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Justice Department Seeks Permission to Hack, Search Remote Computers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It used to be the bad guys who hacked computers.

But now law enforcement is resorting to the same trickery to search remote computers for investigations.

The IDG News Service reports that the Justice Department is seeking permission to hack computers to investigate complex criminal schemes that often utilize millions of machines nationwide.

The request has worried digital rights groups who said the hacking is intrusive and may violate the Fourth Amendment protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures.

“By expanding federal law enforcement’s power to secretly exploit ‘zero-day’ vulnerabilities in software and Internet platforms, the proposal threatens to weaken Internet security for all of us,” Nathan Freed Wessler, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union, said by email.

Arizona Republic Editorial: Border Patrol Has Reckless Accountability That Should Worry Everyone

By The Arizona Republic
Editorial 

The Border Patrol’s opaque approach to law enforcement and its reckless lack of accountability does not just affect undocumented border crossers.

It’s your problem, too.

The latest example of how bad things are comes from the American Immigration Council, which examined 809 complaints of abuse filed against the Border Patrol. It found 13 that resulted in any action by Border Patrol’s parent agency, Customs and Border Protection.

Thirteen. Out of 809. Forty percent were still pending investigation.

Some people think this doesn’t matter because of who is involved. People who cross the border without documents are lawbreakers who deserve no sympathy, according to this argument.

There are at least four big holes in that excuse.

To read more click here.

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Prosecutors: FBI Agents Justified When They Shot, Killed Man in Idaho Wilderness

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents used reasonable force when they fatally shot a kidnapping and murder suspect in the Idaho wilderness last year, the Associated Press reports.

Federal and local prosecutors said Wednesday that the two FBI agents should not face charges because they were justified by shooting James DiMaggio, who was suspected of kidnapping a teenage girls and killing her mother and brother in California.

The decision didn’t sit well with DiMaggio’s sister, Lora DiMaggio Robinson.

“I’m sure the FBI agents who shot and killed my brother, James DiMaggio, are celebrating tonight – over how they won’t be facing any criminal charges,” Robinson said in a statement to The Associated Press. “I wish my brother would have been given the same opportunity of a U.S. attorney’s investigation and possible indictment and then a trial by jury, instead of a bullet in the head and five more to ‘stop’ him.”

Agents shot DiMaggio after he fired two rifle shots.

DEA Releases Wrongly Jailed Man Who Was Accused of Dealing Drugs in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA has released a man wrongly jailed for two weeks after he was mistook as a drug dealer, CBS Los Angeles reports.

His girlfriend had been trying to tell authorities that Gerber Guzman’s identity had been stolen and he was not the man wanted for dealing drugs.

But it wasn’t until CBS Los Angeles got involved that federal authorities took action.

Guzman, who has been locked before because of the stolen identity, was pulled over for an expired car registration and was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant.

“The thing is that they know it’s not him, but they still have him in there, and that’s what’s heartbreaking,” said Hernandez, who is eight months pregnant.

The DEA confirmed the mistake in a statement: “DEA is aware of claims that the man in custody is not the same person for whom the arrest warrant was issued. DEA takes all allegations of this nature seriously and is currently using ever resource at our disposal to address the matter.”

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Tampa Woman Faces Potential of Prison Time After Punching Homeland Security Agent in Face

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tampa woman who punched a Homeland Security agent in the face may find herself in prison, the Associated Press reports.

Latrese Brantley, 40, faces up to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty Wednesday to assaulting a federal agent.

Brantley was causing a disturbance on the April 30 flight and was being escorted from the plane when she punched a Jet Blue employee.

She also punched a Homeland Security employee who came to help.

The employee suffered scratches and abrasions and required medical attention.

FBI Investigated Armed Supporters of Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy are finding some more unwanted attention.

FBI agents have launching an investigation into the April 12 confrontation between Bundy, his supporters and law enforcement, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“I’ve said all along there has to be accountability for what took place on April 12,” Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

The sheriff said the FBI is reviewing threats and assaults on law enforcement officials on the day of the showdown.

Of particular concern is supporters who were pointing weapons at law enforcement, the Review-Journal wrote.

Pakistan Temporarily Releases FBI Agent Caught Bordering Plane with Ammunition, Knives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Averting an escalating diplomatic spat, Pakistan freed an FBI agent who was arrested in Pakistan after authorities said he tried to carry ammunition, knives and electronic devices onto a plane in Karachi.

The Associated Press reports that Joel Cox, of the Miami Field Office, released on nearly $10,000 bail, just three days after he was arrested.

A Pakistani investigation found that Cox had no criminal intentions.

U.S. officials said Cox forgot to the equipment was in his luggage.

The investigation has been submitted to the court, where Cox faces charges of carrying unauthorized ammunition on a civilian flight.