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Facebook to DEA: Setting Up Fake Accounts to Capture Suspects Violates Policies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA’s decision to set up a fake account on Facebook by stealing a woman’s identity was a “knowing and serious breach” of the social networks’ terms and policies, the company wrote in a letter to the DEA.

Gizmodo reports that Facebook will enforce its policy of users creating accounts under proper names.

Facebook “has long made clear that law enforcement agencies are subject to these policies.”

Despite that policy, the FBI created a fake account using the stolen identity of Sondra Arquiett, who had been arrested on suspicion of being in a drug ring. The idea was to catch others in the ring by using the account.

Nazi War Criminals Continued Collecting Social Security Benefits from U.S.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

At least 38 suspected Nazi war criminals removed from the U.S. continued receiving their Social Security benefits as part of a strange deal struck with the Justice Department, the Seattle Times reports.

One of them is former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger, who fled to Germany and still collects about $1,500 a month in Social Security payments

The Social Security payments were used by the Justice Department as leverage to convince the suspected war criminals to leave the U.S.

The loophole that made it possible for the suspects to receive Social Security benefits would have been closed in legislation that was opposed by the Office of Special Investigations, which went after Nazis.

An analysis by the Associated Press found that 28 suspected Nazi criminals received $1.5 million in Social Security benefits after being removed from the U.S.

TSA Agent on Leave After Patting Down Ebola Patient at Cleveland Airport

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A TSA agent who patted down an Ebola patient at a Cleveland airport is on paid leave as a precaution, 19 Action News reports.

The agency said the agent performed a routine-pat-down of Amber Vinson at Hopkins Airport.

Vinson is the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

“Out of an abundance of caution, a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer who conducted a routine pat-down of a traveler later reported to be infected with Ebola consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” the TSA said. “The employee is not reporting any symptoms. The employee was instructed by CDC to self-monitor over the next few days, as a precautionary measure. TSA also has assigned its chief medical officer to our employee to provide additional support.

No Cleveland TSA officer came in direct contact with the infected traveler, as all pat-downs are completed while employees are wearing disposable medical gloves.”

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FBI Director: Google, Apple Have ‘Gone Too Far’ with Encrypted Software

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that Apple and Google have “gone too far” by offering cell phones that are fully encrypted, the New York Times reports.

Comey hinted that federal action should be taken to prevent companies from offering phones that make it impossible for law enforcement to access e-mails, text messages and photos.

Critics counter that Americans have the right to prevent government violating their privacy.

Whatever the case, the new software, which encrypts data by default, will make it more difficult for law enforcement to conduct investigations. The fear is that more technology companies will follow suit.

“We may get to a place where the U.S. Congress forces” companies to stop offering the software.

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Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole to Step Down, Take Job in Private Sector

Dep. Atty. Gen. James Cole/doj photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is about to lose another high-ranking officials.

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole, second-in-command, announced Thursday that he’s taking a job in the private sector, the Washington Post reports.

The Post said possible successors include Sally Quillian Yates, who is U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, and Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Cole’s job was to run the Justice Department’s daily operations.

Cole spoke to the Washington Post about the difficulties of balancing security with civil liberties.

“If you just want to keep people safe and you’re willing to sacrifice people’s constitutional rights and their civil liberties, that’s not so hard,” he said.

“If you just want to protect people’s constitutional rights and their civil liberties and you’re willing to sacrifice their safety, that’s not so hard either,” Cole said. “The hard part is to do them both.”

TSA Administrator Pistole to Retire After More Than 4 Years at Helm

John Pistole

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Pistole, head of the TSA, will retire after leading the agency for more than four years, Reuters reports.

Pistole was in charge of 60,000 employees and security operations at more than 415 airports nationwide.

Pistole “has been integral in leading TSA’s transformation to a risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism agency dedicated to protecting our transportation systems,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.

“Because of his efforts over the past four and a half years, our country’s transportation systems are more safe and secure,” Johnson added.

Johnson did not say what prompted the retirement.

Vanity Fair Explores Whether Secret Service Could Have Saved J.F.K

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When bullets were fired in Dallas on November 22, 1963, many of the Secret Service agents hired to protect President John F. Kennedy failed in their duties, the Vanity Fair reports in an examination of the actions taken by the White House security detail.

“Roy Kellerman, the leader of the security detail, did not seem to know what was happening. He thought a firecracker had gone off,” Vanity Fair reporter Susan Cheever wrote. “William Greer, at the wheel of the president’s car, did not immediately speed up or swerve away from the shots. Paul Landis, in the vehicle trailing Kennedy’s, did not jump forward to protect the president with his body; neither did Jack Ready. Clint Hill, riding a few feet behind and to the president’s left, was part of the First Lady’s detail. After the fatal shot was fired, he leapt onto the rear of the presidential limousine and kept her from jumping off the back.”

Of the 28 Secret Service agents who were in Dallas that fateful day, nine out until the early mornings. Some were drinking and sleep deprived.

Abraham Bolden, who wrote a book about his experience as agent protecting Kennedy, said he believes the drinking contributed to a “lackadaisical response.”

“The biggest problem I ran into with the Secret Service when I was an agent was their constant drinking,” he told Vanity Fair. “When we would get to a place one of the first things they would do was stock up with liquor. They would drink and then we would go to work.”

Agents often worked double shifts and were sleep-deprived, wrote Agent Gerald Blaine sin his book The Kennedy Detail.

“Working double shifts had become so common since Kennedy became president that it was now almost routine. The three eight-hour shift rotation operated normally when the president was in the White House, but when he was traveling . . . there simply weren’t enough bodies.”