(AP) – Seventy current and former U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees are reportedly being investigated after inappropriate posts in a secret Facebook group.
Customs officials said the employees allegedly made jokes about dead migrants and made sexist comments about Latina Congresswomen.
Sixty-two of the employees in the probe are current employees and eight are former. Officials say so far, investigations into two employees have wrapped up and their cases have been handed over to CBP for disciplinary action. But, it’s unclear what kind of action they’ll face.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard officer and alleged white supremacist is being accused of planning to carry out a large scale domestic terror attack. FBI agents arrested Lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasson and seized a stockpile of weapons and ammunition from his Silver Spring, Maryland home on Friday. Prosecutors say he planned to attack Democratic politicians and journalists.
Hasson’s hit list included Democratic politicians including New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Senator Chuck Schumer, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, California Senator Kamala Hrris and former Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke. The journalists mentioned included CNN’s Don Lemon, Van Jones and Chris Cuomo in addition to MSNBC’s Ari Melber, Joe Scarborough and Chris Hayes. Prosecutors describe Hasson as someone who “intends to murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country.” Hasson is due in federal court today for a detention hearing.
(AP) — After traveling to Syria and becoming a member of ISIS, an American woman says she wants to come home. Former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson isn’t sympathetic and feels Hoda Muthana should face the legal consequences of what she did.
In an interview with The Guardian, Hoda Muthana says she “deeply regrets her decision.” According to the report, Muthana was captured by Kurdish forces and is now in a refugee camp in northern Syria with her 18-month-old son. Muthana joined the extremist group in 2013 after lying to her family and telling them she was leaving on a school trip.
(Greece, NY) — Four people are facing charges for allegedly making plans to attack a Muslim community in New York. Greece Police say 20-year-old Brian Colaneri, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel and a 16-year-old are each charged with intent to use the explosive devices in a plot against the Muslim community near Binghamton.
They’re also charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. Officers say they had multiple medium to large-sized cylinders and mason jars wrapped in duct tape that were explosive devices.
(Houston, TX-AP) — An NCIS agent is facing charges in connection to an alleged affair with a terror suspect. Federal authorities say 45-year-old Leatrice Malika De Bruhl-Daniels is charged with obstruction of justice.
De Bruhl-Daniels allegedly became romantically involved with Syrian businessman Nadal Diya, who was flagged as a possible terror suspect for his involvement with the illegal shipping of goods from the U.S. to Iran. De Bruhl-Daniels, a career intelligence officer who held a top security clearance, allegedly tried to help Diya obtain a U.S. visa and also alerted him that he was under FBI investigation.
“I can’t stop thinking about … you. I haven’t slept for days. I’m deeply attracted to you and I can’t think about you like that. Don’t worry, I will still fight for your visa situation as much as I can.”
Diya reportedly threw her a lavish birthday party, gave her son a job and even paid for a luxury trip to Greece. The federal agent was arrested in September and will be tried in Houston in December.
(Pittsburgh, PA-AP) – The man accused of killing nearly a dozen people at Jewish synagogue day in court is over. Robert Bowers’ hands were released for a brief time inside a Pittsburgh courtroom this afternoon to sign paperwork, according to reporters inside. They say he was silent through most of the hearing except to answer “yes” or “yes sir” to the judge’s questions.
He reportedly seemed calm when having a conversation with his attorney. Bowers declined to have the charges and potential penalties read. The suspect remains in custody until his next preliminary hearing. Bowers faces 29 charges in connection to the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that left eleven people dead and six others injured. Bowers was wounded in a shootout with officers and was released from the hospital this morning.
(Chicago, IL) – Authorities are investigating after a bomb threat was found aboard a Chicago-bound flight from Rome. United Flight number 971, was forced to land in Ireland after the flight crew was alerted to a bomb threat that was written in the plane’s bathroom.
The flight was met by fire brigades and police, and all 216 passengers are being asked to provide writing samples.
(Boston, MA) – Today marks five years since the deadly Boston Marathon bombings that left three people dead and hundreds of others injured. The anniversary is dubbed “One Boston Day,” and has become a day of service in the community to celebrate the city’s resilience after the 2013 terror attacks.
A wreath-laying ceremony at the finish line this morning is set to be followed by a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. Eastern, the time when the first explosion went off. Other events taking place in the city include blood drives, sneaker drives and school cleanups.
Thousands of runners will hit the pavement for the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon tomorrow.
(Grenoble, France) – French authorities have arrested a man who tried to run over troops at an army base in southeast France. Reports say the man and a female passenger were circling the barracks in the base near Grenoble today, shouting threats at soldiers. The driver then allegedly shouted death threats in Arabic as he tried to run over a group of jogging soldiers.
He ended up driving into a ditch, abandoning the stolen vehicle and fleeing. Police sealed off the area and arrested him within hours. The reason for the attack remains unclear. It happened less than a week after an ISIS terrorist hijacked a car and went on a shooting spree in southwestern France.
(Orlando, FL) –The trial of the Pulse gunman’s widow continues today after a defense motion for a mistrial or dismissal of the case was rejected. Attorneys for Noor Salman contended that the prosecution failed to reveal key information about the gunman’s father, including the facts that he had been an FBI informant and was under investigation for money transfers to Turkey and Afghanistan.
But U.S. District Judge Paul Byron ruled that the trial is not about Seddique Mateen, it’s about Noor Salman. She is charged with obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting Omar Mateen’s massacre at the Orlando nightclub that left 49 people dead. The defense is expected to rest today with closing arguments taking place tomorrow before the case goes to the jury.