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Investigation: FBI Informant Armed, Trained Black Panther Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An undercover FBI informant was responsible for arming and training the Black Panther Party before violence broke out in the turbulent 1960s, the Center for Investigative Reporting has found.

Activists were alarmed to learn that Richard Masato Aoki, who was considered a fearless militant and street fighter, was an informant who covertly filed reports about the Black Panthers and others in the Bay Area.

Aoki’s background was uncovered as part of three decades of research for the book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power.”

Aoki committed suicide in 2009.

Louisiana Shootout Suspects Probed for Link to Domestic Terrorism

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some of the suspects in the fatal shootout with Louisiana deputies have ties to violent anarchists on the FBI’s domestic terrorism watch lists, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI is joining the investigation of Thursday’s shootout in Laplace, La., where two deputies were killed and two more wounded, police said.

At least some of the seven suspects were adherents to the “sovereign citizens” movement, which believes people are free from the responsibilities of a U.S. citizen, such as laying taxes, according to the AP.

The movement has been linked to threats against judges and law enforcement as well as fake currency.

GOP Lawmakers Accused of Drunken Swim on Sea of Galilee

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 It’s said that Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee.

Now the FBI is investigating reports that Republican lawmakers took an inebriated, late-night dip – one of the them in the nude – in the holy waters, the New York Daily News reports.

Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., admitted to diving into the sea in the buff Aug 18 while on a fact-finding mission to Israel.

The swim followed an alcohol-fueled dinner, the Daily News reported. Sources told Politico that the FBI has yet to uncover anything that would warrant criminal charges.

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Women Dominate FBI’s List of Most Wanted Domestic Terrorists

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Five of the seven Americans most wanted for domestic terrorism by the FBI are women, the Business Insider reports.

Among those wanted are Donna Joan Borup, an anti-apartheid protester who blinded a Port Authority officer; Joanne Deborah Chesimard, escaped from prison on charges of killing a state trooper; Josephine Sunshine Overaker, accused of arson; Rebecca Rubin, also wanted for arson; and Elizabeth Anna Duke, a former teacher accused of trying to overthrow the government, Business Insider reported.

The FBI’s definition of a domestic terrorist is, “Americans attacking Americans based on U.S.-based extremist idealogies.”

A man accused of shooting a guard at the Family Research Council may soon faces charges of domestic terrorism, according to Business Insider.

Former FBI Agent Dies at 76

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Thomas Blasingame, a former FBI agent who worked in numerous offices across the country and investigated fraud, a mass murder and the Ku Klux Klan, died Tuesday, the Athens Banner-Herald reports.

He was 76.

Blasingame joined the FBI in 1954 and served as a special agent in Buffalo, N.Y., Newark, N.J., Washington D.C., Monterey Calif. and New York City, according to the Banner-Herald.

From investigating groups like the KKK and neo-Nazis to working on the 1983 shootout with anti-tax protester Gordon Kahl, Blasingame had a good career, his family told the Banner-Herald.

“My brother said that the word that described Jim was ‘faithfulness’,” his wife Alma Blasingame said. “He was faithful to his family, faithful to his relatives and to his employers.”

Feds Suspect Ex-University of Georgia Coach of Ponzi Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Former University of Georgia football coach Jim Donnan faces financial penalties and potential criminal charges in connection with a business venture, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“He capitalized on his influence over one former player by telling him, ‘Your Daddy is going to take care of you’ … ‘if you weren’t my son, I wouldn’t be doing this for you,'” the Securities and Exchange Commission said in a civil complaint filed Thursday, according to the Journal Constitution.

The SEC says Donnan, 67, turned his venture, a liquidation business called GLC Limited, into a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors, according to authorities.

Donnan, who is in the College Football Hall of Fame, coached the Bulldogs from 1996 to 2000.

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FBI: Court Clerk Tipped Off Gang Members Before Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal court clerk in Los Angeles is accused of revealing confidential court files and tipping off gangs,   the FBI said Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Nune Gevorkyan, 35, and her husband were charged with conspiring to obstruct justice after federal authorities say they tipped off more than 70 people connected with the Armenian Power gang.

The FBI says Gevorkyan peered at sealed indictments and passed on info to gangs before raids and arrests.

A cooperating defendant plans to testify against Gevorkyan.

Judge Rules FBI Must Release Dotcom Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. federal authorities cannot extradite the founder of the Megaupload online file-sharing site without evidence supporting charges of copyright breaches and internet piracy, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Without access to materials relevant to the extradition hearing phase, the person sought will be significantly constrained in his or her ability to participate in the hearing,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in a written judgment.

The FBI claims Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, netted millions of dollars by copying movies and music without authorization.

Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand authorities at his rented house near Auckland in late January.