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FBI: Missouri Man Who Plotted Hospital Attack Was White Supremacist in Touch with Army Soldier

Timothy Wilson, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Missouri man killed during a shootout with the FBI on Tuesday was a suspected white supremacist who was in contact with a then-active U.S. Army solder who was planning his own attack, according to the FBI.

More details have emerged about 36-year-old Timothy Wilson, who was “espoused white supremacist” and “made a threat that if any agent attempted to [search his property] they should ‘bring a lot of body bags,” according to the FBI alert obtained by ABC News.

Wilson was planning to soon try to detonate a bomb at a Kansas City-area medical center that was busy handling coronavirus patients.

According to the FBI alert, Wilson had “shared instructions on how to make an” improvised explosive device with another domestic terrorism suspect near Kansas City.

That suspect was Jarrett Smith, whom the FBI arrested in September 2019 for allegedly discussing a plot to bomb a major news network and attack then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, ABC News reports.

The FBI had been investigating Wilson for more than a year.

FBI: Army Soldier Strategized Attacking Major News Network, Beto O’Rourke

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Army soldier was arrested on allegations of planning to attack a major American news network, providing online instructions on building a bomb and strategizing an attack on Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.

The 24-year-old soldier, Jarret William Smith, also expressed interest in joining a violent far-right paramilitary group in Ukraine and killing members of Antifa, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Smith, who was assigned to the First Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kan., has been charged with distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.

Smith faces up to 24 years in prison.

Before joining the Army, Smith expressed interest in fighting in the Ukraine with a far-right group, according charging documents.

“No former military experience, but if I cannot find a slot in Ulaaine [SIC] by October I’ll be going into the Akmy [SIC],” Smith is accused of writing on Facebook chat. “To fight is what I want to do. I’m willing to listen, learn, and train. But to work on Firerums [SIC] is fine by me too.”

After joining the Army, Smith returned to Facebook chat to say he “got knowledge of IEDs for days.”

“We can make cell phone IEDs in the style of the Afghans. I can teach you that.”

FBI: U.S. Soldier Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Planned to Kill ‘a Bunch of People’

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Hawaii-based active duty soldier told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people” after he had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, was arrested Saturday and appeared in court Monday on terrorism charges, the Associated Press reports. 

Kang allegedly helped buy a drone with the intent of using it against American forces. He also is accused of saying he would to shoot “a bunch of people” with a rifle.

Kang thought he was meeting with Islamic State loyalists, but he was actually communicating with undercover agents.

Paul Delacourt, the FBI special agent in charge of the Hawaii bureau, said Kang was a lone wolf.

Former Army Sniper Sentenced to 20 Years for Conspiring to Kill DEA Agent

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former U.S. Army sniper instructor accused of conspiring in a plot to kill a DEA agent was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison.

The Associated Press reports that Joseph Hunter, also known as Rambo, was accused of receiving $100,000 to recruit snipers to kill a DEA agent. The people h
e hired – a former U.S. Army soldier and an ex-German soldier – were sentenced earlier to 20 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Laura Taylor Swain said Hunter made the “dishonorable choice” to conspire to kill an agent and a cooperating witness in Liberia in 2013.

“His was a choice that betrayed society and the honor and trust that this country invested in his military career,” Swain said.

Combat Army Veteran Sues Federal Government Over Its Handling of His PTSD

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Army sergeant who spent 10 months in Afghanistan is suing the federal government for how it handled his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sgt. Anthony Gazoda, 31, of Michigan, joined the Border Patrol after retuning home from a war zone. His job took him to Laredo, Texas.

“After about two months I started noticing my sleep was off. I started having anxiety and depression,” Gazvoda told WDIV

He was sent home after government doctors diagnosed him with PTSD.

“The government’s doctors have evaluated him and said he’s fit to be a Border Patrol agent. We just need to get him out of the southern, arid desert,” attorney Jason Turkish said.

His attorney said the environment created flashbacks of firefights in Afghanistan.

Since then, he said, the government has threatened to fire him if he didn’t return to Laredo.

“You send these brave men and women off to war. You have to be accountable when they return home,” Turkish said.

Ex-Army Soldier Accused of Plotting Attacks in Name of ISIS Not Charged with Terrorism

us-army-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Daniel Seth Franey is a former U.S. Army soldier who is accused of planning to ambush police officers, attack a Seattle-area military base and kill everyone at an annual gathering of top military brass, Vice News reports.

Yet Franey, who was arrested on Feb. 6, was never charged with terrorism, raising serious questions about how the FBI and federal prosecutors handled the case.

Instead, Franey was charged with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and two counts of unlawful possession of machine guns.

After receiving tips that Franey was bent on attacking Americans in the name of ISIS, an FBI informant spent eight months with the former soldier to gauge how serious he was. The informant even furnished Franey with guns before arresting him for illegal possession of weapons.

Franey faces up to 50 years in prison.

Pentagon Considers Demoting Retired Gen. David Patraeus After Revealing Classified Information

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

Former CIA Director David Petraeus

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Retired Gen. David Petraeus may have retired, but that doesn’t mean he’ll maintain his rank.

The Daily Beast reports that the federal government is considering retroactively demoting him for revealing classified information to his biographer-turned-mistress.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is considering whether to overrule the Army’s earlier recommendation to not demote Petraeus.

“The secretary is considering going in a different direction” from the Army, a defense official told The Daily Beast, requesting anonymity.

The idea is to send a message that the general government won’t tolerate the release of classified information.

FBI Seeks Helping Tracking Down Military Guns Stolen from Worcester Army Facility

James Morales.

James Morales.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for seven of 16 military guns that were stolen from a Worcester Army facility earlier this month and not recovered after the suspect in the theft was arrested, The Boston Herald reports. 

“As of right now, five of the six M-4 assault rifles and four of the ten M-11 pistols are back in the hands of law enforcement,” the FBI wrote in an announcement issued this morning. “The FBI is working aggressively, along with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners across the region, to recover the remaining seven weapons.”

A homeland man found a handful of guns at Mullaly Park near Yankee Stadium.

The suspect, James Walker Morales, 34, was arrested after authorities say he stole 10 9mm pistols and a six 5.6mm M4 rifles in a break-in Nov. 14.

Although authorities four nine of the weapons, seven are still missing, including an M-4 assault rifle.