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Archive for May 2nd, 2012

Secret Service Dir: No Sensitive Info Compromised in Hooker-Gate

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Director of the U.S. Secret told Sen. Chuck Grassley that his agents did not compromise any sensitive information during the visit to Colombia that involved booze and hookers.

“The Secret Service has no information to suggest that sensitive information was compromised during the Colombia trip,” Director Mark Sullivan wrote in a letter to Grassley dated May 1.

“The Secret Service can speak to the investigation

into the conduct of Secret Service personnel. We would defer to the Department of Defense and the White House on matters related to their respective personnel.”

 

Pt I: Terrorism and the American Dream

Karim Koubriti/photo Millard Berry-Deadline Detroit

In the first of three installments, Deadline Detroit tells the story of how Karim Koubriti has rebuilt his life after being wrongly convicted of terrorism. The prosecutor was indicted for subverting justice, but was acquitted.
 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Enthusiastic and ambitious, Karim Koubriti came to America from Morocco in search of opportunity when he was 22 years old. He was the son of educators, and he studied French law for a time, though he hadn’t graduated. He had a certain sophistication.

Still, his intelligence and savoir faire could hardly have prepared him for what was to come nearly a year after arriving in the United States.

Six days after Sept. 11, 2001, FBI agents came knocking at his door on Norman Street on Detroit’s west side.

Koubriti had returned home from work by 5 p.m Two of his roommates were sleeping. He had just taken a shower.

He heard the knocking and somebody screaming: “Nabil, Nabil Nabil.”

The agents were looking for a man named Nabil al-Marabh. There was a sense of urgency. Nabil had lived at the address a year earlier, but moved out before Koubriti and his roommates had moved in.

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Conviction for al Quaeda Operative Who Intentionally Crashed Car on U.S. Highway and Plotted NYC Subway Bombing

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Authorities called it one of the most serious terrorist plots against America since 9/11.

On Tuesday,  28-year-old Adis Medunjanin of Queens paid for that ambitious plot.

Medunjanin was convicted on terror charges on Tuesday in New York fed court after a 4-week trial exposed the depth of his plots with former high school classmates, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay.

In 2008, the three received training from al Qaeda in Waziristan, states a Justice Department press release, where they were advised to return to New York for a maximum impact suicide-bombing mission. The plotters planned to blow themselves up at rush hour in a Manhattan subway because, as Zazi testified, the transit system is “the heart of everything in New York City.”

However, the trio noticed they were being observed before they could carry out the plot. Zazi remembered telling his co-conspirators “I think law enforcement is on us. We are done.”

After the FBI searched Medunjanin’s apartment in 2010, he attempted to martyr himself by crashing his car on the Whitestone Expressway at high speed. Before doing so he called 9-1-1 and identified himself and shouted an al-Qaeda slogan:

“We love death more than you love your life.”

He faces up to  life imprisonment at his Sept 7 sentencing.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Went to Libya to Discuss Lockerbie Bombing

Robert Mueller

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Lockerbie plane bombing is a mystery that won’t go away.

SkyNews/News Score reports that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III and Scotland’s top prosecutor visited Libya in Tripoli to “pave the way for further investigations into the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing.”

The meeting took place April 25, but was kept secret for security reasons.

According to the news aggency, a spokesman for Scotland’s Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service said, “The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC, and Robert S Mueller, director of the FBI, met with the Libyan Prime Minister Abdurahim el Keib to discuss the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.”

 

FBI Most Wanted Ex-D.C. Teacher Still At Large;Tips Flow in

FBI photo of Eric Justin Toth 2008

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

By now you’ve probably seen the headlines that friendly-faced bearded ex-D.C. teacher Eric Toth who took Bin Laden’s place on the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitive list, for possessing and producing  child porn.

But have you seen him on the street?

Hundreds think they have, reports the Associated Press. But no tips from the general public have panned out yet, says Ronald Hosko, special agent in charge of the criminal division at the FBI’s Washington field office.

Hosko explains that publicizing fugitives’ faces on the infamous list does risk pushing them further underground, or even to alter their appearance, according to AP.  Since being fired from a D.C. private school in 2008 Toth has eluded authorities throughout the midwest. Authorities even poured resources into a South American tip that turned out to be a dead end.

“We take each tip on its own merits,” explained Hosko, “but we’re certainly more attuned to something that suggests that the person has used his skills to get into a location that’s proximate to kids in the target range. These are young teens, 10 to 12 years old,” however, “If in the wake of this publicity, somebody has fled from area, that’s curious enough. Give us that tip. We’ll take that too.”

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