(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.
(Strasbourg-AP) — French authorities have identified the gunman responsible for the deadly Christmas market shooting as Islamic extremist named “Cherif C.” Three people were killed and dozens were injured after he opened fire in Strasbourg on Tuesday.
Several reports say he yelled “God is Great” in Arabic while he was shooting. The manhunt is still underway for Cherif, a 29-year-old with a criminal record in several European countries. Authorities say Cherif became an Islamic extremist while serving time in prison and has been on the terrorist watch list since 2015.
(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.
(Atlanta, GA) – Part of the downtown connector in Atlanta was held up early this moring due to a bomb scare and now many are wondering if it had anything to do with the package that was sent to CNN headquarters in Atlanta.
CNN President Jeff Zucker said the package was intercepted by a post office and that there was no imminent threat to CNN itself. Now, the next question…was it sent by 56-year old former male stripper turned terrorist, Cesar Sayoc.Sayoc is the man accused of sending pipe bombs to top Democrats and CNN headquarters in New York City and now authorities say he may have had a hit list with more than 100 targets. Sayoc was in court today for his first appearance. Shackled and handcuffed, he barely spoke during the hearing. He faces more than 50-years in prison.
(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.