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Archive for April 1st, 2016

Texas Hospice Owner Accused of Texting Execution Orders for Patients

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

Novus Health Care Services CEO Brad Harris.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The owner of a Texas Hospice is accused of ordering nurses to kill patients who have “been on the hospice service for too long,” the FBI alleges.

Brad Harris, owner and CEO of Novus Health Care Services, is accused of texting execution orders to nurses, The Daily Beast reports.

“You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” Harris texted one his nurses, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit.

Harris said of another patient, “If this fuck would just die,” according to the Feb. 5 affidavit.

The FBI alleges that Harris ordered nurses to administer overdoses to four patients who had “been on the hospice service for too long.”

In one text to a nurse, Harris allegedly instructed a nurse to increase “the patient’s medication dosage to approximately four times the maximum allowed.”

Other Stories of Interest

Independent: How FBI’s iPhone Hack ‘Made Us All Vulnerable’

Apple logoBy Gus Hosien
The Independent

Since the horrific Brussels and Istanbul attacks we’ve all looked at our daily lives and saw vulnerability and risk. Where else could terrorists attack?

We begin to formulate security responses. CCTV, communication, surveillance, identity cards – they aren’t panning out. Perhaps we need to take things to the next level? How about we build an uber anti-terrorism system that grinds all our data together and identifies the people who wish to do us harm?

That uber-system has been built: it’s your smart phone. Health information? Apple Watch and other fitness trackers record your heart rate throughout the day. Financial information? Apple Pay and Google Wallet process your purchases. Locations? Your phone has recorded them all. Biometrics? You probably recorded your fingerprint, along with enough selfies too.

The FBI claimed that the iPhone, along with all of this information was impregnable. It decided to take Apple to court in order to access the phone – owned by the employers of Syed Rizwan Farook – one of the perpetrators of the San Bernardino terrorist attack in December.

This was a great PR coup for Apple. Apple’s systems were perceived as out of reach to the most powerful technology force in the history of humanity: the US Government’s intelligence and law enforcement community. However someone found vulnerability in Apple’s old mobile phone operating system, iOS8, and the agency has now admitted that it has accessed the device. The FBI has announced that it will not inform the tech firm how it breached the phone’s security features leaving millions of devices compromised.

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FBI Unsure Whether It Can Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Murder Case

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Arkansas prosecutor suggested this week that FBI agents would help hack into a locked iPhone and iPod of two teenagers accused of killing a couple.

The FBI responded that it’s unsure it can crack the devices, backing away from the prosecutor’s statements, ABC News reports.

While the FBI said it’s not ruling out the possibility, the bureau said it hasn’t learned enough about the devices to know definitively whether it can help.

At issue is whether the FBI can use the technique it employed to access a locked iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

“At the time of the request, no information was provided regarding the device models or operating systems, so FBI Little Rock was not able to state if they would be able to provide assistance. The FBI does not currently have possession of the devices,” the agency wrote. “The FBI’s handling of this request is not related to the San Bernardino matter.”

The FBI has not divulged how it opened the San Bernardino phone.

Four of Clinton’s Top Aides Using Same Attorney in Case of Private E-Mail Server

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four of Hillary Clinton’s closet aides are using the same attorney to represent them in the case of the former secretary of state’s private e-mail server.

It’s an unusual legal strategy that suggests the aides are telling investigators the same story, Politico reports. 

The lawyer is Beth Wilkinson, a former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Legal experts said the unique strategy carries risks if the four aides end up with different interests.

The FBI plans to soon begin interview top Clinton aides, and the quartet may be among them.

“The premise of employing the same counsel is that they believe there is not likely to be a situation where they start pointing a finger at one another to save their own skins — or perhaps at Secretary Clinton,” said Dan Metcalfe, founding director of the DOJ’s office of information and privacy. “And there’s a sense that if one of them goes down, they all go down. It shows they think they can coordinate the defense to everyone’s benefit.”

FBI Uncovers Remains in Dig for Long-Missing Mob Victim in Rhode Island

Steven DiSarro

Steven DiSarro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI found human remains behind a Providence, Rhode Island, the week while digging for the body of a mob victim missing since 1993.

But the Boston Herald reports that it’s not yet clear whether the remains belong to Steven DiSarro, a former South Boston nightclub owner.

The remains are being examined for DNA by the Rhode Island State Medical Examiner’s office.

DiSarro, who was an associate of the late former New England mob boss Frank Salemme Jr., disappeared in 1993 at the age of 43.

Salemme was sentenced to five years in prison in 2008 for making false statements to the FBI about the murder of DiSarro, but he has denied being involved with DiSarro’s death.