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Archive for March 29th, 2010

FBI Impersonator Went as Far As to Hire An Assistant, Authorities Charge

fbi-badgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Over the years, many people have impersonated FBI agents, but few have gone as far as Brenna Marie Reilly. She even hired an assistant who worked out of her apartment.

Reilly, 29, of Arlington, Va., now faces a federal indictment in Virginia. She is free but in  her mother’s custody in Holyoke, Mass.,  and has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, court records show.

Authorities alleged that Reilly told neighbors, starting in August 2009, that she was a director of the FBI’s Forensic Division and an assistant director of the FBI., according to an affidavit from FBI agent Kari Alexa Parker.

In November, she offered two people a job as her assistant and asked them to fill out government applications, the affidavit said. One declined the job. The other accepted. The job was to begin Dec. 15.

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Feds Indict 9 Christian Militia Members on Charges of Conspiring to Kill Law Enforcement Officers

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire

Nine suspected members of a Christian militia were indicted in Detroit on charges of conspiring to kill law enforcement officers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday.

Authorities charged that six Michigan residents, two from Ohio and one from Indiana plotted, according to one plan,  to kill an unidentified law enforcement officer and then kill officers who showed up to the funeral.

The indictment said the militia known as Hutaree considered its enemies to be “state and local law enforcement, who are deemed ‘foot-soldiers’ of the Federal government, Federal law enforcement agencies and employees, participants in the “New World Order” and anyone who does not share in the Hutaree’s beliefs.”

After the Oklahoma bombing in 1995, the spotlight turned to Michigan militias. Convicted bomber Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had been hanging out at a farmhouse in Decker, Mi. about two hours north of Detroit.  Terry’s brother James Nichols, who was never indicted, ran a farm in Decker and espoused anti-government views.

Monday’s unsealed indictment said that since at least 2008, the Hutaree militia had been conducting military-style training in Lenawee County in Michigan and elsewhere with the purposes of preparing for the impending war with its enemies.

The indictment said the group also discussed a variety of violent acts including “killing a member of law enforcement after a traffic stop, killing a member of law enforcement and his or her family at home, ambushing a member of law enforcement in rural communities, luring a member of law enforcement with a false 911 emergency call and then killing him or her, and killing a member of law enforcement and then attacking the funeral procession with weapons of mass destruction.”

The indictment said the militia obtained information about Improvised Explosive Devices over the Internet.

One of the militia member David Brian Stone told members that a covert reconnaissance exercise was scheduled for April 2010 and “anyone who happened upon the exercise who did not acquiesce to Hutaree demands would be killed,” the indictment said.

“Because the Hutaree had planned a covert reconnaissance operation for April which had the potential of placing an unsuspecting member of the public at risk, the safety of the public and of the law enforcement community demanded intervention at this time.”

Andrew Arenas, head of the Detroit FBI, said : “This is an example of radical and extremist fringe groups which can be found throughout our society.”

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FBI Arrests 9th Person in Militia Case Monday Night (Detroit News)

Low-Key Brooklyn U.S. Atty. Benton Campbell Could Be Replaced Soon By Obama Appointee

In a town not known for its subtleties,  Brooklyn’s U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell is known as a low key, a nice guy.  He’ll be stepping down soon.
U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell/doj photo

U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell/doj photo

By A. G. SULZBERGER
New York Times

NEW YORK — It should have been the culmination of a distinguished prosecutorial career.

Benton J. Campbell, the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York, was making a rare public appearance in Washington to announce the guilty plea from the man at the center of the terrorist plot to detonate explosives on subways in New York.

He stood by silently as Attorney General Eric H. Holder

Jr. did most of the talking, fleshing out the details of the case he described as one of the most serious threats to the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.

Then, responding to a reporter’s question, Mr. Holder turned to Mr. Campbell, whose office had secured the conviction, and addressed him by name — the wrong name.

”I’ll let Ben Wagner answer that question,” Mr. Holder said.

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