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Archive for October 4th, 2017

DOJ Names Robert Patterson Acting Director of DEA

Robert Patterson

Robert Patterson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Justice has named Robert W. Patterson the new acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  He replaces acting Director Chuck Rosenberg, who stepped down.

Patterson was appointed as DEA’s principal deputy administrator in November 2016, serving as DEA’s chief operating officer, overseeing all of the agency’s enforcement, intelligence, administrative and regulatory activities worldwide, a press release said. He is the highest ranking career special agent at DEA.

Patterson came to this position after serving as DEA’s chief inspector, beginning in November 2015.

Before that, Patterson served in a variety positions in the DEA, including assistant special agent in charge, and later acting special agent in charge of the DEA Special Operations Division, where he oversaw classified programs, and communication exploitation tools in support of field operations.

Russia Will Try Harder to Influence Next Prez Election, FBI Director Predicts

FBI Director Christopher Wray (File photo)

FBI Director Christopher Wray (File photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

It’s no secret that Russia has tried to influence elections around the world for many years.

But 2016 appeared to be banner year for the Russians when it came to the U.S. election.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, addressing a crowd of about 150 people at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, said he expects the U.S. to be better prepared to deal with threats in the 2018 and 2020 elections, Max Kutner of Newsweek reports.

That’s the good news.

The bad news: He says anticipates Russia will also be better prepared to go at it again.

“We know a lot more now than we did about all the different threats, whether it’s to our election systems or anything else,” the director said when asked about Russia. “I would expect that we would do better, but I also expect that our adversaries don’t just coast, right? They up their game, too.”

FBI Off the Hook on Releasing Name of Vendor Who Unlocked iPhone in San Bernardino Case

IPhone 6

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge has decided that 100 percent transparency isn’t necessary when it comes to the FBI and the San Bernardino shooting.

The FBI does not have to reveal the identity of a vendor that helped it unlock the iPhone of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack, or the price it paid for the vendor’s services, a federal judge ruled, the Los Angeles Times reports.

In a summary judgment issued Saturday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the District of Columbia wrote that releasing the vendor’s name could be reasonably expect  “to cause harm to national security interests by limiting the FBI’s present and future ability to gain access to suspected terrorists’ phones.”

She also noted that the disclosure of the vendor’s identity would “risk disclosure of a law enforcement technique and create a reasonably expected risk of circumvention of the law.”