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Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Blasts Apple Over Encryption Issue

Tim Cook

Tim Cook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The battle is on with Apple, which has vowed to fight a federal court order to help the FBI undo the encryption for a phone that belonged to one of the terrorists in the San Bernardino shooting on Dec. 2.

Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a letter online Wednesday night:

“In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.

“The FBI may use different words to describe this tool, but make no mistake: Building a version of iOS that bypasses security in this way would undeniably create a backdoor. And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control.”

Now, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), is firing back with a statement from Nathan Catura:

Tim Cook has grossly misrepresented the intentions of the FBI and the federal government. His implication that the US government wants to break into Apple customers’ phones is akin to police searching a person’s home without a warrant.

Before the FBI or any law enforcement agency is able to search someone’s phone, they must first obtain a court order issued by a federal judge or magistrate. In this case, it is outrageous for the CEO of one of the largest technology companies to suggest that federal agents are invading individuals’ privacy after the lawful presentation of a federal court order. Tim Cook is employing fear-mongering tactics to prevent law enforcement from performing their duties.

For the safety of all Americans, it is imperative that we continue to support and protect our national interest and national security. That is the goal. Unfortunately, Tim Cook is neglecting this fact which begs the question: how many more lives will be ruined or lost because the likes of Tim Cook and other billionaires who have a financial stake in the industry don’t believe in American jurisprudence?

This is a country of laws and no one, not even Tim Cook, is above that. He stands here, without any legal merit, actively choosing to ignore a federal court order. His arrogance has given him a false sense of superiority when it is in fact his responsibility as an American citizen to recognize and adhere to our system of laws, which were put in place to ensure both individual and national security. Tim Cook does not get to decide what laws he must comply with. That’s not the American way of justice.

 

It’s time for Apple and Tim Cook to abide by the law and do their part to prevent another terrorist attack on American soil.”

Senate Committee Approves Bill to Stop Federal Crackdowns on Medical Marijuana

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents would be barred from using tax dollars to crack down on medical marijuana operations in states where it’s legal.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 22-8 to approve the measure, which would block the Department of Justice and DEA from using federal funds to interrupt medical marijuana programs, Huffington Post reports. 

If passed, the bill would protect marijuana users and growers in 23 states and the District of Columbia, where medical cannabis is legal.

Despite the state laws, the federal government still does not recognize marijuana as having medicinal benefits.

Other Stories of Interest


Why ICE agents Raided a Lingerie Shop Over Kansas City Royals panties

Via birdiespanties.com

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Raiding a lingerie shop may seem like an odd task for Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, but it’s a part of their responsibilities.

News of the underwear seizures raised some questions about the involvement of ICE.

So what prompted the raid?

IJReview reports that the panties included a trademarked logo: The Kansas City Royals’ initials and a copyrighted phase, “Take the Crown.”

The federal agency handles those issues, among many others not directly involving immigration.

Bye Bye Blago: Ex-Ill Gov Heads off to Prison in Colo.

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the guy who had an acute case of rambling on and on, may be a bit more careful now that he’s behind bars.

The Illinois governor, aka “Blago”, reported to prison Thursday morning at the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Now Blago will also be known as inmate No. 40892-424.

Earlier in the day, he left his Ravenswood Manor home in Chicago, the Sun-Times reported. Cameramen and photographers and reporters chronicled his departure as he left to serve 14 years for his high-profile public corruption conviction.

“I’m leaving with a heavy heart, a clear conscience and I have high, high hopes for the future,” said Blagojevich, according to the Sun-Times.

“Saying goodbye is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Blagojevich said. “I’ll see you when I see you.”

 

 

FBI Computer System Completed; Can Distribute Info to Outside Agencies

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI can now automatically share information with local, state, regional and other law-enforcement agencies, the website InformationWeek reported.

The publication reported that Raytheon said it finished — albeit late — its final phase of the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) system, InformationWeek reported

The system enables the  FBI to distribute information about criminal justice cases  to 200,000 investigators at more than 18,000 federal, local, state, and tribal agencies, the website reported. The system also can analyze crime trends.

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Fed and State Wiretaps Jumped 26 Percent in 2009

federal and state wiretaps/source: u.s. courts

federal and state wiretaps/source: u.s. courts

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Court authorized wiretaps issued by federal and state judges in criminal cases jumped 26 percent from 2008 to 2009, and not one request was turned down, the website WIRED reported.

Citing a report released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, WIRED reported that courts authorized 2,376 wiretaps in 2009.

Of those, 96 percent were for mobile phones in drug cases, the report said, according to WIRED. Federal investigators requested 663 of the wiretaps, 24 states acquired 1,713 in all.

The report said each wiretap caught the communications of an average of 113 people, WIRED reported, and only 19 percent of intercepted communications were incriminating. The surveillances included text messages and phone calls.

WIRED reported that about 268,000 people had their text messages and phone calls intercepted in 2009, an all time record.

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