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FBI Begins to Install $1 Billion Face Recognition System

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing its newest weapon against crime – a $1 billion national facial recognition system.

The Next Generation Identification program, which is expected to be rolled out nationwide by 2014, matches surveillance images of known criminals, reports CNET.

The system is designed to compare a photo to the FBI’s database of mugshots to identify suspects.

It’s unclear how accurate the program is, but some civil liberties groups worry the program could add innocent people to the database of mugshots, according to CNET.

FBI Investigates Alleged Terrorist Threat in Tenn.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining an investigation into an alleged terrorist threat in Nashville, News Channel 5 reports.

Amal Abdullahi, 29, was arrested last week on allegations she made terrorist threats to coworkers at CEVA Logistics, saying she was prepared to be a martyr for Allah and that nonbelievers should die, News Channel 5 reported.

According to interviews with coworkers, Abdullahi said nonbelievers should die and soon the country will be predominately Muslim.

After the company asked for charges to be filed, Abdullahi was jailed on a $50,000 bond, according to New Channel 5.

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Ex-FBI Agent Pleads to Passing on Inside Info to a Close Friend

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An ex-FBI agent pleaded guilty Friday to obtaining information about an undercover law enforcement operation in Newark and giving it to a close friend,  the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark announced.

In June 2011, Ivan Stantchev was asked by a friend to  obtain confidential information in connection with four telephone numbers and any individuals associated with those numbers, authorities said.

Authorities said Stantchev asked an FBI colleague in the New York Metro area to obtain this information from FBI computers.

On June 30, 2011, that colleague sent  Stantchev an electronic document through the FBI’s email system detailing confidential information from certain FBI databases, including the existence of an ongoing FBI investigation in Newark, N.J.; the federal offenses being investigated in Newark; the related FBI case number; the name of the FBI’s operation; and notations confirming the existence of an undercover law enforcement operation in Newark.

 

Google Defies FBI Attempts to Gain Cell Phone Passwords

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A defiant Google earlier this year refused to unlock a suspected pimp’s cellphone, prompting a potential legal battle with the FBI that could have sweeping ramifications, the Wall Street Journal reports.

When the FBI can’t unlock cell phone information, such as texts, phone numbers and emails, it appears the agency is asking smartphone software makers for passwords, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Asking for passwords “is awfully new and aggressive,” said Paul Ohm, associate professor at the University of Colorado Law School and former federal prosecutor.

To date, there are no legal standards about obtaining passwords from phone makers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

FBI Investigates U.S. Border Patrol Shooting Along Rio Grand River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Border Patrol acknowledged Thursday that an agent shot a Mexican citizen along the border.

The patrol’s Laredo sector said in a statement that the shooting occurred after rocks were thrown at agents.

“A weapon was discharged by Border Patrol. All appropriate authorities were notified and the shooting is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” the statement read.

The agency didn’t say whether the shooting was fatal.

Mexican officials said one of their citizens died in the shooting and accused the agency of excessive force.

FBI Agent Convicted of Fraud May Get New Trial

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Nashville FBI agent who was sentenced last year to four years in prison for wire and bankruptcy fraud may get a new trial after allegations of racial discrimination surfaced, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, the Tennessean reports.

The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals said the case should be sent back to district court to determine if Darin Lee McAllister is entitled to a new trial.

At issue is the dismissal of two black prospective jurors.

McAllister, who was accused of a scheme to defraud a bank, argues the District Court should have allowed him to challenge the jurors’ dismissals.

‘The Zombies Are Coming!’ Homeland Security Warns

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Homeland Security Department is urging citizens to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

No, really. It was the government’s way of injecting a little humor into helping communities prepare for emergencies.

The idea is to prepare citizens for genuine disasters and emergencies, which would take the same sort of preparation to fend off a zombie attack, reports the Associated Press.

The tongue-and-cheek warning had a serious tone. If an emergency would break out, Homeland Security said residents should have an emergency evacuation plan and clothes, water, extra medication and emergency flashlights, the AP said.

AP reported that the Federal Emergency Management Agency hosted an online seminar for its Citizen Corps organization to prepare for emergencies and used the zombie thing to add a little humor to the matter.

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Who Knew? Late Bee Gee Robin Gibb Was Under FBI Scrutiny

Robin Gibbs/wikipedia

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

When you think of the Bee Gees, you think of disco music, not the FBI.

But Josh Margolin of the New York Post reports that the late Bee Gee Robin Gibb came under FBI scrutiny after he sent threatening correspondence to the lawyers representing his then-wife. Margolin wrote:

The Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famer’s records — buried deep in FBI files in New York and Miami — were released to The Post through a Freedom of Information request once Gibb died in May at age 62 after a well-publicized battle with colon cancer. The London law firm Haymon & Walters first reported Gibb to the feds after it “received numerous threatening telegrams from Gibb which threatened their lives,” according to an FBI report dated March 23, 1981.

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