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SpyTalk: May 2, 2010 - May 8, 2010

ATF needs a little love in Times Square

Poor ATF: It don’t get no respect. NYPD's Ray Kelly, Attorney General Holder and DHS honcho Janet Napolitano all heaped praise on themselves and each other for their fabulous work in the Times Square bomb case. But the ATF? Nada....

By Jeff Stein  | May 7, 2010; 9:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  
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Papers protest reporters' ejection from Guantanamo

News organizations reacted sharply Thursday to a Defense Department ban on four reporters covering a military commission proceeding at Guantanamo Bay. The Pentagon said they were expelling the reporters because they had revealed the name of a former U.S. interrogator...

By Jeff Stein  | May 6, 2010; 9:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  | Tags:  Afghanistan, Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, Michelle Shephard, Omar Khadr, Paul Koring, Pentagon, Toronto Star  
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D.C. Bar still pursuing DOJ leaker after seven years

Seven years after she blew the whistle on ethical violations in the Justice Department, Jesselyn Radack is still under investigation by the D.C. Bar. Radack was working in the Justice Department’s ethics unit in late 2001 when she advised department...

By Jeff Stein  | May 6, 2010; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bomb probe could renew focus on Pakistan group

The naming of an unidentified Pakistani American as a “person of interest” in the Times Square near-bombing could focus renewed attention on whether Lashkar-i-Taiba, a violent group best known for organizing attacks on India, has turned its attention to cultural...

By Jeff Stein  | May 3, 2010; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  | Tags:  Comedy Central, David Headley, India, Lashkar e Taiba, Muhammad, Times Square, United States, Warfare and Conflict  
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Detectives look for Times Square bomb 'signature'

"Every bombmaker has his signature,” says the former FBI agent who headed the bureau’s 1988 PanAm 103 bombing investigation, and that could provide quick clues into who was responsible for the near-explosion of an SUV parked in Times Square Saturday...

By Jeff Stein  | May 3, 2010; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Previous Times Square bombing still unsolved

The two-year-old bombing of the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Times Square remains unsolved and police are still looking for the perpetrator, the FBI said today. Asked if the investigation remained active, FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said “yes.” (Technically speaking,...

By Jeff Stein  | May 3, 2010; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Times Square: Axles of evil, part deux

I’ll say it again: We’re lucky terrorists are such boneheads. For every Carlos the Jackal, there are scores of guys like the 1993 World Trade Center bomber, who demanded a $400 deposit back from Ryder after blowing up its truck....

By Jeff Stein  | May 3, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Military recruiters target of Times Square bomb?

The Nissan Pathfinder that contained a crude bomb was parked only yards from an Armed Forces recruiting station in Times Square that has been the target of an earlier anarchist attack and protests, lending credence to theories that the device...

By Jeff Stein  | May 2, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Intelligence, Justice/FBI  | Tags:  Al-Qaeda, Weapon of mass destruction  
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