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FBI abruptly leaves Senate hearing after being asked about ‘Insider Threat’ program

FBI Abruptly Walks Out On Senate Briefing After Being Asked How ‘Insider Threat’ Program Avoids Whistleblowers (via Techdirt) While we’ve been disappointed that Senator Chuck Grassley appears to have a bit of a double standard with his staunch support for whistleblowers when it comes to Ed Snowden, it is true…

FBI probing high-speed trading on Wall Street

The FBI said on Monday it was probing high-speed trading on Wall Street, a controversial practice in which computers carry out transactions in seconds or faster. Investigators are looking into possible securities fraud, wire fraud and insider trading by companies or people who engage in this kind of trading based…

Federal court says FBI’s secret GPS tracking memos can stay secret

Back in January 2013, the ACLU managed to pry loose two secret memos on the FBI's GPS tracking from the DOJ with a FOIA request. The only problem was that the request didn't actually free much information. The responsive documents consisted of a few……

FBI questions Hoboken aides over allegations Christie associates strong-armed mayor

FBI questions aides to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, report says (via NJ.com) HOBOKEN — FBI agents have begun questioning staff aides to Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer to investigate her allegations that members of the Christie administration pressured her to support a development project in exchange for Hurricane Sandy relief money……

American missing for six years in Iran was really a CIA agent

An American who went missing in Iran six years ago worked for the CIA and was not in the country on a business trip as US officials had claimed, US media reported Thursday. In a case that had long been shrouded in secrecy and vague official accounts, the Associated Press…

AT&T rejects ‘transparency report’ shareholder demand; FBI can secretly turn your laptop camera on

In the age of modern digital surveillance, AT&T can keep its silence about what it tells the government, while the FBI can make your laptop keep its silence even while it’s secretly filming you. Shareholders are pressing AT&T to disclose what it does with its customers’ data in light of…

Dozens of suspected terrorists may have entered U.S. as refugees, FBI agents say

Dozens of suspected terrorists may have been mistakenly allowed to enter the U.S. as war refugees, according to FBI agents who are investigating roadside bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan. The 2009 discovery of two al Qaeda-trained terrorists living as refugees in Bowling Green, Kentucky, prompted the FBI to assign hundreds…

FBI releases video of Navy Yard shooter before he began his attack

The gunman who slaughtered 12 people last week in Washington is seen darting through a navy building like a special forces operator in a chilling video released Wednesday. The FBI also said that analysis of Aaron Alexis’s medical history show that he believed he was being controlled or influenced by…

Former lawyer who oversaw years of Fourth Amendment violations by the FBI nominated for federal judge seat

So, this is the way the system works, apparently. If you’re linked with nearly a decade’s worth of surveillance abuses, not only won’t you be punished for your malfeasance, but you’ll be promoted to a lifelong position of greater power. Spencer Ackerman…  …

FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in U.S.: NYT

The FBI has beefed up its surveillance of Syrians living in the United States ahead of a possible US military attack on Syria, The New York Times reported Sunday. The domestic intelligence agency and the Department of Homeland Security have also alerted federal agencies and private firms that any US…

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