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Archive for May 19th, 2016

FAA Tests New Drone-Detecting System Designed by FBI to Ward Off Dangers

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FAA is testing a new drone-detecting system designed by the FBI.

The device is intended to take down rogue drones and those flying in sensitive areas, the Verge reports. 

The testing is taking place at JFK airport in New York.

FAA was searching for technology that can “passively detect, identify, and track” drone operations.

The FAA tested “five different rotorcraft and fixed wing” drones.

Attorney Questions FBI Interrogation of Final Holdout in Wildlife Refuge Occupation

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

David Fry, one of the final holdouts in the 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon, was questioned by the FBI despite his court-appointed attorney objecting to an interrogation.

The Oregonian reports that Fry’s attorney Per C. Olson has asked for all communication between prosecutors and law enforcement involved in the arrest, detention and questioning of Fry.

Fry was one of the last holdouts to surrender to the FBI.

“It will be defendant’s contention that the government should not have taken unfair advantage of the trust defendant had placed in the agents in his vulnerable state of mind by interrogating him in disregard of his counsel’s invocations,” Olson wrote in a motion filed in U.S. District Court.

FBI Employee Arrested for Allegedly Tampering with Evidence in Probe Against Husband

handcuffsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee was arrested for allegedly tampering with evidence in a child pornography investigation involving her husband.

Local News 8 reports that Jennifer Barnett, 38, of Idaho, was arrested on charges of destroying, altering or concealing evidence.

Authorities said Barnett informed her husband, David Phillips, 41, of the investigation.

Jennifer Barnett was arrested Monday and released on $5,000 bond.

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CIA’s Internal Watchdog Claims It Lost Only Copy of Senate Torture Report

torture1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The CIA claims it has “accidentally” deleted its only copy of the Senate’s lengthy torture report.

The CIA blamed the mistake on the inspector general’s office, which was using the report to review agency conduct, Salon reports.

The agency’s acting inspector general, Christopher Sharpley, claimed his office destroyed its copy of the report by uploading the Senate-provided disk, which was destroyed upon upload as part of normal procedure.

“It’s an embarrassing explanation that gives the appearance of extreme incompetence in the inspector general’s office, which is tasked with preventing abuse and fraud in an organization that stands accused of committing both in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks,” Salon wrote.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a letter to the CIA, requesting that the agency immediately supply the inspector general with a new copy.  “Your prompt response will allay my concern that this was more than an ‘accident,’” Feinstein wrote to Brennan.

Experts: DEA Unlikely to Re-Classify Marijuana Despite Public Pressure to Do So

MarijuanaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA pledged in April it would review marijuana’s classification so that it could be researched for possible medicinal benefits.

But don’t expect the DEA to change the current classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means it is in the “most dangerous class” of substances.

Business Insider interviewed drug-policy experts who believe the DEA won’t make the change despite a monumental shift in the public’s attitude about marijuana, which has been legalized in many states for medicinal purposes.

“DEA will carry out its assessment of the FDA recommendation in accordance with the [Controlled Substances Act] … and hopes to release its determination in the first half of 2016,” the DEA said in a letter to a group of Democratic senators, first obtained by The Huffington Post.

By changing the classification, it would clear the way for legalizing marijuana more broadly.

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