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Archive for November 13th, 2014

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Endorses Loretta Lynch for U.S. Attorney

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced Thursday its support for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

Lynch is currently the U.S. Attorney for Brooklyn.

The Association, in a statement said:

 Today, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) announced its support for Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch.

FLEOA stands behind her proven leadership and her support for those who investigate and enforce the federal statutes.  In 2011, Ms. Lynch was selected as the FLEOA Foundation’s Law Enforcement Honoree of the Year. Her accomplishments and her leadership continue to resonate in the law enforcement community, and she possesses the requisite institutional knowledge that is required of the position of Attorney General.

After the President announced his nomination of Ms. Lynch, FLEOA National President Jon Adler stated, “In light of the turbulent climate confronting law enforcement, we need a strong leader like U.S. Attorney Lynch to bring a calm, well‐informed perspective to the Attorney General position. Knowing U.S. Attorney Lynch’s fine character and judicial talents, I foresee her balancing her title with equal strength both as our nation’s lead Attorney and as our legal General.”

FBI’s Most Wanted Cybercriminal Protected Used Name of His Cat As Password

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lot of questions have been raised about how the FBI managed to gain access to an encrypted computer by one of the FBI’s most wanted cybercriminals.

Turns out, Jeremy Hammond, who was savvy enough to hack the website of think tank Statfor, used a very simple password: “Chewy 123.”

“Chewy” was the name of Statfor’s cat.

That wasn’t hard to crack.

Hammong was arrested at his Chicago home in 2012.

Pimps Grow More Brazen, Luring Children into Prostitution in Groups, Public Events

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Pimps appear to be getting more brazen.

KSAT ABC 12 reports that pimps are luring children and young adults into sex work by working in groups and public events.

“They travel the same way that maybe a band would travel: from city to city. They identify a market which would be very lucrative and they travel together to that city. We do know that they target sporting events, large music events — any attraction that would bring a large congregation of men to a certain area,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Michelle Lee. “They set prices and they work on marketing together. They share intelligence about law enforcement efforts to detect and disrupt they’re activities and they’re becoming very sophisticated.”

The work can be lucrative. The FBI estimates that a pimp will make an average of $67,000 per child.

The brazen efforts by pimps have led to the FBI’s launch of Operation: Cross-country, which empowers authorities to pursue sex traffickers more aggressively.

“Most of the victims are young girls; however, we are seeing a trend for young boys,” Lee said. “We’ve seen victims as young as 9 years old, but we also see a lot who are in their mid-teens and their upper-teens as well.”

Opinion by The Atlantic: FBI Lies A lot – And It’s Often an Affront to Fourth Amendment & Consent

By Conor Friedersdorf
The Atlantic

The FBI lies a lot.

Sometimes that’s fully justified. Brave agents risk their lives to infiltrate terrorist cells, organized crime, and child-pornography rings. Subterfuge is vital to these operations, and needn’t harm the country if done correctly. But there are certain kinds of lies and untruths that the FBI should carefully avoid. FBI Director James Comey isn’t always able to identify them.

Consider his remarks on three separate subjects.

The first is the debate about whether Apple, Google, and other device manufacturers should build security vulnerabilities into their devices so that the tiny subset that police want to search can be compromised after a warrant is obtained. Comey went on 60 Minutes and misled its audience about whether a warrant is always needed to read your email. He “clarified” his remarks during a subsequent speech at the Brookings Institution. But key details of that speech turned out to be misleading too. Perhaps these were untruths spoken out of ignorance and lack of preparation rather than lies. Either way, an FBI director should take special care to speak accurately when engaged in public debate about important matters of public policy. Comey keeps failing that standard.

Subject No. 2 concerns an FBI lie that everyone acknowledges to be deliberate. Agents in Las Vegas suspected an illegal gambling ring was being run out of a few fancy hotel rooms. But they didn’t have enough evidence for a search warrant. The law forbade them from entering unless the inhabitants let them in voluntarily.

The agents hatched a scheme. They would shut off the room’s Internet connection as if it had broken, pose as hotel employees coming to fix the problem, and thereby gain the “consent” of the inhabitants to come in and look around. This is an affront to the Fourth Amendment and the concept of consent.

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Border Patrol Agent Arrested After Allegedly Beating Man with Helmet Over Cowboys Game

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is in hot water after he was accused of beating another man in the parking lot of a bar with a motorcycle helmet because of an argument over a Dallas Cowboys game, Valley Central reports.

Hector David Arredondo, 42, was arrested on an aggravated assault charge on Nov. 2.

A patrol officer spotted the fight.

The agent has been released from jail after posting a $10,000 bond.

It’s unclear whether the agent has been suspended pending results of the investigation.

Defendants in Dog Fighting Ring Get One of Nation’s Longest Sentences for Actions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Defendants in one of the largest dog fighting busts in U.S. history received some of the stiffest prison sentences ever issued for a dog-fighting ring, the Washington Times reports.

The Alabama dog fighting ring involved more than 350 dogs.

“These dogs lived in deplorable conditions that constituted extraordinary cruelty,” said George Beck Jr., U.S. Attorney for the middle district of Alabama. “They were made to fight and if they lost, they were killed.”

The defendants received sentences ranging from six to eight months.

“This is truly a landmark case for the animal welfare community,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of Field Investigations and Response for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The defendants also were found to be in possession of large amounts of drugs and illegal weapons.

Border Patrol Agents Smash Window of American Trucker, Pulls Him Out for Not Answering Questions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An American trucker who refused to answer questions from the Border Patrol was yanked out of his truck by agents after they smashed his window as a camera rolled, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The truck driver was arrested at a checkpoint near Falfurrias in Texas, about 60 miles north of the border.

When asked whether he was an America citizen, the trucker said he would “rather not” answer.

Despite warnings of being removed from the truck, the driver refused to answer questions.

“You don’t have probable cause. I don’t have to answer the questions,” the truck driver said. “If I am breaking the law, then arrest me. I am not getting out of the truck, I do not consent.”

An agent accuses the driver of refusing to cooperate with an immigration inspection and then smashes the window before pulling the driver out.

No charges have yet been filed against the driver in federal court.

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FBI Seeking Help Identifying Hundreds of Children Victimized in ‘Sextortion’ Case

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is looking for help identifying suspects in its largest “sextortion” case ever prosecuted.

WJXX-TV reports that a Northeast Florida man was asking for sexually explicit photos and videos of girls as young as 13 years old.

“He pretended to be a young boy the same age,” said McCarley. “He befriended them, joined their Myspace, Facebook trying to get to know them.”

Agents were shocked when they found what was on Lucas Chansler’s computer: 350 victims and 80,000 pictures and videos on his computer.

Only about 100 victims have been identified.

Chansler was sentenced to 105 years in prison.