War on Terrorism

Saturday, October 08, 2011

FBI Honored by Anti-Defamation League for Work on Terror Case

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Jim McJunkin, left, assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office, is joined by FBI officials Willie Knight and Stu McArthur at the ADL event Tuesday in Washington D.C.

The FBI was honored this week for an undercover operation that led to the arrest of a Pakistani-born computer technician who plotted to bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

The Anti-Defamation League in Washington D.C. presented members of the Washington Field Office with the organization's SHIELD Award, which honors law enforcement agencies for hate crime and terrorism investigations. The awards were created in 2010 to annually recognize law enforcement for significant contributions towards protecting the American people from hate crimes, extremism, and domestic and international terrorism.

Farooque Ahmed, 35, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 27, 2010. He was sentenced in April to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his attempts to assist others whom he believed to be members of al Qaeda in planning bombings at Metrorail stations.

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