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Archive for May 23rd, 2016

Philadelphia Inquirer: FBI, Local Police Invade Citizens’ Privacy

cellphone-tower-photo2By Adam Bates
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Our cellular phones, the U.S. Supreme Court recently opined, contain “a digital record of nearly every aspect of [our] lives – from the mundane to the intimate.” Indeed, many of us use our cellphones to privately convey our love, our insecurities, our fears, our locations, and our most sensitive relationships.

Yet right now, across the United States, law enforcement agents have secret, unfettered access to all of it, and the government is trying to keep it that way.

It was recently revealed that the FBI has been colluding with the Oklahoma City Police Department to conceal the use of equipment capable of powerful, surreptitious, and constitutionally dubious cellphone surveillance. The device, known as a StingRay, operates by mimicking the signal of a cell tower. The StingRay puts out a boosted signal that muscles out the signals of legitimate cell towers and forces nearby phones to connect to the device.

Once your phone is connected, the operator of the device can triangulate your position, see the incoming and outgoing numbers, and by all indications intercept the actual content of your communications. Police often deploy StingRays without probable-cause warrants or, in some cases, court orders. Even when police seek warrants and orders, the federal government has coached them to mislead judges about precisely what they are being asked to authorize.

StingRay deployments have been confirmed in at least 24 states and the District of Columbia, and there is every reason to believe many of the remaining states possess them and simply haven’t been forced to disclose it. Different departments have different deployment policies, but cities such as Baltimore have admitted to deploying the devices in thousands of investigations.

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Filmmakers Shooting Movie About FBI Agent Who Strangled Informant

"Above Suspicion" also is a book.

“Above Suspicion” also is a book.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Filmmakers are shooting a movie about an FBI agent who pleaded guilty in Kentucky to strangling an informant in 1989.

The film, “Above Suspicion,” is about Mark Putnam, who was convicted of first-degree manslaughter in the death of Susan Daniels Smith, a lover at the time, the Associated Press reports. 

At least two books were written about the killing.

The filming will take place in areas around Lexington and Harlan.

FBI Director to Speak During Annual Conference on Civil Rights, Law Enforcement

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James B. Comey plans to speak during the annual conference on civil rights and law enforcement in Birmingham.

The Gasden Times reports that Comey will be a special guest speaker during the final day of the conference, which is sponsored by the FBI Birmingham Division and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

“Race and Law Enforcement: It’s More Than Just Black And White” is a two-day conference beginning on Tuesday. Comey will speak Wednesday at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church.

“The response to the conference has been overwhelming,” Priscilla Hancock Cooper, BCRI Vice President of Institutional Programs, said. “In fact, the May 24th training session has been completely sold out. However, there is still plenty of space available for people to register for the May 25th program that features FBI Director James Comey.”

The director’s speech is open to the public.

“The FBI is proud to once again partner with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute for a conference on law enforcement and civil rights,” Roger Stanton, Special Agent in Charge of the Birmingham FBI office said. “Communicating, with a special emphasis on listening, is critical in the ongoing discussion regarding race and criminal justice in America. This conference offers an important avenue towards bringing together law enforcement and the diverse communities we serve and protect.”

New York Post: Justice Department Lawyers Get Slap They Deserve

courtroomBy Editorial Board
New York Post

In a stinging slap at the Justice Department, a federal judge last week ordered practically all the lawyers in its main DC office to take ethics training for five years.

At that, they got off lightly: Judge Andrew Hanen said he would have disbarred the lawyers, who had deceived him, if he had the power.

Hanen was the judge who heard the request by 26 states to toss out President Obama’s 2014 executive order granting temporarily legal status to millions of immigrants who aren’t actually legal.

The case is now before the Supreme Court — which is the only reason Hanen didn’t issue a summary judgment against Obama and the lawyers who lied.

Federal rules of civil procedure require attorneys to neither mislead the courts, nor allow the courts to be misled. Hanen found that the Justice lawyers had done just that — in his court.

How so? The states were considering filing for an immediate injunction to stop Justice from implementing the Obama order. The lawyers assured Hanen in court that nothing would go ahead before February 2015, so there was no need.

Then the department went ahead and “legalized” 100,000 illegals — without ever telling the judge.

Hence his fury once he learned the truth.

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Border Patrol Chase Ends with 1 Dead, 10 injured in Laredo, Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol chase ended with one person dead and 10 injured near Laredo, Texas.

Agents were chasing a pickup off of I-35 at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, MySA reports. 

The driver lost control when he tried to dodge a tire-deflation device.

It was unclear who was killed in the truck.

The injured were taken to hospitals in Laredo, San Antonio and Dilley.

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