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FBI Cuts Back on Use of GPS Systems After Supreme Court Ruling

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Supreme Court has ruled and the FBI is responding.

USA Today reports that the FBI has started cutting back on the use of GPS surveillance in wake of a Jan. 23 Supreme Court ruling which said law enforcement needs court authorization to attach a GPS to a vehicle.

The paper reported that the FBI implemented the change the day after the court ruling which said that mounting the device secretly on a car amounted to a search protected by the Fourth Amendment.

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FBI Paying Closer Attention to “Sovereign Citizen” Extremists

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By Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The FBI has been paying closer attention to ‘sovereign citizen’ extremists around the country out of concerns that they will react violently when they interact with government officials.

Sovereign citizens are people who reject their U.S. citizenship and don’t recognize government authority, like laws and taxes. In 2009, the FBI started paying closer attention to the movement, which previously had been grouped with the militia movements in the bureau’s domestic counterterrorism operations. Many people who claim to be followers of this movement are involved in white collar crimes like tax evasion schemes and making fraudulent documents, the FBI said.

“We started to notice a heightened potential for violence,” said Stuart McArthur, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

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LA Feds End Probe into Lance Armstrong; No Charges Filed

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After a two-year doping investigation that triggered plenty speculation and gossip, fed prosecutors in Los Angeles decided to end  their probe into Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong without filing charges, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The media relentlessly reported on the probe and the folks who appeared before the grand jury.

But on Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced it was over.

The LA Times reported that U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. praised the work of investigators, but fell short of explaining why the probe ended in a whimper.

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US Citizen Denied Re-entry After Trip to Libya

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

An Oregon man is defending his innocence after being banned from flying back into the United States, reports FOX News.

After flying to Libya, Jamal Tarhuni’s native country, to distribute medicine and supplies during the country’s recent violent revolution, the 55-year-old naturalized citizen of the US was barred from boarding a flight homeward bound from an airport in Tunisia on Jan. 17, according to FOX. There, FBI agents interrogated Tarhuni for reasons he says he does not know.

“I very strongly believe the FBI violated my constitutional rights as an American citizen,”said Jamal Tarhuni.

The story was first reported by Kari Huus of MSNBC.com.

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How Whitey Bulger Corrupted the Justice System

By NPR Staff

When Whitey Bulger was captured last year, he’d spent close to 20 years on the run — and on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Bulger was the head of an Irish gang terrorizing the streets of South Boston. The Massachusetts State Police wanted him gone, but curiously couldn’t touch him.

Why? Bulger was a confidential FBI informant, and the bureau shielded him for years.

Robert Fitzpatrick, the author of Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down, says Bulger was widely known to be an unsavory character.

“He’s a stone killer, has been known to be a hit man for the Mafia out of Providence, and he’s also known to be the head of the Winter Hill gang, a bunch of Irish guys trying to take over the rackets, extortion and the drug stuff up in Boston,” Fitzpatrick tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz.

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Hackers Intercept FBI, Scotland Yard Call

By The Associated Press

LONDON — A sensitive conference call between FBI and British police’s cybercrime investigators was recorded by the very people they were trying to catch, officials and hackers said Friday.

Hacking collective Anonymous published a roughly 15-minute-long recording of a conference call apparently devoted to tracking and prosecuting members of the loosely-knit group.

The FBI said the information “was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained.”

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Lubbock City Property Returned After a Nearly 4-Year FBI Investigation

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents and prosecutors know too well the frustration of investigating something for a long long time, only to come up empty handed.

Well, that’s just what happened in Lubbock, Tex.

A  nearly four-year-long FBI investigation of the city and its former healthcare administrator  has resulted in no charges, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

“After the careful evaluation of many factors, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas is no longer pursuing its investigation of the city of Lubbock,” said a statement released by Kathy Colvin, public information officer with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to the paper.

Dozens of agents raided the Lubbock City Hall in May of 2008, seizing computers, electronic storage and communications devices and boxes of documents with a warrant alleging conspiracy, false statements, wire fraud and health care fraud. Now, all of that property is being returned to the city.

“The FBI called and told the outside council to come pick up all the records that were seized four years ago,” Lubbock Mayor Tom Martin said.

 

 

NYC Councilman Regrets Comments About FBI

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A New York city councilman is recanting comments he made over the weekend critical of the FBI, reports the New York Post

City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Queens) likened an FBI investigation looking into the campaign finances of his friend Comptroller John Liu  to “political entrapment” on a radio show over the weekend. “The FBI used some sting operation, they offered cash to people,” Koo said. “It’s like political entrapment to me.”

But talking to the Post this week, Koo said he “didn’t mean to criticize the FBI.”

“It’s one of the most respected law-enforcement agencies in the country and the world,” said Koo. “Maybe I misused the word,” he said, referring to the entrapment comment.

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