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Internet Companies Call For More Disclosure of Surveillance

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Facebook are calling for more disclosure of secret requests to hand over date of users, The Guardian reports.

“Permitting greater transparency on the aggregate volume and scope of national security requests, including Fisa orders, would help the community understand and debate these important issues,” Microsoft said in an emailed statement.

The federal government issues national security letters to demand access to computer data.

It’s currently against the law to disclose how many secret requests were turned over under the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

FBI Investigates Who Hacked AP Twitter Feed with Bogus News about White House Explosions

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine how a hacker or hackers were able to send out a bogus tweet that President Obama was injured in a White House bombing using the Associated Press’ Twitter feed, Reuters reports.

The tweet caused markets to nosedive briefly and sent some people into panic.

The AP Twitter feed has nearly 2 million followers.

The Tweet on Monday read: “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Obama is injured.”

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also is investigating, according to Reuters.

FBI Urges Local Police to Monitor Facebook, Twitter for Lawbreakers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging local police to closely monitor social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, for criminal activity, according to an official publication on the bureau’s website.

The FBI publication also encourages law enforcement to be cautious about their own postings to avoid trouble with the law and others.

In some cases, police can jeopardize a case with posts to social media. Those include postings about lack of sleep or photos of drug evidence.

The publication reminds agents of the treasure drove of data kept on social media that could help catch lawbreakers.

Some House Republicans Urge FBI to Close Down Hamas-Related Twitter Accounts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Some House Republicans are urging the FBI to shut down Hamas-related Twitter accounts because some are being used for terrorism, The Hill reports.

Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), who co-authored a letter to the FBI in September with six other Republican colleagues, resumed his call for taking down the accounts following Hamas attacks on Israel.

“Allowing foreign terrorist organizations like Hamas to operate on Twitter is enabling the enemy,” Poe said in an e-mailed statement to The Hill. “Failure to block access arms them with the ability to freely spread their violent propaganda and mobilize in their War on Israel.

“Anti-American foreign terrorist groups around the world are doing the same thing every day. The FBI and Twitter must recognize sooner rather than later that social media is a tool for the terrorists.”

The lawmakers say the FBI has an obligation to stop U.S.-designated terror groups from using social media to spread messages that assist terrorism.

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FBI Wants Wiretap Friendly Law for Social Networks Like Facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants greater access.

CNET reports that that the FBI is pushing for legislation to force social networks like Facebook and Twitter, email providers and peer-to-peer networks to become “wiretap friendly.

CNET reports that the legislation would expand a current law for cell phone operators and broadband networks.

To read more click here. 

 

FBI Hunting for Pimp Who Brags on Twitter

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Twitter has gotten high grades for helping promote revolutions and for helping communicate the news.

Here’s one of the uses that doesn’t get high grades.

The FBI is hunting for a Chicago native who pimps underage girls and brags about it on Twitter, The Smoking Gun website reports.

Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Marquist Bradford, 26, who has been charged with sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion, The Smoking Gun site reports.

Bradford is described as a wannabe rapper.

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FBI Looking for Ways to Better Monitor Social Media

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It is no secret that social networks provide riches of info available to the public.

And the FBI is looking for ways to cash in on that and  better monitor info on social networks like Facebook and Twitter,  reports the New Scientist.

A document released on January 19  shows the bureau was looking for companies that might want to build a social network monitoring system for the FBI,  according to the New Scientist.

“The bureau’s wish list calls for the system to be able to automatically search ‘publicly available’ material from Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites for keywords relating to terrorism, surveillance operations, online crime and other FBI missions,” the publication reported. “Agents would be alerted if the searches produce evidence of “breaking events, incidents, and emerging threats”.

That document suggests the FBI wishes to use social media sites to look into specific groups of individuals, allowing agents to “locate bad actors…and analyze their movements, vulnerabilities, limitations, and possible adverse actions,” allowing the FBI to create “pattern-of-life matrices,” or logs of suspects’  daily routines, says the New Scientist.

To read more click here.

Judge Zagel: Blago Set and Sought Senate Seat Price

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday faced the first of two days of hearings for his sentencing on public corruption charges.

The usually chatty ex-governor had walked quietly out of his home earlier in the morning and into the courtroom via a passage blocked off to the media he once revelled in, a Chicago Tribune blog reported.  He declined to comment to the media.

Before the trial began Blagojevich bent over to kiss his wife Patti, saying “I love you.”

The defense argued Blagojevich did not gain any money from the allegations, while the prosecution pointed to “bountiful” evidence of what Blagojevich expected to gain.

Of the $1.5 million Blagojevich sought for the senate seat, Judge James Zagel said “”It was a price he put on it. The price he expected to receive,” tweeted Chicago Tribune reporter Annie Sweeney.

Blagojevich, arrested in December of 2008, was convicted of 1 of 24 counts — lying to an FBI agent — in his first trial. The second proved far more fruitful for the prosecution, which convicted him on 17 of 20 counts, including his famous attempt to sell or trade Barack Obama’s Senate seat for his own benefit.

During the feds probe of Blago, the FBI caught his now-famous line on tape: “I’ve got this thing, and it’s [expletive] golden,” he said of the Senate seat. Since his arrest state lawmakers approved a series of campaign finance reforms and transparency laws.

Before and during the trial Blagojevich repeatedly proclaimed his innocence in the national media, appearing regularly on news and talk shows, including The View. Many speculated early on that the media campaign could hurt him at sentencing.

“Throughout, on his television appearances, he showed a failure to accept responsibility for his actions. He maintained his innocence and seemed to be willing to do anything to continue maintaining that,” Rodger Heaton, a former U.S. Attorney for Central Illinois, previously told ticklethewire.com. “I think that will be one factor.”

Blagojevich served as a state legislator in both Washington and the Illinois capital of Springfield. He got his start in Chicago with the help of longtime city alderman Richard Mell, a powerful Democratic politician on the city’s Northwest Side. He was elected governor of Illinois in 2002 and impeached on January 9, 2009. He was banned in a separate vote from ever holding public office in the state of Illinois in the future.