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FBI: New York Man Charged in Terror Plot to Shoot U.S. soldiers, Shiite Muslims

American war reporter James Wright Foley was beheaded by ISIS.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New York man is accused of trying to buy guns for the terror group ISIS and has been charged with terrorism-related counts following an FBI investigation, NBC reports.

The FBI alleges Mufid Elfgeeh wanted to kill American soldiers and Shiite Muslims in the U.S. He also wanted to recruit potential ISIS fighters for Iraq and Syria, investigators said.

The FBI said he wasn’t just talk and had purchased a handgun with silencer to begin carrying out an attack.

FBI agents had their eyes on Elfgeeh and moved in when he began seeking financial help to carry out an attack.

Mentally Ill Man Gets 15 Years in Prison for Plotting to Blow up Bank of America in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A homegrown terror plot in California was so fanciful and bizarre that few people believe the California suspect could have pulled it off.

Nevertheless, a judge sentenced Aaron Llaneza to 15 years in prison Thursday for trying to blow up a Bank of America in Oakland with a fake bomb, which investigators provided, the Associated Press reports.

Llaneza, who is mentally ill, doesn’t have the capacity to do actual damage, his attorney said.

“Matthew was not a radicalized jihadist but rather a delusional, severely mentally disturbed young man; he had no technical skills to speak of,”  Assistant Federal Public Defender Jerome Matthews wrote in a memo. “He had no training or background that would have helped him to accomplish an actual bombing; he was preternaturally suggestible and desirous of being accepted; and, not least, he had no desire to inflict mass casualties.”

Federal investigators disagreed.

“Defendants’ offense conduct here was very serious. He knowingly and willfully participated in a plan to blow up a bank building. He created the plan and selected the target. He helped build what he believed to be a large bomb to accomplish the plan. He drove the bomb to the bank building, placed it in a location designed to maximize its destructive force, then attempted to detonate it twice,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Caputo wrote in the memo. “Had the bomb been real, it would have destroyed at least a portion of the building and easily could have killed or seriously injured innocent bystanders.”

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Charged with Federal Crimes at Hospital Bed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors charged Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at his hospital bed Monday, Reuters reports.

The criminal complaint charges mean Tsarnaev won’t be treated as an enemy combatant.

“We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice,”  White House spokesman Jay Carney said. “Under U.S. law, United States citizens cannot be tried in military commission.”

Tsarnaev has been unable to speak because of his injuries.

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Former FBI Agent Sentenced to Six Months in Jail for Embezzling Money Intended for Confidential Informants

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who embezzled money from a fund to pay confidential informants was sentenced Monday to six months in federal prison, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced.

Timothy Klotz, of Oklahoma, also was sentenced to six months of house arrest after pleading guilty to embezzlement.

Klotz also was ordered to return more than $43,000 to the FBI,

The 45-year-old is scheduled to be imprisoned on Jan. 18.

U.S. Atty Files Gun Charge Against Gilbert Arenas; Guilty Plea Expected Friday

Gilbert Arenas
Gilbert Arenas

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Attorney’s Office on Thursday charged troubled Washington Wizard star Gilbert Arenas with a felony for carrying a pistol without a license.

The charge, which came in the form of a “criminal information” in D.C. Superior Court, the city’s criminal court, normally is an indication that a plea agreement is forthcoming. The charge carries a penalty of up to 5 years, but Arenas could also get probation.

Arenas is scheduled to appear Friday before Superior Court Judge Robert E. Morin where it’s likely he’ll enter a guilty plea.

The one-paragraph charging document alleged that on Dec. 21, 2009 Arenas “did carry, openly and concealed on or about his person, in a place other than his dwelling place, place of business or on other land possessed by him, a pistol without license/licenses issued pursuant to law.”

His attorney Kenneth Wainstein, the former U.S. Attorney, did not return a phone call immediately for comment.

Arenas has been suspended indefinitely and there’s a good chance he won’t be returning to the Wizards, a team that has been struggling all year. The team is in last place in the Southeast division of the Eastern Conference of the NBA with a 12 and 25 record. They are 2 and 8 in the last 10 games.

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Exclusive: Authorities to Announce Murder Charge Today Against Long-time Suspect in Chandra Levy Case

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — Authorities are expected to  announce today that a long-time suspect has been charged in the death of intern Chandra Levy, according to sources.
Charges are being filed against Ingmar Guandique, who is already serving a 10 year sentence for attacking two joggers in Rock Creek Park where Chandra Levy’s body was discovered in 2002.

One law enforcement source said authorities had built a cirumstantial case that included information from at least one person who knew Guandique. The charges were expected to be filed in D.C. Superior Court.

Levy, 24, disappeared in the Spring of 2001, triggering a summer full of stories and speculation about then-Congressman Gary Condit (D-Calif.), who had been carrying on an affair with the intern.

Authorities focused on Condit for quite a while, but eventually concluded that he had nothing to do with her disappearance. The publicity and the way Condit handled the matter — not very well — ended up derailing his promising political career which included aspirations to one day be California governor.

Susan Levy, Chandra’s mother, was contacted at her home shortly after noon Tuesday, but said she was too busy to talk at the moment.

Linda Katz, Chandra’s aunt, who lives in Maryland, said upon hearing the news: “I hope justice is served, and if he is proven guilty,  he gets the maximum penalty under the law.”

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Former Orioles Shortstop Miguel Tejada Charged With Lying to Congressional Investigators


The charges come as the feds continue to look into Roger Clemens and his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Tejada, who now plays for the Houston Astros, is expected to plead guilty.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada was charged today with lying to Congressional investigators about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Federal prosecutors accused Tejada of making misrepresentations to Congressional staffers during an interview in a Baltimore hotel room focusing on the prevalence of steroids in the game.
The charge came in “a criminal information,” a document that can only be filed with the defendant’s consent and usually signals a plea deal is near. Tejada, who now plays for the Houston Astros, is scheduled to appear at 11 a.m. tomorrow in U.S. District Court in Washington, court officials said.
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