Get Our Newsletter



Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

December 2019
S M T W T F S
« Nov    
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Tag: car bomb

Terrorism Suspect to Be Charged Today with Trying to Get FBI Agent Killed

diagram of car bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A suburban Chicago terrorism suspect is expected to be charged today with trying to solicit the murder of an FBI agent, the Associated Press reports.

Adel Daoud, who is accused of attempting to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside of a downtown Chicago bar, is expected to plead not guilty.

Investigators allege Daoud was attempting to have an undercover FBI agent killed while behind bars in 2012.

ATF Probing Car Bomb in Mi. That Wounded Lawyer and His 2 Children

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
ATF has jumped in to investigate the mysterious car comb that seriously injured an attorney and his two children in Monroe, Mi., Tuesday night, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The Free Press reported that the Volvo station wagon was traveling on East Elm Avenue, near the ramp to I-75, at 5:41 p.m. when it exploded.

The Free Press reported that investigators at the scene found evidence of a car bomb.

Sources told the Monroe Evening News the driver of the vehicle was attorney Erik G. Chappell.

Edwin Holly, 68, of Tecumseh was in a nearby boathouse at Riverfront Marina along Elm when he saw the explosion out the window.

Atty. Erik G. Chappell/law firm photo

“I was looking to see if there were deer and saw the car come around and go boom,” said a witness Edwin Holly,68, according to the Free Press. “I took off running to the scene to see if I could get anyone out but there was nothing I could do.”

The father and children were taken to a nearby hospital.

Chappell’s law firm webpage describes him

by saying:

“Although the majority of Mr. Chappell’s cases are business disputes, Mr. Chappell also maintains a Family Law practice and will evaluate all potential cases, including personal injury or criminal cases on a case by case basis.”

 

Column: U.S. Falls Short in Helping Mexico Battle Drug War

drug war-gunBy Jackson Diehl
Washington Post Deputy Editorial  Page Writer

WASHINGTON — Last month, 303 people were murdered in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, which lies alongside El Paso. This month, the dead include three men killed by a sophisticated, remote-controlled car bomb — the first in Mexico’s drug wars. In a city of 1.2 million, more than 2,600 died violently in 2009; some 200,000 more may have fled.

Meanwhile in Washington, the Government Accountability Office has drawn up a list of assistance promised to Mexico by the United States since 2008, but not delivered. It includes: at least nine Black Hawk helicopters; three Bell helicopters; four airplanes for sea patrolling; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft; 218 polygraph units; two railroad inspection units; mobile gamma radiation trucks; and five training programs, ranging from “financial intelligence” to “drug demand reduction.”

Since the end of the Cold War, neglect of Latin America has become something of a fine art in Washington, practiced by Republican and Democratic administrations alike.

To read more click here.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Mexican Drug Dealers Use Car Bomb For First Time

Mexico border mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethwire.com

As if the drug war in Mexico wasn’t violent enough.

Now, the drug dealers, for the first time, have resorted to a car bomb in Mexico in the drug war, the El Paso Times and the Associated Press reported.

Mayor Jose Reyes  Ferriz of Ciudad Juarez said traffickers set a deadly car bomb trap at a busy intersection  that killed three people on Thursday night in his border town including a federal policeman, a medical technician and a man dressed in a fake police uniform, the El Paso Times reported.

Ferriz said he feared some officers might quit the force out of fear of running into booby traps and ambushes, the paper reported.

To read more click here.

Investigators Looking For Ties Overseas in NY Car Bomb Case

Bye Bye New York?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After making an arrest late Monday night in the New York car bomb case, the FBI continued to investigate whether other people or an organization, possibly overseas, were involved.

“The investigation remains very much ongoing, and the dedicated agents, detectives, and prosecutors on this case will continue to follow every lead and use every tool to keep the people of New York City safe,” U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, FBI’s George Venizelos and New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelley said in a statement issued Tuesday morning.

Around 11:45 p.m. Monday, FBI agents and New York police detectives arrested Faisal Shahzad, 30, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan who lived in Connecticut, for allegedly driving a car bomb into New York’s Times Square on Saturday.

The Justice Department said the suspect was arrested at JFK Airport after he was identified by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection while attempting to take a flight to Dubai.

He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Manhattan later Tuesday.

Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said in a press conference: “It’s clear that the intent behind this terrorist act was to kill Americans.  “We will not rest until we bring everyone responsible to justice.”

Read NY Times Story

Read Washington Post Story

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Authorities Investigating NY Car Bomb Release Video

UPDATE: Video Shows White Man in 40s Suspiciously Walking Away from Area of NY Car Bomb

Law enforcement officials hold press conference/fbi photo

Law enforcement officials hold press conference/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

New York law enforcement investigators on Sunday were looking at a surveillance tape that showed a white man in his 40s who appeared to be walking away from the area where a car bomb was placed Saturday evening in Times Square, looking over his shoulder and removing a layer of clothing, the New York Times reported.

The Times also reported that there was no evidence  supporting a claim by a by a Pakistani Taliban group that it was responsible for the car bomb. The group has a reputation for making such false claims, the Times reported.

On Sunday, the FBI office in New York issued a press release stating:

“FBI and NYPD investigators are aware of the various reports of claims for placing the car and device in Times Square. As we’ve seen previously, it is not uncommon after any similar event for claims of responsibility to be made—and those claims will be investigated. Knowingly providing false information can be a crime.

“Since the beginning of the investigation, there have been numerous reports in the public domain, many of which will eventually be determined to be inaccurate.”

The New York Daily News reported that investigators were also looking into the possibility of a link to threats made to Comedy Central after an Islamic group expressed anger about a South Park cartoon that mocked Islamic Prophet Muhammad, portraying him as a mascot bear.

FBI and NYPD Hunt For Culprit Who Left Crude Car Bomb in Times Square

Bye Bye N.Y.?

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and New York police were trying to find out Sunday who left a Nissan Pathfinder with a crude bomb inside in Times Square Saturday night that prompted the evacuation of parts of the city on a busy Saturday night.

FBI agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the FBI in New York, told ticklethewire.com Sunday morning that investigators were sifting through the evidence and following up leads around the country.   Authorities said the bomb, comprised of propane, gasoline, fireworks, clocks and wires, could have caused serious damage.

News reports said the device had started to detonate, but there was no explosion.

“We are very lucky,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a 2:15 a.m. press conference in Times Square, according to the New York Daily News. “We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”

He said investigators were checking video cameras around the city, but so far they had not come up with anything showing someone running from the car.

“We had no idea who did this or why,” he said.

The Daily news reported that a large chunk of Midtown — from 43rd Street to 48th Street, and from Sixth to Eighth Avenues — was closed for much of the evening. The smoking car was spotted by a t-shirt street vendor off Broadway on 45th Street, who notified police, the Daily News reported.

The federal government views the incident a “potential terrorist attack,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday, according to the Daily News.

“We’re taking this very seriously,” Napolitano told CNN‘s “State of the Union” program. “We’re treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack.”