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Head of Dallas FBI Robert E. Casey Calling it Quits

Robert Casey Jr./fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s the end of the road for Robert E. Casey.

The veteran FBI agent is stepping down April 30 after five years as head of the bureau’s Dallas office, according to the Associated Press. He’s planning to retire and join the private sector, AP reported.

Casey, 54, was named special agent in charge of the office in May 2006. He joined the bureau in 1986.

His tenure as head of the office included the high-profile sting involving Hosam Smadi, who thought he was detonating a bomb to blow up a Dallas skyscraper.

He was also the target of threats from an agent in the office who was going through marital problems with his wife, who also worked for the FBI. The agent was sentenced to prison.

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FBI Had Problems Tracking Suspected Terrorist in Texas

In the wake of the arrests of some suspected terrorists, we’re now learning of the difficulties the FBI had tracking  them. In New York, the counterterrorism task force apparently lost suspect Najibullah Zazi on the NY subway for a brief time. And now we see here the difficulties the FBI had tracking Hosam “Sam” Smadi.

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By MELODY McDONALD
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
FT. WORTH, Tex. — The FBI had Hosam “Sam” Smadi under surveillance in the months before the Jordanian national was accused of trying to blow up a Dallas skyscraper, according to newly released court documents.

But tracking him wasn’ t without its problems, according to a search warrant affidavit.

Agents twice placed a tracking device on Smadi s 1991 Honda Accord. Because of the car s age and condition, the device fell off each time, the affidavit states. On the third try, agents secured the tracker with a different attachment in hopes that it would hold.

Because the tracker was unreliable, agents went to a judge in September and got permission to track Smadi s cellphone, which was in the name of Kellye Kines.

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