Posts Tagged ‘FBI’

What It Looks Like When the Feds Do Slow Orbits Above the 94117, One Supposes

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The track of this airplane high over SF yesterday would look something like this

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I don’t know who else would be doing this kind of thing, is what I’m saying.

We can hear you Feds, the constant whine that doesn’t go away, that you can easily hear if there’s no traffic going by you.

Just saying…


Tuesday, August 4th, 2015


I learned long ago that you can’t control what other people say about you. And that’s especially true when you serve in public office.

Today, the attorneys for a man who’s facing multiple felony charges tried get him off the hook by making baseless allegations against many other people, including a number of local African American leaders. The attorneys wrote:

Reverend Amos Brown, Reverend Arnold Townsend, Derf Butler, Malia Cohen, and London Breed [all African American] were all implicated in dramatic pay to play schemes including calling into doubt the efficiency and real purpose of the One Stop Career Center in the Fillmore…London Breed who is a supervisor in a district where young children join gangs and are murdered before they can ever ‘pay to play.’ Butler allegedly takes Breed shopping for clothes and touts himself as something akin to a pimp explaining to Jackson that you have to teach an official how to be corrupt.

The One Stop Center exists to help people in my community find stable, quality jobs. The statement about children being murdered is as callous as it is offensive. And the only thing I’ve learned from this sad episode is that you should be very skeptical of what you read in the news, especially when it comes from an accused felon looking for anyone but himself to blame.

I’m not angry. It’s just very sad.”

There’s also this:

Serial entrepreneur Derf Butler, purportedly told an FBI agent he “pays Supervisor [London] Breed with untraceable debit cards for clothing and trips in exchange for advantages on contracts in San Francisco.” She denied this claim to the Examiner.

FLASHBACK: Watch a Young Jack Bauer Meet with Dennis Hopper in Front of City Lights Bookstore a Quarter-Century Ago

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Extended Dance Version here – I’m afraid this has become an earworm.]

The film Flashback had bad reviews for the most part, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying 25 year old footage from a pre-streetscaped,* pre-SFMTA* North Beach:

You see, at the beginning Jack Bauer was the uptight one and Dennis Hopper was the hippie – that’s the whole movie.

And it’s the later version of Big Audio Dynamite doing the audio – quite bouncy with plenty of orchestra hits and Rolling Stones samples.

Oh, and note the old-school MUNI bus at 0:03 in the window reflection…


“If I do what I wanted
I just don’t have the time
I want to ride my motorcycle
Into the sunshine

My tv is laughin’
Makin’ me feel small
Like I’m sad in a cell
All I can is these walls
And I never want to see another shopping mall

Oh Free
To be what I will
Oh Free
I’ll keep it up till
I’m Free
Or I won’t have nothing at all
(End Chorus)

This is my life
I’m livin it, I will pay
But why should I care about all that today
I need a head start
And I don’t want to stall
Gonna take a bulldozer to break down the walls
And I never want to see another shopping mall


And I know ’bout all the graveyards
Tumble-down farms and shacks
I’ve gotta get out on the highway
And I’m not comin’ back
There’s a small town in the mountains where I’ll do my thing
It’s this Credit Card Livin’ I find Stifling
I wanna see the river turning into the falls
Been down for so long now I wanna stand tall
So I’m packing my belongings and fear into my hold-all
And I never wanna see another Shopping Mall
Shopping Mall

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Once we get out of the 80’s the 90’s are gonna make the 60’s look like the 50’s

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Woah! Whew! I aint had a rush like that since the Berkeley Riots!

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It should be kicking in by now

(Flashback Soundbyte)
Ugh. I actually got him.

LINOLEUM LARRY’S? This Place on Lombard Looks Like an FBI Front, or Like “Best Quality Vacuum Repair” on Breaking Bad

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

It’s hiding in plain sight!

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What Comes After Silk Road? Silk Road 2.0, Of Course – The Feds Crack Down in SF, Once Again – Blake Benthall Arrested

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Did this guy from San Francisco, Blake Benthall, aka Defcon, aka @blakeeb, just get busted by the Feds yesterday? Take a look at the FBI’s press release, below.

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 Device

Friday, 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 Resident Indicted For Possession Of An Improvised Explosive Device

June 13, 2014

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.

(Chamberlain II indictment)

Shrimp-Boy’s Pony, Clement Street

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

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American Hustle, Shanghai Surprise: If You Conspire to Spy for China, the FBI Will Make a Movie About You: “Game of Pawns”

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

This is the tale of  Glenn Duffie Shriver, badly told:

Thanks, FBI.

I guess.

Now That Shrimp Boy is Taken Care Of, Our FBI is Moving On to the PG&E Metcalf Power Substation Shooting: Tips Wanted

Thursday, 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:

Members of the media should contact FBI Media Representative Peter Lee at 415-553-7450.”

Presence of Run Ed Run’s Victor Hwang Mars Tonight’s SFPD Hate Crimes Symposium in the Castro

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

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.