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Apple Issues Court Order to Vacate, Citing 1st & 5th Amendments

Apple Issues Court Order to Vacate, Citing 1st & 5th Amendments
Apple fought back against the FBI again yesterday, filing a court order to vacate, and citing the 1st and 5th Amendments to defend its refusal to build a back door to the iPhone.
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What’s Really at Stake in the Apple Encryption Debate

What’s Really at Stake in the Apple Encryption Debate
by Julia Angwin
The FBI’s much-discussed request to Apple can seem innocuous: Help us extract six weeks of encrypted data from the locked iPhone of Syed Farook, an employee of San Bernardino health department who spearheaded an attack that killed 14 people. Most people believe Apple should comply.
But the FBI is d
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With FBI Investigating GOP Incumbent, Dem Jason Carter Surges in Georgia Gov Polls, Fundraising

With FBI Investigating GOP Incumbent, Dem Jason Carter Surges in Georgia Gov Polls, Fundraising
Ex-President Jimmy Carter's grandson, Jason Carter, has had an unexpected surge in Georgia's gubernatorial race. With his Republican counterpart, Governor Nathan Deal, mired in an ethics scandal, Carter's chances are looking better than ever in the conservative deep south state.
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FBI Investigating Russian Spy Ring Disguised as Tourist Group

FBI Investigating Russian Spy Ring Disguised as Tourist Group
The FBI is looking into whether the U.S.-based director of a Russian government-run cultural exchange program is a spy who tried to recruit young Americans as intelligence assets, a national intelligence community official said Wednesday.
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Qualcomm Exec Indicted on Insider Trading Charges, Illegally Made $250k in Profits

Qualcomm Exec Indicted on Insider Trading Charges, Illegally Made $250k in Profits
A former senior executive at Qualcomm Inc. made nearly $250,000 in illegal profits from using inside information to buy stock in the wireless technology company and an acquisition target before major public announcements, according to an indictment unsealed Monday. Jing Wang was charged with insider trading, money laundering, conspiracy, obstruction of official proceedings and aggravated identity theft. He voluntarily surrendered at FBI offices Monday and pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance.
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Elliot Spagat
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FBI Releases Slideshow Presentation Used to Remind Gitmo Soldiers of 9/11's Evil

FBI Releases Slideshow Presentation Used to Remind Gitmo Soldiers of 9/11's Evil
Young soldiers at Guantanamo Bay would have been in grade school when the 9/11 attacks occurred. But the government is making sure the terrorist attacks are fresh in their minds. The FBI now holds briefings for military personnel stationed at Guantanamo about the attacks and their connection to the island prison.
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Cora Currier
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'Secret Criteria' for Immigrants Seeking US Citizenship Disproportionately Flags Muslims

'Secret Criteria' for Immigrants Seeking US Citizenship Disproportionately Flags Muslims
A government program to screen immigrants for national security concerns has blacklisted some Muslims and put their U.S. citizenship applications on hold for years, civil liberties advocates said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California said in a report that the previously undisclosed program instructs federal immigration officers to find ways to deny applications that have been deemed a national security concern. For example, they flag discrepancies in a petition or claim they didn't receive sufficient information from the immigrant.
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Amy Taxin
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FBI Director: Agency Uses Drones, Privacy Concerns 'Worthy of Debate'

FBI Director: Agency Uses Drones, Privacy Concerns 'Worthy of Debate'
The FBI uses drones for surveillance of stationary subjects, and the privacy implications of such operations are "worthy of debate," FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday. He said the law enforcement agency very seldom uses drones now, but is developing guidelines that will shape how unmanned aerial vehicles are to be used.
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FBI Reading Room's Most Popular Item? A 1950 UFO Memo

FBI Reading Room's Most Popular Item? A 1950 UFO Memo
According to the FBI, the document was first made public in the late 1970s and more recently has been available in the "Vault," an electronic reading room launched by the agency in 2011, where it has become the most popular item, viewed nearly 1 million times.
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Privacy Concerns Over New FBI Facial Recognition System

In July, Sen. Al Franken opened a Senate hearing on the privacy and civil liberties implications of facial recognition technology, civil liberties, and domestic security by affirming some incontrovertible facts. “You can change your password. You can get a new credit card. But you can’t change your fingerprint, and you can’t change your face,” Franken said. “Unless I guess you go to a great, you know, deal of trouble.”
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