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New York Man Indicted for Allegedly Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling 

A New York man accused of stalking and threatening a Pittsburgh FBI agent who was investigating his cousin was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Ohio, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Ron Bergin will be in court Thursday to determine if he will be detained until trial to avoid placing Pittsburgh FBI Agent Shawn Brooks in danger. The Post-Gazette the court will “almost certainly be detained pending trial.”

He was charged Tuesday with cyberstalking, threatening a federal law officer and communicating threats across interstate lines.

Agent Brooks was investigating Bergrin cousin, Paul Bergrin, a well-known defense attorney and former federal prosecutor.

Authorities allege Bergin repeatedly called her and sent her four Easter cards to her new home in Pittsburgh.



FBI Director Comey to Explain Why FBI Believes North Korea Was Behind Sony Attack

By Steve Neavling 

Cyber-security experts have expressed skepticism about the FBI’s claims that North Korea was involved in the hacking attacks of Sony, Gizmodo reports

After days of silence, FBI Director James Comey is expected today to present the bureau’s case that North Korea was involved during a speech at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University.

The FBI also caught criticism after saying the same hackers wanted to attack a news media organization. Authorities believe that threat was a hoax.

Some cyber-security experts don’t believe there’s enough evidence to link North Korea to the attacks, and some experts have said that former Sony employees were behind the attack.

FBI Searches for White Man in Pickup After NAACP Office Attacked by Bomb in Colorado

By Steve Neavling 

The FBI is looking for a white man in his 40s after an explosive device was detonated outside the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette.

No one was injured and the damage is limited to the exterior of the building.

The FBI described a person of interest who was seen getting into an older model pickup truck and driving away with d\hidden or missing plates.

“Some neighbors came out and said they saw a Caucasian gentleman get into a white truck,” said Gene Southerland, who owns Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, which shares the building with the NAACP office.

“It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It’s frightening,” he said.

At least two volunteers were inside at the time and saw an incendiary device and a can of gas.

Grandmother Alerts FBI After Spotting New Photo of Granddaughter Missing Since 2007

By Steve Neavling 

Ashley Summers, 14, went missing in July 2007 and has not been heard from since. 

That was until her grandmother recently saw a new photo online that closely resembled her granddaughter, reports.

The grandmother sent the photos to the FBI.

Ashley disappeared in 2007, and authorities feared she was abducted.

The photos were posted on a website for Rhode Island’s Most Wanted Network, and they don’t appear to depict someone who is being held against her will, said said Maj. Raymond Gallucci of the Warwick Police Department. The woman in the photo is wanted for stealing credit cards and wallets.

Summers would be 21 today.

FBI Arrests Man Who Threatened to Kills Cops on Social Media in Act of Revenge

By Steve Neavling 

The FBI has arrested a man accused of threatening to injure and kill police officers in a post on Facebook and Instagram, Reuters reports.

The suspect, 24-year-old Jeremy Mott of Mount Vernon, is accused of posting a digital image of someone shooting a gun into a police car, followed by a message that read “the cops in Mount Vernon. … This is how they going to end up.”

The postings came just two days after a man shot two New York City Police officers in what he described on social media as an act of revenge for cop-shooting deaths of two unarmed black men this summer.

Mott is free of jail after posting bond.

“We will not tolerate threats of violence against police officers. Period,” Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York said in a statement.

Government Report Questions Efficiency of Drones, Says Taxpayers Spent $12,255 Per Mile

By Steve Neavling 

Drones have long been criticized by privacy advocates as an overreach of law  enforcement. 

Turns out, they’re also wildly expensive to operate, according to a report by the Inspector General, The Washington Post writes.

CBP spent at least $62.5 million on drones – or about $12,255 per (flight) mile. That is five times the cost estimated by CBP.

The Post wrote that the report could erode the public’s trust in drones and undermine a more expansive program.

Very few arrests were made with the assistance of drones, the report added.

Other Stories of Interest

Ex-Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell Sentenced to 2 Years

Gov. Bob McDonnell

By Allan Lengel

Ex-Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Richmond to two years in prison for soliciting and obtaining payments, loans, gifts and other items from Star Scientific, a Virginia-based corporation, and Jonnie R. Williams Sr., Star Scientific’s then chief executive officer.

McDonnell and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right. McDonnell was also convicted of three counts of honest-services wire fraud and six counts of obtaining property under color of official right.

Maureen McDonnell was also convicted of two counts of honest services wire fraud counts and four counts of obtaining property under color of official right. She is set to be sentenced Feb. 20.

“Robert McDonnell corrupted the most powerful office in Virginia and fractured the public’s trust,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a statement. “Taking bribes in exchange for official actions is not politics as usual – it is an insidious crime that strikes at the heart of public service and will not be tolerated.”

NYT’s James Risen Pushes Back in Hearing on Leaks

Reporter James Risen


WASHINGTON — The Obama administration’s plan to defuse a First Amendment showdown with a New York Times reporter over his confidential sources was nearly derailed at a court hearing Monday when the journalist rebuffed a series of questions concerning his reporting.

But he eventually agreed to answer some of the queries, allowing the at-times tense session to get back on track and avoiding for now a major confrontation over press freedom.

Times national security writer James Risen testified for about 45 minutes in a federal courtroom in Alexandria, Virginia, where ex-CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling is set to go on trial next week on charges of leaking top-secret information that Risen published in his 2006 book “State of War.”

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