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FBI Foils Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Whitmer

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

By Steve Neavling

The FBI said Thursday that it had thwarted a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ahead of the presidential election, leading to charges against 13 men who are accused of planing to attack law enforcement, overthrow the government and instigate a civil war. 

The extraordinary plot involved months of planning that included combat drills, building explosives, and rehearsing to kidnap the Democratic governor from her vacation. 

The men, angry of Whitmer’s COVID-19 restricts, are charged with terrorism, conspiracy, and weapons charges. Six were charged in federal court, and seven were charged on the state level. The groups trained together, authorities said. 

Four of the suspects planned to meet Wednesday to “make payments on explosives and exchange tactical gear.”

The FBI credited undercover agents and informants for thwarting the violence. 

“Federal and state law enforcement are committed to working together to make sure violent extremists never succeed with their plans, particularly when they target our duly elected leaders,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge said in a statement.

U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider called the allegations “deeply disturbing.”

“All of us can disagree about politics, but those disagreements should never, ever result in violence,” Scheinder said. “We owe our thanks to the men and women of law enforcement who uncovered this plot and have worked so hard to protect Governor Whitmer.”

The FBI has warned of the increasing dangers posed by right-wing extremists. 

Man Accused of Plotting to Kidnap One of President Obama’s Dogs Claimed He Was Jesus Christ

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused to trying to kidnap one of the Obama family’s dogs was arrested Wednesday with weapons and ammunition in his car, The Washington Post reports. 

Scott D. Stockert, 49, of North Dakota, has made many bizarre claims since his arrest. He claimed he was Jesus Christ and the son of John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe. He also said he planned to run for president, the Post wrote.

Stockert was not registered to own a gun and was charged with carrying a rifle or shotgun outside his home or place of business.

Obama has two Portuguese water dogs.

Other Stories of Interest

3 Columbians Who Helped Kidnap, Murder FBI Agent sentenced to 20+ Years

James Terry Watson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three Columbian nationals who participated in the kidnapping and murder of DEA Special Agent James “Terry” Watson in Bogota, Columbia, on June 20, 2013, were sentenced to 20 to 27 years.

The defendants had previously entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to kidnap and aiding and abetting the murder of an internationally protected person, the Latin American Herald Tribune .

Héctor Leonardo López, 34, Julio Estiven Gracia Ramírez, 32, and Andrés Álvaro Oviedo García, 22, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kidnap and aiding and abetting the murder of an internationally protected person. Today, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee of the Eastern District of Virginia sentenced López to 25 years, Gracia Ramírez to 27 years, and Oviedo García to 20 years.

The defendants admitted they lured victims, including Watson, into taxis, kidnapping and mugging them.

On June 20, Watson was attacked with a knife and stun gun while in the back of the cab. He managed to escape but died from his injuries.

“Throughout his law enforcement career, Special Agent Watson’s service was both selfless and courageous,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “With this action, we continue our work to hold accountable those who were responsible for his murder. In the weeks ahead, we expect to take additional steps to bring the perpetrators to justice. And in all that we do, our nation’s Department of Justice will continue to honor Special Agent Watson’s sacrifice, to safeguard the nation he served, and to protect the values and principles he defended all his life.”

 

U.S. Angry Over Release of Mexican Drug Lord Convicted of Torture, Murder of DEA Agent

 

Enrique Camarena

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican drug lord convicted of kidnapping, torturing and murdering a DEA agent in 1985 has been released from jail, a move that has incensed U.S. law enforcement, Slate reports.

The U.S. expressed deep frustration with a three-judge court that decided to overturn Caro Quintero’s sentence on the argument that he should have been prosecuted in state not federal court.

Slate reported that the U.S. is working with Mexican authorities to nab others responsible for the murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.”

The Justice Department is among the U.S. agencies expressing concern with Mexico.

U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas-R, called the decision to overturn Quintero’s sentence “insulting” and warned of a “negative impact” between U.S. and Mexico relations.

Suspect in Abductions, Rape of 3 Girls in Cleveland is Charged

Austrian Government Seeks FBI Help in Kidnapping Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frustrated over the pace of an investigation into the 8-year abduction case of Natascha Kampusch, Austrian officials took the unusual step of requesting help from the FBI, The Independent reports.

The Austrian Parliament made the recommendation after spotting inconsistencies in the case that suggest an accomplice may have been involved.

Kampusch was abducted at the age of 10 off a street in Vienna in 1998. Her tormentor held her in a a specially built underground cell in his suburban home. In 2006, at age 18, she managed to escape.

Kampusch said an accomplice was in the van when she was abducted, but authorities pressured her to keep that observation quiet.