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Archive for April 24th, 2017

Secret Service Deals With Malia Obama’s Stalker in NY

Malia Obama (Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

Malia Obama (Photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Malia Obama, the oldest daughter of former President Barack Obama, is still feeling the public pain of living a high-profile existence.

Jair Cardoso, 30, of Brooklyn man who stalked her in New York was taken into custody earlier this month after he was caught trying to get to her again at her internship, a law enforcement source tells Alison Fox of AM New York.

Cardoso first went to the TriBeCa building where Malia was interning on April 10, put a sign in the window, screamed her name repeatedly and yelled for her to marry her, the online news site reports. At that time, he was turned away by Secret Service agents.

He was eventually taken to the hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation. Secret Service has also notified New York Police about the problem.

 

Public Advocate Objected to FBI’s Unrestricted Access to NSA Data

Photo: Depositphotos

Photo: Depositphotos

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In 2015, in her first appearance as a “friend of the court” representing the American public, Amy Jeffress, a former federal prosecutor, argued before the very secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, that the FBI was violating the Fourth Amendment by giving agents “virtually unrestricted” access to data from one of the NSA’s largest surveillance programs that included untold amounts of communications involving innocent Americans, reports Alex Emmons of the the website, Intercept.

One big problem is that while the program is supposed to target foreigners, it ends up capturing a large number of communications from Americans.

“There need be no connection to foreign intelligence or national security, and that is the purpose of the collection,” Emmons told Thomas Hogan, then the chief judge of the court. “So they’re overstepping, really, the purpose for which the information is collected.”

The ACLU released this information on Friday after obtaining it through the Freedom of Information Act, Intercept reports.

The peek behind the curtain shows the ongoing battle between keeping America safe and protecting peoples’ privacy and Constitutional rights.

 

Comey May Have Wanted to Stay Out of Politics, But He Shaped the Election — N.Y. Times

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A New York Times examination of the 2016 election concludes that while FBI Director James Comey insisted on avoiding politics, he ended up shaping the election.

Reporters Matt Apuzzo, Michael Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Eric Lichblau of the New York Times write about the Hillary Clinton email probe:

But with polls showing Mrs. Clinton holding a comfortable lead, Mr. Comey ended up plunging the F.B.I. into the molten center of a bitter election. Fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed after the election that the F.B.I. had been investigating the next president and had kept it a secret, Mr. Comey sent a letter informing Congress that the case was reopened.

What he did not say was that the F.B.I. was also investigating the campaign of Donald J. Trump. Just weeks before, Mr. Comey had declined to answer a question from Congress about whether there was such an investigation. Only in March, long after the election, did Mr. Comey confirm that there was one.

The paper goes on to write:

An examination by The New York Times, based on interviews with more than 30 current and former law enforcement, congressional and other government officials, found that while partisanship was not a factor in Mr. Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways. In the case of Mrs. Clinton, he rewrote the script, partly based on the F.B.I.’s expectation that she would win and fearing the bureau would be accused of helping her. In the case of Mr. Trump, he conducted the investigation by the book, with the F.B.I.’s traditional secrecy. Many of the officials discussed the investigations on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to reporters.