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FBI: Undercover Sting Ensnares White Supremacist Who Planned to Bomb Colorado Synagogue

Richard Holzer

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 27-year-old white supremacist accused of planning to bomb a Colorado synagogue as part of a “racial holy war.”

Richard Holzer was arrested Friday night after he believed he was picking up pipe bombs and dynamite from co-conspirators who turned out to be undercover federal agents.

Holzer planned to bomb the Temple Emanuel synagogue in Pueblo, Colo., the FBI alleges.

While picking up the phony bombs, Holzer was carrying a copy of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” and wearing a Nazi armband, The Washington Post reports, citing FBI Special Agent John W. Smith’s court filing.

Holzer faces up to 20 years in prison after he was arraigned Monday on a charge of attempting to obstruct people from exercising their religious freedom through force and attempted use of explosives and fire.

“We thwarted an imminent threat to our community,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips said at a news conference.

Holzer caught the attention of the FBI earlier this year when investigators spotted anti-Semitic posts on social media. Posing as a white supremacist, an undercover agent established a relationship with Holzer, who sent pictures of himself with guns and swastikas.

Holzer is accused of telling the undercover agent he was “getting ready” for a “racial holy war.”

The FBI said Holzer confessed to the plot after his arrest.

Police: Serial Bombing Suspect Was Troubled But Not Motivated by Hate

Serial bombing suspect Mark Conditt.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The unemployed 23-year-old who blew himself up after authorities said he was behind a spate of violent explosions that terrorized the Texas capital for three weeks was not motivated by hate, according to interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley.

Rather, the serial bombing suspect, Mark Conditt, who was home-schooled and dropped out of community college, was acting out because he was struggling to adjust to adulthood, Manley said after investigators watched a 25-minute cell phone video “confession.”

“He does not at all mention anything about terrorism, nor does he mention anything about hate,” Manley told the Austin Statesman.“But instead it is the outcry of a very challenged young man talking about challenges in his personal life.”

Police have not yet released the video or disclosed in detail what Conditt said in the confession.

Conditt’s alleged reign of terror, which included four package bombs that detonated in Austin and killed two people and injured several others, ended early Wednesday morning with a brief police chase that resulted in Conditt detonating a homemade bomb in his red pickup truck, killing himself and injuring a police officer.

Homeland Security Warned of Possible Terror Attack Days Before NYC Bombing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just five days before a bungled New York City subway bombing, Homeland Security warned of the potential for an ISIS terrorist attack, possibly by a lone wolf.

“We assess there is currently an elevated threat of [homegrown] lone offender attacks by ISIS sympathizers, which is especially concerning because mobilized lone offenders present law enforcement with limited opportunities to detect and disrupt their plots,” according to Robin Taylor, acting deputy under secretary for intelligence operations at Homeland Security, the Washington Examiner reports

The warning, issued during a Senate hearing last week, followed evidence that ISIS and al Qaeda continue to have a strong presence on social media, where so-called lone wolfs are recruited in the U.S.

“We continue to monitor the evolving threat posed by ISIS. ISIS fighters’ battlefield experience in Syria and Iraq have armed it with advanced capabilities that most terrorist groups do not have,” Taylor told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee chaired by Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson. “Even as the so-called ‘caliphate’ collapses, ISIS fighters retain their toxic ideology and a will to fight. We remain concerned that foreign fighters from the U.S. or elsewhere who have traveled to Syria and Iraq and radicalized to violence will ultimately return to the U.S. or their home country to conduct attacks.”

FBI Releases Sketch of Person of Interest in Post Office Bombing

FBI sketch of person of interest in the bombing of a post office in Indiana.

FBI sketch of person of interest in the bombing of a post office in Indiana.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has released a sketch of “a person of interest” in the bombing of a post office in northwestern Indiana that killed an employee or injured several others.

The explosion was caused by a pipe bomb shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at the post office in East Chicago.

The person of interest is described as a 6-feet tall, skinny, clean-shaven white man who is about 3o years old. He was wearing dark-rimmed glasses, a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and dark vinyl sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI or submit an online tip at www.tips.fbi.gov.

FBI, ATF Investigate Bombing of Minnesota Mosque

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF and FBI have joined an investigation into the bombing of a Minnesota Islamic center before dawn Saturday as a group of Muslim worshippers gathered to pray.

The blast was caused by what the FBI called “an improvised explosive device” that rocked the Dar Al Farooq Center in Bloomington, the Star Tribune reports

No injuries were reported after the building was heavily damaged at 5:05 a.m. 

“The post-blast environment is very detailed,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Richard Thornton said. “You search the wide area in an attempt to find as many components as you can of the device to help us understand how the device was made. That process is substantially complete. … It was an improvised explosive device that was set off early this morning.”

The building housed a mosque, community center and day-care provider. 

Trump Calls for Full Investigation into U.S. Leaks of Probe into Manchester Attack

President Trump, via White House

President Trump, via White House

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump is requesting a full investigation into whether U.S. officials leaked information about England’s probe of the Manchester terrorist bombing earlier this week.

Denouncing the leaks as “deeply troubling,” Trump pledged to “get to the bottom of this.”

He added: “The leaks of sensitive information pose a grave threat to our national security. I am asking the Department of Justice and other relevant agencies to launch a complete review of this matter, and if appropriate, the culprit should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. There is no relationship we cherish more than the Special Relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.”

British intelligence officials were incensed about the leaks, which included prematurely naming the suspects and crime-scene photos published in the New York Times.

Among the chief concerns is that the breach may undermine historically close intelligence sharing tie.s

Bomb Suspect’s Lawyers: FBI Improperly Interrogated Suspect in Hospital

Ahmad Khan Rahami

Ahmad Khan Rahami

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI likely won’t use statements gained from a bombing suspect who was slipping in and out of consciousness while agents asked him questions.

Defense attorneys for Ahmad Khan Rahimi argued in court papers that the statements shouldn’t be used in court because it was improper to interrogate someone who was barely conscious, the Associated Press reports

It appears prosecutors weren’t planning to use the statement as part of evidence they’ll present in court.

Rahimi is accused of going on a bombing rampage through New York and New Jersey in September.

FBI Spoke with Bombing Suspect Rahami While He Was Recovering from Gunshot Wounds

Ahmad Khan Rahami

Ahmad Khan Rahami

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI spoke for days with the man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey.

The conversation occurred while he was recovering from gunshot wounds after he was arrested, the Associated Press reports. 

The revelation was made by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Lewin after Ahmad Khan Rahami pleaded not guilty to crimes involving the Sept. 17 attacks, which injured 30 people in Manhattan.

What Rahami said to the FBI was not disclosed.

Prosecutors plan to soon disclose more evidence, including videos of Rahami’s movements on the day of the bombings, records that indicate he purchased bomb-making materials, and fingerprints and DNA found on the explosive devices.