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Can FBI Tap Into Cell Phones without a Warrant? Arguments Begin in Federal Court Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI’s use of cell-phone tracking technology will go on trial this afternoon.

At issue is stingray devices, which use legitimate cell towers to connect to mobile devices, CNET reports.

Civil libertarians argue the devices violate Americans’ Fourth Amendment right to reasonable privacy and want to impose limits on them, in the same way that challenges forced restrictions on warrantless use of thermal imaging devices, CNET wrote.

Federal authorities say stingray devices are a useful tool in cracking crimes.

Recent Addition to 10 Most Wanted Fugitives List Surrenders in Colorado to Face Murder Charge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Less than two weeks after being added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias voluntarily returned from El Salvador to Colorado to be charged with first-degree murder, USA Today reports.

Rivera Gracias, who surrendered after the FBI announced a $100,000 reward, was wanted for the Colorado slaying of Richard Limon, 69, who had been stabbed to death.

According to an affidavit, Limon was the father of Rivera Gracias’ girlfriend and had molested her when she was younger, USA Today wrote.

“This outcome provides assurance for victims and prosecutors throughout the United States that those who commit egregious crimes will be pursued around the globe,” Steve Olson, FBI Denver acting special agent in charge, said

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Deirdre L. Fike to Head Up FBI’s Anchorage Division

Deirdre Fike/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deirdre L. Fike, who most recently was an inspector for the Inspection Division at headquarters, has been assigned to head up the FBI’s Anchorage Division.

Fike began her FBI career in 1989 and was first assigned to Louisville, where she investigated violent crimes and served as a crisis negotiator and a coordinator for the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

In 1997, she headed west to the Omaha Division to investigate white-collar crime, while focusing on health care fraud on the Nebraska Health Care Fraud Task Force.

In 2002, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Professional Responsibility at headquarters in D.C.

In 2004, she became a supervisory special agent in the Sacramento Division with oversight of the White-Collar Crime Program.

In 2011, she returned to the mothership to work in the Inspection Division.

 

Violent Street Gang Busted for Allegedly Controlling Drug Trade in Atlantic City

fbi file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Authorities arrested 25 people Tuesday tied to a violent street gang accused of using force and threats to control the drug trade in Atlantic City,  the FBI announced.

The FBI said the arrests are a “significant blow” to the gang known as “Dirty Block” or “Crime Fam.”

The gang is accused of controlling land in Atlantic City that includes numerous public housing complexes.

“The defendants in this case created an atmosphere of fear and presented real danger to the people who shared their Atlantic City neighborhood,” U.S. Attorney Paul J.  Fishman said. “And they did it so that they could prosper from selling illegal drugs. The law-abiding people of New Jersey—whether they live in the suburbs, on a farm, or in the oldest housing project in New Jersey—deserve to have neighborhoods that are safe places to walk and raise their families. I really hope that today’s arrests will give them that chance.”

Health Officials Ask FBI to Investigate Disappearance of Vial of Deadly Venezuelan Virus

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging the FBI to investigate the disappearance of a deadly Venezuelan virus from a bio lab in Texas, ABC World News reports.

“CDC reported the incident to the FBI and we understand that the FBI will initiate an investigation concerning the reported incident,” Dr. Rob Weyant, director of the CDC’s Division of Select Agents and Toxins, told ABCNews.com in an email. “Since the investigation is just underway, the agency will not comment further regarding details of this incident.”

The Galveston National Laboratory, which was built with strict security measures, realized the vial was missing March 21, ABC News reported.

A spokesman for the University of Texas Medical Branch told ABC News that only one scientist was working with the virus and may have thrown it out.

FBI Investigates Suspicious Death of Woman Aboard Cruise Ship; Autopsy Underway

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has classified as suspicious the cause of death of a 62-year-old Virginia woman found dead aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, the Washington Post reports.

Authorities said the woman’s husband found the body. 

FBI agents boarded the ship Monday during its scheduled return to Baltimore, the Washington Post reported.

An FBI spokesman wouldn’t say whether the unidentified woman had suffered any trauma.

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A 1947 Memo Shows FBI Trained Agents to Exploit Perceived Weaknesses of Minority Groups

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents were trained to exploit the perceived weaknesses of various minority groups, including Mexicans, Catholics and black people, according to a bureau memo from 1947, the U.S. News & World Report writes.

Compiled for the FBI’s field agents, the memo describes Mexicans as “slow to respond.”

Catholics, according to the report, are easier to get information from, especially after leaving a confessional booth.

Phony insurance salespeople can easily dupe African-Americans into giving them information, according to the report.

Jury Convicts New York Man of Trying to Seek Terrorism Training Abroad

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A jury Monday convicted a New York man of lying to the FBI about plans to train with terrorists like the Taliban or al-Qaida, the Associated Press reports.

Abdel Hameed Shehadeh now faces up to 21 years in prison when sentenced.

Shehadeh’s friends testified that he spoke of wanting to die while waging holy war against the U.S. abroad .

He first caught the suspicion of the FBI in 2009 when he purchased a one-way ticket to Islambad, the AP reported.