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|Peter Strzok Admitted to Obstruction of Justice (Again) in Newly Released Text Messages|
|[Offended America] Newly released text messages between the FBI’s Former Deputy Head of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok and his mistress, FBI Lawyer Lisa Page appear to show an admission of guilt in committing obstruction of justice.|
In August 2016, Page and Strzok discuss starting a new "program" to get around FBI text message archiving protocols. These protocols allow for due process when text messages and other investigative materials are made available to defendants as part of discovery.
The messages were uncovered as part of an inquiry by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) who heads up the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. Sen. Johnson was thrust into the spotlight of investigations of the FBI and DOJ when he reported that he was in contact with an informant inside of the "Secret Society" referenced in text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
Sen. Ron Johnson sent an additional letter to the FBI and Department of Justice requesting additional communications records for senior federal law enforcement and intelligence officials including James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Rybicki, John Giaclone, James Turgal, Jonathan Moffa and Randy Coleman, among others.
|Border Patrol agent killed, one wounded at Naco AZ|
|A U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and another wounded in a shooting Tuesday morning near Naco, the agency said. Border agents are searching the hills between Bisbee and Douglas for the gunman.|
Nicholas Ivie, 30, was killed around 1:50 a.m. after he and two other agents responded to a sensor hit near mile marker 352 on State Route 80, the Border Patrol confirmed about 12:30 p.m.
At an afternoon news conference, FBI Special Agent in Charge James Turgal refused to release specifics on the case; he declined to comment on reports that two suspects in the shooting have been detained in Mexico.
The agents who were shot worked out of the Naco BP station, which was recently renamed in honor of Brian Terry, a Border Patrol agent who was killed in a 2010 shootout with bandits just north of Nogales. Weapons found at the scene of Terry's death were linked to the controversial Fast and Furious gun-smuggling probe.
"I was honored to help dedicate the station in Brian Terrys name two weeks ago and today I am deeply pained that we now mourn the death of another agent from that same station," Congressman Ron Barber said in a press release.
Gov. Jan Brewer blasted the federal government in a statement on the shooting.
"What happens next has become all-too-familiar in Arizona. Flags will be lowered in honor of the slain agent. Elected officials will vow to find those responsible. Arizonans and Americans will grieve, and they should. But this ought not only be a day of tears. There should be anger, too. Righteous anger at the kind of evil that causes sorrow this deep, and at the federal failure and political stalemate that has left our border unsecured and our Border Patrol in harm's way. Four fallen agents in less than two years is the result," Brewer said in a press release.
"It has been 558 days since the Obama administration declared the security of the U.S.-Mexico border 'better now than it has ever been.' I'll remember that statement today," she said.
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|Jordanian sentenced in US for lying to FBI|
|A Jordanian man who aroused suspicion by visiting extremist Web sites and looking up bomb-making information in a public library was sentenced to a year in prison for lying to FBI investigators, federal authorities said. Mohammad Radwan Obeid, 34, will get credit for time served for eight months he has spent in federal custody and will be deported in November, according to sentencing guidelines issued by US District Court Judge Thomas Rose on Friday. |
The case began in March 2005 when a librarian in Troy, Ohio, became concerned about Obeid's visits to jihadist Web sites and e-mails about nuclear bombs and other weapons, said James Turgal, supervisory FBI special agent for the Cincinnati-based joint terrorism task force. The librarian called the FBI, and a Norfolk, Virginia, police officer, David Vazquez, also reported to the FBI seeing threatening and inflammatory online postings and e-mails from Obeid. Vazquez testified that Obeid told him in an e-mail he wanted to start an operation that would be bigger than the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Obeid sent numerous e-mails to different individuals, but denied sending them when questioned by the FBI, Turgal said. The FBI searched the library's computer and Obeid's personal computer before he was charged, he said. Obeid's attorneys challenged authorities' interpretations of his e-mails and contended he was conducting research for a book on terrorism and world religions. Immigration officials said they believe Obeid entered the United States through marriage fraud. He married an American woman in Jordan and came to the United States in 2001, according to court papers. The marriage was annulled five months later.