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Archive for June 19th, 2014

Doomsday Man Surrenders After Spending 2 Days in Woods in Florida, Gets Cheeseburgers, Fries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After spending two days hiding from authorities in the woods, a Florida man accused of building explosive devices to prepare for the end of the world surrendered Wednesday without incident, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Martin Winters waited outside the FBI field office in Tampa while his attorneys arranged for his surrender.

In exchange, the 55-year-old received cheeseburgers, fries and dry shoes from the FBI.

“We’re glad to report that Mr. Winters did the right thing,” said FBI spokesman David Couvertier. “We were hoping for a peaceful resolution, and today we got that.”

The FBI was worried Winters would resort to violence to keep authorities from descending on him.

U.S. Captures Suspected Mastermind of Benghazi Attacks Without Firing a Single Bullet

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

The alleged mastermind of the deadly Benghazi attack in 2012 has finally been captured – and not a single bullet was used, CNN reports.

U.S. commandos and law enforcement spent days monitoring Ahmed Abu Khatallah before his capture Tuesday.

Khatallah’s arrest is the first connected to the 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. That attack killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. citizens.

“We retain the option of adding additional charges in the coming days,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said. “Even as we begin the process of putting (Abu) Khatallah on trial and seeking his conviction before a jury, our investigation will remain ongoing as we work to identify and arrest any co-conspirators.”

Judge: Even Convicted Terrorists Have Right to Call Friends, Relatives from Prison

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Even a convicted terrorist has a right to communicate with friends and relatives.

So ruled U.S. District Judge Marcia Krieger in the case of Khalfan Khamis Mohammed, who sued the FBI because he was barred from communicating with a list of 32 friends and relatives, the Associated Press reports.

Mohammed, who is in federal prison in southern California, was convicted of killing 11 people and injuring 85 in the 1998 bombing of a U.S. embassy in Tanzania.

The judge said authorities couldn’t bar a prisoner from calling friends and family unless the inmate poses a real national security threat.

The FBI, the judge ruled, didn’t present sufficient evidence that Mohammed posed dangers while in prison.

Michigan Congresswoman Calls on President Obama to Dispatch National Guard to Address Immigration Crisis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Michigan congresswoman is urging President Obama to dispatch the National Guard to address a growing humanitarian crisis involving tens of thousands of children illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Fox News reports.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, a Republican, urged the president in a letter to address the overcrowding along the border.

“I strongly urge you to call upon the National Guard to assist our overwhelmed border agents in not only addressing the unfolding humanitarian crisis, but also to assist our agents in defending our border against the violent drug cartels who are increasing smuggling operations as a result of this crisis,” wrote Miller, who is vice chair of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Since October, border patrol officials have apprehended more than 47,000 children – nearly twice the number captured this time last year.

“Rather than carrying out their regular duties, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents are put in the position of providing basic child care,” Miller said in her letter. “This diversion away from normal patrol responsibilities will result in an increase of drugs and migrants illicitly crossing our border.”

ATF Sees Major Upswing in Recovered, Traced Machine Guns in Pennsylvania

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF recovered and traced more machine guns in Pennsylvania than in the past four years combined, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The ATF issued the alarming report, which states that the ATF reported 132 machine gun traces in the past year in Pennsylvania. By contrast, the agency traced 110 machine guns between 2009 and 2012.

The ATF defines a machine gun as “any weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”

In Pennsylvania, adults can obtain permits to own machine guns. The state has 17,714 such permits.

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