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Canadian Officials Share Mental Health Records with FBI, Border Patrol

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

U.S. authorities are using mental health records of Canadians to deny them entry into the U.S., the Digital Journal reports.

Canadian police departments have been uploading the information to a database used by the FBI and Border Patrol.

Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s privacy commissioner, said police are uploading information such as attempted suicides.

In one case, a Canadian woman was denied access to the U.S. because of her mental health records.

It’s unclear how depression is a national security risk.

FBI’s Facial Recognition System Catches Criticism from Civil Liberties Advocates

From ivs-biometrics.com

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s plan to soon launch its facial recognition system has worried civil liberties advocates because the bureau won’t say whether it has any limits on its use.

The Huffington Post reports that the FBI plans to soon use 52 million photos in its biometric database, but where those photos came from and the accuracy of the facial recognition searches are unknown.

“There should be congressional oversight of this, and there should be rules,” said Jennifer Lynch, an Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorney.
For example, Lynch asked, “How do you get your picture out of the database once it’s in there? And how do you even find out that it’s in there?”

The database, called the Next Generation Identification, is going to be shared with state and local agencies to help in investigations, the FBI said earlier.

The FBI said the database is a critical tool to preventing terrorism.

FBI Agents May Be Forced to Testify in Military Court About Alleged Attempt to Turn Defense Lawyer into Informant

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is under fire for its alleged handling of defense lawyers for the accused 9/11 terrorists, and the agents may be forced to testify about it in military war court at Guantanamo Bay, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

The news comes after court proceedings abruptly ended on Monday after defense lawyers said that at least two FBI special agents had tried to make a member of the defense an informant last week.

If true, it’s an egregious violation of the justice system and attorney-client privilege.

The defense team for the suspected organizers of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks said the FBI may have jeopardized the case.

It was the first court proceeding at Guantanamo since December.

FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in Its Facial Recognition Database by 2015

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If all goes as planned, the FBI’s facial recognition database will include 52 million photos by 2015, the Verge reports.

That’s an increase of more than three-fold from the 16 million that were in the database in the middle of 2013.

Of those, 4.3 million images were for “non-criminal purposes,” according to documents obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

What remains unclear is where the non-criminal photos derived and why the FBI is using them.

“Facial recognition technology has the potential to improve services for consumers, support innovation by businesses, and affect identification and authentication online and offline,” the National Telecommunications and Information Administration said in a statement this past February. “However, the technology poses distinct consumer privacy challenges.”

FBI Video Warns American Students of Efforts to Recruit Them as Spies in 28-Minute Video

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has released a 28-minute video intended to warn American students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of being recruited by foreign intelligence agencies.

The video is a dramatization of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American who accepted money from Chinese intelligence officers while living in China.

Shriver was convicted in 2010 of  “conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China” and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Scott S. Smith Named As New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Pittsburgh office has a new special agent in charge.

On Monday, the FBI named Scott S. Smith, a veteran agent with ties to northern Ohio, as the office’s new leader, replacing Doug Perdue, a two-year veteran of the post who is embarking on an assignment in Washington D.C., the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Smith most recently served as chief of the Employee Services Section in the Human Resources Division in Washington D.C.

Before becoming an agent in Cleveland, Smith was a deputy sheriff in Lake County, Ohio.

Since arriving at the FBI, Smith has had several roles. He worked the violent crimes desk in Cleveland, did a sting in the bureau’s International Terrorism Operations Section and organized a group of agents, analysts and language specialists in Iraq in 2005.

FBI Investigating After Agents Fatally Shoot Man in SUV in Busy Shopping Area in Maryland

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents fatally opened fire on a man in his SUV in a busy shopping area in Maryland, the Associated Press reports.

The Friday shooting occurred near Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Owings Mills during rush hour while agent were conducting a drug investigation.

The SUV was riddled with bullet holes.

The FBI and Baltimore County Police Department are investigating the shooting.

FBI’s Little-Known Alliance with U.S. Military in Afghanistan, Iraq Put Agents at Risk

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI was transformed into a counterterrorism organization, sending its agents to Iraq and Afghanistan for hundreds of raids.

The Washington Post reports on a controversial, effective and little-known alliance between the FBI and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).

Some in the bureau questioned why domestic law enforcement agents were sent to battlefields a world away from the U.S.

“The concern was somebody was going to get killed,” said James Davis, the FBI’s legal attache in Baghdad in 2007 and 2008.

Davis said FBI agents often were involved in shootings and were forced to fight attacks alongside the military, though no deaths were ever reported.

U.S. officials said the relationship was helpful because of the bureau’s expertise in investigations.