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Archive for March 6th, 2013

Google: FBI Is Spying on Internet Users with So-Called National Security Letters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been demanding that Google divulge account information of up to thousands of its users to authorities without warrants, Wired.com reports.

Google revealed it has received numerous National Security Letters from the FBI since 2009.

Those letters, which the FBI has abused in the past, are written demands to compel internet service providers and others to divulge confidential information about their customers, Wired wrote.

Google is far from the only one receiving the letters. According to Wired, the FBI issued more than 16,500 National Security Letters in 2011.

The letters do not require court approval, and companies that receive them are prohibited from discussing them.

Congressman Urges FBI to Investigate Death of Openly Gay Mayoral Candidate in Mississippi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Mississippi congressman is urging the FBI to join an investigation into the slaying of an openly gay mayoral candidate, the Associated Press reports.

Marco McMillian, 34, was running for mayor in Clarksdale when someone dragged him of out a car and beat him to death, the AP wrote.

The 22-year-old suspect has been charged but the motive is unclear.

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson wants the bureau to investigate to determine whether any federal laws – such as a hate crime against a gay man – were broken.

Mississippi’s hate crime statute doesn’t protect people for sexual orientation.

FBI Investigates After Pilot Spots Drone Near JFK

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a mysterious drone spotted Monday by a commercial pilot near the John F. Kennedy International Airport, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot “saw a small, unmanned or remote-controlled aircraft while on final approach to Runway 31 Right at John F. Kennedy International Airport at about 1:15 pm,” according to an agency statement to Christian Science Monitor.

“The pilot did not take evasive action. The flight landed safely,” the FAA said.

The drone raises questions as more remote-controlled surveillance aircraft are being tested at airports.

President Obama to Appoint Veteran Secret Service Official to Oversee Agency

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

President Obama plans to appoint a veteran Secret Service official to oversee the agency, Reuters reports.

David O’Connor, a former assistant director of investigations who retired last year, is Obama’s pick for the post, which protects the president and other top federal officials, Reuters wrote.

Senate confirmation is not required.

Reuters wrote that O’Connor will replace Mark Sullivan, who retired in January after nearly three decades with the agency.

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