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Archive for June 11th, 2018

Retired Secret Service Agent Warned Florida School of Vulnerabilities 2 Months Before Shooting

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s some disturbing news.

Two months before the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, a retired Secret Service agent warned administrators that the school could be vulnerable to a gunman, the Sun Sentinel reports:

Gates were unlocked. Students did not wear identification badges. A fire alarm could send students streaming into the halls. Active-shooter drills were inadequate, he said.

The retired agent, Steve Wexler, said he made his point by strolling through the school with Post-it notes, attaching them to places his bullets or knife would land if he were an intruder. No one stopped him, he said.

In an interview with the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Wexler said he was invited to analyze the school’s security and presented his recommendations to four staff members.

“I said, ‘This stuff is blatantly obvious. You’ve got to fix this,’” Wexler said.

He never heard another word from the district, he said.

Two People Charged in Shooting of ATF Agent in Indiana

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two people have been charged in the shooting of an ATF agent in Gary, Ind., who was wounded during a shootout last Thursday.

Blake King, age 19, of Chicago and Bernard Graham, age 25, of Calumet City, Ill.,  were charged last Friday in a criminal complaint.

The charges include: Forcibly assaulting, opposing, impeding, intimidating and interfering with Special Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives while they were engaged in the performance of their official duties by use of deadly and dangerous weapons, infliction of bodily injury, using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to, and possessing in furtherance of a crime of violence, a firearm that was discharged.

“Gun violence doesn’t stop at the state line and neither do government investigations.  We will continue to coordinate with law enforcement and prosecutors in this jurisdiction and others including Northern Illinois to defeat these criminals. We will never tolerate gun violence and never stop doing all we can to defeat it,” Indiana U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II said in a statement.

 

Majority of Cyber Experts Surveyed Oppose FBI Need for Built-in Way to Access Encrypted Data

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has says its inability to crack encrypted cellphones during investigations makes the country less safe. But 72 percent of 100 cybersecurity leaders from government, academia and the private sector surveyed by the Washington Post’s  “Cybersecurity 202” disagree.

The survey showed a broad opposition to the FBI’s demand that device and software-makers give law enforcement a built-in way to access encrypted data with a warrant.

“Strong encryption is absolutely critical for keeping our data safe from criminals. This is especially important for mobile devices such as cellphones, which are easily lost or stolen,”  Matt Blaze, a cryptographer and computer science professor at the University of Pennsylvania, tells the Post. “Weakening encryption might make the FBI’s job easier in some cases … but that would be a very shortsighted policy that would create far more crime than it would solve.”

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