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New FBI Director Comey Warns of Impact of Impending Budget Cuts

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Speaking for the first time publicly about the budget challenges, new FBI Director James Comey said it will become increasingly difficult to fight crime because of the spending cuts, CBS Philly reports.

Congressional spending cuts may have catastrophic consequences for the FBI as it faces more pressure to fight violent crime and terrorism, Comey said during an International Chiefs of Police Conference.

“I’m required to cut 3,500 positions, to cut my operations to the bone, to do things like ration gas money and to stare at the prospect of sending my folks home for an extended period,” FBI Director James Comey said. He continued, “I don’t think folks understand the impact on the FBI, the other members of the justice family.”

One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists in U.S. Custody After Capture in Libya

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A few days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Anas al Libi was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The reward – $25 million, the same amount offered for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

On Saturday, authorities finally captured al Libi in Libya, accusing him of being one of the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda and a former confidant of bin Laden’s, NBC News reports.

“As the result of a U.S. counterterrorism operation, Abu Anas al Libi is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya,” Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed, adding that al Libi was being held under the “law of war.”

Libyan officials are asking for an explanation, NBC News reported.

Lawmakers Propose Changes To Close Gap When Terror Suspect Enters U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawmakers are trying to expand the surveillance powers of intelligence agencies to make spying more seamless when a terror suspect enters the U.S., the Associated Press reports.

The idea is to close the gap between NSA and FBI electronic surveillance, which occurs because of different legal standards between the two agencies.

That gap poses challenges in keeping surveillance uninterrupted as suspects enter the U.S.

The AP reports:

The chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., told The Associated Press that her committee is drafting a bill that would amend the law’s Section 702 provision, which authorizes targeting non-Americans outside the U.S., to allow uninterrupted spying on a suspect for “a limited period of time after the NSA learns the target has traveled to the United States, so the government may obtain a court order based on probable cause.”

 

The proposed changes will include testimony from top intelligence officials.

 

 

Young Somali Americans Continue to Join Terror Group in Africa

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The stream of young Somali Americans joining terrorists in Somalia continues to flow despite an attempt by authorities to cut off money to support terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

The population is concentrated in Minnesota, where Somali Americans have been leaving to join al-Shabab in Somalia for six years. At least 22 young men have left Minnesota for Somalia in that period, the AP reported.

The Somali community is worried about reports that allege Somali Americans were involved in a deadly attack at a mall in Nairobi, the AP wrote.

“One thing I know is the fear is growing,” said Abdirizak Bihi, whose nephew was among at least six men from Minnesota who have died in Somalia, the AP wrote.

 

 

FBI Works Around Carnage to Investigate Nairobi Mall Attack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI began the grueling process of investigating a bullet-riddled Nairobi mall where more than 60 people were killed by terrorists, the Associated Press reports.

Agents were working along bodies crushed by rubble as they began fingerprint, DNA and ballistic analysis to determine the identities of the terrorists.

The FBI believes Americans may have been involved.

Al-Shabab, a Somali Islamic extremist group, took credit for the attack.

FBI: Were Americans Involved in Terror Attack at Kenyan Mall?

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether as many as five Americans were part of a team of terrorists who took over a Kenyan mall over the weekend, unleashing an attack that led to the death of at least 68 people, NBC News reports.

The probe comes after a group purporting to be behind the attacks, Somali al-Qaeda affiliate al-Shabab, indicated Americans were involved and listed their names and home states.

At least two of them came from the St. Paul-Minneapolis area in Minnesota, which has a large Somali population, the group claimed, according to NBC News.

Audit: Justice Department Overstates Terrorism Conviction Statistics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department grossly overstated the number of terrorism convictions and made other inaccuracies because of shoddy record keeping, a federal audit has found, the Washington Post reports.

Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz concluded in a report that the federal agency, which has 93 U.S. attorneys’ offices, over-reported the number of defendants who had been found guilty of terrorism.

The number was overstated by 13% in 2009 and 26% in 2010, the Post wrote.

The investigation found other significant errors in record keeping, according to the Post.

ADL To Hand Out Awards to Law Enforcement that Battled Hates Crimes and Terrorist Threats

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish organization in Washington, will honor law enforcement heroes who have protected the public from hate crimes and terrorist threats.

The fourth annual ADL SHIELD Awards will be held on Monday, Sept. 23rd in Washington and the recipients will include members of the FBI Washington Field Office. The ADL works closely with agencies like the FBI and ATF to battle hate crimes and terrorism.

“The Award gives us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to those who protect our nation and its values,”Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach and Communal Security, said in a statement.

The 2013 ADL SHIELD Award recipients will include:

  • Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia for the year-long investigation and subsequent prosecution of Amine El Khalifi, who attempted to bomb the U.S. Capitol building. On June 22, 2012, El Khalifi pled guilty to using a weapon of mass destruction in a terrorist operation and he was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.
  •  Leonardo Johnson and Members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Washington Field Office’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, Evidence Response Team, and Violent Crimes Task Force, the Metropolitan Police Department, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia for their response to and investigation and prosecution of Floyd Lee Corkins, II, who on August 15, 2012, opened fire at the Family Research Council and shot Leonardo Johnson. On February 6, 2013, Corkins pled guilty to charges of committing an act of terrorism while armed, assault with intent to kill while armed, and interstate transportation of a firearm and ammunition. Leonardo Johnson will be attending and speaking at the ceremony.
  •  Special Agents Mia Winkley and Kevin Comiskey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Baltimore Field Office and United States Department of Justice Trial Attorney AeJean Cha for the investigation into and prosecution of individuals responsible hanging a dead raccoon by a noose on the porch of a black family in Maryland. They identified five suspects, all of whom plead guilty to civil rights charges for their involvement in the conspiracy to commit a hate crime.
  •  Members of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division, Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Team, and Kabul Country Office, and the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section for the investigation and prosecution of Haji Bagcho, one of the world’s most prolific drug traffickers whose proceeds helped fund the Taliban. On June 12, 2012, Bagcho was sentenced to three terms of life imprisonment and ordered to forfeit more than $250,000,000 in drug proceeds and his property in Afghanistan.
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