Friday, September 01, 2006

A Look at the Most Wanted

With the capture of Warren Jeffs a few days ago, I decided to take a look at the FBI's Most Wanted Lists. First up is the famous Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List. It's kind of an interesting bunch. Six are murderers, including Usama bin Laden. Two are listed for sex crimes (Jeffs and another child molester). One is an armed robber. The other is a drug runner, although it should be pointed out that one of the murderers is also the head of a narcotics/extortion gang. This guy, murderer Donald Eugene Webb, has been on the list for 25 years:
All ten are men. Seven are Americans, and there is one citizen each from Mexico, Colombia, and Saudi Arabia. One is an Arab, three are Hispanic, and the other six are, in Census terminology, non-Hispanic whites. Four (including Jeffs and bin Laden) are high up in criminal organizations; the rest are basically solitary or worked with just a couple of others. None of them worked together. One, child molester Richard Steve Goldberg, was active in my hometown of Long Beach, California. Only one, Glen Stewart Godwin, is an actual jail escapee; the rest have just fleed prosecution. Bin Laden was actually listed in 1999 for the Kenya/Tanzania embassy bombings, and his poster just refers obliquely to "other terrorist attacks throughout the world." Rewards range from $100,000 for the garden-variety criminals (and Jeffs) to $5 million for this Colombian drug lord to a total of $27 million for bin Laden.

They also keep other lists besides the famous one. The "War on Terrorism: Seeking Information" list has nine people listed, including Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi with a "deceased" banner, a woman that the FBI has not "connected to specific terrorist activities," but "would like to locate and question," and one American, Muslim convert Adam Gadahn. Most of these guys are just suspects, but the really bad guys are the "Most Wanted Terrorists," a separate list.

The other side of terrorism is the list of eco-terrorists, white supremacists, and would-be revolutionaries that fall under the "domestic terrorism" umbrella. Four out of the ten are women, including two ecoterrorists marked with "may have light facial hair" or "may have a light facial moustache."

Then there's the motley crew of murderers, child molesters, racketeerers, rapists, frauders, etc. found under the simple heading "Crime Alert." I like the logo:
There's also a short list for Cyber Crimes, the 21 people listed under White-Collar Crimes, this list of 66 murderers, and several others, including this list of unknown bank robbers full of security camera shots of guys wearing hooded sweaters and baseball caps. The really sad list, though, is the general "seeking information" list, full of unsolved murders. That's got to tear apart the people who knew the victims.

Oh yeah, add the word "alleged" where appropriate on this post.


At Monday, September 4, 2006 at 6:23:00 PM PDT, Anonymous Joshua said...

Technically, I don't think Osama bin Laden is a Saudi citizen anymore, and I don't know if he ever took out any other country's citizenship.

At Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 1:10:00 AM PDT, Blogger Adam Villani said...

Good point.


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