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Heroin Making ‘Roaring Comeback’ After Painkiller Addictions Increase

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Heroin is making a “roaring comeback” in New York after people became addicted to opiates by taking prescription painkillers, The New York Daily News reports.

“A lot of people became addicted to prescription pills (that were) either legally prescribed or (as) young people taking pills for kicks. And unfortunately, those pills are opiate-based, and opiates are very, very addictive,” James Hunt, a special agent in charge of the New York office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said on AM 970 The Answer’s “Cats Roundtable” radio program.

“Unfortunately in recent years, heroin has made a roaring comeback, basically fueled by this prescription pill craze,” he said.

“When pills became too expensive for them or too hard to get, they resorted to heroin,” Hunt explained. “And there’s a lot of heroin on the street. It’s cheap and plentiful.”

The news comes about a week after one of the largest heroin busts in the city’s history.

Gizmodo: Justice Department Makes It Easier to Hack Computers

Maddie Stone
Gizmodo

Oh, good. A Department of Justice-proposed rule change that would make it way easier for FBI agents to obtain warrants to hack a computer from basically anywhere was just approved by a US Court committee.

Which is to say, we’re one step closer to having our digital privacy rights eviscerated in the name of federal investigations.

In the old world, federal search warrants are typically only valid within the issuing judge’s jurisdiction. Law enforcement officials needs to demonstrate probable cause, find the right jurisdiction to petition for a warrant, and notify the person they’re planning on searching. (That last bit is a cornerstone of our Fourth Amendment privacy rights.)

In rare cases, the Feds have gotten permission to legally conduct remote computer searches, outside of the issuing judge’s jurisdiction. To make it easier for the FBI to conduct these sorts of remote hacks and track down criminals who use anonymizing software, the DoJ would now like to expand that power.

Unfortunately, the latest bright idea for doing so amounts to a massive shit all over the Fourth Amendment. Not only would the rule change permit judges to authorize FBI agents to surveil and exfiltrate any suspect’s computer anywhere, the vague language of the rules might make it totally acceptable in certain cases to search our computers without ever telling us.

To read more click here.

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