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Archive for September 19th, 2009

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward for Return of Weapons Stolen From Agent’s Car in Indianapolis

handgun-photoBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is going all out to retrieve  weapons and equipment stolen from an agent’s car in the northwest sector of Indianapolis earlier in the week.

Michael S. Welch, special agent in charge of the Indianapolis office, announced that the bureau was offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of those responsible for the theft of three stolen weapons: H&K MP5/10A3 10 mm gun, a Rock River Arms LAR15 rifle and a Springfield 1911A1 .45 caliber handgun.

Additionally, thieves made off with a large green duffel-style gear bag that contained an FBI SWAT uniform and two sets of body armor, the FBI said.

According to the FBI, the theft took place between the evening hours of Sept. 16 and the early morning of Sept. 17 when burglars went on a spree, breaking into 10 other vehicles or homes.

The Associated Press originally reported that the guns were stolen from the agent’s home.

Read FBI Press Release

Weekend Series on History: The Rise and Fall of NY Mobster Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano

NY Daily News Reports that Denver Man at Center of NY Terrorism Probe Wants to Cut Deal with FBI

UPDATE: Sunday 12:45 a.m.  FBI Arrests Father and Son in Terror Probe (NY Times)

The FBI is expected to run down counterterrorism leads and check them out thoroughly. And that’s what the agency seems to be doing in this case. But it’s still not clear how big of a deal this was.denver-map

BY James Gordon Meek In Washington, Judith Crosson In Denver and Rocco Parascandola and Larry Mcshane In New York
N.Y. DAILY NEWS WRITERS

The Afghan national at the center of a reputed Al Qaeda terror cell probe was trying to cut a deal Friday after two days of FBI grilling, sources told the Daily News.

Lawyers for Najibullah Zazi, 25, were negotiating with federal officials for an agreement where he could admit receiving military training – but deny plans to injure any Americans, sources familiar with the case said.

Zazi arrived at the FBI’s Denver office Friday for a third day of questioning. He did a pair of eight-hour Q&A sessions with federal agents on the two previous days.

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NBA Star Arrested for Carrying 3 Guns (Fanhouse)

Justice Dept. Review of CIA Detainee Abuse to Focus on Small Number of Cases

This will continue to be a political hot potato. But it seems that the Justice Dept. should look into cases in which CIA employees went beyond the guidelines of interrogation.

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By Carrie Johnson, Jerry Markon and Julie Tate
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s review of detainee abuse by the CIA will focus on a very small number of cases, including at least one in which an Afghan prisoner died at a secret facility, according to two sources briefed on the matter.

On Friday, seven former CIA directors urged President Obama to end the inquiry, arguing that it would inhibit intelligence operations in the future and demoralize agency employees who believed they had been cleared by previous investigators.

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