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Archive for December 5th, 2014

Texas Dad Suspected of Killing His Teen Daughters Is Added to FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Meet Yaser Abdel Said, the latest addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

The 57-year-old is a suspect in the brutal New Year’s Day murders of his two teenage daughters, CBS News reports.

The girls, ages 17 and 18, died after being shot multiple times in the back of a taxi in Irving, Texas.

In a 911 call, the 17-year-old told the operator, “Oh my god. I’m dying.”

Said was born in Egypt, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Democratic Senator Creates Bill to Counter FBI Attempts to Make Cell Phones Less Secure

Sen. Ron Wyden, via the Senate

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

As FBI Director James Comey wants to force phone makers to create products that are easier to monitor, a Democratic senator is trying to pass a law that would protect the consumer’s privacy, Gizmodo reports.

Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has proposed the Secure Data Act “to protect Americans’ privacy and data security.”

The bill is an attempt to revive trust in the use of technology and data.

“Strong encryption and sound computer security is the best way to keep Americans’ data safe from hackers and foreign threats,” he explained in statement. “It is the best way to protect our constitutional rights at a time when a person’s whole life can often be found on his or her smartphone.”

The bill aims to block any government attempts to make data security less strong.

Police Kill Civilians At Much Higher Rate Than Is Reported by Federal Agencies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Police killings are underreported and occur more often than federal agencies have reported, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Between 2007 and 2012, more than 550 homicides by cops were not included in federal statistics.

The Journal examined figures from the nation’s 105 largest police departments to find that at least 1,800 deaths occurred in the six-year timeframe. That’s a 45% increase from the FBI’s tally of 1,242.

The problem, the newspaper reported, is that law enforcement agencies aren’t reporting all of the killings by police officers.

The discovery comes as protests have broken out across the country following the deaths of several black people at the hands of white police officers.

Justice Department Issues Scathing Report of Cleveland Police Department’s Abusive Practices

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal examination of the practices and procedures by the Cleveland Police Department prompted the Justice Department to deliver a scatting review of the department with a mandate for sweeping changes, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder based the findings on a civil rights investigation that involved nearly 600 use-of-force incidents from 2010 to 2013.

Among the problems found were insufficient accountability, ineffective policies and inadequate training.

The 58-page report found that police have shot at suspects without justifiable case, beat people who were in handcuffs and covered up abuse by writing false reports.

“The reality is that there are problems,” Holder said. “But I also think the people of Cleveland should have a sense of hope … that these problems have been identified and that they can be rectified.”

Case Stemming from ATF Stash House Sting Shouldn’t Be Dismissed, Appellate Court Rules

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal agents did not commit “outrageous” misconduct by luring suspects into a robbery of a fictitious drug house, a federal appellate panel ruled Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The decision reverses a district court judge’s earlier ruling that the suspects’ due process rights were violated when the ATF enticed them into committing a robbery.

The reversal by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals means the suspects, Antuan Dunlap and Joseph Whitfield, still face charges.

The three-judge panel questioned the practice but said the actions didn’t raise to “extremely high standard” for dismissing cases.

“The ATF targeted individuals who had already demonstrated an interest in committing robberies, and did little more than ‘set the bait’ by inventing a fictitious cocaine stash house they could rob,” the judges wrote.

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