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FBI: Far-right Conspiracy Theories Are Motivating Domestic Terrorism

The pizzeria behind the conspiracy theory known as Pizzagate. Photo by Farragutful.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Conspiracy theories peddled online are motivating people to commit domestic terrorism, the FBI wrote in an internal threat assessment.

The bulletin, first obtained by Yahoo News, says “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” are a growing threat in the U.S.

“The FBI assesses anti-government, identity based, and fringe political conspiracy theories very likely motivate some domestic extremists, wholly or in part, to commit criminal and sometimes violent activity,” the report states. “The FBI further assesses in some cases these conspiracy theories very likely encourage the targeting of specific people, places, and organizations, thereby increasing the likelihood of violence against these targets. These assessments are made with high confidence, based on information from other law enforcement agencies, open source information, court documents, human sources with varying degrees of access and corroboration, and FBI investigations.”

The conspiracy theories are often rooted in white supremacy and anti-government ideologies. The FBI specifically mentions QAnon, a far-right conspiracy about a secret plot to remove President Trump from office, and Pizzagate, a belief that Hillary Clinton and her associates are running a pedophile ring out of a pizzeria basement, which doesn’t exist.

Also mentioned in the document is the gunman who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Before the massacre, the shooter referenced the Zionist Occupation Government conspiracy theory.

With the rise of social media, conspiracy theories have been on the rise. Trump is often accused of fueling the hate that propels the conspiracy theories. In fact, he was arguably the loudest messenger of the conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the U.S.

As president, Trump continues to peddle conspiracy theories about “fake news” and a “witch hunt” to oust him.

The FBI recently warned that white supremacy is behind a majority of the domestic terrorism cases in the U.S. That has given rise to QAnon.

“Although conspiracy theory-driven crime and violence is not a new phenomenon, today’s information environment has changed the way conspiracy theories develop, spread, and evolve,” the report states. “The advent of the Internet and social media has enabled promoters of conspiracy theories to produce and share greater volumes of material via online platforms that larger audience of consumers can quickly and easily access.”

Border Patrol Agent Remains Hospitalized After ATV Crash in Maine

Photo via Border Patrol

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is recovering in a hospital from injuries he sustained during an ATV crash in a remote area of western Maine.

The unidentified agent, who was wearing a helmet, crashed the ATF on Monday afternoon in northern Franklin County along the Quebec border.

His partner, who was driving another ATV, helped stabilize this partner while waiting for help. Because of the area’s remoteness, it took emergency personnel about an hour to arrive to the scene, CBP said.

He was airlifted to a hospital in Bangor.

“Responding to assistance calls is something we do on a regular basis,” Jason D. Owens, the chief border patrol agent in Maine, told the Bangor Daily News. “When it hits so close to home, when one of our own agents is the injured party, it really makes us thankful for the training, equipment we have available and for the first-rate response from our local partners who respond quickly to calls for assistance.”

Comedian Kathy Griffin: FBI Saved My Life Following Death Threats from Trump Fanatics

Kathy Griffin on Jimmy Kimmel show.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Comedian Kathy Griffin credited the FBI for saving her life after receiving death threats from President Trump supporters.

The threats came after Griffin posed for a photo in May 2017 holding a mock “decapitated” head of Trump.

“I will say this, I am not anti-government at all after this experience. I think the FBI saved my life,” the comedian said on the Jimmy Kimmel show Tuesday night. “I was not only on the MAGA bomber’s list, but … the FBI did something they call a ‘no-knock’ to my house, where it’s such an imminent threat, they don’t even call, they came right over.”

The FBI made an unannounced visit because she was on the kill list of “MAGA bomber” Cesar Sayoc, the Trump fanatic who mailed 16 explosive devices to the president’s critics and other prominent Democrats in 2018.

“They said during the interrogation of Cesar Sayoc, he admitted that he shared the kill list, which I’m on, with like-minded people,” she said. “So it’s an ongoing thing, and it’s just part of my new normal.”

Author of New FBI Book Argues J. Edgar Hoover Was Not the Father of the Bureau

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A new book, “The Birth of the FBI: Teddy Roosevelt, the Secret Services, and the Fight Over America’s Law Enforcement Agency,” argues the FBI was not created by its first director, J. Edgar Hoover, as many people claim.

The origin of the FBI is traced back to 1908, when President Theodore Roosevelt created the Special Agent Force under the Justice Department. Later that year, the agency was renamed the Bureau of investigation.

By 1935, when the FBI was created, Hoover was the third director of the Bureau of Investigation.

Author Willard M. Oliver, a professor for the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State, argues Roosevelt should be credited with creating the FBI because of the agencies that preceded it.

Melissa R. Godbold Becomes Special Agent in Charge of Oklahoma City Field Office

FBI Special Agent Melissa R. Godbold.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Melissa R. Godbold, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office.

Godbold, who most recently served as the chief of staff for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., began her career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office, where she investigated international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction cases. Godbold also was in charge of the FBI’s hazardous materials operation at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Godbold received a promotion in 2010, serving as a supervisor over personnel security matters in the Washington Field Office.

Two year later, she was a unit chief in the Human Resources Division at headquarters. In 2013, she was promoted to assistant section chief for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section, overseeing investigations into terrorists’ use of the internet.

In 2015, Godbold was promoted to an assistant special agent in charge at the Dallas Field Office. In 2017, she became director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force in the Cyber Division, where she led the FBI’s partnership to coordinate, integrate and share cyber threat information for investigations and intelligence analysis.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Godbold graduated from Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology and a Master of Science degree in hazardous and waste materials management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

‘Pink Lady Bandit’ Suspects Arrested in Alleged Bank Robbery Spree

The “Pink Lady Bandit,” via Ayden Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI nicknamed her the “Pink Lady Bandit” because of the pink handbag she used while robbing multiple banks in several states.

The FBI announced Monday that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the bank robberies along the East Coast.

Police in Charlotte, N.C., arrested Circe Baez, 35, and her suspected accomplice, Alexis Morales, 38, on Sunday.

The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest of a woman accused of robbing banks in Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina between July 20 and July 26.

The suspects are being held at the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, N.C., on a $4 million bond.

Gilroy Mass Shooter Posted White Supremacist Manifesto Before Opening Fire

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

About an hour before opening fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in California on Sunday, the 19-year-old gunman posted about a white supremacist manifesto on Instagram.

Santino William Legan, who killed three people and injured 15 others, encouraged his Instagram followers to read, “Might Is Right or the Survival of the Fittest,” a fringe book that describes black and Jewish people as inferior and advocates for women as property.

The Instagram post, reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications, has been removed.

“Books play a big role in the white supremacist movement,” Peter Simi, a professor of sociology at Chapman University in Southern California who studies political extremism and violence, told the Chronicle. “Posting (about a book) is a clear shout to say the reason I’m doing this violence is not just personal but to say I’m acting on behalf of a larger movement.”

The shooting follows congressional testimony by FBI Director Christopher Wray, who said most domestic terrorism cases in the past nine months have been “motivate by some version of what you might call white supremacist violence.”

“Read Might Is Right by Ragnar Redbeard. Why overcrowd towns and pave more open space to make room for hordes of mestizos and Silicon Valley white twats?” Legan wrote.

Legan was killed by police shortly after he opened fire.

The FBI and ATF are helping local police investigate.

Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Use Pentagon Funds for Border Wall Construction

An existing wall at border of Mexico. Photo via Congress.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Supreme Court ruled that Trump’s administration can use billions of dollars in Pentagon funds to help build a border wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The five-to-four ruling gives the administration permission to begin using $2.5 billion in Defense Department money to move ahead with wall construction. Lower courts delayed the project pending a Supreme Court decision.

Another $3.6 billion comes from military construction funds.

“Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall,” Trump tweeted. “The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”