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LINOLEUM LARRY’S? This Place on Lombard Looks Like an FBI Front, or Like “Best Quality Vacuum Repair” on Breaking BadWednesday, December 31st, 2014
What Comes After Silk Road? Silk Road 2.0, Of Course – The Feds Crack Down in SF, Once Again – Blake Benthall ArrestedThursday, November 6th, 2014
And here’s the Complaint – Hotel 1, Hotel 2, Twitter, GitHub, etc
Via Ryan Mac:
So, Homeland Security infiltrated SR2 with an undercover agent, one named “HSI-UC?” Gee, just how many undercover feds are operating in the 415 these days? A dozen? Three dozen? Who knows.
Big Blue, the Old Federal Building at 450 Golden Gate in the Twitterloin,will be a busy place today…
“Operator of Silk Road 2.0 Website Charged in Manhattan Federal Court – Silk Road 2.0, Launched in November 2013 After Its Predecessor was Shut Down by Law Enforcement, Has Enabled More Than 100,000 People to Buy and Sell Illegal Drugs Anonymously Over the Internet
U.S. Attorney’s OfficeNovember 06, 2014
Southern District of New York(212) 637-2600
FBI New York Press Office(212) 384-2100
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, George Venizelos, the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and Peter Edge, Executive Associate Director of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), announced today the arrest of BLAKE BENTHALL, a/k/a “Defcon,” in connection with his operation and ownership of the Silk Road 2.0 website, a hidden website designed to enable its users to buy and sell illegal drugs and other unlawful goods and services anonymously and beyond the reach of law enforcement. BENTHALL was arrested yesterday in San Francisco, California. He will be presented later today in federal court in San Francisco before Magistrate Judge Jaqueline Scott Corley.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “As alleged, Blake Benthall attempted to resurrect Silk Road, a secret website that law enforcement seized last year, by running Silk Road 2.0, a nearly identical criminal enterprise. Let’s be clear—this Silk Road, in whatever form, is the road to prison. Those looking to follow in the footsteps of alleged cybercriminals should understand that we will return as many times as necessary to shut down noxious online criminal bazaars. We don’t get tired.”
Document: San Francisco Resident Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II Indicted For Possession Of An Improvised Explosive DeviceFriday, June 13th, 2014
I’m failing to see how our FBI has “botched” this case.
In fact, I’d say that the only way the Fibbies could have botched this case so far would have been to not pursue it.
Of course, if you want to support Ryan Chamberlain, that’s fine. But we’re just going to have to wait to see who, if anyone, botched what when.
Here’s the latest:
SAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury in San Francisco indicted Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II yesterday with possession of an unregistered destructive device, and possession of a firearm with the manufacturer’s serial number removed, announced U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag and FBI Special Agent in Charge David J. Johnson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Riehl, and Tatum King, Acting Special Agent in Charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in San Francisco.
The two-count Indictment alleges that Chamberlain, 42, of San Francisco, possessed a destructive device that was not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record, and a handgun with an obliterated serial number that had been shipped and transported in interstate commerce. According to an affidavit filed by an agent of the FBI in connection with a criminal complaint filed previously in the same matter, the destructive device was an improvised explosive device complete with a power source, wire conductors, switching mechanism, shrapnel, and a remote controlled detonation system.
Chamberlain was the subject of a recent manhunt which resulted in his arrest near Crissy Field in San Francisco, Calif., on June 2, 2014. Chamberlain came to the attention of authorities during an investigation of his alleged activities on the “Deep Web.”
Chamberlain made his initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco on June 3, 2014, and is scheduled to appear for a detention hearing on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 9:30 a.m., before the Honorable Nathanael Cousins, United States Magistrate Court Judge.
An Indictment merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, followed by a 3-year period of supervised release, and $10,000 fine, for a violation of 26 U.S.C. § 5861(d), and a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, followed by a 3-year period of supervised release, and $250,000 fine, for a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(k). However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.
Philip J. Kearney is the Assistant U.S. Attorney who is prosecuting the case with the assistance of Patricia Mahoney. The prosecution is the result of an investigation by the FBI, ATF, and ICE HSI.
Now That Shrimp Boy is Taken Care Of, Our FBI is Moving On to the PG&E Metcalf Power Substation Shooting: Tips WantedThursday, April 10th, 2014
Here’s a fresh announcement from our local FBI:
“FBI Seeking Public’s Help Regarding Destruction of an Energy Facility, Disruption of Communication Lines Case - FBI San Francisco, April 10, 2014, Peter D. Lee, (415) 553-7450
The FBI San Francisco Field Office is seeking the public’s help regarding the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Metcalf power substation shooting and AT&T fiber optic cable incident that occurred on April 16, 2013.
On the 16th at approximately 1:40 a.m., the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office and San Jose Police Department received multiple phone calls of gunshots in the area of Monterey Road and Blanchard Road in San Jose, California.
That morning, an unknown individual(s) cut two groups of fiber optic cables and used a 7.62 caliber rifle to shoot 10 transformer bays. The individual(s) should be considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information is urged to contact their nearest FBI office or dial 911. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a day at 415-553-7400 in the San Francisco area. All calls are confidential. Tips can also be submitted at: tips.fbi.gov.
Members of the media should contact FBI Media Representative Peter Lee at 415-553-7450.”
All the deets, below.
San Francisco Police Sponsor Hate Crimes Symposium
On Thursday October 13, 2011 the San Francisco Police will sponsor a Hate Crimes Symposium. This symposium will be held at the San Francisco LGBT Community Center Rainbow Room located at 1800 Market Street, 2nd Floor from 7:30PM to 9:30PM.
The symposium will be an informational presentation followed by a Q&A format. The event will be held during National Coming Out Week and one day after the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard on October 12, 1998. As the Federal Hate Crime Statue “Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009 (18 U.S.C. 249)” was named after Matthew, it’s a poignant time of year to host this discussion.
Agenda of presentation will be:
* Deputy Chief Denise Schmitt to welcome attendees, discuss the Chief’s LGBT Forum and introduce panelists
* US DOJ Attorney SUSAN BADGER to discuss the US DOJ’s role in prosecuting hate crimes
* FBI Special Agent MELISSA PATRICK to discuss the FBI’s role, resources and limitations
* SFDA Asst District Attorney VICTOR HWANG to discuss how cases are prosecuted and why some are kept at the local/State level while others become Federal cases
* SFPD LT. TERESA GRACIE to discuss the police department’s role and how SFPD leverages with the FBI and works cooperatively with them
* SFPD Chief’s LGBT Community Advisory Forum to discuss the importance of crime reporting, resources and support organizations for survivors of hate crimes
* Moderated Q & A from the audience and answers from specific members of the panel or responses from all panel members as appropriate
* Final closing comments from panelists
GOAL OF THE EVENT: To establish the Forum as a publicly known entity with a defined mission of representing the LGBT community City-wide to the SFPD and Chief Suhr directly.
Has it been only three years since the Cosco Busan, the leakiest 2001 Hyundai ever, spilled 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel* into the bay? Seems longer.
Anyway, turns out that a dude who supposed to be up front looking out for stuff in the pea soup fog was downstairs in the galley eating breakfast. I did not know that, no sir. Of course, the idea to depart on sked despite the fog came from the bar pilot, so that’s the person who’s primarily responsible. But there still plenty of blame to go around. Deets below.
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All right, it’s Blame Time:
The National Transportation Safety Board determined the following probable causes of the accident:
- the pilot’s degraded cognitive performance from his use of prescription medications, despite his completely clean post accident drug test,
– the absence of a comprehensive pre-departure master/pilot exchange and a lack of effective communication between Pilot John Cota and Master Mao Cai Sun during the accident voyage, and
– (COSCO Busan Master) Sun’s ineffective oversight of Cota’s piloting performance and the vessel’s progress.
Other contributing factors included:
- the failure of Fleet Management Ltd. to train the COSCO Busan crewmembers (which led to such acts of gross negligence as the bow lookout eating breakfast in the galley instead of being on watch) and Fleet Management’s failure to ensure that the crew understood and complied with the company’s safety management system;
– the failure of Caltrans to maintain foghorns on the bridge which were silent despite the heavy fog;
– the failure of Vessel Traffic Safety (VTS) to alert Cota and Sun that they were headed for the tower. VTS is legally required to alert a vessel if an accident appears imminent, yet they remained silent;
– the malfunctioning radar on the COSCO Busan, which led Captains Cota and Sun to use an electronic chart for the rest of the voyage. Although Coast Guard investigators found the radar to be in working order, they did not examine it until days after the accident (allowing time for faulty equipment to be fixed, which is not uncommon after a marine accident)
– Captain Sun’s incorrect identification of symbols on the electronic chart;
– the U.S. Coast Guard’s failure to provide adequate medical oversight of Cota, in view of the medical and medication information he had reported to the Coast Guard
Happy Anniversary, Cosco Busan, or should I say MSC Venezia? Don’t ever come back.
*Yeah, Wiki is still wrong on that gallonage figure, partly due to the U.S. Coast Guard sitting on information for months and months ’cause they didn’t want to earn themselves any more bad press.
20 Jones Street near Market, just across the way from the Brokedown Palace of McAllister Street:
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All the deets:
CAIR: Burned Quran Found at San Francisco Mosque. Muslim civil rights group urges community members to report suspicious activity
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18 — The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA) today reported that a burned copy of the Quran, Islam’s holy text, was found earlier this week at the Islamic Society of San Francisco (ISSF).
CAIR-SFBA is reminding community members to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity in the area of local mosques.
ISSF officials reported to CAIR-SFBA that they found the burned copy of the Quran in a trash container placed outside for collection. The incident was reported to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and to the San Francisco office of the FBI.
“Regrettably, the recent wave of hate incidents targeting American Muslims has made its way to the Bay Area,” said CAIR-SFBA Programs and Outreach Director Zahra Billoo. “It is unfortunate that a minority community is being targeted by hate in this way, and we are appreciative of the support that has been expressed by local elected officials and interfaith leaders.”
She noted that Muslim communities nationwide have been similarly targeted in recent weeks.
Ever more deets, after the jump
It was all pomp and circumstance today down at Piers 30-32 when Russian Guided Missile Cruiser Varyag (Viking, mas o menos) made a courtesy call. See for yourself at Japan Security Watch.
Here she is after coming through the Golden Gate yesterday:
“Russian Federation Navy Missile Cruiser Varyag transits through San Francisco Bay while Coast Guard boat crews provide a security zone around the vessel, Sunday, June 20, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns – 100620-G-7265M-047″
All sorts of government officials went aboard today – people like Mayor Gavin Newsom and elements of every alphabet soup federal agency extant.
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There are some of your 16 huge launch tubes right there:
Then it was all over to Pier 7 or someplace for a ceremony with George P. Shultz and the Russian Ambassador:
They were all addressed by this avuncular Russian cowboy:
(This Rear Admiral has a few medals, huh?)
And then it was time to hit the town and do a little alcohol shopping. Thusly:
Now, if you want to get on this aging cruiser to see how the recent refurbishment went, well, get there early at the foot of Bryant Street on Thursday. It should be a very popular tour (from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or whatever they decide to do.)