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Alleged Eco-Terrorist Freed After 7 Years in Prison Because FBI Hid Evidence

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

A former college student imprisoned since a jury convicted him of eco-terrorism in 2007 was freed Thursday after it was discovered the FBI and prosecutors withheld thousands of pages of evidence that could have been used for his defense, the Sacramento Bee reports.

Federal prosecutors realized they had little choice but to support the release of 37-year-old Eric Taylor McDavid, prompting a judge Thursday to order his release.

“I’ve never heard or seen of anything like this,” said U.S. District Judge Morrison C. England Jr., who originally sentenced McDavid.

In an agreement with prosecutors, McDavid agreed to plead guilty to a single conspiracy count, which carries a sentence less than the number of years he already spent in prison.

McDavid was in prison for allegedly plotting bombing the Nimbus Dam, cell phone towers and a U.S. Forest Service lab.

Ex-Head of Milwaukee Office Resigns Amid Allegations of Encouraging Agent to Lie

Teresa Carlson/fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Teresa L. Carlson, the former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Office in Milwaukee, has retired from the bureau while facing serious allegations that she encouraged an agent to lie under oath and lied when asked about it, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Carlson is under investigation for her handling of the case of Justin Slaby, a wounded veteran who was trying to become an FBI agent but was denied and later sued.

Carlson is accused of encouraging an underling to lie about the case in court.

She was facing termination proceedings when she retired.

Airport, Airline Employees About to Undergo More Vigorous Security Measures

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Airport and airline employees will soon face tougher security measures being implemented by the TSA, CBS New York reports.

Homeland Security made the announcement just weeks after a gun-smuggling operation in which a bag handler and ramp agent were involved. 

Among the potential security measures could be airline-employee screenings, additional TSA patrols and random security checks.

The Aviation Security Advisory Committee is responsible for reviewing airport safety nationwide.

Stories of Other Interest

FBI Ends Investigation of Connecticut Man’s Disappearance 

NAACP Chapter Struck with Bomb Reopens in Colorado Springs

Former FBI Chief Mueller: NFL Failed to Get Enough on Info in Rice Case

Boise Terrorism Suspect Tries to Get FBI Interview Tossed Out

Ex-FBI Lawyer to Become Justice Department Fraud Chief

 

ATF, FBI Team Up to Track Down Person Who Detonated Bomb Outside NAACP Office

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

To solve the question about who detonated a small bomb outside the NAACP chapter in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, the federal government sent in two big guns – the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and the ATF, the Denver Post reports.

Federal and local investigators still have a lot of questions to answer, including whether the mosque was the target, after the first day of the probe didn’t appear to hone in on a suspect.

“We are investigating all potential motives at this time,” said Special Agent Amy Sanders, an FBI spokeswoman. “An act of domestic terrorism is certainly one possibility, in addition to many others.”

Damage from the blast was minimal, contained primarily to a small section of the exterior.

Investigators found a can of gasoline next to the explosive device.

Authorities said they don’t know with certainty that the neighboring barber shop was the target, though the owner said he has no enemies.

“Everybody loves me,” the owner, Gene Southerland, told an inquiring client over the phone on Wednesday morning. “I don’t have any enemies.”

FBI Director Comey: No doubt that North Korea Behind Cyber-Attack on Sony

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI Director James B. Comey said on Wednesday that he has no doubt that North Korea was behind the devastating cyber-attacks on Sony Pictures, the New York Times reports

Comey said the hackers were easily trackable because they made a critical error by failing to conceal their location, sending messages and attacks from North Korean Internet addresses. More sophisticated hackers would have routed their attacks and messages through decoy servers – something the hackers tried to do after realizing they were using their country’s Internet addressees, Comey said.

That was all Comey said about the evidence against North Korea, which has denied playing a role in the attack. Private cyber-security firms have expressed doubt that North Korea was the attacker, saying disgruntled Sony employees could have been to blame.

But Comey said the evidence is very clear.

New York Man Indicted for Allegedly Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A New York man accused of stalking and threatening a Pittsburgh FBI agent who was investigating his cousin was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Ohio, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Ron Bergin will be in court Thursday to determine if he will be detained until trial to avoid placing Pittsburgh FBI Agent Shawn Brooks in danger. The Post-Gazette the court will “almost certainly be detained pending trial.”

He was charged Tuesday with cyberstalking, threatening a federal law officer and communicating threats across interstate lines.

Agent Brooks was investigating Bergrin cousin, Paul Bergrin, a well-known defense attorney and former federal prosecutor.

Authorities allege Bergin repeatedly called her and sent her four Easter cards to her new home in Pittsburgh.

 

 

FBI Director Comey to Explain Why FBI Believes North Korea Was Behind Sony Attack

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Cyber-security experts have expressed skepticism about the FBI’s claims that North Korea was involved in the hacking attacks of Sony, Gizmodo reports

After days of silence, FBI Director James Comey is expected today to present the bureau’s case that North Korea was involved during a speech at the International Conference on Cyber Security at Fordham University.

The FBI also caught criticism after saying the same hackers wanted to attack a news media organization. Authorities believe that threat was a hoax.

Some cyber-security experts don’t believe there’s enough evidence to link North Korea to the attacks, and some experts have said that former Sony employees were behind the attack.

FBI Searches for White Man in Pickup After NAACP Office Attacked by Bomb in Colorado

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is looking for a white man in his 40s after an explosive device was detonated outside the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette.

No one was injured and the damage is limited to the exterior of the building.

The FBI described a person of interest who was seen getting into an older model pickup truck and driving away with d\hidden or missing plates.

“Some neighbors came out and said they saw a Caucasian gentleman get into a white truck,” said Gene Southerland, who owns Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, which shares the building with the NAACP office.

“It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It’s frightening,” he said.

At least two volunteers were inside at the time and saw an incendiary device and a can of gas.