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September 2022


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Israeli Law Enforcement Officials Met with ADL Days After Boston Bombing

By Allan Lengel

It was interesting time for a senior delegation of Israel Police commanders to visit the Anti-Defamation headquarters in New York.

The delegation, headed by Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino visited the headquarters on April 19, just days after the Boston Marathon bombing. The meeting had been planned already before the bombing.

The ADL, in a press release, said the meeting “helped deepen the Israel Police’s understanding of the breadth and scope of ADL’s work with American law enforcement on such issues as countering extremism, domestic terrorism and hate crimes. ”

ADL has been known to work closely with law enforcement agencies like the FBI and ATF.

The Israeli delegation met with Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Directo, and various ADL experts on law enforcement.

“The Israel Police continue to play an important role in working closely with counterterrorism experts to share their insights with American police commanders,” Foxman said in a statement. “As we were reminded by the Boston Marathon attack, terrorism knows no borders, and we are fortunate that Israel Police officials are willing to work alongside us and share best practices in counterterrorism with their American counterparts.”


FBI Has Trouble Interrogating Boston Bombing Suspect Because of His Injuries

Steve Neavling

The FBI is having trouble interrogating the surviving Boston bombings suspect because of his condition at the hospital, The Guardian reports.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, has a bullet wound in his throat and is unable to speak, The Guardian wrote.

“The information that we have is that there was a shot to the throat. It doesn’t mean he can’t communicate, but right now I think he’s in a condition where we can’t get any information from him at all,” Dan Coats, a Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee, said.

FBI Disputes Meeting with Older Boston Bombing Suspect Following the Attack

Steve Neavling

The FBI is disputing claims that agents met with one of the Boston bombing suspects after the devices detonated last week, the Associated Press reports.

The mother of the suspects said the bureau met with Tamerlan Tsarnaev after the explosion – a claim that the FBI adamantly denies. 

FBI spokesman Michael Kortan said agents met with Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011 but never again.

The bureau said it did not know the identities of the suspects until Friday, when Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed.

The brothers’ parents in Russia maintain their sons were set up by the feds.

Absence of ATF in Northern Nevada Thwarts Investigation into Guns, Other Crimes

Steve Neavling

A tiff between the ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Reno has left crime-stopping teams without the proper equipment to conduct undercover gun operations and gun buyback programs in northern Nevada, the Reno Gazette Journal reports.

Since ATF agents left the Nevada office, local and regional police have been unable to access surveillance equipment, federal wiretaps and money for gun buybacks.

“Not having an active ATF office has impacted our ability to conduct gun investigations because we don’t have the resources or manpower to do them safely,” said Sgt. Scott Tracy, head of the Sparks Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit. “And the operations the feds were doing — they were taking illegal guns off the streets.”

The ATF largely abandoned its Nevada post after Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami sad in September 2011 that her office would not prosecute anymore cases until unnamed issues were resolved.

“The whole thing was a travesty,” said Reno Police Lt. Scott Dugan, head of his department’s Street Enforcement Team. “Losing that expertise has had a great impact.”


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Column: April 19 and Boston Bombing Remind Us We Can’t Drop Our Guard

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — It was noon on a Friday. I was reporter at The Detroit News. It was two days after the April 19, 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 Before long, another reporter and I were speeding north on I-75 to Decker, in the Michigan Thumb, to check out an FBI raid at a farmhouse where suspects Terry Nichols and Tim McVeigh had spent time.

When we arrived, it was a full-blown circus. Media satellite trucks were camped along the dirt road bordering the farm, and reporters were walking about, interviewing locals. Federal agents crawled all over the farm, looking for clues.

I even spotted undercover ATF agents walking along the perimeter of the farm, trying to befriend locals to find out information that might shed light on the attack that killed 168 people. One of them, who I knew, waived me away as I approached.

It was in the coming days that we would hear about the local militias and the harsh anti-government sentiments, some of them the result of government foreclosures on farms.

It was an eye-opener not only for the public, but for law enforcement, which realized it had to step up its game and monitor and crack down on the enemy within — the domestic terrorist.

I’m reminded of the tragic bombing in Oklahoma 18 years ago to this day as we process the tragedy in Boston.

To read full column click here.


FBI Records: Agents Suspected Saudis Living in Florida Provided help to Sept. 11 Hijackers

Steve Neavling

New FBI records suggest that Saudis who had lived in Florida before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks helped the hijackers, prompting revived calls for an investigation into co-conspirators, reports.

“One question that has gone unanswered through the investigation of 9/11 is ‘Did the hijackers operate alone or did they have accomplices who facilitated their ability to act?” said former Florida Sen. Bob Graham. “I think the information we have now makes a very strong case that they did.”

The relatively obscure news organization broke the news after acquiring FBI records that showed agents were suspicious of three people who had been living in Sarasota. Two of them were students at the Venice flight school attended by two of the hijackers.

“Further investigation of the [ name deleted ] family revealed many connections between the [ name deleted ] and individuals associated with the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001,” says an April 16, 2002 FBI report.

NPR: How Technology Helped FBI Agents Track Down Bombing Suspects

Steve Neavling

Technology has come a long way since Atlanta’s Olympic Park bombing nearly 17 years ago, NPR explains in an audio cast.

The FBI examined more than 10 terabytes of video and images from the Boston Marathon bombing.

To put that into perspective, it would take one person more than five years to look at all of the video and images.

To listen to the audio cast, click here.