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Sniper's kit found in search on I-80
Omaha World-Herald ^ | July 28, 2004 | Lynn Safranek

Posted on 07/28/2004 4:54:55 PM PDT by johnfrink

Michael Wagner lied about his name.

He told the trooper who stopped him for not wearing a seat belt that he couldn't find his identification.

Then, Iowa State Patrol Trooper Kenneth Haas found a gun, three bulletproof vests, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, a flight simulator and a bag of flight manuals dating to 2001.

Haas testified at a federal court hearing Tuesday that he also found a 5-foot telescope hooked to camera equipment, night-vision goggles and a night-vision rifle scope when searching Wagner's sport utility vehicle on July 14 on Interstate 80 near Council Bluffs.

The materials, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Rothrock, were "all of the equipment necessary for sniper attacks."

Haas said a tape showed that when Wagner was alone with his wife in a cruiser after they were stopped, he spoke of killing the officers at the scene to get away.

Haas and an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives described Tuesday what was found in Wagner's vehicle and their conversations with him.

Wagner, 44, of Santee, Calif., was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition and being a felon in possession of body armor. He pleaded not guilty to both charges Tuesday.

Wagner, a Navy veteran, has been in custody since his arrest in Pottawattamie County. At his detention hearing, U.S. District Judge Celeste Bremer decided he should remain in custody while he awaits trial because he is a flight risk and a danger to the community.

In 1988, Wagner was convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

His attorney, Angela Campbell, said the items found in Wagner's vehicle weren't illegal for average citizens to own and suggested that Wagner and his wife, Linda Maguire, were targeted because they are Muslim.

Books written in Arabic, including the Koran, along with hundreds of pages printed from the Internet on the Iraq war and terrorism, were found in Wagner's vehicle.

Wagner and his wife, who was at the court hearing, are both Muslim converts.

During the traffic stop, Wagner repeatedly gave a false name, couldn't produce an identification card and showed signs of nervousness, Haas said, so the trooper searched the vehicle.

Haas first discovered a 9 mm pistol and a loaded magazine in the car's back seat - the same area where the trooper let Wagner search for his identification.

At that point, Haas handcuffed Wagner and seated Wagner's wife along with him in the cruiser. Their conversation was caught on tape.

"I told you I should have killed him," Wagner said when his wife entered the trooper's cruiser.

He mentioned getting his gun so he could "kill all three" officers looking through his vehicle, Haas testified. Then, Haas said, Wagner told his wife, "Find a handcuff key, get up here and run them over."

Campbell said the couple was upset because of how long the search had lasted and how their possessions were being treated. Police dogs were allowed to step on Muslim writings and books, she said.

Meanwhile, Haas said he continued to find other items, including ashes from burnt marijuana, a canteen, pills, an outdoor stove and a sleeping bag. The night-vision goggles and rifle scope, he said, were found in a hollowed-out computer.

Campbell said the equipment was tucked away because it can be ruined by sunlight. She also suggested that the flight simulator was a video game.

Special Agent Paul White said Wagner was cooperative during several hours of questioning.

"He was very vocal and very talkative about his religion," White said.

Later, Wagner asked to speak to a federal agent because he said he had information that authorities "would be greatly in need of," White said.

He agreed to provide information only if he and his wife were released from custody. His wife eventually was released.

In the interview, he talked about a man in San Diego who he said wanted him to shoot at trolleys there, White said. Wagner also told the agent "he knew of activities and people involved in al-Qaida and Taliban."

When Maguire spoke to authorities, according to court documents, she told officials she bought the gun about two years ago for safety reasons, and Campbell said the gun is registered in her name.


TOPICS: Front Page News; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: alfuqra; banglist; dhimmi; enemywithin; i80; interstatesniper; iowa; islam; michaelwagner; mikewagner; muslim; shootings; sniper; terror; wagner
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Uh...WOAH. Looks like we narrowly avoided a DC sniper repeat. Good work by the cops.
1 posted on 07/28/2004 4:54:56 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: johnfrink

BINGO!!


2 posted on 07/28/2004 4:57:29 PM PDT by A. Morgan (3,000 Americans didn't survive the Clinton administration's incompetence, vileness, and corruption.)
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To: johnfrink
The parts you bolded belong in the headline, not buried deep in the text.
3 posted on 07/28/2004 4:58:26 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: johnfrink
indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition and being a felon in possession of body armor. He pleaded not guilty to both charges Tuesday.

Why do they keep letting these guys out of prison.

4 posted on 07/28/2004 4:58:50 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: johnfrink

From the report seems they are Johnny Jihad type islamofascist soldiers.


5 posted on 07/28/2004 4:59:06 PM PDT by Dane (Trial lawyers are the tapeworms to wealth creating society)
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To: True Capitalist

His attorney, Angela Campbell, said the items found in Wagner's vehicle weren't illegal for average citizens to own and suggested that Wagner and his wife, Linda Maguire, were targeted because they are Muslim.

Books written in Arabic, including the Koran, along with hundreds of pages printed from the Internet on the Iraq war and terrorism, were found in Wagner's vehicle.


6 posted on 07/28/2004 4:59:42 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: johnfrink
Campbell said the couple was upset because of how long the search had lasted and how their possessions were being treated. Police dogs were allowed to step on Muslim writings and books, she said.

Yep, that jackel they worship has no use for dogs, 'cept Hell-Hounds.

7 posted on 07/28/2004 4:59:56 PM PDT by evolved_rage (Metrosexual is just being a homo without commitment.)
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To: johnfrink
Michael Wagner lied about his name.

Then how do you know he's Michael Wagner?

8 posted on 07/28/2004 5:00:08 PM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (Question Liberal Authority)
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To: johnfrink

John Mohammed wannabe. Get this guy and his wife off the streets until they're grizzled and gray.


9 posted on 07/28/2004 5:00:19 PM PDT by GVnana (Tagline? I don't need no steenkin' tagline!)
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To: johnfrink
Good work by the cops.

Nah. Get ready for the cop-haters to bellyache about the poor widdle guy getting stopped for not wearing a seat belt!

According to the libertarian philosophy, you are not allowed to prevent a crime. You can only prosecute the perp after he commits it.

10 posted on 07/28/2004 5:00:47 PM PDT by sinkspur (There's no problem on the inside of a kid that the outside of a dog can't cure.)
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Wagner also told the agent "he knew of activities and people involved in al-Qaida and Taliban."

...you forget to bold this.

11 posted on 07/28/2004 5:01:51 PM PDT by True Capitalist
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To: Smartass

Holy smokes! Check this out!


12 posted on 07/28/2004 5:02:00 PM PDT by Ladysmith (Morality anchored to the 'definitions' of man is not anchored at all. - Petronski)
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To: Ladysmith

Found this in a related article:

"Michael Wagner, 44, also is on a terrorism task force watch list, Pottawattamie County Attorney Matt Wilber said in a court hearing Thursday."

How come this is the first I've heard of this?? This happened on July 16!


13 posted on 07/28/2004 5:04:11 PM PDT by johnfrink
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To: johnfrink
I have much of the same equipment, I hope I don't get jacked up like that. My reading material would be significantly different though; Sports Illustrated (swimsuit edition), SEC Football, Civil War Times, Anarchist' Cookbook, The Artillery of Nathan Bedford Forrest's Cavalry...
14 posted on 07/28/2004 5:04:56 PM PDT by vetvetdoug (In memory of T/Sgt. Secundino "Dean" Baldonado, Jarales, NM-KIA Bien Hoa AFB, RVN 1965)
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment
Then how do you know he's Michael Wagner?

He did time, his prints were on file..

15 posted on 07/28/2004 5:05:19 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Its noteworthy that the two biggest shills for the left are Michael Moore and Al Franken..)
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To: johnfrink
Police dogs were allowed to step on Muslim writings and books, she said.

The dogs SHOULD have been allowed to CR@P on the writings, not just step on them.

16 posted on 07/28/2004 5:05:42 PM PDT by EggsAckley (.....John Edwards: The political equivalent of breast implants.....)
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To: johnfrink; Grampa Dave; Shermy; Travis McGee; Squantos; Cindy; Mo1; cyncooper; Peach
Thanks for finding and posting this one, john. There's a lot here that wasn't in the first articles that came out on Wagner
17 posted on 07/28/2004 5:07:30 PM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: True Capitalist
His attorney, Angela Campbell, said ... that Wagner and his wife, Linda Maguire, were targeted because they are Muslim.

Well, that sounds like a good idea to me since Muslims are the number one enemy of peace, justice, decency, fairness, virtue and human civilization around the world.
18 posted on 07/28/2004 5:07:55 PM PDT by broadsword (Liberalism is the societal AIDS virus that thwarts national defense.)
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To: johnfrink

Wagner? Maguire?

Wonderful to see the positive effect that the ROP has on its converts.


19 posted on 07/28/2004 5:08:11 PM PDT by livius
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To: johnfrink

A pervert and a terrorist.

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040716/NEWS01/407160338/1002

Officials found a 9mm semiautomatic handgun in the vehicle. Wilber said **** Wagner was convicted of a sex offense **** in the late 1980s in California, which led to the weapons charges.

Wagner also was charged with giving false information to law enforcement officers. He allegedly gave a false name.

He was stopped for not wearing a seat belt, officials said.


20 posted on 07/28/2004 5:08:27 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: johnfrink

Seems like a lucky grab. At least this guy is off the street!


21 posted on 07/28/2004 5:08:52 PM PDT by eternity (From here to...)
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To: johnfrink
There have been posts about this on FR.

Wagner's picture is in one.He's black.

The first articles I read left me thinking he was a "lily white".

22 posted on 07/28/2004 5:09:21 PM PDT by Free Trapper (ALF & ELF - Future Bog People)
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Police dogs were allowed to step on Muslim writings and books, she said.

Sometimes, when I'm having a bad day, something turns up to brighten the gloom.

23 posted on 07/28/2004 5:09:42 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: johnfrink

I know the fuzz targets Muslim-convert-looking people here all the time, while giving the Christian-convert-looking people a pass. It's a scandal.


24 posted on 07/28/2004 5:09:42 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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"Michael Wagner, 44, also is on a terrorism task force watch list"

This is nice to see.

25 posted on 07/28/2004 5:10:10 PM PDT by eureka! (May karma come back to the Rats and presstitutes in a big way....)
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To: johnfrink; GatorGirl; maryz; afraidfortherepublic; Antoninus; Aquinasfan; Askel5; livius; ...

Remind your friends the Islamofascisti are STILL out to kill us.


26 posted on 07/28/2004 5:11:05 PM PDT by narses (If you want ON or OFF my Catholic Ping List email me. +)
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His attorney, Angela Campbell, said the items found in Wagner's vehicle weren't illegal for average citizens to own...

Point #1:
Wagner is NOT what one could label an 'average citizen'.
"Wagner was convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14."

Point #2:
Was this woman NOT at the arraignment?
"...indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition..."

27 posted on 07/28/2004 5:11:21 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (May the wings of Liberty never lose so much as a feather.)
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To: johnfrink

The Koran made him do it


28 posted on 07/28/2004 5:11:26 PM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Free Trapper
Too many "muslim converts" coming out of the prisons today.

Great way for the cranium towel group to infiltrate/further contaminate our society.

Islam, bad.

29 posted on 07/28/2004 5:13:12 PM PDT by demsux
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To: johnfrink

Oh my, the trooper had the Lord watching over him.


30 posted on 07/28/2004 5:14:43 PM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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I am beyond sick about musilim sensitivities....They are singlehandly unstabilizing the planet towards G-d knows what and we have to watch where the puppy dog steps? It is time to get insensitive. All muslims foreigners under the age of 30 from Saudia Arabia, syria etc should be deported now.


31 posted on 07/28/2004 5:15:34 PM PDT by blasater1960
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To: sinkspur
So these are the innocent folks that barkobama was referring to last evening on the convention floor.

Innocent people dragged off by the police.

32 posted on 07/28/2004 5:16:14 PM PDT by OldFriend (IF YOU CAN READ THIS, THANK A TEACHER.......AND SINCE IT'S IN ENGLISH, THANK A SOLDIER)
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To: johnfrink

So . . . this is why we have seatbelt laws.


33 posted on 07/28/2004 5:20:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("A republic, if we can revive it")
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To: vetvetdoug

In Virginia it's illegal to possess burglarious tools, which can mean a flashlight, a screwdriver, sledgehammer, boltcutters, stuff like that.

But then, when you read the cases, the guy was found behind a building in the dead of night in possession of a crowbar, and the building has a big old chip in it, and there is fresh concrete dust on the guy.

In this case, it's the totality of the circumstances, like hiding a rifle inside a computer. His explanations are garbage, only makes it worse for him. And when the jury hears him tell his wife he should have shot the cops, well, he may not go away for a long time, but he'll do time.

Even Johnny Cochran couldn't get him off in Omaha.


34 posted on 07/28/2004 5:20:55 PM PDT by CobaltBlue
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To: demsux
Yeah,it's going to be interesting when the prison converts are all told to use their "learned occupations" against us in their jihad.

Be Armed!

35 posted on 07/28/2004 5:21:15 PM PDT by Free Trapper (ALF & ELF - Future Bog People)
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To: johnfrink

bump


36 posted on 07/28/2004 5:26:17 PM PDT by lowbridge ("You are an American. You are my brother. I would die for you." -Kurdish Sergeant)
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To: johnfrink

Hello, is the CAIR legal hotline?

37 posted on 07/28/2004 5:27:46 PM PDT by csvset
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To: johnfrink

38 posted on 07/28/2004 5:28:49 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: blasater1960
"I am beyond sick about musilim sensitivities....They are singlehandly unstabilizing the planet towards G-d knows what and we have to watch where the puppy dog steps?"

From the article: Campbell said the couple was upset because of how long the search had lasted and how their possessions were being treated. Police dogs were allowed to step on Muslim writings and books, she said.

It sounds like the vehicle was full of stuff. The officers probably just put the dog in to check check it out and couldn't help but step on "Muslim writings and books". I know some K-9 officers that would have let their dogs "mark" the suspect (writings) for identification.
39 posted on 07/28/2004 5:28:58 PM PDT by DocRock
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To: johnfrink

40 posted on 07/28/2004 5:30:49 PM PDT by ErnBatavia ("Dork"; a 60's term for a 60's kinda guy: JFK)
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To: Yehuda; SJackson; Alouette; yonif; veronica; Cinnamon Girl

RoP alert


41 posted on 07/28/2004 5:31:49 PM PDT by adam_az (Call your State Republican Party office and VOLUNTEER!!!!)
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To: evolved_rage

The god of Ishmael.


42 posted on 07/28/2004 5:32:02 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (You can turn your head away from the Berg video and still hear Al Queda's calls to prayer.)
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Hang them all, and let God sort it out!

43 posted on 07/28/2004 5:34:13 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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44 posted on 07/28/2004 5:42:38 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Used to be sciencediet (aka Tad Rad) but found the solution)
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"He did time, his prints were on file.."

He was an artist?


45 posted on 07/28/2004 5:42:55 PM PDT by billhilly (If you're lurking here from DU, I trust this post will make you sick)
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To: johnfrink
[Wagner, 44, of Santee, Calif., was indicted on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition and being a felon in possession of body armor.

His attorney, Angela Campbell, said the items found in Wagner's vehicle weren't illegal for average citizens to own and suggested that Wagner and his wife, Linda Maguire, were targeted because they are Muslim.]

Felon + Muslim = prison conveersion? Books written in Arabic, including the Koran, along with hundreds of pages printed from the Internet on the Iraq war and terrorism, were found in Wagner's vehicle. Wagner and his wife, who was at the court hearing, are both Muslim converts.

46 posted on 07/28/2004 5:49:24 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Havoc be upon them!)
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In 1988, Wagner was convicted of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14.

Nice. I started off reading it being somewhat sympathetic ... then I hit that line. Phriggin' pervert ...

47 posted on 07/28/2004 5:50:24 PM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is aborting, buggering, and contracepting itself out of existence.)
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Wagner and his wife, who was at the court hearing, are both Muslim converts.

What an elaborate way of saying "Screwed up in the head"!

48 posted on 07/28/2004 5:52:09 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (FLEET WELCOMES THE D.N.C. "IT'S OUR BAG!", GREASING THE NOZZLE FOR BOSTON!)
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To: johnfrink
Good work by the cops.

Yes and its too bad they will probably be persecuted for profiling and racism. That guy should have been shot while trying to escape.

49 posted on 07/28/2004 5:53:29 PM PDT by Ryan Tiger ("Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne)
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To: Lady Jag
Beautiful pic. Great job...


50 posted on 07/28/2004 5:56:09 PM PDT by Smartass ( BUSH & CHENEY IN 2004 - Si vis pacem, para bellum - Por el dedo de Dios se escribió.)
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