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Topic - Michael J. Garcia
Two officials who worked for President George W. Bush, including one who threatened to resign to block legally questionable terror-surveillance programs, may soon be President Obama's choice to head the FBI, according to people familiar with the search.
A suspected international arms dealer is accused of conspiring to sell to Marxist guerrillas in Colombia millions of dollars worth of weapons to be used to kill Americans there, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed yesterday in New York.
"Viktor Bout has long been considered by the international community as one of the world's most-prolific arms traffickers," Mr. Garcia said. "Today, Bout is in Thai custody facing extradition to the United States, where he will be prosecuted for agreeing to arm a terrorist organization, an aim of which was to kill American citizens."
U.S. Attorney Michael J. Garcia said the indictment stated that Viktor Bout had carried out his weapons-trafficking business since the 1990s by assembling a fleet of cargo airplanes capable of transporting weapons and military equipment to various parts of the world, including Africa, South America and the Middle East.