Mass shooting plot: Samy Mohammed Hamzeh moved to Kenosha County Jail

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MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee man accused of buying machine guns for an attack on a Masonic temple has been moved to another jail in southeastern Wisconsin.

Samy Mohammed Hamzeh

Samy Mohammed Hamzeh

U.S. Marshals Service Supervisor Doug Bachert said Wednesday, January 27th that Samy Mohammed Hamzeh was moved a day earlier from Waukesha County Jail to the Kenosha County Jail for logistical reasons. Both facilities contract with the U.S. Marshals Service in holding federal inmates.

Court documents say the FBI recorded conversations between the 23-year-old Hamzeh and two federal informants talking about a plot to attack a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. Prosecutors say Hamzeh wanted to travel to the Middle East and kill Israelis but abandoned that plan as unworkable.

Hamzeh is facing federal charges of unlawfully possessing a machine gun and receiving and possessing firearms not registered to him.

Federal court documents indicate Hamzeh will be in federal court in Milwaukee on February 9th for his preliminary hearing.


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  • stryker

    Throughout the FBI’s history, informant numbers have been closely guarded secrets. Periodically, however, the bureau has released those figures. A Senate oversight committee in 1975 found the FBI had 1,500 informant [15]s [15]. In 1980, officials disclosed there were 2,800 [16]. Six years later, following the FBI’s push into drugs and organized crime, the number of bureau informants ballooned to 6,000, the Los Angeles Times reported [16] in 1986. And according to the FBI, the number grew significantly after 9/11. In its fiscal year 2008 budget authorization request [17], the FBI disclosed that it had been working under a November 2004 presidential directive demanding an increase [18] in “human source development and management,” and that it needed $12.7 million [19] for a program to keep tabs on its spy network and create software to track and manage informants.
    University of California-Berkeley’s Investigative Reporting Program [98], headed by Lowell Bergman, where Trevor Aaronson [1] was an investigative fellow. The Fund for Investigative Journalism [99] also provided support for Aaronson’s reporting. Lauren Ellis [100] and Hamed Aleaziz [101] contributed additional research.

    • eyeinthesky

      So what really happens as an informant works his target, sometimes over a period of years, and eases him over the line? For the answer to that, consider once more the case of James Cromitie [8], the Walmart stocker with a hatred of Jews. Cromitie was the ringleader in the much-publicized Bronx synagogue bombing plot that went to trial last year [78]. But a closer look at the record reveals that while Cromitie was no one’s idea of a nice guy, whatever leadership existed in the plot emanated from his sharply dressed, smooth-talking friend Maqsood, a.k.a. FBI informant Shahed Hussain.

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