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Tag: Oklahoma City

Oklahoma FBI Agent Who Was Accidentally Shot During Training Exercise Released From Hospital

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ouch!

An FBI agent who was wounded in the leg in an accidental shooting at the Edmond Police Department’s training facility in Oklahoma was released from the hospital, the Edmond Sun paper reported.

Rick Rains, a spokesman for the FBI’s Oklahoma City office, declined to disclose the name of the agent who was involved in a live tactical training exercise, the paper reported.

The incident happened last Thursday.

 

Author Says Investigators Blew Chances to Prevent OK Bombing

Andrew Gumbel is a Los Angeles-based journalist and writer and a longtime foreign correspondent for British newspapers. He is a co-author of the book: “Oklahoma City: What the Investigation Missed–and Why It Still Matters.”
 
By Andrew Gumbel
Huffington Post

Ever since Timothy McVeigh’s execution, four months to the day before 9/11, a certain conventional wisdom has taken hold that the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing was the work of just two disenchanted guys from the heartland who did something colossally heartless and stupid, got caught and paid the price.

But that tells only part of a much more complicated and troubling story. In our new book Oklahoma City: What The Investigation Missed–And Why It Still Matters (William Morrow; April 24, 2012), Roger Charles and I show that a fractious, over-timid federal law enforcement community blew chances to prevent the bombing and failed to follow several promising leads pointing to the broader involvement of the radical far right.

Their failings were remarkably similar to those that emerged in the wake of the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington: the threat was underestimated, law enforcement agencies fought each other instead of pooling vital information, and the country’s institutions were ultimately more  interested in protecting themselves than in unearthing the truth.

To read the full column click here.

Column: We Shouldn’t Forget the 168 Who Died in Oklahoma City Bombing

Timothy McVeigh/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
I can’t help but at least mention that Thursday marks the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building where 168 people were killed.

We’ve come a long way in dealing with terrorism. The face of it has changed.

At the time, the Oklahoma bombing seemed so enormous. I was a reporter at the Detroit News at the time. I worked on the story day and night for three months before I ended up going on strike at the paper. I never returned to the paper.

But I never forgot the 168 people who died, among them 19 children under the age of 6.

Sure 9/11 dwarfed all that, and changed the terrorism landscape forever.

But we can’t lose focus on the local hate groups, on the potential for future lone wolves and haters like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who so desperately needed to have their voice heard.

And we can’t forget the 168 people who died.

Meth User Shoots at Police Helicopter, Gets 46 Months

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Originally indicted by a federal grand jury for firing at an in-flight police helicopter, Michael P. McMichael, of Oklahoma City, was slapped with 46 months in prison for being a habitual methamphetamine user unlawfully in possession of a firearm, the FBI announced on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old shot at the police helicopter in Oklahoma City on June 25 or 26, says the FBI, damaging the aircraft. He was indicted for the incident on January 18, 2011 and pled guilty on April 11, 2011 to the charges he was sentenced for.

Prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Randy Sengel, the case was the result of a cooperative investigation by the Oklahoma City police and the FBI.

U.S. Marshals Prison Transport Plane Returns to OK Airport Because of Smoke

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Marshals Service prisoner transport plane taking off from Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers World Airport Tuesday morning and headed to various stops, had to return to Oklahoma after experiencing problems, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Airport spokeswoman Karen Carney told the Oklahoman that the MD-80 airplane returned after pilots noticed smoke in the cabin. There were no injuries.

Lynzey Donahue, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marshals Service, told the ticklethewire.com that the plane had more than 100 people aboard, most of whom were prisoners. She said the plane planned to stop at multiple destinations, but never made it to the first stop because of the problem.

For security purposes, she said, the agency was not disclosing the destinations of the plane.

2 Men Charged in Okla. With Buying Weapons to Smuggle Into Mexico

oklahomaBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two men have been indicted in Oklahoma on charges of illegally buying weapons including military type semi-automatic rifles and smuggling some into Mexico, authorities announced Thursday.

Gregorio Morales-Martinez, 34, an illegal immigrant from Lewisville, Tex. and Jorge Alexis Blanco, 25, of Stillwater, Ok. were charged with illegally purchasing 43 firearms, including military type semi-automatic rifles.

Authorities alleged that many of the weapons were bought through “straw purchasers” — people who were simply buying the weapons for the men, not for themselves.

Federal law requires each buyer to complete a Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473) certifying they are the “actual buyer of the firearm.” The form warns that they are not the actual buyer if they’re buying it for someone else.

“The illegal trafficking of firearms from the United States to Mexico is a serious problem,” U.S. Attorney Sanford C. Coats of Oklahoma said in a statement. “It is fueling a lot of the violent drug cartel activity there.”

The case was investigated by ATF.

ATF Creating 7 New Groups to Cut Flow of Illegal Weapons to Mexico

Ken Melson and Dennis Burke/atf photo
Ken Melson and Dennis Burke/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — ATF is creating seven new anti-gunrunner groups around the country to try and cut the flow of illegal firearms to Mexico.

In announcing the new move, ATF said it was placing the groups “along traditional and newly-discovered firearms trafficking routes and hubs” in Atlanta, Dallas, Brownsville, Tex., Las Vegas, Miami, Oklahoma City and Sierra Vista, Az.

The groups are being created as a result of the 2010 emergency supplemental appropriation for border security. ATF received $37.5 million for Project Gunrunner to halt the flow of illegal guns to Mexico, the agency said.

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FBI Arrest Sheds Light on Twitter Crime Scenes

twitter4The FBI is being forced to be well versed in such social networks as Twitter and Facebook. Welcome to the new frontier.

By OMAR EL AKKAD
Toronto Globe and Mail

The arrest this month of an Oklahoma City man who is accused of posting death threats on Twitter shines a light on how law-enforcement agencies are conducting investigations in the age of microblogging, when blogs and MySpace sites can be far more useful than fingerprints.

The FBI arrested Daniel Knight Hayden, 52, earlier this month for allegedly issuing death threats on April 11. Several posts were made under the handle “Citizen Quasar,” in relation to the “tea party” anti-tax protests in U.S. cities. One such protest was scheduled for Oklahoma City.

Among the posts on April 11 (all posts are as they appeared online): “The WAR wWIL start on the stepes of the Oklahoma State Capitol. I will cast the first sotne. In the meantime, I await the police.”

A few minutes later, another post reads: “I really don’ give a shit anymore. Send the cops around. I will cut their heads off the heads and throw the on the State Capitol steps.”

For Full Story

Read ticklethewire.com columnist Greg Stejskal’s column on the Internet and Freedom of Speech