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Bombing Suspect’s Father Said He Warned FBI in 2013 That His Son Had Become Radicalized

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The father of the key suspect in the bombings in New York and New Jersey said he warned the FBI in 2014 that his son had become radicalized and “bad.”

The father, Mohammad Rahami, said his son, Ahmad Khan Rahami, changed after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013, ABC News reports. 

“I found a change in his personality. His mind was not the same. He had become bad and I don’t know what caused it but I informed the FBI about it,” he said.

Saying he didn’t believe the FBI took action against his son, the elder Rahami said he is sickened by what his son’s alleged actions.

“I condemn the act of my son and I am sad over injuries caused to people,” he said, adding that he was cooperating fully with investigators.

The son is an Afghan-born U.S. citizen who has been predominately unconscious and incubated since undergoing surgery.

Bombing Suspect Was Investigated by FBI in 2014 After Father Expressed Concerns

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Khan Rahami, the 28-year-old man accused of placing bombs in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend, was the subject of an FBI investigation more than two years ago.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI received a tip from Rahami’s father, who expressed concerns about his son, prompting an investigation that included interviews and a review of internal databases.

At the time, the FBI concluded no evidence of “ties to terrorism.”

Rahami’s father spoke to reporters recently and said his son was violent toward family members “for no reason.”

FBI agents “found nothing” during the investigation, according to an official who spoke to the Post.

FBI: ‘No Indication’ of Terror Cell in New York, New Jersey Bombings

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Kham Rahami, the 28-year-old arrested in connection with the weekend bombings in New York City and New Jersey, does not appear to belong to a terror cell, authorities said.

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Law Enforcement officials said Rahami appeared to be working alone and was not part of a lager network, the Washington Post reports. 

Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with police.

Rahami was born in Afghanistan but is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

The 28-year-old was charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and two counts of second-degree counts for possessing a handgun.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said the bombs were “an act of terror,” said no one else was being sought at this time.

William Sweeney Jr., assistant director in charge of the FBI’s New York division, said authorities have found “no indication that there is a [terror] cell operating in the area.”

Cops Nab Suspect in N.J. and New York Bombings After Shootout

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

Ahmad Khan Rahami (ABC photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is suspected of being involved in the bombing incidents over the weekend in New York and New Jersey, was arrested after being shot multiple times and wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, N.J. on Monday, ABC News and the New York Times report.

The confrontation happened about 10:30 a.m. after an owner of a bar in Linden reported that someone was sleeping in a hallway of his establishment, ABC News reports.

“One of our police officers went to investigate and to wake him up, and realized that he was [Rahami], the suspect that had been being sought in the bombings,” the mayor told WABC. “He realized it was the suspect and, within moments, the suspect fired on him. And thank God that he had his vest on. And I think that was very helpful for him. I think that saved his life.”

The New York Times reports that Capt. James Sarnicki of the Linden Police Department told reporters “the officer returned fire” and  Rahami fled, “indiscriminately firing his weapons at passing vehicles.”

Other officers joined the chase, and Rahami was shot multiple times. At least one other officer was injured during the confrontation.

 

 

Authorities See Possible Link Between Bombs in New Jersey, New York

Screenshot of surveillance video showing the bomb blast in Chelsea.

Screenshot of surveillance video showing the bomb blast in Chelsea.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are on the hunt for 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is believed to be responsible for the Chelsea bombing over the weekend.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said Monday that he “wouldn’t be surprised if we found a foreign connection to the act” after finding similarities between the bombs in New York and New Jersey over the weekend, CNN reports. 

Law enforcement official said the bombs may have been part of a possible terror cell in both states.

Two bombs were found in New York City and multiple ones in New Jersey.

Both pressure cook bombs in New York appeared to be filled with BBs and ball bearings. Flip top phones were used in both New York and New Jersey, but the bombs in those two places were made from different explosives.

On Sunday night, authorities found multiple bombs in a backpack near an Elizabeth, New Jersey, train station.

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.

R. Justin Tolomeo To Head Up FBI’s Milwaukee Office

R. Justin Tolomeo

R. Justin Tolomeo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — R. Justin Tolomeo, who served as an inspector in the Inspection Division of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Milwaukee Division, the FBI announced on Monday. He’ll assume the new post in September.

 Tolomeo joined the FBI in 1998 and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked criminal matters, according to a press release.  In 2001, he transferred to the New York Division and investigated drug violations.

After Sept. 11, 2001, he  Tolomeo was assigned to international terrorism and intelligence matters. In 2007, he was appointed as assistant legal attaché in London overseeing counterterrorism efforts, the FBI said.

Tolomeo has held leadership positions in the New York and Philadelphia Divisions. Prior to the FBI, he served as a DEA agent  New York and as a criminal investigator in New Jersey.

 

Mob Experts Says East Coast Gangsters Didn’t Have a Hand in Jimmy Hoffa Murder 41 Years Ago

Jimmy Hoffa

Jimmy Hoffa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Mob historian and author Andy Petepiece says the feds, historians and investigative reporters have it all wrong when it comes to the killing of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa 41 years ago this month.

In a piece in Gang Land News, an online site specializing in mobster news, Petepiece dismisses decades of talk that Mafia guys from New Jersey and Pennsylvania had a hand in the killing. Hoffa disappeared on July 30, 1975.

He insists it was the Detroit mobsters who likely did the deed without the help of their east coast brethren, and writes that it was a mob associate, Ralph Picardo, who concocted erroneous accounts linking Genovese capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano and Pennsylvania mob boss Russell Bufalino to Hoffa’s killing to get a reduced sentence for a 1974 murder in New Jersey. Picardo was a former driver for Provenzano.

Petepiece, a contributor to Gang Land News, writes:

After 41 years, no one really believes that anyone is going to find Jimmy Hoffa — alive or dead. But even if someone does discover his remains, it’s a safe bet that the usual suspects from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, whose names have been bandied about for decades, had nothing to do with Hoffa’s demise, or the disposal of his remains.

This includes Pennsylvania Mafia boss Russell Bufalino, Genovese capo Anthony (Tony Pro) Provenzano, soldier Salvatore (Sally Bugs) Briguglio, Teamsters Union official Frank (The Irishman) Sheeran, and Philip (Brother) Moscato, the mob­connected owner of a dump on the Hackensack River where Hoffa’s remains were supposedly disposed of 40 years ago.

I say this with all due respect to the FBI, and my good friend Dan Moldea, who has written extensively about the subject and who knows more about the late Teamsters Union president than anyone.

I believe they, the media and the entire law enforcement community were all taken in by Ralph (Little Ralphie) Picardo, a low life murderer with ties to Tony Pro who came up with a tall tale to get out of a 17­ to ­23 years prison term for the slaying of a New Jersey man.

To begin with, it makes no sense that North East mob families would be given the task of whacking Hoffa, whose murder was likely sanctioned by the Mafia Commission since he was such a prominent national figure. He was an associate of the Detroit family. They could do it without raising Hoffa’s suspicions. And too many things could go wrong with a plan involving a New Jersey hit team traveling to Detroit, killing Hoffa and then transporting his body 600 miles for burial in the Garden State.

The only so­called evidence that links Tony Pro’s guys to the hit are the words of Picardo, who told the FBI he learned about Hoffa’s demise from gangster buddy Steve Andretta in August of 1975, less than a month after Hoffa

At the time, Picardo was not a happy camper. He had a very strong motive to find a way to freedom. Tony Pro’s crew had taken his business interests when he was in jail. The only thing of value he had was his connection to Tony Pro and the suspicion he was involved in the Hoffa hit. Andretta’s visit after the Hoffa hit provided the link.

Isn’t it highly unlikely that Andretta would tell Picardo about the sensational killing of Hoffa while he was on one side of a glass partition talking to him on a prison phone that could easily be bugged? It’s hard to believe that any gangster, even the dumbest alive, would do such a thing.

The FBI, which was floundering around making no progress, was delighted with the story he told them four months later in November. There is no report of him passing a polygraph exam, but even if he did, since then no one has found any evidence that confirms his account.

With Picardo’s information, the FBI developed this theory on the Hoffa murder: Bufalino, the boss of the tiny Northeast Pennsylvania family had given the contract to Tony Pro. Detroit mob capo Anthony (Tony Jack) Giacalone lured Hoffa to a fake peace meeting with Provenzano. Hoffa was picked up by his associate, Charles (Chuckie) O’Brien, and taken to a home where he was killed.

Provenzano associates Briguglio, his brother Gabe, and Thomas Andretta had all flown to Detroit by private plane and did the job, the theory goes. Some allege that Frank Sheeran was involved in some way. Hoffa’s body was placed in a 55­gallon drum and driven to Jersey City for disposal by a Gateway Transportation truck.

Neither the FBI, nor anyone else, has come up with any evidence to support this theory.

Even the feds realized it was nuts to think that gangsters would drive a body from Michigan to New Jersey to dispose of it. In January of 1976, a little more than a month after the FBI got a federal judge to authorize a search of Brother Moscato’s dump, the Department of Justice announced it had decided not to bother.

Petepiece concedes that he has no hard evidence to back up his theory, but says his theory makes the most sense.

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