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Archive for April 8th, 2016

Weekend Series on Crime History: Chicago Mobster Sam Giancana

FBI Debates Sharing Details of Successful iPhone Hack with Apple

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is debating whether to explain to Apple how the bureau unlocked an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Director James Comey said.

During a speech Wednesday at Kenyon College in Ohio, Comey said the decision isn’t easy, CBS News reports. 

“If we tell Apple, they’re going to fix it and we’re back where we started,” Comey said. “As silly as it may sound, we may end up there. We just haven’t decided yet.”

Comey said the technology only works on iPhone 5Cs running iOS9.

The FBI’s struggle to unlock the phone prompted plenty of offers by technology companies to help, Comey said.

“Someone outside the government, in response to that attention, came up with a solution,” Comey said. “One that I am confident will be closely protected and used lawfully and appropriately.”

He added: “The FBI is very good at keeping secrets and the people we bought this from — I know a fair amount about them, and I have a high degree of confidence that they’re very good at protecting it and their motivations align with ours,” Comey said.

NYPD Corruption Investigation Prompts Commissioner to Discipline 4 High-Ranking Cops

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI corruption investigation has prompted New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton to discipline four high-ranking officers.

Two of the cops – a deputy chief and deputy inspector – were transferred and their guns and badges were taken. Two other deputy police chiefs were transferred to desk duty, the New York Post reports. 

Bratton expressed disappointment with the officers.

“The public has expectations of its public officials, of the leadership of the department, and those expectations were not met,” Bratton said during a news conference. “This is not a particularly good day for the department.”

The cops are believed to be connected to Philip Banks, the former chief of the department, who sources say is a target of an investigation into improperly accepting gifts from businessman Jeremy Reichberg.

Border Patrol Reports Less Frequent Use of Force, But Accuracy of Data Questioned

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Parol agents and custom officers reported fewer incidents of resorting to force this year, saying they used firearms just seven times in the first five month of the fiscal year.

But the Los Angele Times reports that the figures released Thursday omitted at least one fatal shooting in El Paso. Because of that, some civil rights advocates questioned the accuracy of the data.

“It speaks to a lack of confidence in the statistics themselves. I don’t think there are that many firearm incidents that you can’t have a tabulation of what happened,” said Chris Rickerd, policy counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, adding that until more detailed numbers are released, “it’s very hard to have faith in these statistics.”

Last fiscal year, the agency reported using firearms 28 times, compared to 29 times the year before.

The agency released the data by geographic sector for the first time.

Travelers Launched 1,000 Complaints Against TSA Agents at Orland International Airport

airport lineBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Travelers launched 1,000 complaints against TSA agents at Orlando International Airport in 2014, according to records obtained by Eyewitness News 9.

The complaints varies from rude officers to inappropriate contact. Some of the complaints involved children.

But the most common complaint was that TSA officers stole property from travelers.

“We’ll pull video tape and if there’s an issue with the individual, we’ll hold them accountable. But a lot of times, there’s a lot of frustration with people arriving late to the airport, not understanding our process,” TSA Director Jerry Henderson said.

Henderson said the TSA is working hard to minimize the conduct that leads to complaints.

“(We) don’t really want any complaints, at all, so some of the things we’ve done is really partnered with the airport. We’ve done a lot of customer service training,” Henderson said.

Plans for New TSA Headquarters Delayed for 2 Years Over Bidding Process

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The TSA was expected to get a new headquarters in Alexandria by 2018, but those plans have been delayed until 2020, the Alexandria Times reports.

The decision appears to be influenced by plans for a new bidding process.

The GSA recently requested a request to amend the lease proposals to bidders to clarify certain requirements.

A judge recently voided a lease by Victory Center at 5001 Eisenhower Ave., where TSA was expected to move, over issues with the square footage available.

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