Could This Be the Face of James Foley’s Executioner? August 26, 2014
By BRIAN ROSS and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
As British authorities focus on neighborhoods in East London in hopes of learning more about the apparently England-raised militant who appears in a mask in the gruesome video of James Foley’s execution, computer science experts across the Atlantic have created an image that may show a likeness of his face.
The image was created by American facial recognition specialists who consult with the U.S. government based on the purported ISIS member’s eyes and the area just around the eyes not covered with the black cloth.
British authorities said they are close to identifying the man in the ... Read more
Memorial for CIA’s Fallen Marks Somber 40-Year Anniversary August 21, 2014
Last May Kate Quigley sat in the lobby of the CIA headquarters and stared at a star freshly carved out of a marble slab on the wall.
The star was hammered out of the stone of the Agency’s Memorial Wall in honor of Quigley’s brother, former Navy SEAL and CIA contractor Glen Doherty, who died alongside fellow ex-SEAL and Agency contractor Tyrone Woods as they protected Americans at a CIA outpost in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.
The stars for Doherty and Woods joined a solemn, growing constellation. One is etched for each of the dozens of people who have died ... Read more
James Foley Punished for Suspected Escape Plans, Fellow Hostage Says August 21, 2014By RYM MOMTAZ and BRIAN ROSS
Before the murder of American James Foley was captured on video and posted online recently, the journalist once suffered “brutal punishment” because his captors believed he was planning to escape, a former fellow hostage told ABC News.
“James was a bit punished for a presumed attempt to escape, but it had no real chance,” French freelance reporter Nicolas Henin told ABC News, after saying he once attempted to escape himself but was caught after wandering in the Syrian countryside for a few hours.
Henin said Foley was met with “brutal punishment” inspired both by his captor’s suspicions ... Read more
The International Effort to Free James Foley August 20, 2014
By MATTHEW MOSK, RYM MOMTAZ and BRIAN ROSS
Before a video surfaced online appearing to show the brutal murder of American journalist James Foley, U.S. officials made repeated efforts to win freedom for Foley, attempting to identify and reach his captors through Turkish, Russian and Czech intermediaries.
While officials continue to study and try to authenticate the grisly video that appears to show Foley’s execution at the hands of a captor from the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, details are now starting to emerge about the fevered efforts to gain his release.
Video Appears to Show Beheading of Journalist James Foley, Who Went Missing ... Read more
ABC News’ Brian Ross Thanks US Officials 32 Years After Hostage Crisis July 25, 2014
ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross today gave a public, yet personal thanks to two U.S. officials who were involved in a dramatic incident more than three decades ago in which Ross and dozens of others were held captive aboard a hijacked airline in Central America.
“On a point of personal privilege, let me just say that my first experience with counter-terrorism took place 32 years ago when I was held hostage by terrorists in Honduras for three days on a flight in Tegucigalpa,” Ross said today during the introduction to a counter-terrorism discussion at the Aspen Security Forum. “Panelist ... Read more
Mother of Jailed Former US Marine in Iran Pleads With Obama July 22, 2014 The mother of a U.S.-born former Marine accused of espionage in Iran recently pleaded with President Obama “not to forget” her son’s plight as the U.S. continues tense, high-level negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
“Amir Hekmati was taken from me nearly three years ago, falsely accused of being a spy and sentenced to death,” Behnaz Hekmati wrote in a letter to Obama over the weekend. “That sentence was later overturned due to a lack of evidence, yet still he languishes. This is a historic time for Iran and the United States. I plead that you do not forget Amir, his service, ... Read more
US Warns Americans in Yemen to Leave Now July 22, 2014 The U.S. government is warning Americans in Yemen they should leave the country in response to an “extremely high” security threat “due to terrorist activity and civil unrest.”
“Terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), continue to be active throughout Yemen. The U.S. government remains highly concerned about the possible attacks on U.S. citizens (whether visiting or residing in Yemen), and U.S. facilities, businesses, and perceived U.S. and Western interests,” the travel warning says. “An ongoing risk of kidnapping exists throughout Yemen.”
In addition to the terror threat, the State Department warning said, “Demonstrations continue to take place in ... Read more
Mission Grammatical: CIA Has 185-Page Writing Style Book July 8, 2014 The CIA will not say exactly how many civilians have been killed in its drone program, but if it did, it would know exactly how to write the figure – guidance is found in Chapter 2, Section 2 “Numbers 10 or More” in the Agency’s sprawling 185-page style manual.
The document, along with the CIA’s new Twitter account, provides a glimpse into the very corporate side of the shadowy intelligence agency. Just as al Qaeda reportedly had to deal with expense reports, it seems America’s James Bonds must keep a sharp eye out for “streams of polysyllables and prepositional phrases.”
The manual, titled Style ... Read more
FBI: Art Fraudster Faked Pollocks, Threatened Buyers July 2, 2014 A New York man has been arrested after allegedly selling nearly $2 million-worth of fake fine art to collectors and then threatening the buyers in colorful emails to keep them from having the paintings’ authenticity tested or to pressure them into lending him money.
John Re, from East Hampton, was arrested in mid-July and accused in a criminal complaint of selling dozens of fake works of art supposedly by the famous abstract expressionist Jackson Pollock to a handful of collectors, as The New York Post reported today.
The FBI agent who filed the complaint alleged that Re concocted a story about a trove of Pollock ... Read more
Update: Shooting Investigation in Washington County, Va. June 30, 2014WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WKPT) – Update: On Friday, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call for a domestic situation in which shots had been fired at a residence on Zion Church Road in Damascus. A Washington County Deputy Sheriff and Virginia State Police trooper responded to the call. Upon arriving they found an adult male inside the residence who was armed with a handgun and was shot after threatening the deputy.
Micheal W. Huffman, 56, of Damascus, Va., was transported to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment of life-threatening injuries. He died later Friday evening as a result of ... Read more