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Archive for September 12th, 2012

Daily Beast: Former FBI Agent Ali Soufan on Bin Laden’s Death, War on Terror

By John Avlon
Daily Beast

Ali Soufan, former FBI agent, security consultant and author of “Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al Qaeda” talks to the Daily Beast about terrorism.

How’s the Obama administration doing?

“Total elimination of Al Qaeda.” Soufan said.  “They are hitting leaders of al Qaeda, and anyone who is known to be plotting against the United States. But at the same time they are trying to stop all the incubating factors that help terrorist recruitment, funding, P.R. and so forth.  They are hitting them on different levels.  A lot of people see the success of the drones…but the global partnerships that have been created have been effective – and that includes law enforcement, diplomacy, economic aid, educational program and definitely boots on the ground when needed, ie, killing Osama Bin Laden.  So, I think it’s more comprehensive in nature.”

“We joke sometimes that Obama does a lot of the same tactics as George Bush, but he keeps his mouth shut,” Soufan says. “The Bush administration’s war on terror wasn’t actually working because most of our allies around the world— including England, Germany, other European countries and Muslim world—did not have the same concept the war on terror.  So, it makes it difficult when you have a strategy that your partners are not buying into. No. 2, it was wrongfully viewed in the Muslim world as a war on Islam,” said Soufan.

Soufan clarified that he doesn’t “want to blame everything on the Bush Administration. I think you have to put yourself in their shoes at the time. But the two things I disagree with the Bush Administration on: the invasion of Iraq and EITs (Enhanced Interrogation Techniques), because it just created a lot of problems to our reputation around the world.”

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Federal Government Needs to Reopen 9/11 Investigation, Says Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham urged the federal government to reopen the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to identify “an external support system,” the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

On the anniversary of 9/11, Graham, who was a U.S. Senator at the time of the attacks, told an audience he believes people who supported the attack are still on the loose, even in Florida.

“What leads us to believe that that network has evaporated, been dismissed or rolled up?” Graham asked. “I have no reason to believe that that’s occurred.”

Some of the concern stems from a Saudi family who was living in Sarasota at the time and was accused of supping the hijackers, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Money Pours into Manpower, Technology for Border Protection

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Persistent budget cuts haven’t stopped the flow of money spent  on technology and manpower to try and stop the flow of drug smugglers and illegal immigrants, NPR reports.

Over the past 25 years, the government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars building fences and detention centers and pursuing suspects with Blackhawk helicopters, according to NPR.

The industrial complex that has emerged on the border also is spreading farther into the U.S.

“It is safe to say that there has been more money, manpower, infrastructure, technology, invested in the border-protection mission in the last three years than ever before,” says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

Joint Terrorism Task Forces Among Those to Be Honored by Anti-Defamation League

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in the Washington Field Office will be among those honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) at a ceremony in D.C. on Sept. 24.

The ADL, a Jewish organization that works closely with law enforcement on hate crimes and terrorism issues, is presenting the honors at its ADL SHIELD Awards, which are given to “heroes who have protected our nation and communities from hate crimes and terrorist threats.”

“The Award gives us an opportunity to publicly recognize and express our appreciation to those who protect our nation and communities and who guard our lives and freedoms,” Elise Jarvis, ADL’s Associate Director for Law Enforcement Outreach, said in a statement.

The winners were selected by 20 law enforcement executives which includes the Chiefs of Police and other top law enforcement officials from metropolitan, state and federal law enforcement agencies in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

The 2012 ADL SHIELD Award recipients will include:

  • The FBI Washington Field Office Joint Terrorism Task Force and partner agencies for the investigation and prosecution of Yonathan Melaku, who was responsible for a series of shootings at military installations in Northern Virginia in 2010, which included: the National Museum of the Marine Corps (twice), the Pentagon, and Marine Corps and Coast Guard recruiting centers
  • The Drug Enforcement Administration and federal prosecutors for the arrest and prosecution of Viktor Bout, who is also known as the “Merchant of Death,” and was considered one of the world’s most notorious arms traffickers and terrorist facilitators
  • The Montgomery County Police Department and Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office for the investigation and prosecution into a hate crimes case involving a series of tire-slashing vandalisms that targeted members of the Latino community, spanning a 4 year period, with 22 victims, and over 100 separate cases documented for investigation
  • The Baltimore Joint Terrorism Task Force for accomplishments which include the disruption of a terrorist plot to attack Washington, DC and foiling an attempt to bomb a U.S. Armed Forces recruiting center in Maryland
  • The Raleigh-Durham Joint Terrorism Task Force and federal prosecutors for the investigation and prosecution of Daniel Patrick Boyd and his co-conspirators, a homegrown violent extremist group which made plans to wage jihad overseas and in the U.S.

DEA Targets CVS Stores in Painkiller Crackdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 In its effort to crack down on addictive painkillers like oxycodone, the DEA has revoked the controlled substance licenses of two CVS Caremark Corp drugstores in Florida, Reuters reports.

The two stores, about 30 miles south of the Orlando, contend they did nothing wrong and were busy pharmacies.

The DEA, however, alleges the stores inappropriately sold oxycodone and potentially other controlled substances, according to Reuters.

The DEA said the use of painkillers is reaching epidemic levels and is now more popular than heroin and cocaine combined, Reuters reported.

Attorney: Congressman Buchanan No Longer Investigated for Improper Donations

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The U.S. Justice Department does not plan to pursue charges against U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan following an 11-month investigation, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

Buchanan’s attorneys said Tuesday that the Justice Department notified him that it’s ending the investigation into the whether Buchanan pressured a former business partner to sign a false affidavit amidst an illegal campaign donation probe.

The business partner, Sam Karzan, claimed the congressman coerced him to help cover up alleged illegal donations in 2006 and 2008, Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported.

Buchanan’s campaign, which has denied wrongdoing, said Karazan was a disgruntled employee who wanted to smear Buchanan , according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

 

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