The Fox Television Network premiered “America’s Most Wanted,” a program that featured dramatizations of crimes committed by federal and state fugitives.
FBI Agents arrested Aldrich Hazen Ames, a 30-year CIA veteran, and his wife, Maria del Rosario Casas Ames, on espionage charges. Ames’s crimes began in April 1985, and resulted in the deaths of at least 10 Soviet sources of the CIA and FBI. Other sources were imprisoned and more than 100 intelligence operations were compromised. Ames provided thousands of classified documents to the Soviet Union and later, the Russian Republic.
Fifteen years ago this week, at about 17 minutes past noon, a thunderous explosion rocked lower Manhattan. The epicenter was the parking garage beneath the World Trade Center, where a massive eruption carved out a nearly 100-foot crater several stories deep and several more high. Six people were killed almost instantly. Smoke and flames began filling the wound and streaming upward into the building. Those who weren’t trapped were soon pouring out of the building—many panic-stricken and covered in soot. More than a thousand people were hurt in some way, some badly, with crushed limbs. It was Friday, February 26, 1993, and Middle Eastern terrorism had arrived on American soil—with a bang.
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January 5, 1981: Attorney General Guidelines were issued concerning FBI undercover Agents involving the investigation of bribery of public officials. The FBI’s successful ABSCAM investigation had raised concerns that undercover efforts might lead to entrapment. This was not the case in the ABSCAM investigation. The courts upheld the conviction.
June 24,1940: The FBI established a Special Intelligence Service (SIS) at President Roosevelt’s request. In connection with the SIS, the Bureau dispatched Agents to countries throughout the Western Hemisphere (except Panama). FBI Agents in South and Central American gathered intelligence information and worked to prevent Axis espionage, sabotage, and propaganda efforts aimed against the US and its allies. Special Agents assigned to posts in Europe, Canada, and Latin America began acting in an official liaison capacity. After President Truman closed the SIS in 1946 these Agent liaisons formed the basis of the FBI’s Legal Attaché (Legat) Program.
March 6, 1951 The trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, David Greenglass, and Morton Sobell began in US District Court, New York City. All four were convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and sentenced on April 5.
On November 22, Lee Harvey Oswald killed President John F. Kennedy during a parade through the streets of Dallas. At the time there was no federal statute against assassination, but President Johnson ordered the FBI to investigate, and Dallas agents, not surprisingly, played the central role in much of the case. Despite subsequent controversy and the mishandling of a piece of evidence, Dallas did a fine job in recreating Oswald’s activities in Dallas and tracking down available clues related to the assassination.