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Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: August 3: WannaCry Savior Arrested; Ulbricht Hunters More Guilty Than First Admitted

Marcus Hutchins, the man who reportedly brilliantly slowed the WannaCry cyber attack on the U.K.’s National Health Service (and hundreds of thousands of computers around the world) was picked up by the FBI in Las Vegas on August 2. He was apparently leaving the Def Con hacking “conference.”

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Hutchins (above), 22, is a British national who uses the alias MalwareTech on social media.

Related:

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 12: NSA, “Exploits,” WannaCry and Whistleblowers

According to the U.K.’s Telegraph, the hero-turned-U.S. enemy of the state is out on $30,000 bail:

Hutchins, of Ilfracombe, Devon, is due to appear in court in Milwaukee on August 14, charged with six counts of creating and selling a malware known as Kronos.

While sprung from prison, he was made to wear a GPS monitor and forbidden from using the internet.

The Independent reports this is the culmination of a two-year investigation into Hutchins, whose “Trojan” software (the Kronos) infects computers and then steals banking passwords.

There is an as yet unnamed co-defendant in the case.

Hutchins faced a six-count indictment, which carries a possible 40 years in prison, on August 14 in the Eastern District of Wisconsin court. He pleaded not guilty and was given internet access. The trial is set for October 23.

International Business Times suggested the Feds may go easy on Hutchins given his recent usefulness to society.

Hutchins’ discovery of the “killswitch” for WannaCry, which slowed the spread of the ransom-demanding virus, apparently led to reporters camping out around his house back in May.

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In other “citizens that actually know how to use computers are a threat to national security” big government crackdown news, one of the corrupt Federal agents that shamelessly choreographed a double life sentence for Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht (who was quietly moved to a maximum security prison in Colorado this summer, because nonviolent crime) pleaded guilty to money laundering. Again.

Shaun Bridges, formerly of the Secret Service, worked with former DEA thug Carl Mark Force on the Baltimore task force that took money and Bitcoins from the Silk Road investigation, likely framed Ulbricht for ordering assassinations…all the things good Federal agents add to society.

Rogue Silk Road Agent Admits to Stealing Bitcoins Seized by U.S. Marshals

Bridges, 35, moved 1600 Bitcoins (worth $6.6 million) out of a Federal account. This is even more reprehensible because Bridges had already been sentenced in 2015 to 71 months in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Washington Times reported the taxpayer-funded thief had not even begun the initial sentence, and could get up to another 10 years in prison at his November sentencing.

Force was also arrested in 2015 and pleaded guilty to money laundering, obstruction of justice, and “extortion under color of official right.” He was sentenced to 6.5 years.

Ulbricht, who lost the May appeal of his convictions of money laundering, conspiracy to traffic and distribute narcotics, computer hacking and identity fraud, arguing that his investigators were using the case to commit their own crimes, will die in prison.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/08/wannacry-hero-marcus-hutchins-freed-us-jail-ahead-court-appearance/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/marcus-hutchins-arrested-latest-us-authorities-wannacry-cyberattack-nhs-las-cegas-mccaran-a7875761.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/08/03/fbi-arrests-wannacry-hero-marcus-hutchins-las-vegas-reports/

Security researcher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty, returns to Twitter

FBI Agent Admits to Stealing Silk Road Bitcoins Seized by U.S. Marshals

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/16/shaun-bridges-disgraced-secret-service-agent-plead/

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/8q845p/dea-agent-who-faked-a-murder-and-took-bitcoins-from-silk-road-explains-himself

https://www.wired.com/2017/05/silk-road-creator-ross-ulbricht-loses-life-sentence-appeal/

https://www.docketalarm.com/cases/New_York_Southern_District_Court/1–14-cr-00068/USA_v._Ulbricht/183/

Comey to Convocate and Cash In

Former FBI Director James Comey (below) has scored a lucrative part-time lecture position at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Former FBI Director James Comey has accepted a part-time position at Howard University this year, where he'll be delivering a series of lectures 

Comey will refund his $100,000 haul from the “Gwendolyn S. and Colbert I. King Endowed Chair in Public Policy” position to offer scholarships to students from foster homes entering the historically black university.

The first appearance for the much-maligned 2016 Trump victory architect will be the September convocation for students.

The ensuing five lecture topics “will be decided after the ex-FBI chief converses with student leaders and other campus stakeholders.”

FBI Rapes More Phones (Continued)

Meanwhile, in the longstanding tradition of Washington beneficiaries, Time reports:

Comey’s tenure at Howard University will coincide with the release of his widely anticipated book, which is expected to be published in the Spring of 2018.

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According to Washington Examiner, Comey commanded the trust and approval of colleagues, as documented on score sheets from three years’ worth of FBI “internal memos” released to news organizations for fulfillment of FOIA requests (which the FBI, unlike the State Department, apparently honors).

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 3.81 or higher indicating success, Comey’s subordinates reportedly gave him at least a 3.81 on “nearly every item.” Grade inflation!

Comey received a score of 4.47 from employees when asked to grade the former director on the “trust and confidence” they have in him as a leader. The former FBI director received a 4.48 from subordinates on whether they would work for Comey again, and a 4.22 when asked if he is humble.

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Employees gave Comey a score of 4.38 for being someone more interested in leading than being liked.

[our emphasis]

The scores reportedly dipped slightly this year compared to 2016.

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 9: James Comey, Rogue Agent

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Comey was replaced by Christopher Wray (above) at the FBI on August 2. Five Democratic Senators voted against Wray’s confirmation, including Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (NY).

Al Franken (MN) missed the vote.

Thanks to our sources:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4817250/Comey-takes-position-Howard-University.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

http://time.com/4912861/james-comey-howard-university-new-position/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/internal-surveys-show-former-fbi-director-james-comey-enjoyed-broad-support/article/2631748

https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=115&session=1&vote=00181#position

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: July 9: James Comey, Rogue Agent

The Hill learned that recently-dismissed FBI Director James Comey sprinkled some classified details into “private memos” he transcribed after meeting with his former boss, President Donald Trump. How many of these so-called “personal recollections” contained classified information? More than half, per unnamed sources.

That Comey’s office pursued a criminal investigation into Trump’s chief rival for the presidency last year, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for a similar practice–an angle many Democrats (and Hillary herself) continue to credit for the failure of her elitist campaign amidst a sordid history of political thuggery and personal enrichment–was not lost on The Hill.

Related:

BREAKING NEWS

As we have extensively covered, the eleventh-hour “reopening” of the Hillary email investigation in the campaign’s final weeks was widely cited by Hillary and her allies (along with Russian hacking, sexism, racism and “fake news”) as tipping the November 2016 election to President Trump.

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

Comey testified [in June] he considered the memos to be personal documents and that he shared at least one of them with a Columbia University lawyer friend. He asked that lawyer to leak information from one memo to the news media in hopes of increasing pressure to get a special prosecutor named in the Russia case after Comey was fired as FBI director. 

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

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The “Russia case” refers to the FBI probe into possible collusion between Trump and Russia, who reportedly attempted to hack the 2016 U.S. national elections. Comey’s leadership of the case coincided with highly-publicized testimony to Congress prior to his firing.

Related:

BREAKING: Comey at the Bat

The Russia investigation continues under former FBI head Robert Mueller.

Thanks to our source:

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/341225-comeys-private-memos-on-trump-conversations-contained-classified?rnd=1499645596

Summer Part 2: August Agony!!! Looking Back: May 9: FBI Director Comey Fired

You’re fired!!!

Trump unexpectedly dismissed of FBI Director James Comey.

“Today, President Donald J. Trump informed FBI Director James Comey that he has been terminated and removed from office [.] President Trump acted based on the clear recommendations of both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.”

–White House statement

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Comey.

The announcement reportedly shocked the intelligence community. Comey’s termination was read to him en route to Los Angeles for a recruitment event [as] part of the FBI’s efforts to boost diversity.

Related:

BREAKING: Comey at the Bat

According to Good Morning America, Rosenstein allege[d] that Comey was wrong to later “hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation.”

Typically when the FBI decides not to bring charges against someone, it normally does not discuss its decision-making. When Comey held a July 5 news conference explaining why [Hillary] Clinton would not be facing charges but at the same time criticizing her email practices, he cited “intense public interest” as the reason for the exception.

[our emphasis]

As we are all now thoroughly aware, Hillary’s 2016 loss was completely attributed to Comey’s actions,

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

a shocking turn of events, given his above-detailed criminal pardon of the beleaguered Secretary of State just two months earlier:

BREAKING NEWS

The Hill:

Both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein recommended Comey’s dismissal, citing “substantial damage” to the FBI’s reputation and credibility under his leadership. 

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At issue, according to a May 9 memo from Rosenstein to Sessions, were Comey’s remarkable public disclosures about Clinton’s conduct. In July, he took the rostrum — without authorization from the Justice Department — to announce that he would not be recommending charges against the former secretary of State.

“I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken,” Rosenstein wrote in the memo.

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The director “was wrong to usurp the Attorney General’s authority on July 5 and announce his conclusion that the case should be closed without prosecution,” Rosenstein wrote, because “it is not the function of the director to make such an announcement.”

[our emphasis]

This itself is confounding, because then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch yielded to the FBI’s recommendations for prosecuting the Secret Server after Lynch’s now-infamous ambush by Hillary’s husband on the Phoenix airport tarmac, which many labeled political interference of a criminal investigation.

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Rosenstein (above) was nominated by Trump and confirmed by the Senate to replace Sally Yates, who had been Acting Attorney General (AAG) before her high-profile firing by Trump after 10 days on the job. Rosenstein is now Deputy Attorney General (next in line to lead Justice if Sessions dies). The 52-year-old former U.S. Attorney for Maryland, appointed by the George W. Bush administration, was one of a pair of U.S. Attorneys Trump specifically kept on board. The other was Obama appointee Dana Boente (below), 63, who served as AAG from Yates’ dismissal until Sessions’ confirmation. He has now returned to his former post of U.S. Attorney for Eastern District of Virginia.

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Per USA Today, Trump recently changed the Justice Department order of succession with a subtle executive order [pun alertin order to undo the executive order of Obama issued just before Trump took over the White House:

The order appears to be the first that Trump has not signed in a public ceremony. It’s dated Thursday — the same day Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in — but was not posted to the White House website until Friday morning. The White House did not explain the discrepancy.

 

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Seven days before he left office, President Obama changed the order of succession without explanation to remove Boente from the list. Obama’s order had listed U.S. attorneys in the District of Columbia, the Northern District of Illinois and the Central District of California.

[our emphasis]

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U.S. Attorneys for Connecticut Deirdre Daly and Northern District of New York Richard Hartunian were granted “short term reprieves” from the mass exodus of Obama-era Justice appointees in order to “complete 20 years of service” at the Justice Department, according to Politico. This milestone determines how fat a pension check they can suck from the nation’s sapped finances until the end of their days. Both major political parties win when they can share in the spoils confiscated from the little people: it’s a bipartisan thing.

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Burlington Free Press sued the Feds using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for the resignation letters of the 44 other Obama-appointed attorneys general Trump asked to leave (according to the frantic mainstream press, he is the first president to ever do this for a transition change, or something).

USA Today noted Justice found the parting platitudes so “inherently personal” that they should be exempt from release.

But according to public records, the documents were actually withheld because they were never read by Justice.

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Comey’s recent numbers to Congress on Hillary hack Huma Abedin‘s harried handling of the most qualified presidential candidate ever‘s Secret Server also had to be adjusted.

Comey told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin forwarded “hundreds and thousands” of Clinton’s emails to her then-husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), to print out for Clinton while she was secretary of State.

In fact, the bureau said in a letter sent to the Senate panel Tuesday that only a handful of the 49,000 relevant emails it uncovered on Weiner’s laptop had been forwarded manually. Most of the emails got onto the computer as a result of backups of her Blackberry.

[…]

Abedin, the FBI director testified last week, “appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to [Weiner], for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of State.”

[our emphasis]

Secure!!

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Speaking of the November election, much like Hillary refusing to face her supporters when her defeat by Trump became clear, White House press secretary Sean Spicer bumbled his “face the media” duties following the Comey termination. According to Washington Post, it did not go well:

Was Sessions involved? “That’s something you should ask the Department of Justice,” Spicer said.

Was Rosenstein’s probe part of a larger review of the FBI? “That’s, again, a question that you should ask the Department of Justice,” he said.

Did the president discuss Rosenstein’s findings with Rosenstein? “No, I don’t believe, I don’t know how that sequence went — I don’t know,” he said.

What was the president’s role? “Again, I have to get back to you [stupid phrase alert] on the tick-tock,” he said.

When’s the last time Trump and Comey spoke? “Uh, I don’t know. I don’t know. There’s some — I don’t know. I don’t know,” he said.

What were the three occasions on which the president says Comey assured him that he was not under investigation? “I don’t — we can follow — I can try, yeah,” he said.

How long did the president deliberate? “I don’t, I don’t … I can look at  [what is this guy smoking?] the tick-tock. I know that he was presented with that today. I’m not sure what time,” he said.

Why wasn’t Comey given the news in a personal phone call? “I think we delivered it by hand and by email and that was — and I get it, but you asked me a question and that’s the answer,” he said.

Did Comey’s testimony last week — which contained inaccuracies — influence the decision? “You’d have to ask the Department of Justice. They’re the ones that made the recommendation,” he said.

Why didn’t the president do this months ago? “Again, I would refer you to the Department of Justice,” he said.

Does he know about grand-jury subpoenas that have reportedly been issued in an investigation involving Michael Flynn, Trump’s previous national security adviser? “I’m not — I’m not aware of any,” he said.

Is it true that the president will meet on Wednesday with Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov? “We’ll see what the schedule says. I don’t — I just — I’ve been a little tied up.”

The chronology of the Spicer charade is unclear. It sounds like he wasn’t going to make a statement, then made a statement, then [other media outlets were quite clear on this part] literally “hid in the bushes,” before agreeing to a brief interview only in the cover of darkness:

White House press secretary Sean Spicer wrapped up his brief interview with Fox Business from the White House grounds late Tuesday night and then disappeared into the shadows, huddling with his staff near a clump of bushes and then behind a tall hedge.

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After Spicer spent several minutes hidden in the darkness and among the bushes near these sets, Janet Montesi, an executive assistant in the press office, emerged and told reporters that Spicer would answer some questions, as long as he was not filmed doing so. Spicer then emerged.

“Just turn the lights off. Turn the lights off,” he ordered. “We’ll take care of this. … Can you just turn that light off?”

Memes abounded.

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Thanks to our sources:

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/09/politics/fbi-james-comey-fired-letter/index.html?sr=twCNN050917fbi-james-comey-fired-letter1110PMVODtopPhoto&linkId=37406591

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/fbi-director-james-comey-fired-215047657–abc-news-topstories.html

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/332613-trump-fires-comey

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/332660-trump-bombshell-fbis-comey-fired

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/332608-fbi-corrects-comey-testimony

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/03/us-attorneys-dismissal-236009

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/10/trump-executive-order-obama-justice-department-succession/97752898/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/05/10/as-trump-fired-comey-his-staff-scrambled-to-explain-why/?utm_term=.f75ea0c74d14

Summer Part 1: Stories We Shelved!!! March 10, 19 and 22–Genes, Tattoos and Faces

Republican House members led by Virginia Foxx (below) of North Carolina recently pulled a rather clandestine stunt. H.R. 1313: Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act passed a House Committee 22-17 along party lines.

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The bill would allow companies to require employees to undergo genetic testing or risk paying a penalty of thousands of dollars, and would let employers see that genetic and other health information, according to Scientific American.

Under guise of propping up “workplace wellness programs,” the 2008 “GINA” protections of employees’ genetic material from their employer would be eliminated. The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act restrictions on wellness programs are also removed.

According to the Federal text online from the bill introduced on March 2:

This bill exempts workplace wellness programs from: (1) limitations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 on medical examinations and inquiries of employees, (2) the prohibition on collecting genetic information in connection with issuing health insurance, and (3) limitations under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 on collecting the genetic information of employees or family members of employees. This exemption applies to workplace wellness programs that comply with limits on rewards for employees participating in the program.

Workplace wellness programs may provide for more favorable treatment of individuals with adverse health factors, such as a disability.

Collection of information about a disease or disorder of a family member as part of a workplace wellness program is not an unlawful acquisition of genetic information about another family member.

[our emphasis]

American Scientific notes the power these “wellness programs” already wield under Obamacare:

Employers got virtually everything they wanted for their workplace wellness programs during the Obama administration. The ACA allowed them to charge employees 50 percent more for health insurance if they declined to participate in the “voluntary” programs, which typically include cholesterol and other screenings; health questionnaires that ask about personal habits including plans to get pregnant; and sometimes weight loss and smoking cessation classes.

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Rigorous studies by researchers not tied to the $8 billion wellness industry have shown that the programs improve employee health little if at all. An industry group recently concluded that they save so little on medical costs that, on average, the programs lose money.

[our emphasis]

So it sounds like instead of just paying more for health insurance for the privilege of not submitting to a company cheek swab, employees now may be explicitly subject to same, as well as invasive questions about planned future pregnancies and smoking behaviors…as long as the “wellness program” is labeled “voluntary.”

Republican representatives Thomas Garrett (VA),  Luke Messer (IN) Paul Mitchell (MI), Elise Stefanik (NY) and Tim Walberg (MI) are all co-sponsoring this charade to gather more data on citizens in the name of “wellness.” But we can trust big, bad corporations not to share with the government, right?

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Elise Stefanik, 32, (above) is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Millennials, hamstrung by student debt and faced with diminished economic prospects, are supposed to depend on their contemporaries to defend the freedom of the younger generation as it is trampled by the Baby Boomers.

Does Stefanik care to protect Millennials’ privacy rights as they toil to build careers to hopefully pay off the $20,000,000,000,000 national debt their parents accumulated? [PUN ALERT] Ap-parent-ly not.

According to congress.gov, the bill has stalled since the committee vote. Let’s hope it remains that way.

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The mainstream media is breathlessly pumping up the latest fallout of President Trump’s top terrible tyrannical priority: enforcing immigration law.

ATTN: said:

A Bay Area tattoo removal clinic has been booming recently for an unexpected reason: the fear of deportation.

The fear of possibly being associated with gang members or seen as criminals has apparently prompted many to seek out the clinic’s services. Nora Ruiz of the San Pablo Economic Development Corporation said people are taking up the service “for fear that they might be seen as a certain type of person or judged in any way.”

Lawyers who have consulted detainees say tattoos and old speeding tickets were the reason a father of two U.S.-born children and longtime resident was detained following a raid.

Raids are common during the current crackdown by ICE agents on undocumented immigrants, whether or not they have criminal histories. Tactics such as entering courthouses in order to make arrests are being used more frequently. The Department of Justice has begun drafting plans to reassign an unspecified number of immigration judges to 12 cities across the country, including San Francisco, in order to facilitate quicker deportation hearings.

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Due to an executive order signed by Trump in January, all undocumented immigrants are effectively a priority for deportation regardless of whether they have committed violent crimes or not.

[our gold]

Presumably, people are more vulnerable if they have been incarcerated, and (presumably) had their skin photographed against their will:

Privacy Groups “Up In Arms” Over FBI Tattoo Tracking Program

On the other hand, Socialist sympathizers who backed Bernie may have had a change of heart in disgust at the Democratic downfall with which they don’t want to be associated! Hopefully they will learn to vote for a “third party” next time around:

Sterile Needles for Socialism

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In other privacy-pillaging news,  NBC told us to face reality: the FBI, which couldn’t bring itself to prosecute Hillary for her criminal secret email server while Secretary of State, is sweeping up images of all American citizens’ faces. You know, just in case.

Most disconcerting, this same intelligence agency tampered with the iPhone of ISIS-inspired mass murdered Syed Farook in order to blackmail Apple to reverse-engineer every iPhone in the world. When Apple wouldn’t play ball, the Fibbies paid a hacker, as we have extensively documented.

FBI Rapes More Phones

 

NBC:

 

More than 400 million pictures of Americans’ faces are archived in local, state and federal law enforcement facial recognition networks, the federal Government Accountability Office reported last year.

Those pictures include the faces of about half of all U.S. adults, Georgetown University Law School’s Center on Privacy & Technology estimates.

The networks are largely unregulated and subject to ethnic and gender bias, according to experts, including a photo technologist for the FBI itself. The databases are culled from police mugshots, driver’s licenses, passports, visas, security video and other sources — taking in millions of Americans who aren’t even suspected of a crime.

[Yet.]

[Our emphasis.]

More widely known for his recent comment that potentially Obamacare-stripped poor people should choose between health insurance and the latest iPhone, Republican Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Regulation Jason Chaffetz of Utah said of the intelligence community’s latest (known) unconstitutional power grab: “The FBI, in particular, and others are doing everything [they] can to build out facial recognition with the goal, essentially, of having everybody’s face in their database.”

"If the database was smaller to known criminals, wanted criminals, people that are here illegally, maybe those are the types of things that we should be focused on, as opposed to everybody, and that's one of the questions and why we have a distinguished panel today," he said. (Graeme Jennings/Examiner)

According to Washington Examiner, Chaffetz (above) used a hearing to propose the FBI employ facial recognition more selectively: “If the database was smaller to known criminals, wanted criminals, people that are here illegally, maybe those are the types of things that we should be focused on, as opposed to everybody[.]”

He acknowledged the “unintended racial, gender or age biases or deficiencies” likely inherent in the massive database. Per Examiner, Chaffetz said that nearly 80 percent of the faces in the FBI‘s facial recognition network are of non-criminals.

[our emphasis]

 But the intriguing–and perhaps most anti-American?–nugget of the FBI’s further crackdown on your quickly-eroding privacy rights, from NBC:
 

In a paper published in the December 2012 edition of the journal IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, four authors — including a senior photography technologist for the FBI — reported that facial recognition systems are less accurate in distinguishing identities among African-Americans, women and younger people.

The FBI system, in particular, “is not designed to give no for an answer,” Alvaro Bedoya, executive director of the Georgetown Privacy Center, said last month on the public radio podcast Criminal Injustice.

No matter what, it will return a list of faces. And so, in these systems that are designed to not tell you no for an answer, when they miss the right suspect, they’re still going to give you a list of potential suspects that look like the candidate image,” he said. “And those innocent people will predominantly be African-Americans, women and young people.”

[our emphasis]

Who sets the facial recognition standards? Our friends at National Institute of Standards and Technology (who are photographing prisoners without consent; see link above).

Apparently, the GAO found the FBI is using “one or two” angles to accuse innocent people who happen to look like criminals. NBC:

The federal government’s own guidelines, set out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, suggest using at least five images to determine a credible match.

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Internal FBI documents obtained in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the nonprofit Electronic Privacy Information Center indicate that the FBI’s own database, called the Next Generation Identification Interstate Photo System, or NGI-IPS, had an acceptable margin of error of 20 percent — that is, a 1-in-5 chance of “recognizing” the wrong person.

And research published in the October 2015 issue of the scientific journal PLOS ONE by researchers at the universities of Sydney and New South Wales in Australia found that the humans who interpret such data build in an extra error margin approaching 30 percent.

Because state and local agencies need their surplus military Humvees and assault rifles to serve search warrants, federal goodies from equitable sharing, etc., etc., they are lining up to collaborate with James Comey‘s literal army of Federal thugs:

Even so, the FBI is working to grow the number of state and local law enforcement agencies whose databases it can tap into. It already has agreements with 16 states allowing investigators to cross-check faces without court warrants, creating what the Georgetown Privacy Center called a “virtual perpetual lineup.”

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UPDATE: As of April 29, Chaffetz had announced he will not run for re-election in 2018 and is further taking an emergency one-month leave of absence from Congress to remove some hardware from his ankle. Talk of his aspiration for higher office, such as the Utah governorship (November 2020 election) abounds. The militant Maxine Waters (D-CA) speculates the emergency absence illustrates Chaffetz is working for the Kremlin.

Chaffetz’ allegedly partisan investigation of the Jim Henson Company’s “Sid the Science Kid” educational video on Zika sponsored by Centers for Disease Control as his own party’s President Trump aside, we would hope another Federal Government watchdog will step up in his stead to keep the screws on Federal thugs to preserve what privacy we still enjoy.

Thanks to our sources:

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/house-republicans-would-let-employers-demand-workers-rsquo-genetic-test-results/

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1313

http://www.attn.com/stories/15773/how-trumps-presidency-effects-tattoo-removal?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=internal

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/facial-recognition-hearing-looks-give-lawmakers-clearer-picture-creepy-technology-n736771

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jason-chaffetz-use-facial-recognition-technology-to-track-illegal-immigrants/article/2618090

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/utah-rep-chaffetz-provides-transparent-reason-leave-absence-n751901

Maxine Waters Floats Harebrained Russia Theory About Jason Chaffetz [VIDEO]

While Trump scandals mount, Chaffetz decides to investigate … a cartoon character

BREAKING: Preet Bharara and Federal Cocaine Indictment

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Gerard Benderoth (above) fatally shot himself last week during a traffic stop by the FBI.

Benderoth was reportedly wanted in connection with a quadruple homicide we reported on in December.

Retired, Always Vigilant

The 48-year-old, like Nicholas Tartaglione, was an ex-NYPD cop and body builder. Benderoth was reportedly named 10th strongest man in the country in 2008.

It is unclear if Tartaglione has been convicted yet. However, lohud of USA Today reported in January:

Tartaglione had a sketchy law enforcement career that started with jobs in four police departments in just three years: Mount Vernon, Yonkers, Pawling and Briarcliff Manor. The nine years he spent in Briarcliff were marked by brutality complaints, a perjury charge for which he was acquitted, a firing that was reversed in court; he spent the final four years out of work on disability after his elbow was injured when he was struck by a car.

Speculation by New York Post indicates Benderoth’s suicide prevented an imminent indictment by the FBI.

This is relevant because earlier today, U.S. Attorney for Southern District of New York Preet Bharara was terminated after refusing to resign. Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday asked for the resignations of the 46 attorney general remaining from the Obama administration, as is customary with regime change. The other 48 AGs had already resigned before Friday.

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Credit to Getty Images.

Bharara was apparently slated to prosecute Tartaglione (and, prior to his demise, Benderoth) following his December indictment of the accused four-body dropper.

Thanks to our sources:

http://nypost.com/2017/03/08/hulking-ex-nypd-officer-kills-himself-during-fbi-stop/

https://www.yahoo.com/gma/justice-department-seeks-resignations-46-obama-era-us-173303853–abc-news-topstories.html

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/former-police-officer-charged-white-plains-federal-court-quadruple-homicide

Spring Break Blitz: Stories We Sat On!!! January 15-17–Obama Hallucinates (Media Encourage); Noor Salman Apprehended; Chelsea Manning is Made a Political Pawn

January 15-17

On the 15th, Obama declared on 60 Minutes that his was the first administration in history to be “scandal-free”:

 

The sentiment was echoed by the media:

The 60 Minutes host pointed out that Obama did not, as he promised in 2008, change Washington culture with his presidency. Obama asserted that “I changed the things in Washington that were in my direct control.”

From the CBS transcript, the precise (incomprehensible) quote, should they decide to remove the video:

Obama:

“I changed those things that were in direct– my direct control. I mean, I– look, I’m proud of the fact that, with two weeks to go, we’re part of the first administration in modern history that hasn’t had a major scandal in the White House. In that sense, we changed some things.”

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On the 16th, Noor Salman, wife of ISIS-inspired Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen, was picked up in San Francisco by the FBI.

Prosecutors reportedly claimed “[Salman] knew [Mateen] was going to conduct the attack.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office claims Salman aided and abetted her husband’s “provision of material support” to the terror group ISIL, also known as ISIS.

She also faces charges of misleading federal agents and Fort Pierce, Florida, police officers.

A conviction on the “material support” charge could lead to up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. The obstruction of justice could result in up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

No bond was allowed.

Salman’s attorney was initially public defender John Paul Richmond. However,

Salman’s lawyer, Linda Moreno, who was not in court today, said in a statement to ABC News Monday, “Noor Salman had no foreknowledge, nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night. Noor has told her story of abuse at his hands. We believe it is misguided and wrong to prosecute her and that it dishonors the memories of the victims to punish an innocent person.”

Salman will be extradited to Florida.

UPDATE: As of March 2, after Oakland, CA magistrate Judge Donna Ryu ruled Salman, 31, could be released on bail, U.S. District Judge Paul Byron of Orlando said “uh-uh,” according to New York Daily News.

Related:

Important Updates: DOJ Relents and Releases Uncensored Transcripts of 911 Calls Placed by Omar Mateen mid-Massacre; Mateen’s Childhood, Adulthood Checkered with “Disciplinary Issues”

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On the 17th, Obama commuted the remaining jail sentence of Chelsea Manning, The Hill reported.

When pressed to justify pardoning Manning while refusing the same to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as anything more than throwing a bone to the transgender community on his way out the door, Obama’s water boy Josh Earnest sneered:

“Chelsea Manning is somebody who went through the military criminal justice process, was exposed to due process, was found guilty, was sentenced for her crimes, and she acknowledged wrongdoing.

“Mr. Snowden fled into the arms of an adversary, and has sought refuge in a country that most recently made a concerted effort to undermine confidence in our democracy.”

Manning was originally sentenced to 35 years for violating the Espionage Act, the same charge the Federal Government has leveled against Snowden. The former NSA contractor Snowden leaked to the British press that the United States collects all phone records and emails of its citizens (as well as tapping the phone calls of prominent world leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel) without any legal justification.

Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, may enter the picture:

“If Obama grants Manning clemency Assange will agree to US extradition despite clear unconstitutionality of DoJ case,” WikiLeaks tweeted last week. 

Thanks to our sources:

https://gma.yahoo.com/wife-pulse-nightclub-gunman-omar-mateen-arrested-san-172130860–abc-news-topstories.html?soc_src=mail&soc_trk=ma#

https://gma.yahoo.com/wife-pulse-nightclub-gunman-omar-mateen-knew-attack-200808549–abc-news-topstories.html#

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/314663-obama-commutes-chelsea-mannings-sentence

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/pulse-shooter-wife-noor-salman-ordered-remain-jail-article-1.2987497

http://thefederalist.com/2017/01/17/stop-pretending-the-obama-administration-was-scandal-free/http://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-60-minutes-shaping-public-opinion-is-part-of-the-job/

BREAKING NEWS–PART ONE

TO BE UPDATED

The FBI announced yesterday in a letter to lawmakers that new emails from Hillary’s Secret Server had possibly been uncovered, necessitating the re-opening of the investigation.

As a reminder, Mr. Comey shamelessly cleared Hillary of all wrongdoing in her illegal, unauthorized, unsecured basement email server, in which she compiled and then deleted thousands of emails belonging to the taxpayers. We have covered this horrific situation extensively, but the most depressing update occurred under the cover of the Independence Day weekend:

BREAKING NEWS

FBI head thug James Comey apparently recently seized some devices belonging to Hillary henchwoman Huma Abedin (above, sleeveless) and her recently-separated husband Anthony Weiner (above, foreskin). This was in connection to Weiner allegedly sexting a minor, which, like any juicy scandal involving the media’s preferred political party, was revealed by a British outlet, Daily Mail.

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Weiner reportedly sent this picture of his weiner and his 3-year-old son to a sexting partner last year. Courtesy of New York Post.

Mr. Weiner resigned from his New York congressional seat in disgrace 5 years ago, then briefly mounted an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of New York City.

New York Times broke yesterday that Comey found some Hillary emails on either Huma’s or Weiner’s device “that appear to be pertinent to the [Secret Server] investigation.”

Comey reportedly wrote the previously unaccounted emails were uncovered “in connection with an unrelated case.”

Kudos to the British press for connecting the dots.

The Hill has more:

After being briefed by his team, Comey “agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps” to determine whether the emails “contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”

Comey said he could not predict how long it would take the bureau to decide whether the newly found emails are “significant,” meaning the investigation could hang over the Democratic presidential nominee’s head through the election.

[our emphasis]

(As a reminder, Hillary has repeatedly insisted she “neither sent nor received material marked classified” on her Secret Server. This claim has been eviscerated by multiple outlets and seems to hinge on whether material at State Department is ever literally marked “classified.” The FBI has since discovered over 1,000 messages Hillary deleted under the guise of their “personal” content that in fact contained top-secret, “classified” material.)

Mr. Comey’s previous public shaming of privacy advocates and displays of false helplessness to better control the little people while victimizing the most successful corporation in the history of civilization  are touched on here:

FBI Rapes More Phones

It should also be noted that Mr. Comey himself advises the anti-NSA precautions we have long espoused. While he did not specifically address the national security agency’s collection of all phone call duration and parties from every American, every day, with no warrant, nor the GPS device implanted standard in every smartphone from the factory so the Federal Government can track subjects citizens every moment of their lives, Comey had this to say about covering the webcam on his laptop:

When asked if he tapes over his cameras at home, Comey replied, “Heck yeah, heck yeah. And I also — I get mocked for a lot of things, much mocked for that — but I hope people lock their cars. I don’t have my own car that I drive, but I’m sure we lock our FBI cars. Lock your doors at night. I have an alarm system. You have an alarm system? You should use it. I use mine.”

(Yahoo! News on 9/15/16)

Mr. Comey also did not comment on the built-in microphone on every laptop, which is presumably as easy for third parties (or even the government??) to access as the webcams on laptops have proven to be. Hillary’s emails never got into our enemy’s hands, though. Trust the Government.

This story will be updated!

Thanks to our sources:

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/303333-new-clinton-emails-discovered-in-weiner-investigation-report

https://www.yahoo.com/news/fbi-director-suggests-taping-over-personal-webcams-152813879.html

 

Privacy Groups “Up In Arms” Over FBI Tattoo Tracking Program

Electronic Frontier Foundation reported earlier this month that privacy advocates are “up in arms” about the FBI and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (no idea why we need that, but you pay for it) are collaborating to get up in the arms–and legs, necks, and tramp stamp areas–of American citizens by compiling a database of their tattoos.

This sub-agency of the Federal Government explains its logic in the image below obtained from EFF: one in five Americans has a tattoo. They must be doing Common Core math, because it seems like it’s more like one in two, but either way this is an easy way to better track your subjects taxpayers.

Tattoo Recognition Technology was created with the assistance of the FBI, which couldn’t unlock a 4-digit pass code on an iPhone without publicly blackmailing Apple, as we’ve extensively reported.

NIST’s first assignment was “the creation of a database compiling some 15,000 tattoo images in an attempt to develop recognition algorithms,” according to our source.

The algorithms will “track individuals based on commonalities,” according to EFF. The NIST reports “tattoos suggest affiliation to gangs, subcultures, religious or ritualistic beliefs, or political ideology.”

They may also “contain intelligence; messages, meaning and motivation.”

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 The image above is from a Federal Government agency (note the seal in the upper right).
Apparently, “many, if not most” of the first wave of images were collected from prisoners, according to EFF.
The NIST reportedly wants to expand the program to contain over 100,000 images.

 

According to their website, NIST is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

First they came for the tattooed criminals, and I did not speak out–because I was not a tattooed criminal.

Thanks to our source:

The FBI is working on a tattoo tracking system that has privacy groups up in arms

http://nist.gov/