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Archive for June 17th, 2011

Weekend Series on Crime History: Confessions of a Serial Killer

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FBI Says 40 Names on Terrorist “Hit List”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s being described as a wish list for terrorists.

ABC reports that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have sent a bulletin to law enforcement agencies alerting them of a terrorist “hit list” posted on a jihadi web site that names 40 prominent figures from government, the U.S. military and the media. It includes members of Congress and execs from an American company that produces drones.

“In response to the original posting,” says the U.S. government’s intelligence bulletin, according to ABC, “other forum members posted the names of over 40 heads of government, industry and media as potential targets.”

“Though there has been an increase in postings on extremist web forums since [Osama bin Laden’s] death on 2 May 2011, these examples are the most target specific threat postings in the forum since that date,” says the bulletin. The depth and breadth of the list provided . . . represent a familiarity with defense and intelligence contractors and private sector support.”

ABC reported that an FBI official who reviewed the notice called the list a “wish list” and aspirational.

Feds Arrest Man for Threatening to Kill N.M. Fed Judge

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Emailing may be hazardous to your freedom

Brian Stacy of Los Alamos, N.M. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sending emails threatening to murder U.S. District Judge John E. Conway in Albuquerque, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Authorities said Stacy has prior arrests for possession of an unregistered firearm and numerous probation violations one of which was for threatening a Federal Probation Officer.

The subject line of one email, according to an FBI affidavit, was “I’m going to kill you spick.”

Some of the text included: “a little faggot midget like yourself is dead you queer!” and “I kill people like you for fun.”

Pres. Bush Sent Alberto Gonzales to See Ashcroft in Hospital, The Atlantic Reports

Alberto Gonzales/Fox 34

By Murray Waas
The Atlantic

In March 2004, White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales made a now-famous late-night visit to the hospital room of Attorney General John Ashcroft, seeking to get Ashcroft to sign a certification stating that the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program was legal. According to people familiar with statements recently made by Gonzales to federal investigators, Gonzales is now saying that George Bush personally directed him to make that hospital visit.

The hospital visit is already central to many contemporaneous historical accounts of the Bush presidency. At the time of the visit, Ashcroft had been in intensive care for six days, was heavily medicated, and was recovering from emergency surgery to remove his gall bladder.

Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey has said that he believes that Gonzales and White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card, who accompanied Gonzales to Ashcroft’s hospital room, were trying to take advantage of Ashcroft’s grievously ill state—pressing him to sign the certification possibly without even comprehending what he was doing—and in the process authorize a government surveillance program which both Ashcroft and the Justice Department had concluded was of questionable legality.

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Barefoot Bandit Set to Plea

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The infamous “Barefoot Bandit who gained international fame by stealing boats, cars and planes, and committing some crime while barefoot — and at least on one occasion naked —  is expected to plead guilty on Friday in Seattle federal court, the Associated Press reported.

Colton Harris-Moore, 20, guilty plea will address questions whether he can participate in book or movie deals, with proceeds used to repay victims, his lawyer Emma Scanlan said, according to AP. She said restitution could total about $1.3 million.

After committing crimes across the U.S., he stole a plane and went to the Bahamas, where he was captured last July.

Federal prosecutors had filed court papers saying the government should get all proceeds made from books or movies.

“The property forfeited includes … any and all intellectual property or other proprietary rights belonging to the defendant, based upon or pertaining to any narration, description, publication, dissemination or disclosure of information relating to” government said.

Authorities claim he stole at least five planes and assaulted law enforcement officers.