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Archive for August 22nd, 2013

Writer William Vollmann Says FBI Suspected Him of Being Unabomber, Terrorist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Few authors write with as much insight into violence and war as William Vollmann.

The winner of a National Book Award, Vollmann revealed in a Harper’s essay, “Life as a Terrorist,” that he was suspected of being a terrorist and even the Unabomber because of the content of his fiction, the Washington Post writes.

In the September issue of Harper’s magazine, Vollmann reveals the outrageous contents of his 785-page secret government file – 300 pages of which were obtained by suing the FBI and CIA.

“I begin to see how government haters are made,” he writes.

Vollmann discovered that he was investigated for ties to terrorism and was even suspected of being the Unabomber.

“Once you’re a suspect and you’re in the system, that ain’t goin’ away.  … Anytime there’s a terrorist investigation, your name’s gonna come up,” Vollmann wrote.

FBI, NSA Monitored Emails, Texts in Salt Lake City Area During Winter Olympics in 2002

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and NSA monitored all emails and text messages in the Salt Lake City area in 2002 when the city was hosting the Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Unnamed officials said the two agencies worked with Qwest Communications to intercept communications for nearly six months.

Former Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, said he wasn’t aware of the surveillance but said it’s to be expected.

“If they were not intercepting text messages then they were not doing their jobs at the center of world attention,” Bennett said. “Sure they were. I just assumed that they were.”

The Olympics came just five months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Fourth Man Admits Involvement in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent Over Night-Vision Goggles

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Mexican national admitted Wednesday that he and two other gunman were involved in the 2009 murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern California, CNN reports.

Marcos Rodriguez-Perez pleaded guilty to conspiracy, robbery and firearm charges, saying he and two others detained Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr. at gunpoint.

The reason – they wanted his night-vision goggles.

Rosas was shot multiple times as he struggled, according to the plea agreement.

The suspects fled to Mexico with the agent’s bag, firearm, handcuffs, and goggles. CNN wrote.

Parents Awarded $3M in Wrongful Death Suit in Son’s Death at Hands of DEA

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The parents of an 18-year-old honor student who was shot and killed by plainclothes DEA agents in a state of confusion in southern California were awarded $3 million in a wrongful death lawsuit, the Los Angeles Times reports.

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled that the DEA agents were not negligent in their actions but should not have fired their weapons at Zachary Champommier’s car because it was unlikely to improve the situation.

Family members described Zachary as a harmless “band geek” who would never intentionally hurt law enforcement, the LA Times wrote.

The shooting occurred while Champommier arrived at the Studio City parking lot to meet a friend. When he saw the people detaining his friend, he hit a sheriff’s deputy with his car.

According to the suit, Champommier “had no way of knowing that these were law enforcement officers rather than criminal thugs,” and he drove his car to “escape the danger.”

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Veteran Special Agent in FBI to Head N.C. Department of Public Safety

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frank Perry, who served 22 years as a special agent for the FBI, was named as secretary of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Triangle Business Journal writes.

Gov. Pat McCrory made the appointment after Perry began serving as the department’s interim secretary earlier this month.

“Frank Perry has dedicated his life to public safety, primarily through his distinguished FBI career,” McCrory said in an announcement. “He brings a wealth of real-world experience to the helm of DPS in addition to his dedication to public service.”

Perry is a North Carolina graduate who was completing doctoral work on ethics and political philosophy when he was recruited by the FBI, according to the Triangle Business Journal.