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Archive for September 4th, 2012

FBI Clears San Diego State Basketball Team Cleared of Fixing Games

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
It’s hard to imagine a team with a 34-3 record throwing games, right?

Well, the FBI tracked San Diego State during its fantastic  2010-11 season, unbeknownst to coaches, players and school officials, CBS Sports reports.

The FBI cleared the university of wrongdoing.

The investigation began after one of the 10 men tied to the University of San Diego case was found to have contacted five San Diego State players in the fall of 2010, according to CBS. Apparently, the FBI then thought it should probably look at San Diego State just in case.

But the FBI couldn’t find evidence that any players tried to throw a game.

Book: Reagan Used Close Relationship With FBI and Hoover to Get Special Attention

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former President Ronald Reagan exploited his relationship with the FBI  and J. Edgar Hoover as an informant to get the agency to provide information on  his children Michael and Maureen and to obtain information unavailable to the public, LA Observer reports.

Citing Seth Rosenfeld’s new book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” the Observer reports that Reagan was a close friend of J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director.

Reagan also reported secretly to the FBI about suspected Communists, even when evidence was scant, according to the Observer.

While president of the Screen Actors Guild in the 1940s and ’50s, Reagan cooperated with the FBI.

According to the book, Reagan asked the FBI to conduct investigations of family members when he became suspicious of people around them.

 

Retired DEA Agent Supervisor, Walter Flalkewicz, Dead at 86

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Walter S. “Bud” Flalkewicz, a retired DEA agent supervisor, died of a heart attack Aug. 28, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Flalkewicz, who was 86, died at his grandson’s house in Florida.

A former Army reserve who obtained the rank of major, Flalkewicz earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Baltimore 1948 and landed a job as an agent for the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, working in Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Washington, among other places, according to the Sun.

After a stint with the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, Flalkewicz became a DEA agent supervisor in 1978.

Flalkewicz retired in1981, the Sun reported.

Some Congress Members Question Whether Homeland Security Overstepped Its Authority

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some members of Congress are questioning the legality of Homeland Security seizing domains and taking down URLs accused of copyright infringement, CNET reports.

Among the concerns are that Homeland Security is “seizing the domain names of websites whose actions and content are presumed to be lawful, protected speech,” some Congress members said in a letter to the U.S. Attorney General.

Since 2010, nearly 700 domain names have been seized under “Operation In Our Sites,” launched in 2010, according to CNET.

More than a year ago, the government removed a hip-hop Web site, saying Dajaz1 linked to copyrighted songs.

But CNET reported that the link did not infringe on copyrights, CNET reported.

Hackers Claim FBI Is Monitoring More Than 1 Million Apple Users

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The hacker group Anonymous announced it has stolen information from an FBI laptop computer that carried information on more than 1 million iPhone and iPad users, Forbes reports.

While Forbes was unable to verify the authenticity of the data, writer Andy Greenberg said the information “does seem to be an enormous list of 40-character strings made up of numbers and letters A through F,” just like Apple’s unique device identifier numbers used to identify individual users of iPhone and iPads.

Also included in that information are user names, cellphone numbers, addresses, texts and other personal information, according to Forbes.

It could mean Apple is supplying the data, that the FBI is getting the information on its own or something else entirely, according to technology news site, Gizmodo.

Whatever the case, the FBI will have a lot of questions to answer, Forbes reported.