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Homeland Security Searches for Drones Capable of Facial Recognition

FBI-facial-recognitionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is looking to Silicon Valley for specially designed drones.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that officials met last week with technology entrepreneurs in search of small, light-weight drones that are easy to fly and can cover vast stretches of desert.

The drones also need to be able to provide images good enough to scan faces against a database for prior criminal history.

“There can be questions about how accurate that is and legitimate questions about how someone’s picture got into a database,” said John Simpson, director of Consumer Watchdog’s privacy project.

Border Patrol currently uses drones, but the technology isn’t up to snuff, officials said.

Nearly a Year Later, FBI Still Uncertain What Motivated Sophisticated Sniper Attack on Power Substation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is still uncertain what motivated a sophisticated sniper attack at a Silicon Valley power substation last year.

The New York Times reports that the attack exposed the vulnerability of electrical grids and led to concerns that terrorists were responsible.

But the FBI has found no strong evidence to link the attack with terrorists.

“The F.B.I. at this time does not believe it is related to terrorism, based on the initial assessment of the investigation,” Peter Lee, an agency spokesman in San Francisco, said.

On April 16, communication cables were methodically cut near a Pacific Gas & Electric substation in San Jose, and more than 100 rifle bullets disabled most of the station’s transformers.

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Mueller Meets With Google and Facebook to Discuss Wiretaps

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III headed out to California earlier this week, not to let his hair down, but to meet in Silicon Valley with top executives from several companies including Facebook and Google to discuss a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users, the New York Times reported.

The Times, citing “several people familiar with the dicussions”, reported that Mueller and the FBI’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni, were scheduled to meet with senior managers of the different companies.

“I can confirm that F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller is visiting Facebook during his trip to Silicon Valley,” said Andrew Noyes, Facebook’s public policy manager told the Times. FBI spokesman Michael Kortan, also acknowledged the meetings.

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