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  • FBI paid less than $1M for iPhone hack -- and doesn't know how it works

    04/29/2016 10:57:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    CNet ^ | April 29, 20166:39 AM PDT | by Katie Collins
    Earlier reports suggested the iPhone-unlocking mechanism cost as much as $1.3 million. How much does it cost to hack into an iPhone? Not as much as we thought. The FBI paid less the $1 million to hack into the iPhone 5C of one of the San Bernardino shooters, Reuters reported Friday, a figure lower than some observers had previously estimated. FBI Director James Comey said last week the government had spent more money than he was set to make over the remainder of his tenure running the bureau. This was calculated to be $1.3 million. The software mechanism purchased...
  • Please, FBI — you’re our last hope: ... Hillary Clinton’s emails

    04/27/2016 1:41:29 PM PDT · by Jack Black · 68 replies
    Salon ^ | April 27, 2016 | H.A. GOODMAN
    Full Title: Please, FBI — you’re our last hope: The Democratic Party’s future rests upon your probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails To the Honorable James B. Comey, Jr. and all the good people at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The majority of the Democratic Party does not believe there is an ongoing FBI criminal investigation regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails. They believe, as the former Secretary of State has told them, that your work is merely a “security review,” or as one Democratic strategist call it, “another BS scandal.” Your work, thus far, has been relegated to yet another “witch hunt.”...
  • Napolitano: Hillary Facing Catastrophe Whether She Is Indicted or Not

    04/26/2016 12:04:14 PM PDT · by TangledUpInBlue · 80 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 4/26 | Debra Heine
    Hillary Clinton continues to maintain that she is not under criminal investigation, characterizing the FBI probe as just one of many "security reviews" that are being conducted. But Napolitano said on Fox News' America's Newsroom Monday that "this is about as serious an investigation as there could be.... The FBI does not do security assessments, the State Department does. The FBI does criminal investigations." He said on Friday that he believes the FBI has more than enough evidence to indict and convict Clinton. “The evidence of her guilt is overwhelming,” Judge Napolitano stated. “And the FBI knows a lot more...
  • FBI May "Leak" Clinton Email Probe If DOJ Blocking Continues

    04/23/2016 1:30:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 82 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | 23 April 2016 | Tyler Durden
    The feud between the FBI and the Department of Justice over whether or not to proceed with charges against Hillary Clinton in the ongoing email investigation just took an unexpected turn. Recall that one month ago, we found out that on one hand, the FBI is seemingly hell-bent on chasing down every possibly angle involving Hillary's email abuse, when we reported that one hundred forty-seven FBI agents have been deployed to chase down clues and leads and that the FBI has accelerated the investigation because officials want to avoid the possibility of announcing any action too close to the election....
  • Grassley predicts FBI agents may ‘leak’ Clinton email info, if Clinton isn’t indicted

    04/22/2016 8:23:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Radio Iowa ^ | April 22, 2016 | O. Kay Henderson
    Senator Chuck Grassley says the worst development during his 40-year career in congress has been “more partisanship,” but Grassley says that’s also one of the best things — because it is better defining “who’s a Republican and who’s a Democrat.” “I think it’s clearer to the American people what the Republican Party stands for and the Democratic Party stands for,” Grassley says. The presence of “moderate” Republicans and Democrats in congress “blurred” things for voters, according to Grassley. “And that makes it more fuzzy for the people at the grassroots,” Grassley says. But Grassley says the higher level of partisanship...
  • O'Reilly To Trump: Prepare For The Pro-Hillary Media "Onslaught"

    04/22/2016 3:52:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 22, 2016 | Jeff Poor
    Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly used his opening “Talking Points Memo” segment monologue to warn Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump of his treatment from the media should it be Trump and Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head match-up this fall.
  • FBI head: No timetable for completing Hillary Clinton email probe

    04/22/2016 4:37:43 AM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    AP ^ | 4/22/16
    FBI Director James Comey says there's no timetable for the FBI to complete its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Comey told an Aspen Security Forum audience on Thursday that the FBI does not set timetables on any of its investigations. The comments echo assertions that he and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have made in recent months.
  • FBI head: No timetable for completing Clinton email probe

    04/21/2016 6:58:08 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 35 replies
    AP ^ | 4/21/2016 | Too ashamed to say
    WASHINGTON – FBI Director James Comey says there's no timetable for the FBI to complete its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Comey told an Aspen Security Forum audience on Thursday that the FBI does not set timetables on any of its investigations. The comments echo assertions that he and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have made in recent months.
  • FBI head suggests agency paid more than $1M to access iPhone (Video at site)

    04/21/2016 4:34:08 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 15 replies
    Yahoo Finance News ^ | April 21, 2016 | Associated Press
    FBI Director James Comey has hinted that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. WASHINGTON (AP) -- FBI Director James Comey hinted at an event in London on Thursday that the FBI paid more than $1 million to break into the locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers. Comey was asked during a question-and-answer session at an Aspen Security Forum event how much the FBI paid for the method from an unidentified third-party to access the phone. He did not give a precise...
  • FBI’s ‘No Data is New Data’ iPhone Spin Stinks

    04/21/2016 11:55:36 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Mac Observer ^ | April 21, 2016 | By Jeff Gamet
    The FBI says it has new data from Syed Farook's iPhone, and that new data is that there isn't any data, or at least no data that's of any use to the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation. The FBI is saying their analysis shows Mr. Farook didn't communicate with anyone during an 18 minute window that's unaccounted for following the shooting spree—something they should've known long before hacking into the phone. iCloud backups from the iPhone had been in the FBI's hands since early January, and agents had access to the device's phone carrier records, too. Critics to the FBI's...
  • Not Indicted VS Indicted, but Not Prosecuted

    04/20/2016 4:52:16 PM PDT · by originalbuckeye · 12 replies
    4/20/16 | Originalbuckeye
    We know Hillary is guilty of High Crimes and Misdemeanors, but do we think she will ever be indicted? I have just about decided that she may be indicted, but we will just face the Lois Lerner situation. Lynch will decline to prosecute due to 'so many want her for President that it is not in the "public interest" to prosecute'. And most Democrats obviously don't care about the criminality of the Clintons. I mean, they defended Bubba against all those Democrat women who claimed rape/groping/fondling, etc. And they obviously don't care that it was Hillary that set out to...
  • Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others express ‘deep concerns’ over controversial encryption bill

    04/20/2016 10:14:22 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 20, 2016 04:37 am | By Amar Toor
    Coalitions representing major tech companies warn of 'unintended consequences' in letter to US senators Four coalitions representing Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other major tech companies have published an open letter expressing their concerns over a controversial US bill that would require smartphone makers to decrypt data on demand. The letter, published this week, is addressed to the bill's sponsors, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and signed by four industry groups: Reform Government Surveillance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, and the Entertainment Software Association. In addition to Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon,...
  • Former FBI agents to Director Comey: ‘Future of the Bureau’ rests on handling of Clinton email case

    04/20/2016 5:28:14 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/20/16 | John Sexton
    A group of former agents has written a letter to FBI Director Comey saying the “future of the bureau” hinges on what happens in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The letter from a group of retired agents in Long Island compares the Clinton email scandal to another famous FBI case known as ABSCAM. ABSCAM involved public corruption of politicians who were filmed taking bribes from a fictitious front company. Fox News published the letter over the weekend. It reads: Dear Director Comey,The Long Island Chapter of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, hereinafter called the Chapter, would...
  • Apple refused China request for source code in last two years: lawyer

    04/19/2016 11:19:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 19, 2016 | BY DUSTIN VOLZ
    Apple has been asked by Chinese authorities within the last two years to hand over its source code but refused to do so, the company's top lawyer told U.S. lawmakers at a hearing on Tuesday. Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell made the statement in response to a line of attack from law enforcement officials who have attempted to portray Apple as complicit in handing over information to Chinese authorities for business reasons while refusing to cooperate with U.S. requests for access to private data in criminal investigations. Apple Inc and the FBI returned to Washington to testify before lawmakers about...
  • Can Hillary Continue to Evade Accountability?

    04/16/2016 7:41:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 17 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/16/16 | Roger Aronoff
    The mainstream media continue to ignore evidence of corruption in hopes that as Democrat Party heir apparent Mrs. Clinton will attain the presidency Hillary Clinton, for the most part, eagerly embraced the record of President Barack Obama during Thursday night’s Brooklyn, New York debate on CNN against Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT). Sanders has won eight of the last nine state primaries or caucuses, with the all-important New York state primary coming up this Tuesday. The question of Hillary’s mishandling of classified information never came up in the debate. But earlier in the week, the President had doubled down on his...
  • DOCUMENTS CONFIRM ERIC HOLDER’S ROLE IN FAST AND FURIOUS COVER-UP

    04/15/2016 4:37:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 28 replies
    Powerline ^ | 15 Apr, 2016 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    “Fast and Furious” is back in the news. The reason? In January, Judge Amy Berman, an Obama appointee, ordered the Department of Justice to produce documents relating to the “gun walking” scandal that Congress had been seeking for four years. DOJ finally produced them, some 20,000 pages worth, this month. For anyone who has forgotten about Fast and Furious, here’s the short version. In 2010, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent was killed while on patrol near the Mexican border. The only two firearms found at the scene were semi-automatic rifles the Obama-Holder Justice Department allowed to “walk”. That...
  • ABSCAM agents to FBI chief: Bureau's 'reputation' on the line in Clinton probe

    04/15/2016 2:51:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 46 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2016 | Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne
    Former FBI agents who worked the notorious 1970s sting operation known as ABSCAM have written FBI Director James Comey to warn that nothing less than the bureau's "reputation" is on the line as the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email practices enters a critical phase. The agents, in a March 16 letter obtained by Fox News, offered their support for Comey and the agents working the email case. But the letter cautioned the outcome would have long-lasting implications. "Decisions must be made on facts alone. Much is at stake here -- people's trust in the Bureau for years to come, as...
  • Apple iPhone unlocking maneuver likely to remain secret

    04/14/2016 11:06:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Reuters | April 13, 2016 | BY JOSEPH MENN AND MARK HOSENBALL
    <p>The company that helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino shooter's iPhone to get data has sole legal ownership of the method, making it highly unlikely the technique will be disclosed by the government to Apple or any other entity, Obama administration sources said this week.</p>
  • Cornyn: Obama 'trying to influence' FBI Clinton probe

    04/14/2016 6:35:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/14/15 | Joel Gehrke
    The number two Republican in the Senate charged Thursday that President Obama is "trying to influence the outcome" of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department. "Time and time again, the White House has projected its desired outcome of this investigation to the public, and worse, to those people conducting it," Texas Sen. John Cornyn said on the Senate floor Thursday afternoon. The Senate majority whip has long called for a special counsel to take over the review of Clinton's email practices, but President Obama's latest defense of...
  • FBI HASN’T FOUND ANYTHING USEFUL ON SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTER’S IPHONE YET

    04/14/2016 2:13:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 60 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 14, 2016 | By Julian Chokkattu
    The FBI’s quest to unlock the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c and subsequent legal battle with Apple may have amounted to very little, as reports say nothing of real significance has been discovered on the now-unlocked device. But the FBI is still analyzing the information, a law enforcement source told CBS News. Related: Apple vs. the FBI: A complete timeline of the war over tech encryption Apple refused a court order demanding it to create a backdoor into the iPhone, which would have allowed the FBI to access suspected terrorist Syed Farook’ personal information stored within. The Cupertino company said...
  • Line By Line, How The US Anti-Encryption Bill Will Kill Our Privacy, Security

    04/14/2016 7:59:33 AM PDT · by Cyberman · 9 replies
    The Register ^ | 04/13/2016 | Iain Thomson
    Analysis In the wake of the FBI's failed fight against Apple, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced a draft bill that would effectively ban strong crypto. The bill would require tech and communications companies to allow law enforcement with a court order to decrypt their customers' data. Last week a draft copy of the bill, dubbed the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, was leaked, but the new version is even worse than the discussion draft.... The senators want to have their cake--by requiring tech companies to protect their customers' data--and eat it too--by insisting...
  • FBI paid professional hackers one-time fee to crack San Bernardino iPhone (video at link)

    04/13/2016 10:54:01 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12th, 2016 | By Ellen Nakashima
    The FBI cracked a San Bernardino terrorist’s phone with the help of professional hackers who discovered and brought to the bureau at least one previously unknown software flaw, according to people familiar with the matter. The new information was then used to create a piece of hardware that helped the FBI to crack the iPhone’s four-digit personal identification number without triggering a security feature that would have erased all the data, the individuals said. The researchers, who typically keep a low profile, specialize in hunting for vulnerabilities in software and then in some cases selling them to the U.S. government....
  • FBI top dog: Rise of “Islamophobia” a “concerning issue”

    04/12/2016 7:20:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 4/12/16 | Robert Spencer
    On “Islamophobia,” see here. On pandering to the Muslim community in Detroit and counting on Muslims there to aid in counterterror efforts, remember that Hamas-linked CAIR has more than once advised Muslims not to cooperate with law enforcement. In January 2011, its San Francisco chapter featured on its website a poster that read, “Build A Wall of Resistance / Don’t Talk to the FBI.” In November 2014, Hamas-linked CAIR-Florida’s “14th Annual Banquet Rooted in Faith” in Tampa distributed pamphlets entitled “What to do if the FBI comes for you” and featuring a graphic of a person holding a finger to...
  • FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years

    04/12/2016 2:26:50 PM PDT · by unixfox · 47 replies
    Motherboard ^ | 04/04/2016 | Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
    The feds warned that “a group of malicious cyber actors,” whom security experts believe to be the government-sponsored hacking group known as APT6, “have compromised and stolen sensitive information from various government and commercial networks” since at least 2011, according to an FBI alert obtained by Motherboard. The alert, which is also available online, shows that foreign government hackers are still successfully hacking and stealing data from US government’s servers, their activities going unnoticed for years. This comes months after the US government revealed that a group of hackers, widely believed to be working for the Chinese government, had for...
  • Whoa: U.S. extradites Romanian hacker who hacked into Hillary’s schlock bathroom e-mail server

    04/12/2016 11:15:22 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/12/16 | Dan Calabrese
    He would read Hillary's memos . . . and then do the gardening. First the FBI gave immunity to the guy who installed Hillary’s schlock, homebrew e-mail server - the one so non-secure that a guy from Romania was able to easily hack into it and read Hillary’s memos. Now they’re bringing the Romanian guy (who goes by the name of Guccifer for some reason) over to the U.S. You don’t think the FBI is doing all this just to whitewash the case, do you? I don’t: According to the 15-page federal indictment, Lazar “specialized in gaining unauthorized access to...
  • Obama: I would never tell Loretta Lynch what to do on the Hillary investigation

    04/12/2016 9:34:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 39 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/12/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Obama doesn't have to speak directly to Loretta Lynch to make sure she knows What I’ve embedded here is Obama’s entire 15-minute interview with Chris Wallace from Sunday, which covers a lot of other topics, including Obama’s attitude toward terrorism and the status of the Merrick Garland nomination. The Hillary e-mail part doesn’t start until around the 10-minute mark, This is where Obama insists - and leaves no room for ambiguity - that he never talks to the DOJ or the FBI about criminal investigations and never tells them what to do, because no one is above the law. Now...
  • Joe Scarborough: Obama 'Rigged' Clinton Email Probe

    04/12/2016 6:37:29 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 11 Apr 2016 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Monday accused President Barack Obama of rigging the process in favor of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton while the FBI continues its investigation into her use of a private email server, after Obama offered a "guarantee" Sunday that there is no political influence into the probe. "He said he wasn't going to talk to the attorney general about the pending investigation, but he just did, as he did back in October when he said, 'No national security issues here. Nothing to see, move along," Scarborough said during a panel discussion on his "Morning Joe" program about an...
  • Ex-DOJ official: Obama signaling FBI to back off Hillary

    04/12/2016 5:53:34 AM PDT · by detective · 30 replies
    WND ^ | 04/11/2016 | Greg Corombos
    President Obama tried to downplay the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for handling some of the government’s most sensitive information, but a former top Justice Department official says Obama’s comments ignore the law and are an obvious attempt to convince the FBI not to recommend charges against Clinton. On Fox News Sunday, anchor Chris Wallace asked Obama if he was convinced that national security was not compromised by Clinton’s handling of sensitive information. “Here’s what I know: Hillary Clinton was an outstanding secretary of state. She would never intentionally put America in any kind of...
  • Warhols stolen from Missouri museum; FBI offers reward for information

    04/11/2016 6:21:51 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 19 replies
    News Daily ^ | April 11, 2016 | Dani Cardona
    (Reuters) – The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday offered up to $25,000 as a reward for information on seven Andy Warhol paintings stolen from a Missouri art museum last week. The “Campbell Soup” paintings, part of a set of 10 worth $500,000, were taken from the Springfield Art Museum, in Springfield, after a break-in during the early hours of April 7, the FBI said.
  • FBI Scores a Hollow Victory in Apple iPhone Unlocking Fight

    04/11/2016 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Coronal · 13 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jeff Gamet
    The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies. Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler's order stated, "To the extent that data on the device is encrypted, Apple may provide a copy of the encrypted data to law enforcement...
  • Hillary Clinton's Greatest Fear from FBI Probe Isn't About Email

    04/11/2016 2:56:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    Money Morning ^ | 4/11/16 | David Zeiler
    When the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) concludes its investigation of the Hillary Clinton private email server, the worst damage is not likely to come from the former secretary of state having classified information stored on a private server. Earlier this year the FBI probe expanded into possible violations of public corruption laws resulting from her role as secretary of state and her association with the Clinton Foundation."The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts, and whether regular processes were followed," an intelligence source told FOX News.The concern is that Clinton,...
  • Uh Oh: US Extradites Romanian Hacker Tied to Hillary Email Scandal

    04/11/2016 8:30:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2016 | Guy Benson
    A flurry of significant stories broke on Friday, including the Obama administration's belated capitulation on executive privilege assertions pertaining to the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, as well as the release of a large document dump to the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Another potentially-meaningful revelation came via Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Pamela Browne, who reported that the timing and context of US officials' extradition of a Romanian hacker is "not a coincidence" vis-a-vis the FBI's ongoing criminal investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's national security-compromising email scheme. Let's follow the breadcrumbs: The extradition of Romanian hacker “Guccifer” to the...
  • Gangs, drugs, and guns keep the pressure on Apple

    04/10/2016 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | April 9, 2016 | By Bruce Brown
    p>Apple’s issues with the Department of Justice and U.S. courts haven’t ended. The FBI was able to crack the San Bernadino, CA terrorist’s iPhone 5c with outside help and subsequently withdrew its legal action. U.S. District Courts in Boston and New York have ongoing investigations with gangs, guns, and drugs and the DoJ wants Apple’s help, as reported by  Yahoo! UK Finance. Court papers were released Friday from a February 1 filing in Boston, during which a judge ordered Apple to unlock a phone seized from an alleged gang member.  This order took place before February 16, when Apple was...
  • FBI Director Explains Why He Puts Tape Over His Webcam

    04/10/2016 5:44:33 AM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 9, 2016 | Jonah Bennett
    During a Wednesday speech on privacy at Kenyon College, FBI Director James Comey said he’s anxious enough about the prospect of covert surveillance that he places tape over his computer’s webcam. [...] “I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera,” Comey said. “Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera.” [...]
  • FBI wants Apple to unlock New York drug dealer's iPhone in new case

    04/10/2016 1:14:39 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 17 replies
    IBTimes UK ^ | April 9, 2016 12:03 BST 80 | By Joe Gamp
    FBI spills the beans on how it hacked the iPhone to US senators The US Justice Department is looking to file a court order to force Apple to help the FBI unlock an iPhone that was obtained as part of a New York drug dealing case, it has been reported on 9 April. The move follows a recent attempt in March to force the tech giant to crack an iPhone used by a terrorist in the December 2015 attacks in San Bernardino, California. The San Bernardino order was reportedly dropped the US government said the FBI had unlocked the phone...
  • Judge orders Apple to help FBI unlock iPhone in Massachusetts case

    04/10/2016 1:04:45 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 13 replies
    Venture Beat — Reuters ^ | APRIL 8, 2016 2:12 PM | Reuters
    (Reuters) — A U.S. magistrate judge in Boston in February ordered Apple to assist law enforcement officers in examining the iPhone of an alleged gang member, according to a court filing unsealed on Friday. “Reasonable technical assistance consists of, to the extent possible, extracting data from the device, copying the data from the device onto an external hard drive or other storage medium and returning the aforementioned storage medium to law enforcement,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler wrote. Apple has been under pressure in recent months to assist law enforcement agencies in searching its iPhones after the U.S. Justice Department...
  • BREAKING: President Obama Turns Over Thousands of Fast and Furious Documents

    04/08/2016 3:05:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 8, 2016 | Katie Pavlich
    Just moments before Attorney General Eric Holder was voted in contempt of Congress by Republicans and Democrats in June 2012 , President Obama asserted executive privilege over thousands of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Holder was held in contempt for stonewalling and failing to turn over the documents to the House Oversight Committee. Obama granted the executive privilege request despite claiming to have no knowledge about Operation Fast and Furious when it was active from 2009-2010. Now after years of court battles and a federal judge striking down the executive privilege assertion, Obama has finally agreed turned them...
  • Obama relents on Fast & Furious executive privilege, turns records over to Congress

    04/08/2016 3:38:01 PM PDT · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4/8/16 | Stephen Dinan
    The Obama administration caved to a judge’s order Friday and sent documents from the botched Fast & Furious gun-running operation to Congress, complying with a subpoena the House Oversight Committee issued years ago. President Obama had claimed executive privilege in trying to shield the documents from Congress, but a federal judge rejected that, insisting lawmakers had a right to see the information in order to complete their investigation into an operation that saw thousands of guns trafficked into Mexico, with the administration’s knowledge. With just hours to go before the judge’s 60-day deadline, the administration complied Friday. “As we’ve long...
  • Justice Dept. fails to turn over all Fast and Furious docs

    04/08/2016 4:15:05 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 4/8/16 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Obama administration failed to adhere to a court-ordered Friday deadline to turn over all subpoenaed documents to Congress about the government's role in the 2009-2011 Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, prompting immediate complaints from Congress. "Today, under court order, DOJ turned over some of the subpoenaed documents," House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz said in a statement late Friday. "The committee, however, is entitled to the full range of documents for which it brought this lawsuit. Accordingly, we have appealed the District Court's ruling in order to secure those additional documents." A U.S. District Court judge had ruled in January...
  • Don’t Be Fooled: The White House Is Still Stonewalling Fast & Furious

    04/08/2016 4:42:45 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    Bearing Arms ^ | 8 Apr, 2016 | Bob Owens
    The White House has been stonewalling investigators for four years over the Obama Administration’s Operation Fast and Furious. Fast and Furious was gun-smuggling plot that armed the Sinaloa drug cartel with thousands of weapons in an apparent attempt to scapegoat American gun dealers in border states for drug cartel violence in Mexico...... In January, a federal district court judge rejected Obama’s executive privilege claim over records detailing the Justice Department and White House’s response to Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigation that may have allowed as many as 2,000 firearms to pass into...
  • Attorney Files for Cliven Bundy .. Govt Afraid of Losing to “Political Prisoner” in Jury Trial

    04/08/2016 3:23:18 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | April 7, 2016 | Tim Brown
    Attorney Joel Hansen referred to Bundy as a "political prisoner" and said the government does not want to release him for fear it would lose if the case is ever heard before a jury. ... "The government seems to be afraid that it might lose in a jury trial, so it wants to keep him in prison, in solitary confinement, as long as it can because he, like Nelson Mandela, is a political prisoner," Hansen wrote. "There is nothing in the U.S. Constitution allowing the federal government to hold political prisoners without a trial. Nothing." ... Does Mr. Bundy have...
  • Harry Reid attacks Bundys on Senate floor, calls for Gold Butte protection

    04/08/2016 9:09:24 AM PDT · by azkathy · 38 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 4-7-2016 | Jeff German
    With the “outrageous lawbreaker” Cliven Bundy and four of his sons in custody, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada took to the Senate floor Thursday to renew his push to preserve the scenic Gold Butte area northeast of Las Vegas. “Because of trouble caused by the Bundys and their pals, the federal employees tasked with safely guarding these antiquities, were prevented from doing their jobs,” he said. Reid also called attention in his speech to the armed takeover of a government wildlife refuge in Oregon earlier this year “by a dangerous group of militants” that included Bundy family members. Reid...
  • Clinton: Prison time over email scandal a GOP 'fantasy'

    04/08/2016 8:21:46 AM PDT · by kevcol · 61 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 8, 2016 | Ariel Cohen
    Hillary Clinton insisted Friday that there's no way Republicans will get their wish, which is to see her in handcuffs and charged with violating the law by allowing top secret and classified information to end up on her private email server. "I know that they live in that world of fantasy and hope because they've got a mess on their hands on the Republican side. That is not going to happen," Clinton said on NBC's "Today" show. "There is not even the remotest chance that is going to happen." "But look, they've been after me, as I say, for 25...
  • FBI can't unlock anything newer than Apple's iPhone 5c, Comey reveals

    04/08/2016 12:47:53 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 52 replies
    AppleInsider ^ | Thursday, April 07, 2016, 06:25 am PT (09:25 am ET | By AppleInsider Staff
    The unlocking procedure used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to break into an iPhone 5c at the center of the San Bernardino case cannot be used on new devices, the bureau's director said on Wednesday. The IP Box setup, via MDSec. Comey told a group of students and educators at Kenyon College in Ohio that his department had "purchased a tool" from a third party to unlock the iPhone in question, according to CNN Money. Though he stopped short of revealing the exact process, he did note that it would not work on more modern handsets. "This doesn't work...
  • Syed Farook’s iPhone is a Bust for the FBI

    04/08/2016 12:35:34 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 7, 2016 | By Jeff Gamet
    p>The FBI has had access to the encrypted contents of Syed Farook's iPhone 5c for at least a week and when asked about the status, FBI general counsel James Baker said they're still analyzing the data and the agency won't talk about what may or may not be there. That's government talk for, "We didn't find anything useful on the iPhone." FBI: Nothing to see here, move along Mr. Baker responded to questions about the San Bernardino mass shooting investigation this week at an International Association of Privacy Professionals conference where he said, "We’re now doing an analysis of that...
  • 4 top NYC police officials transferred amid corruption probe

    04/07/2016 2:43:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2016 5:04 PM EDT | Colleen Long
    Four senior New York City police officials have been transferred amid a corruption probe into whether officers took free trips, meals and other perks, and Commissioner William Bratton said Thursday police and federal investigators will “follow the leads wherever they take us.” “The public has an expectation of a high degree of trust and integrity in its police department,” he said. “This is not a particularly good day for the department.” The corruption investigation by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau began in 2013, Bratton said in a statement. In early 2014 the FBI and Department of Justice became involved in...
  • Why is the FBI so slow on Clinton e-mail probe?

    04/06/2016 9:54:21 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 68 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Apr. 6 , 2016 | Joan Vennochi
    If FBI Director James Comey feels no deadline pressure to wrap up the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, he should. “The urgency is to do it well and promptly. And ‘well’ comes first,” Comey told local law enforcement agents in Buffalo on Monday, according to the Niagara Gazette. “Well” is important. But so is “promptly,” and the FBI’s definition of that is unclear. The probe, underway for a year now, addresses a fundamental question: Did Clinton intentionally or recklessly forward classified information in a way that put the country at risk? Getting the answer sooner rather than later seems...
  • The FBI is telling senators how it hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

    04/06/2016 9:40:32 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Russell Brandom
    The FBI isn't keeping its new iPhone attack secret from everyone. According to a new report in National Journal, the FBI has already briefed Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) on the methods used to break into the iPhone at the center of Apple's recent legal fight. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) is also scheduled to be briefed on the topic in the days to come. Feinstein and Burr are both working on a new bill to limit the use of encryption in consumer technology, expected to be made public in the weeks to come.The disclosures come amid widespread calls for the attack to be...
  • U.S. Government's Multi-Million Dollar Mobile Forensics Shopping Spree Revealed

    04/06/2016 8:09:31 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 6, 2016 | By Steve Morgan
    The FBI, DOJ, and numerous other U.S. government agencies have acquired mobile forensics and smart phone hacking tools from Cellebrite — an Israeli based cybersecurity firm — for the past decade. Cellebrite manufactures the UFED Touch, a mobile forensic extraction device which the FBI used to hack into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c. CNN Money reported last week the FBI alone signed 187 contracts with Cellebrite over the past seven years — averaging $10,883 per contract — according to U.S. government records. That’s more than $2 million the FBI dropped on mobile forensics products and services. The Federal Procurement...
  • Former members of polygamist sect led by Warren Jeffs reveal secrets in FBI documents

    04/06/2016 4:45:59 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    foxnews ^ | April 6, 2016 | CNN wire
    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — A decade after the arrest of polygamous prophet Warren Jeffs, insiders say his church has literally become a place of feast or famine, of haves and have-nots. Prison has done little to loosen Jeffs’ hold on many of his followers, even if he is now a convicted child-sex offender serving a life sentence. They still await his revelations and follow his directives, both difficult and bizarre. But some members are leaving the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints — and disobeying their prophet’s longstanding orders to avoid law enforcement and “answer them nothing.”...