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FBI officials share crime-fighting experiences

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By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE — Sometimes they strike close to home.Terrorist incidents in Espaola and Santa Fe are included in the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s unclassified annual Terrorism series, which summarizes terrorist activities in the United States.Two acts committed in 1998 and 1999 have been added to a chronological summary of terrorist incidents distributed Tuesday to participants of the 2008 FBI Citizens’ Academy, held in the Albuquerque headquarters building.Calling the incidents “acts of domestic terrorism,” the report states that on June 27, 1998, a wildfire originated by arson began in the Espaola Ranger District, 10 miles northwest of Espaola. The blaze, known as the Oso Complex Fire, reached within eight miles of Los Alamos and burned 5,185 acres of forestland, including Santa Fe National Forest and Santa Clara Pueblo land. The cost to suppress the fire is listed at $3,433,983.Five months later, the Albuquerque Journal received a letter claiming the wildfire was started as a statement against the killing of gray wolves by a local militia group, the Minutemen.In the other domestic terrorism act, the report states that a pipe bomb or Improvised Explosive Device (IED), was discovered in the mailbox of Forest Guardians in Santa Fe on March 19, 1999.


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