Your Tax Dollars At Work: FBI Took Over Child Porn Website, Increased Traffic

The government is notorious for wasting taxpayer money and for spending it on war, corporate welfare, bank bailouts, and all manner of awful things. (You can experience the same sticker shock I did in this book.) But nothing says “your tax dollars at work” like government-distributed child pornography. I couldn’t make this up. Here’s what happened. In February 2015, the FBI took over a child pornography site called The Playpen. At the time, it was the largest known site of its kind. After arresting the North Carolina administrator of the site, a “dark web”child-pornography internet bulletin board, agents seized the site’s server and moved it to an FBI warehouse in Virginia. You’d think that the FBI, upon taking over the site, would immediately shut it down. You’d be wrong. **** Not only did the FBI keep the site running, it IMPROVED it’s functioning. That’s right: while attempting to bust users […] Read More

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

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’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

2013: How the FBI Manipulates Grand Juries to Intimidate Political Dissidents and Radicals

Grand juries have seen a resurgence as the FBI cracks down on radical communities. From the narrow windows of New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, 24-year-old anarchist Jerry Koch can see the last place he stood as a free person. The federal courthouse at 500 Pearl Street is a familiar setting where Koch spent much of his time over the past several years providing legal support to New York activists. During Occupy Wall Street, Koch gained a reputation as the go-to person for help contacting lawyers, raising bail, and organizing supporters to be there when someone had a hearing or was released. This, his supporters say, is why he now has a view of the courthouse from his cell in the federal prison across the street. Koch’s partner, Amanda Clarke, will tell you that all prisoners are political prisoners. Koch, however, fits a more traditional definition of the term. He […] Read More

2007: Neo-Nazi rally was organized by FBI informant

Henry Pierson Curtis / Orlando Sentinel | February 15, 2007 A paid FBI informant was the man behind a neo-Nazi march through the streets of Parramore that stirred up anxiety in Orlando’s black community and fears of racial unrest that triggered a major police mobilization. That revelation came Wednesday in an unrelated federal court hearing and has prompted outrage from black leaders, some of whom demanded an investigation into whether the February 2006 march was, itself, an event staged by law-enforcement agencies. The FBI would not comment on what it knew about the involvement of its informant, 39-year-old David Gletty of Orlando, in the neo-Nazi event. In court Wednesday, an FBI agent said the bureau has paid its informant at least $20,000 during the past two years. Neo-Nazi Rally Feb. 25, 2006 “Wow,” Gletty said when reached by phone late Wednesday. “It is what it is. You were there […] 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