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Defense for Boston Bombing Suspect Claim FBI Is ‘Needlessly Intrusive’ in Counsel’s Meetings with Client

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are complaining that the FBI is getting in the way of legal counsel’s constitutional rights to meet with their client in private.

The Boston Globe reports that lawyers filed the complaints in court late Monday, saying FBI continues to be “needlessly intrusive.”

The lawyers said the FBI has ignored previous orders by U.S. District Court Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to allow the counsel to meet with the suspect without being monitored.

“Defense counsel are thus more convinced than ever of the need for a reasonable degree of privacy and confidentiality for this series of legal visits and request that the court so order,” the lawyers argued.

Tsarnaev, who is now 20, is in federal prison awaiting trial on claims that he helped set off bombs on April 15, 2013, that killed three and injured more than 260 near the finish line of the Boston Globe.

NJ Residents Reach Settlement with ICE over Warrantless Home Raids

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Eight New Jersey residents will share $295,000 as part of a settlement in a lawsuit that alleges their homes were raided without warrants, the Associated Press reports

U.S. citizen Ana Galindo said officers pointed a gun at her 9-year-old son during the pre-dawn raids.

The residents filed a lawsuit in 2008 against more than 30 ICE officers involved, the AP reported.

The Center for Constitutional Rights provided legal help.

FBI Unveils New Facial Recognition System

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Prepare yourselves for a protracted battle between privacy rights advocates and the FBI this winter. FBI officials told the website NextGov by January they will activate a nationwide facial recognition service, allowing local police in select states to identify unknown subjects in photos.

The Feds are embarking on “a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI’s existing fingerprint database to more quickly and accurately identify suspects,” reports NextGov. The upgrade will include the use of  other biometric markers like iris scans and voice recordings.

Often law enforcement authorities will “have a photo of a person and for whatever reason they just don’t know who it is [but they know] this is clearly the missing link to our case,” Nick Megna, a unit chief at the FBI’s criminal justice information services division, told NextGov.

Currently, officers would need the name of an individual to search for mugshots in their database. But, according to NextGov,

“Using the new Next-Generation Identification system that is under development, law enforcement analysts will be able to upload a photo of an unknown person; choose a desired number of results from two to 50 mug shots; and, within 15 minutes, receive identified mugs to inspect for potential matches.”

Sunita Patel, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, has voiced concerns about the new technology.

“Any database of personal identity information is bound to have mistakes. And with the most personal immutable traits like our facial features and fingerprints, the public can’t afford a mistake,” she said, according to NextGov. “The federal government is using local cops to create a massive surveillance system.”

Michigan, Washington, Florida and North Carolina will test out the new systems this winter, before it is unrolled nationwide in 2014, the website reported.

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