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  • GAO Agents Tried 72 Times, Failed to Buy Guns on the (Normie) Internet

    01/06/2018 7:26:07 AM PST · by Simon Green · 32 replies
    Reason ^ | 01/05/18 | Ed Krayewski
    Government Accountability Office employees posing as sketchy buyers tried and failed in 72 attempts to purchase firearms on the internet, part of a failed investigation called for by a trio of Congressional Democrats. While the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF) insisted in its most recent strategic plan, as cited by the GAO, that "the privacy of the Internet makes it an ideal means for gang members, violent criminals, terrorists, and juveniles to traffic and obtain illegal firearms," the new report released by the (GAO) could not corroborate any of it. The GAO did not fare much better...
  • How Robert Mueller Tried To Entrap Me

    10/19/2017 5:14:14 AM PDT · by billorites · 28 replies
    WGBH.org ^ | October 17, 2017 | Harvey Silvergate
    Is special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, appointed in mid-May to lead the investigation into suspected ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and various shady (aren’t they all?) Russian officials, the choirboy that he’s being touted to be, or is he more akin to a modern-day Tomas de Torquemada, the Castilian Dominican friar who was the first Grand Inquisitor in the 15th Century Spanish Inquisition? Given the rampant media partisanship since the election, one would think that Mueller’s appointment would lend credibility to the hunt for violations of law by candidate, now President Trump and his minions. But I have known...
  • Amazon Caught Selling Illegal FULL AUTO Gun Parts in ATF Sting

    09/18/2017 1:15:35 PM PDT · by Ancesthntr · 66 replies
    Newstarget ^ | September 14, 2017 | Mike Adams
    In addition to the fact that Amazon.com is now the world’s largest marketplace of contaminated, untested dietary supplements and food, a Natural News investigation confirms that Amazon.com has rolled out a “gun-running” sting operation to get its own customers charged with felony crimes by the ATF. Amazon.com, which has always prohibited the sale of firearms, has been openly selling a Glock-compatible full auto conversion device that turns a pistol into a fully automatic weapon. We are not linking to the purchase page for the simple reason that Amazon.com is running a trap, and we don’t want anyone to accidentally fall...
  • Anti-government extremist arrested in Oklahoma bomb plot

    08/14/2017 3:46:23 PM PDT · by Bratch · 30 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | August 14, 2017 | Joseph Tanfani
    A 23-year-old man who said he hated the U.S. government has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to blow up an Oklahoma City bank with what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb in a truck. According to a criminal complaint, Jerry Drake Varnell wanted to start a militia group and admired Timothy McVeigh, the domestic terrorist who was convicted and executed for setting off a massive truck bomb outside a federal building in Oklahoma City in April 1995. Varnell thought he was dealing with two fellow sympathizers in the anti-government movement but they were a confidential informant and...
  • Christmas bomber case appeal challenges NSA surveillance

    07/06/2016 7:39:45 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 07/06/2016 | Kristena Hansen | AP
    Mohamud is appealing his 2013 conviction on grounds that he was entrapped by undercover federal agents posing as al-Qaida members and the warrantless surveillance of his foreign communications violated his constitutional rights. It marks the first time a federal appeals court is considering whether the National Security Agency’s foreign surveillance programs — the same ones that came under scrutiny after the Edward Snowden leaks a few years ago — violate the Fourth Amendment rights of criminal defendants. Stephen Sady, Mohamud’s public defender, and another attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union urged the court for a new trial on grounds...
  • Local poaching investigation under fire, hunters charged (for Ranger actions)

    04/25/2014 7:53:42 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 6 replies
    wsbtv.com ^ | 4/24/14 | Jodie Fleischer
    ATLANTA — When Georgia's Department of Natural Resources and North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission first announced the results of Operation Something Bruin in February 2013, they touted it as a huge success. The two main officers involved were each named Officer of the Year in their respective states. There were news conferences, press releases, even pre-produced videos posted online trumpeting the results. A year later, a Channel 2 Action News investigation found the web page has been taken down, local prosecutors in various counties have dismissed dozens of charges for lack of evidence, and the “80 wildlife violators” originally announced...
  • (RAT) State Sen. Yee arms trafficking, corruption case "entrapment" suggested

    04/01/2014 2:31:37 AM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Times Herald Online ^ | 4/01/14 | Josh Richman, Aaron Kinney
    SAN FRANCISCO -- State Sen. Leland Yee, accused of trafficking in illegal weapons and fraud, could have been pushed into brokering an arms deal, his attorney said Monday. It was only toward the end of a three-year investigation that federal undercover agents pushed hard for Yee to set up an arms deal, said Yee's attorney, Paul DeMeester, after a morning federal court hearing to discuss which of Yee's assets will be used to guarantee his $500,000 bond. "Entrapment is always a defense you can consider, but we have to look at all the evidence," DeMeester said after the brief hearing....
  • Dad sought someone to rape daughter in Craigslist ad

    11/06/2013 3:35:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Orlando sentinel ^ | Adrienne Cutway
    A Missouri man was arrested after police say he took his 11-year-old daughter to meet someone who agreed to sexually assault the girl in response to a Craigslist ad, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Authorities in St. Louis, Mo. were alerted to the Craigslist ad when a user reported it as abuse. From there, they reached out to 32-year-old Anthony Brinkman pretending to be someone interested in performing sexual acts on the girl. Brinkman told the undercover officer, who was posing as a 27-year-old woman, that he wanted her to be his girlfriend so the two could both assault the...
  • Brain-damaged man used in botched ATF sting gets house arrest

    06/09/2013 6:25:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-9-13 | Raquel Rutledge
    Chauncey Wright went looking for a job and got federally indicted instead. That's the way he put it Friday after being sentenced to six months of house arrest and four years' probation for his involvement in an undercover sting being run by the ATF. ATF agents hired Wright — who has brain damage, an IQ of 54 and functions at the level of a kindergartner — to work last year for their fake storefront in Riverwest. They met him outside of a Walmart and offered him a job promoting Fearless Distributing, spreading the word that the store was looking for...
  • FBI Ran Pedophile Ring to Nab Pedophiles

    05/30/2013 7:38:28 PM PDT · by null and void · 42 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 May 2013, 8:24 AM PDT | Elizabeth Sheld
    As late as last year, the FBI ran a child pornography operation in an attempt to nab its customers.  The service ran for two weeks "while attempting to identify more than 5,000 customers, according to agent's statements to the court." Court records indicate the site continued to distribute child pornography online while under FBI control; the Seattle-based special agent, a specialist in online crimes against children, detailed the investigation earlier this month in a statement to the court. The methods used in the child pornography ring depart from traditional investigations, "historically, child pornography investigations stem from tips made to law...
  • Judge says it's OK to use your seized phone to impersonate you and entrap your friends

    07/24/2012 8:55:58 PM PDT · by carenot · 9 replies
    boingboing ^ | July 19, 2012 | Cory Doctorow
    A federal judge has upheld the practice of police using seized phones to impersonate their owners, reading messages and sending sending entrapping replies to contacts in the phone's memory, without a warrant. The judge reasoned that constitutional privacy rights don't apply to messages if they appear on a seized device -- even if the messages originated with someone who has not been arrested or is under suspicion of any crime:A federal appeals court held that the pager owner's Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure were not violated because the pager is "nothing more than a contemporary receptacle for...
  • Coming clean on 'dirty DUIs' in Contra Costa County

    10/18/2011 8:05:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | 10/16/11 | Maura Dolan
    David Dutcher met Sharon on Match.com in late 2008, a few months after separating from his wife. "We had a lot in common," he recalled. Sharon loved four-wheel-drive trucks and sports. They met for coffee, then dinner. Sharon was tall, slender, blond and beautiful. She moaned that she had not had sex in a long time. She told him he had large, strong hands and wondered if that portended other things. She described his kisses as "yummy." "It felt a lot like Christmas," said Dutcher, 49, a tall, burly engineer with wavy red hair.
  • Drowning Risk Prompts Biggest Ever Recall Of Backyard Pool Drain Covers

    05/26/2011 4:34:21 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies
    abcnews.go.cm ^ | 26May 2011 | Brian Hartman
    In its largest ever pool drain cover recall, the government's lead consumer watchdog has recalled almost 1 million pool and hot tub drain covers because of a drowning risk. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said that pool owners should stop using dozens of different models made by eight different companies "immediately" because improper safety ratings mean the products "could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers." The recall comes nine months after ABC News revealed that millions of backyard pool drain covers may have been improperly tested for safety and might pose entrapment risks. "I want to make...
  • Mohamud Was Not Entrapped - How easily could you be persuaded to murder thousands of Americans?

    12/09/2010 8:35:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | December 7, 2010 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Mohamud Was Not EntrappedHow easily could you be persuaded to murder thousands of Americans? What would someone have to offer to entice you into killing someone? Or to entice you into killing thousands of people? The FBI has just caught Mohamed Osman Mohamud trying to kill 25,000 Americans at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland. That means the silly season is once again upon us. Not the holiday season — the entrapment season. It comes around, as surely as Cialis commercials follow NFL opening kickoffs, every time the FBI catches a jihadist trying to mass-murder Americans. You may have...
  • Entrapment and the Portland Christmas Tree Bomber (Will Portland jury buy the entrapment defense?)

    12/06/2010 7:21:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/06/2010 | Elise Cooper
    The recent arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud on November 26 demonstrates what a tough job the FBI has in keeping America's homeland safe. Mohamud was arrested in Oregon for attempting to detonate a bomb at the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square among a crowd of thousands. His attorney is claiming an entrapment defense, which means that the FBI's job is not just about finding radicalized American terrorists, but also being able to cross all the Ts and dot all the Is to ensure a conviction. The entrapment argument is being used possibly to influence the jury...
  • Portland Bomber Will Use Entrapment As Defense (Mohamed Osman Mohamud)

    11/30/2010 8:14:01 PM PST · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Gather ^ | 11/30/10
    Portland Bomber Will Use Entrapment As DefenseNovember 30, 2010 07:56 PM EST But good luck to him. No terror case has ever won acquittal by using entrapment. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, a Somali-born naturalized U.S. citizen, has plead innocent to terror charges leveled against him. According to the FBI, he had several documented chances to back out of the attempted Christmas tree lighting bombing, but Mohamud’s defense claims that the very first meeting was not recorded, and that this meeting is the most important. This claim almost sounds like a conspiracy theory. The details of this case are not clear...
  • I-Team Uncovers Billions Lost To Medicare Fraud (Is this entrapment?) (Re: Acorn tapes)

    10/30/2009 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 11 replies · 1,125+ views
    CBS 4 Miami ^ | October 26th | Steven Stock
    CBS4 I-Team Investigator Stephen Stock went undercover with other I-Team member to find suspect medical clinics operating in South Florida one step ahead of the law. The grainy, shaky undercover video tape shot by the CBS4 I-Team shows dozens of...........
  • READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States

    10/22/2009 7:03:24 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 80 replies · 2,465+ views
    LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL ^ | October 18, 2009 | ALAN MAIMON
    Group asks police and military to lay down arms in response to orders deemed unlawful. Depending on your perspective, the Oath Keepers are either strident defenders of liberty or dangerous peddlers of paranoia. In the age of town halls, talk radio and tea parties, middle ground of opinion is hard to find. Launched in March by Las Vegan Stewart Rhodes, Oath Keepers bills itself as a nonpartisan group of current and retired law enforcement and military personnel who vow to fulfill their oaths to the Constitution. More specifically, the group's members, which number in the thousands, pledge to disobey orders...
  • US Pentagon scientist arrested for 'agreeing to be Israeli spy'

    10/19/2009 3:51:46 PM PDT · by SJackson · 104 replies · 2,041+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10-19-09
    A scientist who worked for the US Defense Department, a White House space counsel and other agencies was arrested Monday on espionage charges. Department said Stewart David Nozette, 52, of suburban Chevy Chase, Maryland, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to communicate, deliver and transmit classified information to an individual he believed to be an Israeli intelligence officer. The complaint does not allege that the government of Israel or anyone acting on its behalf violated US law. Nozette was arrested Monday by FBI agents. He is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court in Washington on...
  • Attorney: FBI Trained NJ Blogger to Incite Others(Hal Turner-Government Informer!!)

    08/18/2009 2:33:06 PM PDT · by NetLiberty · 40 replies · 1,513+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/18/09 | Katie Nelson
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday. Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an "agent provocateur" and was taught by the agency "what he could say that wouldn't be crossing the line," defense attorney Michael Orozco said.