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Arkansas Man Sentenced to 40 Years in Prison for Death Threats to FBI Agents

FBI’s Little Rock Field Office. (FBI)

By Steve Neavling

An Arkansas man who sent death threats to FBI agents and a former U.S. attorney was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison on Wednesday. 

Clayton Jackson, 35, who was living in Dewitt, Arkansas, at the time, mailed two letters to the FBI office in Little Rock in February 2020 and March 2020, threatening to kill multiple bureau employees. Jackson signed the letters. 

In an interview with the FBI, Jackson admitted sending the letters and repeated his intention to kill the employees. 

After he was indicted, Jackson continued to send death threats to the employees and former U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland. In the letters, he said he planed to escape from prison to kill the employees and Hiland. 

Jackson pleaded guilty on Nov. 2 to three counts of threatening to assault and murder a federal official and two counts of mailing threatening communications. 

 “This defendant’s repeated threats against law enforcement were a failed attempt to intimidate those who have sworn to protect and serve,” Acting United States Attorney Jonathan D. Ross said in a statement. “This lengthy sentence should serve as a warning: threats like these will not be tolerated and will not prevent law enforcement from doing their important work of protecting our communities.”

Jason Van Goor, acting special agent in charge of the Little Rock office, added, “We take any threat against law enforcement seriously, and we believe Mr. Jackson’s 40-year sentence will serve as a warning to anyone thinking about threatening federal agents and officers. As always, we are grateful to our partners at the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Arkansas for their tremendous work on this case.”

FBI Investigating Threats Against Muslims During NC Conservative Activists Meeting

cair-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating alleged death threats against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina, the Associated Press reports. 

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) requested a federal investigation after a speaker in Kernersville spoke about the Muslim Brotherhood.

Audio captured by alternative newspaper Triad City Beat revealed that someone at the meeting said, “Any recommendations on how we can stop this? Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out of them.”

The speaker suggested Muslims are trying to take over the U.S.

The FBI wrote in a press release: “The FBI is aware of news media stories about a recent meeting in North Carolina where comments were reportedly made against the Muslim community. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine if a federal violation involving threats of violence that is not speech protected under the First Amendment has occurred. The safety and security of our citizens is a priority for the FBI and we have been in contact with local community leaders to assure them we take potential threats of violence very seriously.”

Rep. Chaffetz Claims He Received Death Threats over Tweets about Clinton Probe

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he received death threats after tweeting about the FBI’s renewed interest in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email servers.

Chaffetz, who is chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform committee, said he has increased his security, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. 

In one of the tweets, Chaffetz mischaracterized a letter from the FBI, saying the bureau had reopened the investigation, even though it had never been closed.

“Unfortunately, I have had some death threats,” Chaffetz said. “Most people want to express their opinions in very volatile situations but you get some people who are a little too aggressive and I’ve turned those over to the authorities to deal with.”

Chaffetz declined to discuss the specific threats.

FBI: ISIS Threatens to Kill Moderate Muslim Leaders in America

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS has threatened to kill a Michigan Muslim leader for his outspoken views against extremism.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Shaykh Hisham Kabbani, 71, of Fenton, was among five Muslim-American religious leaders and scholars whom ISIS listed in its online magazine as people who should be killed for being “apostates” and “crusaders.”

ISIS also called for the death of five Muslim American politician or government officials, including U.S. Rep Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and Huma Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton.

The FBI confirmed the death threats.

“We are aware of the information, but beyond that, we are not commenting at this time,” said Jill Washburn, spokeswoman for the Detroit office of the FBI.

Top Justice Department Officials Accused of Misconduct in ATF Case

Jay Dobyns/his website

Jay Dobyns/his website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Top Justice Department officials are accused of withholding information from a judge about irregularities in a lawsuit against the ATF, The Arizona Republic reports, citing recently unsealed documents.

The case involves retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns, who alleges the ATF failed to properly investigate an intentional fire at his Tucson house in 2008 and failed to protect him and his family against death threats.

Unsealed documents suggest that top Justice Department officials failed to provide e-mails that show that a DOJ attorney tried to prevent the re-opening of a botched arson investigation.

Other records also indicate that one of the DOJ officials met with subordinates to determine whether they should tell the judge about a possible threat made to an internal-affairs agent in the case.

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Investigators: American Accused of Trying to Join ISIS Threatened to Kill FBI Agents

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota man arrested for allegedly trying to travel to Syria to join ISIS told an informant that he’d kill FBI agents if he felt threatened, CBS reports. 

Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, was among six Minnesota men arrested last month on charges of conspiring to provide material support to foreign terrorists.

According to authorities, Farah even discussed tweeting FBI agents upon arrival in Syria. In a recorded conversation, he said he would kill FBI agents “if our backs are against the wall.”

Daud’s attorney, Bruce Nestor, said the allegations are nonsense because his client never intended to commit any of the crimes.

“Many of the alleged statements are simply youthful boasting which, like the so-called conspiracy, were encouraged and facilitated by a government informant who himself tried to join ISIS and repeatedly had lied to the government,” Nestor said.

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Pennsylvania Man Charged with Threatening to Kill 2 FBI Agents in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most people are wise enough to know not to threaten an FBI agent with violence.

Not a Pennsylvania man, who is accused of threatening to kill two Philadelphia FBI agents and their families through more than 850 e-mails sent over just four months in 2012, Philly.com reports.

Justin Michael Credico has been charged with two counts each of threatening federal law enforcement officers and threatening their families.

Some of the messages are riddled with obscene language and death threats.

 

 

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D.C. Firefighter Threatens to Air Threats Over Fire Truck’s Loudspeaker near White House

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

This wasn’t your typical call to the White House.

The man on the phone was a Washington D.C. firefighter who was angry that investigators in Anne Arundel County were not reviewing death threats he had been receiving, myfoxdc.com reports.

“What do I have to do? Air those threats over the truck’s loudspeaker when I come onto the White House grounds?” the man asked on the White House comment line.

The veteran firefighter was placed on desk duty pending an investigation after White House officials expressed alarm.

The firefighter said he regrets making the call and did it out of frustration because no one was taking his report of threats seriously.