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Bowe Bergdahl’s parents receive death threats

FBI investigates threats sent to father of American soldier as further details emerge about harsh conditions of his captivity US authorities are investigating death threats sent to the parents of Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier released by the Taliban last week after five years in captivity. The FBI is examining…

Why don’t we know how many people are shot each year in America?

How many Americans have been shot over the past 10 years? No one really knows. We don’t even know if the number of people shot annually has gone up or down over that time. The government’s own numbers seem to conflict. One source of data on shooting victims suggests that…

Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s lawyers ask judge to exclude hospital statements

By Scott Malone BOSTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for the accused Boston Marathon bomber on Wednesday asked a judge not to allow statements the defendant made to the FBI while handcuffed to a hospital bed with his jaw wired shut to be read at trial since he did not have an…

Report: CIA and FBI helping Ukranian government quell rebellion in east

CIA, FBI agents ‘advising Ukraine government’: report (via AFP) Dozens of specialists from the US Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation are advising the Ukrainian government, a German newspaper reported Sunday. Citing unnamed German security sources, Bild am Sonntag said the CIA and FBI…  …

New York Republican congressman Michael Grimm arrested by FBI agents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Michael Grimm, a Republican U.S. congressman from New York, was arrested Monday morning by FBI agents following a federal criminal investigation into his campaign finances, a person familiar with the matter said. Grimm, a former FBI agent, surrendered to federal authorities shortly before 7 a.m. EDT, the…

Failed Florida bank robber used online job application with login info as stickup note

Police in Florida are looking for a man who unsuccessfully attempted to rob a bank, leaving behind a robbery note containing his name. According to the FBI, Felipe Cruz attempted to rob a branch of Chase Bank in Pompano Beach on April 10, reported the Sun Sentinel. Cruz approached a…

Lawsuit claims FBI used ‘no-fly’ list to pressure Muslims into becoming informants

New Lawsuit Claims FBI Used No Fly List To Pressure Muslims Into Becoming Informants (via Techdirt) Over the past few months, we’ve covered the bizarre trial of Rahinah Ibrahim, who was incorrectly placed on the no fly list, leading to a series of other problems, meaning that the Stanford PhD…

FBI trying to identify possible victims of child molester who worked at international schools

U.S. authorities have asked the public to help identify as many as 90 possible victims of a suspected child predator who worked at American and other international schools in at least nine countries. The suspect, William James Vahey, 64, worked at the schools since 1972 and committed suicide on March…

Teenage runaway survives five-hour flight in jet’s wheel well from California to Hawaii

A teenage boy who ran away from home survived a five-hour flight in the freezing wheel well of a jetliner that reached 38,000 feet as it traveled from California to Hawaii, the FBI said. The 16-year-old, from Santa Clara, California, quickly lost consciousness as temperatures in the compartment sank as…

FBI facial-recognition program uses low-resolution photos and employment mugshots

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Considerations (via Techdirt) Another FOIA lawsuit brought against the government by the EFF has resulted in the release of previously withheld documents. The papers cut loose this time detail the FBI’s facial recognition database and other parts of…

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