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Archive for June 11th, 2015

FBI Linked Chicago Home to Massive Leak of Nude Celebrity Photos

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has linked an unassuming brick home in Chicago to nearly 600 hacked personal data-storage accounts, many of them belonging to celebrities, the Associated Press reports.

Some of the photos contained nude images of female stars.

According to recently unsealed court documents, the FBI seized computers and cellphones from the home in October but has not filed charges.

The affidavit states that investigators suspected a computer was used at the home to access Apple iCloud accounts of celebrities.

No one answered the door for an AP reporter.

FBI Arrests Correction Officers in Beating Death of Rikers Island Inmate

Photo by Tim Rodenberg - Flickr: Rikers Island Jail.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents arrested two New York correction officers Wednesday accused of beating to death a Rikers Island inmate, Newsweek reports.

A pretrial detainee, 52-year-old Ronald Spear, was killed in December 2012 from bunt force trauma to the head.

Agents arrested former officer Brian Coll and officer Byron Taylor.

According to the complaint, Coll “willfully kicked Ronald Spear multiple times in the head while he was restrained, which resulted in injury to Spear.”

Both officers “agreed to make false statements to multiple investigators about the assault of Ronald Spear…in order to cover up the fact that Coll had unlawfully assaulted Spear,” according to the complaint.

New York City settled a wrong death lawsuit in the case for $2.75 million.

Secret Service Agent Investigated After Sexting with Woman at Michelle Obama Event

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Secret Service agent is under investigation for flirting with a woman he met while screening bags at an event featuring First Lady Michelle Obama.

The agent, whose name has not been released, is accused of sending a racy picture to the woman after the pair had exchanged text messages all night, according to the New York Post.

The woman worked for a private organization.

“He’s an agent, but he’s out by the [magnetometers]. It’s an exterior post. He’s not on [the first lady’s] detail,” a government official said.

Cleveland.com Editorial: TSA Gives Little Reason for Confidence in Security

By Editorial Board 
Cleveland.com

At airports around the country, including Cleveland Hopkins International, passengers entering the security wringer run by the Transportation Security Administration have been entertained by a display of some of the instruments of mayhem that agents have taken from people over the TSA’s 14-year history.

Earlier this year, the TSA proudly released a year-end report stating that during 2014 it had confiscated 2,212 firearms – most of which were loaded – after screening more than 653 million passengers.

The display board and statistics might have made everyone feel as though the lines, pat-downs, shoes-in-the-basket and full-body scanners were worth it, except for one other statistic that was revealed recently:

Ninety-six.

That’s the percentage of times Department of Homeland Security operatives managed to sneak weapons, bombs and other contraband past airport security in a test of TSA effectiveness.

ABC News disclosed the information June 1 from a leaked report, showing that a covert DHS team had beaten security screening 67 of 70 times.

When confronted with this evidence of colossal failure, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson called for more evaluations and training. He expressed continuing confidence in the TSA workforce and said test results “never look good out of context.” Then he reassigned acting TSA administrator Melvin Carraway.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest reacted by trying to blame Senate Republicans for dragging their feet in confirming Coast Guard Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger as TSA head. After the prior TSA administrator announced his departure last October, President Barack Obama nominated Neffenger in late April.

TSA Inspector General John Roth, who oversaw the covert test, reacted by telling the Senate Homeland Security Committee that he wasinvestigating the source of the leak.

Those responses don’t fill us with confidence.

To read more click here.

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