Years before 9/11, FBI had mole close to Bin Laden

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daily-news-front-page1993bombingA Los Angeles-based associate of Omar Abdel-Rahman, the so-called Blind Sheikh in prison for the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, was a mole for the FBI, NBC News reports.

And, according to an investigation by the Washington Times, the FBI kept Congress in the dark about the operation, which involved the source meeting with the mastermind of al-Qaida.

“I do not recall the FBI advising us of a direct contact with Osama bin Laden,” former Rep. Lee Hamilton, an Indiana Democrat who served as the vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission,  tells The Times, the first to report on the mole. Continue reading

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Rare video: Special Ops snatch al-Qaida suspect off street

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The Washington Post has obtained closed circuit video of the capture of one of the most wanted al-Qaida operatives in October. It takes U.S. Special Forces less than 60 seconds to swoop Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, who goes by the nom de guerre Anas al-Libi, off the streets of Tripoli. Continue reading

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FBI backtracks on primary role

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After Foreign Policy reported early this month that the FBI made a change to its fact sheet, the news went viral. The agency must have been reading online comments. People had strong reactions to the news that the FBI had shifted its primary function from law enforcement to national security.

Within 48 hours, the FBI reversed course and revised its fact sheet, which now reads:

“The primary functions of the FBI are national security and law enforcement.”

The change was motivated by FP’s post, an official told The Cable blog.

“It’s most accurate to say our primary functions are law enforcement and national security and that’s probably what it should’ve said all along,” FBI spokesman Paul Bresson says“We’ve always been both.”

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FBI has a new primary mission

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The primary function of the FBI is no longer law enforcement, according to Foreign Policy’s The Cable.

National security is now its chief task, the agency’s fact sheet says.

Kel McClanahan, a national security lawyer, noticed the difference when he was looking at a Freedom of Information Act request last month. The FBI fact sheet accompanies every FOIA response.

The timing of the change remains unclear.

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Did Americans take part in Kenyan terror siege?

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Updated: Kenyan Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed tells PBS NewsHour that “two or three” Americans and a female Briton participated in the militant attack in Nairobi.
The FBI is investigating claims that five or six Americans were among the terrorists who attacked shoppers at a Nairobi mall, NBC News reports. Continue reading

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The first to die on 9/11

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LEWINA commando who became a computer scientist is likely to have been the first person killed on 9/11.

We know about the brave Americans who fought terrorists on Flight 93, but you probably haven’t heard of the act of heroism on Flight 11, writes Molly Knight Raskin in No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet. Continue reading

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