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FBI Agent: Driver Won’t Be Charged with Domestic Terrorism in Death of Protester

James Fields is accused of driving into a group of anti-racists, killing one person and injuring many more.

James Fields is accused of driving into a group of anti-racists, killing one person and injuring many more.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent said the Ohio man who plowed into protesters in Charlottesville, Va., will not face domestic terrorism charges because federal law does not outline penalties.

Special Agent Thomas F. O’Connor made the statement in an op-ed piece published Thursday by the Hill, saying Congress should change the statute to give it some teeth.

“Congress should amend the U.S. Code to make domestic terrorism a crime subject to specific penalties that apply irrespective of the weapon or target involved in the crime,” O’Connor wrote. “Specifically, this legislation should make it a crime for a person to commit, attempt, or conspire to commit an act of violence intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population or to influence government policy or conduct.” 

O’Connor was not speaking on behalf of the investigation of James Alex Fields Jr., who faces life in prison on a state charge of second-degree murder. Police said he intentionally plowed into protesters during an anti-racism rally on Aug. 12, killing 32-year-old Heather D. Heyer.

Special Agent in Charge of Chicago’s FBI Office to Retire in September

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office.

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, announced Monday that he’s retiring at the end of September and will join the private sector.

After joining the FBI in Miami in July 1995, Anderson lead a successful career by combating public corruption and overseeing the investigations of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, the Chicago Sun-Times reports

Anderson was in charge of the Chicago office since October 2015.

Anderson was among a number of special agents who were interviewed to serve as interim FBI director after President Trump fired James Comey.

Anderson will join the private sector in corporate security with Arizona Public Service in Phoenix.

“It was truly an honor and a privilege to lead the tirelessly dedicated and professional men and women of the Chicago Division, a flagship office of the FBI in both national security and criminal law enforcement,” Anderson said in a statement.

FBI Special Agent Injured After Concussion Grenade Detonates

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A special agent for the FBI was checking a concussion grenade in the back of a car at the bureau’s headquarters in Lower Manhattan on Wednesday afternoon when the device accidentally detonated.

The agent sustained injuries to his hand when the device, which often is used by law enforcement during raids to disorient people, went off, the New York Times reports

The explosion, which occurred in an underground parking garage at 26 Federal Plaza, initially prompted fears of an act of terrorism.

It’s unclear what caused the device to detonate.

The extent of the agent’s injuries weren’t immediately clear, but the Office of Emergency Management suggested his hand may have been severed.

“Today, an F.B.I. special agent sustained non-life threatening injuries following the accidental discharge of a diversion device in the 26 Federal Plaza garage,” the FBI said in a statement. “We have no further information to provide regarding the agent’s condition, and there is no threat to public safety at this time.”

FBI Agent Files Suit Over Bureau for Allegedly Violating His Free Speech Rights

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was suspended after he alerted a judge to alleged prosecutorial misconduct by the New Orleans U.S. attorney’s office, has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the bureau and several superiors.

Special Agent Mike Zummer claims in the federal lawsuit that he was disciplined after sending a letter to U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt over the agent investigation of a former Louisiana district attorney accused of trading sex for leniency in more than a dozen cases, WWL-TV reports

Zummer was suspended Sept. 30, 2016, without pay after he said he spoke out about the DOJ’s failure to full prosecute former St. Charles Parish District Attorney Harry Morel.

Zummer expressed disgust when the judge was only sentenced to three years in prison last year as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors on charges of obstructing a federal investigation.

In a ruling last year, the judge said Zummer raised “legitimate concerns” about the Justice Department’s leniency within its ranks.

Estranged Wife Charged with Murdering Husband, a Retired FBI Agent

Anne Reed Allen

Anne Reed Allen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The estranged wife of an FBI agent has been charged with murdering her husband after his body was found in the front yard of his home in Maryland.

Anne Reed Allen, 62, faces up to life in prison if convicted in connection with the death of her estranged husband, Scott Alan Horn, a 62-year-old retired special agent, the New York Daily News reports

She has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and the use of a handgun in a crime of violence.

The husband was found with major trauma to his upper body outside of his Laurel home on March 16.

Allen’s attorney, Andrew Jezic, says his client is innocent and was working on her marriage when her husband was killed.

“They had filed for divorce and then got back together, and they withdrew their divorce filing,” he told WTOP. “Then they both refiled for divorce and then they got back together. So this was a marriage that had troubles but was a marriage that underway in trying to be repaired.”

Special FBI Agent’s Brush with Death Doesn’t Slow Her Down


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 11-year veteran of the FBI, Special Agent Diane Wehner believed she was in good physical shape.

After all, she worked out daily at the gym at the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office and passed her required annual fit tests.

But after completing the fit test in September 2015, the 36-year-old said she “didn’t feel very well. My neck hurt, my back hurt,” she told the Charlotte Observer. 

Just when she thought she was beginning to feel better, she began to slur her speech.

“When we first met Diane, she was in the middle of having a stroke and with strokes, time is very important,” said Dr. Joe Bernard, an Endovascular Neuro Surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center where Wehner was eventually airlifted.

Likely from doing sit-ups during the fit test, Wehner dissected both parties in her neck.

The doctor wasted no time and operated to remove the clot before it was too late.

“Sometimes we have hours to be able to do this. Sometimes we just have minutes,” Dr. Bernad said.

After her near brush with death, Wehner returned to the FBI, focusing on counterintelligence, white-collar crime and terrorism.

Dr. Bernard said Wehner is alive today because she didn’t hesitate to go to the hospital.

“Diane’s unusual because most strokes happen in older patients, but part of the awareness that needs to be broadcast is strokes can happen to anybody,” Dr. Bernard said.

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Stealing FBI Agent’s Gun, Badge, Body Armor

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI special agent in San Diego was shocked last year when he returned to his car after a morning jog and found that his vehicle had been broken into and his gun, ammunition, badges, credentials and body armor were gone.

On March 23, a suspected gang member, Hoang Minh Nguyen, was indicted and remains in jail after pleading guilty, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Nguyen, a suspected member of the Asian Crips, was captured several hours after the theft on May 31, 2016, at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail, near the FBI’s San Diego headquarters. Authorities used the agent’s cellphone signal to find Nguyen.

The FBI was led to a house where Nguyen was living with his parent.

But gone were the gun, badge, armor, radios and other items. It’s not clear whether those items were ever recovered.

Secret Service Agent Who Said She Won’t Take Bullet for Trump Removed from Post

badge_of_the_united_states_secret_serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Kathy O’Grady, the Secret Service special agent who said she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for President Trump, has been removed from her position.

O’Grady was the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district. Now there’s a concern she will be transferred to another federal agency, Townhall.com reports. 

O’Grady has been on paid administrative leave since making the comments about Trump on Facebook in January.

Secret Service is looking for someone to replace O’Grady.