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Suspected Terrorist Accused of Threatening to Kill FBI Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

One of the 7 Minnesota men charged with trying to join ISIS in Syria is accused of threatening to kill FBI agents,WCCO in Minneapolis reports.

The station reports that the suspect, Mohamed Farah, said to a government informant who was recording the conversation:

“If our backs are against the wall, I’m gonna go kill the one who punks me. You know the one.”

Federal prosecutors say the then named three FBI agents.

1 of FBI’s Most Wanted Criminals Was Hiding Along Appalachin Trail

James Hammes was captured.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the FBI’s most wanted criminals often spent time along the Appalachian Trail, befriended hikers and traveled with a woman whom he called his wife, the Dispatch reports.

A hiker who met a bedraggled, friendly man along the trail last year was watching “American Greed” several months ago when the program featured his hiking companion, fugitive James T. Hammes, who faces 75 charges, including 37 counts of money laundering.

“Nicest guy ever,” the hiker told The Dispatch on Tuesday.

The Mississippi man called authorities, who managed to track down Hammes.

Feds Nab Dozens of Crips in New Jersey; 1 Charged with Plotting to Kill FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Members of a violent criminal street gang in New Jersey were arrested after federal authorities said at least one of them was plotting to murder an FBI plot, WABC reports.

A state, local and federal investigation culminated in the arrests of 71 people allegedly connected to the Grape Street Crips gang. The charges range from drug distribution to weapons offenses.

Authorities said one of the gang members, Corey Batts, plotted to kill an FBI agent while behind bars. He captured photos of the agent from the prison library and sent them to his “cousin,” but prison officials intercepted.

“As this investigation demonstrates, the New Jersey Grape Street Crips are allegedly one of the largest and most dangerous street gangs in Newark as well as a prolific narcotics trafficking organization that floods the streets New Jersey with heroin, cocaine, and crack cocaine,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. “The narcotics activities that the gang and its associates allegedly engage in directly affect the quality of life of law-abiding citizens who reside in cities and suburbs of northern New Jersey.”

FBI: Women Looking for Love Online Targeted Most Often by Internet Scams

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com. 

People looking for love online are targeted for Internet fraud more than anyone else, the FBI revealed in its annual online fraud report.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center, or IC3, said romance confidence scams cost victims an average of $14,214.

Although men are slightly more likely to be victimized by Internet crime, the report  found that women were disproportionately victimized by romance cons, accounting for 70% of the cases, NBC reports. 

“Criminals search dating websites, chat rooms, and social media websites for personally identifiable information, and use well-rehearsed scripts to attract potential victims,” it said. “Victims of these scams believe they are in a relationship with someone who is honest and trustworthy without meeting them in person.”

IC3 offered the following tip to avoid being scammed:

  • Don’t respond to any unsolicited email, phone call or mail requesting your personal information.
  • Don’t fill out forms in email messages asking for personal information.
  • Don’t click on email links. Instead, go to the official website of the business or group and start from there,
  • Maintain at least two email addresses — one for people you know and one for all other purposes.
  • Frequently check your bank statements to avoid unauthorized charges and monitor for fraud.
  • Never give your credit card number over the phone unless you made the call.
  • Don’t do business with people or companies operate only from a post office box address.
  • Don’t accept packages which you didn’t order.
  • If someone you’ve never met tells you he or she loves you but needs money to visit you, don’t buy it.

Liberal Think Tank: ATF Should Merge with FBI to Reduce Firearms Crime

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF is not equipped to handle gun violence and should be merged with the FBI to reduce firearms crime, according to a liberal think tank with strong ties to President Obama, the Washington Post reports. 

The Center of American Progress provided a 182-page report that argued the ATF is hamstrung by inadequate resources, poor management and burdensome restrictions.

“We do not make the core recommendation of this report lightly and recognize that . . . this type of agency restructuring would be challenging and time-consuming,” said Arkadi Gerney, one of the report’s co-authors. “But the problem of gun violence in the United States warrants this kind of large-scale rethinking. With 33 people murdered with guns in the United States every day, it is time to think big about how best to fulfill the ATF’s mission to enforce gun laws and regulate the gun industry.”

The group argues the ATF should be folded into the FBI, an idea promoted by Republicans in years past.

A Justice Department spokesman’s said the agency  “supports ATF in its current form and believes Congress should fully fund the president’s budget request that will enhance ATF’s ability to carry out their important mission.”

The NRA blamed the Obama administration on problems in the ATF.

“The Obama administration has only contributed to ATF’s dysfunction by politicizing the agency to implement its gun-control agenda,” said NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker. “Regardless of where ATF is located, the reality is that nothing will change until we have a president who respects the Second Amendment.”

 

Motorcycle Gangs Involved in Deadly Shootout in Waco Are Known Outlaws

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some of the motorcycle gangs involved in Sunday’s shootout in Waco, Texas, are dangerous criminal organizations, the USA Today reports.

Among those involved were the Bandidos and Cossacks, both of whom are known as outlaw biker gangs and “pose a serious national domestic threat.”

They’re among what the FBI dubs outlaw motorcycle gangs.

The Bandidos, according to the FBI,  “are involved in transporting and distributing cocaine and marijuana and are involved in the production, transportation and distribution of methamphetamine.”

The FBI lists at least 60 gangs who “have been either enlisted or have attempted to gain employment in the military or various government agencies.”

The Cossacks, a smaller motorcycle gang, have been feuding with the Bandidos.

“We knew the tensions with the Cossacks were as high as they’d ever been,” Steve Cook, executive director of the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association, said. “I don’t think anybody could have forecasted it to the degree that it happened.”

 

 

FBI Rules Out Gunfire in Deadly Amtrak Crash in Philadelphia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI found no evidence to suggest that gunfire played a role in the deadly Amtrak crash after examining a windshield with a suspicious indentation, ABC News reports. 

“The FBI has completed its examination of the windshield of the Amtrak #188 locomotive and has found no evidence of damage that could have been caused by a firearm. The NTSB has not ruled out the possibility that another object may have struck the windshield. Additional updates on the investigation will be issued later this week,” the NTSB said in a statement.

The NTSB said the investigation may take up to a year to complete.

Investigators discovered there was no communication between the derailed Amtrak train engineer and the dispatch center at the time of the crash.

Mural Celebrating Convicted Cop Killer Is Removed from Campus in Wisconsin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A mural celebrating a woman on the FBI’s most wanted list was quickly removed from the campus of Marquette University in Wisconsin following complaints.

The Journal Sentinel reports that the mural of Assata Shakur was displayed in March at the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center.

But university officials weren’t happy. Shakur was convicted of killing a New Jersey state trooper in 1973 before fleeing to Cuba.

One quote in the mural read: “No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them.”