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2 Senators Criticize Bill That Would Expand FBI’s Warrantless Access to Online Records

computer-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new bill would give the FBI more flexibility to gain warrantless access to online records of Americans.

Two U.S. senators have criticized the 2017 intelligence authorization bill as an overreach that could make it easier for federal investigators to use National Security Letters to access email records, messaging accounts, login records, browser history and social media activity, the Guardian reports. 

Although the text of the bill hasn’t be discloed yet, Sen. Ron Wyden said the change represents a sweeping expansion of warrantless surveillance.

“While this bill does not clearly define ‘electronic communication transaction records’, this term could easily be read to encompass records of whom individuals exchange emails with and when, as well as their login history, IP addresses, and internet browsing history,” Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon who voted against the bill, told the Guardian.

Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico said he hope to remove the NSL expansion on the bill.

“The FBI has not made a convincing case that it needs any process other than the one that already exists, especially one that freely allows the FBI access to law-abiding Americans’ emails and web activity,” Henrich said.

Judge Dismisses Charge Against FBI Worker Accused of Tipping Off Husband of Probe

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge dismissed a charge against an FBI worker in Idaho accused of tipping off her husband about a child pornography investigation.

Local News 8 reports that 6th District Magistrate Judge Rick Carnaroli dismissed the charge, saying the state didn’t meet its burden of proof.

Prosecutors alleged Jennifer Barnett, head of building security at the FBI office in Pocatello, informed her husband about the investigation before it was completed.

Because the charge was dismissed without prejudice, the state could refile charges against Barnett.

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Suburban Chicago Man Who Shot 2 FBI Agents Committed Suicide

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Melvin Toran, 50.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A reputed gang member accused of shooting two FBI agents before he was found dead in suburban Chicago committed suicide, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said Wednesday.

Melvin Toran, 50, turned a gun on himself, the Chicago Tribune reports. 

An FBI SWAT team swarmed his house Tuesday morning to serve an arrest warrant when a shootout occurred, injuring two FBI agents.

The agents were released from local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

FBI’s Refusal to Release Details of Child Pornography Probe Compromises Case

computer-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI may lose some of its cases against alleged pedophiles because the bureau has refused to release details of how investigators used the Tor network to track suspects.

ZDNet reports that a court overseeing the case against an alleged visitor of the site, Jay Michaud, dismissed evidence as a result.

The cost said the evidence can’t be used because against the Vancouver school administrator.

The FBI seized a website on the dark web last year so that investigators could track who used the site.

Since the FBI won’t reveal the full source code of the website takeover, the evidence isn’t permissible, a court said.

Scathing Audit of Clinton’s Use of Private E-Mail Gives Ammo to FBI’s Probe

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The scorching audit of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private lends credibility to the FBI’s investigation of the former secretary of state, experts said.

GOP consultant Brad Marston claims the 82-page internal State Department report should make it easier for FBI Director James Comey to recommend charges to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the Boston Herald reports. 

“It gives Comey additional cover,” Marston said, “and makes it easier for the FBI to recommend to the Justice Department to pursue an indictment.”

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the report provides evidence of wrongdoing.

“If you’re a neutral arbiter like James Comey, you have to say, ‘Hats off. There’s actual proof,’ ” O’Connell said. “It gives him cover if he wants to pursue charges through the Department of Justice.”

The FBI is still investigating the case but has not yet interviewed Clinton.

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2 FBI Agents Shot, Suspect Killed in Shootout at Suburban Chicago Home

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gun battle left two FBI agents injured and the suspect dead in suburban Chicago on Tuesday.

The Chicago Tribune reports that an FBI SWAT team swarmed the Park Forest home of Melvin Toran, a reputed high-ranking member of the Black P Stone Nation gang.

The FBI didn’t release details about the shooting, but the agents suffered non-life threatening injuries.

An autopsy on Toran is expected today.

Authorities arrested at least 10 suspects as part of a crack down on narcotics trafficking by gang members.

FBI Uses Dogs to Sniff Out Cybercrime by Finding Electronic Components

computer spies2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Faced with the growing threat of cybercrime, the FBI has turned to dogs to help crack down on computer crimes.

The canines are trained to sniff out electronic components that store data, News12 reports. Some of the components are tiny and hard to find.

“Cybercrime has evolved and is such a threat right now,” says the Newark FBI’s Michael Brodack.

Electronics are growingly important and can help investigators find evidence against suspects.

“It’s the gang member with a cellphone; it’s the terrorist who builds a bomb using electronic components, all of those are devices that Iris (a dog) is trained to detect,” says Phil Frigm, a supervisory special agent in the FBI’s cybercrime division.

FBI Investigates $120,000 in Questionable Donations to Virginia Gov. McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Gov. Terry McAuliffe

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating $120,000 in donations to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s campaign and inauguration.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the donation were made by Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang.

The governor’s attorney said McAuliffe and his staff were unaware of the investigation.

The lawyer, Marc Elias, said “contributions to the campaign from Mr. Wang were completely lawful. The governor will certainly cooperate with the government if he is contacted about it.’’

Wang’s companies also have donated between $1 million and $5 million to the Clinton Foundation.

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