Judge keeps Facebook and MS-13 case under seal

In this image, a Salvadoran army soldier patrols in a neighborhood dominated by the MS-13 gang in San Salvador. The soldier stands against a green wall, carrying a rifle.
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U.S. District Judge Lawrence O’Neill ruled Monday to keep documents describing digital wiretaps in an MS-13 case secret from the public.

Background: The case from last year centered around state and federal surveillance of the gang and came to light when Facebook won a secretive ruling that it would not have to aid the police by wiretapping its Messenger service.

Shutdown slows FBI's counterterrorism and gang investigations

J. Edgar Hoover FBI building
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The FBI Agents Association released a 72-page report Tuesday regarding the partial government shutdown's effect on the agency, with one agent saying it "has eliminated any ability to operate."

The big picture: The FBI has had to cancel training and halt operations. The U.S. Attorney's Office is unable to issue grand jury subpoenas. The association already sent a petition to the White House and congressional leaders urging them to come to an agreement to fund the FBI immediately, saying that not funding the agency is a threat to national security.