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Detroit Man Arrested After Stockpiling Grenades, Assault Rifle, Other Weapons

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had been tracking a 29-year-old Detroit man for 16 months a he collected an unusual array of weapons.

The bureau said Sebastian Gregerson was stockpiling grenades, assault rifles, combat knives and road spikes, the Detroit Free Press reports.

On Sunday night, Gregerson was arrested after trying to buy grenades from undercover agents.

It’s unclear what Gregerson planned to do with the weapons, and the FBI stopped short of calling him a terrorism suspect.

His attorney, Bill Swor, said the charges suggested “they don’t have any evidence that this person had any real attack plan or any activity planned.”

FBI Accused of Waiting Months to Alert DNC of Suspected Russian Ties to Hack

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI failed to notify the Democratic National Committee that investigators suspected the party was hacked by a group backed by the Russians, according to three sources knowledgable of the discussions.

Huffington Post also reports that the FBI failed to warn party officials months later that investigators failed to warn the party that they were investigating Russian espionage connected to the hack.

As a result, DNC staffers were unable to take the proper steps to prevent more confidential emails and documents from being stolen.

Neither the DNC nor the FBI would comment.

Authorities Made Alarming Finding at Home of Homeland Security Analyst

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case against a Homeland Security analyst continues to get more alarming.

After Jonathan Wienke tried to walk into a Homeland Security building with a gun, knife, infrared camera, handcuffs and pepper spray in his backpack, authorities have found more weapons at his West Virginia home, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Investigators found sawed-off plastic pipes, glue, walkie-talkies with extra wiring, tools and 10 boxes of magnesium shavings, oxidizers and thermite in the 45-year-old’s house.

The ATF said the weapons could be used to make explosives but not in their current form.

Wienke, who faces up to 10 years in prison on the original charges, pleaded not guilty to firearms charges last month.

TSA: Batman Fans, Don’t Carry Your Superhero Weapons onto Planes

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 8.28.00 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sorry, Batman fans. You can’t carry your superhero weapons onto planes.

The TSA has reported an influx of people trying to bring aboard “batarangs,” which are sharp, bat-shaped weapons, NPR reports. 

The “batarangs” are being confiscated at airport security checkpoints.

The TSA said the weapons should be “placed in your checked baggage along with your grapple gun, bat-saw, collapsible bat-sword, and other utility belt items.”

The TSA said it occasionally has problems with people thinking they can bring superhero weapons on to a flight.

Other Stories of Interest

Michael Gavin to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Michael Gavin, who recently served as section chief of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division’s National Covert Operations Section,  has been named special agent in charge  of  the Memphis Division, the FBI announced Tuesday. He will assume the new post in mid-August.

Gavin began his FBI career in 1995 and was first assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where he investigated white-collar crime, violent crime and organized crime.

During his 21-year career with the FBI he has worked investigations in the  Criminal Investigative Division, International Operations Division and Inspection Division and held leadership positions in Montgomery, Ala., San Francisco and D.C., according to a press release.

 

Homeland Security Grants Temporary Amnesty to 8,000+ Syrians in U.S.

Syria mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 8,000 Syrians living in the U.S. were granted temporary amnesty Thursday.

The Washington Times reports that Homeland Security is allowing Syrian to remain in the U.S. for up to 18 more months.

Secretary Jeh Johnson issued “temporary protected status” to Syrians, saying they may seek work permits and other way to live in the U.S.

“Syria’s lengthy civil conflict has resulted in high levels of food insecurity, limited access to water and medical care, and massive destruction of Syria’s infrastructure. Attacks against civilians, the use of chemical weapons and irregular warfare tactics, as well as forced conscription and use of child soldiers have intensified the humanitarian crisis,” Johnson said.

Former FBI Employee Pleads Guilty to Being an Agent of the Chinese Government

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee pleaded guilty to being an agent of the Chinese government, a crime punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Fun Shan Chun, 46, admitted he provided “sensitive” FBI information to a person connected to the Chinese government, CNN reports. 

The arrest was part of an undercover operation.

Chun is originally from China but became a naturalized U.S. citizen and employee of the FBI for 19 years.

Chun pleaded guilty to acting in the U.S. as an agent of China.

Politifact: Hillary Clinton Incorrectly Said FBI Agreed She Was Truthful to Public

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton’s claim that FBI Director James Comey agreed that she was truthful to the public about classified emails is “incorrect,” reports Politifact.com. 

Clinton made the comment in an interview with Fox News Sunday.

“Clinton appear to have selective hearing,” Politifact concluded.

In fact, when Comey was asked during a congressional hearing whether Hillary lied to the public, the director responded, “That’s not a question I’m qualified to answer.”

Comey added that he hadn’t analyzed her public comments.

Politifact wrote:

When Comey announced the FBI’s findings July 5, it was clear that there are obvious inconsistencies between what Clinton said publicly about classified information on her private email server before her FBI interview and what the FBI found. Pointedly, Clinton said there wasn’t any classified information in her email, and he said there was.