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How FBI Foiled Domestic Terror Plot in California to Avenge New Zealand Shootings

Mark Steven Domingo, via Justice Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal law enforcement agents announced Monday they had foiled a domestic terror plot by an Army veteran to detonate bombs at multiple Southern California locations.

Former Army infantryman Mark Steven Domingo, 26, of Los Angeles, was arrested after he accepted what he thought was a live bomb from what turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. The device was a phony explosive.

Domingo, who served in Afghanistan, converted to Islam and said he was going to launch an attack as retribution for the white supremacist shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people, according to the Justice Department.

Federal authorities said he spoke of unleashing an attack aimed at killing hundreds of people, especially white nationalists, Jews, churches and military bases, The New York Times reports.

“Mr. Domingo said he specifically bought three-inch nails because they would be long enough to penetrate the human body and puncture internal organs,” Nicola Hanna, the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, said at a news conference on Monday.

Domingo posted online that he supported “violent jihad, a desire to seek retribution for attacks against Muslims, and a willingness to become a martyr,” according to the Justice Department.

Domingo was charged Saturday with providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He “planned and took steps to manufacture and use a weapon of mass destruction in order to commit mass murder,” according to the criminal complaint filed Monday.

Homeland Security Details Takedown on Web Exploitation Ring That Victimized 250+ Children

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security Department helped bring down an international child exploitation ring involving as many as 27,000 people victimizing at least 251 children online, the New York Daily News reports.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson called the bust “one of the largest-known online child exploitation operations in history.”

Authorities alleges that a Louisiana man created a subscription-based website that disguises the identity and location of its users.

“So far, investigators have identified 251 minor victims in 37 states and five foreign countries: 228 in the United States and 23 in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium. Eight of the victims were female and 243 were male. The majority of victims, 159, were 13 to 15 years old. Fifty nine victims were 16 and 17; 26 victims were 10 to 12; four victims were 7 to 9; one victim was 4 to 6; and two victims were 3 years old or younger,” the agency reported.

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom, Fighting Extradition to the U.S., to Start a New Political Party

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom is busy these days.

In addition to trying to avoid extradition to the U.S. on charges of massive copyright infringement, Dotcom is hatching a new political party in New Zealand, where he lives, the Washington Post reports.

Dotcom said he’s confident he’ll stay in New Zealand, saying copyright infringement is not a sufficient reason to force his extradition.

Dotcom said he’s still in the planning stages.

“I have a handful of people who have already committed to be part of it, but we’re still in the early stages,” he told the Post about getting others involved in his new party, which does not yet have a name.

Judge Rules FBI Must Release Dotcom Evidence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. federal authorities cannot extradite the founder of the Megaupload online file-sharing site without evidence supporting charges of copyright breaches and internet piracy, a New Zealand court ruled Thursday, Reuters reports.

“Without access to materials relevant to the extradition hearing phase, the person sought will be significantly constrained in his or her ability to participate in the hearing,” Justice Helen Winkelmann said in a written judgment.

The FBI claims Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload, netted millions of dollars by copying movies and music without authorization.

Dotcom was arrested by New Zealand authorities at his rented house near Auckland in late January.

FBI’s Global Crackdown on Music, Movie Sharing Hits a Snag

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A New Zealand court delivered a blow to the FBI’s global crackdown on copyright theft, ruling Thursday that a search warrant used to raid the mansion of the suspected kingpin of an Internet piracy ring was illegal, Reuters reports.

The FBI accuses Megaupload.com operator Kim Dotcom, of Germany, of netting $175 million since 2005 by copying and distributing movies, music and other copyrighted content.

Dotom’s lawyer said the website was only for online storage, not swapping unauthorized music or movies.

High Court Judge Justice Helen Winklemann said the warrants used to seize property from Dotcom’s house were illegal because they did not adequately describe the offenses.