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FBI: Right-Wing Extremist Planning Mass Shooting in Texas Was Arrested

austin pdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities believe they may have prevented a right-wing extremist from carrying out a mass shooting in Austin, Texas, this month.

Steven Thomas Boehle, 50, was arrested after Austin police raided a North Austin residence where he had been staying, MyStatesman.com reports. 

The FBI turned up three guns and about 1,100 rounds of ammunition.

An affidavit says a confidential source told the FBI that Boehle “exhibits sovereign citizen extremism ideology.”

Boehle has been charged with making a false statement about trying to buy a firearm. He is barred from buying firearms because of a previous assault conviction in Connecticut.

Wife of Orlando Mass Shooter Is Arrested by FBI for Aiding And Abetting

Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of the Orlando nightclub killer has been arrested by the FBI and charged with obstructing the investigation of the mass shooting.

Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, also was charged with aiding and abetting by providing material support, the New York Times reports. 

The FBI arrested Salman at her home outside of San Francisco.

Her husband killed 49 people and wounded dozens of others in an Orland nightclub on June 12, 2016.

After interviewing Salman for hours following the attack, the FBI believed she was being untruthful about her husband’s plans to carry out a mass shooting.

Salman is expected to make her first court appearance in federal court in Oakland, Calif., this morning.

FBI Background Checks Surge in June After Mass Shooting in Orlando

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Americans are buying more guns in the immediate aftermath of mass shootings.

Following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, gun sale surged in June, CNN reports. 

The FBI conducted more than 2.1 million background checks in June 2016. By comparison, the FBI conducted 1.5 million background checks in June 2015.

The FBI is on track to eclipse last year’s record for background checks.

In the first half of this year, the FBI conducted 13.8 million background checks, compared to 23.1 million for all of last year.

Orlando Night Club Shooter Reportedly Had No Other Targets

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Orland nightclub shooter where Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others was his only target that day, the FBI said.

Federal investigators were following leads that Mateen also wanted to target Disney World, but law enforcement found no such evidence, the USA Today reports. 

The FBI has received help from the 29-year-old security guard’s wife, who reportedly told investigators that she tried to prevent Mateen from carrying out the attack at the gay club.

Now authorities are trying to determine whether the wife, Noor Salman, 30, knew enough about the attack to call authorities. If she did, she may face charges.

“Indeed, we don’t know what charges will be brought, or if charges will be brought,” Bentley said.

FBI Director: Omar Mateen Was Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf with No Help Overseas

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Omar Mateen appears to be a self-radicalized lone wolf who received no help overseas, FBI Director James Comey said.

During the massacre that left more than 50 people dead, Mateen spoke with police dispatchers three times, pledging allegiance to ISIS and praising the Boston Marathon bombers, the New York Post reports. 

“We have seen no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the United States and we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network,” Comey told reporters.

“It is also not entirely clear at this point what terrorist group he inspired to support. Although, he made clear his affinity at the time of the attack for ISIL and generally … for radical Islamist groups.”

ATF: Orlando Nightclub Shooter Legally Purchased Guns Days Before Attack

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just days before he opened fire at an Orlando nightclub, killing 50 people, Omar Mateen legally purchased a handful and long gun, the ATF said.

Mateen, who was twice investigated by the FBI for suspected ties to terrorists, was not barred from buying a gun.

“He is not a prohibited person,” ATF Assistant Special Agent in Charge Trevor Velinor said.

Florida residents can legally purchase assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Mateen reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS before the attack.

FBI Dive Team Searches Lake for Evidence in San Bernardino Shooting Massacre

Seccombe Lake in California.

Seccombe Lake in California.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI dive team is searching a small San Bernardino lake as part of the investigation into the massacre that killed 14 people at a holiday party in California, CBSLA.com reports. 

Investigators believe the couple may have dumped digital evidence into Seccombe Lake after visiting the site after the Dec. 2 shooting.

“We are building a timeline of everything we know to ensure that we can retrace every step they took,” said FBI Director David Bowdich. “We’re just trying to ensure we account for every minute of the time that day.”

Investigators can’t find a hard drive from a computer at the home of the suspects, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik.

The FBI is hoping to find more clues about a possible connection between Farook and the leader of a terrorist group who was arrested in 2012.

Terrorism Nearly Impossible to Stop in U.S., Says House Homeland Security Chairman

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said Sunday that the U.S. cannot completely eradicate terrorism in this country, as evidenced by the attack in California last week that killed 14 people, the New York Post reports. 

“We didn’t see this one coming. There were no warning signs or flags,” McCaul (R-Texas) admitted to “Fox News Sunday.”

McCaul said the problem is that ISIS is a well-oiled propaganda machine, working to recruit people through social media and encrypted messages.

“We’ve stopped a lot of bad things from happening, but you just can’t stop it all when you have 200,000 ISIS tweets per day on the Internet coming into the United States to kill,” the Texas Republican said.

He added, “The volume is so high and the chatter is so high that it’s almost impossible to stop it all.”

In the meantime, the committee will try to determine whether federal investigators missed an opportunity to identify the threat posed by the San Bernardino shooters.

“There’s a serious investigation ongoing into what she was doing in Pakistan and in Saudi, including if she attended the red mosque in Islamabad, which is a very radicalized mosque,” McCaul said. “We think that she had a lot to do with the radicalization process and perhaps with Mr. Farook’s radicalization from within the United States.”