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FBI Turns Up Heat on Man Wanted in Murders of 2 Daughters in ’08

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Texas man accused of murdering his two daughters in 2008 was added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted list, and a reward leading to his arrest has increased as part of an effort to regenerate interest in the largely dormant case, Fox News reports. 

Prosecutors said Yaser Said, an Egyptian national, shot his daughters, ages 17 and 18, after becoming incensed with their increasingly Western lifestyles. They were raised in a Muslim family.

“Every time this case is pushed into the national spotlight we receive information,” FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont said.

Family members expressed relief.

“I having been hoping for something like this for the past seven years,” Gail Gertrell, an aunt of the girls, told FoxNews.com. “For the sake of Sarah and Amina.”

 

FBI: Agents Need No Search Warrant to Intercept Cell Phones in Public

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI maintains it does not need a warrant to intercept cell phone devices in public, according to a letter written by Senate leaders, Gizmodo reports.

The bureau said it does not plan to get search warrants to intercept mobile devices in public. The interception devices, which include Stringrays, quickly extract data using cell towers as a decoy.

Gizmodo wrote:

“Stingrays, dirtboxes, and other surveillance tools help law enforcement catch criminals. That’s true. To do so, the decoys grab information from lots of innocent people by tricking their phones into sending data to the FBI before they can pinpoint a suspect. This is a substantial and wide-ranging intrusion, which is why the policy to forgo warrants is raising concerns.”

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, requested information after reading disturbing reports about other surveillance techniques.

Former CBS News Correspondent Sues Justice Department Over Alleged Hacking

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former CBS News correspondent is suing the Justice Department for $35 million, claiming the federal government hacked her computers while she reported on important national and international issues, Politico.com reports.

“There is an administrative claim for illegal wiretapping and a lawsuit alleging constitutional violations,” Sharyl Attkisson told POLITICO on Monday.

Attkisson told Fox News she had “pretty good evidence” that the Justice Department played a role in stealing her data and passwords.

Attkisson spent more than two decades at CBS before departing because of what she considered liberal bias.

The Justice Department declined any involvement in the hacking, standing behind it’s 2013 statement: “To our knowledge, the Justice Department has never compromised Ms. Attkisson’s computers, or otherwise sought any information from or concerning any telephone, computer or other media device she may own or use.”

How Would Government Shutdown Affect Homeland Security, Employees?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

A political battle between President Obama and Republicans over immigration has many observers worried about a Homeland Security shutdown at the beginning of March.

What would that look like?

The National Journal explains:

It’s likely that the majority of DHS employees would still go to work. And the main agency tasked with overseeing the program in question, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is funded through fees rather than appropriations legislation.

It’s not clear that GOP leaders will have much leverage. Aside from the potential political fallout if the department runs out of cash, it turns out that a DHS “shutdown” might be one in name only, and Obama’s executive order might well proceed as planned.

During the October 2013 shutdown, about 85% of DHS workers continued to work, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

A shutdown usually doesn’t affect employees whose salaries come from multiyear appropriations or whose jobs are to save lives, the National Journal wrote.

American Federation of Government Employees Video Shows Constant Dangers

The American Federation of Government Employees released a new video to show that Border Patrol agents are exposed to dangers from drug cartels and undocumented immigrants.

The video includes candid interviews with agents about their close encounters.

The AFGE represents more than 17,000 Border Patrol agents.

Other Stories of Interest

 

 

FBI Director Comey Speaks at Memorial Service of Slain NYPD Officer

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Speaking at the memorial service of slain New York City Police Officer Wenjian Liu on Sunday, FBI Director James Comey said he was perplexed by the increase in police officer deaths in 2014, Fox News reports.

“One hundred and fifteen were killed last year,” Comey said at the service in Brooklyn. “That’s a shocking increase from 2013. I don’t understand evil and I cannot try.”

As many as 120 police officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014, compared to 76 in 2013.

Comey encouraged Americans to “make something good out of the tragedy … so that evil does not rule the day.”

Liu was killed Dec. 20 by a man who said on social media that he was seeking retaliation for the deaths of two unarmed black men in 2014.

Catch-22 for FBI Linguists Who Come Under Suspicion for Preparing for Job

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

How’s this for a Catch-22?

To be a linguist for the FBI, you typically need to spend a few years in a foreign country, creating ties with the residents and learning the language.

But living and developing ties in some foreign countries can raise red flags within the FBI, sometimes delaying career advancements, the Atlantic reports.

FBI employees with ties to some countries are placed in a program, Post-Adjudication Risk Management, or PARM, which requires employees to undergo additional polygraph tests, security screenings and other scrutiny.

“Thirteen years after the September 11 terrorist attacks, it’s worth asking whether such security safeguards do more harm than good,” the Atlantic ponders.

FBI Searches for ‘Ethical’ Hackers to Help Combat Increasing Cyber-Attacks

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The level of sophistication of today’s hackers has made it difficult for the FBI to combat cyber-attacks. 

With attacks on the rise, the bureau announced it’s looking for technology experts – even people with experience in “ethical hacking” – to become “cyber special agents,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

Cyber permeates every aspect of what we do, whether it’s counterterrorism, criminal investigations or traditional cyberattacks, as we’ve seen in the recent past,” the FBI said.

The job candidates must be both technologically savvy and loyal to the country.

“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyberthreat,” said Robert Anderson Jr., executive assistant director for the bureau’s criminal, cyber, response and services branch.

The job pays between $59,340 and $76,568 a year.

A four-year degree also is required, and candidates must be between the ages of 23 and 37.