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Supreme Court to Decide Whether to Help FBI Hack into More Computers

hacking By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule in favor of a Justice Department request that would allow judges to issue search warrants so that law enforcement agencies have the access to computers in any jurisdiction.

Currently, magistrate judges are limited to ordering searches within the jurisdiction of their court, Reuters reports. 

The change would help federal agencies like the FBI hack into more computer networks, a concern of some tech companies and the ACLU

If a judge approves the change, both chambers of Congress would have to approve it.


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Secret Service Launches Plan to Prevent Fence Jumpers at White House

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

People have been having no trouble jumping the White House fence over the past few years, and now the Secret Service is about to do something about it.

The agency plans to make the security fence about 5 feet taller and add a concrete foundation, News4 I-Team reports.

“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

“(The fence) is entirely scale-able, depending upon the circumstances. And we have now a society that tends to want to jump over the fence and onto the 18 acres,” Daugherty said in the briefing. 

The current wall is 6 feet tall.


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DEA Helps Investigate Prince’s Death After Prescription Painkillers Found

Prince, via Wikipedia.

Prince, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has been called to help investigate the death of pop superstar Prince after authorities allegedly found prescription painkillers when the musician died.

Newsweek reports that the drugs were found in Prince’s possession at his Paisley Park recording facility and at his home near Minnesota.

It’s still unclear whether the prescription medication played a role in the singer’s death.

The DEA is being asked to determine where the drugs came from and whether Prince had prescriptions for the medication.

Prince’s longtime lawyer L. Londell McMillan insisted the musician was “not on any drugs that would be any cause for concern.”

He said: “Everybody who knows Prince knows he wasn’t walking around drugged up. That’s foolish. No one ever saw Prince and said: ‘He looks high.’ It wasn’t what he was about.”


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TSA Whistleblower Says He Was Ordered to Racially Profile Somali-Americans

Airport crowdBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA employee testified before Congress Wednesday that his superiors instructed him to racially profile Somali-Americans.

Andrew Rhodes, the current TSA assistant federal security director art Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, laid out the allegations in testimony at the House Oversight Committee, CNN reports. 

One of the largest Somali populations likes in Minneapolis.

“Not only does the TSA mistreat its employees, it alienates entire communities,” Rhoades testified. “On April 8, 2016, my supervisors asked me profile Somali imams and other Somali community members. I refused.”

Rhodes said he received very specific instructions: “With our current world affairs that we need to be mindful of those we interact with and advised that employee should check with the field intelligence officer on potential visitors to determine if we want them in our office space or meet elsewhere.”

The TSA said in a statement that it “does not tolerate racial profiling.”

“TSA takes allegations of racial profiling seriously,” the statement read. “We are reviewing this complaint and will take appropriate action if there is evidence that any TSA officer acted inappropriately.”

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David Johnson Named the Associate Executive Assistant Director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch

David Johnson

David Johnson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David Johnson, who headed up the FBI’s San Francisco bureau, has been named the associate executive assistant director of the Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.

The job includes supporting the FBI’s cyber and criminal investigations, international operations, critical incident response, and victim assistance. He’ll also oversee the FBI’s development of cyber policy and strategy and serve as the Bureau’s operational lead of the Five Eyes Law Enforcement Group (FELEG), an international coalition of law enforcement agencies from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, an FBI press release said.

Johnson joined the FBI in 1991 in the San Jose bureau, where he worked violent crime, drug trafficking and investigations involving high-technology companies. He served as the case agent of the first economic espionage case ever to be prosecuted.

Throughout his 25-year career,  Johnson has held leadership positions in the San Francisco Division, the Criminal Investigative Division (CID), and the Salt Lake City Division, where he was the special agent in charge, according to a press release.

 


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Ex-House Speaker Dennis Hastert Gets 15 Months in Prison; Tells Judge He’s ‘Deeply Ashamed’

Dennis Hastert

Dennis Hastert

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Capping a shameful chapter for Congress, a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday sentenced former House speaker J. Dennis Hastert to 15 months in federal prison, a punishment that was more severe than what prosecutors had recommended and one that clearly took into account the sexual abuse allegations, the Washington Post reports. .

Hastert,  74, a former wrestling coach in Illinois who rose through the ranks in Congress,  told  U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin that he was “deeply ashamed” to be in court and acknowledged that he “mistreated some of the athletes I coached,” according to a report by Matt Zapotosky of the Post.

Hastert, 74, who arrived in court in a wheelchair, did not plead guilty to any sex crimes, the Post reports The statute of limitations had run out.

But those allegations were an integral part of his crime.

He pleaded guilty to withdrawing money in increments to  avoid having to report it. The money was used to buy the silence of one of people he had sexually abused as a youth. 

 


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Man Who Died After Shooting FBI Agent, 2 Deputy Marshals Is Identified

Orlando Collins.

Orlando Collins.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A body found inside a burned Kansas motel room after a shootout that injured three federal agents was identified as Orlando Collins.

Collins, who was wanted for several armed robberies, also started a fire that burned the Country Club Motel on Saturday night, WIBW.com reports. 

The coroner’s office said Collins died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Collins opened fire on federal law enforcement, shooting an FBI agent and two members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.

The deputy marshals were treated and released. The FBI agent was still in the hospital in good condition Tuesday.


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Law Enforcement Busts Sex Traffickers During World Cannabis Week in Colorado

marijuana-istockBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement noticed last year that sex trafficking operations sprang up around World Cannabis Week in Colorado, where marijuana is now legal.

To curb the trafficking, local, state and federal law enforcement teamed up and arrested nine adults for trafficking and 26 adults for prostitution. The team also recovered five children, the FBI announced Tuesday.

The week began April 18 with large-scale events for tourists.

Of those arrested, 40% said they traveled from out of the state.

“Whenever an event draws people from around the world, you will see an increase in sex trafficking,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Thomas Ravenelle. “The reality is major events will always have some organized criminal activity, including people who facilitate and profit from prostituting adults and children.”


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