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FBI Urges Local Police to Monitor Facebook, Twitter for Lawbreakers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging local police to closely monitor social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, for criminal activity, according to an official publication on the bureau’s website.

The FBI publication also encourages law enforcement to be cautious about their own postings to avoid trouble with the law and others.

In some cases, police can jeopardize a case with posts to social media. Those include postings about lack of sleep or photos of drug evidence.

The publication reminds agents of the treasure drove of data kept on social media that could help catch lawbreakers.

FBI, Facebook Track Down International Crime Ring That Stole $850 Million from Computer Users

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents, with the help of Facebook, cracked one of the largest cybercrime cases in history, arresting 10 people accused of infecting computers with malicious software and then stealing their bank and other personal information worth $850 million, Reuters reports.

Agents were assisted by Facebook’s security team after users of the social networking giant were victimized by the theft, Reuters wrote.

Its “security systems were able to detect affected accounts and provide tools to remove these threats,” the FBI told Reuters.

The 10 people arrested came from Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.

Anti-DEA rants on Facebook Were Threatening and Specific, Judge Decided

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Indiana man who posted vague but violent threats against DEA agents on Facebook is headed to trial after a judge last week rejected a free speech defense, CNET reports.

In August 2011, Matthew Michael is accused of writing a series of angry posts about DEA agents.

“War is near,” he wrote on Facebook. “Anarchy and justice will be sought…I’ll kill whoever I deem to be in the way of harmony to the human race…BE WARNED IF U PULL ME OVER!”

CNET said U.S. District Judge William Lawrence rejected the defense’s notion that no law was broken because the threat wasn’t specific to anyone.

Lawrence disagreed, saying threats “were directed at natural persons, namely DEA agents.”

Michael is charged with three counts of transmitting threats in interstate commerce.

Former Marine Wins Release from Psychiatric Care Over Facebook Message

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A judge ruled Thursday that authorities must release from a psychiatric hospital a former Marine under FBI investigation for posting anti-government messages on Facebook, the Washington Times reports.

Prince George County Circuit Judge W. Allan Sharrett ordered the release of Brandon Raub because there was not sufficient basis to hold him.

Raub, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, came under FBI investigation after people reported he wrote anti-government messages on Facebook, according to the Washington Post.

Family and supporters said the FBI and magistrate trampled his First Amendment Rights.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

Ex-Marine Detained, Placed in Psychiatric Care for Facebook Posts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Supporters of a former Marine who was forced into psychiatric care for posting anti-government messages on Facebook say authorities are violating his First Amendment rights, the Washington Post reports.

Brandon J. Raub, 26, has been in custody since Thursday after the FBI, Secret Service and local police became alarmed by ominous Facebook posts, including one that read, “Sharpen my axe; I’m here to sever heads,” the Washington Post reported.

Raub, who has not been charged with a crime, was ordered detained for another month, according to Charlottesville-based civil liberties group, the Rutherford Institute.

“For government officials to not only arrest Brandon Raub for doing nothing more than exercising his First Amendment rights but to actually force him to undergo psychological evaluations and detain him against his will goes against every constitutional principle this country was founded upon,” Rutherford Executive Director John Whitehead told the Post. “This should be a wake-up call to Americans that the police state is here.”

Raub’s mother, Cathleen Thomas, said her son is “a staunch patriot.”

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Column: Should FBI Be Allowed to Wiretap Facebook?

By Adam Cohen
Time magazine

We may all be getting a new Facebook friend soon: the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The FBI wants to shift its wiretapping from old-school telephone lines to person-to-person platforms like email and instant messaging and even social media like Facebook.

To help it make the switch, the FBI is asking Congress to require tech companies to rewrite their software so it has a “back door” that the FBI can use to listen in.

It is all part of an initiative known as “Going Dark.”

To read the full column click here.

 

 

FBI Wants Wiretap Friendly Law for Social Networks Like Facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants greater access.

CNET reports that that the FBI is pushing for legislation to force social networks like Facebook and Twitter, email providers and peer-to-peer networks to become “wiretap friendly.

CNET reports that the legislation would expand a current law for cell phone operators and broadband networks.

To read more click here. 

 

Petitions Urge Justice Dept. to Look into Bosses Who Ask for Facebook Passwords

By Brendan Sasso
The Hill

WASHINGTON –In less than a week, nearly 55,000 people have signed a petition urging the Justice Department to investigate whether employers who ask for their workers’ Facebook passwords are breaking the law.

“Employers should not be allowed to demand private social networking passwords from job applicants. This privacy violation needs to be investigated — and needs to be stopped,” the petition reads.

The petition, started by the liberal Progressive Change Campaign Committee, echoes a letter Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and Charles Schumer (N.Y.) sent to the Justice Department last month.

To read the full story click here.