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Archive for June 17th, 2014

Florida Man Accused of Plotting Deadly Confrontation with Federal Agents Is at Large

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal manhunt is underway for a Florida man who is accused of building explosive devices as part of a end-of-the-world plan to kill federal agents, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Howard Winters, 55, was indicted on June on charges stemming from an investigation of a group that he headed called the River Otter Preppers.

The devices were booby traps made of metal tubes designed to fire 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Winters and the River Otter Preppers “are preparing for an end-of-times event as prophesied by the Book of Revelations in the Bible which he believes will occur in the near future,” the affidavit states, “which will require individuals to rely on themselves for food and protection from other individuals and the federal government.”

As of Tuesday morning, Winters was still at large.

“We’re hoping for a peaceful resolution to this,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “Nobody’s looking to do him any harm.”

FBI Denies Violating Rights of 5 Accused Sept. 11 Terrorist Conspirators After Investigating Defense Team

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI adamantly dismissed allegations Monday that its agents spied on defense teams and violated the rights of the five accused Sept. 11 terrorist conspirators, The Los Angeles Times reports.

A government lawyer argued to a military judge at Guantanamo Bay on Monday that the FBI did not conduct an undercover investigation of the defense teams and therefore no rights were violated.

Details were limited in open court, but the FBI was probing “personal security clearance” issues of some of the defense team, said Fernando Campoamor-Sanchez, a senior Justice Department official.

The investigation appeared to be focused on whether anyone illegally released confidential and classified information to the public. At issue was a letter written by the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.