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Tag: FBI

Kansas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Trying to Detonate Bomb at Airport

wichitaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kansas avionic technician who had restricted access to secure airport areas was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for trying to detonate a car bomb at the airport in Wichita.

Terry Lee Loewen, 60, attempted to enter a secure area of Wichita Mid-Continental Airport to detonate the bomb when he was arrested in December 2013.

He was convicted of one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on June 8.

“Terry Loewen abused his privileged airport access to attempt to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Wichita,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the United States against terrorist threats. We will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to carry out violent attacks against Americans, whether at home or abroad.”

The FBI was first made aware of Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone advocating terrorism.

Former Top FBI Official Said His Computer Was Penetrated by Chinese Hacker

computer spies2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Chinese hacker is accused of penetrating the computer of a top former FBI lawyer, Newsweek reports. 

Marion “Spike” Bowman, who also leads an organization of retired American spies, said the hacking began with an innocuous-looking email.

“It was an email supposedly from a woman in China, and I exchanged correspondence with her a couple of times,” said Bowman, who was deputy general counsel to three FBI directors between 1995 and 2006. “She sent me a document that a friend of hers had supposedly written, in English, and wanted my opinion on it,” he told Newsweek.

“I never got around to replying, so I never heard from her again,” Bowman said.

After getting another message from China on his e-mail account at George Washington University, Bowman became suspicious and contacted the FBI.

A forensic examination of his computer “found a malware type that’s designed to find out what’s on my computer,” Bowman said.

FBI Task Force Tracks Down Prison Escapees Decades Later

north carolinaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Margaret B. Smith walked out of a state prison halfway house in February 1977 and never looked back.

But 38 years later, in May 2015, Smith heard a knock on the door. It was FBI Task Officer Tonya S. Sconyers.

“I knew what they wanted,” Smith told the Fay Observer. ” “I didn’t try to fight or resist them. I just knew.”

Smith, now 68, was convicted of writing $200 in bad checks in 1974.

Her arrest was part of a joint task force by the FBI and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to capture 147 escapees.

Since Sept. 1, the task force has helped return 13 people to prison.

“We’re pretty proud of what we did in the last year,” Sconyers said. “We’re not going to stop until we get them all.”

Associated Press Sues Justice Department Over Records Related to Fake AP Story

AP LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Associated Press is suing the Justice Department after the FBI created a fake AP story in an attempt to plant surveillance software on a suspect’s computer, the Huffington Post reports.

The AP filed suit Thursday over the FBI’s failure to provide public records related to the ruse.

“The FBI both misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press and created a situation where our credibility could have been undermined on a large scale,” AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser said in a 2014 letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder.

The FBI used a fake AP story in hopes that a 15-year-old boy suspected of making bomb threats would click on the link, which would enable the software and reveal where he lived and his Internet address.

Since then, the FBI has refused to turn over documents related to the case.

“It is improper and inconsistent with a free press for government personnel to masquerade as The Associated Press or any other news organization,” Kaiser wrote. “The FBI may have intended this false story as a trap for only one person. However, the individual could easily have reposted this story to social networks, distributing to thousands of people, under our name, what was essentially a piece of government disinformation.”

Head of FBI in Minnesota: Rash of Terrorism Arrests Not Stopping Others from Joining ISIS

fbi logo largeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Despite a rash of well-publicized arrests of American suspected of trying to join ISIS, the terror group continues to successfully recruit U.S. residents, the head of the FBI in Minnesota said Wednesday.

In the Minneapolis area, which is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S., six men were arrested recently for allegedly plotting to join ISIS.

Still, the FBI continues to investigate what appears to be an increasing number of ISIS sympathizers, said FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Minnesota Field Office, Richard Thornton, said Wednesday.

“There are people in this community that are at various stages along the path to traveling as we speak,” he said. “I can’t tell you if there is one on an airplane as we speak, necessarily, but the arrests and the other activities have not stopped the activity across the board.”

FBI Informant Involving Garland, Texas, Suspect Speaks Out for First Time

Garland_TXBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI informant who spent four years working undercover to gather information on one of the eventual suspects in the Garland, Texas, shooting recounted his experience with ABC 15. 

“I was kind of a little nervous,” Dalba Deng, who was a paid informant working on a 2010 case involving one of the suspected shooters, said.

Deng worked undercover for four years to help the FBI build a case against Elton Simpson.

Deng said he posed as someone who wanted to learn more about Islam.

His goal was to save lives, he said.

“I did it from my heart,” he said. “I was trying to help because they were trying to kill some people.”

The undercover work provided the feds with hundreds of hours of recorded conversation with Simpson, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to convict Simpson.

FBI Investigates 4 Cases of Alleged Inmate Abuse at Hands of Guards

jail2photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating allegations that guards physically abused inmates at a Jackson County jail.

The Kansas City Star reports that the probe is focused on four recent cases involving male inmates who received injuries ranging from stitches and bruises to a broken neck.

Four guards accused of playing a role in the injuries no longer work at the jail.

Race didn’t appear to play a role, the newspaper reported, because two of the victims were white and two were black.

Jackson County also is investigating.

FBI Believed Science Fiction Writer Ray Bradbury Was a Pinko Boogeyman

Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was convinced during the Cold War that some science fiction writers were bent on crippling America and creating communist sympathizers by frightening readers with futuristic stories.

MuckRock received FBI files that show the bureau was obsessed with science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who was accused of being a member of the Communist Party.

“The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria,” the FBI wrote.

Bradbury was pursued by informants during readings and other gatherings.

To read the full report, click here.