Patrick Howley, The Daily Caller
A former Federal Bureau of Investigation official said that the Obama administration exploited the Michael Brown shooting case for political purposes despite knowing all along that no civil rights laws were violated in the case. Continue reading
Paul Waldman, The American Prospect
The latest Snowden revelation says the NSA is increasingly relying on facial recognition, as are lots of law enforcement agencies. Before long, the right to anonymity in public could be gone. Continue reading
Dave Lindorff, OpEdNews
Almost a year after an FBI agent shot and killed, under suspicious circumstances, a crucial witness in the Boston Marathon bombing case during a botched midnight interrogation in an Orlando apartment, serious questions are being raised about the FBI agent who fired seven shots into Chechen immigrant Ibragim Todashev last May 22. Continue reading
“Many Fiesal Shahzads are residing inside America and all they need is the knowledge of how to make car bombs… and the good news is it can be prepared in a home kitchen.” Continue reading
Laila Kearney, REUTERS
A prominent state senator withdrew from a race for California Secretary of State on Thursday, a day after he was arrested by FBI agents and charged with corruption and conspiring to import and traffic firearms, his attorney said.
Cyrus Farivar, Digital Forensic Investigator
According to court documents, sometime in the late hours of March 17, 2014, a Georgetown University student showed a fellow student a small plastic bag containing what he claimed was ricin, a known deadly poison.
Kevin Gosztola, Fire Dog Lake
The former chief counsel for the Church Committee, Frederick A.O “Fritz” Schwarz Jr., is pushing for a new committee that would investigate secret government, particularly actions by government since the September 11th attacks.
The Church Committee played an instrumental role in the 1970s in calling attention to abuses by the national security state. The Senate established a committee chaired by Senator Frank Church of Idaho to examine the conduct and operations of intelligence agencies.
As Betty Medsger highlights in her book, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI, a string of revelations created a need for an investigation. Files taken from the FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, exposed COINTELPRO. Journalist Seymour Hersh’s reporting uncovered domestic surveillance operations by the CIA.
Pete Williams, NBC
More than 100 teenagers — many of them children from broken homes — were rescued over the weekend in a sex-trafficking crackdown that swept more than 70 cities, the FBI said Monday. The youngest victim was 13 years old, the agency said.
The sting resulted in the arrest of 159 “pimps” from San Francisco to Miami who were involved in the commercial exploitation of both adults and children, said Ronald Hosko, assistant director of the FBI’s criminal investigative division. It was the FBI’s largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children, and took law enforcement agencies to streets, motels, casinos and social media platforms, Hosko said. He said he hoped it would focus attention on sex trafficking, “this threat that robs us of our children.”
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Brae Jaeger, American Thinker
Regarding the American surveillance state, it seems that the truth comes out a little at a time. We learned about the FBI’s Carnivore in the 1990s, which the copied internet data of people whom the agency deemed “reasonably suspicious.” In September 2001, we saw the worst attacks on America since Pearl Harbor.
September 11 left a unified country in its wake, but unfortunately, it was also a country more acquiescent than ever to big government. The PATRIOT Act was quickly shuttled through the lawmaking process, and life went on. We found out about NSA domestic wiretapping from a brave AT&T whistleblower in 2006. The program was given the formality of legality (though not constitutionality) in 2007. Would it have been had no one blown the whistle?
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Pamela Geller has the story: You must have heard about this latest outrage. I posted on it here and here. Last week in Seattle, the FBI was running a terrorism awareness campaign, featuring bus ads depicting photos of sixteen of the world’s Most Wanted Terrorists. The Joint Terrorism Task Force launched a publicity campaign for the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice (RFJ) program. RFJ offers up to $25 million for information that helps stop terrorism.
Muslim groups and the politicians in their pockets actually got the reward ad campaign removed. We must act now. The RFJ program has been quite successful: through it, the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security has paid over $125 million to more than 80 people who offered genuine information that led to jihadis being jailed and prevented acts of jihad terror. This program was instrumental in leading to the arrest of jihadist Ramzi Yousef, who is now in prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. This program saves lives.