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Archive for June 16th, 2016

Federal Watchdog Criticizes FBI Over Handling of Facial Recognition Technology

FBI-facial-recognitionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was criticized by a federal watchdog for using a huge database of more than 411 million photos without disclosing the impact on public privacy.

The Government Accountability Office released a study on the database on Wednesday, saying the FBI did not obey disclosure requirements, the Guardian reports. 

The office is making the attorney general to determine why the FBI failed to make the disclosures.

The GAO also wants the FBI to conduct accuracy tests to determine ensure the software is working correctly.

The Privacy Act of 1974 requires law enforcement to disclose when they are using collecting personal information in a database. The GAO said the FBI failed to do that.

The FBI gets the photos from driver’s license and passport photos.

Orlando Night Club Shooter Reportedly Had No Other Targets

Omar Mateen

Omar Mateen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Orland nightclub shooter where Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 others was his only target that day, the FBI said.

Federal investigators were following leads that Mateen also wanted to target Disney World, but law enforcement found no such evidence, the USA Today reports. 

The FBI has received help from the 29-year-old security guard’s wife, who reportedly told investigators that she tried to prevent Mateen from carrying out the attack at the gay club.

Now authorities are trying to determine whether the wife, Noor Salman, 30, knew enough about the attack to call authorities. If she did, she may face charges.

“Indeed, we don’t know what charges will be brought, or if charges will be brought,” Bentley said.

Homeland Security Issues New Terrorism Advisory Because of Homegrown Exremists

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The threat of hometown extremism has prompted Homeland Security to issue a new terrorism advisory, Business Insider reports.

The bullet cautioned of “homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice.”

The bulletin follows the worst mass shooting in modern American history.

“The tragic events of Orlando several days ago reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance,” the bulletin said. “This bulletin has a five-month duration and will expire just before the holiday season. We will reassess the threats of terrorism at that time.”

The bulletin warns that homegrown terrorists pose an unpredictable danger to Americans.

It also expressed concern over “terrorist use of the Internet to inspire individuals to violence or join their ranks” and “threats and violence directed at particular communities and individuals across the country, based on perceived religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation.”

Active Shooter Incidents Rise to Record Levels in the U.S., FBI Records Show

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Active shooter incidents are increasing at alarming levels, reaching the highest average of incidents over a two-year period.

New FBI data shows that 2014 and 2015 each had 20 active shooter incidents, which eclipses any two-year average in the past 16 years, ABC News reports. 

The FBI defines an active shooter situation as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area.”

“Unlike a defined crime, such as a murder or mass killing, the active aspect inherently implies that both law enforcement personnel and citizens have the potential to affect the outcome of the event based upon their responses,” the FBI said in a 2013 study of active shooter incidents.

Between 2014 and 2015, 92 people were killed and 139 wounded in active shooter incidents.

FBI Revives 40-Year-Old Manhunt for California’s ‘Most Prolific Serial Killer’

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

Renderings of the elusive serial killer.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For 40 years, the FBI has been trying to track down California’s “most prolific serial killer.”

Known as the “East Area Rapist” and “Golden State Killer,” the unknown man has eluded authorities since he’s been accused of committing at least 12 murders, 45 rapes and dozens of burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s, Fox News reports.

The FBI said on Wednesday that its renewing its search for the elusive killer, offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the suspect’s arrest.

Authorities called the man the “most prolific” serial killer in California history.

The victims and their families deserve justice,” FBI Special Agent in Charge, Monica Miller, told reporters.