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Archive for June 3rd, 2020

Secret Service Tightens Security Around the White House

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service is tightening security around the White House as anti-police brutality protests continue in Washington, Fox News reports. 

A Secret Service source tells the network the agency has installed anti-rioting fences around the White House and implemented road closures. Specifically, a nearly eight-foot-high chain-link fence was installed along the perimeter of Lafayette Square.

“They’re expanding the perimeter,” a source told Fox News.

DEA Can Conduct Covert Surveillance on Protesters

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has been given the green light to “conduct covert surveillance” and collect intelligence on people protesting the death of George Floyd, according to a two-page memorandum obtained by BuzzFeed News.

Floyd’s death “has spawned widespread protests across the nation, which, in some instances, have included violence and looting,” the DEA memo says. “Police agencies in certain areas of the country have struggled to maintain and/or restore order.” The memo requests the extraordinary powers on a temporary basis, and on Sunday afternoon a senior Justice Department official signed off.

BuzzFeed reports:

The DEA is limited by statute to enforcing drug-related federal crimes. But on Sunday, Timothy Shea, a former US attorney and close confidant of Barr’s who was named acting administrator of the DEA last month, received approval from Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer to go beyond the agency’s mandate “to perform other law enforcement duties” that Barr may “deem appropriate.”

Zoom Won’t Encrypt Free Calls So It Can Help FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If you haven’t used Zoom by now, you’re likely living on another planet.

Eric Yaun, CEO of the online platform that became extremely popular after the outbreak of the coronavirus, says his company won’t encrypt calls made by users on the free plan so it can work with the FBI and local enforcement agencies to trace down repeat offenders and spammers, the website Digital Trends reports.

The end-to-end encryption feature, which is at the moment in beta stages, will be soon available exclusively to enterprise and paid clients.

Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Refers to Trump As ‘Monstrous, Despicable President’

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

There’s no love between ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page and President Trump, as was evident with her disparaging remarks about Trump on Twitter on Tuesday.

Page, you might recall, had an affair with FBI agent Peter Strzok. Both exchanged critical texts about Trump, who subsequently mocked their affair.

Her tweet was in reference to Trump’s controversial move to tear gas peaceful protesters so he could stroll over to a church near the White House for a photo opportunity with him holding a bible.