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Archive for July 11th, 2017

Decade-Plus Search for New FBI Headquarters Is Canceled

The FBI's current headquarters in Washington D.C.

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI headquarters that has been in the works for more than 10 years has been scrapped, leaving agents and employees with no immediate solution to abandoning the crumbling, antiquated J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Among the stubborn snags has been Congress’ failure to provide enough money for a new building in the Washington suburbs. Under the plan, the FBI would trade the J. Edgar Hoover Building for space to build a new headquarters in the suburbs. The total cost to taxpayers was $2 billion.

Another roadblock was the lack of consistent leadership at the FBI and General Services Administration, which plans to announce the cancelation to bidders and in meetings on Capitol Hill this morning, The Washington Post reported Monday.

The 2.8-million-square-foot Hoover Building, which was dedicated in 1975, has been a constant source of frustration for agents and employees who also worry whether the deplorable conditions could cause security issues.

FBI: U.S. Soldier Who Pledged Allegiance to ISIS Planned to Kill ‘a Bunch of People’

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Hawaii-based active duty soldier told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people” after he had pledged allegiance to Islamic State.

Ikaika Kang, a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, was arrested Saturday and appeared in court Monday on terrorism charges, the Associated Press reports. 

Kang allegedly helped buy a drone with the intent of using it against American forces. He also is accused of saying he would to shoot “a bunch of people” with a rifle.

Kang thought he was meeting with Islamic State loyalists, but he was actually communicating with undercover agents.

Paul Delacourt, the FBI special agent in charge of the Hawaii bureau, said Kang was a lone wolf.

Smoking Gun Email Shows Trump Jr. Knew Russia Was Helping Get Dad Elected

Donald Trump Jr., via Wikipedia

Donald Trump Jr., via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A damning email obtained by federal investigators revealed that Donald Trump Jr. was informed that the Russian government had compromising information about Hillary Clinton that was intended sabotage her election chances.

The email, reviewed by the New York Times, contradicts Trump Jr.’s original assertions that he was meeting with a Russian lawyer to talk about adoptions. 

This paragraph is particularly damaging to the president’s son.:

“Before arranging a meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer he believed would offer him compromising information about Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. was informed in an email that the material was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s candidacy, according to three people with knowledge of the email.”

The e-mail could play a key role in the ongoing probe by the Justice Department and congressional investigators, who are trying to determine whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the presidential election.

Trump Jr.’s lawyer insisted his client did nothing wrong and will cooperate with investigators.

“In my view, this is much ado about nothing. During this busy period, Robert Goldstone contacted Don Jr. in an email and suggested that people had information concerning alleged wrongdoing by Democratic Party front-runner, Hillary Clinton, in her dealings with Russia,” he told The Times in an email on Monday. “Don Jr.’s takeaway from this communication was that someone had information potentially helpful to the campaign and it was coming from someone he knew. Don Jr. had no knowledge as to what specific information, if any, would be discussed.”

FBI’s Search for 4 Missing Pennsylvania Men Leads to an Arrest

Cosmo DiNardo, 20.

Cosmo DiNardo, 20.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s search for four missing Pennsylvania men helped lead to the arrest of a 20-year-old man connected to the case.

Cosmo DiNardo, of Bensalem, Pa., was arrested Monday and lodged in jail on $1 million bond on a gun charge, according to the Associated Press. 

The FBI, who has not identified DiNardo as a suspect in the men’s disappearance, found the 20-year-old in possession of a shotgun and ammunition, despite a history of mental illness and an involuntary commitment.

The FBI searched for signs of the missing men using heavy equipment at a large property owned by DiNardo’s family.

“The leads are incredibly hot, they’re very fruitful. We’re making great progress, but there’s so much more work to do,” Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub said. “We’re not going to rest until we get through every inch of that property.”

The FBI was searching the property because of tips.

One of the men went missing Wednesday, and three others vanished Friday.

Investigators suspect foul play.

“I surely believe there is,” Weintraub said.

Woman Facing Up to Year in Prison for Laughing at AG Jeff Sessions

Activist Desiree Fairooz was convicted of disorderly conduct.

Activist Desiree Fairooz was convicted of disorderly conduct.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is calling for prison time for a woman who laughed during Jeff Session’s confirmation hearing when a Republican senator from Alabama suggested that the attorney general nominee has a record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well documented,” The Independent reports. 

Activist Desiree Fairooz was arrested, charged and convicted by a jury of “disorderly conduct or disruptive conduct.”

Two activists who showed up at the hearing wearing KKK outfits were also charged with disorderly conduct.

The jury did not buy the suggestion of Fairooz’s attorney that the laugh was a “brief reflexive burst of noise.”

The Justice Department countered that the jury “could reasonably infer that the laugh was a deliberate disruption.”   

“The jury could infer from testimony and video evidence about the laugh and Fairooz’s subsequent conduct that her laugh was an intentional, loud statement of disagreement,” prosecutors said in the filing.

“The jury could have considered that upon being removed, Fairooz had a sign at the ready and loudly proclaimed and demonstrated her views. The jury then could reasonably view the resulting disruption as both an intentional and foreseeable result of the defendant’s course of conduct.”

Fairooz could be sentenced up to a year in prison this week, alongside the two activists who were wearing KKK outfits.

Sen. Richard Shelby is urging the court to impose the maximum penalty.

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