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FBI Investigates Suspected Russian Hacking at New York Times, Other Media Outlets

New York Times building, via Wikipedia.

New York Times building, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating cyber breaches targeting reporters at the New York Times and other U.S. news organizations.

The hackers are believed to be working for Russian intelligence, CNN reports. 

Investigators have theorized that the same Russian hackers who are targeting news organizations also are behind the cyber breaches of the Democratic Party.

It’s not yet clear whether the hackers were able to gain access to information from the New York Times or other media outlet.

“We are constantly monitoring our systems with the latest available intelligence and tools. We have seen no evidence that any of our internal systems, including our systems in the Moscow bureau, have been breached or compromised,” Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said.

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FBI Tracks Down Suspected Child Rapist After He Fled for 23 Years

Map via FBI

Map via FBI

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents never gave up their pursuit of John Martin, a Boston-area resident who was accused in 1993 of raping two young boys when he was 23 years old.

The perseverance paid off. After more than two decades on the run, Hartin’s freedom ended when the FBI knocked on his door in Walkertown, North Carolina.

“The case never stopped being actively investigated,” said Special Agent Brooks Broadus, a member of the FBI’s Boston Division Child Exploitation Task Force. “We were always looking.”

The FBI launched a multi-state media campaign in 2012 to find Hartin, but that wasn’t enough. So recently, the FBI “started looking at the case again with fresh eyes and went back to Day One. We sought out Hartin’s family and friends and began to conduct new interviews,” said Boston Police Department Det. Mike Sullivan, a member of the Child Exploitation Task Force.

Sullivan added: “It was old-fashioned detective work that led to Hartin’s capture.”

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News & Observer: Clinton E-Mail Investigation Is a Fruitless Chase

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
The News & Observer

Bernie Sanders had it right when he said to Hillary Clinton during a debate last fall, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”


The conservative group Judicial Watch has stirred another distracting round of talk about this exhausted and exhausting subject with its release Monday of hundreds of emails from one of Clinton’s closest aides, Huma Abedin. The emails, disclosed as part of a lawsuit, show no evidence that Clinton took improper action as secretary of state because of donations to the Clinton Foundation.

Meanwhile Monday, a federal judge pushed the State Department to release nearly 15,000 of Clinton’s undisclosed emails gathered by the FBI. This batch consists of emails from Clinton’s private server and the computer archives of government officials with whom she corresponded as secretary of state.

The emails were found and reviewed by the FBI before FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in protecting her email but had broken no laws.

The emails are expected to be released beginning in October after State Department review. That schedule ensures that voters will be run through more rounds of speculation and innuendo.

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Former Border Patrol Officers Propose Steps to Fix ‘Broken Immigration System’

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling

The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers has proposed “10 Steps to Fix Our Broken immigration System.”

“I am writing today for the purpose of recognizing and endorsing the Ten Point Plan that Numbers USA has masterfully conceived which addresses the key points necessary to dramatically reduce illegal immigration and effectively address those already here in violation of law. The key is putting the National Security and Public Safety of all Americans first and that is the effect this plan will have,” wrote Zack Taylor, Chairman of the NAFBPO, in the endorsement.

Here are the 10 steps:

  1. Make E-Verify mandatory for all U.S. employers to eliminate the jobs magnet.
  2. Complete the Congressionally-mandated biometric entry/exit system to track non-immigrant visitors to the U.S.
  3. End the practice of birthright citizenship for illegal aliens and foreign visitors.
  4. Require state and local law enforcement to report affirmatively all non-citizens in custody to ICE, make ICE detainers mandatory, and require ICE to pick up and remove deportable aliens.
  5. Expand expedited removal to include all illegal aliens with criminal convictions.
  6. End catch-and-release of illegal aliens by requiring that they be detained until removal.
  7. Deny immigrant and nonimmigrant visas to nations that refuse to repatriatetheir citizens.
  8. Reform the judicial process in immigration courts, including restricting relief from removal, to expedite the process and reduce the backlog of cases.
  9. Restrict asylum to the internationally recognized definition of those who are unable to be returned to the home country due to a well-founded fear of (state) persecution due to race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
  10. Allow Border Patrol access to all federal lands.

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Homeland Security Committee Staffer Charged for Not Filing Tax Returns

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling

The Democratic staff director for the Homeland Security Committee was charged with failing to file tax returns for five years, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Politico reports that Isaac Lanier Avant, who is also chief of staff to Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., is accused of not filing his tax returns from 2009 to 2013.

“In May 2005, Avant filed a form with his employer that falsely claimed he was exempt from federal income taxes,” the Justice Department said in a press release. “Avant did not have any federal tax withheld from his paycheck until the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) mandated that his employer begin withholding in January 2013.”

Avant’s combined earnings during that time was $170,000.

He could face up to five years in prison.

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Washington Post: FBI Sets Bad Precedent by Releasing Clinton’s Email Files

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Editorial Board
Washington Post

The director of the FBI, James B. Comey, did the right thing in announcing the results of the bureau’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email in early July. Realizing that the case was hyper-sensitive in the middle of a presidential campaign, Mr. Comey spoke up when ordinarily he would have simply forwarded his recommendation to prosecutors. He said the investigation determined that she was “extremely careless” in using a home-brew server while secretary of state, but that Ms. Clinton’s actions did not warrant prosecution. It was important for the apolitical FBI director to say one way or the other whether there was criminal behavior so voters could make up their own minds.

But now Mr. Comey has taken a misstep. The FBI has provided to Congress portions of the investigative files from the year-long probe. Although it is not known precisely which portions, some of the materials include interviews conducted by the FBI. On Capitol Hill, the FBI has deposited the material in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, or SCIF, a room with restricted access.

According to the Associated Press, the documents were transmitted to Congress with written warnings not to leak them. “These materials are nonpublic and contain classified and other sensitive material,” FBI Acting Assistant Director Jason Herring wrote. “For that reason, these materials may not be further disseminated or disclosed, in part or in full, without obtaining the FBI’s concurrence.” Access to the documents is restricted to members of the judiciary, intelligence and government affairs committees.

Republicans in Congress are unlikely to heed the warnings. Are these members of the GOP, who have enthusiastically exploited the Benghazi and email stories for partisan advantage, whose convention delegates chanted “lock her up,” really going to read the FBI files and stay mum? The temptation here for mischief — partial leaks — is enormous.

It is extremely rare for the FBI to turn over to Congress internal case files from a criminal investigation that did not lead to a prosecution.

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FBI Investigating Whether Knife Attack in Virginia Was Inspired by ISIS

Attack suspect Wasil Farooqui

Attack suspect Wasil Farooqui

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating whether a 20-year-old man who stabbed two people in Virginia was inspired by ISIS.

ABC News reports Wasil Farooqui may have tried to behead one of his victims while attacking them with a knife and yelling “Allah Akbar.”

The stabbing occurred Saturday at an apartment complex in Roanoke, Va., where a man and women were injured in the assault.

Farooqui is no stranger to federal investigators. He traveled to Turkey and may have tried to sneak into Syria in the past year, sources told ABC News.

“The FBI is working with the Police Department following the incident that occurred on Saturday evening,” the head of the FBI’s Richmond field office, Special Agent In Charge Adam Lee, said in a statement. “While I cannot discuss details of the investigation at this time, I do want to reassure the community that we are working to determine the nature of the incident.”

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FBI Discovered 15,000 Emails That Clinton Did Not Turn Over

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling

Just weeks before the November election, the State Department may be required to release 15,000 documents discovered during the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

A federal judge urged the State Department to review the documents and release them at a hearing Monday, CBS News reports. 

The emails in question were sent or received by Clinton during her time as secretary of state and were not among the 55,000 documents handed over by her lawyers.

The conservative watchdog Judicial Watch is seeking the records under the Freedom of Information Act.

The State Department is reviewing the emails to determine which are private and which are personal before release them.

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