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Tag: Justice Department

Wife of Dead ISIS Commander Charged in Death of 26-Year-Old U.S. Aid Worker

Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker who was killed.

Kayla Mueller, a U.S. aid worker who was killed.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The wife of a dead ISIS commander was charged Monday after the Justice Department alleged she was part of a plot that resulted in the death of a 26-year-old U.S. aid worker who was kidnapped by ISIS in Syria, the Daily Beast reports. 

The ISIS widow, known as Umm Sayyaf, is expected to be charged by Iraqi officials, so she may never end up in a U.S. court. But the official said the charges were “an insurance policy” in case she isn’t charged in Iraq or in case she escapes prison.

What remains unclear is how 26-year-old aid worker, Kayla Mueller, died after being kidnapped by ISIS.

The charges allege that Sayyaf was a sex slave held against her will.

Sayyaf’s husband was killed, and she was taken custody and interrogated in Iraq.

Hacker Dumps Details of Homeland Security Officials; Plans Same for FBI Today

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A hacker posted a database featuring details of nearly 100,00 Homeland Security employees online Sunday and pledged to post similar information today of 20,000 FBI employees, International Business Times reports.

The database includes the names, titles, phone numbers and email address of 9,355 DHS employees, the hacker announced on Twitter.

The information “appeared to be genuine and matches other online records,” IBT reported.

The hacker, who often uses the hashtag “FreePalestine,” said access was possible through an internal Justice Department network.

Neither the Justice Department nor the FBI has commented yet.

Department of Justice Reaches Agreement on Consent Decree with Ferguson

ferguson logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An agreement was reached Wednesday between federal officials and leaders in Ferguson, Mo., to end unlawful arrests and excessive force.

The New York Times reports that the agreement still must be approved by the City Council after undergoing public scrutiny.

The pact comes in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in 2014.

As a result of the consent decree, Ferguson would be spared an expensive, lengthy court battle.

The pact demonstrates the city’s “commitment to refocusing police and municipal court practices on public safety, rather than revenue generation,” Vanita Gupta, the department’s top civil rights prosecutor, said in a letter to Ferguson.

“It was a sweeping report and the settlement, too, is unusual in its breadth,” the New York Times reports. “It demands changes not only to how and when police officers use force, but to the city’s entire criminal justice system.”

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Former House Majority Leader: FBI Wants to Indict Hillary Clinton in E-mail Scandal

Ex-Rep. Tom DeLay

Ex-Rep. Tom DeLay

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wants to indict Hillary Clinton as part of the ongoing e-mail scandal, according to former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom Delay.

“I have friends that are in the FBI and they tell me they’re ready to indict [her],” former Texas Republican Congressman Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV.

Delay claims the FBI will be incensed if the Justice Department does not indict the Democratic frontrunner in the presidential campaign.

“They’re ready to recommend an indictment and they also say that if the attorney general does not indict, they’re going public,” DeLay warned.

Delay insists Clinton will be disciplined “one way or another.”

“One way or another, either she’s going to be indicted and that process begins, or we try her in the public eye with her campaign.”

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To Capture Pedophiles Downloading Child Pornography, FBI Agents Turn into Hacker Spies

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents are turning into to hacker spies to capture pedophiles who hide anonymously on the Internet.

CNN reports that the Justice Department launched a massive investigation called Operation Torpedo, which began in 2011 and recently came to a close with the arrests of people downloading child pornography.

The case started when Netherlands police gained access to a large child pornography site whose web hosting service was located in Bellevue, Nebraska.

The FBI raided the home of the man who ran the site, PedoBook, where users could download photos of child pornography.

To break through Tor, which hides users’ location, the FBI was given a search warrant for a “network investigative technique” that allowed agents to use computer codes to track down people who downloaded photos and videos.

FBI Agent Jeffrey Tarpinian describes this hack as “the only available investigative technique with a reasonable likelihood of securing the evidence necessary to prove… the actual location and identity of those users” in court documents from 2012.

What the FBI found was more disturbing than they had realized: Some images were being viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

“They’re hiding in plain sight… we remain powerless to some extent,” said one senior Justice Department official who was authorized to speak without being named. “That’s what creates this sense of urgency.”

DEA Violated Policy by Offering to Pay TSA Screener to Help Seize Cash from Luggage

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA recruited a TSA security screener to help seize cash from passengers’ luggage, according to a Department of Justice watchdog.

The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General officially condemned the DEA this month, saying the agreement, which allowed the agency to confiscate money, “violated DEA policy,” Huffington Post reports. 

The arrangement “could have violated individuals’ protection against unreasonable searches and seizures if it led to a subsequent DEA enforcement action.”

The idea was to pay a TSA agent to tip off the DEA about cash in travelers’ luggage.

State and federal agencies have relied on civil forfeiture to seize hundreds of millions of dollars in property each year.

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FBI Operated Child Pornography Websites to Help Identify Thousands of Hidden Users

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI took over one of the Internet’s largest child pornography websites last year, allowing users to download thousands of images and videos in an effort to identify the culprits.

The USA Today reports that the FBI has taken control of at least three child pornography sites while keeping them online to capture the users who have hidden behind behind an encrypted and anonymous computer network.

The FBI was able to identify hundreds of users by infecting the sites with security-busting software.

The Justice Department confirmed that the FBI operated a site known as Playpen from Feb. 20 to March 4, 2015. During that time, more than 215,000 registered users were able to access more than 23000 sexually explicit videos and pictures of children.

Authorities said the new tactic of maintaining the sites allowed them to identify people who otherwise couldn’t be tracked.

“We had a window of opportunity to get into one of the darkest places on Earth, and not a lot of other options except to not do it,” said Ron Hosko, a former senior FBI official who was involved in planning one of the agency’s first efforts to take over a child porn site. “There was no other way we could identify as many players.”

Sen. Marco Rubio Slams Justice Department, Says It Won’t Indict Hillary

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Sen. Marco Rubio earlier this week slammed the Justice Department and said he doubted prosecutors would bring an indictment in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, according to a report in Newsmax.

Appearing on Fox News Sean Hannity show, said if he’s elected, “there will be real accounting with a real Justice Department and a real attorney general” and “we’re going to hold people accountable.”

He said he doubts the Obama administration’s Justice Department will indictment Hillary Clinton in the email case even though Clinton “didn’t care that she exposed classified and sensitive information.”