation of suspect lawmakers. This should be interesting as it continues to unfold.

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By Steve Kraske
Kansas City Star
FBI agents are investigating Missouri lawmakers in connection with several alleged “pay for play” schemes in which legislative favors are bestowed only after campaign donations are made.

Three lawmakers told The Kansas City Star that they had been talking with agents and providing information. At least one lawmaker said he had recorded private conversations with lawmakers under scrutiny for the investigators.

The inquiry began at least a year ago and has continued into the current session of the General Assembly.

Joel Sealer, a spokesman for the FBI, said he could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation and declined to comment further. The FBI’s Kansas City office is charged with overseeing western Missouri, including Jefferson City.

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FBI and ATF Bust Drug-Dealing Philly Cop

philly-map2It’s always a good day when the feds can take a crooked cop off the street. Unfortunately, most big city police departments have too many.

By DAVID GAMBACORTA
Philadelphia Daily News
PHILADELPHIA — ALHINDE WEEMS, armed with his gun and Philadelphia police badge, allegedly was pumped and ready to go.

After weeks of covert meetings and careful planning, Weems met yesterday morning at a local hotel with two of his trusted associates, eager to finally put his scheme in motion. The 5 1/2-year police veteran was ready to rob – and possibly shoot – a narcotics supplier, law-enforcement officials said.

And then everything fell apart. FBI agents swarmed in and arrested Weems, 33, the main target of a three-month corruption investigation run by the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Presents 42 Honorary Medals

By Allan Lengel
Recipients of the FBI medals

Recipients of the FBI medals

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WASHINGTON — Three FBI agents wounded during a 2008 bombing in Pakistan were among  38 FBI and other law enforcement people awarded honorary FBI medals by the director Robert S. Mueller III during a standing- room only ceremony at headquarters Friday.

In all, Mueller presented 42 honorary FBI medals to the 38 people that included the FBI Star, the FBI Medal for Meritorious Achievement, the FBI Shield of Bravery, and the FBI Medal of Valor.

The FBI said the awards recognized “exceptional acts by both FBI and other law enforcement personnel working with the FBI, across the country and around the world.”

“These men and women are not the kind to call attention to their individual acts of heroism, but those brave and courageous acts deserve our attention and our gratitude,” Mueller said. “Today we stand here and formally recognize them with the FBI’s highest honors.”

The three agents in Pakistan who were given awards included Bruce Bennett, Tricia Gibbs and Raymond Pitesky.

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FBI Promoting Diversity With Interesting Pitch

Elizabeth Morris

Elizabeth Morris

By Al Kamen
Washington Post Columnist
WASHINGTON –The FBI is interested in showing its commitment to diversity. So on its employment Web site, at http://www.fbijobs.gov/421.asp, it touts an “American Indian/Native Alaskan” initiative.

Alas, the bureau is using a picture on that page of a former special agent, Elizabeth Morris, who alleges that she was retaliated against, in part, for filing a complaint of workplace bias. Morris says she was fired in 2007 for filing a complaint against a supervisor for making racially insensitive remarks and for alleging that another agent sent subpoenas to dozens of businesses not under investigation with no intent of reviewing the records.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) has asked the Justice Department inspector general to look into that.

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Phoenix FBI Agent Pleads Guility to Having an Affair With the Wife of a Man He Was Investigating

fbi-logo3By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The libido of an FBI agent in Phoenix is likely to land him in prison.

Agent Joe L. Gordwin, 40, of Phoenix pleaded guilty earlier this week in U.S. District Court to wire fraud charges for carrying on an improper sexual relationship with the wife of a criminal he was investigating, the FBI said.

Sentencing is set for June 29 before U.S. District Judge Susan R. Bolton in Phoenix. The charges carry a maximum of 60 years in prison.

“Mr. Gordwin flagrantly and repeatedly violated the oath he took to follow all the rules, regulations and laws that govern the conduct of a federal agent,” said U.S. Attorney Thomas P. O’Brien in a statement. O’Brien is from the Central District of California, whose office handled the case.

According to authorities, Gordwin arrested the husband in 2002 and subsequently began a sexual relationship with the wife. Subsequently, Gordwin successfully recommended to the Maricopa County District Attorney’s Office that the husband, not identified in the plea agreement document, get a reduced sentence.

The relationship between Gordwin and the wife continued until January 2004, and stopped for several months after the woman’s husband was released from prison, according to the plea agreement.

In November 2004, Gordwin got word that the husband was involved in criminal activity and passed that on to the Scottsdale Police Department. Around that time, he also resumed the affair.

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Things We Still Don’t Know About Airport Security on 9/11

twin-towers-9-111As Andrew Cochran points out, there’s so much we still don’t know about what happened on 9/11. Time for some of that transparency the Obama administration has promised.

By Andrew Cochran
Counterterrorism Blog

Here is what we still don’t know, over seven years after the 9/11 attacks, about airline and airport security on that day:

1. We don’t know if all of the metal screening machines at the airports involved had been tested and were actually working as designed;

2. We don’t know if the security personnel working on those machines and screen passengers were qualified and properly trained to find barred and dangerous items; and

3. We don’t know how the terrorists made it through the checkpoints with their deadly box-cutters, knives and mace.

All that, and more, was unilaterally designated by the aviation industry defendants as confidential, wrongfully exploiting a protective order issued by a federal judge in 2004, designed only to protect trade secret and competitive information.

The order was entered in lawsuits filed by families of 9/11 victims against certain airlines, security companies and others responsible for airline and airport security (the “aviation defendants”) on that fateful day.

The remaining three families, out of 96 who filed lawsuits, have challenged the defendants’ “confidential trade secrets” designations, claiming that one of their major motivations for filing lawsuits and not going into the no-fault Victims Compensation Fund created by Congress was to ask questions, demand accountability and shed light on the checkpoint failures that allowed 19-for-19 hijackers to board aircrafts with prohibited weapons and hazardous materials.

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