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Archive for March 6th, 2019

Man Charged With Stealing Guns From ATF Facility in West Virginia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A 52-year-old contractor has been arrested after allegedly stealing firearms from an ATF facility in West Virginia.

Christopher Lee Yates faces federal charges of theft of government property and possession of a stolen firearm from ATF, the Journal newspaper reports. 

“Investigation and intelligence reveals that Yates traveled from West Virginia to Maryland to sell the ATF firearm parts for financial gain,” the complaint signed by ATF Special Agent Seth Cox said. “Yates willfully and knowingly did steal firearm slides and firearm parts of a value exceeding $1,000.”

Trump Turns to D.C. U.S. Attorney For Number 3 Justice Department Job

U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Trump plans to nominate D.C. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu as the Justice Department’s No. 3 official, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The nomination comes after a year in which his administration failed to persuade several candidates to take on the challenging position, the publication writes.

The No. 3 post was vacated in February 201 when Rachel Brand left to take a position as a lawyer for Walmart.

Liu was confirmed as U.S. Attorney in September 2017.

FBI Director Wray: Encryption Challenge ‘Getting Worse and Worse’

FBI Director Christopher Wray in Orlando in 2018. (ticklethewire.com photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ever since becoming the FBI director, Christopher Wray has expressed concern about the challenges encryption has posed for law enforcement.

On Tuesday, at the RSA Conference in San Francisco,  he said the problem is “getting worse and worse,” according to the website Gizmodo, which reports:

 It’s a common refrain for government officials over the last half-decade, but it’s been a matter of sharp debate especially since the FBI overstated encryption device numbers last year.

“It can’t be a sustainable end state for there to be an entirely unfettered space that’s utterly beyond law enforcement for criminals to hide,” Wray said. “We have to figure out a way to deal with this problem.”

Wray went on to say “I’m hearing increasingly that there are solutions.” But he declined to get more specific.