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Air Force Staffer in Illinois Possessed Pipe Bombs Intended for Sex Offenders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 24-year-old Air Force staffer in Illinois is accused of having pipe bombs that he intended to use to attack sex offenders, the Associated Press reports.

Justin Vangilder, who also said he was feeling suicidal, was charged Friday with three felony counts.

Authorities said they found three pipe bombs, which he said he fantasized using on child molesters, the AP wrote.

Vangilder is assigned to Scott Air Force Base in southwestern Illinois.

FBI, ATF Probe Attacks on Arkansas’ Power Grid

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are investigating what appears to be three attacks on Arkansas’ power grid over the past six weeks, THV 11 reports.

“We believe that anyone that intentionally brings down power lines could potentially put themselves at risk and certainly the public at risk,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly Brunell. “Though we remain confident that we will identify the person or persons responsible for these incidents we are enlisting the public’s help to be our eyes and to be our ears. We take threats to our power grid very seriously.”

In one incident, the scofflaws cut down two power poles, knocking out power to roughly 10,000 people, THV reported.

Furious Bitcoin Users Prank FBI Following Silk Road Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has received more than 200 complaints from pro-drug advocates after agents raided Silk Road, an online marketplace for drugs, guns and other illicit goods, the Guardian reports.

While attempting to access $80 million worth of Bitcoins accumulated by Silk Road founder, the FBI seized $3.2 million worth of Bitcoins that the city had held in escrow for customers.

The FBI transferred the Bitcoins to blockchain.info so users can still access their Bitcoin accounts, the Guardian wrote.

Users sought retaliation by posting public messages along with minuscule transactions.

One Bitcoin user quoted Thomas Jefferson: “The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

Amber Alert Website Restored After Outrage Expressed Over Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government’s Amber Alert website was restored Monday morning after people expressed outrage.

The site, www.AmberAlert.gov, was temporarily taken offline because of the government shutdown.

“The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN.

While the website was taken down, the Amber Alert system was still functioning, Justice Department officials said. They said Amber Alerts were still issued, and the system was not impacted.

Keeping the website up requires bringing in furloughed employees, Fallon said.

“It’s a cyber-security risk for sites to be posted but not maintained or supervised,” Fallon said.

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Most Dangerous States Are Not What You Might Expect

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Think of the most dangerous states in the U.S. and you’re likely to name places like Michigan, New York, California and Texas.

They have large cities with reputations for violence.

But newly released FBI statistics show the most dangerous states are Tennessee, Nevada and Alaska, the USA Today reports.

You are more likely to be a victim of violence in those states than any other in the country, according to the stats.

Controversial Ex-FBI Agent John Guandolo Has Authored a Book on Islam

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former FBI agent John Guandolo, a controversial figure who has been described in some circles as a nationally recognized expert on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Islamic Movement has authored a new book “Raising a Jihadi Generation.”

Guandolo has been praised for his knowledge of the Islamic world.

“Raising a Jihadi Generation needs to be in the hands of every police officer in America.” wrote a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy .

Andrew C. McCarthy, former chief Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, wrote:  “Members of the government’s national security agencies who read Raising a Jihadi Generation, and who are wise enough to keep it nearby as a handy reference, will be far better equipped to protect the United States.”  

But in other circles he’s been criticized for “Muslim bashing” and presenting an inaccurate assessment of the issues.

Ryan Lenz, in an article  posted on the Southern Poverty Law Center earlier this year, wrote of Guandolo:

Oh sure, he’s already gone after college professors who weren’t sufficiently anti-Muslim. He’s identified mosques that he says are bases of operation for militant Islam. He’s asserted that Muslims have no First Amendment rights in America and aim only to “subjugate” the nation. But it was just last week that he made what may be his most remarkable claim yet, insisting that John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, is secretly a Muslim convert working to undermine the Constitution.

His bio on his webpage states:

Mr. Guandolo served on the Washington Field Office SWAT team for over nine years and as its Team Leader for three of those years. He was a certified Undercover Agent, and served in a variety of assignments in that capacity. Mr. Guandolo was a Nationally Registered Paramedic, a First Aid Instructor, and served as an “Advanced Capability Medic” with the FBI. His career has included significant overseas travel to include many areas of Africa, Southwest Asia, Europe and elsewhere. In his last year and a half in the FBI, Mr. Guandolo served on a Surveillance Unit.

Mr. Guandolo currently works advising governments – U.S. and others – on matters related to National Security, specifically the threat from the Global Islamic Movement. He actively advises members of Congress, law enforcement, the intelligence community, military, National Guard, key community leaders, and others. He is an adjunct instructor at the Joint Forces Staff College and the U.S. Army War College, and is one of the authors of the “Shariah – The Threat to America,” the first comprehensive book on the threat from the Islamic Movement in the U.S. He has appeared on television and radio, and regularly publishes articles related to these matters in a number of media outlets.

The book is available on Amazon.

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One of FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists in U.S. Custody After Capture in Libya

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A few days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Anas al Libi was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The reward – $25 million, the same amount offered for the capture of Osama bin Laden.

On Saturday, authorities finally captured al Libi in Libya, accusing him of being one of the top remaining leaders of al Qaeda and a former confidant of bin Laden’s, NBC News reports.

“As the result of a U.S. counterterrorism operation, Abu Anas al Libi is currently lawfully detained by the U.S. military in a secure location outside of Libya,” Pentagon spokesman George Little confirmed, adding that al Libi was being held under the “law of war.”

Libyan officials are asking for an explanation, NBC News reported.

So Many ‘Whitey’ Bulger Books! Even He’s Writing One

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Long before James “Whitey” Bulger was captured in California in 2011, the notorious mobster was the subject of more than a dozen books.

Now that he’s been convicted and headed to prison for life, many more books are in the works – “books by relatives of his victims, books by his crime compatriots, books by cops and prosecutors,” LA Weekly reports.

One of those authors is none other than Bulger, who had written more than 100 pages of his memoir when he was arrested in his Santa Monica apartment, LA Weekly wrote.

Of all the books written about this “amazing crime story,” the LA Weekly recommended “Whitey Bulger: America’s Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt That Brought Him to Justice,” by Boston Globe writers Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy.

The book “is the product of a combined 50 years of covering Bulger. But more than densely detailed reporting, it also brings amazing human-interest insight made possible by the authors’ geographic proximity: Cullen lived in South Boston for most of Bulger’s reign; Murphy graduated from South Boston High School.”

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