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Archive for July 13th, 2016

FBI to Turn Over Clinton’s E-Mails to State Department for Investigation

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to hand over to the State Department thousands of work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server.

The FBI agreed to return the emails Tuesday and said it would cooperate, the Washington Post reports.

“In accordance with our policies and procedures, the FBI will be providing this information to your Department for review and determination of record status pursuant to the Federal Records Act and subsequent [Freedom of Information Act] processing as appropriate,” FBI General Counsel James A. Baker wrote in a letter dated Tuesday and filed in federal court in Washington.

The disclosure may help the federal government hand over email records as part of dozens of pending public records lawsuits, including one filed by Judicial Watch.

“If State obtains additional State Department records, it intends to search them for records” that would respond to requests from Judicial Watch, Justice Department senior trial counsel Caroline Lewis Wolverton wrote in a court filing.

Clinton’s attorneys are suggesting the records are private because her email account “has never been the property of or possessed by the State Department.”

FBI: No ‘Credible’ Security Threats at RNC in Cleveland – Yet

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local, state and federal authorities are bracing for what could be violent clashes outside the Republican National Convention in Cleveland next week.

As thousands of protesters plan to gather in Cleveland, federal agents have learned of some plans to disrupt the event.

But still, FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said there’s no evidence too a large-scale attack at the convention, Cleveland.com reports. 

“That’s not to say there aren’t things that concern us everyday, regardless of whether the RNC is here or not,” Anthony said at a Tuesday morning security briefing.

Authorities held a briefing Tuesday to discuss security with the media.

Local police and federal authorities feel confident about their security plan.

One concern is a “lone-wolf” attack, like the one in Orlando or Dallas.

Authorities Arrest 3 Suspects in Alleged Plan to Shoot Cops in Baton Rouge Area

baton rouge mapBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local and federal authorities believe they’ve foiled a plot to shoot police officers in the Baton Rouge area.

Authorities are investigating four suspects who stole eight guns from Cash America Pawn on Saturday before 2 a.m., ABC News reports. Three of the four suspects are in custody.

One of the suspects told police he planed to harm police officers.

Police called the threats credible.

Six of the right guns were recovered.

The suspects range in age from 13 to 23.

Second Homeland Security Employee Arrest in Month for Possessing Gun

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

Two Homeland Security employees have been arrested in the past month for taking a handgun inside the secured grounds of the department’s headquarters.

Security officers arrested Thomas Pressley for allegedly possessing a 9-millimeter handgun in a leather handbag while inside the complex, News4 reports. 

Pressley, who has been jailed, is a contractor for information technology. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

“The weapon appeared to be fully functional, capable of being fired by a single hand, and designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” according to a police report.

About a month ago, another Homeland Security was accused of carrying a loaded .22-caliber handgun with five hollow point bullets.

Judge: DEA May Not Track Cell Phones without a Warrant

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge delivered a major blow to the DEA’s use of Stingrays, which enable law enforcement to collect evidence by using fake phone masts.

U.S, District Court Judge William Pauley III said the use of Stingrays would violate the Fourth Amendment unless a warrant is granted, the Register reports. 

The decision comes after a Maryland judge made the same ruling in 2015.

“Absent a search warrant, the Government may not turn a citizen’s cell phone into a tracking device,” the judge said.

Stingrays enable authorities to listen to conversations and access information on phones.

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