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Police Who Want to Use Federal Cell Phone Surveillance Required to Keep Technology quiet

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has prohibited local and state police from discussing the capabilities of surveillance technology that enables law enforcement to eavesdrop on cell phone calls, the Washington Post reports.

A letter obtained under the Freedom of Information Act shows that the FBI requires police departments to sign a “non-disclosure agreement” before buying the equipment.

The so-called cell site simulators trick phones into routing their calls through surveillance, the Washington Post wrote.

The FBI said the disclosure of the technology could make it possible for criminals to avoid or detect the surveillance.

“The FBI routinely asserts the law enforcement sensitive privilege over cell site simulator equipment because discussion of the capabilities and use of the equipment in court would allow criminal defendants, criminal enterprises, or foreign powers, should they gain access to the items, to determine the FBI’s techniques, procedures, limitations, and capabilities in this area,” said an affidavit by an FBI official in April.

District Attorney Awaits Results of FBI Probe into 22-Year-Old’s Death in Police Car

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

How could 22-year-old Victor White III fatally shoot himself while handcuffed in the back of a police car in New Iberia, La.?

The Louisiana State Police completed its investigation of the unusual case, but the 16th Judicial District Attorney Phil Haney said his office will await the results of a separate FBI probe, The Town Talk reports.

“We’re going to reach out to the family through their attorney,” he said.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal said he sympathized with White and his family.

“In my opinion, this was a tragic loss of life and it is difficult to understand why it happened,” Ackal said in a statement.

White was in the back of a police car after being arrested March 2 for possession of marijuana and cocaine when police said he shot himself in the chest.

Family members are suspicious, finding it difficult to believe that White managed to shoot himself in the chest while handcuffed and after being searched by police.

Border Patrol: Leave Complicated Immigration Issues Up to Professionals

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol is urging the state of Texas and militia members to leave immigration issues to the pros, the Associated Press reports.

The plea comes after the influx of migrants prompted state Gov. Rick Perry to send as many as 1,000 guardsman and hundreds of state troopers to the border. Militia members also took up guard.

Everyone is heavily armed, and coordination is minimal.

The Border Patrol recently had a friendly fire incident involving a militia member.

“Sometimes it can be dangerous, because you have all these (non-law enforcement) people out there running around the border,” said Kevin Oaks, the Border Patrol’s chief in the Rio Grande Valley. “There are cartel members that carry assault weapons and camouflage, and then there’s others that may be under the auspices of whatever group, may look very similar, and we have no idea who those people are. My fear is that these things clash and eventually there will be a very bad outcome.”

CNN: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Seriously Injured in Car Crash in Vermont

Louis Freeh

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Louis Freeh, who served as FBI director from 1993 to June 2001, was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle car crash in Vermont,  CNN reported.

CNN, citing a U.S. law enforcement official, said Freeh was undergoing surgery for unspecified injuries.

CNN reported that the Vermont State Police said that Freeh was driving a GMC Yukon when it went off the road, struck a mailbox and ran over some bushes.

He was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., CNN reported.

 

FBI-State Police Probing New Orleans Saints Wiretapping Allegations

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Pro football can be a dirty sport on the field, and apparently sometimes off the field.

An FBI-Louisiana State Police task force is investigating allegations that the New Orleans Saints set up general manager Mickey Loomis’ booth at the Superdome so he could eavesdrop on opposing coaches, the Associated Press reported.

State police Col. Mike Edmonson told the AP that investigators were looking to see if state or federal wiretap laws were broken.

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Connecticut to Ramp-Up Racial Profiling Reporting Following Justice Dept. Report

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Things are about to change in Connecticut.

Following the Justice Department’s discovery of a pattern of discrimination in one town, law enforcement officials have announced they will ramp up efforts to crack down on racial profiling, Fox News Latino reports.

Police Departments are supposed to track potential racial profiling by officers based on a 1999 law, but for years, says FOX, many departments in Connecticut did not submit reports.

Now, Connecticut officials are promising to ramp up enforcement following the recent release of details of a U.S. Department of Justice investigation that found discrimination against Latino residents by East Haven Police.

The governor, Dannel P. Malloy, said he is directing his staff to collect required traffic stop data including the race and ethnicity of those pulled over, then submit that to “an appropriate outside evaluator” to analyze. Only one such report has been done in 10 years in Connecticut.

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Ill. State Police Worked With FBI in Blago Case; Pretended Not to Know About Bugs

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When it came to loyalty, the Illinois State Police chose the FBI over Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that in the Fall of 2008, the Illinois State Police, tasked with protecting the governor, passed on a chance to help him find listening devices at his North Side campaign office.

The paper reports that Blagojevich ordered a state police technician to search the campaign office for bugs.

The tech told the Blago staff that no bugs were found, even though there were some and he knew where they were, the paper reported.

The Sun-Times reports that the state police were working with the FBI on the probe and providing critical info.

The Sun-Times reported that Blago and his wife Pattie were surprised by the revelation.

“Wow,” Blagojevich told the paper. He described the State Police security detail as “quasi-family.”

Opening statements are set to begin Monday in ex-governor’s retrial.