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Judge Forces Woman to Unlock iPhone with Fingerprints, But It Doesn’t Work

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When the FBI couldn’t open an iPhone in Los Angeles, a judge made the controversial decision to let the bureau force a woman to unlock the phone with her fingerprints.

But it didn’t work, CNN reports. 

The case involves Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan, the girlfriend of an accused gangster. 

“They forced her to use all 10 fingers to unlock the phone. But it didn’t unlock the phone,” said George G. Mgdesyan, the attorney who represented the couple.

Turns out, the Touch ID feature expires if it’s not used within 48 hours.

When that didn’t work, the FBI tried another route.

“They asked for a password. She said, ‘It’s not my phone,'” Mgdesyan explained.

Report: FBI ‘Best Place to Work’ in Federal Law Enforcement

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was ranked the best place to work in the federal law enforcement by the Partnership of Public Service and Deloitte.

The FBI scored higher in the report than any other federal law enforcement agency, Federal Times reports. 

Employees were generally happier working for law enforcement than any other type of federal agency.

But employees for agencies within the Justice Department and Homeland Security ranked low, largely because of morale problems.

The report recommended instituting wellness programs and better handling limited resources for employees.

FBI Warns of Federal Consequences of Pointing Lasers at Aircraft

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

Light from a Laser pointer via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Aim a laser at an aircraft and you will face serious consequences, the FBI warned.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that the FBI’s Jackson Field Office recently investigated a laser pointer attack.

“It’s actually a quite serious federal crime, and we want to message that concern to raise awareness, but if that awareness campaign doesn’t work, we do have law enforcement and judicial outcomes up to five years in federal prison and an $11,000 fine,” said Jackson Field Office Special Agent in Charge Donald Alway.

The FBI has seen a more than 1,100% spike in people targeting aircraft with lasers since the bureau began keeping statistics in 2005. In 2015, there were 7,703 FAA-reported laser incidents.

“What can happen is that we think of a very small pinpoint size beam of light, but it spreads out and can cover several feet in diameter,” Alway said.

Secret Service Investigates Trump’s Former Butler Over Comments about Obama’s Death

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

Donald Trump and former butler Anthony Senecal.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is investigating Donald Trump’s friend and former butler over vile Facebook posts calling for President Obama’s murder.

Anthony Senecal said Obama is a “Kenyan fraud” who should be hanged for treason, the New York Times reports. 

“With the last breath I draw I will help rid this America of the scum infested in its government,” Mr. Senecal wrote last May, saying that the president should be dragged from the “white mosque” and hanged “from the portico — count me in !!!!!”

The Secret Service said it was “aware of the matter and will conduct the appropriate investigation.”

Trump’s campaign spokesman criticized Senecal’s statements.

“We totally and completely disavow the horrible statements made by him.”

In a follow-up interview with NBC News, Senecal again called for the hanging of President Obama and Hillary Clinton. He added that Detroit and Milwaukee should become “nuclear bomb sites” because the cities have been “disgraced by Muslims.”

LA Times: Border Patrol Union Hurts Image with Donald Trump Endorsement

border patrol 3By Scott Martelle
Los Angeles Times

The leadership of the National Border Patrol Council – the union representing rank-and-file Border Patrol guards – came out two months ago with an endorsement of Donald Trump’s presidential ambitions, marking the first time the union had endorsed a candidate during the primary cycle. In the process, those union leaders created a problem: The folks on the front line of border protections have aligned themselves with someone who believes the Mexicans crossing the border are “in many cases, criminals, drug dealers, rapists.”

And who has denigrated women and vowed (likely in violation of the Constitution) to ban Muslims from entering the country.

As Richard Marosi reported, that has exposed a rift within the union in an agency in which (per this 2012 report) more than a third of the employees are Latino, and one in five are women.

The union faced some external backlash after making the endorsement, including calls for the AFL-CIO to kick it out of the labor federation. That’s silly. The union – any union – has a right to endorse a political candidate, though I wish they were a bit more democratic about it rather than having, as in the case of the Border Patrol union, the leadership make the call. And they are within their rights to align with any candidate they like – the AFL-CIO shouldn’t bounce a member union over its political positions, since the main point of the union is to represent its workers. 

But the Border Patrol union did its members a disservice by backing a demagogue who demonizes some of the very people its members encounter as a core function of their jobs.

To read more click here. 

Other Stories of Interest

Lengel: FBI Probe Into Hillary Starting to Border on Obstruction of Democracy

hillary-clinton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Give the FBI credit for being thorough.

Over the years,  the FBI has often moved forth slowly in big cases involving high-profile, political figures. It’s typical. After all when you go hunting for big game, you better hit the target squarely between the eyes, or pay the consequences and deal with the fall out.

I get it.

But the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department emails is starting to border on obstruction of democracy.

The Democratic Convention in Philadelphia begins July 25. That’s less than three months away, and the cloud of the investigation still hangs heavy over the Clinton campaign and the Democratic party.

If the FBI and Justice Department plan to indict Clinton, they need to do it very very soon.

An indictment right before, during or right after the convention — or if the case drags — would create serious chaos and undermine the political process.

It would be black eye for the political process and the FBI.

The agency doesn’t need to be accused of meddling in the political processes and having a hand in who Americans elect president.

The FBI needs to quickly finish up the interviews with Clinton’s former staff.  Bring in extra agents if need be. Bring in extra Justice Department lawyers.

Either way, it’s time to pull the trigger very soon — one way or another.

FBI Director: Fewer Americans Joining ISIS After Aggressive Crackdown

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ISIS is losing its influence in the U.S. as fewer American are traveling overseas to fight alongside extremists in the Middle East, FBI Director James Comey said.

In 2014 and the first half of 2015, the FBI saw between 6 and 10 Americans traveling to the Middle East or trying to join ISIS every month. Now Comey said the number is about one per month, Fox News reports. 

“There’s no doubt that something has happened that is lasting, in terms of the attractiveness of the nightmare which is the Islamic State to people from the United States,” he told reporters during a wide-ranging round-table discussion Wednesday.

The FBI said ISIS’ ability to inspire “troubled souls” remains a constant concern, but federal authorities are beginning to a downward trend.

FBI Director Questions Hillary Clinton’s Characterization of Email Investigation

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey took issue with Hillary Clinton’s characterization of the investigation into her use of a private email server.

Clinton has repeatedly described the FBI probe as a “security inquiry.”

“I don’t know what that means,” Comey told reporters today in Washington, D.C., ABC News reports. “We’re conducting an investigation. That’s the bureau’s business. That’s what we do.” 

The FBI confirmed it recently interviewed a handful Clinton’s closest aides and advisors.

Comey wouldn’t say when the investigation would be complete.

“I don’t tether to any particular external deadline,” Comey said. “Look, I understand the interest in this particular investigation. And so I do feel the pressure to do it well and promptly. As between the two, I will always choose well.”