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Archive for June 15th, 2012

Weekend Series on Crime: Mobster-Turned Informant Henry Hill

Editors Note: Henry Hill died in California on Tuesday at age 69.

U.S. Terror Mastermind Relied on E-Mails to Communicate With Followers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S.-born terror boss Anwar al Awlaki , who was killed by an American drone in Yemen last September, communicated with his followers using encryption and code words on more than 60 e-mail addresses while under FBI watch, FOX News revealed, following a five-month investigation that will be aired on the news channel at 10 p.m. tonight.

Some e-mails went to accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, Fox News reported.

“FOX Files: The Enemy Within” features interviews and firsthand accounts of the November 2009 Fort Hood Massacre that left 13 people dead and at least 43 injured.

A Senate committee investigating the Food Hood massacre accused the FBI for failing to act as an “effective interagency information sharing and operation coordination mechanism,” FOX reported.

No Regrets in Failed Prosecution of former Sen. Edwards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
The former U.S. Attorney who spearheaded the failed prosecution of former Sen. John Edwards expressed no regrets, the News and Observer reports.

George Holding said political corruption cases are the most difficult to prosecute, and any decision to halt the prosecution would have been a “derliction of duty,” according to the News and Observer.

A mistrial on most charges prompted the Justice Department to abandon the prosecution after a mistrial.

Oregon Mosque Critical of FBI Probe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oregon’s largest mosque feels under siege by snoopy FBI agents who have placed at least five affiliates of the mosque on no-fly lists without an explanation, the Religion News Services reports.

Included on the roster of suspected terrorists banned from flying in the U.S. is the longtime religious leader of At Masjed As-Saber.

Muslims told the Religion News Services that the actions of the FBI are exacerbating already poor relationships with the mosque and Muslim community.

A special agent in Portland contends the FBI does not target people based on their religion, but declined to comment on the mosque investigation.

Serial Rapist Connected to Another Rape in D.C. Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities have linked a 1996 sexual assault to a serial rapist accused of attacking women in Washington D.C. and Maryland, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI and local police believe the man attacked nine other women between 1991 and 1998, including a 28-year-old biochemist who was murdered with a heavy rock.

The women ranged in age from 18 to their 40s and were stalked and then overpowered by the man who would throw a towel or blanket over their heads.

Since the last known attack was 14 years ago, authorities aren’t sure whether the suspect still lives in the area or is alive.

Hidden Internet Sites Creating Big Headaches for FBI Investigations

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The complexities of the Internet are creating major challenges for the FBI.

Security Daily News reports that the FBI halted a child porn investigation, “citing an inability to infiltrate the Web’s hidden underworld — the ‘dark net’.”

Information about the probe was obtained through a Freedom of Information (FOI) Act request.

The FOIA request came from Jason Smathers of MuckRock after he learned that a man called the “Detroit FBI office to report that he’d found a dark net site called  ‘TSChan’ which appeared to be hosting child pornography.”

Security Daily News reports that a number of sites are hosted on a “dark net” which deliberately hides sites, making them accessible only through IP-anonymizing portals such as The Onion Router.

Security News reported: “According to the FOI request, the FBI acknowledged the impossibility of tracing TSChan, and halted its investigation.”

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FBI Recovers Stolen Rare Book of Mormon; Arrests Arizona Man

Stolen Book of Mormon/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It was stolen in Mesa, Az, but recovered in Virginia.

The FBI’s Washington Field Office said Thursday that it helped recover the rare first edition of the Book of Mormon, which has been swiped from a bookstore in Arizona over Memorial Day weekend.

Authorities said the book was recovered earlier this week after executing a search warrant for an apartment in Herndon, Va., an outer suburb of D.C.

Authorities arrested Jay Michael Linford, 48, of Gilbert, Az, who was a guest at the apartment.