US Justice Department settles case over fake Facebook page

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

200 police raid homes in Germany in terror investigation.

The U.S. government has agreed to pay a New York woman $134,000 for having set up a fake Facebook page using her identity, according to court documents filed Tuesday. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away three appeals from military contractor KBR Inc. that seek to shut down lawsuits over a soldier’s electrocution in Iraq and open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.BERLIN (AP) — Some 200 police officers raided 13 homes in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany Tuesday, in connection with the arrests last week of two suspected members of an Islamic terror cell. “We were looking for further evidence in connection with last week’s arrests,” Gassen said, adding that the people targeted Tuesday were not accused of any wrongdoing themselves.

The woman, Sondra Arquiett of Watertown, about 75 miles north of Syracuse, sued Drug Enforcement Administration Agent Timothy Sinnigen in October after he created the fake page — which included a photo of her with her young son and niece — to use in investigations. The Justice Department said at the time the suit was filed that Arquiett implicitly agreed to the use of her data because they were on her cellphone when she was arrested in July 2010 on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, for which she served six months of weekend incarceration. Police on Friday arrested the group’s leader, identified only as 41-year-old Ismet D. in accordance with privacy laws, who is accused of recruiting largely Turkish and Russian nationals to fight against “infidels” in Syria. But it also said it would be “launching a review” of the incident, and it’s now apparently agreed to a settlement that’s just over half of the $250,000 Arquiett reportedly asked for in her complaint.

The suit claims KBR unit Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc. was legally responsible for the shoddy electrical work that was common in Iraqi-built structures taken over by the U.S. military. Authorities said there’s no evidence the group was planning attacks inside Germany, but that it procured funding to help send fighters to Syria, as well as military materials like night-vision equipment. In a letter to DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, Facebook said the agency had committed “a knowing and serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies” — that is, lying about a user’s identity. They seek to hold KBR and Halliburton Co. responsible for exposing soldiers to toxic emissions and contaminated water when they burned waste in open pits without proper safety controls.

It’s closer to an FBI investigation that faked an actual newspaper site, lacing it with malware to catch a suspect and earning the ire of the Associated Press in the process.

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