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“Austin Powers” Star Verne Troyer Complains About TSA Treatment at LAX

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

“Austin Powers” star Verne Troyer posted a photo of TSA agents conducting what many fans considered to be an invasive search, the New York Daily News reports.

Troyer, who has a dwarfism disability and rides a scooter, posted the photo on Facebook entitled, “TSA Struggles.”

It shows a TSA agent conducting a patdown while Troyer is in his scooter at the Los Angeles International Airport’.

The TSA said nothing unusual happened during the search.

“The screening process for a passenger who uses a wheelchair or scooter is determined by their ability to stand and walk,” Ross Feinstein, press secretary for TSA said in a statement to the Daily News Monday.

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FBI Fears Doomsday Man May Have Stashed Weapons While Manhunt Continues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of an end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents may have stashed weapons in a hidden bunker, the FBI said.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that Martin Howard Winters, 55, remains at large and is considered armed and dangerous.

The FBI on Tuesday announced a $5,000 reward for information leader to his arrest.

“Mr. Winters is very familiar with this area, especially wooded areas,” FBI spokesman David Couvertier said Tuesday. “He knows the terrain. He knows the best places to hide, the best places to track, to move, when to move. So we suspect that he does have specific sites that he’s very comfortable with, and he may have supplies there or know the terrain so well that he can hide.”

Agents were close to capturing Winters Monday, when the suspect was able to elude police following a high-speed chase.

“The way it was described — there was steam coming out of the engine, so that tells you how hard he was pushing that vehicle,” Couvertier said.

Florida Man Accused of Plotting Deadly Confrontation with Federal Agents Is at Large

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal manhunt is underway for a Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of a end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Howard Winters, 55, was indicted on June on charges stemming from an investigation of a group that he headed called the River Otter Preppers.

The devices were booby traps made of metal tubes designed to fire 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Winters and the River Otter Preppers “are preparing for an end-of-times event as prophesied by the Book of Revelations in the Bible which he believes will occur in the near future,” the affidavit states, “which will require individuals to rely on themselves for food and protection from other individuals and the federal government.”

As of Tuesday morning, Winters was still at large.

“We’re hoping for a peaceful resolution to this,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “Nobody’s looking to do him any harm.”

FBI Denies Violating Rights of 5 Accused Sept. 11 Terrorist Conspirators After Investigating Defense Team

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI adamantly dismissed allegations Monday that its agents spied on defense teams and violated the rights of the five accused Sept. 11 terrorist conspirators, The Los Angeles Times reports.

A government lawyer argued to a military judge at Guantanamo Bay on Monday that the FBI did not conduct an undercover investigation of the defense teams and therefore no rights were violated.

Details were limited in open court, but the FBI was probing “personal security clearance” issues of some of the defense team, said Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, a senior Justice Department official.

The investigation appeared to be focused on whether anyone illegally released confidential and classified information to the public. At issue was a letter written by the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

Anti-Defamation League Launches Online Database of Extremist and Racist Symbols and Tattoos

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Looking to get a better understanding of extremist and racist symbols and tattoos?

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a Jewish organization which often works with law enforcement,  is out to help.

The organization on Monday announced that it has launched a major new online database of extremist and racist symbols and tattoos.

A press release states:

 ADL’s Hate on Display features 175 hate symbols identified as the potential “calling cards” of extremists, racists and haters and is the most comprehensive online resource available devoted to symbols and iconography employed by domestic extremists in the United States.

ADL’s original hate symbols database debuted in October 2000 with a collection of more than 70 symbols. The newly revised database is more comprehensive and includes several new categories, reflecting the fact that hate groups continue to develop and popularize new symbols even as the hateful power of old symbols endures.

“Just like Nazi Germany placed a great emphasis on symbols such as the swastika, and just as the KKK used burning crosses, nooses and other symbols to intimidate, white supremacists today place a great reliance on visual symbols to intimidate others and to privately communicate with fellow racists,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “These symbols are often the first calling cards of racists and bigots.”

 

FBI Tried in Vain to Lure Legendary Quarterback Joe Montana Into a Real Estate Sting

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI tried unsuccessfully to lure quarterback legend Joe Montana into a real estate sting, the San Francisco Gate reports.

Montana’s attorney James Brosnahan said the bureau used an undercover agent posing as a real estate investor interested in partnering with a planned hotel development next to the 49ers’ new stadium.

“It shows the deepest lack of judgment I can imagine,” Brosnahan said.

The agent “presented himself as an honest businessman who wanted to invest in Montana’s hotel,” Brosnahan said.

The Gate reports that Montana wasn’t interested in a new partner and didn’t appear to do anything illegal.

The meeting with Montana was part of a four-year probe into that ended in the indictments in March of Leland  Yee, a now-suspended state senator, and 28 others.

War Crimes Tribunal to Hear Complaints About FBI Trying to Turn Member of Defense Team into Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

A U.S. war crimes tribunal will determine whether the FBI acted inappropriately by trying to turn a member of the legal defense team into an informant, Reuters reports.

Attorneys for Guantanamo Bay inmates accused of orchestrating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks plan to argue that the FBI created a conflict of interest.

The Guantanamo Bay military commission is to hear the defense motion today and Tuesday.

The defendants have been held since 2002 and 2003.

Reporters are monitoring the hearing through a closed-circuit TV in Maryland.

Off-Duty FBI Agent Averts Possible Mass Shooting by Killing Gunman in Sports Bar

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty FBI agent shot and killed a gunman who walked into a bar and opened fire on his ex-wife and her new boyfriend at a sports bar in Illinois on Saturday night, the Journal Star reports.

The gunman, Jason A. Moore, shot his ex-wife, Lori A. Moore, 33, and her boyfriend in the head at Fifth Quarter Sports Bar and Pizzeria. They died en route to the hospital, according to the Journal Star.

The gunman died at the scene.

Authorities believe the FBI agent, whose name has not been released, may have averted a mass shooting.