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ATF Plays Big Role in Boston Marathon Attack But Gets Little Respect from Congress

Columnist Joe Davidson
Wall Street Journal

This time it’s Boston.

As they did with bombings in New York City and Oklahoma City, and many lesser-known crimes every day in cities all over the country, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, better known as ATF, rushed to the scene. Their specialized expertise and training will be critical in catching the Boston Marathon bomber.

But while the nation relies on ATF to help nab such culprits, it is an agency often overlooked by those outside of law enforcement and one that gets little of the respect it deserves from official Washington.

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FBI Investigates Whether Letter to Mississippi Senator Contained Ricin

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a letter sent to Sen. Roger Wicker after it initially tested positive for ricin, a toxic and potentially deadly substance, Fox News reports.

The letter never made it to the Mississippi Republican because it was intercepted at an off-site mail screening facility.

The letter will be further tested after initial field tests came back positive for ricin.

Police said they suspect who sent the letter.

“The person that is a suspect writes a lot of letters to members,” McCaskill said.

Head of FBI’s Boston Office Worked Way Up Bureau Investigating Foreign Spies

Richard DesLauriers

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As special agent in charge of FBI’s Boston office, Richard DesLauriers is leading the joint investigation into the Boston Marathon attacks.

The 52-year-old Massachusetts native doesn’t have a long track record of busting terrorists, but colleagues told Time magazine DesLauriers is a driven, professional and skilled investigator who cut his teeth running operations against foreign spies.

“Rick is the real deal,” David Kris, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the Russian roll-up, told Time. “He’s very, very good, extremely methodical and organized.”

DesLauriers, a 25-year-veteran of counterintelligence experience, began spy work quickly after becoming an agent.

One friend describes him as a “good Catholic boy.”

Bombs at Boston Marathon Were Made with Pressure Cooker, Shrapnel

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The explosions at the Boston Marathon were caused by pressure cooker bombs stuffed with shrapnel and inflammable material, the Associated Press reports.

Those devices are popular in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, and recently were discovered in plots in the U.S., the AP wrote.

Typically, would-be bombers pack the inside with shrapnel and an inflammable material and detonate them with cell phones or timers.

USA Today also reported that instructions on making the bombs were published two years ago in Inspire, an online magazine with ties to al-Qaeda.

Independent Reports Says U.S. Engaged in Torture

By SCOTT SHANE
New York Times

WASHINGTON — A nonpartisan, independent review of interrogation and detention programs in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks concludes that “it is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” and that the nation’s highest officials bore ultimate responsibility for it.

The sweeping, 577-page report says that while brutality has occurred in every American war, there never before had been “the kind of considered and detailed discussions that occurred after 9/11 directly involving a president and his top advisers on the wisdom, propriety and legality of inflicting pain and torment on some detainees in our custody.” The study, by an 11-member panel convened by the Constitution Project, a legal research and advocacy group, is to be released on Tuesday morning.

Debate over the coercive interrogation methods used by the administration of President George W. Bush has often broken down on largely partisan lines. The Constitution Project’s task force on detainee treatment, led by two former members of Congress with experience in the executive branch — a Republican, Asa Hutchinson, and a Democrat, James R. Jones — seeks to produce a stronger national consensus on the torture question.

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Home Searched in Boston Bombing

 

By CNN

Authorities including bomb experts searched an apartment in Revere, Massachusetts, and removed items, after two deadly bombs struck the Boston Marathon. But investigators remained mum about just how the search may be linked to the bombing investigation.

A law enforcement official said the search was not a suggestion that police may have a suspect. At this point there is no suspect and no leading theory on motive, the official said.

The search on the home is connected to a young Saudi citizen who is visiting on a student visa and has been questioned, the official said. So far, the official told CNN, he has not heard of anything being found connecting the person to the bombings.

Authorities also plan to search through videos from surveillance cameras near the attack in Boston’s Copley Square. So far, no footage has been spotted showing someone placing the bombs.

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Ex-Fed Agents Taking to the Airwaves as Talking Heads in Aftermath of Boston Explosions

Ex-FBI Agent Brad Garrett comments on Boston explosion.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — It was a busy 24 hours for former federal agents providing their expertise on TV around the country.

In Detroit, Andy Arena, former head of the Detroit FBI, took to the airwaves, as did former agent Ned Timmons, who runs a security firm.

Former ATF official Michael Sullivan spoke to ABC News, as did former D.C. FBI agent Brad Garrett. There were many other agents who spoke in the past 24 hours on TV.

FBI Takes Lead in Probe of Boston Marathon Explosions That Killed Three, Injured 144

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is taking charge of the investigation into the Boston Marathon explosions that killed three people and injured 144, CNN reports.

The FBI and other law enforcement are tracking down a person of interest, whose apartment in Revere, Massachusetts, was searched late Monday with consent, according to CNN.

“This will be a combined federal, state and local effort,” Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division, said at a news briefing by law enforcement officials on Monday evening.

No more details were available this morning on the person of interest.