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Mysteries Remain in San Bernardino Terrorist Attack Because of Encrypted Phone

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

The San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI still has many questions about the terrorist couple that opened fire and killed 14 people during a holiday party in San Bernardino on Dec. 2.

Did they get help from other terrorists? Were they planning to detonate a bomb at the Inland Regional Center where they opened fire? Were they planning other attacks?

Those questions, FBI investigators hoped, would be on a cell phone that belonged to the couple Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik.

But the FBI still can’t unlock encrypted data on the cellphone, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

“We still have one of those killers’ phones that we haven’t been able to open,” FBI Director James B. Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee. “It has been two months now and we are still working on it.”

Encrypted cell phones have been a challenge for federal law enforcement who are trying to track suspected terrorists in real time, the FBI has said.

Former Armed Occupier of Wildlife Refuge Offers to Act As Mediator

Burns, Oregon

Burns, Oregon

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the armed occupiers of the weeks-old occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon is offering to help convince the remaining four militants to leave the site, the Oregonian reports. 

Scott Willingham, who just weeks ago was armed with an AR-15 rifle and camouflage vest at the front gate of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, wants to serve as mediator between the FBI and the four remaining occupiers.

“At this point in time, all anybody should care about is trying to help the community get past it,” Willingham, 48, said.

The Colorado resident left the refuge more than a week ago, when law enforcement arrested occupation leaders and killed one of them during a confrontation at a roadblock outside of the refuge.

NY Magazine Writer: ‘FBI Is Bad at Talking with Teens’ As Evidenced by ISIS Video

FBI video directed at teens.

FBI video directed at teens.

By Brian Feldman
New York Magazine

If there’s one thing you can say about ISIS, besides the fact that it’s a medieval death cult responsible for inconceivable blood crimes, it’s that its recruiters are very charming on social media. But don’t worry: The Federal Bureau of Investigation is ready to fight back. It used your tax dollars to create Don’t Be A Puppet, a website for educating teens on violent extremism and the ways that online recruiters make contact. I took the site for a spin yesterday to earn an online certificate (really) in “countering violent extremism,” and quickly discovered: The FBI is bad at talking to teens.

The site’s main tactic for teaching its users about violent extremism is a set of quizzes, which cover not just international groups like ISIS but also white supremacists and that scourge of 21st-century America, environmental extremists.

You’ll realize that we’re working with something special when you arrive at this, the FBI’s mockup of a teen’s computer screen. You know, Just Teen Things: hundreds of lines of HTML and CSS.

To read more, click here.

Crackdown on Sex Trade at Super Bowl Leads to More than 200 Arrests

super bowl 50By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A crackdown on the sex trade at the Super Bowl led to the arrests of more than 12 pimps, 85 johns and 129 prostitutes in the Bay Area.

The Contra Costa Times also reports that seven juveniles were recovered.

The multi-agency crackdown was the result of six moths of preparation before the big game.

“High-profile events, which draw large crowds, have become lucrative opportunities for sex trafficking criminal enterprises,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge Bertram Fairries.

Judge Orders Justice Department to Quit Stalling on Releasing Hillary Clinton E-mails

Hillary_Clinton_official_Secretary_of_State_portrait_cropBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge wants to know why the Justice Department has been delayed in producing the remaining 3,700 e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, CBS News reports. 

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras gave the Justice Department one day to explain why the Justice Department can’t produce the e-mails by Feb. 18.

The judge said the e-mails must be released at the end of the month as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed for the electronic communications.

The issue is unrelated to an FBI investigation to determine whether any laws were broken when Clinton used a private server to send and receive e-mails.

It was divulged less than two weeks ago that the State Department said investigators found 22 “top secret” e-mails.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI/DEA Produce Documentary on Heroin and Prescription Drug Addiction

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

To make the public more aware of the issue, the FBI and DEA have teamed up to produce a film on the opioid and prescription drug abuse epidemic  that is sweeping the country.

The documentary is called: “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict.”

FBI Formally Notifies State Department That It’s Investigating Hillary’s Emails

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After months of speculation, the FBI made clear Monday that the Hillary Clinton private e-mail investigation is ongoing.

The letter, written by FBI general counsel James Baker, serves as a formal notice to the State Department that the case is under investigation, The Hill reports.

Since last September, “in public statements and testimony, the Bureau has acknowledged generally that it is working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server,” Baker wrote to the State Department.

“The FBI has not, however, publicly acknowledged the specific focus, scope, or potential targets of any such proceedings.

“Thus … we remain unable (to) provide (details about the case) without adversely affecting on-going law enforcement efforts,” he concluded.

The FBI previously declined to officially confirm the investigation.

The letter does not provide any details of the investigation.

Hackers Unload Information on 20,000 FBI Employees After Doing Same for Homeland Security

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 8.02.48 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hackers unveiled the contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday evening, a day after releasing similar data on nearly 10,000 Homeland Security employees.

The information was released on Twitter, via @DotGovs, indicating the hacks are in retaliation for the U.S. government’s ties to Israel.

“When will the US government realize we won’t stop until they cut relations with Israel..” the tweet reads.

The hackers broke into a Justice Department database.

The information on FBI and Homeland Security officials contained their names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The Justice Department, which is investigating, said private information, such as Social Security numbers, didn’t appear to be breached, CNN reports. 

“The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information,” said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. “This unauthorized access is still under investigation; however, there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive personally identifiable information. The department takes this very seriously and is continuing to deploy protection and defensive measures to safeguard information. Any activity that is determined to be criminal in nature will be referred to law enforcement for investigation.”