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Storied FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez Retires After Combating Terrorism

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

FBI Agent Carlos Fernandez, via LinkedIn

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Carlos T. Fernandez, the legendary FBI agent who spent most of his career fighting terrorism, is retiring after 21 years.

The 50-year-old agent in charge of New York’s counterterrorism division has accepted a job with media giant Viacom, where he’ll lead their global security at their Times Square headquarters, PageSix.com reports. 

During his illustrious FBI career that began in 1996, Fernandez investigated terrorism in Yemen after the USS Cole bombing, in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks and in Libya after Benghazi.

New York City police will miss Fernandez.

“There’s been no better collaborator (with the NYPD) than Carlos, and he spent his entire career protecting New York City from acts of terrorism,” NYPD Assistant Commissioner J. Peter Donald told Page Six. “We’ll miss him — he’s the best.”

He’ll also be missed by colleagues.

“Carlos is a great American, a great agent and a great friend,” Jeffrey Ringel, who worked with Fernandez at the FBI for 19 years, said. “His retirement is a big loss for New York, but his legacy will live on at the FBI.”

Page Six wrote:

He became a supervisor within the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office in 2010, and in 2015 he became the Special Agent-in-Charge overseeing the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Keeping New Yorkers safe, his division has thwarted attacks such as a Times Square massacre plotted by ISIS sympathizer Mohamed Rafik Naji, who intended to drive a garbage truck into a crowd before his 2016 arrest. They also foiled a Hezbollah strike with the 2017 arrest of Ali Kourani, who cased JFK for an attack. Last week, Bronx man Saddam Mohamed Raishani was arrested for trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS.

FBI Informant Committed Fraud While Working Undercover on Terrorism Sting

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI placed an awful lot of trust in a Florida man who had just been released from prison for committing fraud.

Soon after Mohammed Agbareia got out of prison and moved to Palm Beach County, the FBI hired him to work as an undercover informant on a high-profile terrorism sting, the Sun Sentinel reports. 

Despite his past legal troubles, the FBI considered him a “national security asset” and extolled his “usefulness as a provider of intelligence of the FBI.”

Yet, Agbareia continued to commit fraud almost immediately after leaving prison, even as he was providing undercover information to the FBI, according to prosecutors.

The new charges allege Agbareia resumed operating a similar fraud scheme that landed him in prison in 2007 and didn’t stop until his arrest on June 21.

The FBI declined to comment.

Flint Airport Attacker Tried to Buy Gun in Suburban Detroit

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Amor M. Ftouhi, 49, the Montreal man charged with stabbing an airport police officer in the neck at the Flint airport on Wednesday, was unsuccessful in an attempt to purchase a gun in the U.S., but did buy a knife here, the FBI says.


FBI’s David P. Gelios

David P. Gelios, head of the Detroit FBI, spoke Thursday about the weapons, but declined to give specifics at a downtown Detroit press conference. Fox 2’s M.L. Elrick reports the attacker tried to buy a gun at the Gilbraltar Trade Center in Mt. Clemens. WXYZ reports that he was turned away because of his citizenship.

Gelios said Ftouhi entered the U.S. legally by car at Lake Champlain, N.Y., on June 16 and was in Michigan last Sunday — two days later.

“I can’t say definitely he wasn’t here sooner, but we show activity in Michigan on June 18,” said Gelios, who conducted the press conference with acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch to talk about the attack on airport officer Lt. Jeff Neville, who is in stable condition.

He said that Ftouhi had not been flagged or monitored at any time by the FBI or Canadian authorities.

“We continue to have no information that suggests Ftouhi’s attack on Lt. Neville was part of a wider plot, nor do we have any indication he was aided in this incident or had any associates associated to this  incident.

Why Flint’s airport?

Gelios said the FBI is investigating that,and said he was looking for an international airport and he apparently picked the Bishop International Airport.


Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel Lemisch

Ftouhi had no ticket to travel and had left his car parked at the Flint airport, where the FBI examined its contents.

Additional charges are likely, says Acting U.S. Attorney Lemisch. He gave no details, but suggested terrorism charges could come if the evidence points that way.

Ftouhi had yelled “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great” in Arabic) as he carried out the attack, federal authorities say.

Homeland Security on High Alert After London Attacks But No Credible Threats

Homeland Security helicopter, via Homeland Security.

Homeland Security helicopter, via Homeland Security.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks in London, Homeland Security said Sunday there’s no evidence of “a specific, credible terror threat in the United States.”

Still, the federal agency is remaining vigilant and monitoring the situation, the USA Today reports. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city was on high alert, and critical response units have been placed in “particularly prominent” locations throughout the city.

“That means New Yorkers today will see a heavier presence at key locations around the city,” he said Sunday while speaking to reporters. “You will see a stronger police presence, including our counter-terror forces, which are heavily armed and heavily geared.”

Still, he said, this “is not a cause for alarm – that is a cause for comfort, to see the NYPD out in strength to protect u against any situation,” the mayor said.

So far this year, there have been 500 terror attacks that lead to 3,500 deaths “and many more physically and mentally wounded” said Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Homeland Security has cautioned U.S. citizens in London to “maintain security awareness.”

Trump Calls for Full Investigation into U.S. Leaks of Probe into Manchester Attack

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is requesting a full investigation into whether U.S. officials leaked information about England’s probe of the Manchester terrorist bombing earlier this week.

Denouncing the leaks as “deeply troubling,” Trump pledged to “get to the bottom of this.”

He added: “The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”

British intelligence officials were incensed about the leaks, which included prematurely naming the suspects and crime-scene photos published in the New York Times.

Among the chief concerns is that the breach may undermine historically close intelligence sharing tie.s

TSA Warns of Potential for Terrorists to Steal Trucks to Plow into Crowds

Photo via Wikipedia.

Photo via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA warned the nation’s trucking companies and their drivers to be careful because terrorists are increasingly using stolen trucks worldwide as a method of attack.

The six-page report, obtained by CBS News, indicates that terrorists killed 173 people and injured another 667 in 17 vehicle-ramming attacks worldwide. 

The most deadly vehicle-ramming attack came in Nice, France last year, when at least 84 people were killed by a truck that drove through a crowd celebrating Bastille Day.

The report warns of indicators that suggest terrorists are planning to resort to vehicle-slamming in the U.S.

The American Trucking Association issued this statement to CBS News: “There is no more dedicated, professional and patriotic group of people than truck drivers, so our industry is disturbed by the possibility that someone would use our vehicles as weapons.Much of what is in this TSA guidance – avoiding area of congestion due to special events, exercising awareness of suspicious activity and practicing common sense safety and security habits – are already hallmarks of industry best practices. The commercial trucking industry deploys significant security measures like vehicle tracking, alarms and specialized locks, as well as ongoing driver awareness training and driver vetting.”

Rogue FBI Translator Who Married ISIS Recruiter Now Lives in Syracuse

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rogue FBI translator who married an ISIS operative she was directed to investigate refused to field media questions outside of her home in Syracuse, New York.

Daniela Greene, who lives on a block with a large population of Muslim immigrants, ducked questions from the New York Post

The 38-year-old was sentenced to two years in prison in 2014 after returning from the Middle East, where she had married German rapper-turned-ISIS recruiter Denis Cuspert and notified him of the investigation.

Greene was working out of the FBI’s Detroit office when she left her husband and snuck into Syria from Turkey.

The husband, Matthew Greene, would only say that his relationship with Daniela Greene “ is over.”

Female FBI Translator Married ISIS Terrorist She Was Investigating

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI translator assigned to investigate an ISIS terrorist wound up falling in love with the German-born jihadist and married him.

Daniela Greene, 38, left her husband in the U.S. to be with a terrorist who was shown on videos holding severed heads, CNN reports. 

The love affair with Denis Cuspert began in 2014, about three years after joining the FBI as a linguist. Greene was assigned to Detroit’s FBI office. 

About six months later, Greene and Cuspert tied the knot in Syria. But she quickly got cold feet and returned to the U.S., where she was charged and later convicted of making false statements involving international terrorism. In August 2016, she was released from prison.

She now works as a hostess in a hotel lounge.