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Archive for February 23rd, 2010

Elizabeth Fries to Head FBI’s Louisville Division

Elizabeth Fries/fbi photo

Elizabeth Fries/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Elizabeth A. Fries,  special assistant to the associate deputy director at FBI headquarters, is taking over the agency’s Louisville division as special agent in charge.

Fries joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Indianapolis Division where she worked a variety of cases including public corruption and bank fraud, the FBI said.

Later, she was off to the Office of the Independent Counsel in Little Rock, Ark. as part of the Whitewater investigation, the FBI said. In 1998, she headed north to New York to investigate organized crime.

In 2000, she arrived at the mothership, headquarters, as a supervisory special agent in the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters.

She went on to some other assignments and in 2006 became assistant special agent in charge of the Miami office. In 2008, she was named special assistant to the associate deputy director, where she provided counsel to the associate deputy director on a variety of policy, technical, budget, and administrative matters, the FBI said.

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ATF Files Shed Light on Husband of Ala. Prof Who Went on Shooting Rampage

Prof. Amy Bishop/university photo

Prof. Amy Bishop/university photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

ATF files released on Monday shed some new light on the husband of  Alabama professor Amy Bishop who killed and wounded some of her co-workers after going on a shooting rampage.

The latest revolves around a 1993 incident in which two pipe bombs were mailed to the Newton home of Harvard professor Paul Rosenberg.

Rosenberg, a medical professor and doctor at Children’s Hospital in Boston, told investigators at the time he had a hand in making Bishop resign as a post doctoral research fellow at the hospital, the Boston Globe reported.

The released ATF files show that a witness told investigators that Bishop’s husband Jimmy E. Anderson Jr. had said he “wanted to get back at” the doctor by shooting, bombing, stabbing, or strangling him, the Globe reported.

Anderson and his wife were questioned, but never charged in the case.

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Supervisor of Anthrax Suspect Has Doubts About FBI’s Investigation

Bruce Ivins

Bruce Ivins

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Not everyone is buying into the FBI’s findings that scientist Bruce Ivins was the anthrax killer — including his supervisor.

The Frederick News Post  in Frederick, Md., where Ivins worked at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases, reports that Ivins’ supervisor Jeffrey Adamovicz wasn’t impressed with the FBI findings released last week which pointed the finger at Ivins, who committed suicide before authorities could charge him. The FBI also announced the official closing of the case.

“The evidence is still very circumstantial and unconvincing as a whole,” Adamovicz, the former chief of bacteriology, wrote in an e-mail to the paper. “I’m curious as to why they closed the case while the (National Academy of Science) review is still ongoing. Is it because the review is going unfavorable for the FBI?”

“There is an assumption by the FBI that the spores could have only been prepared in the week before each mailing. This is a fatal error in logic,” Adamovicz wrote, according to the paper. “The only reason that I can derive why the FBI has proposed this is that it is the only period that helps provide circumstantial evidence against Bruce.”

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