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Tag: San Bernardino

DOJ Threatens to Withhold Crime-Fighting Help to 4 Cities over Immigration Policies

ICE agents, via ICE.

ICE agents, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is stepping up pressure on four cities to cooperate with immigration enforcement, threatening to stop providing federal help to crack down on crime.

To continue receiving crime-fighting assistance, San Bernardino, Stockton, Baltimore and Albuquerque must help federal agents with inmates who are undocumented immigrants.

But the Los Angeles Times says the threat “appeared poorly thought out” because neither of the four cities operate a jail, and two have no sanctuary policies. 

The Justice Department didn’t respond to the Times’ questions about the selection of the four cities.

Christmas Party May Have Triggered San Bernardino Terror Attack: ABC News

Many Questions Unanswered a Year After San Bernardino Terrorist Attack

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It has been a year since Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, but the FBI is still struggling to answer key questions.

Feds conducted more than 600 interviews, served dozens of search warrants and waged a legal battle with Apple to unlock Farook’s iPhone.

But according to the Los Angeles Times, federal authorities “still don’t have answers to some of the critical questions posted int he days after the Dec. 2, 2015, attack at the Inland Regional Center.

One of the FBI’s most pressing concerns is whether the couple received help or whether anyone was aware of the couple’s plot.

“There are unanswered questions in this case,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. “There is an ongoing investigation into did they get financial or material support from anyone else.”

Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cash Seized During Drug Investigations

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI accused of stealing more than $126,000 in cash seized during drug investigations pleaded guilty Monday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that former special agent Scott M. Bowman admitted he stole cash to fund a lavish lifestyle that included plastic surgery and cars.

Bowman, 45, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice, falsification of records, conversion of property by a federal employee and witness tampering.

“As Mr. Bowman takes responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, the public should be reminded that FBI personnel are held to the highest standards and misconduct of any kind is taken very seriously,” said James Struyk, acting assistant director in charge of the FBI’s field office in Los Angeles.

Bowman was an FBI agent since 2005 and was a member of an anti-gang task force in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

FBI Arrests 3 Relatives of San Bernardino Shooter Unrelated to Terror Attack

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested three people with connections to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

They were charged with marriage fraud, lying under oath and conspiracy, the Washington Post reports.

The charges are not related to the terrorist attack last year by Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife.

Farook’s brother, Syed Raheel Farook, was charged with marriage fraud conspiracy. Raheel’s wife, Tatiana Farook, and her sister, Mariya Chernykh, also were arrested.

The trio is accused of lying under oath to help get immigration benefit for Chernykh, 26.

FBI Still Unable Find Anything Useful on Hacked San Bernardino iPhone

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators have been unable to find anything useful after unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists, a law enforcement official told CBS News.

The FBI spent months trying to bypass a security feature. But after gaining access to the phone, investigators still haven’t found anything valuable.

The FBI enrolled the help of professional hackers to open the phone but has declined to say what method was used.

Investigators continue to analyze the phone in hopes of finding useful information.

Professional Hackers Helped FBI Unlock San Bernardino Terrorist’s iPhone

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Professional hackers helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone by exploiting a previously unknown software flaw.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI cracked the phone’s four-digit personal identification number by creating a piece of hardware that would prevent the security feature from erasing all of the data.

The FBI paid the hackers a one-time flat fee.

But the solution won’t help the FBI with every iPhone. The new information was only helpful opening an iPhone 5Cs running the iOS9 operating system.

The bureau is unsure whether it will reveal to Apple the procedure used to open the phone. If the information was shared with Apple, FBI Director James Comey said, “they’re going to fix it and then we’re back where we started from.”

FBI Debates Sharing Details of Successful iPhone Hack with Apple

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is debating whether to explain to Apple how the bureau unlocked an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Director James Comey said.

During a speech Wednesday at Kenyon College in Ohio, Comey said the decision isn’t easy, CBS News reports. 

“If we tell Apple, they’re going to fix it and we’re back where we started,” Comey said. “As silly as it may sound, we may end up there. We just haven’t decided yet.”

Comey said the technology only works on iPhone 5Cs running iOS9.

The FBI’s struggle to unlock the phone prompted plenty of offers by technology companies to help, Comey said.

“Someone outside the government, in response to that attention, came up with a solution,” Comey said. “One that I am confident will be closely protected and used lawfully and appropriately.”

He added: “The FBI is very good at keeping secrets and the people we bought this from — I know a fair amount about them, and I have a high degree of confidence that they’re very good at protecting it and their motivations align with ours,” Comey said.