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Archive for April 13th, 2016

Professional Hackers Helped FBI Unlock San Bernardino Terrorist’s iPhone

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Professional hackers helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone by exploiting a previously unknown software flaw.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI cracked the phone’s four-digit personal identification number by creating a piece of hardware that would prevent the security feature from erasing all of the data.

The FBI paid the hackers a one-time flat fee.

But the solution won’t help the FBI with every iPhone. The new information was only helpful opening an iPhone 5Cs running the iOS9 operating system.

The bureau is unsure whether it will reveal to Apple the procedure used to open the phone. If the information was shared with Apple, FBI Director James Comey said, “they’re going to fix it and then we’re back where we started from.”

Combat Army Veteran Sues Federal Government Over Its Handling of His PTSD

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Army sergeant who spent 10 months in Afghanistan is suing the federal government for how it handled his battle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Sgt. Anthony Gazoda, 31, of Michigan, joined the Border Patrol after retuning home from a war zone. His job took him to Laredo, Texas.

“After about two months I started noticing my sleep was off. I started having anxiety and depression,” Gazvoda told WDIV

He was sent home after government doctors diagnosed him with PTSD.

“The government’s doctors have evaluated him and said he’s fit to be a Border Patrol agent. We just need to get him out of the southern, arid desert,” attorney Jason Turkish said.

His attorney said the environment created flashbacks of firefights in Afghanistan.

Since then, he said, the government has threatened to fire him if he didn’t return to Laredo.

“You send these brave men and women off to war. You have to be accountable when they return home,” Turkish said.

Terrorism Threat in Europe and U.S. Is ‘Increasingly Lethal,’ House Committee Reports

Rep. Michael McCaul

Rep. Michael McCaul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House Homeland Security Committee on Tuesday released an alarming report about terror plots targeting Europe and the disturbing links to ISIS.

The “European Terror Threat Snapshot” also revealed that about 5,000 European citizens have traveled to Iraq or Syria, and more than 1,000 have returned to their countries, the Washington Times reports. 

“ISIS terror operatives have exploited the largest flow of refugees and migrants since World War II to infiltrate Europe undetected. EU member states reported nearly 2 million instances of illegal border crossings involving around 1 million people last year,” the new report noted. “European jihadists are also attempting to radicalize and recruit refugees settling in the European continent.”

In the committee’s monthly terrorism assessment of the U.S., officials warned of increasing danger to the U.S.

“The United States and our allies face an increasingly lethal Islamist terror threat. A global jihadist network operating from safe havens is exploiting Western security gaps to orchestrate a widespread terror campaign, particularly in Europe,” warned Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and committee chairman.

“Battle-hardened European fighters groomed by ISIS are returning home from Syria to commit acts of terror with the support of local extremist networks, as we have tragically seen in Paris and Brussels. These operatives are also potentially a plane-flight away from our shores. Given the magnitude of the threat across the continent, we are likely seeing only the tip of the jihadist iceberg in Europe.”

DEA Employees Seek to Prevent Release of Videos of Lap Dances at Trial

dea-logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

DEA employees charged with lying during national security background checks are trying to avoid the embarrassing release of lap dances during their trial.

Civilian employees and a former officials of the DEA are accused of lying about their ownership of a trip club in South Hackensack, N.J.

Now defense attorneys are trying to prevent the government from introducing the lap dance video into evidence, the New York Times reports. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/13/nyregion/dea-employees-facing-trial-seek-to-bar-lap-dance-video.html

“The prejudicial effect of the videos would be colossal if they are introduced as evidence at trial,” defense lawyers argued in court papers filed on Monday.

Prosecutors want to provide evidence that the defendants used largely illegal immigrants as dancers.

The government wants to show the jury sexually graphic footage of four lap dances recorded at the club.