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FBI: Ex-Gymnastics Team Doctor Found with 37,000 Images, Videos of Child Pornography

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

Larry Nassar is charged with child pornography.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents found at least 37,000 images and videos of child pornography on hard drives in the garbage can of a longtime USA gymnastics doctor in the Lansing, Mich. area.  

The FBI also found videos that showed 53-year-old Larry Nassar sexually assaulting girls under the age of 12, the USA Today reports. 

The former Michigan State University doctor was charged with two counts of child pornography in federal court.

Nasser was the team physician for USA Gymnastics until he was fired in September.

An MSU spokesman said in a statement, “The current (federal) charges do not relate to Nassar’s employment at MSU. Also, according to MSU Police, the investigation into the child pornography charges has not revealed any images of victims in the complaints of criminal sexual conduct that the department also is investigating.”

Homeland Security Analyst Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Gun Silencers

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Homeland Security analyst who carried a gun, knife, handcuffs, pepper spray and an infrared camera into the agency’s headquarters in June pleaded guilty Wednesday to making illegal silencers.

Jonathan Wienke faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after authorities also found explosives and gun silencers at his Martinsburg home in West Virginia, the Associated Press reports. 

Wienke likely won’t serve anywhere close to 10 years in prison because of a deal with prosecutors for a reduced sentence.

Authorities said there was “no indication” that Wienke planned violence in the workplace.

Greenbelt, Maryland Eyed As Location of New FBI Headquarters in 2017

Current FBI headquarters

Current FBI headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A new FBI headquarters likely will be built in Maryland in 2017, a source on Capitol Hill told FOX 5

Maryland and Virginia were under consideration for a new headquarters to replace the current one, which is cramped and not equipped to handle modern-day technology.

The new location would be Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Congress approved $834 million for the new building, which is expected to cost $2.1 billion.

FBI Agent’s Leaks to Media May Have Upended Case Against Las Vegas Gambler

Las Vegas gambler William Walters on 60 Minutes.

Las Vegas gambler William Walters on 60 Minutes.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s case against Las Vegas gambler William Walters may be derailed after a federal agent admitted leaking confidential information to reporters.

A judge on Wednesday criticized the agent and indicated that Walters’ lawyers would file a motion to dismiss the major insider trading case, the New York Times reports. 

“To say I was shocked would be an accurate statement,” Judge P. Kevin Castel of Federal District Court in Manhattan said of the leaks.

Walters is accused of raking in $40 million by using illegal stock tips.

An FBI agent admitted to prosecutors that he was a “significant source of confidential information” for reporters writing about the investigation.

FBI Investigates Brutal Beating of Native American in Tennessee

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the brutal beating of a Native American man in Tennessee to determine whether a hate crime was committed.

Three people were arrested in the beating of 60-year-old James Russell, of Bradley County.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office believes the beating was a case of mistaken identity, but the FBI wants to further investigate, WRCB reports. 

Deputies said three strangers followed Russell to a state park and beat him, causing serious injuries.

Russell described the attack as a hate crime.

“He grabbed my ponytail, pulled my head back until I was looking into his eyes and said I think I’ll scalp you… I always wanted to scalp an Indian. At that point I did not think I was going to make it through the night,” said Russell. 

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Records: FBI Had No Evidence of Wrongdoing Against Clinton in Computer Search

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI had no evidence of wrongdoing when the bureau asked a judge for a warrant to search a computer that contained correspondence between Hillary Clinton and top aide Huma Abedin.

The newly released documents shed more light on the FBI’s revelation that it was resuming the Clinton investigation less than two weeks before the election, the Washington Post reports. 

The search warrant was for a computer that belonged to former congressman Anthony Weiner, who is Abedin’s estranged husband.

“The affidavit concedes that the FBI had no basis to conclude whether these e-mails were even pertinent to that closed investigation, were significant, or whether they had, in fact, already been reviewed prior to the closing of the investigation,” said David E. Kendall, Clinton’s lawyer. “What does become unassailably clear, however, is that as the sole basis for this warrant, the FBI put forward the same evidence the Bureau concluded in July was not sufficient to bring a case — the affidavit offered no additional evidence to support any different conclusion.”

The Washington Post wrote:

Looking at just the header information of emails, agents found on Weiner’s device thousands of Abedin emails, including what seemed to be “regular” correspondence with Clinton and some messages that appeared to have been sent while Clinton was secretary of state. Based on that — and because Clinton and Abedin were previously on email chains in which classified information was discussed — they argued to a judge there was probable cause for their search. They had not at the time reviewed the content of any Abedin emails, according to the documents unsealed Tuesday.

FBI’s New Surveillance Powers Raise Questions about Civil Liberties

Data securityBy Editorial Board
Orange County Register

The FBI quietly acquired sweeping surveillance powers, beginning Dec. 1, it had sought for years, and the change came without a single congressional hearing or vote.

Under a change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the FBI will now be able to obtain a single warrant from a magistrate that allows it to hack thousands – or perhaps millions – of computers across the country, or even outside it, in certain circumstances.

It would apply when technology like Tor or VPNs (virtual private networks) are used to hide the location of users, or when a computer is swept up in a “botnet,” a network of private computers infected by malware and controlled without the users’ knowledge, such as by an email spammer. “In these circumstances, law enforcement could remotely access, search, seize or copy data on computers, no matter where the computers were located and without providing notice to the users being searched,” the Electronic Frontier Foundation cautioned.

Previously, magistrates could only issue warrants for searches within their districts. Thus, the rule change raises fears about “forum shopping,” under which the FBI could seek warrants from magistrates known to hand out warrants with little scrutiny, even if no devices to be searched reside in their districts. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who led a bipartisan group of senators attempting to block the rule change the day before it went into effect, but was rebuffed by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called it “one of the biggest mistakes in surveillance policy in years and years.” Wyden contended that government hacking attempts could inadvertently damage personal computers and cellphones, hospital systems or even the power grid. “(I)nnocent Americans could be victimized twice – once by their hackers and a second time by their government,” he said on the floor of the Senate. “This rule change will give the government unprecedented authority to hack into Americans’ personal phones, computers and other devices.” Wyden was joined on the floor by Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana. “This proposed solution essentially gives the government a blank check to infringe upon our civil liberties,” Daines asserted. “Our civil liberties and our Fourth Amendment can be chipped away little by little until we barely recognize them anymore. We simply can’t give unlimited power for unlimited hacking which puts Americans’ civil liberties at risk.”

The rule change also illustrates an astonishing lack of oversight.

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FBI Agent Accused of Shooting at Police Was Investigating Fraud in Michigan

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI special agent who was arrested for allegedly shooting at a Grand Rapids police officer was in Michigan investigating telemarketing fraud, WZZM 13 reports. 

Ruben Hernandez, 35, was arrested on Dec. 6 and charged with assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and assault with a dangerous weapon.

Police were called to a gym after Hernandez began acting erratically. He’s accused of firing at a responding officer.

While in custody, Hernandez apologized.

“Ma’am, I have a telemarketing fraud case,” he informed an officer.

“It is a mass marketing fraud case. I’m so sorry. I can’t even think straight. 4965903, that’s the FBI file number. Ma’am, I’m so sorry.”

Hernandez works out of the FBI’s Las Vegas office.