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Archive for October 7th, 2015

First Female FBI Agent Killed in Line of Duty 30 Years Ago This Month

Robin Ahrens

Robin Ahrens

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Thirty years ago this month, the first female FBI agent was killed in the line of duty.

Robin Ahrens had only been a special agent for six months when she died following a shootout on Oct. 5, 1985, the Hudson Star-Observer reports. 

She was just 33 years old.

Ahrens was staking out a Phoenix apartment complex when she was shot by two other agents who falsely believed she was the girlfriend of an armed robbery suspect.

Hundreds of people, including FBI Director William Webster, attended the funeral.

Other Stories of Interest

NYT Film Review: ‘(T)error’ Documentary ‘Leaves Too Much Unverified’

By Ken Jaworowski
New York Times

If you assume everything said in “(T)error” is true — and for the most part, I do — it’s a sobering story. Still, though the film gains your trust, it leaves too much unverified.

The movie, billed as the first documentary to embed filmmakers in an F.B.I. counterterrorism operation, follows Saeed Torres, a former Black Panther and self-described “civilian operative” who says he works as a paid undercover informant.

Lyric R. Cabral and David Felix Sutcliffe, the directors, travel with Mr. Torres to Pittsburgh, where Mr. Torres says his mission is to befriend Khalifah al-Akili, a man who may have, among other things, posted pro-Taliban statements online. Mr. Torres, who is untrained, is supposed to gauge the potential for terrorist activity and help the F.B.I. build a case against Mr. al-Akili.

Mr. Torres meets Mr. al-Akili several times (none of those encounters, nor any with the F.B.I., are shown, only mentioned) and concludes that he isn’t a serious threat. Despite this, Mr. Torres says, he is told to press on, which casts suspicion on the F.B.I.’s investigation and, by association, its use of informants.

While the agency’s methods appear dubious, the film’s approach is sometimes lacking. No F.B.I. agents, current or retired, are interviewed for context or corroboration; an ending note says only that the agency did not respond to a request for comment.

To read more click here. 

FBI Foils 4 Attempts by Russian-Linked Gangs to Smuggle Nuclear Material

Screen Shot 2015-10-07 at 8.38.05 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has foiled four attempts by Russian-linked gangs to smuggle nuclear material to other countries, the Guardian reports. 

In February, a smuggler seeking an Islamic State buyer offered undercover agents a large mount of radioactive caesium.

But a recent Associated Press investigation found that some of the alleged smugglers have resumed their activities after getting short prison sentences.

The gangs were in the European country of Moldova, and authorities suspect the materials came from Russian hospitals.

“We can expect more of these cases,” said Constantin Malic, a Moldovan police officer who investigated all four cases. “As long as the smugglers think they can make big money without getting caught, they will keep doing it.”

FBI to Set Up New Office in Atlanta As Part of Lease Deal in 2017

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is getting a new field office in Atlanta.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution report that a developer has been tapped to build a 151,000-square-foot building beginning in 2016 and lease it to the bureau at a yet-to-be disclosed location.

The building is expected to be open in 2017

The newspaper was unable to get detailed information.

“Our team is thrilled to be awarded this monumental lease,” FD Stonewater executive Claiborne Williams said in the release. “GSA and FBI are going to be great partners in this endeavor and we are truly excited about the opportunity to deliver a new field office which will meet FBI’s mission for the next 20 years and beyond.”

The bureau’s office is currently housed in Century Center office park in DeKalb County.