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Cleveland Police Removed Kidnapping Victim, Michelle Knight, from FBI Database Early On

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Nearly a decade before Michelle Knight escaped her captor’s house in Cleveland, police removed her from an FBI database that stores information on missing people, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Just 15 months after Knight went missing in 2002, her name was wiped off the database.

Police defended the move, saying they couldn’t reach her mother to verify the woman was still missing.

But at the time, the police department had a written policy that required an officer to verify a missing person has been found and then inform the FBI, the Plain Dealer wrote.

Judge Permits Use of Clandestine Cellphone Device Despite Privacy Concerns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s use of a clandestine cellphone tracking device is a lawful surveillance tool, a judge has ruled, Slate.com reports.

The Stingray, as it’s called, is a transceiver that tricks cell phones into using a fake network.

Judge David Campbell dismissed concerns that the surveillance was overly intrusive.

The ACLU said the ruling “trivializes the intrusive nature of electronic searches and potentially opens the door to troubling government misuse of new technology.”

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Did FBI Miss Opportunity to Crack Abduction Case in Cleveland? Agents Dismiss Some Public Claims

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI missed a critical opportunity to make progress in the Cleveland abduction case in 2004, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Fernando Colon, who was living with one of the suspect’s ex-wives at the time, said he told investigators that suspect Ariel Castro knew two girls who had gone missing a year earlier.

“Nobody wanted to believe me about this guy,” Colon said in an interview with The Plain Dealer. “Maybe the FBI didn’t feel there was enough evidence to focus on him.”

But FBI Special Agent Stephen Anthony dismissed the claims, saying agents “scrubbed” records to determine whether there ever was a mention of Castro, one of three brothers accused in the abduction and rape of the girls, the Plain Dealer reported.

Anthony said there’s “no reason to believe” the FBI had been tipped off.

Whistleblower Says Obama Administration at Fault for Delayed Benghazi Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Obama administration’s characterization of the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012, slowed the down the investigation, a key Benghazi whistleblower said, Fox News reports.

“I definitely believe that it negatively affected our ability to get the FBI team quickly to Benghazi,” Greg Hicks, the deputy chief of mission in Libya, said during a Congressional hearing Wednesday.

Some Republicans are accusing the administration of downplaying the attack for political reasons.

Democrats scoffed at the idea.

“People who have actually seen the documents, who have actually conducted a real investigation completely reject the allegation that they were made for political purposes,” Rep. John Tierney, D-Mass., said.

U.S., Russia Try to Repair Decades of Distrust to Protect Each Other from Common Threats

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Mutual distrust between the U.S. and Russia is threatening to jeopardize cooperation between the FBI and Russia’s Federal Security Service, the Washington Post reports.

Cooperation over security threats is guarded and restrained, making it difficult for the two countries to share information about mutual safety concerns.

The Boston Marathon bombing has prompted officials from both countries to try and mend the relationship, according to the Post.

“This tragedy should motivate us to work closer together,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a news conference late last month. “If we combine our efforts, we will not suffer blows like that.”

President Obama made similar statements earlier.

ACLU: FBI Accessing Private Emails Without Warrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is accessing private emails of suspects without as much as a warrant, records obtained by the ACLU suggest, according to NBC News.

The documents “paint a troubling picture of the government’s email surveillance practices,” wrote Nathan Freed Wessler, attorney with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project.

“Not only does the FBI claim it can read emails and other electronic communications without a warrant — even after a federal appeals court ruled that doing so violates the Fourth Amendment — but the documents strongly suggest that different U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country are applying conflicting standards to access communications content,” he wrote.

The records strongly suggest the FBI is obtaining the information without warrants, NBC News reported.

The FBI denied wrong doing.

In “all investigations, the FBI obtains evidence in accordance with the laws and Constitution of the United States, and consistent with Attorney General guidelines,” the agency said in an emailed statement.

Suspect in Abductions, Rape of 3 Girls in Cleveland is Charged

Cleveland Browns Owner Apologized to Fans for Federal Probe of Truck Company

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the FBI continues to investigate fraud inside his truck-stop company, Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam told fans he was embarrassed and planned to return glory to the football team, Sports Illustrated reports.

Speaking at the Northeastern Ohio Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual scholar-athlete banquet, Haslam expressed regrets over his legal troubles.

“I apologize to the city of Cleveland, Northeastern Ohio and all Browns fans because the last thing we ever wanted to do as a new owner was detract from football and the Browns and just what a great football area this is, and so I apologize for that,” Haslam said.

“We feel badly about it and we’re very comfortable we’ll work through this situation.”

Agents raided Pilot’s headquarters in Tennessee on April 16, alleging that members of the sales team boosted profits by deliberately withholding rebates, Sports Illustrated wrote.