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FBI Raid in Detroit Where Imam Died Raises Concerns About Informants in Mosques

The use of FBI informants in mosques is causing a lot of tension around the country between Muslims and the FBI. Here’s one of those instances.

mosqueBY NIRAJ WARIKOO
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

DETROIT — He called himself Jabril. Two years ago, a white man who claimed he was an ex-con and convert to Islam started attending a predominantly African-American mosque on a run-down street in Detroit.

He touted his Islamic ways while offering poor members of the mosque cash for odd jobs at an auto shop on the city’s west side. He told tales of sick family members and brought a young boy to the mosque who he said was his son.

Jabril soon became a brother in faith and a confidante of the mosque’s fiery leader, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was killed in a shootout during an Oct. 28 raid by FBI agents to arrest men suspected of dealing in stolen goods.

Members now believe Jabril was an FBI informant who infiltrated their mosque.

“He built up trust in the community,” said Omar Regan, 34, one of Abdullah’s sons.

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John Gotti Jr. Wants to Take a Shot at Crime Writing

John Gotti Jr./youtube

John Gotti Jr./youtube

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

We haven’t heard the last of mobster John Gotti Jr.

The New York Daily News reports that Gotti wants to write on  true crime  about his experiences and others.

“I want to try my hand at writing. I want to write about facts – possibly true crime,” The Daily News quoted as saying from the Galleria Dominick dining room in Westbury, L.I. whee he feasted with his top defense attorney and “two others on his team feasted on pasta – with marinara and pesto sauces – seafood and appetizers.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office last week waved the white flag and declared that it would not go for a fifth racketeering trial against Gotti. The previous four resulted in mistrials after the juries deadlocked.

Gotti said that he planned to move out of New York, possibly to Virginia, Maryland or the Carolinas.

“I think it’s better for everybody if I just do move on. Out of sight. Out of mind,” he said.

Then again, it’s hard to be a successful crime writer if you’re “out of sight, out of mind.”

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Ex-Janet Reno Aide Expected to Get Nod for U.S. Atty Post in Miami

Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno

Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The former deputy chief of staff for Ex-Atty Gen. Janet Reno is the likely candidate for the U.S. Attorney post in Miami, the Miami Herald is reporting.

Wifredo Ferrer, the son of Cuban immigrants, appears to the be the front runner.

“First of all, he understood better than anybody I’ve worked with how the federal government works with local and state governments,” Reno told the Herald.“If I wanted to write the book about how to be the U.S. attorney, Willy would be one of my models.”

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Weekend Series on History: CBS Reports on the Death of J. Edgar Hoover in 1972

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U.S. Missile Strike in Pakistan Kills One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim/ fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, who had a $5 million bounty on his head, was killed on Jan. 9 by a A U.S. missile strike in Pakistan, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing the information to three Pakistani intelligence officials, the AP reported that the strike killed Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, a suspect in a deadly 1986 Pan American plane hijacking.

“The death would be the latest victory for the CIA-led missile campaign against militant targets in Pakistan’s insurgent-riddled tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, a campaign that has recently escalated,” the AP reported.

The FBI website said: “Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim was indicted in the District of Columbia for his alleged role in the September 5, 1986, hijacking of Pan American World Airways Flight 73 during a stop in Karachi, Pakistan. The attack resulted in the murder of 20 passengers and crew, including two American citizens, and the attempted murder of 379 passengers and crew, including 89 American citizens.”

The site listed his citizenship as “Palestinian and possibly Lebanese”.

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Weekend Stories of Interest

NBA Star Arenas Pleads Guilty: Gun Case Ends in a Whimper Rather Than a Bang

Verizon Center where Arenas brought the guns
Verizon Center where Arenas brought the guns

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It ended with a whimper rather than a loud bang, which is probably a good thing.

Troubled NBA Wizards star Gilbert Arenas pleaded guilty Friday in D.C. Superior Court to a felony count of carrying a pistol without a license.

Sentencing is set for March 6. And though he could face six to 24 months in jail, he’s likely to get probation.  Arenas has been suspended indefinitely from the team he had been expected to help improve this year.

“Playing with firearms is no joke,” U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, who is a known Wizards fan, said in a statement. “Today’s guilty plea to a felony county of carrying a pistol without a license reflects the seriousness and grave risk of such conduct.”

Authorities say Arenas brought four guns to the Verizon Center in December. On Dec. 21, he placed the firearms on the chair of a teammate he’d been beefing with, along with a note — that was supposedly in jest — that said “Pick 1”.

Arenas’ attorney Kenneth Wainstein,  a  former U.S. Attorney who was Channing Phillips’ boss, issued a statement:

“Earlier this afternoon, Gilbert Arenas appeared before the Honorable Robert E. Morin of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia and pled guilty to a charge of carrying a pistol in the District of Columbia without a license.  He accepted full responsibility for his actions, acknowledged that those actions were wrong and against the law, and has apologized to all who have been affected by his conduct.  Mr. Arenas appreciates the professionalism of the authorities handling this matter.”

FBI Launches Digital Fugitive Billboard in Times Square

fbi photo
fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Well, you can’t get much more high profile than this: a GIANT billboard in the middle of Times Square in the Big Apple.

The FBI announced Friday that it was unveiling a digital billboard in Times Square that will highlight wanted fugitives, missing persons and high-priority security messages.

“Most people come to Times Square to be famous, these guys are going to be infamous,” said FBI spokesman Richard Kolko.

The FBI said the billboard “is part of a nationwide initiative made possible through a partnership with Clear Channel Outdoor, an advertising company that’s providing the space as a public service, which will enable the FBI to highlight those individuals who we’re looking for the most in a given area: violent criminals, kidnap victims, missing kids, bank robbers, and more.”

The FBI has access to similar billboards around the country.

fbi billboard2 fbi photo“With millions of people passing through Times Square every year, there is no better way to draw attention to our most wanted fugitives than through this billboard initiative,”Joseph M. Demarest, head of the N.Y. FBI said in a statement.

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Arkansas Teen Pleads Guilty in Plot to Kill Pres. Obama During Campaign

white house photo

white house photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old white supremacist from Arkansas pleaded guilty Thursday in Tennessee federal court  to charges of plotting to kill President Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that Paul Schlesselman of Helena-West Helena, Ark., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy, one count of threatening to kill and harm a presidential candidate and one count of possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He faces up to 10 years in prison.  His plot allegedly also included plans to kill black students.

His co-defendant, white supremacist Daniel Cowart, 21, of Bells, Tenn., remains in custody and is awaiting a Feb. 22 trial. Both men were arrested in October 2008.

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