2019: Uncle Sam Wants Your DNA: The FBI’s Diabolical Plan to Create a Nation of Suspects

“As more and more data flows from your body and brain to the smart machines via the biometric sensors, it will become easy for corporations and government agencies to know you, manipulate you, and make decisions on your behalf… “If we want to prevent a small elite from monopolizing such godlike powers, and if we want to prevent humankind from splitting into biological castes, the key question is: who owns the data? Does the data about my DNA, my brain and my life belong to me, to the government, to a corporation, or to the human collective?” ― Professor Yuval Noah Harari Uncle Sam wants you. Correction: Uncle Sam wants your DNA. Actually, if the government gets its hands on your DNA, they as good as have you in their clutches. Get ready, folks, because the government — helped along by Congress (which adopted legislation allowing police to collect […] Read More

2016: The FBI Says It Can’t Find Hackers to Hire Because They All Smoke Pot

Via. http://healthcure4u.com/ The Internet can be a treacherous place. So treacherous, that in order to meet the mounting cybersecurity challenges posed by hackers, Congress has tasked the FBI with hiring some 2,000 new recruits to fight computer-related crimes. But the hiring process has hit an unforeseen snag: the FBI’s drug testing policies are making it nearly impossible for them to hire hackers with enough skills to best the cyber-criminals the feds are trying to take down. “I am absolutely dead set against using marijuana,” FBI director James Comey told those in attendance at a senate hearing on the bureau’s oversight, “I don’t want young people to use marijuana. It’s against the law. We have a three-year ban on marijuana.” The strict rules against cannabis put in place by Comey’s FBI have drastically reduced the applicant pool for the 2,000 positions the bureau has to fill. The most talented hackers are taking more […] Read More

2015: With Little Fanfare, FBI ramps up Biometrics Programs

If the plan goes through, it will be the first time the FBI will be able to collect fingerprints and face images out in the field and search them against its Next Generation Identification (NGI) database. According to the RFQ, FBI’s current mobile collection tools are “not optimized for mobile operations” because they are large and are limited in scope to determining if a person has “possible terrorist links (in the U.S. or abroad) or is likely to pose a threat to the U.S.” This plan appears to be a broad expansion of the FBI’s “RISC” program. RISC provides mobile fingerprinting tools to determine whether someone is an “Individual of Special Concern” by allowing access in the field to a database of “wanted persons, known or appropriately suspected terrorists, sex offenders, and persons of special interest.” The FBI says RISC is intended for “time-critical situations” and to identify a […] Read More

​2015: FBI gets closer to expanded hacking powers

The Department of Justice has confirmed that a US court committee approved proposed rules that would allow judges to grant warrants to search computers “remotely” in multiple jurisdictions, even when investigators do not know exactly where a device is. According to the current rules judges can grant warrants for “remote searches” only under their own jurisdictions, with several exceptions allowed under the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 41. But back in February, a little known body the Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure proposed the changes at the request of the Department of Justice. The committee approved the proposed amendment, DOJ confirmed on Friday. The change in the law would allow US government agencies to get a warrant to conduct remote searches of electronic storage media if its location has been “concealed through technological means,” widely expanding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s reach when it comes to targeting […] Read More

2015: FBI plans to expand its ‘suspicious activity’ reporting and link to the ‘Sentinel’ system

The FBI’s/ DHS’s network for sharing so-called ‘suspicious activity‘ information within the Bureau and with the Department of Defense is called Guardian. FBI maintains a separate system for state and local law enforcement suspicious activity reports called eGuardian. According to a February 2015 request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the FBI plans to expand its Guardian system in 2015 to include ‘Top Secret’ information, and integrate its case management system (called ‘Sentinel‘) with the Guardian applications. The integration of a non-criminal intelligence information database, Guardian, with the records in Sentinel, which contains the FBI’s predicated investigations, could spell trouble for civil liberties and public safety. Don’t forget this is the very same B.S. program that considers photography a suspicious activity. Click here to read more. Suspicious activity reports have repeatedly been shown to largely contain useless, often racially or religiously biased information. Not once has information […] Read More

2015: FBI’s ‘We’re From The Cable Company’ Ruse Not Convincing To Magistrate Judge

The FBI’s decision to impersonate repair technicians in order to perform a warrantless search is backfiring. Last July, FBI agents investigating an illegal gambling operation worked with Caesars Palace Casino to cut the internet connection to three villas it believed were the operation’s ad hoc headquarters. It then sent agents disguised as repairmen to “fix” the problem. Once inside, these agents took photos, recorded video and otherwise observed what they believed to be an illegal bookmaking operation. Shortly after this warrantless search, the FBI decided it was time to get a search warrant. In its warrant request, it conveniently left out the part where it cut the DSL connection and sent in agents dressed as repairmen. Because of this “fatally flawed” application, a Nevada magistrate judge is recommending the federal district court toss the warrant and suppress the evidence. [Decision pdf link] Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen ruled that the […] Read More

2007: FBI seminar hosts H’wood scribes

By Paul Bond Jan 11, 2007 FBI memo to Hollywood: If it’s not too much trouble, could you please portray our counterterrorism efforts with a bit more realism?Hoping for an answer in the affirmative, the FBI hosted its first workshop for screenwriters Wednesday at the Federal Building in Westwood.”FBI — Crime Essential for Writers” played well with the standing-room-only audience of executives and writers from several major and minor studios. Enthusiastic attendees had more questions than time allowed answers for, and few if any left the four-hour event early.The FBI, more so than even the Department of Homeland Security, is the primary agency designated to investigate terrorism in the U.S., and the terrorist threat it is most focused on comes from radical Islam, FBI special agent Greg Wing said. >With that in mind, Wing, along with an undercover agent who asked that his identity not be revealed, presented a […] Read More