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Terrorist Watch List Hits 1 Million: Entries Up 32% Since ’07

The list keeps growing despite the FBI’s latest efforts to clean it up and remove people who shouldn’t be on there. Sadly, there are still probably plenty folks who shouldn’t be on there including children. It’s part of the constant balance between keeping us safe and going too far.

By Peter Eisler
USA TODAY
WASHINGTON – The government’s terrorist watch list has hit 1 million entries, up 32% since 2007.

Federal data show the rise comes despite the removal of 33,000 entries last year by the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center in an effort to purge the list of outdated information and remove people cleared in investigations.

It’s unclear how many individuals those 33,000 records represent – the center often uses multiple entries, or “identities,” for a person to reflect variances in name spellings or other identifying information. The remaining million entries represent about 400,000 individuals, according to the center.

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They’re Back: N.Y. FBI is Digging Again for Victims of Mob Hits

Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

Mobster William Cutolo/cbs photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Yes, they’re back.

The FBI began digging once again on Tuesday in East Farmingdale, N.Y., at a site where they hope to find the bodies of two men who were victims of mob hits, Newsday reported.

The Long Island paper reported that agents were using a backhoe and front loader to “cut a wide trench alongside a 150-yard-long stretch of railroad tracks in an industrial section of East Farmingdale.”

“We expect to find victims” of the mob, Newsday quoted Dennis Bolles, head of organized crime squads for the FBI in New York.

The digging is expected to resume Wednesday.

Last October, FBI agents digging in East Farmingdale found the body of mobster William “Wild Bill” Cutolo.

This latest round of digging came shortly after two leaders of the Colombo organized crime family were convicted in the slaying of Cutolo.

Update on Traffic Death of FBI Agent Paul Sorce

Paul Sorce was a popular agent in Detroit. It was a sad ending to a promising career.

BY CHRISTINA HALL and ZLATI MEYER
Detroit Free Press
DETROIT — A Detroit FBI agent who dedicated years to coaching youth football in the area, died Monday after his Chevrolet Trailblazer rolled over on Vernier in Harper Woods.

Special Agent Paul Sorce, 44, died a few hours after the accident, which occurred about noon.

Sorce, married and a father of four, was heading east on Vernier when a Dodge Magnum, driven by an unidentified Grosse Pointe Woods man, came out of a turnaround to go east on Vernier, Harper Woods Police Chief Randolph Skotarczyk said.

Sorce was taken to St. John Hospital in Detroit. The driver of the Magnum said he only had minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital, police said.

Harper Woods police are conducting a joint investigation with the Michigan State Police to determine the cause of the accident. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved in the accident, police said.
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Friends of FBI Agent Paul Sorce Sing His Praises

FBI Agent Paul Sorce

FBI Agent Paul Sorce

FBI Agent Paul Sorce had his fair share of fans in Detroit. Here’s just a sampling:

Greg Stejskal, former FBI agent in charge of the Ann Arbor office said:
Paul was on the SWAT team with me, & we worked together on several cases. Paul had a reputation as a hard working & reliable agent. The kind of guy you want with you when you’re going through a door to make an arrest. He was also a tenacious investigator. I am proud to have known & worked with him.

Terry Booth, a former Detroit FBI Agent had this to say:

“I worked violent crimes with Paul Sorce for 11 years. Paul was a very well liked Agent who had a passion for his job, locking up violent offenders. Paul had the ability to work with all law enforcement agencies. Paul played football in college and coached his church’s football team, thus his nickname “Coach.”

Paul will be really missed.”


Comments written on ticklethewire.com website about FBI Agent Paul Sorce.

Comment from stan | [e]
Time March 9, 2009 at 7:10 pm

I had the distinct pleasure of working with Paul for several years and he was a true professional who cared about others and wanted to make a difference in a troubled community. He will be missed-may God bless him!

Comment from gq | [e]
Time March 9, 2009 at 8:02 pm

I to had the pleasure of working with Paul “Coach” Sorce at Detroit’s Violent Crime Task Force. Never have I worked with a man of his character and commitment to his God, his Country and his Family. I will miss him as will the City of Detroit.

Comment from Scott | [e]
Time March 9, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I was and am honored to call Paul my friend and my partner. We were partnered together in Milwaukee’s VCFTF back in the ’90’s and I could not have asked for a better partner! Paul was a special man, filled with compassion, who loved his work, but more importantly loved his family. He was GOOD at what he did, and cared about the people we came into contact with every day. Paul and I taught one another many things during our time together and I will be forever grateful for our time together.
“Greater Love Hath No Man Than To Lay Down His Life For Others” – – GOD BLESS YOU PAUL, Shellie & I will miss you!

Kenyan Prez Accepts FBI Offer to Help Investigate Murders of 2 Human Rights Workers

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

The Guardian newspaper in London is reporting that the Kenyan prime minister Raila Odinga has accepted an offer from the FBI to help probe the murders of two human rights workers.

The human rights workers, Oscar Kamau Kingara and Paul Oulo,  who were highly critical of police killings, were shot to death last Thursday when gunmen blocked their car on a street in Nairobi, the paper said. Some have been speculating that police were involved.

“Officers from FBI are engaged to work alongside the Kenya police in carrying out investigations,” the paper quoted the prime minister as saying. “In the perception of the people, police themselves are an accomplice.”

The Kenyan National Commission on Human Rights has called for an independent probe.

FBI Seeks Victims in Stanford Financial Scandal

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — As if we haven’t gotten beaten down enough financially by the crippling economy. We’ve got two princes to help us out: Madoff and  Stanford.

The FBI issued a press release Monday asking for help in putting one of those princes away. The second one is already well on his way to prison.

“Have you invested in the Stanford Financial Group or its affiliated companies in recent years? If so, you may be a victim of a multi-billion dollar investment fraud,” the press release asked.

The release goes on to say that “the Stanford Financial Group, which provides wealth management services to customers in some 140 countries, is under FBI investigation.”

It  mentions that Allen Stanford, chief investment officer, was charged Feb. 26 with obstructing a separate investigation involving the Security and Exchange Commission.

The FBI press release then asks for information from anyone who suspects they’ve been swindled.

The press release says the FBI needs:
* Your basic contact information (name, address, country, telephone numbers, e-mail address);
* Your investments/losses with Stanford Financial Group or its affiliated companies: Stanford Capital Management, the Stanford Group Company, the Stanford International Bank, the Stanford Trust Company, and the Bank of Antigua;
* Whether or not you can verify your investments/losses by providing your most recent financial statements; and
* Any additional information that may be helpful.

Detroit FBI Agent Paul Sorce Killed in Car Crash

Agent Paul Sorce

Agent Paul Sorce

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Detroit FBI special agent Paul M. Sorce, an 18-year veteran of the bureau, was killed Monday in a car accident while on duty, the FBI  in Detroit said.

Sorce, 44, was taken to St. John’s Hospital in Detroit, where he passed away, the FBI said.

WXYZ tv in Detroit reported that the agent was driving a minivan that was hit by another car in Harper Woods, a  bordering surburb of Detroit.

Sorce joined the FBI in May 1991. He served in the Milwaukee field office before going to Detroit in 1995, the FBI said.

Congressman Blasts FBI Response to Questions About Islamic Group

Rep. Frank Wolf was a little insulted by the “insufficient” response he got when he asked the FBI about specifics behind its decision to cut off ties to the Islamic group CAIR.  At this point, the FBI can ignore him or reply with a more detailed answer. Thing is, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea for the FBI to tick off a Congressman who has been a big supporter of the agency.

The Investigative Project on Terrorism
WASHINGTON — A U.S. Congressman who serves on a committee controlling the FBI’s budget is blasting the Bureau’s response to a set of questions regarding an FBI freeze on contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The Investigative Project on Terrorism reported January 29 that evidence tying CAIR and its founders to a U.S.-based Hamas support network prompted the Bureau to sever routine outreach meetings with the organization. That evidence was part of the government’s prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which ended in November with the conviction of five former officials on 108 counts.

“[I]f CAIR wishes to pursue an outreach relationship with the FBI, certain issues must be addressed to the satisfaction of the FBI. Unfortunately, these issues cannot be addressed at the local level and must be addressed by the CAIR National Office in Washington, D.C.,” an October letter from Oklahoma City Special Agent in Charge James E. Finch said. Similar letters were issued in other states.

U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, (R-VA), wrote to the FBI on Feb. 2 asking for details about the FBI move. He addressed his questions to Michael Heimbach, an assistant director for the Counter Terrorism Division. Among them: whether there were conditions that could end the freeze, and what were the “certain issues” referenced by Finch that needed to be addressed by CAIR.

FBI spokesman John Miller responded in a four-paragraph letter dated today, but hand-delivered last Friday:

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