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Man Flies Gyrocopter to Lawn of U.S. Capitol Without Being Detected

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities are trying to determine how a small gyrocopter managed to fly unnoticed to the lawn of the Capitol in Washington.

A Florida postal carrier was charged Thursday with crimes related to flying the plane through protected airspace, The Chicago Tribune reports.

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson said the gyrocopter “literally flew under the radar.”

The suspect is 61-year-old Doug Hughes, who now faces up to four years in prison. He said he pulled the stunt to bring attention to the need for campaign finance reform.

Lawmakers, however, are more interested in learning how his gyrocopter went unnoticed.

No one was injured.

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FBI: Unemployed Ohio Man Planned to Attack U.S. Capitol with M-15 Rifles

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has monitored 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell for months because of troubling posts he made on social media about violent jihad. 

Then agents swept in Wednesday, arresting him in Cincinnati on allegations that he was about to hatch a horrifying attack at the U.S. Capitol, detonating pipe bombs and then shooting the lawmakers as they scurried, CNN reports.

Authorities said he planned to have a partner and bought two M-15 rifles with 600 rounds of ammunition. But the man he thought was his partner was actually an FBI informant.

Agents arrested Cornell after he bought the weapons.

FBI Lists Top Terrorism Cases of 2012

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The threat of terrorism always looms, particularly since Sept. 11, 2001.

The FBI, which can take some credit for averting some potential terrorist attacks, has put together a list of of some of the top terrorist cases of 2012.

The following was posted on the FBI website.

Alabama men arrested on terrorism charges: Two U.S. citizens living in Alabama were arrested in December and charged with planning to travel overseas to wage violent jihad. The pair met online and later confided their plans to an individual who—unbeknownst to them—was a confidential source working for the FBI. Details

 Plot to destroy Ohio bridge: Four men were sentenced to prison in November for their role in a conspiracy to destroy a bridge near Cleveland. The men—all self-proclaimed anarchists—pled guilty to conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. The group allegedly planned a series of crimes in the Cleveland area. Details

 Conspiracy to provide support to terrorists: Four men were charged in Los Angeles in November with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists after they allegedly made arrangements to join al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan to kill Americans, among others. Details

 Plot to attack Pentagon and U.S. Capitol: Also in November, a 27-year-old man was sentenced in Boston to 17 years in prison for plotting an attack on American soil and attempting to provide detonation devices to terrorists. The man built detonators for improvised explosive devices and provided them to FBI undercover operatives he believed were members of al Qaeda. Details

 Attempted bombing of New York Federal Reserve Bank: A 21-year-old Bangladeshi national was arrested in October for attempting to detonate a 1,000-pound bomb in Lower Manhattan to strike the U.S. financial system on behalf of al Qaeda. The man allegedly traveled to the U.S. in January 2012 specifically to conduct a terrorist attack. Details

Plot to attack U.S. Capitol: A 29-year-old Virginia resident was sentenced to 30 years in prison in September for attempting to carry out a suicide bomb attack at the U.S. Capitol in February 2012. Details

Plan to send weapons to Iraqi Insurgents: A former resident of Iraq residing in Kentucky pled guilty to terrorism charges in August for attempting to send Stinger missiles and other weapons to Iraq to be used against U.S. soldiers. Details

‘Revolution’ leader sentenced: A New York City resident was sentenced in June to more than 11 years in prison for using his position as a leader of the Revolution Muslim organization to promote violent extremism online against those he believed to be enemies of Islam. Details

 Violent extremists in Alaska: Also in June, the leader of an Alaska militia was found guilty of conspiring to murder federal officials and possessing illegal firearms including silencers and grenade launchers. Details

 Supporting terrorism: A 45-year-old Philadelphia resident was arrested in March and charged with conspiracy to provide material support to the Islamic Jihad Union, an extremist organization responsible for bombings and attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan. Details

 

More Suburbs Competing to Attract FBI Headquarters

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The battle to attract the new FBI headquarters is blossoming.

The Examiner reports that Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia endorsed a site adjacent to the Franconia/Springfield Metro station as a potential new location. The current FBI building in D.C.  on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, several blocks from the Capitol,  is crumbling and too small to accommodate all the employees, who are spread out in different facilities.

Other suburbs competing for the building are Prince George’s County in Maryland, just outside D.C., and Loudoun County, in Virginia, which is considered an outer county of D.C.

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