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Archive for August 3rd, 2010

Florida Man Gets Busted Planting Car Bomb in FBI Sting

tampaBy Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

Surely John Nicholas Coors thought it was a good idea to plant a bomb in a car for an $8,000 fee. Only problem was that it really wasn’t a good idea. The person offering the cash was actually an undercover FBI agent.

On Monday, Coors, of Brandenton, Fla., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Tampa to one count of use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing.

During an undercover investigation, the FBI learned that Coors was claiming that he could build explosive devices with nitroglycerin, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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FBI Director Mueller Shows Up for Jury Duty

Robert Mueller/fbi photo

Robert Mueller/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Even the FBI director doesn’t get out of reporting for jury duty.

Director Robert S. Mueller III showed up Monday for jury duty at D.C. Superior Court, the city’s criminal court, the Washington Post’s Reliable Source column reported.

Mueller, who showed up with an “ear-pieced security guy in tow”, according to the column, made it to the jury box for voir dire on a gun possession case.

But that’s as far as he got. He was dismissed. No surprise there.

FBI Tells Wikipedia Not to Use Bureau Seal

fbi logo largeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI, which can be very sensitive about its image, is taking on the ever-popular Wikipedia. The issue? The FBI seal.

The New York Times reports that the bureau sent off a letter to Wikimedia Foundation, the parent company of Wikipedia, demanding that it remove the FBI seal from an article on its pages.

”Failure to comply may result in further legal action. We appreciate your timely attention to this matter,” the FBI wrote, according to the New York Times.

Wikipedia claims the law the FBI cites is really aimed at preventing people from creating fake badges or profiting from the seal, the Times reported, noting that many websites (including this one) have displayed the seal.

Wikipedia fired back a response, according to the Times, saying the bureau had misquoted the law.

”While we appreciate your desire to revise the statute to reflect your expansive vision of it, the fact is that we must work with the actual language of the statute, not the aspirational version” that the F.B.I. had provided, the Times reported.

F.B.I. spokesman William Carter told the Times that the seal can’t be used without permission from the FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Column: Ex-Senators Say We’re Still Not Ready For Bioterrorism Attack

Ex- senators Bob Graham, a Democrat from Florida, and Jim Talent, a Republican from Missouri, served as the chair and vice chair of the Congressional Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

Ex-Sen. Bob Graham/gov photo

Ex-Sen. Bob Graham/gov photo

By Bob Graham and Jim Talent
Washington Post Op-Ed Page

The two of us — at the request of Congress and in the service of two presidents — have for the past 30 months led a bipartisan effort to assess the danger of a WMD attack and recommend steps to reduce it.

In December 2008 the commission we led on the prevention of proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism unanimously concluded that unless the world community acts decisively and with great urgency, it is more likely than not that a weapon of mass destruction will be used in a terrorist attack by the end of 2013 — and that a biological attack is more likely than nuclear. This conclusion was publicly affirmed by then-Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell.

Information has since come to light about the possibility that one or more nation-states may choose to provide sophisticated biological weapons to terrorist groups. The scenario that would result is not that of more than two dozen people becoming ill and five dying, as happened after the anthrax mailings in October 2001, but a much darker picture, as described in a November 2009 National Security Council document.

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