Joint Terrorism Task Force Blows Richard Sills Jr., Out of the Water
According to the FBI, Richard Sills, Jr., of Encinitas, California was arrested by members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, (JTTF.)
The JTTF are an FBI-NYPD department that continues to remain on the forefront of the war against terrorism.
The charges were in connection with a bomb hoax incident at the University of California in San Diego, which occurred on Wednesday, 5th December, 2007.
On Thursday, 6th December, 2007 copies of both a recorded
message and a letter was released to the media which was obtained via the investigation.
Individuals who watched television broadcasts or listened to radio responded to the release by contacting the JTTF
with information. According to the information and at that time, the JTTF mistakenly arrested Timothy Byron Kalka of San Diego,
The FBI reports that Sills was a temporary employee in the UCSD Biomedical Science Building and should have been the individual that they were pursuing from the beginning.
Sills aged 54 was finally arrested for conveying false or misleading information or engagement in hoax
activities pertaining to explosives - a clear violation of Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1038 - which covers False information and hoaxes.
Stills had been temporarily employed in the UCSD Biomedical Science Building and had fashioned a bogus device which was found early on December 5th at the Leichtag Family Foundation Biomedical Research building. It was here [at the university,] where Kalka had recently received his pink-slip.
All charges against the mistakenly arrested Kalka were formally dismissed without prejudice on Friday, January 4th, 2008. He was never indicted.
Just to complicate the issue, officials said that a few minutes after the fake device was located, an anonymous person called in a threat saying that he was going to detonate a bomb inside the building.
Frankly I'm surprised that there was only one - various crimes often appeal to copy-cats seeking more attention in their lives and wanting to feel important.
The officials went on to say that a letter had also been received at the university, claiming that an organization named the Animal Liberation Front had plans to detonate explosive devices in six campus buildings (research facilities) if research animals were not evacuated.
Authorities evacuated the La Jolla campus, as the Metro Arson Strike Team spent seven hours with the device - only to determine that it was harmless.
These people don't consider how many hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer's money are spent just sending these highly trained people out to address such emergencies. They're simply too focused on their own gripe or spiraling down into their own insanity to even care.
A filed affidavit states that three of the four phone threats were made from Sills' cell phone. Searching his home, investigators also located damning evidence which included shot gun shells and a camping fuel tank, consistent with that found in the fake bomb.
The initial appearance for Sills was expected for Monday, 7th January, 2008 in San Diego, California and prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in San Diego, California.
However, I've conducted some pretty thorough research on the WWW since then and while there are dozens of people by the same name, I can find no mention of what happened that day.
The inability to find any information on this case past the original court date - strikes me as odd - and to me becomes what Alice [in Wonderland] would term "curiouser and curiouser."
Is information being kept from the press for some reason?
Is there some deal going on with the FBI that the public aren't supposed to know about?
What IS the story?
Disclaimer: An arrest is not evidence that the defendant is guilty. The defendant is presumed innocent until the Government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.