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FBI Pays Egyptian Man $250,000 For Arrest Linked to Pilot Radio

fbi-logoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As federal authorities certainly know by now, 2+2 doesn’t always equal 4 in the investigative world.

The FBI learned that the hard way in the case of Abdallah Higazy, 38. The FBI this week paid $250,000 to the Egyptian man who was detained after a pilot’s aviation radio was found in his New York hotel safe near the World Trade Center after Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Associated Press.

He was imprisoned four 34 days and treated harshly, according to his lawsuit. He was let go after a pilot came forward and said the radio belonged  to him.  Higazy now lives in Cairo.

“I think this is still a traumatic memory that will never leave him completely,” his lawyer Jonathan S. Abady said, according to the AP. “He still hesitates to return to the United States.”

Feds Bust D.C. Council Chief of Staff on Bribery Charges Related to Taxi Industry

Councilman Jim Graham
Councilman Jim Graham

It doesn’t sound like the guy got enough money to risk career and go to jail. But who can always understand human nature? The FBI used an informant in this case who wore a wire. After taking a $500 bribe in July, council aide Ted Loza explained why he took it: “You know I need it. That’s why I take it, you know.” Simple enough explanation.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Tim Craig
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The chief of staff to D.C. Council member Jim Graham was arrested on bribery charges Thursday, accused of taking trips and $1,500 in payoffs in exchange for pushing legislation that would reward some in the taxicab industry.

Ted G. Loza, 44, was taken into custody at his home on Columbia Road NW a little before 7 a.m., just hours before federal agents descended on his office at city hall to search records and computers.

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FBI Says Terror Suspect Shopped For Beauty Products to Make Bombs

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Terror Suspect Indicted in Brooklyn in Plot to Use Bombs

brooklyn-bridge-signThe more that comes out , the more it seems like the real deal. Some say there wasn’t a target date for an attack, but some in law enforcement felt it was much sooner than later.

By WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM and LIZ ROBBINS
New York Times
NEW YORK –– A Denver airport shuttle bus driver who was arrested there last weekend was charged in Brooklyn on Thursday morning with conspiring with others to make and use bombs.

The driver, Najibullah Zazi, 24, had been arrested with his father in Denver and accused of making false statements. But his indictment in Brooklyn on Thursday was far more serious. Mr. Zazi was charged with one count of conspiring with others, who are not named, to use one or more weapons of mass destruction, including bombs or other explosives.

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Fed Judge: Good Chance Billionaire Kirk Kerkorian Was “Complicit” in Dirty Detective’s Illegal Conduct

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The Anthony Pellicano case ruined a lot of people it touched including FBI agent Mark Rossini, who leaked an FBI document in the case (see special reports). Billionaire Kerkorian, like other high-profile people, may have gotten his hands dirty in the whole mess, but nothing will happen to him.

By JOHN R. EMSHWILLER
Wall Street Journal
LOS ANGELES — The federal judge in the high-profile wiretapping case of Hollywood private eye Anthony Pellicano said there was “reasonable cause to believe” that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian was “complicit” in some of the investigator’s illegal conduct.

The statements are part of a 2008 order issued by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer. Mr. Kerkorian, 92 years old, a prominent businessman and investor, has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and hasn’t been charged with a crime.

The U.S. Attorney’s office here, which handled the Pellicano case, declined to comment on Judge Fischer’s 2008 order, which was unsealed recently and surfaced Wednesday in connection with a lawsuit in Los Angeles state court. There aren’t any indications that federal prosecutors are looking at taking any action against Mr. Kerkorian.

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Maryland Teen Pleads Guilty in Fed Court to Possessing Bomb Materials: Map of Presidential Motorcade Found in His Room

bethesda-mapIn the wake of the murderous rampages at Columbine and Virginia Tech, authorities and law enforcement need to take all these things very seriously. Many teens represent our future. A very few represent our nightmare.

By Dan Morse
Washington Post Staff Writer

A Bethesda teenager pleaded guilty to a felony explosives charge Wednesday, admitting that he had chemicals, switches and igniters in his bedroom that readily could be made into a bomb.

“We cannot know for certain what Collin McKenzie-Gude would have done if law enforcement had not acted,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “What we know for certain is that he made and exploded pipe bombs and had the components to build new explosive devices.”

The plea was the latest step in a case that captured national attention last year after Montgomery County officials said a map of Camp David, marked with the presidential motorcade route, was also found in McKenzie-Gude’s room.

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FBI Investigating Whether Census Worker’s Hanging Involved Anti-Govt Sentiments

It’s scary when a census worker might be the target of anti-government sentiment. There’s pockets in America where the hatred for the government runs deep, from farmers to militia members.

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DEVLIN BARRETT and JEFFREY McMURRAY
Associated Press

When Bill Sparkman told retired trooper Gilbert Acciardo that he was going door-to-door collecting census data in rural Kentucky, the former cop drew on years of experience for a warning: “Be careful.”

The 51-year-old Sparkman was found this month hanged from a tree near a Kentucky cemetery with the word “fed” scrawled on his chest, a law enforcement official said Wednesday, and the FBI is investigating whether he was a victim of anti-government sentiment.

“Even though he was with the Census Bureau, sometimes people can view someone with any government agency as ‘the government.’ I just was afraid that he might meet the wrong character along the way up there,” said Acciardo, who directs an after-school program at an elementary school where Sparkman was a frequent substitute teacher.

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FBI Says Corrupt Border Guards Expose U.S. to Terrorist Risk

When people feel they’re not earning enough, or they simply get greedy, you’ve got a problem. There’s a problem along the Mexican border with corrupt border guards and the U.S. needs to address it in a big way.

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By PIERRE THOMAS
ABC NEWS

The Federal Bureau of Investigation worries that corrupt U.S. officials at the nation’s border crossings are exposing Americans to serious risk, and are stepping up efforts to root those officials out.

With evidence of corrupt U.S. border officials allowing illegal immigrants to enter the country in exchange for bribes, the FBI is concerned terrorists or materials that could be used in a terrorist attack might also slip through.

“If you’re a corrupt border official, and you’re allowing illegal immigrants to come into the country, you’re not going to know who you’re letting in,” Kevin L. Perkins, assistant director of the Criminal Investigative Division for the FBI, told ABC News.

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