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ATF Arrests Anti-Government Man After Finding Pipe Bombs, Firearms at His Home

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tampa man who has expressed anti-government sentiments was arrested after the ATF found eight pipe bombs, firearms, ammunition and bomb-making materials in his Florida home, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Michael Ramos, 24, was taken into custody after a search warrant was executed at his home Monday.

The ATF has not yet reported charges against Ramos, who was in possession of an AK-47, a .45 caliber pistol and large amounts of ammunition.

Ramos previously expressed anti-government sentiments and said he was in possession of explosives.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Investigating Flint Water Crisis That Led to Thousands of Residents Being Poisoned

featured_water_13312By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has joined the investigation into the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of residents with lead-contaminated drinking water while the city was under state control.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the U.S. Attorney’s Office confirmed that federal prosecutors are “working with a multi-agency investigation team on the Flint water contamination matter, including the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, EPA’s Office of Inspector General, and EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.”

The contamination began when state officials began using the Flint River for drinking water while the city was working on a new pipeline.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House Oversight Committee is scheduled to begin its first hearing on the issue.

Republican Congressman Tells Colleagues to ‘Shut Up’ About Hillary Clinton Probe

Rep. Trey Gowdy

Rep. Trey Gowdy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Republican chairman of the House Select Committee, which is investigating the 2012 attack on the American consulate in Libya, is mincing no words about his colleagues in Congress who are speculating about the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton.

The Boston Herald reports that Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, told his colleagues to “shut up” about the case and let the FBI investigate.

“Everything I have heard about (FBI Director) Jim Comey tells me he is a straight arrow,” Gowdy said on Boston Herald Radio. “I am going to give him the room to do his investigation. He is not supposed to tell anyone what he is doing, he is not supposed to tell anyone what’s found and I wish my colleagues would shut up talking about the FBI investigation because this an executive branch entity.

“It should be a decidedly apolitical investigation and I’m convinced that’s what (Comey) wants to do,” the Republican congressman added.

The news comes after the White House confirmed Friday that 22 “top secret” emails were found on Clinton’s home server.

Clinton has denied she sent or received classified information on her personal e-mail account.

“The documents are being upgraded at the request of the intelligence community because they contain a category of top secret information,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told the Associated Press, adding the move was “not unusual.”

Was Ex-Secret Service Agent Planning to Flee Country After Stealing Bitcoins?

3-D model of a virtual bitcoin. Photo: Trader Tim/Flickr

3-D model of a virtual bitcoin. Photo: Trader Tim/Flickr

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former Secret Service agent who was prosecuted for stealing $800,000 in bitcoins while investigating the dark website Silk Road was arrested at his Maryland home a day before he was scheduled to turn himself in to begin a prison sentence, the Guardian reports. 

Arresting officers made a discovery that questions whether Shaun Bridges was planning on leaving the country. The found a bag with his passport and “corporate records for three offshore entities in Nevis, Belize and Mauritius.”

Officers also found several Secret Service-issued bullet proof vests that appear to have been stolen from the federal government, the Guardian reported, citing an arrest warrant.

Bridges is now in custody because he is considered a flight risk.

Andrew McCabe Assumes the #2 Post In the FBI

Andrew McCabe

Andrew McCabe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Andrew McCabe, the associate deputy director, has moved up to the second spot in the FBI, replacing Deputy Director Mark Giuliano, who is retiring, the FBI announced.

As deputy director, McCabe will oversee all FBI domestic and international investigative and intelligence activities and serve as acting director in the director’s absence.

McCabe joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New York Field Office, where he focused on organized crime.  He’s held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division, the National Security Branch, and the Washington Field Office, the FBI said in a press release.

“Andy’s 19 years of experience, combined with his vision, judgment, and ability to communicate make him a perfect fit for this job,” FBI Director James Comey said in a statement.

On the retirement of Giuliano, Comey said:

“Mark’s wide range of operational and leadership experiences have helped us grow as an organization.”

Militants: FBI Locked Down Phones, Internet at Federal Wildlife Refuge in Oregon

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

With four militants left occupying a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, the FBI appears to have locked down their ability to make or receive calls, the Portland Tribune reports. 

The news came as the occupation entered its 30th day.

David Fry, one of the occupiers, said they also have lost access to the Internet.

The militants said they’ve been using a generator and aren’t inside any of the buildings because the FBI may also have cut power to the buildings.

The FBI also has blocked the media’s access to the refuge.

Last week, five militants were arrested and one was shot and killed during a clash with police during a traffic stop.

Click here to see the full video of the confrontation.

Bold Thief Steals 3 Handguns, Agent’s Badge from FBI Vehicle

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bold thief stole three handguns and an FBI agent’s badge and credentials from a locked vehicle in the San Francisco Bay Area in what is the latest theft of stolen firearms from law enforcement vehicles, the Associated Press reports. 

Stolen were two 40-caliber Glocks and one .45-caliber handgun as the vehicle was parked in a residential neighborhood of Benicia, FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said.

The FBI declined to release details, including why the weapons and other FBI property were left inside the vehicle overnight. But the spokeswoman said a $5,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the stolen property.

“Our primary objective is recovery of the items stolen and identification and arrest of the individuals involved,” Swankie said. “There’s a lot of information that would be premature to offer at this time.”

Border Patrol Agent Recovering After Being Struck by Football-Sized Rock

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In the latest attack against the Border Patrol, an agent was injured when he was struck by a football-sized rock near Nogales, Ariz., the Tucson News Now reports. 

The attack last week happened as agents were investigating a report of five people smuggling drugs across the border.

The group broke up in different directions as the agents converged.

The agent was attacked when he was just 10 feet from one of the suspects.

Despite bring injured, the agent still was able to arrest the suspect.

An estimated 150 pounds of marijuana was seized.