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Asbury Park Press: Gov. Chris Christie Should Soon Stand Trial in Bridge Scheme

Gov. Chris Christie/state photo

Chris Christie

By Editorial Board
Asbury Park Press

Jury selection will begin Thursday in the trial of two former senior staff members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration: Bill Baroni, former deputy executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and Bridget Anne Kelly, Christie’s former deputy chief of staff.

Both were indicted in May 2015 on charges of fraud, conspiracy and civil rights violations for their alleged role in the politically motivated George Washington Bridge lane-closure scheme three years ago this month.

But Baroni and Kelly won’t be the only ones on trial. So, too, will be Gov. Chris Christie, whose insistence that he had nothing to do with ordering the lane closures and knew nothing about them until long after the lane closings occurred, likely will either be confirmed or revealed as a lie during the course of the testimony.

Adding even more interest to one of New Jersey’s most highly anticipated trials in years will be the presence of Kelly’s high-powered defense attorney, Michael Critchley, whose exploits were detailed in Tuesday’s Press (“Feds may have hard case to prove in Bridgegate trial.”)

Among the defendants he has cleared were Michael “Mad Dog” Taccetta and 19 other reputed members of the Lucchese crime family, and a Newark police officer who was found, gun in hand, standing in his former bedroom by the naked body of his ex-wife’s lover.

FBI: Minnesota Man Used Settlement from Bridge Collapse to Support ISIS

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mohamed Roble was 10 years old, the school bus he was riding crashed after a Minneapolis bridge began to crumble into the Mississippi river.

Thirteen people died when the Interstate 35W bridge collapsed.

Roble began receiving $19,000 from his settlement from the crash when he was 18. The Washington Post reports that Roble is accused of using the money to join ISIS in Syria not long after.

Roble is the 11th man from the Twin Cities area to be charged with supporting ISIS, the Justice Department said.

FBI Warns of Alleged ISIS Threat to Blow Up Bridge Over Mississippi River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating an anonymous threat that ISIS plans to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River sthis month, FOX13 News reports.

The FBI sent a letter of warning to local law enforcement.

“According to an anonymous complainant, as of December 2014, ISIS instructed an ISIS member, a presumed USPER (U.S. person) in Memphis, with a direct order to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States,” the warning reads.

The FBI said there’s no evidence yet that the threat is legitimate.

“Although we received an anonymous threat, there is no actionable intelligence regarding an attack on the bridge. We take every threat seriously and whenever we receive a threat like this we take steps to inform all of our law enforcement partners,” Supervisory Special Agent Joel Siskovic, spokesman for the FBI Memphis Division, told FOX13 News.

About 56,000 cars and trucks use the bridge daily.

FBI Busts 5 People Plotting to Blow Up Ohio Bridge

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has busted five men — three of whom are self-described anarchists — on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a bridge near Cleveland, the Justice Department announced Tuesday morning.

The men plotted to blow up a Route 82 bridge at the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, authorities said in a news release.

“The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by an undercover FBI employee,” the press release said.” The defendants were closely monitored by law enforcement. The explosives that the defendants allegedly purchased and attempted to use were inoperable and posed no threat to the public.

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