FBI allegedly engaging in 'purge' of conservative employees, retaliating against whistleblowers: Jim Jordan
The FBI is allegedly engaging in a “purge” of conservative employees and retaliating against whistleblowers who have made protected disclosures to Congress, Fox News Digital has learned.foxnews.com
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is under FBI investigation for alleged sex trafficking: "This is a movement for winners!"
Florida) who is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for alleged sex trafficking said in one of his most recent events while campaigning for the House of Representatives primaries: "This is a movement for winners!" Florida voters will take to the voting booths on Tuesday and vote for the nominees running for Congress. Gaetz’s biggest threats are his two Republican primary challengers: Mark Lombardo and Greg Merk, with Lombardo launching a series of ads attacking Gaetz for his sex trafficking scandal.news.yahoo.com
ISIS ‘Beatle’ Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Hostage-Taking Scheme that Resulted in the Deaths of American, British, and Japanese Citizens
“Today, the men and women of the Department of Justice and our criminal justice system delivered justice,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “Today, we remember the four Americans for whom it was delivered: James Foley, Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Kassig. “We will always remember the victims who perished and our thoughts today are especially with the Foley, Mueller, Sotloff, and Kassig families. From August 2014 through October 2014, ISIS released videos depicting the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and British citizens David Haines and Alan Henning. In January 2015, ISIS released videos depicting the decapitated body of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa and the beheading of Japanese citizen Kenji Goto.justice.gov
An ex-Trump aide and right-wing Breibart News have been separately accused of doxxing the FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid
Breitbart News published an unredacted search warrant naming two FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid, and Garrett Ziegler posted their names online.news.yahoo.com
He almost beat DeSantis to be Florida’s governor. Now Andrew Gillum is indicted
Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee who came within about 34,000 votes of beating Ron DeSantis in the 2018 race for Florida governor, was indicted by federal authorities and arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, according to court documents.news.yahoo.com
ISIS plot to assassinate George W. Bush broken up: report
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uncovered a plot by an alleged ISIS operative to assassinate former President George W. Bush, Forbes reported Tuesday, citing an FBI search warrant. The alleged plot was uncovered after the suspect revealed information about his plans and asked a confidential FBI source to “obtain replica or fraudulent police and/or…news.yahoo.com
Zodiac Killer may be unmasked as cold case team finds 'goldmine' of evidence
A team of specialists who investigate cold cases claimed to have identified the Zodiac Killer earlier this year released a statement that a trove of evidence has been discovered linked to the deceased suspect, Gary Francis Poste.news.yahoo.com
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and FBI Director Christopher Wray Deliver Remarks on Sodinokibi/REvil Ransomware Arrest
A core priority of the Justice Department is to keep our country safe from all threats, foreign and domestic. In ransomware attacks, transnational cybercriminals use malicious software to hold digital systems hostage and demand a ransom. Six weeks later, on August 11, the Justice Department indicted Yaroslav Vasinskyi – also known by the online moniker, Rabotnik. Over the past seven months, the Justice Department has sharpened the tools at our disposal to investigate and prosecute ransomware attacks. Almost immediately after they were hit, Kaseya provided the FBI information they needed to act—and to act fast.justice.gov
Justice Department Announces First Federal Agents to Use Body-Worn Cameras
Today, the Department of Justice announced the launch of the first phase of its Body-Worn Camera Program that requires department law enforcement personnel use body-worn cameras (BWCs) during pre-planned law enforcement operations. “Law enforcement is at its most effective when there is accountability and trust between law enforcement and the community. “Because there are circumstances where the use of force may occur during planned law enforcement operations, we are committed to the use of body-worn cameras by DOJ law enforcement agents in such circumstances. Since October 2020, ATF, DEA, FBI and USMS have been integrating the use of BWCs on federal task forces around the nation. The department continues to encourage participating task force agencies to contact the sponsoring federal agency for more information about their BWC program.justice.gov
A man in Texas told someone he matched with on Bumble that he attended the US Capitol riot where the FBI says he attacked police with a metal whip. They turned him in.
Andrew Quentin Taake is the second man arrested after a Bumble match said they took part in the January 6 insurrection.news.yahoo.com
Court could reimpose Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, presenting President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment. The case wont be heard until the fall, and its unclear how the new administration will approach Tsarnaevs case. The initial prosecution and decision to seek a death sentence was made by the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president. AdBiden has pledged to seek an end to the federal death penalty, but he has said nothing about how he plans to do so. Even if the court were to reinstate the death sentence, nothing would force Biden to schedule an execution date.
FBI: Pipe bombs at RNC, DNC were planted night before riot
Steven D'Antuono, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington field office, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – Two pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees, discovered just before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, were actually placed the night before, federal officials said Friday. The FBI said the investigation had revealed new information, including that the explosive devices were placed outside the two buildings between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, the night before the riot. It is not clear whether that means the pipe bombs were unrelated to the next day’s riot or were part of the riot planning. AdThe FBI released additional photos of the explosive devices on Friday, including a photograph that showed one of the devices placed underneath a bush.
FBI, Justice Department leaders stay out of sight after riot
When Rosen spoke, he did it through a nearly four-minute prerecorded video released at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday by the Justice Department. Rosen has not once addressed Justice Department reporters since becoming acting attorney general late last month. Beyond those statements, Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said, the department has issued “significant" amounts of information through the offices that are running it. Gerson, who became acting attorney general after Barr left the department at the end of George H.W. I was empowered to speak for the Department of Justice in the administration that I was in,” Gerson said.
FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot
Federal prosecutors are looking at bringing significant cases involving possible sedition and conspiracy charges in last weeks riot at the U.S. Capitol. Nearly a week after the riot, officials said they were combing through mountains of evidence and vowed to aggressively seek out those who perpetrated the brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol. The statements by FBI and Justice Department officials on Tuesday were intended as both a defense of federal law enforcement preparations before the deadly riot and as a warning to participants. And they said that federal law enforcement authorities said that there was activity on Twitter, but that they weren’t expecting the level of violence they ultimately saw last Wednesday. Even without intelligence from law enforcement, there had been ample warning about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington.
FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot
Federal prosecutors are looking at bringing significant cases involving possible sedition and conspiracy charges in last weeks riot at the U.S. Capitol. Nearly a week after the riot, officials said they were combing through mountains of evidence and vowed to aggressively seek out those who perpetrated the brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol. The statements by FBI and Justice Department officials on Tuesday were intended as both a defense of federal law enforcement preparations before the deadly riot and as a warning to participants. A U.S. defense official familiar with the discussions said Tuesday that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy was not notified about the FBI warning. And they said that federal law enforcement authorities said that there was activity on Twitter, but that they weren’t expecting the level of violence they ultimately saw last Wednesday.
FBI Jacksonville agents preparing for tumultuous election
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the November election just two weeks away, the stakes are high — and so is the tension. The possibilities for corruption in the digital age are endless: from social media interference and misinformation to mail-in voting and ballot fraud. Obviously with COVID-19 now, pulling in mail ballots, mail fraud possibly.”The FBI is preparing for any and all possibilities. “We’ve had allegations of different types of crimes, voter fraud, ballot fraud,” said Hoffman, who could not discuss details about active investigations. If it’s found to be a possible federal crime, the FBI would get involved.
Scammers seize on US election, but it's not votes they want
It didn’t exist -- a clue the email was a phishing scam from swindlers trying to exploit the U.S. presidential election as a way to steal peoples' personal information. It’s not votes they’re after, but to win a voter's trust, personal information and maybe a bank routing number. Online grifters regularly shift tactics to fit current events, whether they are natural disasters, a pandemic or an election, according to Small. Now, the final weeks of a contentious election are giving scammers yet another opportunity to strike. And don’t reveal personal information over the phone.
FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization
(Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group. Hours after the hearing, Trump took to Twitter to chastise his FBI director for his statements on antifa and on Russian election interference, two themes that dominated a congressional hearing on threats to the American homeland. Trump tweeted that the U.S. would be designating antifa as a terrorist organization, even though such designations are historically reserved for foreign groups and antifa lacks the hierarchical structure of formal organizations. The FBI director said racially motivated violent extremists, such as white supremacists, have been responsible for the most lethal attacks in the U.S. in recent years. He responded on that front Thursday evening, tweeting: “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia.
McConnell: No room for new FBI building in virus aid bill
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he opposes inclusion of the FBI money and all other measures not related to the government's response to the virus. More than 150,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, millions are unemployed ... and Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are more concerned about protecting Trump Hotel. "Some of the Virginia people want to build in Virginia and Maryland Democrats want the new FBI building built there,'' he said Tuesday before McConnell spoke, citing an earlier, failed proposal to move the FBI building from downtown Washington. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said he did not know why money for the FBI building was included in the virus relief bill.
Man pleads guilty to threatening to bomb Jacksonville abortion clinic
A 43-year-old South Carolina man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to threatening to bomb a Jacksonville abortion clinic. Federal law makes it illegal to threaten to blow up people and to lie to the FBI about bomb threats, said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. Allen made several other calls to the clinic that day in an attempt to interfere with its ability to provide services. The FBI obtained toll records and subscriber information for the number used to make the bomb threat to the clinic and positively identified Allen as the caller, authorities said. In a voluntary and secretly recorded interview with the FBI, Allen falsely denied calling the clinic and stating that someone was coming to blow it up, authorities said.
Florida police K9 bitten by snake while searching for missing baby
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. – A K9 assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation in a search for a missing baby was bitten by a water moccasin in the Everglades on Thursday. As investigators and officers were searching the area, Heidi Sievers, Forensic Investigator (FI) and K9 Phi’s handler noticed that K9 Phi was limping. “The Pasco Sheriff’s Office is thankful for the quick actions of BluePearl in K9 Phi’s care," the Pasco Sheriff’s Office said. “Their professionalism and communication with FI Sievers and Cpl. While K9 Phi is a working dog, he is also a part of not only the Pasco Sheriff’s Office family, but also FI Sievers’ family, as our K9s live at home in off duty hours.
Defense fires back in FSU professor's murder trial
He faced tough questions about whether the law professor's ex-wife's family was involved. asked DeCoste. asked DeCoste. asked DeCoste. The questions, asked by the judge on behalf of the jurors, suggest the jury will also ask tough questions among themselves once they get behind closed doors.
North Florida OB-GYN patient information may have been breached
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Patients of North Florida OB-GYN may have had their personal information breached via a virus cyberattack at the medical office earlier this year. A letter was sent out to all patients to notify them that the virus hack attack may have compromised electronic files containing personal or medical information. Patient information affected by the computer breach includes name, date of birth, Social Security number, employment information, health insurance and diagnosis and treatment information. According to the company, there is no evidence to date that any unauthorized person has actually viewed, retrieved, or copies any of medical or personal information. North Florida OB-GYN said the affected computer systems did not contain credit or debit card, or financial account information.
FBI wants to monitor social media for domestic threats in real time
The U.S. government needs "real-time access to a full range of social media exchanges" to better fight terrorist groups and domestic threats, the FBI said in its request for bids, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. This is not the first time the FBI has sought access to a wide array of social media data. In 2016, the agency announced it had hired the social media analysis company Dataminr to allow law enforcement to "search the complete Twitter firehose, in near real-time, using customizable filters." Social media platforms routinely provide data to law enforcement on specific individuals. Facebook declined to comment, but referred CNN Business to its existing app developer policies, which prohibit Facebook users' information from being shared with "unauthorized" parties.
As FBI warns of copycat attacks, Clay County trains school guardians
VIDEO: As the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned of copycat threats following two deadly mass shootings, the Clay County Sheriff's Office happened to be training school guardians for active... Copyright 2019 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.
As FBI warns of copycat attacks, Clay County trains school guardians
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned of copycat threats following two deadly mass shootings over the weekend, the Clay County Sheriff's Office happened to be training school guardians for active shooter scenarios. The FBI told its field offices in Jacksonville and across the country that it's concerned about people mimicking the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Because we want to stop the killing immediately.The training was not a response to this weekend's deadly shooting, but the countless mass shootings before it. The Sheriff's Office offers active shooter training for community groups and churches. The Sheriff's Office said it does these trainings frequently and anyone interested in participating should contact the agency.