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Archive for June 28th, 2016

Senator Delays Bill to Allow FBI to Obtain Internet Records without a Warrant

congress copyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A bill that would expand the FBI’s authority to use secret surveillance to obtain some Internet records was held up because of privacy concerns.

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., placed a hold on the Intelligence Authorization Act, saying it would lead to a “dramatic erosion” of privacy rights, Reuters reports. 

A provision in the legislation would allow the FBI to hand over certain Internet records using national security letter, which do not require a warrant.

“Convenience alone does not justify such a dramatic erosion of Americans’ constitutional rights,” Wyden said on the Senate floor.

Ex-L.A. County Undersheriff Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Obstructing FBI

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul Tanaka, a former Los Angeles County undersheriff, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after he was convicted in April of conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into deputy jail abuse.

Prosecutors alleged Tanaka, 57, gave deputies permission to use violence against inmates and protected them from recourse, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tanaka also was accused of directing his underlings to intimidate the FBI during the investigation and conceal the whereabouts of an inmate working as a federal agent.

“Not only did he fail to identify and address problems in the jails, he exacerbated them,” the judge said of Tanaka.

FBI Failed to Alert Numerous Americans They Were on ISIS Kill Lists

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Numerous Americans who were placed on secret ISIS kill lists were never notified by the FBI, nor were the local police alerted, Circa reveals.

The ISIS hit lists have been posted on encrypted websites, identifying more than 15,000 people who should be killed by sleeper cells or lone wolves in Florida, California, Texas and New York.

Circa made the discovery by obtaining copies of some of the lists and contact people who are targets.

In Texas, Circa discovered that 22 out of 24 people sampled were never notified they were on an ISIS kill list.

“I was terrified. We live in a different world and the Jewish community is a number one target of these radicals,” said a woman in Austin who found out from Circa that she and several of her friends in the Jewish community were on a list. The woman agreed to be interviewed only on condition of anonymity, fearing using her name would only increase her risk.

“I’m very upset that I was not notified by the FBI or local law enforcement,” she said.

The FBI has said its agents have intended to alert all Americans threatened by ISIS and notify the local police departments.

The FBI acknowledged some names may have been missed, but insists most people were alerted.

“The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information. We perform these notifications so potential victims are aware of possible threats and take appropriate steps,” the bureau said. “Those measures may include paying close attention to your surroundings at all times, protecting personally identifiable information, and immediately calling the local authorities if you observe something suspicious. The FBI will continue to work closely with federal, state, and local partners to keep the public informed of potential threats.”

Suspected Mobster Arrested Over Boston Club Owner’s 1993 Death

Suspected mobster Robert DeLuca.

Suspected mobster Robert DeLuca.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspected Rhode Island mobster who is accusing of interfering in a federal probe of a 1993 murder has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly interfering with the investigation.

UPI reports that Robert DeLuca was arrested in South Florida, just three months after authorities found the remains of Boston nightclub owner Steven DiSarro in Providence. He disappeared in 1993.

DeLuca, 70, was charged with obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators about the death of DiSarro.

Prosecutors believe DeLuca was involved in the nightclub owner’s death and lied to FBI agents about what he knew.

“We look forward to the conclusion of the FBI’s investigation so we can learn as much as possible about what really happened to Steven and finally get some closure for our family,” widow Pamela DiSarro said in March.

DeLuca is expected to face extradition to Massachusetts as early as Thursday.

Appellate Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Parents of Slain Border Patrol Agent

Brian Terry

Slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An appellate court dismissed a lawsuit filed by the parents of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed at a gun battle worth of the Arizona-Mexico border in December 2010.

The lawsuit alleges the federal government endangered law enforcement officers during the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling investigation, the Associated Press reports.

Two guns found at the scene were bought by a drug-smuggling ring monitored through the “Fast and Furious” investigation.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a lower-court’s decision to dismiss the lawsuit because of congressionally-mandated remedies in place for survivors of agents who die in the line of duty.

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