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FBI-Led HIG Mobile Interrogation Teams

In Post-9/11 Domestic Anti-Terrorism Efforts on May 19, 2010 at 11:16 am

Counter-terrorism mobility for the 21st Century:

The Obama administration has started using special law enforcement and intelligence teams to interrogate suspected militants in the United States and abroad, including the Pakistani-American arrested in the Times Square bombing plot, a top official said on Tuesday.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced the formation of the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG) in August and gave the reins to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, replacing the Central Intelligence Agency that did have the lead role in intelligence interrogations.

The program calls for the deployment of Mobile Interrogation Teams, made up of specialists from across the law enforcement and intelligence community, to question important detainees, whether they are in U.S. custody or in the custody of a foreign government.

“There have been a number of deployments of these Mobile Interrogation Teams to include for the Faisal Shahzad case,” said John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism.

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Origin of Post-9/11 “If You See Something, Say Something” Slogan

In 9/11 News on May 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

Meet Allen Kay:

The Times Square street vendors who alerted the police to a smoking Nissan Pathfinder on May 1 seemed to be acting on a combination of their streetwise instincts, their sense of civic duty, their military training and the advice of Allen Kay. 

As chairman and chief executive of the Manhattan advertising agency Korey Kay & Partners, Mr. Kay has written about half of more than 80 slogans that the company has created since its founding in 1982. The tagline for EmigrantDirect, an online banking division of Emigrant Bank — “More Money for Your Money” — was his. The one for Stuart Weitzman, the women’s shoe maker — “A Little Obsessed With Shoes” — was his, too.

Of course, the vendors who noticed the smoking Pathfinder had a different one in mind: “If You See Something, Say Something.”

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Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-Born Times Square Bomber, Is Talking, but Pieces of Puzzle Still Missing

In Other Terrorist Events on May 8, 2010 at 9:45 am

AP:

The Pakistani-American who police say admitted to igniting a failed car bomb in busy Times Square has made no court appearance since his arrest early this week and, though he is cooperating, authorities remain unsure he was acting alone.

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly declined Friday to discuss what Faisal Shahzad is telling investigators, including what his motives were. He was arrested Monday aboard a Dubai-bound plane two days after the nighttime bomb scare cleared several blocks of the bustling district.

“This individual is cooperating. In these types of situations, you let the information flow, so to speak,” Kelly said.

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Police Follow Clues to New York City Times Square Bomber

In Other Terrorist Events on May 8, 2010 at 9:33 am

For audio clips, see NPR.  From AP:

Police investigating a possible terrorist attack that could have set off a deadly fireball in Times Square focused Sunday on finding a man who was videotaped shedding his shirt near the SUV where the bomb was found.

Police said the gasoline-and-propane bomb was crude but could have sprayed shrapnel and metal parts with enough force to kill pedestrians and knock out windows on one of America’s busiest streets, full of Broadway theaters and restaurants on a Saturday night.

More than 100 pounds of fertilizer rigged with wires and fireworks were found with the bomb, but police said it was not the ammonium nitrate grade that can explode.

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