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Man Who Told FBI of Plans to Kill President Obama Sentenced to Time Served

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts man who told the FBI of plans to kill then-President Obama was sentenced to time served and five years of supervised release.

Masslive.com reports that Andrew O’Keefe was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday to six months of time already served. 

In May 2o15, O’Keefe boldly contacted the FBI using an online anonymous tip page to say, “I’m planning to kill President Barack Obama, and I’ve got a really good plan.”

O’Keefe used his Social Security number to sign in to the tip line.

“Have the Secret Service give me a visit. I could use some company,” O’Keefe wrote in the post.

MassLive wrote:

O’Keefe apparently displayed signs of questionable mental health, telling authorities that he first needed to eat something so that he would have “enough energy” to survive being shot by police. He also apparently told them that words have no meaning and are “myths.”

Eventually, he peacefully surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. 

During court proceedings, O’Keefe’s lawyer characterized him as “a bright … college graduate who seems to be experiencing some emotional problems.”

Previously, Secret Service Special Agent Fred F. Mitchell III had also stated that O’Keefe had “mental health issues” and noted that he had been previously charged with weapons offenses in state court. 

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Judge Rips FBI for Failing to Record 6-Hour Interrogation of Terror Suspect

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI interrogated an Everett terror suspect for six hours without recording the interaction.

That didn’t sit well with U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, who criticized the FBI during a day-long evidentiary hearing Thursday, the Boston Herald reports. 

“It would have been a very good idea if all this had been recorded,” Young said. “A recording device that is reliable ought to be part of their kit.”

The suspect, David Daoud Wright, was charged with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization for allegedly plotting to behead a conservative blogger with Boston terror suspect Usaamah Rahim.

FBI Boston Special Agent David George said the interrogation wan’t recorded because “We were in his living room. We weren’t in the right environment for it … We were not properly equipped,” noting that the bureau prohibits using cell phones to record interviews.

Armed MIT Worker Accused of Impersonating FBI to Get inside Home

arlington-policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed MIT worker was jailed after police said he impersonated an FBI agent in an attempt to get inside an Arlington, Mass., home.

Gannon LeBlanc, a 23-year-old from Nashua, NH., pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a police officer and carrying a gun without a license, the Boston Herald reports. 

LeBlanc, who was wearing a black suit, black tie and black hat with white FBI lettering, unsuccessfully tried to convince a resident to him inside their home.

Arlington police said they found him at a bus stop, where he was arrested and carrying a stun gun, loaded .38 caliber handgun, knife, rope, ski mask and copies of an FBI flyer.

“I commend the homeowners for having the presence of mind to refuse entry and immediately call the real police,” Ryan said in a statement. “Thankfully, our officers responded quickly and were able to locate this individual and restore safety to the neighborhood.”

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FBI Seeks Access to Terrorism Suspect’s Skype Account in Search for Another Suspect

Alexander Ciccolo

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes a third person may have been involved early on with a terrorism plot to attack an unidentified university outside of Massachusetts.

A cooperating witness told authorities that Alexander Ciccolo had discussed the terrorism plans with another person, the Boston Globe reports.

“There was a brother who wanted to be involved a while ago and he has not been responding to my messages,” Ciccolo, of Western Massachusetts, told the witness, who gave copies of the July 1 online conversation to authorities.

FBI Special Agent Jeffrey J. Lawrence said in affidavit, “It appears as though Ciccolo was telling [the cooperating witness] that at least one other individual had previously indicated that he wanted to be involved in his terrorism plot.”

Authorities are trying to get access to Ciccolo’ online Skype account in hopes of identifying the third person.

The cooperating witness initially alerted authorities to the alleged plot in June 2015 and agree to provide weapons to Ciccolo as part of a sting operation.

Ciccolo also is accused of building several Molotov cocktails and a pressure cooker to build a bomb.

Argument ‘Over Nothing’ Prompted FBI Employee to Point Gun at Woman’s Head

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two women were arguing “over nothing” at a Massachusetts restaurant when an FBI employee sitting between them pointed a gun to one of their heads, court documents show.

Hingham police arrested James M. Doyle, who said he was an FBI supervisor and a friend of the victim, the Boston Globe reports. 

Police said Doyle was intoxicated and acknowledged he made a “big mistake” by pointing a Glock 22 at one of the women’s heads.

No one was injured.

Doyle was charged Wednesday assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possessing a firearm while intoxicated and disorderly conduct.

Harold H. shaw, special agent in charge of the agency’s Boston bureau, said the FBI “takes allegations of misconduct very seriously.”

FBI Employee Charged After He Allegedly Pointed Gun at Woman’s Head in Restaurant

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee accused of pointing a handgun at a woman’s head in a restaurant in Massachusetts was charged Wednesday with firearms violations and disorderly conduct.

The Boston Globe reports that James M. Boyle, 55, appeared to be under the influence when police arrived at the restaurant in Hingham.  

“The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Boston bureau, said in a statement. “We are aware of the matter involving the recent arrest of an FBI employee and are fully cooperating” with local investigators.

When police arrived at the restaurant, Doyle was at the bar with a gun in his holster. Police said Doyle knew the woman, who was unharmed.

It wasn’t immediately clear where Doyle worked in the FBI.

FBI Raids Law Office of State Sen. Brian Joyce As Part of Ongoing Federal Probe

State Sen. Brian Joyce

State Sen. Brian Joyce

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ongoing federal investigation of Massachusetts state Sen. Brian Joyce advanced Wednesday as the FBI and IRS conducted “court authorized activity” that included a raid at the Democrat’s law office, the Boston Herald reports. 

Joyce previously was under fire for using nearly $5,000 in campaign funds to pay for his son’s 2014 high school graduation party.

Gov. Charlie Baker also has called for a state Ethics Commission investigation after the Boston Globe reported that Joyce was receiving free dry cleaning for more than a decade.

Baker said he was “troubled by some of the issues that were raised previously with respect to the senator’s relationship with some of the folks in his district.”

Joyce’s attorney Howard Cooper said his client was cooperating with authorities.

“It is unfortunate that recent stories in the media appear to have sparked an investigation,” Cooper’s statement read. “Senator Joyce has been cooperating with each inquiry that has taken place to date resulting from those stories and believes that he has done absolutely nothing wrong.”

Probation Officer in Massachusetts Pleads Guilty to Lying to FBI Agent

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A probation officer in Massachusetts who is accused of mistreating a woman on probation pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to lying to an FBI agent, the Boston Globe reports. 

Lawrence Plumer, 46, reached an agreement with prosecutors that could mean he dodges jail and is instead sentenced to a year of probation.

Plumer is accused of showing pornography to a woman serving probation, among other allegations that have not been made public.

Prosecutors said the “mistreatment” involved the deprivation of the woman’s rights.

In addition to pleading guilty, Plumer agreed to resign from his job as probation officer in Suffolk Superior Court, the Boston Globe wrote.