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FBI Arrests 4 People Tied to Neo-Nazi Group Atomwaffen Division

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI has arrested four people with ties to the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division on charges of plotting to intimidate and harass journalists, activists and others, including then-Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

The charges are part of a crackdown on violent white supremacists who have become emboldened by President Trump’s divisive rhetoric.

“These defendants from across the country allegedly conspired on the internet to intimidate journalists and activists with whom they disagreed,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a news release. “This is not how America works. The Department of Justice will not tolerate this type of behavior.”

The suspects are accused of conspiring to harass journalists and activists by delivering or mailing posters with swastikas, guns and Molotov cocktails to the journalists and activists.

“These defendants sought to spread fear and terror with threats delivered to the doorstep of those who are critical of their activities,” U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran for the Western District of Washington said.  “As Attorney General William Barr has made clear, rooting out anti-Semitic hate and threats of violence and vigorously prosecuting those responsible are top priorities for the Department of Justice.”

The suspects are Cameron Brandon Shea, 24, of Redmond, Wash.; Kaleb Cole, 24, of Montgomery, Texas; Taylor Ashley Parker-Dipeppe, 20, of Spring Hill, Fla., and Johnny Roman Garza, 20, of Queen Creek, Ariz.

“Today’s announcement serves as a warning to anyone who intends to use violence as intimidation or coercion to further their ideology that the FBI remains steadfast in our commitment to protect Americans from domestic terrorism,” Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Jill Sanborn said.  “These nationwide arrests are the result of the robust partnerships among the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces in Tampa, Seattle, Houston, and Phoenix and we appreciate their collective efforts.”

No Breaks for Pa. Man Who Threatened to Kill FBI Agents & Rape One’s Wife, Daughter

Justin M. Credico

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Pennsylvania man sentenced to 70 years in prison for threatening to kill FBI agents and rape one of their wives and daughters was denied a request for a reduced sentence.

Justin M. Credico, 36, was urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit to approve his appeal of his convictions and prison sentence, PennLive.com reports

The judges said Credico provided no good reason to overturn the original penalty.

In 2008, the West Chester man began making harassing phone calls to the FBI’s Philadelphia office until about mid-2014. The recipient of many of the calls was an agent who Credico blamed for being expelled from West Chester University.

Credico was busted making death and rape threats to an agent who recorded the messages on a tape recorder.

Oregon Man Charged After Calling FBI 752 Times And Making Threats

phoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 45-year-old Oregon man accused of calling the FBI phone line 752 times since December 2015 and leaving threats for agents is facing a federal criminal charge.

Authorities said Shawn Fredrick Weatherhead of Eugene called the line in April and declared, “I have a legal right to start killing you people. And I’m going to,” The Oregonian reports. 

On April 2, Weatherfield added in a message, “I’m going to start killing people.”

Weatherman was charged with interstate communication of a threat to injure another person, according to a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

It’s not the first time Weatherman was charged for making inappropriate calls to a law enforcement agency. In June 2015, he was sentenced to 10 days of jail after pleading guilty to five counts of telephonic harassment. A condition of his probation was that he not have contact with any law enforcement agency unless it’s an emergency.

FBI: Ex-Marine Harassed, Threatened Catholic Diocese from His Boat

CoA_Roman_Catholic_Diocese_of_Knoxville.svgBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Marine is facing rare stalking charges after the FBI said he harassed and threatened the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville and its parishes from his boat in California.

Authorities arrested David Andrew Webb, 40, last month in Chula Vista on a sealed complaint that alleges he stalked the church and used a phone to “engage in a course of conduct that caused substantial emotional distress to the victims and placed them in reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury,” the Knoxville News Sentinel said. 

According to federal officials, Webb became irate after he said the Catholic church deprived him of contact with his 13-year-old son. He also is accused of leaving profanity-laced threats to the Knoxville diocese, the bishop and its parishes for more than a year.

Here’s an example of one of those messages:

“Your diocese owes me over a billion,” Webb said. “I’m not (expletive) playing. I haven’t seen my son in probably four or five (expletive) years because of your (expletives) religion. … You do not want me coming in to your (expletive) churches on Easter (expletive) Sunday.”

Man Who Posted Fake Craigslist Sex Ad about FBI Agent Ordered to Undergo Psych Exam

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of stalking and harassing an FBI agent with a fake Craigslist ad has been ordered by a judge to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, the Associated Press reports. 

U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak ordered a competency hearing after expressing concerns about 47-year-old Frederick Banks’  mental health.

The 47-year-old is accused of posting a fake Craigslist sex ad with an FBI agent’s phone number and address on Jun 25.

The agent helped build a case against Banks in 2003. Banks spent five years in prison.

Gawker Wins Lawsuit Against FBI for Records on Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The online news site Gawker won a lawsuit against the FBI to obtain evidence connected to an FBI investigation of Hulk Hogan’s sex tape.

The evidence has been important to Gawker since it was sued by Hogan for posting footage of a sex tape featuring the wrestler.

The FBI was investigating a Los Angeles attorney’s attempted sale of the Hogan video but has since closed the probe.

A federal judge in Florida said the bureau is required to turn over the records.

The FBI maintained the evidence was exempt from disclosure laws because it would invite the privacy rights of Hogan and his partner.

Head of FBI’s Office in Seattle Resigns Abruptly; She Had Long-Standing Sexual Discrimination Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Laura M. Laughlin, head of the FBI’s office in Seattle for a decade, resigned abruptly Monday.

The Seattle Times reports that Laughlin retirement was anything but routine.

Laughlin, who joined the FBI in 1985, filed suit for sexual discrimination againt the bureau in 2011, claiming she was passed up for at least 15 promotions because of gender discrimination and retaliation since 2007.

An FBI spokeswoman said Laughlin was nearing her mandatory retirement age of 57 in September.

“Many special agents choose to retire before that age-related mandatory point,” FBI spokeswoman Ayn Sandalo Dietrich said.

Muslim U.S. Citizen Claims He’s Being Harassed by Feds, Local Authorities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Muslim man from Oklahoma claims he’s being harassed by the FBI after he was twice barred from flying from Qatar to visit his sick mother in the United States, the Associated Press reports.

Now that he’s back home in the U.S., Saadiq Long says local and federal authorities are trying to interview, including during a traffic stop when he and his sister were ordered to exit the car at gunpoint and were handcuffed, the AP wrote.

The 43-year-old man is an Air Force veteran and U.S. citizen.