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Former Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing $820K Worth of Bitcoin During Silk Road Probe

bitcoin_bigBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent accused of pocketing $820,000 worth of Bitcoin money while investigating the Silk Road online drug marketplace has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Tech Times reports that then-Secret Service Agent Shaun Bridges admitted Monday to stealing the Bitcoin money and placing it in a personal account.

Bridges said he stole about 20,000 Bitcoin in 2013.

Another federal agent, Carl Force, also admitted to stealing the digital currency several month ago.

“This case shows we will act quickly to hold wrongdoers accountable, no matter who they are,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said.

Top Justice Department Officials Accused of Misconduct in ATF Case

Jay Dobyns/his website

Jay Dobyns/his website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Top Justice Department officials are accused of withholding information from a judge about irregularities in a lawsuit against the ATF, The Arizona Republic reports, citing recently unsealed documents.

The case involves retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns, who alleges the ATF failed to properly investigate an intentional fire at his Tucson house in 2008 and failed to protect him and his family against death threats.

Unsealed documents suggest that top Justice Department officials failed to provide e-mails that show that a DOJ attorney tried to prevent the re-opening of a botched arson investigation.

Other records also indicate that one of the DOJ officials met with subordinates to determine whether they should tell the judge about a possible threat made to an internal-affairs agent in the case.

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FBI Raids Palm Springs City Hall, Visits Mayor’s House in Corruption Probe

Palm Springs, Calif./Wikipedia

Palm Springs, Calif./Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A corruption investigation prompted the FBI and local authorities to raid Palm Springs City Hall, Calif., and visited the mayor’s home on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports. 

The agents shut down city hall, and a Palm Springs attorney said employees cooperating with agents.

The FBI also went to the home of Mayor Steve Pougnet but there was no answer at the door.

“I am happy to cooperate with the inquiry going on at City Hall, just as I have always been fully cooperative and open in all of my many years as an elected official in Palm Springs,” the mayor said in a statement. “I have complete confidence that our City Council, city manager, city attorney and city staff will do everything they can to cooperate by ensuring that this process will be as swift and as thorough as possible.”

The FBI declined to comment on the investigation.

FBI Investigates Fatal Shooting by Sheriff Deputies After It Was Caught on Video

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the fatal shooting of a man by two sheriff’s deputies in Texas after the incident was caught on cellphone video.

Two Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies shot Gilbert Flores, 41, in his front lawn while it appeared he had his hands raised in the air, My San Antonio reports. 

“We coordinate our investigation to ensure that we are not interfering with (BSCO’s) investigation,” said FBI spokeswoman Michelle Lee. “They have been extremely cooperative and transparent.”

It’s unclear whether Flores was carrying a weapon, and authorities have declined to release records on the incident.

Chair of U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security Gets Book Deal about Terrorism

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul is writing a book about his experience chairing the House Committee on Homeland Security, the Associated Press reports.

Entitled “Failures of Imagination: The Deadliest Threats to Our Homeland – and How to Thwart Them,” the book by the Texas Republican explores the dangers of terrorism and potential solutions.

Crown Publishing Group calls the book a “compelling and action-packed narrative.”

McCaul, 53, said the “greatest threat to America’s homeland is a failure to imagine the worst-case scenarios.”

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FBI Director Announces New SACs for Detroit, Boston and New York

 

David P. Gelios

David P. Gelios

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s some shuffling going on in the bureau.

FBI Director James Comey announced the following:

  • David P. Gelios will be the new special agent in charge of the Detroit Division. He replaces Paul Abbates, who will head up the Washington Field Office.
  • Aristedes Mahairas is the new special agent in charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the New York Field Office.
  • Harold H. Shaw is the new special agent in charge of the Boston Division.
  • Carlos T. Fernandez is the new special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division of the New York Field Office.

 

Former DEA Special Agent Calls Out ‘Black Lives Matter’ for Suggesting ‘Frying’ Police

black lives matterBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA agent clashed with a Black Lives Matter organizer who called for “frying” police.

The verbal confrontation broke out on CNN after Rashad Turner said his group was not supporting violence when they chanted, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

Turner said the group was referring to holding police accountable for violating the rights of citizens, BizPack Review reports. 

Former DEA Special Agent David Katz called it nonsense.

“When my fellow Americans are murdered in a church in South Carolina I weep,” Katz said. “When you start weeping for white cops who get shot down in Houston then I’ll be talking the same message you talk.”

Turner continued to insist that protesters did not condone violence against police/

“I’m not sure what a good cop is,” Turner insisted. “We’re getting hung up by this rhetoric that’s making white people uncomfortable or causing that discomfort. Every day as a black man I’m uncomfortable simply because of the color of my skin.”

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Kansas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Trying to Detonate Bomb at Airport

wichitaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kansas avionic technician who had restricted access to secure airport areas was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for trying to detonate a car bomb at the airport in Wichita.

Terry Lee Loewen, 60, attempted to enter a secure area of Wichita Mid-Continental Airport to detonate the bomb when he was arrested in December 2013.

He was convicted of one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on June 8.

“Terry Loewen abused his privileged airport access to attempt to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Wichita,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the United States against terrorist threats. We will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to carry out violent attacks against Americans, whether at home or abroad.”

The FBI was first made aware of Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone advocating terrorism.