Tag Archives: Federal Bureau of Investigation

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)


FBI cargo cult: Junk science and the federal coproach

Source: Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert

“The FBI has been under fire in the past year for various and sundry crimes against logic and probity and this is much more deeply ingrained in the culture of the political agency since its founding. It was developed as the original secret police organization for the US government to wield to seek its political ends. The sacking of Comey the Commie is simply the latest above-ground evidence that the agency is broken for its ostensible purpose of crime investigation and simply exists as an American analog to the Cheka, NKVD, KGB and Gestapo.” (05/12/17)


New acting FBI director contradicts White House on Comey

Source: CNN

“Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe Thursday rejected assertions by the White House that FBI employees had lost faith in James Comey and that the bureau’s probe into Russian election meddling was one of its most minor concerns. ‘I hold Director Comey in the absolute highest regard. I have the highest respect for his considerable abilities and his integrity,’ McCabe told members of the Senate intelligence committee. He said Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump on Tuesday, enjoyed ‘broad support within the FBI and still does to this day.’ … McCabe also contradicted another statement by [White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee] Sanders in Wednesday’s White House briefing when she said that the Russia investigation was ‘probably one of the smallest things’ on the FBI’s plate. ‘We consider it to be a highly significant investigation,’ McCabe said, but declined to give details of the manpower involved in the probe.” (05/11/17)


Comey firing justly knocks FBI off its pedestal

Source: JimBovard.com
by James Bovard

“President Trump’s firing of FBI chief James Comey provides a welcome chance to dethrone the FBI from its pinnacle in American politics and life. Last September, Comey denounced Twitter ‘demagoguery’ for the widespread belief that the FBI was not ‘honest’ or ‘competent.’ But the FBI has a long record of both deceit and incompetence. Five years ago, Americans learned that the FBI was teaching its agents that the bureau ‘has the ability to bend or suspend the law to impinge on the freedom of others.’ This has practically been the FBI’s motif since its creation.” (05/11/17)


CIA, FBI launch manhunt for heroic leaker who gave top-secret documents to WikiLeaks

Source: CBS News

“CBS News has learned that a manhunt is underway for a traitor [sic] inside the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA and FBI are conducting a joint investigation into one of the worst [sic] security breaches in CIA history, which exposed thousands of top-secret documents that described CIA tools used to penetrate smartphones, smart televisions and computer systems. Sources familiar with the investigation say it is looking for an insider — either a CIA employee or contractor — who had physical access to the material. The agency has not said publicly when the material was taken [sic] or how it was stolen [sic].” [editor’s note: The leaker is a hero, not a traitor, and the material was not “taken” or “stolen” — it was copied and revealed (by WikiLeaks) to the people who both pay for, and are affected by, it – TLK] (04/20/17)


BuzzFeed files FOIA lawsuit against FBI over Andrew Breitbart records

Source: The Hill

“BuzzFeed News and journalist Jason Leopold are suing the FBI, claiming that the agency failed to adequately respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for material on Andrew Breitbart, The Wrap reported Friday. The lawsuit alleges that Leopold filed the request for ‘all records related to Andrew Breitbart’ with the FBI in August 2012, five months after the Breitbart News founder died of heart failure. The agency responded to the request in September, saying that they did not locate any such records in their ‘main file records.’ With the lawsuit, BuzzFeed and Leopold are asking the court to compel the FBI to ‘conduct a reasonable search for records, including a cross-reference search, and to produce all non-exempt requested records.'” (04/09/17)


Comey whines about encryption some more

Source: NBC News

“FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday the bureau is renewing its focus on the challenges posed by the growing use of encryption. At Boston College’s cybersecurity conference Wednesday, Comey said that he a fan of ‘strong encryption’ but noted that ‘it is making more and more of the room of what the FBI investigates dark.’ Between September and November, the FBI received 2,800 devices it had lawful authority to open but could not open 1,200 of them ‘with any technique,’ he said. He said there needs to a balance between privacy and the FBI’s ability to lawfully access information, a conversation that he acknowledged will require some ‘humility’ on the part of the bureau.” [hat tip — David Klaus] [editor’s note: I get the feeling that Comey wants to distract attention from the Vault 7 disclosures, which show that US state actors are compromising devices at the pre-encryption/post-decryption layer – TLK] (03/08/17)


Trump’s first terror arrest: A broke stoner the FBI threatened at knifepoint

Source: The Intercept
by Murtaza Hussain

“The Department of Justice proudly announced the first FBI terror arrest of the the Trump administration on Tuesday: An elaborate sting operation that snared a 25-year old Missouri man who had no terrorism contacts besides the two undercover FBI agents who paid him to buy hardware supplies they said was for a bomb — and who at one point pulled a knife on him and threatened his family. Robert Lorenzo Hester of Columbia, Missouri, didn’t have the $20 he needed to buy the 9-volt batteries, duct tape, and roofing nails his new FBI friends wanted him to get, so they gave him the money. … One of the social media posts that initially caught the FBI’s attention referred to a group called ‘The Lion Guard.’ Hester told one of the undercover agents the name came from ‘a cartoon my children watch.’ But according to the DOJ press release, Hester had plans to conduct an ‘ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack’ on President’s Day that would have resulted in mass casualties had it succeeded.” (02/22/17)


Hidden loopholes allow FBI agents to infiltrate political and religious groups

Source: The Intercept
by Cora Currier

“Using loopholes it has kept secret for years, the FBI can in certain circumstances bypass its own rules in order to send undercover agents or informants into political and religious organizations, as well as schools, clubs, and businesses. If the FBI had its way, the infiltration loopholes would still be secret. They are detailed in a mammoth document obtained by The Intercept, an uncensored version of the bureau’s governing rulebook, the Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, or DIOG. The 2011 edition of the book, which covers everything from wiretapping to how to read Miranda rights, was made public in redacted form thanks to a lawsuit brought by civil liberties groups. Beneath the FBI’s redaction marks were exceptions to rules on ‘undisclosed participation’ that could be easy to exploit.” (01/31/17)