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FBI Warns That Iran Is Preparing for Potential Cyber Attack on U.S. Businesses

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal investigators have an ever-evolving threat that John Edgar Hoover could never have anticipated – hacking.

The FBI issued a warning to businesses recently about a sophisticated Iranian hacking operation that could soon target energy firms, defense contractors and educational institutions, Reuters reports.

The operation hacked at least 50 businesses in 16 countries last week, according to cyber security firm Cylance Inc.

The firm believes the Iranian government is behind the attacks, but the FBI stopped short of making that conclusion.

Tehran has been spending a lot of money on its cyber abilities.

“They are good and have a lot of talent in the country,” said Dave Kennedy, CEO of TrustedSEC LLC. “They are definitely a serious threat, no question.”

Suicide or Lynching? FBI Joins Inquiry into Black Teen Found Hanging in North Carolina

Lennon Lacy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

It was a disturbing discovery – a black teenage boy hanging from a swing set in a trailer park in North Carolina.

Was it a suicide or a lynching?

The state has determined that 17-year-old Lennon Lacy committed suicide in August.

But the New York Times reports that the FBI has agreed to join an inquiry after family members and the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP urged the bureau to intervene.

The formal request for the FBI’s involvement came from Thomas G. Walker, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Last week, a march was organized to show solidarity with Lacy.

“They have the resources and the mandate of law and the kind of specialized training to look at these facts on all sides,” the Rev. William J. Barber II, the president of the North Carolina N.A.A.C.P. and an organizer of Saturday’s march, said of the F.B.I.

The state has defended its handling of the investigation and said there was no evidence of a lynching.

Justice Department Won’t Force New York Times Reporter James Risen to Reveal Source

Reporter James Risen

By Pete Williams
NBC News

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder has decided against forcing a reporter for The New York Times to reveal the identity of a confidential source, according to a senior Justice Department official.

The reporter, James Risen, has been battling for years to stop prosecutors from forcing him to name his source for a book that revealed a CIA effort to sabotage Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

The government wanted Risen’s testimony in the trial of a former CIA official, Jeffrey Sterling, accused of leaking classified information.

But now, according to the Justice Department official, Holder has directed that Risen must not be required to reveal “information about the identity of his source.”

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: FBI’s J. Edgar Hoover

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Former FBI Agent Defends Torture Following Scathing Senate Report

James Davis

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James Davis, a 25-year veteran of the FBI who headed the Denver office and served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said the brutal interrogation techniques outlined by the Senate’s torture report were appropriate to keep the U.S. safe.

“In the FBI, we build relationships on a rapport with the detainees that’s built over a long period of time,” Davis told KDVR.com in Denver. “After 9/11, we didn’t feel like we had much time. I think that the guys that were using those techniques believed them to be legal and believed them to be necessary to keep the country safe.”

Davis dismissed the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report as partisan and disagreed with the findings.

“I’ll never say never, but to say that this never produced actionable intelligence is probably not true,” Davis said. “Starting those interviews, the people they were talking to were not providing information so something had to happen to get them to start providing that information.”

FBI Blamed for Demise of Hedge Funds Following Failed Insider Trading Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Investors can be a skittish bunch.

When they heard of the federal government’s suspicions of insider trading involving two hedge funds, Level Global Investors and Diamond Capital Management, they fled and the funds shut down, the New York Times reports.

On Wednesday, the two men found guilty of insider trading, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, were vindicated when a federal appeals court overturned their convictions.

The found of Level Global, David Ganek, blamed the FBI for the hedge fund’s demise.

“For the dozens of my high-integrity colleagues at Level Global who lost their jobs and their reputations because the F.B.I. improperly raided our firm in this now-discredited fishing expedition, today’s legal vindication is a reminder of how prosecutorial recklessness has real impact on real people,” Mr. Ganek said in a statement sent by a spokesman.

Newman and Chiasson were found guilty by a jury two years of ago of conspiring to earn millions of dollars making taxes based on inside secrets.

 

Study: Only 20% of Sexual Assaults on College Campuses Are Reported to Police

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Only one of five campus sexual assaults are reported to police, according to a new Justice Department report, PBS reports.

The reasons victims didn’t alert police range from fear of reprisal to believing the crime doesn’t rise to the level of police involvement.

The findings are based on figures from the National Crime Victimization Survey from 1995 to 2013.

Peter Lake, a law professor at Stetson University College of Law who conducts training for colleges on the topic, said some students “don’t know what their legal rights are.”

Border Patrol Agents Would Be Given 3 Overtime Options Under Bill Awaiting President’s Signature

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A bill awaiting President Obama’s signature would give Border Patrol agents three overtime options in an effort to cut payroll costs, the Washington Post reports.

The “Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime” would be replaced with a system designed to save what amounts to an average 80% reduction in overtime pay.

The House of Representatives unanimously supported the measure on Wednesday.

“The current pay system simply is not in alignment with the demands our border security places on our agents, and the mission has suffered as a result,” said American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr. “This reform is absolutely crucial for bringing stability and predictability to Border Patrol pay and will make a huge, positive contribution to our agents’ ability to provide the most effective border security.”

The old system, which was meant to compensate officers whose obligations in the field required them to stay extra hours, was abused, The Post wrote.

Under the new system, officers can work 100 hours per pay period, about two weeks, and receive an annual 25 percent pay boost, work 90 hours and receive an annual 12.5 increase or work no overtime.