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Archive for February 17th, 2012

Weekend Series on Crime: The LA Crips and Bloods

Moroccan Man Busted in FBI Sting Plotting Suicide Attack at Capitol

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Update: Authorities identified the man as Amine El Khalifi, 29, of Alexandria, Va., an immigrant from Morocco who was illegally in the U.S.
By Mike Levine
Fox News

Authorities have arrested a man allegedly on his way to the U.S. Capitol for what he thought would be a suicide attack on one of the nation’s most symbolic landmarks, Fox News has learned exclusively.

The man, in his 30s and of Moroccan descent, was nabbed following a lengthy investigation by the FBI, initiated after he expressed interest in conducting an attack. It’s unclear how the FBI learned of his aspirations.

The man thought undercover FBI agents assisting him in his plot were associates of Al Qaeda.

To read more click here.

Read Justice Dept. Press Release

Presidential Hopeful Santorum Wants Secret Service Protection

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Could it be that presidential hopeful Rick Santorum wants what Mitt Romney already has?

Apparently, so.

ABC and Fox news report that Santorum has sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security asking for Secret Service Protection, USA Today reports.

Romney is currently the only GOP candidate who has the protection.

 

Muslim Groups Want Input in FBI Training Material

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Anti-terrorism training materials used by the FBI could be changing.

The Religion News Service reports that the FBI said it is willing to consider a proposal from a coalition of Muslim and interfaith groups to create a committee to review materials.

The FBI recently removed some materials from training after they were found to be incorrect or Islamophobic, the news service reported.

To read more click here.

Is Mexico’s War on Drugs Working?

By Mariano Castillo
CNN

Mexico has landed some hard punches against the drug cartels that have stirred violence in parts of the country — at least on paper.

In 2011, against just the notorious Zetas cartel, Mexico ended the reign of 16 leaders who ran cartel operations at the state or national level. Thugs with nicknames like “El Piolin,” “El Lucky” and “El Amarillo.”

But the violence attributed to the Zetas has not decreased even after these busts, and critics wonder if names are meaningless if they are so quickly replaced.

To read the full story click here.