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FBI Dir. Robert Mueller to Visit Pakistan

Director Robert Mueller III

Director Robert Mueller III

During the J. Edgar Hoover days it would have been shocking to hear that the big guy was taking a little trip to Pakistan. But in this jet-setting era, and at  a time the FBI has expanded its role around the world, it doesn’t seem that far fetched for a director to head off to a far off land like Pakistan.

By Agence France Press
ISLAMABAD — The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will lead a team visiting Pakistan next month to help investigate the Mumbai attacks, the foreign ministry said Thursday.

New Delhi blamed the attacks, which killed 165 people last November, on the Pakistan-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the siege soured a five-year peace process between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan.

“Headed by Robert Mueller, the team will arrive in Pakistan on March 4,” foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit told a press briefing in Islamabad.
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FBI Surveillance Making LA Area Muslims Apprehensive

The FBI is walking a tightrope these days when it comes to ties to Muslim communities in the U.S. Last summer, it cut off official ties to CAIR, a Islamic advocacy group because of its ties to Hamas. And the Muslim communities’ distrust of the FBI in the post-9/11 era is still real. The FBI needs the relationships and will have to  figure out ways to improve on them.

By Teresa Watanabe and Paloma Esquivel
Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES — The Islamic Center of Irvine is a beige stucco building that blends into the rows of office buildings surrounding it. But last week, it became the most publicized mosque in California with disclosures that the FBI sent an informant there to spy and collect evidence of jihadist rhetoric and other allegedly extremist acts by a Tustin man who attended prayers there.

The revelations dismayed mosque members like Omar Turbi, 50, and his 27-year-old son who shares his name. After Friday prayer service last week, while hundreds of others scurried back to work, the pair stood with their backs to a wall and mulled over the news.

“It gives you a little bit of apprehension about who you trust,” the elder Turbi said. “Makes you think twice about what you say; what if people misunderstand you?”

Turbi’s fears were echoed by other Muslims throughout Southern California last week. Some say a climate of suspicion toward them, fueled by 9/11 and underscored by the latest disclosures of FBI surveillance, is inhibiting their freedoms of speech and faith.

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History: J. Edgar Hoover’s Rule Over the FBI

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FBI to Resume Digging in New York for Mobster Bodies

When you don’t succeed, dig dig again. Yes, the FBI is returning to East Farmingdale to dig again for mobster bodies. The FBI went digging at the site last year after getting information that the land was used as a mobster burial site. Agents ended up unearthing the body of Colombo family underboss William Cutolo.


BY ROBERT E. KESSLER
Newsday

FBI agents plan to return to an apparent mob cemetery in East Farmingdale on Monday to try to uncover two more bodies they believe were buried there by hit men, an FBI spokesman said late Friday.

The renewed excavation plans come after two leaders of the Colombo organized crime family were sentenced Friday to life in prison for the murder of a rival whose body was uncovered there in October.

Alphonse Persico, the acting boss of the Colombo family, and John DeRoss, a ranking capo, showed no emotion as federal Judge Joanna Seybert in Central Islip sentenced them for the 1999 murder of William Cutolo, once the family’s underboss.

Prosecutors said Persico and DeRoss had Cutolo murdered, because they feared he would take over.

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Senate Dems Push for More Money For FBI to Fight Fraud

With the shift of resources to terrorism, the FBI has fallen far short of its mission in dealing with all types of fraud, including mortgage fraud. This added money could help.

By PAUL SHUKOVSKY
Seattle P-I
Senate Democrats, mindful that the FBI lacks resources to adequately address the nation’s mortgage meltdown, are pushing a measure to give the agency $75 million to fight financial industry crime.

The sum, to be considered by the Senate as part of the economic stimulus package, would fund at least 165 new agents pointed toward stopping “mortgage fraud, predatory lending, financial fraud and market manipulation.”

After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration transferred at least 2,400 agents from FBI crime squads to counterterrorism units and did not replace them. The result was a precipitous drop in the number of criminal prosecutions around the country, the Seattle P-I has reported in a two-year investigative series.
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Homeland Report Says TSA Needs More Inspectors To Assure Safety For Mass Transit

Mass transit in America has always seemed incredibly vulnerable to a terrorist incident. This report confirms that. Now let’s see what is done to address the problem before something happens.

By EILEEN SULLIVAN
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON – The agency responsible for transportation security has too few inspectors to make sure rail and mass transit employees are doing enough to guard against terrorists, a government report says.

The report by the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general, due out Friday, says the Transportation Security Administration’s request for 102 more inspectors is insufficient to get the job done right.

The review of TSA’s inspection program, obtained by The Associated Press, was conducted between last year February and July.

The TSA has 175 inspectors assigned to assess transportation security for bus and mass transit systems, and many were hired without any experience with mass transit systems, the report said.

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Wounded Buffalo FBI Agent Shot By Colleague is Identified

The upside is the agent lived; the downside he was shot and by a fellow agent. Both painful and embarrassing to the FBI. Authorities say it was the result of an accidental gun discharge.

By Dan Herbeck and Lou Michel
NEWS STAFF REPORTERS
BUFFALO — When 300 cops hit the streets of Buffalo early Thursday morning, they knew they were going after suspected members of a dangerous drug gang, some of whom could be armed and violent.

As it turned out, the most dangerous weapon was one accidentally fired by one of law enforcement’s own.

The accidental shooting of Peter Orchard, a decorated veteran FBI agent, marred a massive drug raid that was described by law enforcement officials as a strike against a “major group of dangerous drug traffickers.”

It was at least the third local incident since 2005 in which something went terribly wrong during a drug raid. In one of those previous raids a man was killed, and in the other a woman was severely burned.

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Carol K.O. Lee Named SAC of FBI Albuquerque Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Carol K.O. Lee has been named the special agent in charge of the FBI Albquerque office, replacing Thomas C. McClenaghan who retired.

Lee launched her career with the FBI in 1986 in the Honolulu division, where she investigated national security, violent crime, organized crime and drugs, the FBI said.

In 1993, she went to the San Francisco division to investigate Asian organized crime.

After taking on some other jobs, she eventually became section chief of the FBI’s International Operations Section II within the Office of International Operations, the agency said.  Her duties included oversight of the FBI’s Legal Attaches worldwide.