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Somali-born US teen planned Oregon car bombing, authorities claim

Law enforcement agencies thwarted an attempt to blow up a car bomb at an annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, and arrested the suspected bomber, officials said early on Saturday. The Justice Department identified the chief suspect as 19-year-old Mohamed Osman Mohamud of the town of Corvallis, a…

FBI pressuring Google, Facebook to allow ‘back doors’ for wiretapping

ACLU: Proposed expansion of wiretap powers ‘a clear recipe for abuse’ FBI Director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley this week to convince major Internet players to build “back doors” into their software that will allow law enforcement to wiretap data on their networks, says a news report. It’s part…

Woman gets death threats after being targeted by Glenn Beck

An Illinois woman who volunteered to moderate a congressional debate received numerous threats of violence and death threats after being targeted personally by Fox News personality Glenn Beck, according to a report a colleague filed last week with the FBI. League of Women Voters Illinois Executive Director Jan Czarnik filed…

Revealed: FBI investigated claim that group threatened de-icing equipment when probing crash that killed Senator Wellstone

FBI files obtained by Minnesota Public Radio published Monday shed new light — and perhaps shadows — onto the life and death of former Democratic Minnesota Sen. Paul Wellstone, who was killed when his twin-engine plane crashed in 2002. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) published dozens of FBI files they obtained…

Cleric on US kill list attended Pentagon lunch after 9/11: reports

A US citizen linked to Al Qaeda who is being targeted for extra-judicial killing by the CIA lunched at the Pentagon several months after the 9/11 attacks, news sources confirmed Wednesday. Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric born in New Mexico who is now believed to be in Yemen, was invited…

US wants to ease telecom wiretapping: report

An Obama administration taskforce is seeking to overhaul a federal law requiring telephone and broadband carriers to ensure their networks can be wiretapped, The New York Times reported Tuesday (link). Law enforcement and counterterrorism officials from the Justice and Commerce Departments, the FBI and other federal agencies told the Times…

FBI agents ‘cheated’ on test related to rules on spying on Americans

Justice IG finds cheating by FBI agents on test of their knowledge of surveillance rules A Justice Department investigation has found that FBI agents, including several supervisors, cheated on an important test covering the bureau’s policies for conducting surveillance on Americans. Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine said Monday that…

Activists: FBI raids an ‘attempt to intimidate anti-war movement’

Two anti-war activists said Saturday that a 12-hour search of their Chicago home by the FBI was an attempt to intimidate them and silence the peace movement. Joe Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner, said the government targeted them because they’ve been outspoken against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan…

Nationwide FBI terrorism raids target anti-war activists

The FBI said it searched eight homes in Minneapolis and Chicago as part of a terrorism investigation on Friday, and two subjects said the agency is targeting leaders of the anti-war movement. FBI spokesman Steve Warfield told The Associated Press agents served six warrants in Minneapolis and two in Chicago.…

FBI: Man who threatened Obama wanted Muslim-Christian ‘apocalypse’

An Army veteran arrested after a seven-hour standoff was charged Wednesday with threatening to kill President Barack Obama as part of what authorities said was his plan to ignite a war between Muslims and Christians and “start an apocalypse.” Federal agents arrested Roman Otto Conaway, 50, when he surrendered early…

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