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How Apple Helped FBI Take Down World’s Largest Torrent Site

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

While Apple was battling the FBI in court over unlocking an iPhone, the technology giant was quietly helping the FBI on another investigation.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that Apple provided the FBI with records of the world’s largest torrent site.

Apple’s role led to the arrest of Ukranian national Artm Vaulin, who was charged with copyright infringement and money laundering.

“Apple’s involvement in the arrest of Vaulin shows its willingness to cooperate with the government on certain matters, particularly because Apple is a heavyweight in the music industry, even while holding the line against violating the security of millions of its consumers,” The Christian Science Monitor wrote. 

Border Patrol Honors Fallen Agent With 68-Mile Relay Run

Slain Border Parol Agent Robert Rosas Jr

Slain Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Jr

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents participated in a 68-mile relay run Thursday to honor fallen Agent Robert Rosas, who died in the line of duty on July 23, 2009, San Diego Patch reports. 

It was the seventh annual relay to honor Rosas of the Campo Border Patrol station.

The relay race requires 22, 2.55-mile legs.

Rosas was often referred to as the “Mayor of El Centro” because of his “popularity and his friendly, witty demeanor,” Patch wrote.

Rosas was shot and killed while responding to suspicion activity near Campo.

Four people were arrested and have pled guilty for their role in the killing.

Federal Agents Confiscate Cell Phones of Wall Street Journal Reporter

Maria Abi-Habib pictured on the left, via Facebook.

Maria Abi-Habib pictured on the left, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal agents detained a Wall Street Journal reporter and confiscated her two cell phones at a Los Angeles airport.

Maria Abi-Habib, who covers the Middle East, wrote in detail about the incident on Facebook.

“My rights as a journalist or US citizen do not apply at the border, as explained above, since legislation was quietly passed in 2013 giving DHS very broad powers (I researched this since the incident),” the reporter wrote on Facebook. “This legislation also circumvents the Fourth Amendment that protects Americans’ privacy and prevents searches and seizures without a proper warrant.”

She said the agents wanted her cell phone to “collect information.”

“That is where I drew the line,” Abi-Habib wrote. “I told her I had First Amendment rights as a journalist she couldn’t violate and I was protected under.”

A federal agent provided a document that shows the government has a right to confiscate phones within 100 miles of U.S. borders.

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Arizona Terror Suspect Said He’s Willing to Kill Parents for the Cause

Mahin Khan is a terrorism suspect.

Mahin Khan is a terrorism suspect.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tucson man accused of planning terrorist attacks across Arizona allegedly told an FBI agent that he was willing to kill his parents if necessary, Tucson News Now reports. 

Mahin Khan, 18, has been charged with plotting terrorist attacks and remains in jail without bond.

FBI Agent Benjamin Trentlage, who is leading the case, said during Khan’s bond hearing that the man had recorded phone conversations with an undercover FBI employee who pretended to be an ISIS supporter.

“On one occasion the undercover employee expressed concern that Mr. Khan’s parents might find the undercover employees phone number and report it to the FBI. And in response Mr. Khan said that if they did that he would kill them himself,” said Trentlage. 

In 2015, he was in regular contact with a known ISIS operative in Syria, the FBI said.

“He requested information about building explosives and said that he wanted to join ISIS and he would do whatever was needed,” said Trentlage.

Border Patrol Agents Rescue 15 Undocumented Immigrants in Open Mine

border patrol 3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents rescued 15 undocumented immigrants after the tried to hide in an open pit mine south of Tucson.

The rescue happened after agents were tracking illegal immigrants who had entered the mine in Green Valley, Tucson.com reports. 

Search-and-rescue agents used ropes to help the immigrants, who were adult males from Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

No one was injured.

Former Judge: A Lot of Unanswered Questions Remain in Hillary Clinton Case

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Andrew P. Napolitano
for Washington Times

What if the folks who run the Department of Political Justice recently were told that the republic would suffer if Hillary Clinton were indicted for espionage because Donald Trump might succeed Barack Obama in the presidency? What if espionage is the failure to safeguard state secrets and the evidence that Mrs. Clinton failed to safeguard them is unambiguous and overwhelming?

What if President Obama never really liked his former rival whom he appointed as his secretary of state? What if he had no real interest in seeing her succeed him because he and his wife simply could never trust her?

What if, when Mrs. Clinton suggested to the president that the United States wage a secret, undeclared war against Libya, the president went along with it as a no-lose proposition? What if he assumed that if her secret war succeeded he’d get the credit, and if her secret war failed she would get the blame?

What if the means of fighting the secret war consisted of employing intelligence assets rather than the U.S. military? What if Mrs. Clinton concocted that idea because the use of the military requires a public reporting to the entire Congress but the use of intelligence assets requires only a secret reporting to a dozen members of Congress?

What if Mrs. Clinton expanded her war by permitting American and foreign arms dealers to bypass the NATO arms embargo on Libya by selling heavy-duty, military-grade arms directly to militias in Libya? What if this was Mrs. Clinton’s dream scenario — an apparent civil war in Libya in which the victorious side was secretly armed by the United States, with democracy brought to the country and Mrs. Clinton the architect of it all?

Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is a contributor to The Washington Times. He is the author of seven books on the U.S. Constitution.

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Secret Service Investigating Trump Adviser for Calling on Execution of Clinton

State Sen. Al

State Sen. Al Baldasaro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The rhetoric coming from the Donald Trump campaign has gone from divisive to potentially illegal.

The Secret Service said Wednesday it’s investigating New Hampshire state Sen. Al Baldasaro for calling on a fire squad to execute Hillary Clinton for using a private e-mail server, NBC News reports.

“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of this matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation,” Secret Service spokesman Robert Hoback told NBC News in a statement Wednesday.

Baldasaro made the comments on the Jeff Kuhner radio show.

Beldasaro is an adviser for veteran’s issues for the Trump campaign.

Lawmakers Consider Proposal to Require Lyft, Uber to Undergo FBI Background Checks

uberBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Some lawmakers are considering a proposal that would require drivers of ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft to undergo FBI background checks.

Taxi companies, which have been hit hard by the lower prices of Uber and Lyft, said they are subject to FBI background checks and so should drivers for ride-sharing services, the Las Vegas Sun reports. 

Supporters of the ride-sharing services say background checks are a nonstarter and intended to bump Uber and Lyft off the roads.

“There’s a lot of interest in the background check because of public safety,” said John Mowbray, a lawyer who represents Frias Transportation Management, which operates one of Las Vegas’ largest cab companies.

Left and Uber are not fans of FBI checks because they are costly and can months to process. The companies, instead, rely on commercial background checks.

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