Five Injured in Savannah Stabbing

Authorities in Savannah, Georgia, said five people were wounded Thursday after a stabbing on the 1900 block of DeLesseps Avenue, the police department revealed.

“A family dispute resulted with 4 victims and the suspect receiving stab wounds. One of the injuries is serious,” a Twitter post read. “There is no further information available as the investigation is ongoing.”

The Chatham County Emergency Services told CBS’ WTOC 11 that it received a call at around 7:24 p.m. local time regarding a man with a knife who was threatening the occupants of a home.

The name of the suspect and victims, the status of the attacker and the motive are currently unknown and under investigation. One of the five injuries is reportedly serious, and the individual has been taken to the hospital.

The news comes over a month after a man, 51-year-old James Miller, died in Savannah’s West 36th Street from a stabbing. An individual was charged with murder at the time, per NBC’s WSAV-TV 3.

Homicides continue to rise in the United States. According to statistics from the FBI, homicides rose from a rate of 4.4 per 100,000 people to 6.5 per 100,000 from 2014 to 2020.


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FBI: Crypto Scam on LinkedIn a ‘Significant Threat’ to Platform, Consumers

A group of fraudsters have been using LinkedIn to lure unsuspecting users into cryptocurrency schemes; and these fraudsters now pose a “significant threat” to the platform and consumers, according to Sean Ragan, the FBI special agent in charge of the bureau’s Northern California offices in Sacramento and San Francisco.

In an interview with CNBC, Ragan said, “This type of fraudulent activity is significant, and there are many potential victims, and there are many past and current victims.”

Here’s a general overview of the LinkedIn/crypto scam:

  • A fraudster creates a fake professional file on LinkedIn.
  • He/she engages other LinkedIn users in small talk, via LinkedIn messaging.
  • The fraudster offers the LinkedIn member a chance to make money through a crypto investment.
  • The fraudster then steers the same LinkedIn member to a sound crypto investment, as a means of initially building trust.
  • After a grace period, the fraudster will direct the same LinkedIn member to a crypto site, controlled by the fraudster; and from there, funds are eventually drained from the unwitting victim’s account.

According to CNBC, the victims tended to believe the investment opportunities were legitimate, saying that LinkedIn is a trusted platform for business networking.

“So, the criminals, that’s how they make money, that’s what they focus their time and attention on,” explained Ragan. 

He added: “And they are always thinking about different ways to victimize people, victimize companies. And they spend their time doing their homework, defining their goals and their strategies, and their tools and tactics that they use.”

Ragan said this particular LinkedIn scam runs different from a long-running scheme, in which the criminal pretends to show a romantic interest in the subject and then persuades the victim into parting with their money.

The FBI confirmed it has active investigations into the LinkedIn scheme, but could not comment on any open cases.

In a statement, LinkedIn acknowledged there has been a recent uptick of fraud on its platform, telling CNBC, “We enforce our policies, which are very clear: fraudulent activity, including financial scams, are not allowed on LinkedIn. We work every day to keep our members safe, and this includes investing in automated and manual defenses to detect and address fake accounts, false information, and suspected fraud.”

LinkedIn continued: “We work with peer companies and government agencies from across the world with the goal of keeping LinkedIn members safe from bad actors. If a member encounters or is the victim of a scam, we ask that they report it to us and to local law enforcement.”

According to CNBC, LinkedIn says it removed more than 32 million fake accounts from its platform in 2021, according to its semiannual report on fraud.

From July to December 2021, its “automated defenses stopped 96% of all fake accounts — that includes 11.9 million that were stopped at registration and 4.4 million that were proactively restricted, the report said. Members reported 127,000 fake profiles that were also removed.”

In a Thursday blog post, LinkedIn cautioned users against sending money to unknown persons and/or responding to accounts with a questionable work history or other red flags, such as poor grammar.

Citing one real-life example: Mei Mei Soe, a Florida benefits manager, says she lost $288,000 — her entire life savings — to a scammer on LinkedIn.

Soe connected with someone whose profile claimed they were a manager at a Los Angeles fitness company. The pair began chatting over LinkedIn and then on a separate messaging app.

“He asked me if I’m on LinkedIn for professional networking or if I’m looking for a job,” Soe recalls. “I never trust anybody, but we began talking and over time he gained my trust.”

Citing the CNBC report, Crypto.com says it immediately takes down accounts that are linked to potential scams.

“We take a proactive approach to managing and protecting against external threats, including scam and phishing campaigns,” read the Crypto statement. “As with all financial transactions, fiat or crypto, it is critical to ensure the account receiving funds is legitimate and its owner is identified and trustworthy prior to the transfer.”


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4-Star General and Brookings President Allegedly Advised Qatar to Use Black Info Ops Against US

Last week, the FBI accidentally disclosed a warrant application that lays bare the incredible corruption that is eating away at our nation’s capital. The warrant was quickly removed from the internet, but we have a copy and it is explosive.

The warrant shows an intricate scheme of corruption involving a former U.S. ambassador as well as the current president of the highly influential Brookings Institution, the Democratic think tank where impeachment activist Fiona Hill and Christopher Steele’s fake source Igor Danchenko worked.

The warrant was issued in a case brought against Richard Olson, a former U.S. ambassador to Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates in the Obama administration. Olson pleaded guilty in April for his role in an illegal lobbying campaign on behalf of the government of Qatar, an oil-rich Gulf nation.

Olson is alleged to have colluded with retired four-star general John Allen—the president of the Brookings Institution—in getting the Trump administration to change its Qatar policy. In return, they were showered with cash and other benefits. Olson received at least $200,000 and Allen a further $20,000.

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Report: 40 Percent of Law Enforcement Agencies Failed to Report 2021 Crime Data

Nearly 40% of law enforcement agencies in the U.S., including in cities like New York City and Los Angeles, failed to report annual crime data to the F.B.I. in 2021 for its annual nationwide crime report.

The Marshall Project, a non-profit journalism outlet focused on crime, reported Tuesday that the failure of the agencies to get the data to the F.B.I. will “leave a data gap” that will make it hard for analysts to spot crime trends in various locations and fact check politicians’ claims about crime reports.

“It’s going to be really hard for policymakers to look at what crime looks like in their own community and compare it to similar communities,” Jacob Kaplan, a criminologist at Princeton University, told The Marshall Project.

In addition to smaller agencies, the data gap includes numbers from New York City and Los Angeles, the nation’s biggest cities.

According to the F.B.I., the federal agency has been collecting data from police agencies across the country since 1930, known as the Uniform Crime Report, which used a standardized voluntary reporting system to compile data for criminal justice students and researchers from more than 18,000 different agencies.

The standardized Summary Reporting System was phased out in 2021 in favor of a “more robust” National Incident-Based Reporting System, which was designed to collect more detailed crime information of each reported incident, according to the F.B.I.

While the federal government spent millions to help departments switch to the new system by last year, some 7,000 agencies did not send data to the program during 2021, The Marshall Project report found.

“The more detailed the data, the more effective our police can be. … When we look back at 2021 numbers, they’re not going to be particularly useful,” John Roman, a senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, told Axios.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics lists about $160 million in grants given out through September 2020 to agencies prior to the system switch to prepare them to use it.

The gap makes the numbers available not as reliable as they had been under the old system for policymakers to compare crime rates in similar communities.

“I don’t think you could get national numbers, at least not useful national numbers, from this data,” Kaplan told The Marshall Project. “It’s going to be really hard for policymakers to look at what crime looks like in their own community and compare it to similar communities.”


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Senator Demands Answers From DOJ for Refusing to Prosecute FBI Agents in USA Gymnastics Case


A U.S. senator on Wednesday demanded to know why two FBI special agents were not prosecuted for mishandling an investigation into convicted sex offender Larry Nassar, the former doctor of the USA Gymnastics national team.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) wrote to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in relation to the Department of Justice (DOJ) refusing to charge the two federal agents involved in investigating sexual abuse claims from Olympic athletes against Nassar.

Wicker’s letter comes after a 2021 report by the DOJ’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that the two FBI officials lied during their interviews to cover up or minimize their errors and gave false statements to the media.

“This decision is egregious and severely calls into question the Department’s judgment. I am particularly concerned this lack of accountability will further erode confidence in law enforcement among victims of sexual abuse, making it less likely abuse will be reported in the future,” Wicker wrote.

“The right of Olympic athletes to compete and train in an environment free from abuse of any kind is of the utmost importance. In this instance, young women, mostly minors, were sexually abused by an individual entrusted with their care and well-being.”

The ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee requested that the DOJ brief the committee on the review process that confirmed the DOJ’s decisions not to bring charges.

He also requested that the DOJ provide confirmation on the number of people allegedly abused by Nasser, the number allegedly abused after the FBI was notified about Nasser, and for an explanation on whether further abuses might have been reduced had the FBI had acted sooner.

Wicker also asked the DOJ to explain how many times in the last three years it had brought charges against non-government employees, federal law enforcement officials, and FBI employees “for both lying under oath to federal law enforcement or manufacturing evidence.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to the FBI for comment.

After allegations of Nassar’s abuse were first reported to the FBI Indianapolis Field Office by the president of USA Gymnastics in 2015, local field agents failed to respond “with the utmost seriousness and urgency that the allegations deserved and required,” the DOJ OIG report found.

The FBI has admitted that its agents mishandled the investigation but the OIG, while noting the seriousness of the former agents lying during the investigation, said there wasn’t enough to bring a federal criminal case.

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(L-R) U.S. Olympic Gymnasts Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and NCAA and world champion gymnast Maggie Nichols in Washington on Sept. 15, 2021. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, more than 90 athletes, including Simone Biles and others who say they were abused by Nassar, announced they are suing the FBI for $1 billion for its mishandling of their cases.

“It is time for the FBI to be held accountable,” said Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols, national champion gymnast from 2017 to 2019.

Former University of Michigan gymnast Samantha Roy, one of the claimants, said that if the FBI had done its job, Nassar “would have been stopped before he ever had the chance to abuse hundreds of girls, including me.”

Nassar pleaded guilty in 2017 and was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison on numerous charges, including possessing child sex abuse material and sexual abuse.

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Biles, Raisman, Other Top US Gymnasts File $1B Claim Against FBI

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and other star US gymnasts filed a $1 billion claim against the FBI on Wednesday for mishandling of the investigation into sexual abuse by predatory former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Nassar, 58, is serving a life sentence after pleading guilty in late 2017 and early 2018 to sexually assaulting athletes while working as a sports medicine doctor at USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University.

Hundreds of women — including Olympic gold medalists Biles, Raisman and McKayla Maroney — have accused Nassar of sexually abusing them during his more than two-decade career.

Biles, Raisman and Maroney are among the more than 90 women who have filed the federal tort claim against the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the law firms handling the case said in a joint statement.

“The majority of claimants consists of over 90 young women and girls who were abused after 2015 due to the FBI’s failure to take required steps to protect them,” they said.

The claim against the FBI comes just days after the Department of Justice announced it was not bringing any charges against two now retired FBI special agents who mishandled the Nassar investigation.

“My fellow survivors and I were betrayed by every institution that was supposed to protect us — the US Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, the FBI and now the Department of Justice,” Maroney said in a statement.

“I had some hope that they would keep their word and hold the FBI accountable,” she said. “It is clear that the only path to justice and healing is through the legal process.”

– ‘Grossly derelict’ –

The law firms said the FBI received credible complaints in July 2015 of Nassar’s sexual assaults and was “then able to immediately end Nassar’s predation.”

“However, the FBI was grossly derelict in their duties by declining to interview gymnasts who were willing to talk about the abuse,” they said.

“As a result, Nassar continued his predatory behavior, sexually assaulting approximately 90 young women and children between July 28, 2015, and September 12, 2016,” they added.

An FBI spokeswoman declined to comment on the legal claim but pointed reporters to testimony before a Senate committee in September 2021 by FBI director Christopher Wray.

Addressing Nassar’s victims, Wray said: “I’m especially sorry that there were people at the FBI who had their own chance to stop this monster back in in 2015 and failed.”

“That’s inexcusable,” the FBI director said. “It never should have happened. And we’re doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again.”

Nassar’s victims reached a $380 million settlement with USA Gymnastics last year, one of the largest ever recorded for victims of sex abuse.

USA Gymnastics filed for bankruptcy in 2018 after a tidal wave of allegations against Nassar swamped the organization.

Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of Nassar’s victims in 2018.



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Rep. Biggs to Newsmax: Lying to the FBI ‘No Big Deal’ in Sussmann Trial

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told Newsmax that lying to the FBI is “no big deal” when it comes to the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann.

The ruling to acquit Sussmann for making false statements to the FBI came after U.S. District Court Judge Christopher Cooper turned down Special Counsel John Durham’s request establishing Sussmann’s statements to the FBI were part of a wide-ranging “joint-venture” implicating Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, top Democratic operatives, private investigation firm Fusion GPS, and other technology researchers.

Speaking on Sussmann’s acquittal, Biggs said in his “Saturday Agenda” appearance, “I believe what happened is you had a District of Columbia jury and you had a judge that basically had a bias … And the fact that one of the jurors said after the Sussmann verdict was rendered, that it turns out lying to the FBI is ‘no big deal.'”

The congressman added, “We found out that lying to the FBI is apparently no big deal to the District of Columbia jury, even though the evidence was overwhelming, and there was so much interesting … evidence that was produced and testimony that was adduced that showed that not only did (Sussmann) lie, but also the depths of Hillary Clinton’s and Robbie Mook’s and the (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s) participation in the Russian hoax.”

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US Sets Record With 1 Million Civilian Guns Sold for 34th Straight Month

More than 1 million civilian guns were sold during May in the United States, marking the nation’s 34th consecutive month of eclipsing that threshold — reportedly an American record.

Amid this surge, the FBI reported it conducted nearly 2.4 million background checks during May — the third-highest ever total for that month.

“Background checks for firearm sales remain strong. May marks 34 months that background checks for the sale of a firearm exceeded 1 million,” said Mark Oliva, spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents gun manufacturers.

Oliva added, “Americans continue to buy firearms for personal safety. These gun owners are law-abiding Americans who use their firearms for lawful purposes daily.”

Of those purchasing firearms in America, Oliva says the vast majority are responsible gun owners who “reject the attempts by special interest groups to paint them with the same broad brush as those who criminally misuse firearms.

“The tragic events in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, are sobering reminders that there are those in our society who have no respect for the law or innocent lives. Every law-abiding adult American has the right to defend themselves and their loved ones against that evil.”

That right to defend comes in the form of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which simply reads: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

It is also worth noting: Apparently, no active NRA member has ever been implicated in a mass shooting in the United States; and yet, the group of reportedly 5 million members often bears the brunt of protest heat when a shooting occurs.

Will the gun sales trend likely continue into a 35th, 36th, and 37th month?

Divisive politics could be playing an integral role with the recent surge of gun sales, given how a number of Democratic Party principals — including President Joe Biden — have pushed for bans on AR-15 style rifles and/or semi-automatic handguns.

(Note: White House officials later walked back President Biden’s original comment on a possible handgun ban.)

And this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom hinted of a “buy-back program” with guns, via Twitter, even though the state already has restrictive gun laws on the books.

Plus, some states have reportedly dropped requirements of certain adults needing a permit to carry a concealed weapon. With at least 25 states, it is now known as “constitutional carry.”

Justin Anderson, the marketing director for Hyatt Guns of Charlotte, North Carolina, a source for gun sales intelligence, recently told the Washington Examiner:

“Unprecedented numbers of new gun buyers over the last two years equals more people seeing the lunacy of many of [the] gun laws in this country, including those governing concealed carry. This has strengthened the ranks of pro-gun citizens in this country, and many have been talking [to] their representatives, who have responded by getting rid of permit requirements.

“As a gun owner, I’m delighted to see the needle moving the other direction regarding our Second Amendment rights. These laws are also good for business, as more law-abiding citizens buy guns. Most importantly, these laws are an exceptional deterrent to violent crime.”


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Sen. Grassley Demands Probe Into Partisan Social Media Posts by FBI Official

Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley is demanding Justice Department records concerning the work history of senior FBI official Timothy Thibault, as well as an investigation into his actions, after revelations of Thibault’s apparent political bias on social media, Grassley’s office announced.

Department guidelines forbid employees from even giving the appearance of bias, but Thibault, who oversees often highly sensitive public corruption matters that involve political figures, engaged with and amplified partisan content on social media, sometimes even under the label of his official job title.

Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz demanding an investigation into Thibault for potential violations of these regulations, according to the Washington Examiner.

Grassley also sent letters to Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray that declared a preliminary deadline of June 14 for them to share documents about Thibault, including probes he has supervised since 2015.

Grassley wrote that “his actions present a grave risk of political infection and bias in his official decision-making process, creating serious questions with respect to oversight of investigative matters under his purview,” emphasizing that “Thibault’s social media postings, comments, and ‘likes’ … demonstrate a pattern of improper commentary related to, for example, ongoing FBI investigations including those under his purview.”

Grassley provided numerous examples of social media posts that he said “call into question Thibault’s ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of an FBI agent objectively and without bias. His social media posts require investigation into what, if any, oversight Department leadership has done to ensure that investigative decisions under his charge have not been infected with a political bias.”


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Sussmann Found ‘Not Guilty’ in Trial With Heavy Conflicts of Interests; Former FBI Agent Details Durham’s Case

Hillary Clinton lawyer Michael Sussmann was acquitted by a jury on May 31. He was charged with lying to the FBI when claiming he didn’t work for any specific client, as he was working for the Clinton campaign and was spreading false information of a covert communications channel between the Trump Organization and Russia’s Alfa Bank.

The decision, however, has shown a spotlight on conflicts of interest both with the judge and the jury in the trial. The judge had close personal ties to the case, and members of the jury included three people who donated to Clinton, and a woman whose daughter is on the same sports team as Sussmann’s daughter.

We also invite former FBI agent Marc Ruskin to comment on the case brought forward by John Durham and the acquittal decision. Ruskin is a former undercover agent, and is the author of “The Pretender: My Life Undercover for the FBI.”

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