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The fact is The FBI lost him…..That happens sometimes…..

While the first 24 Hours after the Times Square would be bomber was about the FBI…..

The facts coming show that the FBI lost Faisal Shahzad up in Connecticut….

The team tailing………..

Saw him go into a house….

Then waited for him….

Called for local cops and more FBI backup….

And came up empty when they went into the house….

The thing that did it for them was the flight manifest info that Emirates Airline sent back to Washington …..

The first people to touch base with Shahzad was US Customs enforcement cops……

Not the FBI or the Joint Terrorist Task Force,,,,,

As matter of fact ….the airplane was on it way out a SECOND TIME….

When it was ordered back for a reverse baggage claim check supervised by the Port Authority Police and  FBI  agents along with other federal law enforcement people and the airport cop’s dogs…….

The federal agent searching the streets of Bridgeport, Conn., at last laid eyes on Faisal Shahzad sometime Monday afternoon. The agent called for help, and soon there was a mix of federal agents and local police officers arrayed on the blocks around Mr. Shahzad’s apartment at 202 Sheridan Street, according to a federal official briefed on the events.

The narrow street of row houses was far from ideal for a surveillance operation. The agents stood out in the gritty neighborhood. There was no familiarity with Mr. Shahzad’s habits or routines, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was in progress. But for hours the agents were there, trying to cover any likely exit routes that might be taken by the man they believed was in some way involved in the botched effort to set off a bomb in Times Square on Saturday.

Sometime around 11 p.m., according to people who live on the street, the authorities moved in with a show of force — black Suburbans, white panel trucks and a SWAT team unit. The building’s landlord had given them a layout of Mr. Shahzad’s apartment. They hoped he would come out, and if not, the intention was to call him and encourage him to surrender.

Except Mr. Shahzad was no longer inside……

He boarded Emirates Flight 202 sometime before 11 p.m., one official said, around the time the F.B.I. was moving on his home.

Mr. Shahzad, 30, was arrested on the plane; he has been charged in the car-bombing attempt and is cooperating with investigators.

“Surveillance is an art, not a science,” a former law enforcement official said. “People think it is like it is on TV or the movies — the cops set up across from the house, and if the bad guy gets out, they are 50 feet away, they make a U-turn and follow him. That is not real life.”

For officers, of course, the trouble with following a suspect is obvious: play it too tight or get too close, and they can be “made,” or exposed; play it too loose, and they can lose their target.

Add the dynamics of environment, and the degree of difficulty increases: wide-open farmland, noisy city streets or exurban sprawl is each an enemy to a police detective or a federal agent tying to blend in, ghostlike.

So, too, is a street in Bridgeport, one full of bodegas and people gathering in front of their houses — and one with an apartment building with a tiny back alley for cars, but not agents looking to hide.

“Surveillance is hard work,”……

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May 7, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Updates | , , , , , , | 9 Comments

A National Terror policy…and the Cop on the beat……..

No matter how much money this country spends on fancy stuff for the FBI……or Homeland Security…or even US Customs……

The main line of defense in the war on terror will always be the cop on the beat……

The Times Square try at bombing is proof of this…..

The NW 235 flight try at bombing is also…..

As was the World Trade Center……..

The cops where there first in everyone of those instances…….

So why the GOP trys to beat up Holder and the President…

The fact remains……

Predator and troops extend the war to other regions….

But the local cop on the beat takes care of all of here…….

Till the Fed’s get on scene….and take the glory…..

The 53 hours from the primed-to-explode Nissan Pathfinder in Times Square to the nick-of-time arrest of Faisal Shahzad underlined the single undeniable truth of 21st-century terrorism. The best defense against a terrorist attack is not the CIA, the FBI, Predator drones or Jack Bauer, but the New York Police Department.

The FBI lost Shahzad on his way to Kennedy International Airport on Monday night and his name on the do-not-fly list failed to prevent him from initially boarding an Emirates jet to Dubai. But from the moment a street vendor alerted a mounted police officer in Times Square about white smoke pouring out of the Pathfinder, the NYPD appears to have done everything right — from disarming the car bomb to discovering the identity of the alleged terrorist.

“Being lucky can’t be our national security strategy,” doomster Peter Hoekstra, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said in a CNN interview. “We were lucky on Christmas Day. We were lucky last week.” A ranking member of the Henny Penny school of terrorism commentary, Hoekstra went on to say that the plot “wasn’t foiled by our law enforcement or by our intelligence community. It was foiled because it appears that whatever training [the car bomber] got in Waziristan wasn’t very good. Again, we were lucky.”

Hoekstra illustrates the way that alarmists dominate the public debates on terrorism. Anyone who has seen the raw intelligence and received classified briefings can easily concoct chilling scenarios, but it takes experience to put these fears and fragments into perspective. The problem is that after 9/11 nobody is rewarded for claiming that “the system worked” or pointing out that the intelligence community has been prone to issuing elevated threat levels regardless of what is actually occurring. Imagine daring to predict in the months after Sept. 11 that al-Qaeda would not be able to launch a single successful major terrorist attack on American soil for, at minimum, eight years. Such optimism would have been a career-ending move for any public official or pundit — a surefire way to be denounced as dangerously naïve or even an apologist for Islamic fanaticism.

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And so far…good police work, military work….

And yes…..

Luck…….

Have been goosd to this country since Septemeber 11, 2001…..

May 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Military, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , , | 7 Comments

Crude Car bomb fails to go off in Times Square, NYC……

Police and Bomb Squad investigate this dark colored SUV at the corner of 45th and 7th Avenue in Times Square on Saturday night closing at least 4 to 5 blocks.

The New York City Police Department and the FBI are the lead agencies investigating a crude car bomb that failed to go off in a SUV parked in New York City’s Times Square area last  evening…..

The vehicle was loaded with propane and gasoline ……and had firecrackers as a fuse…..

The firecrackers where lit..but burned the car’s interior instead of setting off the liquids in cans….that would have resulted in an explosion….

As with the attempt on the NW 235 flight….the ingination system on the device failed to set the device off…

The vehicle was first noticed by a sidewalk vendor who alerted a nearby police officer….

Once he saw the vehicle….

He called for help…..

The New York City Police Department and Fire Department arrived on the scene and after seeing what they had….

Immediately evacuated several blocks around the area…..

“We are very lucky,” Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said at a 2:15 a.m. press conference. “We avoided what could have been a very deadly event.”

A large swath of Midtown — from 43rd Street to 48th Street, and from Sixth to Eighth Avenues — was closed for much of the evening after the Pathfinder was discovered just off Broadway on 45th Street. Several theaters and stores, as well as a portion of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, were evacuated. The streets and hotels have since reopened.

Federal authorities said the incident appeared to be an isolated one, and that there was no evidence of an ongoing threat to the city.

“We are treating it as if it could be a potential terrorist attack,”Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security secretary, told CNN, one of several television appearances she made on Sunday morning.

The bomb itself was not a sophisticated device, Ms. Napolitano said on ABC’s “This Week.” She said there was no clear sense about how large the explosion might have been. “Right now, we have no evidence other than it is a one-off,” she said.

On Sunday, police and F.B.I. officials were also investigating a 911 call placed at around 4 .a.m. on Sunday, several officials said. The caller, who one official said sounded intelligent, admonished the 911 dispatcher not to interrupt him until he was finished and then said there would be a massive explosion soon and the car in Times Square was only a diversion.

The call came from a payphone at West 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue, which detectives have since dusted for fingerprints, the officials said…..

Kevin B. Barry, a former supervisor in the New York Police Department bomb squad, said that if the device had functioned, “it would be more of an incendiary event” than an explosion.

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Note...This the first car bomb attemp in New York City since the 1993 first World Trade Center bombing.…..

May 2, 2010 Posted by | Automobiles, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, September 11, Travel, Updates | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

The United States sends the FBI, DEA, and ATFE to help find out who shot the American consulate official and her husband….

The couple's one-year-old daughter,

[ The couple’s one-year-old daughter, now orphaned, is cradled by a policewoman in the wake of the shootings which killed her parents ]
Dozens of officials from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other U.S. agencies joined an investigation Monday into the killings of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in the Mexican city of Juarez, scrambling to determine whether the slayings marked an escalation in the region’s drug war or were simply cases of mistaken identity, officials said.

Lesley Enriquez, 35, who worked in the consulate’s citizens services section, was believed to be the first American consulate employee to have been killed in apparent Mexican drug violence since 1985, when DEA agent Enrique Camarena was tortured and murdered.

Enriquez and her American husband were gunned down near the Santa Fe bridge into the United States about 2 p.m. Saturday, as their infant daughter cried in the back seat, unharmed but terrified. About the same time, assailants in a different part of the city killed the husband of a Mexican who works at the consulate.

That victim, identified in Mexican media as Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, 37, had been at the same children’s birthday party as Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs. The American couple and the Mexican victim had been traveling in white vehicles.

FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons in El Paso, across the border from Juarez, said investigators had not determined the motive for the shootings.

But, she said, “at this point we don’t have any indication the victims were targeted because of their employment at the consulate.”

In a sign of how seriously the Mexican government regards the case, Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez traveled to Juarez on Monday to oversee the investigation, according to El Diario, a newspaper in the city. Mexican President Felipe Calderón and President Obamaexpressed indignation at the murders.

U.S. agencies, including the FBI, DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are assisting Mexican authorities by providing intelligence and interviewing witnesses in the United States, Simmons said.

A Mexican official familiar with the cases said there were two main lines of investigation: whether the shootings were “a direct message to the U.S.” or whether they were instances of mistaken identity. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is continuing.

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March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Jose Reyes gets a visit from the FBI……….

Federal agents spoke with Mets' Jose Reyes regarding his association with Dr. Anthony Galea.

Updated Feb 28, 2010 2:16 PM ET
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP)

Mets shortstop Jose Reyes said Sunday he met with federal investigators last week about a Canadian doctor accused of selling an unapproved drug known as Actovegin.

Dr. Anthony Galea, who also has treated golfer Tiger Woods and several other professional athletes, is facing four drug-related charges in his country. Galea’s assistant also has been charged in the U.S. for having HGH and another drug while crossing the border in September.

SI.com reported Saturday night that federal officials have told several athletes to expect grand jury subpoenas in the case. The Web site cited three anonymous sources familiar with the investigation.

The New York Times reported in December, citing anonymous sources, that the FBI opened an investigation into Galea based in part on medical records found on his computer relating to several professional athletes.

Reyes said he met with investigators for about 45 minutes at the Mets’ spring facility after they contacted him Thursday morning. One of his agents, Chris Leible, also was present.

“They just asked me basically how I met the guy and stuff like that and what he put in my body,” Reyes said. “I explained to them what he (was) doing. … I don’t worry about anything because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Galea is known for a blood-spinning technique – platelet-rich plasma therapy – that is designed to help athletes recover from injuries. Reyes, who missed much of last season with right leg problems, said he spent five days in Toronto in September and was treated by Galea three times.

Reyes said investigators asked him if he used HGH.

“They asked me if he injected me with that. I say ‘No,”’ Reyes said. “What we do there, basically, he took my blood out, put it in some machines, spin it out and put it back in my leg. So I explained to them that.”

Reyes said he felt better for a while after the treatment but his leg still didn’t respond when he tried to push it. The shortstop had surgery in October to clean up some scar tissue remaining from a torn hamstring tendon behind his right knee.

The Daily News of New York was the first to report Reyes had met with investigators.

This heads-up from TPL……

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Government, Health, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Sports, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

Man burns his house down…then flys his plane into a building with IRS and FBI offices…..

Small planes crashes in tax office in Austin, Texas

Here’s the CNN link ……….

Here\’s the Story from ABC…….

A single engine plane smashed into the side of an Austin office buildling today and authorities are investigating reports that the pilot may have burned down his house down and then steered the plane into the building in a suicidal attack on the IRS, sources told ABC News.

The pilot was identified as Andrew Stack. The IRS has offices in the building complex that was struck.

Eyewitnesses who saw the plane slam into the building said the pilot appeared to be in control of the plane in the moments before the crash.

“It hit it and the strange thing was the engine seemed to me to running at full power. It didn’t seem like the plane was in trouble. It was going full blast. It’s not a very fast airplane, but this thing was really moving fast,” pilot Jerry Cullen told ABC’s Austin affiliate KVUE.

Beth Jones told ABCNews.com that she was headed downtown on Highway 183 when she spotted the plane overhead and immediately noticed how low it was flying.

“The plane was just coming down,” she said. “He was so low you could actually see him in the plane.”

Jones said that in the brief glimpse she got of the pilot he looked to be awake and not struggling. As her car passed under the plane’s path she heard a “large explosion” and immediately pulled over to see the building in flames.

She said the plane flew “just straight, right in” to the complex. “You think, did he go in there on purpose?” Jones asked.

ederal officials said shortly after the crash into the Austin office complex that houses FBI and IRS offices that they had no reason to suspect the incident was terrorism related.

A spokesman for the IRS said 190 people work in that office. “We are still in the process of accounting for all of our employees,” the spokesman said.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was promptly briefed on the crash, DHS spokesman Matt Chandler told ABC News.

February 18, 2010 Posted by | Aircraft, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Health, Media, Men, Other Things, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

More on the 'Special Interrogation Teams'……

The Dog has followed this story for a while……

Here…. Here……...and Here…….

It seems that after the NW 235 caper..the government decided to actually set the unit up…..it still isn’t fully operational……

The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, announced to fanfare by White House officials last summer, was not formally authorized until Jan. 28, under a previously unreported 14-page memo signed by the president’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones. The delay became a matter of political debate last month after members of Congress asked why the group had been not deployed to interrogate Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused of trying to detonate an explosive Dec. 25 on an airliner about to land in Detroit.

But the Dogs still see’s this whole thing as a political exercise (the finding wasn’t signed until January 28th? ) to placate those who think that bad guys need to be protected from the local FBI and CIA people and counterintelligence people at those agencies….Who have so far handled the NW suspect case pretty darn good…..

Duplication of services come to mind……

Wasting the taxpayer’s money does also……

Bureaucratic political infighting seems to be also on the list…….

Note:…..Even the name of the Group sounds lousy……One can only hope this whole thing quietly goes away…..I can see the cluster f*#k at an airport if a similar action occurs…..What are the local FBI agents and Cops supposed to do?….Sit there with their mouths taped shut  for hours until the HVDIG people show up?……

Note#2.….The Republican’s are on crack…no Federal Judge  and Defense attorney is gonna let any testimony from a suspect gained BEFORE being Mirandized be used in a trial…Nope… ain’t gonna happen……That’s why Abdulmutallad is singing…he knows he’s getting a deal…..intelligence will always trump a criminal charge….

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

More on the ‘Special Interrogation Teams’……

The Dog has followed this story for a while……

Here…. Here……...and Here…….

It seems that after the NW 235 caper..the government decided to actually set the unit up…..it still isn’t fully operational……

The High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group, announced to fanfare by White House officials last summer, was not formally authorized until Jan. 28, under a previously unreported 14-page memo signed by the president’s national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones. The delay became a matter of political debate last month after members of Congress asked why the group had been not deployed to interrogate Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who is accused of trying to detonate an explosive Dec. 25 on an airliner about to land in Detroit.

But the Dogs still see’s this whole thing as a political exercise (the finding wasn’t signed until January 28th? ) to placate those who think that bad guys need to be protected from the local FBI and CIA people and counterintelligence people at those agencies….Who have so far handled the NW suspect case pretty darn good…..

Duplication of services come to mind……

Wasting the taxpayer’s money does also……

Bureaucratic political infighting seems to be also on the list…….

Note:…..Even the name of the Group sounds lousy……One can only hope this whole thing quietly goes away…..I can see the cluster f*#k at an airport if a similar action occurs…..What are the local FBI agents and Cops supposed to do?….Sit there with their mouths taped shut  for hours until the HVDIG people show up?……

Note#2.….The Republican’s are on crack…no Federal Judge  and Defense attorney is gonna let any testimony from a suspect gained BEFORE being Mirandized be used in a trial…Nope… ain’t gonna happen……That’s why Abdulmutallad is singing…he knows he’s getting a deal…..intelligence will always trump a criminal charge….

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11, Updates, Women | , , , | Leave a comment

The FBI's special unit for interrogation's is not used again……

Back a while ago..The Dog made a point that the political band-aid  of the ‘special unit ‘ for interrorgations offered up by the White House doesn’t really exist……

The unfolding of the NW 25 would be bomber is proving the Dogs point……While the Republicans take the White House to task for the band -aid announcement…. the fact is the case is being handled as a criminal case by the FBI and Justice Department…..The CIA and State Depatmenet it appears are helping out…but this case is a criminal case with an intelligence sideline……

There is only mention of FBI inital Q & A’s by Chicago field agents…and subsequent follow-up questioning by counterrorist FBI agents with CIA agents present……The two people who went to Nigeria to find the family members and enlist their help where counterintelligence agents from the FBI….not CIA agents …who provided assistance along with the Sate Department……

Their efforts seem to be paying off in that  Abdlmutallab, a kid really, is cooperating…..There will be a plea bargain in the case for sure…since the suspect was questioned extensively before being Mirandized……

Here’s the links to the story……

Here…….

Here……..

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment

The FBI’s special unit for interrogation’s is not used again……

Back a while ago..The Dog made a point that the political band-aid  of the ‘special unit ‘ for interrorgations offered up by the White House doesn’t really exist……

The unfolding of the NW 25 would be bomber is proving the Dogs point……While the Republicans take the White House to task for the band -aid announcement…. the fact is the case is being handled as a criminal case by the FBI and Justice Department…..The CIA and State Depatmenet it appears are helping out…but this case is a criminal case with an intelligence sideline……

There is only mention of FBI inital Q & A’s by Chicago field agents…and subsequent follow-up questioning by counterrorist FBI agents with CIA agents present……The two people who went to Nigeria to find the family members and enlist their help where counterintelligence agents from the FBI….not CIA agents …who provided assistance along with the Sate Department……

Their efforts seem to be paying off in that  Abdlmutallab, a kid really, is cooperating…..There will be a plea bargain in the case for sure…since the suspect was questioned extensively before being Mirandized……

Here’s the links to the story……

Here…….

Here……..

February 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Crime, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , | Leave a comment