A 42-year-old Texas woman is accused of offering her 12-year-old relative and a yet-to-be born infant for sex, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
The FBI said Lydia Vasquez was arrested and charged with one count of coercion and enticement of a minor.
According to the criminal complaint, Vasquez offered up the children to her long-distance boyfriend, who actually was an FBI informant in Detroit. In one text message, she offered the 12-year-old relative to “train sexually.”
The woman also offered an infant, who was set to be born in January, to the man to “train” to enjoy sex.
Vasquez was arrested when she went to McAllen Miller International Airport to meet her boyfriend.
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Louis Freeh, who served as FBI director from 1993 to June 2001, was seriously injured Monday afternoon in a single-vehicle car crash in Vermont, CNN reported.
CNN, citing a U.S. law enforcement official, said Freeh was undergoing surgery for unspecified injuries.
CNN reported that the Vermont State Police said that Freeh was driving a GMC Yukon when it went off the road, struck a mailbox and ran over some bushes.
He was transported by helicopter to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., CNN reported.
Homeland Security and the FBI have issued an alert to all law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for signs of terrorism activity, the News Center reports.
The Joint Intelligence Bulletin warns of activity from ISIS.
The FBI said there is no “specific credible threat to the U.S.,” but the public should “remain vigilant” and “report any suspicious activities to local police or the FBI.”
In the statement, the FBI stated, “We work around the clock with our partners in the law enforcement community to share and assess information.”
Protests from other vendors have prompted the FBI to cancel a $500 million, no-bid contract to Motorola Solutions Inc., the McClatchy Washington Bureau reports.
The FBI declined to use the competitive bidding process because the bureau already uses Motorola, and it would cost $1.2 billion for a complete new system.
Three vendors filed formal protests to the Government Accountability Office, which handles such cases.
In response, assistant FBI General Counsel Jack Cordes Jr. said the requirements in the FBI’s solicitations were “not clear” and that the no-bid contract doesn’t comply with Federal Acquisition Regulations.
“Therefore, as corrective action, the FBI will cancel the solicitation and reassess its requirements, as well as the acquisition strategy for meeting them,” he wrote.
The FBI is investigating hacking attacks targeting the personal computers and accounts of law enforcement involved in the Ferguson investigation, CNN reports.
Authorities believe the attacks are coming from hackers affiliated with the group Anonymous.
Investigators are trying to determine the extent of the breach.
Included in the attacks are personal computers of investigators.
The hacking attacks are one reason police aren’t wearing their names on their uniforms, officials said.
Eric Velez-Villar, a 29-year FBI veteran who has fought organized crime, terrorism and drugs, has been promoted to executive assistant director of the bureau’s intelligence branch, the bureau announced.
Velez-Villar most recently served as assistant for the intelligence directorate.
Velez-Villar joined the FBI in 1985 and began working on organized crime and drugs. In 2000, he relocated to FBI headquarters as a supervisory special agent and worked at the DEA’s special operations unit.
In addition, Velez-Villar worked as assistant special agent for the counterterrorism program in Los Angeles.
The tragic killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson has brought to the surface long-simmering tensions between the Ferguson Police Department and the Missouri community it serves. In the shooting’s immediate aftermath, the focus has been on whether Wilson will be prosecuted criminally and convicted for the shooting. In the longer term, however, the focus must ultimately turn to a broader agenda, including substantial reforms in the Ferguson Police Department if it is to regain the full trust and confidence of the community.
After Attorney General Eric Holder traveled to the St. Louis suburb on Wednesday, he vowed that the Justice Department would stay involved to help heal the relationship between the police department and the public. While many of the essential facts of the encounter between Brown and Wilson remain unknown, we do know that criminal convictions of police officers for shooting people are few and far between. The killing of Brown may turn out to be the rare incident that results in a criminal conviction by state or federal prosecutors, but statistics suggest that outcome is unlikely.
So what more can Holder and the Justice Department do? Fortunately, whatever the outcome of the criminal process, they still have important tools at their disposal.
One crucial order of business will be to identify any credible allegations that the Ferguson Police Department used excessive force or other unconstitutional practices in responding to the demonstrations. The department’s frightening display of heavy weaponry established that it overreacted to peaceful protests, as did itsheavy-handed treatment of the press. It will be essential to launch investigations into the credible allegations and pursue criminal prosecutions if any are appropriate.
The collection of these incidents, as well as incidents in the relatively recent past, will serve a second purpose. The attorney general has authority to investigate and file suit against a police department that has engaged in a pattern of conduct that violates the Constitution or federal laws. The investigation leading to such a suit can include an in-depth examination of the Ferguson Police Department’s use of force, its conduct in searches, surveillance and making arrests (including allegations of racial profiling and other bias) and its procedures for training, supervising and disciplining officers.
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A threatening letter containing black powder prompted the evacuation of the DEA’s office in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood Thursday, the New York Daily News reports.
The DEA evacuated a floor of its offices and quarantined three employees after the letter was opened at 9:15 a.m.
Police, firefighters, medics and the FBI responded to the scene.
“Right now, the area is being investigated and analyzed,” Mulvey said Thursday afternoon. “The three individuals exposed look to be fine, but we are still evaluating.”
The DEA said the letter was not addressed to anyone in particular.
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Attorney General Eric Holder understands why many black Americans distrust police , he said in Ferguson where protesters have been rallying since an officer shot an unarmed black teen, Fox News reports.
Holder met with about 50 community members to talk about law enforcement issues.
Holder said his trip was meant to reinforce that the federal government is concerned about civil rights issues.
“I understand that mistrust,” Holder said. “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”
Holder relayed a story of being stopped twice and having his car searched.
“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said.
The extremist from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria will be held accountable for beheading American journalist James Foley, Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, CBS DC reports.
“Those who would perpetrate such acts need to understand something,” Holder said. “We have long memories and our reach is very wide and we will not forget what happened. People will be held accountable one way or another.”
What remains unclear is whether the U.S. will change its approach to handling American kidnappings.
“The president’s rhetoric was excellent, but he didn’t outline steps to stop the slaughter,” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., one of Obama’s harshest foreign policy critics, said in a telephone interview. “The strategy should be to launch all-out air attacks in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL,” he said.
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The U.S. Border Patrol in Arizona is hosting a Citizens Academy beginning Oct. 15 to give residents and community leaders an inside look at the agency. The idea is to provider a greater sense of Border Patrol’s mission and its duties.
Leaders warned that participants should be in good physical condition because the five-week class includes trek’s on unstable terrain.
For more information, call the Yuma Sector Border Community Liaison Office at (928) 341-6559, or Supervisory CBPO Reggie Smith at (928) 627-8854 Ext. 347.
The DEA is cracking down on narcotic painkiller abuse by restricting how patients can receive the medication, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The DEA plans to reclassify hydrocodone combination drugs like Vicodin, a move that will require people to receive a new prescription for painkillers every 90 days. Currently, painkiller users can get prescriptions for 18- days, with up to five refills.
Patients also must present a prescription for the pills and can no longer rely on having the drugs phone-in by doctors.
The change takes effect in 45 days.
“Today’s action recognizes that these products are some of the most addictive and potentially dangerous prescription medications available,” said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart.
A video purporting to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley is real, the FBI said Wednesday.
“The FBI on Wednesday morning told the Foley family they believe the video is authentic,” according to GlobalPost, a Boston-based online publication that employed Foley as a freelancer, the Huffington Post reports.
FBI Director James Comey called the Islamic State extremists “savages.”
Comey said the bureau has been investigating Foley’s kidnapping for two years.
Border Patrol agents in Arizona found nine immigrants locked inside the cargo area of a U-Haul, AzFamily.com reports.
Agent searched the trucks after becoming suspicious of the driver and passenger at a checkpoint near Amado.
Inside were eight adults and one juvenile who had no fresh air or ability to escape.
An undocumented immigrant was killed a similar way last summer.
“Transporting people inside the cargo area of a vehicle is extremely dangerous due to heat, the possibility of a vehicle accident, or other unforeseen circumstances,” the agency said in a statement.
The activist group Anonymous has hatched plans for nationwide protests in Ferguson following the shooting death of Michael Brown, and Homeland Security is worried enough to issue a warning about the potential ramifications, the Caller reports.
The group is calling for a “National Day of Rage” today.
The bulletin was issued but the Threat Management Division of the Federal Protective Service.
“Currently there is no indication that protests are expected to become violent. However, recent protests in Ferguson have resulted in violence, property damage and subsequent arrests,” the bulletin reads.
“Current civil unrest associated with the incident in Ferguson, MO, presents the potential for civil disobedience directed toward identifiable law enforcement personnel, marked law enforcement equipment and government facilities associated with law enforcement during the identified protest times and dates.”
FBI Director James Comey addressed the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson during a visit to the bureau’s Salt Lake City office Tuesday, saying agents are on the ground looking for answers, the Associated Press reports.
“We have flooded the area,” Comey said.
The director declined to divulge specifics of the case but said agents are looking for witnesses to the shooting.
The death of Michael Brown sparked outrage and continuing protests in Ferguson.
Comey’s statements come during his tour of the agency’s 56 field offices.
James P. Mallon Jr., a retired FBI special agent who helped crack down on organized crime, died after a battle with cancer on Friday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Mallon was working in Detroit when the FBI tapped him to work in the Organized Crime program in Atlantic City, where he shined.
Mallon “was very instrumental in helping set up an FBI undercover operation that resulted in the indictment and conviction of former Atlantic City Mayor Michael Matthews,” in 1984.
Mallon was born in Philadelphia and earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After college, he initially worked as a certified public accountant.
Mallon’s career as an FBI special agent began in 1972. He worked in offices in Buffalo, Newark and Detroit.
The FBI is investigating an unprecedented theft of 1.2 billion passwords by a Russian crime ring, NBC News reports.
A security firm said it has recovered the Internet passwords and logins, which investigators say is the largest known collection of such stolen data.
The stolen information comes from 420,000 websites.
“The FBI is investigating the recently reported incident involving the potential compromise of numerous user names and passwords, and will provide additional information as the nature and scope of the incident becomes clearer,” agency spokesman Josh Campbell said Tuesday.
The cybercrime gang has been dubbed CyberVor.