Here are all the types of personal info hackers stole from 29 million Facebook users, and why it's so frightening (FB)

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  • A massive attack on Facebook by unidentified hackers impacted 29 million people.
  • The majority of data taken was personal names and phone numbers.
  • For some people, much more information was taken — date of birth, location, religion, and a variety of other details.

Facebook announced important new details Friday about the massive hack that affected 29 million users of its social network — and it’s much worse than we thought.

A mess of personal information, including details about people’s recent locations, phone numbers and search histories, was taken by the as-yet unidentified hackers. 

After all, Facebook serves as an online identity for many people.

“For 15 million people, attackers accessed two sets of information – name and contact details (phone number, email, or both, depending on what people had on their profiles),” Facebook said in a blog post Friday.

“For 14 million people, the attackers accessed the same two sets of information, as well as other details people had on their profiles,” the post said. 

For anyone who’s filled out a Facebook profile page, those “other details people had on their profiles” can amount to a lot of personal information: Stuff like your birthdate, where you went to school, who you’re in a relationship with — even your religion. It all depends on what you volunteered to Facebook when you filled out your profile page.

Here’s the full list of information that hackers might have gotten if you’re one of the unlucky 29 million impacted people:

  • Username
  • Gender
  • Locale/language
  • Relationship status
  • Religion
  • Hometown
  • Self-reported current city
  • Birthdate
  • Device types used to access Facebook
  • Education
  • Work
  • The last 10 places you checked into or were tagged in
  • Website
  • People or Pages you follow
  • The 15 most recent searches

Wondering whether or not you’re affected? So were we! Head to this Facebook page while logged into Facebook, and scroll to the bottom to find out.

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A Cleveland lawyer stood behind Kanye West as he ranted to Trump. Here's what went through her head. –

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland lawyer Kim Corral said her friends have always teased her about having a bad poker face.

In hindsight, she wished she had thought about her facial expressions on Thursday, as she stood behind Kanye West as he rambled at President Donald Trump and others for more than 10 minutes in the Oval Office about prison reform, violence and just about any other stray thought that entered his head.

Despite the awe and theatricality of the event, Corral thinks she did OK, though some friends sent her a few memes made of West’s speech that included her.

West’s statements were at times meandering, profound and incoherent. Corral said she didn’t digest most of what he said until later. At the time, like any good lawyer, her focus was on her job that day.

“I probably should have been thinking ‘don’t make this face or make this face,’ but no, I was thinking no matter how confident you are in your work, it’s hard to make a pitch to someone like the president of the United States,” Corral said.

Kimberly Corral took a selfie in the Oval Office on Thursday. 

Corral, 34, is a criminal defense attorney. She gained a bit of publicity in March when she secured the release of Ru-El Sailor, a Cleveland man who spent 15 years in prison for a murder he did not commit.

A self-described progressive, Corral said in an interview Friday that she disagrees with much of what Trump has done since he took office in January 2017.

She saw a window of opportunity, though, on criminal justice.

“I have a lot of problems with a lot of the president’s policies, but criminal justice reform, I think, is less partisan than other issues,” Corral said.

Corral was at the White House on Thursday as a guest of Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown and his wife, which was supposed to focus on criminal justice reform. She also went to advocate for a client who is seeking clemency.

She found out the meeting would go forward last week and knew the noted Chicago hip-hop artist, whose outlandish statements of late tend to outshine his music, would be there.

Things didn’t exactly go as planned.

West mostly took over the conversation, giving rambling speeches to the president and reporters on topics that included Hillary Clinton to his business prowess to how he thought imprisoned notorious Chicago gang organizer Larry Hoover got a raw deal. He even talked about running for president, albeit not until 2024.

Corral said she thinks West is an artistic genius, but it was obvious something was off on that day.

“I was in awe of the moment,” Corral said, explaining that Thursday was the first time she was in the White House. “A little bit of that gets lost, though, because in the moment you’re like, ‘What’s going on here?'”

As she stood there, her lawyering instincts came in to play. She wondered how she could steer the conversation back to the issues she cared about.

Corral wondered if she could interject but knew there was no reasonable way to do so. She laughed at moments where she thought West was being funny, but admitted she felt uncomfortable at other points, especially when he spoke about how his masculinity would have been affected had Clinton won the 2016 presidential election.

“I think it would be hard to say, ‘alright, well actually can we talk about these three specific bullet points?'” Corral said. “The structure of the meeting sort of devolved and made that impossible.”

Corral noted that West brought up a lot of important issues, such as mental health, education, housing and prison reform. It just wasn’t presented to the president in the best way, she said.

Corral said she was able to speak to Trump for a minute after the meeting, as well as with the White House counsel, about her client, whom she declined to name.

She also said she wasn’t sure if she actually shook West’s hand, as there was a large group that introduced themselves before entering the Oval Office, including White House advisors Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

After the meeting, Corral said friends started posting on her Facebook page. A few pointed to the picture and said it was her doppelganger but they slowly realized it was actually her.

She left the experience not with a feeling of awkwardness or frustration, but with the sense that it was all entertainment.

“It wasn’t like there was a risk that it was going to get confrontational because obviously, for whatever reason which I’m not aware of, Donald Trump has an affinity for Kanye. He likes him a lot,” Corral said. “It might have been awkward for Kanye, but I don’t think he had any awareness of that awkwardness, and everyone else was just taking it in.”

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Hackers stole millions of Facebook users’ personal data — here’s why you should be worried (FB)

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  • Some 30 million Facebook users were victims of the hacking attack it revealed recently.
  • That attack exposed the personal information of many users, including their names, phone numbers, birth dates, and more.
  • That kind of information could be used for identity theft and to compromise users’ financial and other accounts, security and privacy experts say.
  • The exposure of that data can also pose particular and obvious dangers to people who are trying to keep a low profile, such as victims of domestic violence.

If you’re one of the victims of the recently revealed hack of Facebook, you should be extra careful on the internet — and extra watchful of your other online and offline accounts.

The data hackers gleaned from the social network could be used for identity theft, and to access accounts ranging from those at banks and other financial institutions to online stores. It also could be used in so-called spear phishing attacks, in which hackers use the information they know about particular users to send them personalized messages that convince them to leak their passwords or other critical data.

“Given the scale of this — which was really surprising — and how much information was scraped … people can be legitimately concerned,” said Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy at Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports.

Some 30 million accounts were compromised in the attack, which Facebook first announced two weeks ago. The hackers were able to gain access to names and phones numbers of nearly all of those users as well as personal details such as birth dates, relationship status, gender, and education and work histories for 14 million of them.

The exposure of those kinds of personal details can be particularly dangerous to people who are trying keep a low profile, such as those who have been the victims of domestic abuse or protestors worried about reprisals from their governments. It can also create problems for people who were trying to keep certain parts of their lives private from the wider world, such as their sexual orientation or their religious affiliations.

The data from Facebook could be used to access bank accounts

But it can be risky to everyday users as well. That’s because in the hands of malicious actors, this data can be used to hijack accounts on other services besides Facebook.

The password reset feature on many sites asks users to answer certain security questions. Those questions often ask for just the kind of personal details that were revealed in the Facebook hack, Brookman said.

But it’s not just online accounts that are at risk. Information such as names and birth dates can also be used to gain access to banking accounts or medical records over the phone, said John Simpson, director of privacy and technology at Consumer Watchdog, a consumer advocacy group. That kind of information “can be tremendously empowering” to hackers, he said.

“They can take that information and definitely parlay it into information that can scam the individual,” he said. “Potentially, there’s some real damage that can be done to people.”

Even the leak of just a phone number can pose a risk. To protect their accounts on various websites, many users have been turning on two-factor authentication, a security technique that often requires users when logging into their accounts to enter a special code in addition to their passwords. Many sites send that code via the SMS text messaging system to users’ cell phones.

Security researchers have known for years, though, that the SMS system is vulnerable to hacking attacks. By knowing a user’s phone number, a malicious actor could potentially intercept the two-factor authentication code and use it to gain control of the user’s account.

It could also be used in targeted email attacks

Another potential danger comes from spear-phishing attacks. Typically in such an attack, a hacker sends an email that induces a user to click on a link to a spoofed site and enter their login information. The malicious actor usually uses what they know about the target — their friends, their family, their life experiences — to convince them that the email is legitimate.

Even seemingly innocuous information about a person can be used in such attacks. The more data a hacker has about someone, the more believable they can make the email lure. One set of data that was exposed in the Facebook hack was the locations where users had checked in using Facebook’s app.

A hacker might be able to take that information and purport to be a representative of a target’s credit card company, potentially even saying that the company had noticed their card being used on the date and place of the check in, said Michelle Richardson, director of the privacy and data project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, an advocacy group.

“These guys are really crafty,” she said.

Because users often reuse passwords on multiple sites, they may find lots of their most sensitive and valuable accounts at risk if they fall victim to such a scam.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself

You can find out whether you were affected by the Facebook attack by logging into your account and going to a security page the company has set up. If you were affected, there are several steps you should take to protect yourself, security and privacy experts say:

  • Put a freeze on your credit report with the major credit reporting agencies, such as Equifax. That will prevent criminals from using the information they gleaned about your from creating new financial accounts in your name. Thanks to a new law, credit freezes are now available for free.
  • Keep a close eye on your financial statements to look out for mystery charges.
  • Make sure you aren’t using the same password in multiple places, and create new, unique ones if you are. A password manager such as LastPass can make it easier to create and keep track of your login information for different sites.
  • Turn on two-factor authentication whenever you can, but especially on your most sensitive or valuable accounts. Even those such systems can be vulnerable to hacking attacks, they’re still more secure than passwords alone.

Regardless of whether your account was affected, you might also want to consider deleting or deactivating your Facebook account, especially if you don’t use it often. If you plan to keep your account, you should also think about limiting what you share on it.

“People share stuff on their Facebook profiles they wouldn’t want shared with rest of world,” said Brookman. He continued: “There’s historical data that’s out there about you that could potentially be leveraged against you or used to hack your account or compromise your friends’.”

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Scoop: Coming Up on a New Episode of CRIMINAL MINDS on CBS – Wednesday, October 31, 2018 – Broadway World

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“The Tall Man” – The BAU investigates a spooky local ghost story of the “Tall Man” and the clues it provides when two people go missing in the woods of East Allegheny’s Dead Man’s Conservatory, and a third mysteriously surfaces the following day with limited details as to what happened to her friends. To assist with the case, JJ reluctantly returns to her hometown, triggering emotional flashbacks to age 11 and her older sister’s tragic death, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 31 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directed the episode.

CRIMINAL MINDS revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. The Behavioral Analysis Unit’s most experienced agent is David Rossi, founding member of the BAU, who is essential in helping the team solve new cases. Other members include Special Agent Emily Prentiss, the daughter of high-powered diplomats who returns to the team after being the head profiler at Interpol; Special Agent Dr. Spencer Reid, a classically misunderstood genius whose social IQ is as low as his intellectual IQ is high; Jennifer “J.J.” Jareau, the team’s former unit liaison turned profiler, who juggles motherhood and marriage with the same skill as she solves cases; Penelope Garcia, the team’s indispensable computer wizard who helps research the cases with her unique charm; Dr. Tara Lewis, a forensic psychologist whose expertise is studying and interviewing serial killers after they’ve been captured to determine if they are able to stand trial; Luke Alvez, a former Army ranger and excellent tracker recruited to the BAU from the FBI’s Fugitive Task Force; and Special Agent Simmons who joins his colleagues in the BAU after consulting them when he was a member of the International Response Team. Simmons is an ex-Delta soldier with deft profiling skills and military special-ops expertise. As the team evolves together, the BAU continues its dedication to using their expertise to pinpoint predators’ motivations and identify their emotional triggers in the attempt to stop them.

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Criminal Lawyer Franco Debono Warns PN Leader That Close Ally Is 'One Of Labour's Favourite Toys' – Lovin Malta (press release)




Criminal lawyer and former Nationalist MP Franco Debono has cast serious doubt on the credibility of one of the closest parliamentary allies of Opposition leader Adrian Delia.

In a blogpost, Debono suggested that the Labour Party isn’t resurrecting a mysterious case of alleged wrongdoing attributed to PN MP Hermann Schiavone “because it doesn’t want to break one of its favourite toys”.

The case goes back to 2003, when then Prime Minister Eddie Fenech Adami refused to allow Schiavone to contest an election after getting wind that the police were investigating the contents of an anonymous letter which alleged wrongdoing on his part. The nature of this letter and the police investigation that followed remain a mystery.

“Why were the police investigating him, what happened to the investigation, and why did [Schiavone] leave Malta before returning as soon as [former minister] Louis Galea lost his parliamentary seat in 2008?” Debono asked. “Instead of speaking about inquiries into other people, Schiavone would do better to illuminate us about the time HE was investigated. He is lucky that there were no blogs back then and that the press weren’t as armed as they are now.”

“Don’t expect the Labour Party to raise these questions! After all, which party will break one of its favourite toys?”

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Hermann Schiavone with former PN leader Simon Busuttil




Debono wrote his blog as a response to Schiavone’s comments earlier today, in which he criticised former PN leader Simon Busuttil for going against the party line and declaring his belief that Prime Minister Joseph Muscat owns the Panama company Egrant.

Schiavone urged Busuttil to drop the Egrant story and focus more on bread and butter issues, arguing that the result of last year’s election proves that people don’t care about the allegations against the Prime Minister. However, Debono said Schiavone has no right to jab Busuttil about his electoral failure as he [Schiavone] was the “mascot” of the PN’s crushing defeat last year.

“If there is a person who is synonymous with the election defeat, it is none other than Schiavone himself,” Debono said. “After 30 years of contesting elections, he finally got elected in 2017 when the PN suffered its largest defeat in history, rendering him a mascot of this defeat. On the contrary, Simon Busuttil was a protagonist in several electoral victories for the PN.”

Moreover, Debono warned that Busuttil’s tenure as Opposition leader was hindered by “a number of moles” who used to pass internal information to the Labour Party. Without directly implicating Schiavone as a mole, the criminal lawyer said the PN MP “knows what I’m talking about…and can give my regards to PL councillor Fredrick Azzopardi.”

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Washington state's Supreme Court just tossed out its death penalty — here are the states that still have the power to execute prisoners

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  • Washington state’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the death penalty violates its constitution.
  • Capital punishment has reached record lows across the US — at both the state and federal levels.
  • Though most states still technically retain the death penalty, very few actually use it.

Washington state’s Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the death penalty violates its constitution because it has been “imposed in an arbitrary and racially biased manner.”

The ruling declared that all eight of the state’s prisoners who are currently on death row will now serve life sentences instead.

“The use of the death penalty is unequally applied — sometimes by where the crime took place, or the county of residence, or the available budgetary resources at any given point in time, or the race of the defendant,” the justices wrote in their ruling. “The death penalty, as administered in our state, fails to serve any legitimate penological goal.”

Washington isn’t alone — data show that use of the death penalty has steadily declined since the 1970s, and few states still execute prisoners regularly.

Though the majority of states still retain capital punishment, few of them have actually used it in recent years. There are even 16 states that haven’t executed a single prisoner since 1976, according to The Marshall Project.

As the death penalty fades out of use across the country, many states have even put the issue on the ballot in recent years. But voters have been reluctant to abolish capital punishment completely, no matter how rarely it’s used.

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Here are all the states that still retain the death penalty, but haven’t executed anyone in at least five years:

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Harvard researchers found in 2016 that the US’s use of the death penalty is mainly fueled by just a handful of counties — they’re known as “outlier” counties and they’re scattered throughout states like Texas, Alabama, and Florida.

The researchers found that the counties that still actively pursue the death penalty tend to have several factors in common: overzealous prosecutors, inadequate defense attorneys, and racial bias.

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'All American' Off To Soft Start; Entire CBS & Fox Lineups + 'Fire' Log Rating Upticks – Deadline

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Snapshot updated with finals: New series premiere: the CW’s All American (0.2 Live+Same Day rating in 18-49, 685,000 viewers)

UPDATED 4 PM: Oh, boy. The CW debuted its highest-profile new fall series last night, All American, and it didn’t go so well. The series, about a talented teen football player from Crenshaw recruited by a Beverly Hills high school, opened to 685,000 total viewers and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+Same Day). It held onto less than half of its lead-in Riverdale (0.5, 1.5 million).

While supported by an extensive marketing campaign and carrying the Berlanti Prods. pedigree, All American, a cross between The O.C. and Friday Night Lights, is softer and more grounded than other over-the-top, noisy and twisty CW high school dramas like Gossip Girl, 90210 or Riverdale. That may have factored into the soft premiere numbers, which I think are the lowest for a fall new CW series debut.

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All American’s opener was on par with the March premiere in the time slot (with a comparable Riverdale lead-in) of Life Sentence, which didn’t last beyond a short midseason run. Delayed/multi-platform viewing would be crucial for All American as the CW brass are known for supporting series based on their confidence in the creative, so they would likely try to stick with the drama if it shows signs of life on digital platforms.

As for Riverdale, the soapy thriller was off from its series-high Season 2 premiere numbers (0.8, 2.3 million) but was on par with its Season 2 average and up from the finale.

It was pretty good news all around for the other broadcast networks, with a few ratings upticks and a lot of series holding as shows are starting to settle into their fall ratings levels.

CBS’ Survivor (1.6, 7.7 million) and Fox’s Empire (1.6, 5.12 million) repeated as tied for No. 1 among adults 18-49, both up a tenth from last week in the demo after upward adjustments in the finals while adding a few eyeballs.


Things were also looking up for CBS’ Wednesday dramas, SEAL Team (0.9, 5.6 million) and Criminal Minds (0.8, 4.6 million), both inching up a tenth in the demo from their soft openers last week, when the Season 2 premiere of SEAL Team matched a series demo low and veteran Criminal Minds hit series lows.

Also logging an uptick of 0.1 18-49 ratings point was Fox’s Star (1.3, 4.3 million). Fox again ranked as the night’s top network in the demo.

NBC’s One Chicago lineup continues to impress. After upticks for two of the series and a hold for the third with the first crossover last week, there was no letdown last night. Chicago Med (1.3, 8 million) and Chicago PD (1.2, 7.1 million) were on par, while Chicago Fire (1.4, after an upward adjustment in the finals, 8.4 million) rose by a tenth for a second consecutive week, all three series defying the typical post-crossover ratings drops. Chicago Fire was the top program of the night in total viewers, logging its most-watched regular-slot episode in 2.5 years, since Tuesday, April 26, 2016, when it had a Voice lead-in. NBC won the night in total viewers.

After a sizable Week 2 drop, ABC’s A Million Little Things (0.8, 3.7 million) stabilized in Week 3, even with its Week 2 demo delivery. Fellow ABC Wednesday rookie Single Parents (1.0, 3.7 million) is still sliding, down a tenth from last week despite its lead-in, Modern Family (1.4, 5.1 million), holding steady. Also even week-to-week was 8 PM anchor The Goldbergs (1.3, 5.1 million), while American Housewife (1.0, 4.3 million) ticked down a tenth.

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Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe reportedly butted heads with Rod Rosenstein over the Russia investigation

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  • Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe reportedly had a tense standoff after Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel for the Russia investigation.
  • The two men reportedly urged each other to recuse themselves from the Russia probe.
  • During one exchange, Rosenstein is said to have pointed to a picture of McCabe wearing a political campaign T-shirt supporting his wife’s run for Virginia state Senate.
  • McCabe in turn criticized Rosenstein and pointed to a memo he wrote for President Donald Trump, in which he criticized FBI Director James Comey and added justification for Trump’s firing of Comey.

A rift between deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe ran deep after Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel over the Russia investigation, according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.

After Mueller was appointed in May 2017, McCabe was summoned for a meeting that included the special counsel and Rosenstein, current and former officials said to The Post. During this tense meeting, Rosenstein and McCabe reportedly cited several reasons why the other ought to recuse himself from the Russia probe.

Some of the details of the meeting are disputed, but one person familiar with the situation said Rosenstein referenced a picture of McCabe wearing a T-shirt supporting his wife’s campaign for the Virginia state Senate race in 2015. Critics, namely President Donald Trump, have railed against the McCabe’s and alleged that their ties to the Democratic Party tainted the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.

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McCabe brought documents from FBI ethics officials that claimed he followed ethics rules, according to two people cited in The Post.

But another person denied that the dispute was over a T-shirt and claimed that McCabe’s statements following the controversial firing of FBI director James Comey were scrutinized by officials.

After Comey was abruptly fired, McCabe wrote a motivational memo to staffers and urged them to “hang in there.”

“As men and women of the FBI, we are at our best when times are tough,” McCabe wrote in January. “Please stay focused on the mission, keep doing great work, be good to each other and we will get through this together.”

“We all miss him,” McCabe added, referring to Comey, “and I know that he misses us.”

As Rosenstein argued his case, McCabe reportedly pulled out the deputy attorney general’s memo that Trump used to justify his firing of Comey. Legal experts have argued that this memo, which criticized Comey’s handling of the Clinton investigation, was the catalyst for Comey’s firing.

“Andy was angry,” a person familiar with the events said to The Post.

McCabe was fired in March, one day before his retirement date, after an internal investigation on unauthorized media disclosures surrounding the FBI’s probe of Clinton’s emails. Rosenstein is currently the acting attorney general for Mueller’s investigation, despite rumors that Trump has been weighing the possibility of replacing him.

“Well, we’re going to see what happens,” Trump said to Fox News host Shannon Bream on Wednesday night. “Everybody’s working together.”

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Senate Dem hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events featuring convicted terror lawyer – Fox News

U.S. Democratic Senate hopeful Kyrsten Sinema promoted events at Arizona State University featuring a lawyer convicted for aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader.

Sinema, a co-founder of the activist group Local to Global Justice, invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart, both in 2003.

At the time of the invite, Stewart had been charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman, a radical Egyptian spiritual leader of a terror group, to pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks.

Rahman was a former client of Stewart’s who was charged and sentenced to life in the 1990s for plotting to blow up the United Nations, an FBI building, two tunnels, and a bridge in New York City.


In the first event’s invite, Sinema said the lawyer was “emphatically not guilty” and would not have been charged with the crime if it weren’t for “the hastily enacted PATRIOT Act,” that expanded the U.S. government’s power to surveil people and thus catch Stewart passing on the messages in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“Prior to September 11th and the hastily enacted ‘Patriot Act,’ Lynne Stewart never would have been indicted at all,” the invite posted by Sinema read.

“Last April, FBI agents arrested Stewart at her Brooklyn home. As they took her away in handcuffs, the FBI invaded and searched her Manhattan office. Her crime? Doing her job for the past 27 years as an outspoken criminal defense lawyer,” it added.

"Last April, FBI agents arrested Stewart at her Brooklyn home. As they took her away in handcuffs, the FBI invaded and searched her Manhattan office. Her crime? Doing her job for the past 27 years as an outspoken criminal defense lawyer."

— Kyrsten Sinema

The second event with Stewart came just days later after the first.

Sinema’s description of Stewart was not particularly accurate. Two years after the events in Arizona, Stewart was convicted of aiding the radical Egyptian cleric to pass on secret messages to a U.S.-designated terror group, the Islamic Group.


She was initially sentenced to 28 months in prison but, in 2010, she was resentenced again for 10 years behind bars. The federal judge said Stewart also committed perjury and lacked remorse after her first sentencing. The lawyer was eventually released in 2013 due to her medical condition and died in 2017.

Stewart reportedly helped Rahman, known as the ‘Blind Sheikh’, between 1997 and 2002 to pass instructions to the terror group’s followers. According to Bloomberg, Rahman relied on Stewart and two other people to withdraw his group’s support for the cease-fire with the Egyptian government after its 1997 terror attack that left 62 people dead.

The Sinema campaign did not respond to Fox News’ repeated requests for a comment.

Sinema is currently running against Republican Martha McSally in Arizona. According to Fox News’ 2018 Midterm Power Rankings, the race between the two candidates is a toss-up.

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