Tag: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fight The Power, Literally

This is fairly disconcerting:

An attack by snipers on a Silicon Valley power substation last year is prompting the former chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to launch a crusade to better secure and defend the nation’s electrical grid.

The former chairman, Jon Wellinghoff, now a San Francisco energy law attorney, called the little-publicized April 2013 attack on the substation a “very well planned, coordinated and executed attack on a major piece of our electric grid infrastructure.”

While Wellinghoff has expressed concern that the attack may have been a test run for a bigger strike — possibly terrorism — the FBI has declared the incident wasn’t an act of terror and is still investigating the case, with no arrests made.

The FBI considers the incident vandalism, said spokesman Peter Lee in San Francisco.

In all, 150 rounds from an assault rifle were fired over almost 20 minutes at a Pacific Gas and Electric Company substation south of San Jose, California, knocking out 17 transformers in the post-midnight darkness of April 16, according to PG&E, Wellinghoff and CNN affiliate KTVU.

To prevent a blackout to Silicon Valley, workers re-routed power, but it took almost a month to make repairs, the affiliate reported.
Authorities also found an AT&T fiber optic cable was cut in an underground vault, causing a phone blackout, Sgt. Kurtis Stenderup with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office told KTVU.

By the time police arrived, the shooters, also suspected of damaging the phone line, were gone.

I actually think the FBI might be right here. This was definitely an organized attack, not some drunks shooting at a power station. But while attacking the power grid would make sense for a military force, the terror potential is low. Terrorists have a long history of eschewing this sort of attack for things that kill and … well … terrorize lots of people.

However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be concerned. An organized attack — whether this is the work of terrorists, anarchists or a disgruntled employee — could cause major economic disruptions. The power grid has always been a soft spot. Last year, someone poked it.

That having been said, the call to better defend and secure our power grid is a bit unrealistic. We have thousands of these substations around the United States. “Securing” them would mean hiring tens if not hundreds of thousands of new security personnel at a cost of several billion dollars a year, at least. All of that expense would protect us from an attack that has happened once in the last couple of decades. I would suggest that a better use of our resources would be to investigate this incident and to keep a more watchful eye on terror elements, especially the domestic ones that would be more likely to do something like this (eco-terrorists, in particular).

I know we all want to be safe. But we simply can’t put armed guards on every corner of the country.

How Deep the Rabbit Hole Goes

I think we could save ourselves a lot of time with this Petraeus scandal if we just assumed everyone is sleeping with everyone, everyone is e-mailing everyone and everyone is sexting everyone:

The FBI probe into the sex scandal that prompted CIA Director David Petraeus to resign has expanded to ensnare Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced early Tuesday.

According to a senior U.S. defense official, the FBI has uncovered between 20,000 and 30,000 pages of documents — most of them e-mails — that contain “potentially inappropriate” communication between Allen and Jill Kelley, the 37-year-old Tampa woman whose report of harassment by a person who turned out to be Petraeus’s mistress ultimately led to Petraeus’s downfall.

Allen, a Marine, succeeded Petraeus as the top allied commander in Afghanistan in July 2011. He also served as Petraeus’s deputy when both generals led the military’s Tampa-based Central Command from 2008 until 2010.


A federal agent who launched the investigation that ultimately led to the resignation of Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus was barred from taking part in the case over the summer due to superiors’ concerns that he was personally involved in the case, according to officials familiar with the probe.

One official said the agent in question sent shirtless photos to Ms. Kelley well before the email investigation began, and FBI officials only became aware of them some time later. Eventually, supervisors told the agent he was to have nothing to do with the case, though he never had a formal role in the investigation, the official said.

It’s fun to wallow in the salacious details, I guess. And I know the media is having fun tearing down these men and women. But I actually think there may be a serious side to this, which is the uncontrolled and pretty much unsupervised explosion of the National Security State. Expect the media to ignore that side when their are shirtless photos and hot biographers around. But the rabbit hole is getting deeper each day.

Update: Oh good fucking grief.

Update: Our story, so far:

Jill Kelley, the woman who was (allegedly) threatened by Gen. Petraeus’s squeeze Paula Broadwell and who (apparently) started the FBI investigation that led to Petraeus’ ouster, who went to the FBI for help after the threats and then (allegedly) had a relationship with the FBI agent in charge of her own case, who (allegedly) sent her shirtless pics of himself, also (apparently, allegedly) had “compromising” communications with Gen. John Allen, the Big Damn Commander of our war effort in Afghanistan.


FBI Better At Keeping CIA Director’s Affair Secret Than He Is

In my initial post on l’Affaire Petraeus, I expressed skepticism about whether there was something more sinister surrounding his resignation for broadening the well, if you will.  The timing, I did question, but I didn’t read much more into it than a guy getting stupid and certainly didn’t see or expect a Benghazi connection.

Well, here’s the twist: He didn’t get stupid and spill the beans.  The woman he was nailing did and went full bunny-boiler on another woman, which set off an FBI investigation.  USA Today reports that the FBI found Petraeus didn’t violate any confidentiality rules, though they did notify him of what they found out shortly before the election.  Or the political class is just protecting itself, as usual.   Either way, Petraeus now gets to do the Schwarzenegger to his family but he’s off the hook for any legal issues.

Is this a scandal?  I suppose so, but that was never in question.  It just further darkens Petraeus in my eyes, who didn’t come clean about what he had done and didn’t resign immediately when the jig was up.   Does the FBI deserve any criticism here?  I don’t think so.  Petraeus broke no laws, but I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall when the agents got to explain to a sitting CIA director that they knew what he was up to. 

Obama?  Yeah, I’m sure he was aware of this before the election and he probably begged Petraeus to keep his mouth shut until after Super Tuesday.   I’m not sure where you go with it from here.  This will be just one of many scandals that I expect are already piling up within the Administration, given how undisciplined and opportunistic everyone in it is. 

Shit, if even Petraeus went bad…

The Fake Shiek

All right:

Authorities say there were not just one but two Muslim men plotting a terrorist attack last week in Chicago. Both allegedly scouted targets. Both talked at length about their plans.

But by the time the FBI’s fake car bomb was parked outside the Cactus Bar & Grill in Chicago on Friday night, only Adel Daoud, 18, was there to push the button on what he thought was a detonator. Only Daoud was under arrest.

So what happened to the second person, an unidentified male who Dauod referred to as his “sahaba,” an Arabic term meaning companion?

Federal court records reveal a leader at a local mosque played a vital role in convincing the second man to abandon his plans for jihad just weeks before the would-be attack.

Undercover FBI agents, meanwhile, continued to lean heavily on Daoud. The agents supplied him with almost everything he needed to plan the attack and told him they were relaying messages from a foreign sheik who wanted to know if he was truly prepared to carry it out.

Apparently, the unnamed mosque leader overheard the boys discussing jihad and came down on them like a ton of bricks. So did Daoud’s father. It’s not clear if Individual C actually was brought to the light or just decided to save his jihad for military targets.

I’m sorry, but this whole exercise — which is one of a number the FBI has run over the last few years — seems a waste of resources. Find some kid talking up jihad, contact him, motivate him, provide him with a fake bomb then arrest him when he tries to detonate it? The FBI came up with, like, 98% of the “plot’. Wouldn’t those resources be better used identifying more potential dangerous people and just keeping an eye on them? That might actually lead you somewhere — to an actual terror cell or a pipeline of support from the Middle East. This just crosses me as finding some dumb kid and building him up into a headline-grabbing arrest.

Gunrunner update: Letter showing ATF circumvented the law to expidate operation.

The Examiner has a post up that is frankly baffling and validates the concern expressed by many of us that when you look at the evidence, dismiss the implausible, and are left with the facts, logic dictates that this operation had nothing to do with stopping the flow of guns and everything to do with actually getting guns in the hands of drug cartels to kill people. It seems like the people at the Examiner got their hands on evidence that the ATF authorized direct sales of arms to Mexican cartels, which should, at a minimum, be a criminal endeavor, considering they had to know that once these crossed the border they would lose track of them and that they would be used to kill people.

A letter forwarded on Friday by a proven reliable source to Gun Rights Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars documents Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives management authorizing the sale of firearms, which sources say were intended for delivery to cartel purchasers as part of the “Fast and Furious” / ”Gunwalker” scandal. Written by then-ATF Phoenix Group VII Supervisor David Voth, the June 01, 2010 letter to a Federal Firearms Licensee, whose name is redacted, advises:

Per Section925(a)(1) of the Gun Control Act (GCA) exempts law enforcement agencies from the transportation, shipment, receipt, or importation controls of the GCA when firearms are to be used for the official business of the agency.

Please accept this letter in lieu of completing an ATF Form 4473 for the purchase of four (4) CAI, Model Draco, 7.62×39 mm pistols, by Special Agent John Dodson. These aforementioned pistols will be used by Special Agent Dodson in furtherance of the performance of his official duties. In addition, Special Agent Dodson has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. If you have any questions, you may contact me at telephone number 602-605-6501.

A hand-written note at the bottom says:

Picked up guns 6/10/10

Paid Cash [underlined in original]

Remember, if we are to believe the facts, and I do, the Mexican government was not aware of this operation being run on their soil and against them. The usual defenses that they where trying to “track guns” don’t fly, unless the intent was to then say the Mexican cartels where getting their arms from the US. What good would that do anyone, huh? The attempt to “Blame Boosh” is also nothing but bullshit intended to deflect and confuse the issue at hand. Pretense that the higher ups, including the DOJ and even the WH where not involved, and that this was all an ATF exclusive fuck up, have already been debunked. One can be forgiven for concluding that the sole viable reason for this operation was to get guns in the hands of Mexican cartels, with the full knowledge they would be used to kill people – count is upwards of 200 directly attributed to arms from this operation, now – because those deaths where wanted. What other logical reason would there be to want people to be killed I ask, if it wasn’t to use that to sway public opinion?

The facts are simple: we are left with the ATF buying guns, CASH, and shipping them to Mexico, where they where used to kill not just Mexicans, but then also US border patrol agent Terry. Body count seems to be the objective. It now also looks like they tried to cover up these clearly criminal actions once this thing went south, with the DOJ running the show and the FBI likely responsible for tampering with and even destroying evidence at the scene where Brian Terry was murdered, by throwing the director of the ATF under the bus. This government ran an operation in Mexico with the intent of using the body count to get something back here at home. And this is going on right as the left is losing the battle in court to disarm the citizenry they look down upon and get around the 2nd Amendment they so despise.

They are all in full cover up mode, but the truth is coming out. Nixon got in trouble for far less. And Watergate I remind you cost nobody their lives. This criminal operation killed over 200 Mexicans and a border patrol agent. I guess we all learned another firearm safety rule too: guns are dangerous in the hands of leftist autocrats, hell bent on disarming the peasants they so want to control without the fear of them fighting back. I am sure our usual deniers will find issue with this and claim I am wrong for pointing these things out. They will even demand facts, dismissing the facts that have come out backing me up in the process, without blinking an eye.

And the LSM is doing more of the same. Wish they where as gung-ho about a real crime against the American people as they where about their chance to take down Nixon. What a disservice they are doing the American people which should know how the nanny staters hold them in such low regard that they are willing to help murder people to convince them they should give up their right and ability of self defense.

Roh roh, Shaggy. Issa wants special prosecutor to investigate Fast & Furious.

It now looks like operation “Fast & Furious”, the famous “Gunrunner” scheme that I pointed out long ago, when the facts started dribbling out, despite a concerted effort by the LSM to keep the story and the reason & role the 2nd Amendment haters the members of Team Obama behind it under wraps, was a run around to affect American public opinion and help the left roll back defeats to disarm the people at large, is panning out into a scandal for Team Obama, and an international one at it:

The stench from Washington is getting stronger. Rep. Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the festering mess known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to “walk” from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico: Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels.

The (dumb) idea was to trace cross-border arms trafficking, and so prove the (false) claim that 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexican drug war zones originate in the US. (The real figure is closer to 17 percent.) But, as Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform committee continues its investigation, that pretension has evaporated — and a major international scandal has been born.

Marisela Morales, the Mexican attorney general, estimates that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons — among them, a powerful Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle that took down a federal helicopter. Morales, who calls the program a “betrayal” of her country, told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports, and that US officials still haven’t briefed their Mexican counterparts on it.

More and more people are actually accepting the obvious conclusion, left when all other avenues that have been explored have lead to dead ends, that the sole remaining purpose for this operation was so the Obama administration could blame non-existing lax US gun policies for deaths in Mexico, as the blatantly false media campaign to convince people that 80% of the guns used in the drug wars there came from the US. This was being done so they could then demand they be allowed to add and enforce tighter controls that would violate 2nd Amendment rights that would otherwise never pass muster, in order to again take the lead in the fight to disarm the people, after their agenda recently suffered a humiliating defeat in the SCOTUS. This is obviously what Obama told us was under works to get them back in business on taking guns away from people during one of his speeches.

Attempts by the LSM to ignore the story and by the Obama Administration to avoid disclosing the facts have not succeeded in preventing us from learning the facts, and we are finally getting calls for a special investigation. As Holder and other higher ups behind this all now claim amnesia, frustrated officials in the Mexican government, whom it seems where not a willing participant as was first suspected, whom weren’t even briefed are themselves asking for answers. Maybe they should involve the criminal court in The Hague. I would love to see the left’s reaction to that one.

She shouldn’t feel lonely: The administration has been notably unforthcoming to everybody on this one. Eric Holder’s Justice has engaged in a rearguard battle against Issa’s committee — turning over subpoenaed documents only slowly and heavily redacted, making witnesses unavailable and transferring or retiring implicated officials such as former ATF head Kenneth Melson. Issa has publicly accused Holder & Co. of “gaming” congressional investigators.

Yet the drip, drip, drip of revelations continues. A third “Fast and Furious” gun has now been linked to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death in Arizona last December at the hands of Mexican bandits started to crack the scandal open.

In addition to the ATF and the FBI, other agencies already implicated include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the IRS. Other tidbits suggest involvement by higher-ups at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House itself.

It’s a scandal, and the stench seems to come from all the way to the top. And it’s going to be fun to watch the left now pretend there is nothing here or better yet, defend what now appears to be turning into a real international crime. How are they going to blame Bush? Can I say I told you so , already?

Green jobs company that got $535 million from Obama raided by the FBI.

More than a year or so ago, Solyndra and other Green technology companies like it, where being touted by the progressive greens as the solution to both the economic wreck and employment disaster they wrongly, but quite successfully, wanted everyone to believe was caused by evil Boosh-Chimpy-McHitler instead of progressive government pressure on lending institutions and a myriad of schemes and scams to overcome the laws of economics and reality that eventually caused both the housing market collapse and the global financial crisis. Solyndra was not just our economic the future but the way to save us all from Gaia’s CO2 induced wrath! Hence the large – $535 million – stimulus check to make it so.

Skip ahead, to a few weeks ago, and we have Solyndra going belly up and laying off 1,100 employees. But oh, does it get better. Seriously, you could not make this kind of damning shit about the Keynesian Marxist and the progressive greens movement up if you tried. Today we find out that:

FREMONT, Calif.— FBI agents executed search warrants on Thursday at the headquarters of California solar firm Solyndra, which received a $535 million loan from the federal government before filing for bankruptcy last week.

Agents executed multiple search warrants at the company’s headquarters in Fremont as part of an investigation with the Department of Energy’s Office of Inspector General, according to FBI spokesman Peter Lee. Lee said he could not provide details about the investigation.

This has shades of Chicago politics and Rezko-esque rip off of the tax payer written all over it. I will be surprised to find out what the FBI comes back with. I am sure it will somehow be something that tries real hard to absolve the WH from being in this mess. But spin it as they want, the choice of excuses I can see them peddling all leave the WH, the green movement, the progressive agenda, and Obama looking bad or worse. In the mean time we the tax payers are out a half a billion and we will likely throw a few hundred millions more at it before someone finally finds a way to bury this embarrassing story for the WH like they are doing with that whole Gunrunner fiasco. Priceless.