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FBI Agent Arrested in Pakistan for Trying to Board Flight with Ammunition, Knife Likely to Be Released on Bail

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition and a knife onto a plane in Karachi may be released from jail today on $10,000 bail, the Washington Post reports this morning.

The agent has been identified as Joel Cox, who works in the Miami Field Office.

News of his possible release comes a day after Pakistani officials said he would be jailed until at least Saturday while awaiting anti-terrorism charges.

The tone in Pakistan has changed.

“The government can challenge the bail but since the offense is not serious enough they might not challenge it,” a police officer said.
Instead of facing anti-terrorism charges, as first reported, Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.
American officials confirmed that Cox was arrested after security found a knife and 15 9mm bullets in his luggage.

FBI Agent Arrested on Anti-Terrorism Charges in Pakistan After Ammunition Discovery

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent on temporary duty in Pakistan was arrested on anti-terrorism charges after authorities found ammunition in his luggage as he boarded a plane in Karachi, the Washington Post reports.

The agent is being held in jail until at least Saturday as Pakistani officials investigate the discovery Monday of 15 bullets and a magazine for a 9mm pistol in his bag, authorities there said.

The agent, who works in the Miami Field Office, was in court Tuesday on charges of violating local anti-terrorism laws that bar the possession of weapons or ammunition on a commercial flight.

U.S. officials confirmed the arrest but did not disclose his identity.

U.S. officials told the Post that the agent forgot to remove the ammunition and did not have a gun.

 

Hate Group Files Suit for Permission to Post Controversial Anti-Muslim Ads on Buses

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An anti-Muslim group is suing King County for refusing to let it post controversial FBI advertisements on Metro buses, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports.

The anti-terrorism ads previously ran until the FBI pulled them following complaints that the image, which depicts mostly non-white, Muslim terrorism suspects, perpetuated a negative stereotype of Muslims.

The New York-based American Freedom Defense Initiative claims King County violated its first amendment rights to free speech by refusing to let the ads run, the Post-Intelligencer wrote.

The county did not comment.

Column: Cutting FBI Agents’ Benefits Won’t solve the country’s fiscal crisis

Konrad Motyka/ticklethewire.com photo

Konrad Motyka is president of the FBI Agents Association

By Konrad Motyka
The Hill

Among the federal employees closely watching the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “Super-Committee”) negotiations are FBI Agents and other federal law enforcement officers. They are becoming increasingly alarmed by calls from some of our political leaders for drastic changes to the formula by which they contribute to their defined pension plans.

For some, attacking federal employees — “faceless bureaucrats” — in the debate over spending cuts offers an easy sound-bite and generates little opposition. However, when they do so, they are also attacking FBI Agents and other law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day.

Agent pay and benefits are not the cause of this country’s fiscal problems, and cutting these benefits would have minimal impact on reducing the deficit. However, federal employees like FBI Agents may be tempting targets because we don’t have the financial wherewithal to impact the Super-Committee’s negotiations with large political operations or active political action committees. Instead, we are working daily to protect this country by combating a wide array of crimes ranging from street gangs to mortgage fraud, and from foreign spy networks to anti-terrorism operations.

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