Tag Archives: Federal Bureau of Investigation

US Justice Department won't let FBI officials speak to Senate panel

Source: Bloomberg

"The Justice Department says it will not permit two FBI officials close to fired director James Comey to appear privately before a congressional committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee had asked in July to interview the two officials, Jim Rybicki and Carl Ghattas, and then agreed to narrow the scope of questioning after the Justice Department initially declined to make the men available. But in a letter this week obtained by The Associated Press, the Justice Department said it would still not permit the officials to be questioned in order to 'protect the integrity' of the investigation being done by special counsel Robert Mueller." (09/13/17)


WikiLeaks Vault 7: The CIA built a fake software update system to spy on intel partners

The Verge

Source: The Verge

"Anyone relying on the CIA for tech support got a nasty surprise this morning, as documents published by Wikileaks revealed a secret project to siphon out data through its technical liaison service, dating back to 2009. The program, called ExpressLane, is designed to be deployed alongside a biometric collection system that the CIA provides to partner agencies. In theory, those partners are agreeing to provide the CIA with access to specific biometric data — but on the off-chance those partners are holding out on them, ExpressLane gives the agency a way to take it without anyone knowing. … WikiLeaks claims the program was primarily used against US agencies like the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, although the targets are far less clear from the documents themselves." (08/24/17)


Mueller's Deflategate II production loses top FBI investigator

Source: ABC News

"One of the FBI's top investigators, tapped by special counsel Robert Mueller just weeks ago to help lead the probe of Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has left Mueller’s team, sources tell ABC News. The recent departure of FBI veteran Peter Strzok is the first known hitch in a secretive probe that by all public accounts is charging full-steam ahead. … It's unclear why Strzok stepped away from Mueller's team of nearly two dozen lawyers, investigators and administrative staff. Strzok, who has spent much of his law enforcement career working counterintelligence cases and has been unanimously praised by government officials who spoke with ABC News, is now working for the FBI's human resources division." (08/16/17)


The FBI booby-trapped a video to catch a suspected Tor sextortionist

Source: Motherboard

"Malware and hacking tools are established parts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's toolkit when it comes to unmasking criminal suspects on the Tor anonymity network. In a new case revolving around someone blackmailing children, FBI agents sent the suspect a digitally-poisoned movie file that obtained the target's real IP address. … Monday, prosecutors announced charges against Buster Hernandez, 26, of Bakersfield, California. Hernandez is charged with threats to use an explosive device and sexual exploitation of a child. He is suspected of using the moniker 'Brian Kil.' Since 2015, Brian Kil has used social media, email, and VoIP to communicate with a number of underage female victims and extort sexual photos from them, according to the criminal complaint. Under duress, some victims sent explicit images and videos to Kil." (08/08/17)


Trump regime pulls plug on plans for new FBI HQ

Source: National Public Radio [US state media]

"The J. Edgar Hoover FBI building is crumbling. Literally. Workers have placed netting along parts of its facade to keep chipping concrete from falling on pedestrians below. There are concerns about its security and the building, which opened in 1975, is no longer big enough to house the Bureau's headquarters staff. But efforts to construct a new facility were dealt a major setback Tuesday, when the General Services Administration, the government agency in charge of the project, announced it was pulling the plug. In a statement, the GSA put the blame on Congress, saying lawmakers have only appropriated $523 million of the $1.4 billion the Obama administration requested for the project last year, leaving a substantial $832 million funding gap." [editor's note: Disband the FBI and auction off the current HQ site to someone willing to locate a productive private enterprise there. Problem solved – TLK] (07/11/17)


Trump names FBI director nominee

Source: The Hill

"President Trump on Wednesday announced he will nominate Christopher A. Wray to serve as the new FBI director. 'I will be nominating Christopher A. Wray, a man of impeccable credentials, to be the new Director of the FBI,' the president tweeted Wednesday. … Wray is a former U.S. assistant attorney general who oversaw the Department of Justice's criminal division under former President George W. Bush. He also has ties to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), whom he represented in the Bridgegate scandal." (06/07/17)


Trump regime hits reset in FBI director search

Source: CNN

"The team tasked by the White House with finding a new director for the FBI is resetting its search, a senior administration official told CNN. President Donald Trump said last week that he was 'very close' to choosing a new FBI director to replace James Comey …. At one point, former Sen. Joe Lieberman was considered a leading candidate, but Trump has since decided he wants to see a broader range of candidates for the job, the official said." (05/24/17)


Trump asked DNI, NSA to deny evidence of Russia collusion

Source: CNN

"President Donald Trump asked two of the government's top intelligence chiefs to publicly deny evidence of cooperation between his campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, multiple current and former US officials confirmed to CNN Monday. Trump spoke to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers after then-FBI Director James Comey revealed in March that the bureau had launched a probe into alleged collusion. Both Coats and Rogers were uncomfortable with the nature of the President's request and refused to comply, the sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN." (05/23/17)


Septuagenarian Connecticutter totalitarian Lieberman emerges as front-runner for FBI post

Source: Politico

"Joe Lieberman, the former Democratic vice-presidential nominee, is the front-runner to be named FBI director, according to several White House officials and advisers. Senior administration officials have told others in the last 12 hours that Trump is expected to pick Lieberman to replace FBI director James Comey, who was abruptly fired by Trump last week. A person familiar with Wednesday’s meeting said Trump bonded with Lieberman, and the president left leaning towards the former Connecticut senator, who retired in 2013. Trump has not signaled otherwise that anyone else is the favorite, aides said, and has told one adviser he wants to make an announcement before he leaves Friday on his first foreign trip." [editor's note: Now there's a name I had hoped to never see again outside an obituary – TLK] (05/18/17)


Dismantle, the FBI, and give its money back to the states

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Ryan McMaken

"With James Comey's firing, we're told the FBI is in turmoil, and Washington DC cocktail parties are all atwitter over the excitement of the scandal. But don't worry about the FBI. If history has proved anything, the Bureau, no matter how much chaos it may endure, can always rely on a fat check from Congress — funded by the American taxpayers. But why does the US need a huge national police force at all? Can't state police forces do just as well? The FBI continues to assert never-proven claims that bigger governments are better at law enforcement than smaller ones. This myth is not only untrue, but very expensive for taxpayers." [editor's note: So how about giving the money back to the taxpayers instead of to the states? – TLK] (05/12/17)