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Archive for February 19th, 2016

Weekend Series on Crime History: Chicago Mobster Tony Spilotro; 30 Years of ABC News Footage

Facebook, Twitter Support Apple’s phone encryption battle with FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Social media giants Facebook and Twitter are siding with Apple’s fight against the FBI’s attempt to weaken encryption.

“We condemn terrorism and have total solidarity with victims of terror. Those who seek to praise, promote, or plan terrorist acts have no place on our services,” Facebook said in a statement Thursday.

“However, we will continue to fight aggressively against requirements for companies to weaken the security of their systems. These demands would create a chilling precedent and obstruct companies’ efforts to secure their products.”

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted: We stand with @timcook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!”

The comments come after a federal magistrate ordered Apple to make it easier to crack the iPhone’s password. The FBI has been unable to access an iPhone 5c that belonged to one of the San Bernardino killer.

Technology companies are worried about setting a legal precedent to allow the government to using hacking tools to access private information.

The FBI argues that the uncrackable encryption is thwarting its fight against terrorism.

Buffalo Woman Accused of Supporting ISIS, Threatening FBI Agents on Twitter

Safya Roe Yassin

Safya Roe Yassin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Buffalo woman is accused of using Twitter to make pro-ISIS statements and threaten two FBI agents.

A criminal complaint says Safya Roe Yassin, 38, tweeted the names, phone numbers and cities of two FBI agents under the words, “Wanted to Kill,” the Springfield News-Leader reports. 

Yassin also is accused of using dozens of Twitter accounts to post statements supporting ISIS.

“The West thinks that caging Muslims will stop ‘terrorism’ …but they will be finding out soon, it only increases the attacks against them,” one of the tweets read.

Yassin has been charged with communicating threats of violence over the Internet.

Inspector General: Remote Border Patrol Facilities Riddled with Security Issues

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Most of the remote Border Patrol facilities along the southwest border are riddled with security issues, according to a report by the Homeland Security Inspector General.

Seven of the 11 facility, known as “Forward Operating Bases,” were inspected and found to have security lapses, such as inoperable cameras, ABC News reports. 

Some have problems with providing safe drinking water to employees, and one facility had inadequate living conditions.

“Because of their proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, it is essential that FOBs are equipped with proper, functioning surveillance equipment,” the report stated.

The report also criticized customs officials for failing to perform required inspections and keeping documentation of repairs.

“Without regular inspections and timely maintenance and repairs, CBP cannot ensure it will continue to provide adequate security, safety and living conditions,” read the report.

West Texas Man Found Guilty of Trying to Kill Border Patrol Agent

border patrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A West Texas man faces up to 20 years in prion after a jury found him guilty of trying to kill a Border Patrol agent.

Carl Wayne Wiley, of Midland, was found guilty of one count of attempting to kill a Border Patrol agent, one count of assaulting, resisting, opposing, impeding, or interfering with Border Patrol agents using a deadly or dangerous weapon, and two counts of using and discharging a firearm.

Wiley fired a gun at a Border Patrol agent after a high-speed pursuit.

Wiley faces a mandatory 10-year prison sentence.

DEA Leaves Seized Drugs Vulnerable to Theft, Tampering, Report States

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug seized by the DEA are left vulnerable to theft or tampering, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report released Thursday.

The DEA often improperly documents or tracks its seized drug, compromising evidence used in court, Govexec.com reports. 

For example, inspectors found that DEA was placing seized drugs in temporary forage for more than the maximum three days in nearly 70% of the cases examined by the IG. The DEA often fails to enter the drugs into the comprehensive tracking system.

“We believe that the longer a shipment is in transit or missing, the higher the likelihood that theft or tampering of the drug exhibit can occur,” the IG wrote.

Inspectors all found that the DEA failed to locate drug seizure documents.

“Gaps in the formal documentation of the chain of custody for drug exhibits can compromise the security of the drugs and jeopardize the government’s ability to use the evidence in court proceedings,” the IG said.

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