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Farook’s Phone: The FBI versus Apple (and Everyone Else)

Farook’s Phone: The FBI versus Apple (and Everyone Else)

. . By Thomas L. Knapp The Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to know what’s on Syed Farook’s Apple iPhone. As the old saying goes, people in hell want icewater too. The San Bernardino killer’s phone is encrypted. More than ten attempts to guess the correct six-digit pass code (out of a million possibilities) will […]

Fraternal Order of Police asks FBI to investigate data breach

Fraternal Order of Police asks FBI to investigate data breach

The nation’s largest police union said on Thursday that it’s asked the FBI to investigate a computer breach that allowed hackers to steal hundreds of internal documents that have since been published online. Chuck Canterbury, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said in a statement posted on Facebook that hackers managed “a complete […]

Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Oregon Edition

Hands Up Don’t Shoot, Oregon Edition

. . By Thomas L. Knapp “They shot him right there, he was just walking — I saw it,” says Victoria Sharp . “I swear to God, he was just walking with his hands in the air.” She’s describing the January 26 killing of LaVoy Finicum by FBI agents and an Oregon State Police SWAT […]

“This Is Government Land”: The Eternal Refrain of the Federal Occupiers

“This Is Government Land”: The Eternal Refrain of the Federal Occupiers

FBI officially investigating San Bernardino shootings as ‘act of terrorism’

FBI officially investigating San Bernardino shootings as ‘act of terrorism’

The shooting spree by a Muslim couple that killed 14 and seriously wounded 21 Wednesday in San Bernardino, Calif. is officially being investigated as a terrorist act, the lead FBI investigator in the case said Friday. David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI’s Los Angeles Office, told reporters in an afternoon briefing that the determination […]

FBI braces for ISIS holiday terror attacks

FBI braces for ISIS holiday terror attacks

In the wee hours of July 4, cialis FBI counterterrorism agents in the Boston area scrambled to thwart the last of a string of Islamic State terror plots they feared could be conducted during the patriotic holiday or soon after. Just weeks earlier, stuff an agent and Boston officers had shot and killed an ISIS […]

Comey vs. Crypto: The Last Banzai Charge

Comey vs. Crypto: The Last Banzai Charge

    By Thomas L. Knapp At the end of World War II, Second Lieutenant Hiro Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army dismissed rumors of his country’s surrender, fading into the Philippine jungle to fight on. He held out for 29 years before, still dressed in his dilapidated uniform, he surrendered his sword to his […]

FBI keeps tabs on cellphones with aircraft despite Patriot Act expiration

FBI keeps tabs on cellphones with aircraft despite Patriot Act expiration

Not all surveillance tools were lost to the FBI after the expiration of the Patriot Act on Sunday. The national law enforcement agency still operates an air force of low-flying planes that can identify individuals thousands of feet below by the cellphones they carry, and all without a judge’s approval. The spy planes capture video, […]

FBI admits Patriot Act snooping powers didn’t crack any major terrorism cases

FBI agents can’t point to any major terrorism cases they’ve cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department’s inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating. Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said that between 2004 and 2009, the […]

Leader of Oxnard’s Colonia Chiques gang convicted by Feds

Leader of Oxnard’s Colonia Chiques gang convicted by Feds