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Retiring FBI director warns ‘the threat is still here’

He took the reins of the FBI a week before the attacks of September 11, 2001. Twelve years later, Robert Mueller is retiring, convinced that “the threat is still here.” Shortly before passing the baton to his successor James Comey on September 4 — a dozen years to the day…

Boston mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger refuses to testify in ‘sham’ trial

By Daniel Lovering BOSTON (Reuters) – Former mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger on Friday called his trial on murder and racketeering charges “a sham” and said he will not take the witness stand, as his defense rested its case. “My thing is, as far as I’m concerned… this is a…

FBI arrests 150 people in child sex trafficking operation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI arrested 150 people across the United States for holding children against their will for prostitution, a three-day weekend sweep that officials on Monday called the largest-ever operation of its kind. The suspects were arrested in 76 U.S. cities and are expected to face state and…

Obama to appoint Republican Jim Comey to head FBI

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will nominate Jim Comey to be the next FBI director on Friday, picking a former Justice Department official who has deep experience in the U.S. battle against terrorism, a White House official said on Thursday. If confirmed by the Senate, Comey, a Republican, would…

FBI director admits using surveillance drones on U.S. soil

By David Ingram WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance. The acknowledgement came in response to questions from U.S. senators who said they…

Review shows FBI relied heavily on FISA-enabled ‘secret evidence’ to prosecute accused terrorists

By John Shiffman, Kristina Cooke and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has used secret evidence obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to prosecute at least 27 accused terrorists since 2007, according to a Reuters review of public records. While the recent spotlight has been on the use…

Man on Newark-bound plane claims he poisoned passengers

An inbound flight landing at New Jersey’s Newark-Liberty International Airport was met by FBI agents Monday after a passenger claimed he poisoned everyone on board. Several hours into the flight, which was coming from Tokyo, a man stood up and stated he had poisoned the passengers, an FBI spokesman told…

FBI launches criminal investigation into Snowden’s actions

The United States has launched a criminal investigation and is taking “all necessary steps” to prosecute Edward Snowden for exposing secret US surveillance programs, the FBI director said Thursday. “We are taking all necessary steps to hold the person responsible for these disclosures,” Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee, referring…

Father of slain Chechen: FBI executed my son in Florida

The father of Chechnyan national Ibragim Todashev claims that FBI agents wrongfully killed his son “execution-style.” The Associated Press reported that Abdul-Baki Todashev held a press conference in Moscow on Thursday to speak out against the killing of his son last week. He said it was physically impossible for his…

Obama may back FBI proposal for expansive Internet wiretapping powers

The United States may soon require Internet companies to build in the capacity to let federal investigators wiretap their users, according to The New York Times. The Obama administration is weighing a proposal that would fine companies that do not comply with wiretap orders. An earlier proposal by the Federal…

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