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Tag: San Francisco

FBI Investigates Spate of Attacks on Internet Cables in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are worried about a spate of attacks on high-capacity Internet cables in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year, including one early Tuesday morning, USA Today reports.

The latest attack, which involved breaking into an underground vault and cutting fiber-optic cables, cut off Internet service for businesses and residents in and around Sacramento.

Authorities were tight-lipped about the impact of the attack because of the ongoing investigation.

The attacks began in the summer of 2014, said FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich.

“When it affects multiple companies and cities, it does become disturbing,” Wuthrich said. “We definitely need the public’s assistance.”

FBI Probes Rash of Intentional Cuts to San Francisco Area’s Fiber Optic Cable

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether a series of deliberate cuts of fiber optic cable in the San Francisco area are related and were intended to be an act of terrorism.

IDG News Service reports that telecom cables were intentionally cut in Fremont, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Berkeley and San Jose 10 times over four separate nights.

“We are hoping for anybody that has seen anything out of the ordinary,” FBI Special Agent Greg Wuthrich said. The perpetrators may have worn uniforms to make themselves look like workers, “so even if it looked like normal uniforms, we’d like to hear so we can vet them out.”

Famous San Francisco Activist, Black Panther Was FBI Informant

Richard Masato Aoki

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Richard Masato Aoki, widely considered a hero among activists and liberal political groups in the San Francisco area, was an FBI informant who filed more than 500 reports about activists with the bureau.

The Mercury News reports that newly revealed FBI documents show for the first time the extent that Aoki was a government informant.

Aoki was trusted in the activist community, especially among Black Panthers. But FBI records show that Aoki provided “top level” information the Black Panthers and their leaders, Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

What’s unclear is whether the FBI knew Aoki was providing guns to the Black Panthers.

” If the FBI knew Aoki was arming the Panthers, or was involved in that, it would raise questions about whether the bureau was attempting to foment violence that would discredit the Panthers or set them up for a police crackdown,” the Mercury News wrote.

Aoki committed suicide in his Berkeley home in 2009.

Two Security Screeners Accused of Helping Drug Smuggler Get Meth on Plane

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Two security screeners at San Francisco International Airport have been charged with accepting bribes in exchange for allowing smugglers to carry methamphetamine through an airport checkpoint, SFGate reports.

According to the federal complaint, Claudio Rene Sunux, 30, of San Francisco, and Amanda Lopez, 27 of South San Francisco, were security screeners contracted with the TSA when they allowed alleged drug smuggler, 28-year-old Anibal Giovanni Ramirez to pass through security with drugs in the carry-on luggage.

The airport screeners were charged with accepting a bribe and conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.

 Other Stories of Interest

Google Helps FBI Track Down Colorado Man for Online Threats to Police Officers

Jeremiah Perez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Google alerted authorities to a Colorado Springs man who threatened to “hunt” and kill police officers in the comment sections of a YouTube video, leading to the man’s arrest Monday, the Colorado Spring Gazette reports.

Jeremiah M. Perez was arrested after Google contacted the FBI Office in San Francisco.

“SINCE DARREN WILSON our group has killed 6 retired sheriffs and cops……because of this event we will hunt two more in colorado this week…..for every innocent citizen that cops kill WE, VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS,” the threat read. “COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS and TIME TO STRIKE BACK IN ALL OUT WAR IS NOW.”

The user name of the commenter was “Vets Hunting Cops.”

Perez told authorities he didn’t like police and his anger was intensified after an officer shot Michael Brown in Ferguson.

DNA Evidence Brings FBI Closer to Solving Decades-Old ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The brutal killing of five women in the San Francisco Bay Area beginning in 1976 became known as the “Gypsy Hill Murders.”

Now the FBI has a person of interest in the unsolved murders because of a cigarette butt recovered from an unrelated crime scene, the New York Daily News reports.

Halbower began serving time in prison in Nevada on a rape conviction in 1976.

But new DNA evidence suggests Halbower may have been involved in the murder of Michelle Mitchell, whose death was pinned on Cathy Woods.

Woods faces a new trial because of the latest DNA evidence.

“It’s a set of circumstances that kind of came together perfectly and that’s, a lot of the time, what breaks cases,” Reno Deputy Police Chief Mac Venzon said.

FBI Shuts Down Website That Advertised Children for Prostitution in San Francisco

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested two people accused of operating a website advertising children for prostitution, CNN reports.

Agents shut down the website – myredbook.com – in a raid in San Francisco.

The raid was part of a larger crackdown on sex trafficking of minors that led to the rescue of 168 children and the arrest of 281 accused pimps this month.

Some of those children were found through myredbook.com, CNN reports.

The FBI continues to investigate.

FBI Searches San Francisco Apartment of Ryan Chamberlain for Bomb-Making Materials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents spent hours testing materials inside the San Francisco home of Ryan Chamberlain this week after he was charged with possessing explosives.

ABC News reports that FBI technicians used sophisticated lab equipment to test for explosive substances in the home of the well-known political and media consultant.

The FBI received a second search warrant for the house.

“The search warrant maybe focuses more on some other items that would be of interest to us, again we are still going to collect that evidence because it’s an ongoing investigation,” FBI spokesperson Peter Lee said.

Chamberlain’s arrest follows a tip that indicated he was making a bomb in his apartment.