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Archive for September 11th, 2019

FBI Agents Association: We remember Agents and other First Responders Who Were Exposed to Toxins and Hazardous Materials at 9/11 Sites

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Brian O’Hare, president of the FBI Agents Association, issued a statement on Wednesday to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America. He particularly made note of the agents and first responders who were exposed to hazardous materials at 9/11 sites, and subsequently contracted diseases including cancer. Some have died.

The association has fought hard for years to make certain families of agents who died from 9/11 related diseases, get benefits. It hasn’t been an easy battle.

The following is O’Hare’s statement:

The FBI Agents Association marks with solemn reflection the 18th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by remembering all the victims and their families.

FBIAA honors the memory today of FBI Special Agent Leonard “Lenny” Hatton and retired FBI Special Agent John P. O’Neill, who on this day 18 years ago lost their lives at the World Trade Center.  Agent Hatton saw smoke and fire coming from the North Tower of the World Trade Center and rushed to the scene.  He reported critical information to the FBI and assisted emergency responders in leading people from the World Trade Center buildings to safety and lost his life when the Tower collapsed.  Mr. O’Neill, who retired from the FBI in August 2001 to become Chief of Security for the World Trade Center, had escaped from the North Tower but returned to help others.

We also remember FBI Special Agents and other first responders who were exposed to toxins and hazardous materials at 9/11 sites in the performance of their duty.  Sadly, these Agents and other first responders continue to fall ill from cancer from this exposure.  Approximately 10,000 emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers at the 9/11 sites have been diagnosed with various forms of cancer according to the World Trade Center Health Program.

FBI Special Agents have died from 9/11-related illnesses and other agents and employees are suffering from illness resulting from their work at these sites.  FBIAA honors the memory of the sixteen fallen Agents:  Dennis Bonelli, Steven A. Carr, William R. Craig, Brian L. Crews, Laurie Fournier, Jerry D. Jobe, Laurie Johnson, Mark C. Johnston, David J. LeValley, Mark J. Mikulski, Melissa S. Morrow, Robert M. Roth, Gerard D. Senatore, Rex A. Stockham, Paul H. Wilson and Wesley J. Yoo.

FBIAA is ensuring that fallen Agents, Agents confronting 9/11 illnesses and their families are provided the support they need and deserve.  This support includes assistance and benefits from the U.S. Department of Labor, the Victims Compensation Fund (VCF) and other sources.  Fallen Agents from 9/11-related illnesses are now recognized on the FBI Wall of Honor for having given their lives while in performance of their duties, and FBIAA’s Memorial College Fund pays a majority of the college costs for the children of members who pass away while they are active duty Agents.

On this solemn day, we remember with gratitude the victims and their families, Agents and other first responders and their families, and all of the 9/11 heroes who served our fellow citizens with courage and compassion.

Relatives Claim Gangster John Dillinger Wasn’t Shot at Chicago Theater

Gangster John Dillinger, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Relatives of notorious American gangster John Dillinger believe they have evidence that their bank robbing uncle was not shot by the FBI at a theater in Chicago in 1934.

Now they want to exhume the body buried under the headstone at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis to determine whether it belongs to Dillinger. They plan to conduct DNA tests.

That plan hit a snag after Dillinger’s nephew, Mike Thompson, filed a suit to prevent the cemetery from interfering with plans to exhume the body. A court hearing is set for Oct. 1, but the state issued a permit that set a deadline for exhumation about two weeks earlier.

“Per the approved application, if the exhumation does occur, it must occur on Sept. 16,” an Indiana State Department of Health official told CNN.

Then-FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover declared Dillinger as “Public Enemy No. 1” after his gang killed at least 10 people, robbed banks and even staged three jailbreaks from 1933 to 1934.

Last month, the FBI disputed claims that the FBI killed another man who was not Dillinger.

“A wealth of information supports Dillinger’s demise including 3 sets of fingerprints, all positively matched,” the FBI tweeted.

Lawsuit Targets Ex-FBI Agent Who Runs an Anti-Muslim Consulting Group

Former Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A former Minnesota sheriff has filed suit against an FBI agent turned anti-Muslim provocateur following an alleged assault at an annual sheriff’s conference in Reno in June 2017.

The lawsuit claims former FBI agent John Guandolo, founder and president of a counter-terrorism consulting services, assaulted then-Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek for expressing concerns about the company’s anti-Muslim propaganda. The company, Understanding the Threat, is characterized as an Islamophobic hate group in the lawsuit.

After hearing about the concerns, Guandolo is accused of assaulting the former sheriff, causing “great bodily injury,” the lawsuit states. Stanek received medical attention and “has not fully recovered,” according to the suit.

Two months after the alleged assault, a Hennepin County judge granted a restraining order against Guandolo, who retired from the FBI in 2008 and became a conservative, anti-Muslim propagandist.

Stanek once suggested former CIA Director John Brennan secretly converted to Islam and later accused a Muslim college professor of having ties to terrorism. Both claims have been debunked.

Prosecutors decided not to file criminal charges in the case, saying it was unclear who initiated the confrontation.

The lawsuit claims Guandolo’s company “markets as a counter-terrorism consulting firm to profit from instilling anti-Muslim bigotry in law enforcement agents.”