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5 Northern Virginia Men Convicted of Terrorism in Pakistan

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Five  Northern Virginia men who vanished, only to appear in Pakistan, were sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of terrorism charges Thursday by a Pakistani court, the Washington Post reported.

Pakistani authorities introduced evidence including emails, which it said showed the young men planned to carry out terrorist attacks in Pakistan, the Post reported.

The attorneys for the men questioned the verdict and the legitimacy of the emails. The Post reported that the families back home were devastated by the verdicts.

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FBI Brings Terrorist Investigative Techniques to Wall Street

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

Bernie Madoff/facebook photo

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

Convicted swindler Bernie Madoff was no terrorist in the traditional sense, but he did terrorize many clients by robbing them of their finances and psychological security.

Hoping to spot financial scandals before they get too far — or too Madoff-like — the FBI in New York is increasingly employing the same tools and tactics it uses in terrorist investigations to unearth the evil doings of white-collar thieves and inside traders, The Wall Street Journal reports.

“We’re trying to apply the principles of the national security side so we can prevent something from becoming a $50 billion fraud by catching it early on,” James Trainor, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division in New York, told the Journal.

The FBI in New York hopes to apply the tactics it uses in terrorist investigations to nab financial criminals, like Bernie Madoff.

The FBI said some of those tools include expanding its network of human sources — a key ingredient in fighting terrorism — who are willing to tip off or guide authorities in probes, the Journal reported. The FBI is also planning to use more intelligence reports and so-called trip-wire programs, things people should be on the lookout for when something seems a little fishy in the financial world.

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Investigators Looking For Ties Overseas in NY Car Bomb Case

Bye Bye New York?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After making an arrest late Monday night in the New York car bomb case, the FBI continued to investigate whether other people or an organization, possibly overseas, were involved.

“The investigation remains very much ongoing, and the dedicated agents, detectives, and prosecutors on this case will continue to follow every lead and use every tool to keep the people of New York City safe,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, FBI’s George Venizelos and New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelley said in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

Around 11:45 p.m. Monday, FBI agents and New York police detectives arrested Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan who lived in Connecticut, for allegedly driving a car bomb into New York’s Times Square on Saturday.

The Justice Department said the suspect was arrested at JFK Airport after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to take a flight to Dubai.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan later Tuesday.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a press conference: “It’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans.  “We will not rest until we bring everyone responsible to justice.”

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Column: Ex-FBI Agent Says Prosecuting Terrorists in Civilian Courts is “Often More Effective”

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Ali Soufan was an FBI special agent from 1997 to 2005.

By ALI H. SOUFAN
New York Times Op-Ed

SINCE Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York announced that he no longer favored trying Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, in a Manhattan federal court because of logistical concerns, the Obama administration has come under increasing attack from those who claim that military commissions are more suitable for prosecuting terrorists. These critics are misguided.

As someone who has helped prosecute terrorists in both civilian and military courts — I was a witness for the government in two of the three military commissions convened so far — I think that civilian courts are often the more effective venue.

In fact, the argument that our criminal justice system is more than able to handle terrorist cases was bolstered just last week by revelations that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called Christmas bomber, is cooperating with the authorities.

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5 D.C. Area Men Held in Pakistan Claim FBI and Pakistani Police Tortured Them

pakistan-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The allegation came on a tissue.

The Associated Press is reporting that the five  Washington, D.C. area men suspected of terrorism, who are being held in Pakistan, scribbled allegations on a tissue that they were subjected to electric shocks and other torture by the FBI and Pakistani police.

The AP reported that the men tossed the tissue to reporters while they were headed to a court hearing in Pakistan, where the judge delayed formally charging them.

“Since our arrest, the U.S. FBI and Pakistani police have tortured us,” read the message, according to AP. “They are trying to set us up. We are innocent. They are trying to keep us away from public, media and families and lawyers. Help us.”

The U.S. Embassy denied the allegations, and the Pakistani authorities have previously denied those accusations, the AP reported.

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NY U.S. Attorney Merging Drug and Terrorism Units

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

U.S. Atty. Preet Bharara/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Terrorist groups in recent times have increasingly turned to drug trafficking to finance operations,  and the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan is responding.

The New York Times is reporting that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is merging the office’s international drug trafficking and terrorism units because he “wants to focus more on extremist Islamic groups whose members he believes are increasingly turning to the drug trade to finance their activities.”

In the past year, there have been reports of such groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Revolutionary Armed Forces in Colomobia trafficking in drugs to support operations.

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Ex-FBI Official Says FBI Should Get Some Credit For Fighting Terrorism

James Kallstrom is a former FBI Assistant Director and a member of the FBI Director’s Advisory Group. He was also a director of the New York Homeland Security Agency.

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By JAMES KALLSTROM
New York Post Op-Ed

Ever since 9/11, critics have suggested that the FBI isn’t up to its task as our nation’s lead counterterrorism agency.

Yet, as the nation focused on the failures of the intelligence community in the Christmas Day bombing attempt over Detroit, last Friday saw two more arrests in the ongoing FBI investigation of a plot to bomb New York City first exposed by the September arrest of Najibullah Zazi.

It’s easy to stand on the periphery, without the benefit of real-world experience, and render judgments with the benefit of hindsight. But counterterrorism cases are extremely complex and often require a relatively quick series of judgments, often with incomplete information. Counterterror investigations and intelligence gathering aren’t black and white, simple or easy.

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Passenger Aboard Detroit Flight: “I Heard a Pop and Then the Next Thing You Know Fire”

Yes, more than 8 years after the infamous Sept. 11, 2001 attack, the friendly skies still have the potential to be pretty darn scary. Here’s a Detroit Free Press account of the incident as told by some passengers.

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BY NAOMI R. PATTON
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

DETROIT — Most of the passengers on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 seated near seat 19A seemed to hear it. A single, loud pop — like a firecracker — 10 minutes before the flight landed.

“I HEARD THE POP AND then the next thing you know fire …people running out of their seats,” said Syed Jafry of Holland, Ohio, was one of the first passengers off the plane, seated a few rows in front of the suspect.

“It was a fire, it wasn’t just a firecracker, it was a fire,” Calvin Kakar, of New York, said. He was seated a few rows in front of the man, a Nigerian national, now in federal custody after trying to set off some sort of explosive device. “We heard a pop and the next thing you know it was a fire.”

One by one, the passengers deplaned Friday with similar and various bits of the story. By all accounts, the suspect was immediately tackled by at least one man, and several other passengers ran towards him immediately trying to put the fire out.

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