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Tag: Osama bin Laden

One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists in U.S. Custody After Capture in Libya

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A few days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Anas al Libi was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The reward – $25 million, the same amount offered for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

On Saturday, authorities finally captured al Libi in Libya, accusing him of being one of the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda and a former confidant of bin Laden’s, NBC News reports.

“As the result of a U.S. counterterrorism operation, Abu Anas al Libi is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya,” Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed, adding that al Libi was being held under the “law of war.”

Libyan officials are asking for an explanation, NBC News reported.

Leaked Pakistani Report Rips Its Government for “Gross Incompetence” in Hunt for Osama bin Laden

Doug Stanglin
USA TODAY

Osama bin Laden lived undetected in Pakistan for nine years before he was killed by U.S. forces, according to a leaked Pakistani government report that blasts the country’s civilian and military leadership for “gross incompetence” over the bin Laden affair.

It finds that Pakistan’s intelligence establishment had “closed the book” on bin Laden by 2005, and was no longer actively pursuing intelligence that could lead to his capture.

The 336-page Abbottabad Commission report, obtained by Al Jazeera, blasts the government and military for a “national disaster” over its handling of bin Laden and calls on the leadership to apologize to the people of Pakistan for their “dereliction of duty.”

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Bin Laden Aide Denied Request to Question FBI, Witnesses at Resentencing

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Osama bin Laden’s former secretary won’t be able to question FBI agents and witnesses during his resentencing, Bloomberg reports.

U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan on Tuesday denied the request of Wadih el-Hage, who is serving a life sentence for participating in a plot to kill Americans.

“My past experience with my lawyers is that they delay my requests to the last minute, then use that as an excuse not to do it, therefore I am writing this letter,” he told the judge.

The judge said el-Hage can’t handle case alone as long as he has an attorney.

“Given the aggressive representation of this defendant by his able counsel, this court declines to permit hybrid representation,” Kaplan wrote.

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FBI Agent Robert Allan Jones Who Served on FBI’s bin Laden Unit to Head Indianapolis Division

Robert Allan Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Allan Jones, who served on the Osama bin Laden unit, and eventually moved up to his latest post as FBI section chief in the Counterintelligence division at headquarters, has been named head of the FBI Indianpolis division.

Jones joined the FBI in September 1996 and was first assigned to the Kalamazoo, Mi. office.

In 2002, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Osama bin Laden Unit of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He provided oversight and guidance into FBI probes in to Sunni extremism matters and was made unit chief the next year.

In 2004, he was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in the Rochester Resident Agency of the Buffalo Division,and in 2007 was assigned to a classified, one-year tour in Balad, Iraq, with the United States Special Operations Command.

The next year, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division, and in 2009 was named the Legal Attaché in Afghanistan.

After returned to state side, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

 

Bin Laden’s Letters Show al Qaeda on the Ropes; Used Viagra and Hair Dye

Osama bin Laden

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Navy SEALS took out the worlds’ foremost terrorist when they killed Osama bin Laden one year ago. But they also scored the largest batch of senior terrorist material in history, and Thursday we saw the release of 17 of those letters, portraying al Qaeda as an organization on the edge.

The total cache of material seized in the SEALS raid includes about 6,000 documents written between 2006 and 2011, recovered from “five computers, dozens of hard drives and more than 100 storage devices” reports CNN, and include the letters just released by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.

The letters expose bin Laden as “a terrorist on the edge” according to CNN, just another aging leader, dealing with typical organizational and personal problems in extraordinary context.

He mentions using Just for Men hair dye and viagra, worrying about al Qaeda’s media image and the increasing chaos of al Qaeda’s far-flung operations.

He called for increased coordination, self-reviews from al Qaeda leaders, and apologies to fellow Muslims for internal attacks; he felt these had damaged Arab support for al Qaeda and should be addressed publicly.

Bin Laden continued to advocate for airplane attacks, and wanted to target President Obama and General Petraeus, deeming Joe Biden as unfit to lead the U.S.

CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen suggested that bin Laden was an “inveterate micromanager but was also someone almost delusional in his belief that his organization could still force a change in American foreign policies in the Muslim world.”

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Ex-Teacher Replaces bin Laden on FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He ain’t exactly Osama bin Laden.

Still, the FBI on Tuesday announced a replacement for bin Laden for its Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List: Eric Justin Toth, 30, a former private-school teacher and camp counselor.

Toth is accused of possessing and producing child pornography.

In a press release, the FBi said that Toth, who also goes by the name David Bussone, has been on the run since warrants for his arrest were issued in Maryland and the District of Columbia in 2008. There is also reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest.

The FBI said a probe into Toth began in June 2008 after pornographic images were found on a camera in his possession at the private where he worked.

The FBI is still looking to add another fugitive to replace Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, who was captured last year in California.

 

More than 7 Months Later, FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Still 2 Short

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s been more than seven months since the FBI’s two most notorious Ten Most Wanted criminals — Osama bin Laden and Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger — were eliminated as fugitives. One was killed. The other was captured.

Whitey Bulger

Still, to date, the FBI has yet to replace them. So for all practical purposes, its a Top 8 list for now. Their photos remain on the FBI page. Bulger’s photo has word “Captured” draped across the bottom. Bin Laden’s photo has the word “Deceased” on it.

Paul Bresson, an FBI spokesman at headquarters, said Tuesday that “replacements are still under consideration.” Stay tuned.

 

FBI Director Mueller’s Nostalgic Moment

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

CHICAGO — This same time last year, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was feeling a little nostalgic when he spoke in Orlando before the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference. It was like a final victory lap, the last speech as director  before the group.

But in a move that caught almost everyone by surprise, the White House earlier this year asked him to stay on two more years beyond his 10-year term. After some consultation, Mueller, now 67, obliged and Congress confirmed his stay.

On Monday, here in downtown Chicago, that twist in the road was not lost as he spoke before a crowd  at the IACP in a cavernous auditorium at the McCormick Place convention center.

“I will admit to feeling a bit nostalgic last year, believing it was my final meeting with you. I fully intended to finish my term last month,” he said before the crowd and some Washington-based notables, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. and Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones.

“I will say when the President asked whether I would be willing to continue as FBI Director for another two years, I sought advice from many people, because I believe a leader is often the last to know when it is time to go.

‘Three considerations persuaded me to extend my term. First, it would be hard, at any time, to leave the FBI family, and indeed, the larger law enforcement family. I am lucky to work with such talented and dedicated people.

“Second, as each of you knows, there is nothing more rewarding than public service.”

“Lastly, we in the FBI do have unfinished business. We must continue to improve our technology, expand our intelligence capabilities, and adapt to meet new challenges. I did not want to miss the opportunity to be part of that.”

Mueller went on to talk about the changes at the FBI since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, organized crime and the ever-looming threat of terrorism.

“Osama bin Laden, Anwar Awlaki, and other key leaders are no longer in the picture.  Nonetheless, al Qaeda remains the top terrorist threat.”