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D.C. Transit Officer First Law Enforcement Official Charged with Terrorism in U.S.

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A patrol officer with Washington D.C.’s regional transit police has become the first law enforcement official to be charged with terrorism in the U.S.

Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, was arrested and charged Wednesday with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist group, ABC News reports. 

The FBI alleges Young purchased gift cards that he thought ISIS would use to buy mobile messaging apps. Turns out, Young was talking to an undercover agent.

Young faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

DEA: Police May Die from Handling Fentanyl Because It’s So Powerful

Fentanyl tablets

Fentanyl tablets

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fentanyl, the painkiller that killed Prince and is responsible for hundreds of over deaths in recent years, also poses a significant danger to law enforcement, the DEA warned.

The DEA unveiled a new public service announcement that warns officers of the dangers of fentanyl if they encounter it, The Washington Times reports. 

The video features two New Jersey police officers who accidentally inhaled fentanyl while trying to seal a plastic bag.

“A bunch of it poofed up into the air, right in our face, and we ended up inhaling it,” said one of the detectives.

“I felt like my body was shutting down,” said the other detective, describing effects of the drug that made him feel like he was dying.

The DEA reports that more than 700 people have died due to fentanyl use between 2013 and 2014.

Feds Ramp Up Searches of U.S. Citizens’ Data without a Warrant

nsa_sealBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The feds are increasing searches of U.S. citizens’ data, a new transparency reports shows.

The report says 4,672 surveillance queries were made on citizens, a two-fold increase since the 2013 report.

The report includes queries made by the CIA and NSA, but not the FBI.

Those agencies are able to access the database without a warrant.

Some critics have suggested the warrantless access amounts to a violation of privacy of U.S. citizens.

Also included in the report is the revelation that more than 48,000 were targeted by National Security Letters.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Cyber Division Chief Advises Companies Not to Pay Ransom

http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2016/05/04/fbi-cyber-division-chief-advises-companies-not-to-pay-ransom-for-release-of-data/

Justice Department Program to No Longer Use Terms ‘Felons,’ ‘Convicts’

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/may/4/justice-dept-no-longer-use-terms-felon-convict/

Justice Department: North Carolina’s Bathroom Is Discriminatory

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2016/05/04/north-carolinas-bathroom-law-discriminatory-justice-department-says/83938546/

Border Patrol Agents Rescued a 2-Year-Old Abandoned Toddler

http://www.kvue.com/news/local/border-patrol-agents-find-abandoned-toddler/170282724

Ex-Secret Service Agent Reveals Why JFK Didn’t Want Wife Photographed in Bikini

https://www.yahoo.com/celebrity/exclusive-former-secret-service-agent-clint-hill-133532738.html

 

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.”

Weekend Series on Crime: A Promotional Documentary on the FBI

Heroin Becomes Law Enforcement’s Biggest Concern As Use Skyrockets

800px-HeroinBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Law enforcement nationwide believe heroin abuse is the largest drug threat, overtaking methamphetamine, according to a new DEA survey.

NBC News reports that the seizure of heroin has nearly doubled over the past five years, while the 51% more people are using the highly addictive drug.

“Heroin availability is up across the country, as are abuses, overdoses, and overdose deaths,” says the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment Summary, released Wednesday.

One reason heroin has become so popular is because of prescription painkiller abuse. Painkillers and heroin are both opiates.

The number of deaths in 2013 – 46,471 – is the highest on record.

“Roughly half of the overdose deaths are related to abuse of prescription drugs and another 8,000 involve heroin. So combined those two things account for two-thirds of the overdose deaths,” said DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg.

Other Stories of Interest

Boston Globe: FBI Director James Comey Damaged Credibility As Crime-Fighter

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago delivering speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (ticklethewire.com photo)

FBI Director James Comey in Chicago delivering speech at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. (ticklethewire.com photo)

By Editorial Board
Boston Globe

Over the last week, FBI Director James Comey has done serious damage to his credibility as the nation’s top crime-fighter. To repeat an old saw, he has figuratively shot himself in both feet, with two ill-considered speeches on the so-called post-Ferguson world where police hold back because of fears of smartphone-wielding citizens. His comments have drawn fierce criticism from civil libertarians, law enforcement analysts, and the White House itself – and rightly so.

The “age of viral videos” has fundamentally altered policing, Comey told an audience at the University of Chicago Law School. “In today’s YouTube world, are officers reluctant to get out of their cars and do the work that controls violent crime? . . . I don’t know whether this explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind blowing through American law enforcement over the last year. And that wind is surely changing behavior.” Then, in case no one had gotten the message, he upped the ante at the International Association of Chiefs of Police a few days later, feeding the misguided notion that an outbreak of constitutionally protected community scrutiny has fueled a crime wave.

But Comey’s Cassandra act is not supported by statistics. In fact, the data don’t suggest that there is a long-term spike in violent crime in the United States, according to James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law, and public policy at Northeastern University. In Seattle, police chief Kathleen O’Toole says crime is down this year and told the New York Times: “There’s never been as much scrutiny on police officers as there is now. We should embrace it.”

To read more click here. 

Justice Department Study: Ambush Attacks on Police Remain Steady, But Are Increasingly Deadly

badge-policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The number of ambush attacks against law enforcement remains steady – with about 200 a year – but more police are getting killed as a result, a Justice Department study found.

The study examined surprise attacks between 1990 to 2013 and concluded that there is reason for alarm and that “officers must not only be guardians of the public but also be prepared to respond to violence targeting them,” The Washington Post reports.  

“As part of our work to support these brave men and women, the Department of Justice is committed to extensive efforts aimed at preventing violent action against the police,” Lynch said in a statement. “This report will serve as a critical base of knowledge as we work to defend our law enforcement and ensure our officers’ safety.”

One deterrent, the study found, was in-car cameras.

Click here to see the report.