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Florida Man Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attack on Sept. 11 Anniversary

fbi logo largeA 20-year-old man living with his parents in Florida is accused of encouraging a terrorist attack in Kansas City on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, the Washington Post reports. 

Joshua Ryne Goldberg was charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.

“Hopefully there will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11,” Goldberg is accused of telling an FBI informant in a direct message.

The FBI said lengthy discussions occurred between Goldberg and the informant.

“The Jews are the worst enemies of Allah,” a social media post read. “When Islam conquers Australia, every single Jew will be slaughtered like the filthy cockroaches that they are.”

Goldberg is accused of offering to help detonate a bomb.

“Have you decided what kind of attack to carry out on 9/11 … I was thinking a bombing. We could make pipe bombs and detonate them at a large public event.”

FBI: Not Enough Evidence to Pursue Child Porn Charges Against Las Vegas Mayor

Mayor John Lee

Mayor John Lee

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI determined it does not have enough evidence to pursue child pornography charges against Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

The case was turned over to the FBI after the city’s police department closed the case in October 2014 after possible child pornography was found on the mayor’s iPad.

According to police, Lee said the pornography was on his iPad after opening an e-mail, which police were never able to find.

Police also weren’t able to determine the ages of the people on the pornography.

Police had the iPad wiped free of the pornography but kept a copy and handed it to the FBI.

Market Watch: Don’t Believe Hype of DOJ Crackdown on White-Collar Crime

wall-streetBy Russell Mokhiber
Market Watch

If you ask, corporate criminal defense attorneys will tell you — as they have told me — the one thing their corporate clients want to avoid when facing off against the federal government is an admission of wrongdoing — to have to plead guilty to the crimes they have committed.

Everything else is possible.

Pay huge fines? No problem.

Accept a monitor to report back to the government? Bring it on, especially if the company gets to approve the monitor.

Turn over executives responsible for the crimes? Under the bus they go.

But no guilty pleas for the corporate parent.

That’s why people who follow corporate crime prosecutions closely are taking the release of a memo from the Justice Department that will implement new policies to go after individual corporate executives with a grain of salt.

To read more click here. 

FBI, CIA, NSA: No Credible Threat of Terrorist Attack in America on Anniversary of 9/11

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

World Trade Center after the 9/11 attacks via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal agencies in charge of keeping America safe from a terrorist attack said there is no credible threat to America’s homeland on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11.

The Washington Times reports that directors of the FBI, CIA and the National Security Agency said Thursday that they have no reason to believe a terrorist attack will occur today, despite increasing concerns over ISIS and al Qaeda.

The directors made the statement at an intelligence community conference in Washington, saying improvements in communications between the agencies have greatly reduced the threat of terrorism on the homeland.

“Compared to where we were 14 years ago, that intelligence work is light years ahead of where it was,” CIA Director John Brennan said. “And, in addition, strengthening the defenses of this country from 2001 to now — this is a much more difficult environment for terrorist groups to operate in.”

FBI: Pilots in Cleveland Reported Being Blinded by Laser Pointers over Labor Day Weekend

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pilots told authorities they were blinded by laser pointers over the Labor Day weekend in Cleveland.

WKYC reports that the FBI and local authorities are investigating five separate incidents from Sept. 4 to Sept. 6.

Laser pointers pose a dangerous threat to pilots, who can be flash-blinded by beams of light.

“Individuals often do not realize that traveling over hundreds of feet a tiny two-centimeter laser beam spreads to become approximately six feet of light that can block a pilot’s vision,” FBI officials said in a press release. “Most laser strike incidents reported occur at flights under 10,000 feet with the highest percentage being altitudes under 6,000 feet.”

Other Stories of Interest

A New Show on Netflix Worth Watching: ‘Narco,’ The Story About Pablo Escobar

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Having finished watching a series of TV shows including “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy,” I was looking for a new show.  I stumbled across “Narco,” a Netflix-made series on drug lord Pablo Escobar and the DEA in Colombia.

Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar

Wagner Moura plays Pablo Escobar

It’s a show worth watching. It intersperses real news video clips to give it some authenticity. Escobar died in 1993 at age 44.

Deadline Hollywood describes it this way:

Written by Chris Brancato and directed by Jose Padilha, Narcos is the true-life story of the growth and spread of cocaine drug cartels across the globe and attendant efforts of law enforcement to meet them head on in brutal, bloody conflict. It centers on notorious Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) and Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal), a DEA agent sent to Colombia on a U.S mission to capture and ultimately kill him.

Deadline’s Anthony D’Alessandro writes:

“If you’re at a party and snort a gram of cocaine, look at how many people died (for it), how many lives were destroyed. ” That’s what Narcos executive producer Jose Padilha wants audiences to be conscious of when they watch his 10-hour Netflix series Narcos, which follows the 1980 drug war between the U.S. and Colombia’s kingpin Pablo Escobar.

“The drug policy that we have in the U.S. hasn’t worked in the last 30 years,” said Padilha, “The Nancy Reagan ‘Just Say No’ approach doesn’t work.”

“So many people have died and there were so many dead bodies,” said Padilha about the aftermath of the ’80s drug wars.

Prosecutors Try to Preserve Testimony in Case Against Agent Accused of Lying about ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case

"Whitey" Bulger

“Whitey” Bulger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The witnesses in the case against a retired FBI agent are so old and ill that prosecutors are taking the unusual step of trying to preserve the testimony in depositions in the event that something happens to the people now in their 80s.

The case involves Robert Fitzpatrick, a retired FBI agent accused of lying under oath during the James “Whitey” Bulger trial in 2013, the Boston Globe reports. 

“There’s a compelling need to depose these witnesses, sooner rather than later,” Assistant US Attorney Zachary Hafer argued at a hearing in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

Prosecutors charged Fitzpatrick, who was second in command of the FBI’s Boston office in the 1980s, with lying under oath for allegedly fabricating testimony about his involvement with Bulger and his role in cleaning up corruption from the office.

Fears of Stronger Gun Laws Apparently Fueled Record Purchases of Firearms

handgun-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gun sales surged in August following a series of high-profile shootings that spread fear of stronger firearm laws, the National Review reports. 

The 1.7 million background checks conducted by the FBI in August were more than any other August since the checks began in 1998.

Monthly highs also were recorded in June and July, with 1.5 million and 1.6 million, respectively.

Background checks are required of gun buyers at federally-licensed dealers, but they don’t represent all firearm purchases, which means the number is likely higher.