FBI Broke Multiple Laws When Entrapping 15-Year-Old With Fake AP Article

In 2007, the FBI used a fake news story and website that used the names of the AP and The Seattle Times to catch a bomb threat suspect.
Last week, documents revealing the deception were publicized on Twitter by Christopher Soghoian, the principal technologist for the American Civil Liberties Union. They included a copy of the fake news story, headlined ‘Bomb threat at high school downplayed by local police department.’
Here’s a bit of background, from Fox News:
Police in suburban Lacey, near Olympia, sought the FBI’s help as repeated bomb threats prompted a week of evacuations and closures at Timberline High School in June 2007.
After police interviews of potential suspects came up empty, the agency obtained a warrant from a federal magistrate judge to send a ‘communication’ to a social media account associated with the bomb threats, with the idea of tricking the suspect into revealing his location, according to documents obtained by the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.


This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 3rd, 2014.

FBI Quietly Seeks Broader Hacking Powers

The FBI is seeking to expand its hacking and surveillance powers through ‘an apparently backdoor route,’ the Guardian reported Wednesday, a move that civil liberties groups say could infringe upon constitutional rights.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has proposed (pdf) an amendment to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, having to do with warrants for remote access to electronic data. The rule changes, according to the DOJ, would make it easier for law enforcement ‘to investigate and prosecute…crimes involving Internet anonymizing technologies,’ such as Tor.
The federal Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules is scheduled to hear testimony on the proposal at a hearing next week.
The Guardian reports:
Under existing wording, warrants have to be highly focused on specific locations where suspected criminal activity is occurring and approved by judges located in that same district.
But under the proposed amendment, a judge can issue a warrant that would allow the FBI to hack into any computer, no matter where it is located. The change is designed specifically to help federal investigators carry out surveillance on computers that have been ‘anonymized’ – that is, their location has been hidden using tools such as Tor.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on November 2nd, 2014.

U.S. Warns That Americans In The Middle East Might Be Attacked By Al-Qaeda – Episode 505

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 30, 2014
Initial jobless claims nears 40 year lows. More companies are laying off employees. GDP for the 3rd quarter jumped on government spending. FBI wants the ability to hack into any computer. Obama plans to bring Ebola infected people in the US. China sending millions of dollars and medical staff to West Africa to fight Ebola. Nigeria turns to Russia to help fight Boko Haram. Syria’s air-force hits the Islamic State better than the US led coalition. US State Department putting out warnings that Americans by be attacked in the middle east by al-Qaeda or the Islamic State. New false flag warning from Spain intelligence, the Islamic State will use Ebola to kill Americans. Be prepared for a false flag.

FBI agents cut internet access, pose as repairmen to perform warrantless search

LAS VEGAS, NV – To investigate a purported case of untaxed sports betting, federal agents turned off internet access to three luxury hotel suites then impersonated repair technicians to covertly get inside and collect evidence. The FBI contends that this ploy is sufficient ‘consent’ to perform warrantless searches in private residences.
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In June 2014, the Federal Bureau of Investigation suspected that a wealthy Malaysian real estate developer and a few of his associates were betting on FIFA World Cup games. The bureau believed that 50-year-old Wei Seng ‘Paul’ Phua and his son Darren Phua had accessed ‘online sports books’ on their laptops as part of the unpermitted betting operation taking place at the Ceasar’s Palace Hotel and Casino.
The FBI was in need of an articulate reason to acquire a warrant on the Phuas. To obtain one, agents devised a plan to sneak into three hotel suites masquerading as helpful computer technicians, arriving to solve a problem with the internet service.
To create a disturbance, the scheme involved flickering the internet connection to the suspects’ villas over the course of two days, with the help of hotel computer contractors. Agents disguised as technicians responded to the villas with laptops to attempt to ‘fix’ the problem. The plan was derailed when a butler refused to allow them to enter.
‘I just want to make sure they can connect before I leave,’ one FBI agent said, his hidden camera revealed. ‘Can we just make sure they can connect, OK?’

This post was published at Police State USA on October 29, 2014.

15 Signs That We Live During A Time Of Rampant Government Paranoia

How does it feel to live under a government that is getting even more paranoid with each passing day? Yes, we live in a world that is becoming increasingly unstable, but that is no excuse for how ultra-paranoid the federal government has become. Today, every single one of us is viewed as a ‘potential threat’ by the government. As a result, the government feels the need to intercept our emails, record our phone calls and track our expenditures. But they aren’t just spying on individuals. The government keeps tabs on thousands of organizations all over the planet, it spies on our enemies and our allies, and it even spies on itself. The American people are told that the emerging Big Brother police state is for our safety, but the truth is that it isn’t there to protect us. It is there to protect them. Our government has become kind of like a crazy rich uncle that is constantly spying on everyone else in the family because he believes that they are ‘out to get him’. The following are 15 signs that we live during a time of rampant government paranoia…
#1 Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson says that the federal government was so concerned about her reporting on Benghazi, Fast and Furious and other Obama scandals that they hacked her computer, monitored every keystroke and even planted classified material in an apparent attempt to potentially frame her.
#2 The United States has become the nation of the ‘permanent emergency’. In fact, there has been at least one ‘state of emergency’ in effect in this countrysince 1979.
#3 In America today, almost everyone is considered to be a criminal. At this point, nearly one out of every three Americans has a file in the FBI’s master criminal database.

This post was published at End Of The American Dream on October 27th, 2014.

FBI Raids Federal Contractor’s Home – Has the Government Identified the ‘Second Leaker’?

Anyone who has been following Edward Snowden’s heroic whistleblowing, and the reporting of Glenn Greenwald on the classified documents that prove egregious violations of the United States Constitution by the NSA, will also be aware of speculation that a ‘second leaker’ had emerged earlier this year. It appears this person may have been identified by the FBI.
Yahoo News’ Michael Isikoff reports that:
The FBI has identified an employee of a federal contracting firm suspected of being the so-called ‘second leaker’ who turned over sensitive documents about the U. S. government’s terrorist watch list to a journalist closely associated with ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, according to law enforcement and intelligence sources who have been briefed on the case.
The FBI recently executed a search of the suspect’s home, and federal prosecutors in Northern Virginia have opened up a criminal investigation into the matter, the sources said.
Marc Raimondi, a spokesman for the Justice Department, declined to comment on the investigation into the watch-list leak, citing department rules involving pending cases.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Oct 27, 2014.

Land of the Free – 1 in 3 Americans Are on File with the FBI in the U.S. Police State

The sickening transformation of these United States into a authoritarian police state with an incarceration rate that would make Joseph Stalin blush, has been a key theme of my writing since well before the launch of Liberty Blitzkrieg. One of the posts that shocked and disturbed readers the most was published a little over a year ago, and titled: American Police Make an Arrest Every 2 Seconds in 2012. In the event you never read it, I suggest taking a look before tackling the rest of this piece.
Fast forward to fall 2014, and the Wall Street Journal has a powerful article about how children in schools systems across the U. S. are being arrested or turned over to police custody for doing things that children have always done since the beginning of time. Things such as wearing too much perfume, sharing a classmates’ chicken nuggets, throwing an eraser or chewing gum.
As a result of our insane societal obsession with authority and disproportionate punishment, the WSJ reports that ‘nearly one out of every three American adults are on file in the FBI’s master criminal database.’
USA! USA!
From the Wall Street Journal:
A generation ago, schoolchildren caught fighting in the corridors, sassing a teacher or skipping class might have ended up in detention. Today, there’s a good chance they will end up in police custody.

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Oct 21, 2014.

FBI To America: “Let Us Spy On You”

“If you like your phone secretly spied on, you can keep it,” appears to be the message from the FBI, asBloomberg reports, FBI Director James Comey said yesterday that companies like Apple and Google should be required to build surveillance capabilities into their products to help law enforcement with their probes. Technology has become ‘the tool of choice’ for terrorists and other dangerous criminals, Comey fears(and so Americans should willingly give up their privacy?) “we are struggling to keep up with changing technology and maintain our ability to actually collect communications we are authorized to collect.” Concluding with his M. A. D. “it’s for your own good” propaganda, Comey warned “if the challenges of real time data interception threatened to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead us all to a very dark place.”
As Ars Technica reports,
The expanding options for communicating over the Internet and the increasing adoption of encryption technologies could leave law enforcement agents ‘in the dark’ and unable to collect evidence against criminals, the Director of the FBI said in a speech on Thursday. In a post-Snowden plea for a policy more permissive of spying, FBI Director James B. Comey raised the specters of child predators, violent criminals, and crafty terrorists to argue that companies should build surveillance capabilities into the design of their products and allow lawful interception of communications. In his speech given at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC, Comey listed four cases where having access to a mobile phone or laptop proved crucial to an investigation and another case where such access was critical to exonerating wrongly accused teens.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 10/17/2014.

Is The Ebola Crisis The October Surprise? – Episode 494

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 16, 2014
Italy and France are looking for economic opportunities to get out of debt. Home builder sentiment is declining. Foreclosures picking up in 10 states. FED looking to continue QE. Ebola workers did not wear protective closing with Thomas Duncan. CDC confused in protocols, information and Ebola. FEMA conducting pandemic drills in 2013-2014. Russia will reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine siphons gas. Gulf states are putting together a navy to counter Iran. Russia will not cooperate with U. S.on the Islamic State unless UN approves the coalition. FBI now warning Chinese are getting ready to cyber attack the U. S.

YES, WE CAN! OPPOSE THE STATE…BUT BE CAREFUL ‘HOW’

You can’t fight City Hall. This is propaganda issued by City Hall – government and bureaucrats – to discourage those who would dissent, rebel or resist. ‘Nothing can be done to change the situation,’ they declare, ‘so nothing should be attempted.’
A corollary lie is that one person cannot successfully stand up against the system. Bradley/Chelsea Manning, Julian Assange and Edward Snowden prove the opposite. Each contributed a surprise plot twist in the history of totalitarianism being written by officials. Each also point to the price individuals can pay for speaking truth to power. They provide valuable lessons on how to dissent, rebel or resist while sustaining the least possible damage to your life. [Note: the following are examples of extreme dissent, not more muted protest such as walking down a street while carrying a sign.] Spotlighting Others Who Made a Difference
Other dissidents have grabbed recent headlines for counter-state actions in the past.
On the night of March 8, 1971, eight proto-Snowdens stole files from an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They were anonymous members of the leftist anti-Vietnam war group, Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI. After careful surveillance, the activist-burglars timed the break-in to coincide with the hyped boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier; they figured security guards would be glued to their radios.
The resulting files documented the FBI’s COINTELPRO program with its explicit mission to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, or otherwise neutralize” groups considered to be “subversive.” Anti-Vietnam war and civil rights organizations were particular targets. The purloined information was disseminated to media sources, many of whom initially declined to publish. Enough information became public to create a furor, however, especially in concert with the Watergate scandal. The ensuing Church Committee, named after its chairman Senator Frank Church, investigated the FBI, CIA, and NSA for illegal gathering of information. COINTELPRO was disbanded. And Americans learned shocking secrets about government such as the FBI bugging of Martin Luther King and the CIA medical experiments on American citizens.

This post was published at Dollar Vigilante on 2014/10/15.

FED Tapering But Preparing To Implement QE4 When The Economy Collapses – Episode 492

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 14, 2014
German forecasts are cut once again. US small business confidence is continually declining. Wells Fargo shows that mortgage applications are declining and real estate is imploding. The FED is hinting they will be implementing QE4 when the economy collapses. Obamacare costing millions more. CDC revamping procedures. Ebola vaccines will be ready in 2015. Iraq indicating the US troops are on their way to help out. US will not recognize referendums in Ukraine, false flag reported to get the war started again. FBI being reported to be behind the cyber attacks. FDIC getting ready for a huge cyber attack on the financial system.

US, UK And France Ready For A Syria No Fly Buffer Zone – Episode 487

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 8, 2014
Student loan bubble is about to pop. The housing market is falling apart and imploding. China over takes the US, China has the biggest economy. Australia gets the NDAA. Warrantless searches are now legal in Pennsylvania. Ferguson is getting prepared for new riots. More protocols being introduced, Connecticut implements quarantines. Government will not close the borders. UK sending 750 troops to Sierra Leone. Yemen tribes attempting to take over the oil fields. US, UK and France discussing no fly buffer zone. FBI need help in identifying the mask Islamic State man.

False Flag Warning: Khorasan Terrorist Group Is Back And A US Attack Is Imminent – Episode 485

The following video was published by X22Report on Oct 6, 2014
Germany orders plunge to new lows. Euro zone sentiment falls in October. HP laying off 5,000 employees and the company could be split up. UK, US and Turkey attacking free speech on the internet. More cases of Ebola which might trigger more advanced screenings at airports. Hong Kong protests seems to be losing steam. New Islamic State document found implicating Russia in its plan. 5,000 paid mercenaries being trained in Saudi Arabia. Russia blamed for attacking JP Morgan. China implicated in cyber attacking companies. FBI director says Khorasan terrorist group is planning to attack the U. S. Be prepared for a false flag.

On That Apple/Google Kerfluffle (Encryption)

What to make of this nonsense….
While the newest Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Google Inc. (GOOGL) smartphones will automatically encrypt data stored on them, that won’t keep U. S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining evidence linked to the devices.
Marketing by the two companies in which they pledge to shield photos, documents, contact lists and other data from the prying eyes of government or hackers won plaudits from privacy advocates. It also drew condemnation from U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director James Comey and local police officials who say it will make it harder to investigate crimes ranging from child abuse to drug trafficking and terrorism.
Meh.
First, it’s my device, not someone else’s. If you market something to me as having encryption then you had better deliver that or you’re committing fraud. Period, end of discussion.
Second, as far as the authorities being able to break into devices, tough ****.
Third, 99% of users, including criminals, use easy-to-break-passwords. Therefore for most people this is a red herring anyway because they’re stupid and think that a 4-digit passcode means something when it comes time to want into the data. It does not.
However, this is not just about criminals using devices, it is more, in fact, about criminals stealing devices and the data on them, and it becomes more and more important as time goes on and more data becomes stored on them. Specifically, credit card data and similar.
There are people who think Apple Pay, for example, is an “exceedingly secure payment system.” Uh huh. Sure it is. It may look that way because it doesn’t have a credit card number in the phone, but that doesn’t matter because the authorizing token, which is identical in function, is.

This post was published at Market-Ticker on 2014-10-05.

BOSTON UPDATE: FBI War on Marathon Bombing Witnesses Continues

The Boston Marathon bombing is much more important than has been acknowledged, principally because it is the major domestic national security event since 9-11 and has played a major role in expanding the power of the security state. For that reason, WhoWhatWhy is continuing to investigate troubling aspects of this story and the establishment media treatment of it. So even as it slips from the headlines, we will be exploring new elements of the story regularly as the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev approaches.
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Since the Boston Marathon bombing a year and a half ago, the FBI appears to be intimidating, harassing, and silencing friends and acquaintances of the Tsarnaev brothers. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s lawyers have noticed it too – they’re having trouble getting anyone to talk to them, recent court papers reveal.
In what WhoWhatWhy previously described as the FBI’s ‘war on witnesses’, the Bureau seems to be employing a scorched earth strategy of destroying anything that might be of use to the ‘enemy.’
On August 29, Tsarnaev’s lawyers filed a motion requesting a continuance for more time to prepare their defense, noting the fact that they were given only half the median preparation time that federal courts have allowed over the past decade for defendants on trial for their lives.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 4, 2014.

Gapple and Oogle, Our Defenders

I read that Apple and Google have begun encrypting the data of customers so that nobody, including Apple and Google, have plaintext access to it. This of course means ‘so that the government will not have access to it.’ The FBI is terribly upset about this, the first serious resistance against onrushing Orwellianism. God bless Apple and Google. But will they be able to stand up to the feds?
Here is a curious situation indeed. The government has become our enemy, out of control, and we have to depend on computer companies for any safety we may have.
NSA spies on us illegally and in detail, recording telephone conversations, reading email, recording our financial transactions, on and on. TSA makes air travel a nightmare, forcing us to hop about barefoot and confiscating toothpaste. The police kick in our doors at night on no-knock raids and shoot our dogs. In bus stations we are subject to search without probable cause. The feds track us through our cell phones. Laws make it a crime to photograph the police, an out-and-out totalitarian step: Cockroaches do not like light. The feds give police forces across the country weaponry normal to militaries. Whatever the intention, it is the hardware of control of dissent. Think Tian An Men Square in China.

This post was published at Lew Rockwell on October 4, 2014.

Government Creeptards Complain About Private Sector Privacy Measures

Evil Companies Making Life Harder for the Snoops … Apple and Google both recently announced that they would implement new measures designed to ensure the privacy of users of their hardware. This is a long overdue reaction to what has been revealed about blanket spying by the government on the citizenry and the legal sophistry the government has employed (successfully so far) to ward off constitutional challenges to its all-encompassing snooping.
In order to avoid having to comply with secret surveillance orders, first Apple, and a bit later Google as well, decided to simply make it impossible for themselves to crack the encryption of the hardware they sell to their customers. As a result, they will no longer be able to obey government orders to provide access to their phones. It would be akin to government ordering them to make it rain, or to make the sun come up an hour earlier. Sorry, boys, can’t be done.
It was probably inevitable that the government’s law and order minions would complain about this. However, they wisely didn’t wheel out James Clapper (one of the few people in the world able to commit perjury in a Congress hearing without having to fear even the slightest negative consequences. We leave you to guess why this is so), but rather FBI chief James Comey. The Washington Post reports:
‘FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices – even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
‘There will come a day when it will matter a great deal to the lives of people .’.’. that we will be able to gain access’ to such devices, Comey told reporters in a briefing. ‘I want to have that conversation [with companies responsible] before that day comes.’
Comey added that FBI officials already have made initial contact with the two companies, which announced their new smart phone encryption initiatives last week. He said he could not understand why companies would ‘market something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.’

This post was published at Acting-Man on September 29, 2014.

Iraq Reveals Troops And Equipment Start Arriving To Speicher Base In A Few Days – Episode 477

The following video was published by X22Report on Sep 26, 2014
England and Wales are now reporting stagnate housing prices. 1 in 4 Americans are not working in America. Moody warns that public pensions funds face a 2 trillion shortfall. Western countries consider truthers domestic terrorist. Illegals will now serve in the military and the Pentagon will increase enrollment as time goes on. FBI very angry that they cannot easily break into your phone. 13,000 troops headed to Speicher base in Iraq in a few days. US/central bankers ready to train 15,000 paid mercenaries to fight Assad. ISIS threatens to strike terror in NYC. Be prepared for a false flag event.

The FBI Is Outraged: Google and Apple Have Locked Them Out.

It is an outrage. That’s the official word from the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices – even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks…

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on September 26, 2014.

FBI Criticizes Tech Giants Apple and Google for Encrypting Phones

FBI director James Comey has taken Apple and Google to the woodshed for introducing encryption on their devices making it impossible for police to gain access to them. Comey’s remarks follow criticism by the Justice Department after Apple encrypted iMessage texting and FaceTime calling.
Law enforcement officials and government have criticized the companies for making it virtually impossible to view web histories, photos and videos on locked smart phones. Last week Apple and Google announced they would introduce technology making it difficult for police to search phones.
‘All of a sudden, a for-profit company has decided, ‘We’re going to step in and be the first line of defense for customers against their own government,” Brian Pascal, a fellow at Stanford University, told The Wall Street Journal.


This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.