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Appeals Court: FBI Does Not Have to Release Memo Granting Permission to Gather Phone Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A confidential Justice Department legal opinion on the extent of the FBI’s surveillance authority does not have to be released to the public, a federal appeals court ruled, the Washington Post reports.

The January 2010 memo gave the FBI permission to gather phone call records from telecommunications companies.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that the memo was not subject to the Freedom of Information Act.

“The District Court correctly concluded that the unclassified portions of the OLC Opinion could not be released without harming the deliberative processes of the government by chilling the candid and frank communications necessary for effective governmental decision-making,” the court said in its opinion written by D.C. Circuit Judge Harry T. Edwards.

Napolitano Sharply Opposed Clemency for NSA Leaker Edward Snowden, Saying He Hurt U.S.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If NSA leaker Edward Snowden hopes to get clemency, it won’t be from Janet Napolitano, CNN reports.

The Homeland Security secretary said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that Snowden caused significant damage to U.S. intelligence-gathering.

Snowden is charged with three counts of violating the Espionage Act.

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Three Florida Workers Accused of Trying to Rip Off FBI May Face Local Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Be careful when choosing your victim.

Three workers in southern Florida are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of electrical wire from the FBI, the Miami Herald reports.

But federal prosecutors recently dismissed the theft complaint, putting the decision to charge in the hands of state prosecutors in Broward County.

“Our understanding is the matter is not closed, but will likely be pursued by the Broward state attorney’s office in January,” said Miami criminal defense attorney, Brian Bieber, who is representing one of the three men, Robert Gesek.

County Attorney in Montana Doesn’t Want DOJ Investigating Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An attorney for Missoula County in Montana is arguing that the Justice Department has no authority to investigate how local authorities handle sexual assault cases, the Associated Press reports.

Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg even went on to say that the county is an unfair target of the DOJ’s.

“For whatever reason we have been kind of picked on by the DOJ, and I honestly think we have a greater responsibility to the country as a whole, to prosecutors in every county in America, to stand up and say, ‘This is wrong, you can’t do this,’” Van Valkenburg told county officials.

The county, Missoula police and the University of Montana campus police came under a federal investigation in May 2012.

Police cooperated and even increased training and changed some policies.

Border Patrol Agent Is Accused of Killing Texas Man In Jealous Rage

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of shooting to death a Central Texas man in a fit of jealousy, the Associated Press reports.

Authorities said Agent Adam Garibay bound his wife in duct tape and demanded she reveal the name of the man she was dating.

“He was able to get from her by threat the address of the man,” Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown said.

Garibay is accused of driving 160 miles to the town of Hondo to shoot 35-year-old Keith Martin, the AP wrote.

Police said the agent fled the scene and led police on an 18-mile chase before he was arrested.

Something Smells Funny? FBI Warns About Proliferation of Counterfeit Cosmetics, Fragrances

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Something doesn’t smell right.

So says the FBI, which reports an increase in the sale of counterfeit cosmetics and fragrances.

According to the agency’s recent blog, more people are being scammed with phony cosmetics and counterfeit fragrances that are being shipped into the U.S.

That’s especially dangerous because phony cosmetics may contain arsenic, carcinogens and unhealthy amounts of aluminum. Counterfeit fragrances also may contain carcinogens and even urine.

The FBI offers a list of ways to identify counterfeits.

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