The FBI has released a 28-minute video intended to warn American students preparing to study abroad about the dangers of being recruited by foreign intelligence agencies.
The video is a dramatization of Glenn Duffie Shriver, an American who accepted money from Chinese intelligence officers while living in China.
Shriver was convicted in 2010 of “conspiring to provide national defense information to intelligence officers of the People’s Republic of China” and was sentenced to four years in prison.
A former secret service agent who was shot protecting presidential candidate George Wallace in May 1972 has died.
Nicholas J. Zarvos was 79. He died Wednesday after a fight with leukemia, the Kansas City Star reports.
“That came as such a shock to all of us, because he had always been such a strong and able-bodied person,” said his wife, Rose Zarvos of Katy, Texas, near Houston.
Zarvos was assigned to Wallace when a gunman opened fire at a shopping in Laurel, Maryland, leaving the presidential candidate paralyzed from the waste down.
Zarvos was struck in the jaw and underwent more than seven hours of surgery before returning to work later that year.
Zarvos grew up in Kansas City, served two years in the Army and attended the University of Denver.
The shooting in the Kansas City area on Sunday at Jewish facilities that killed three was a horrifying reminder of the dangers some hate groups pose.
Attorney Gen. Eric Holder on Monday morning issued a statement on the matter.
“I was horrified to learn of this weekend’s tragic shootings outside Kansas City. These senseless acts of violence are all the more heartbreaking as they were perpetrated on the eve of the solemn occasion of Passover.
“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case.
“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts.”
FBI agents fatally opened fire on a man in his SUV in a busy shopping area in Maryland, the Associated Press reports.
The Friday shooting occurred near Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club in Owings Mills during rush hour while agent were conducting a drug investigation.
The SUV was riddled with bullet holes.
The FBI and Baltimore County Police Department are investigating the shooting.
A former KKK leader is suspected of killing three people at two Jewish centers Sunday afternoon in Kansas.
Frazier Glenn Cross, Jr., 73, is accused of shooting to death a 14-year-old Eagle Scout and his grandfather in the parking lot at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City campus in Overland Park, NBC News reports.
Authorities said he then went several blocks to Village Shalom, a retirement community, and shot a woman.
The suspect, who is from Missouri, was taken into custody and placed in a police car, where he reportedly yelled “Heil Hitler.”
Cross was no stranger to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which said Cross was a former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the KKK.
The Border Patrol’s Marysville station in Michigan has a new agent in charge.
Matt Calmes, who spent most of his 16-year career with the Border Patrol in Southwest, told a Marysville City Council that the community is the priority.
“As we continue to move toward a risk-based approach – as opposed to a resource-based approach – the community is the most important piece of our enforcement puzzle, especially here in this area,” Calmes said. “Anything that we can do to help the community, and any information the community has for us, is invaluable.”
Mayor Dan Damman inquired about the difference between the two approaches.
“Around 2004, we got all the stuff we wanted and that continued through about 2010, 2011,” Calmes said. “Our strategy was personnel, technology and infrastructure. So give us more stuff, give us more people and we’ll secure the border. That was great when the economy was on the uprise. As we’ve plateaued, it’s been determined that we can’t secure our border with stuff and people alone. Now it’s more of a risk-based approach. We assess areas of the border based on threat and vulnerability. We deploy our assets based on that risk. We now operate under the construct of information, integration and rapid response… We’re trying to do … the right things with the resources we got during the fruitful years.”
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Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the FBI was transformed into a counterterrorism organization, sending its agents to Iraq and Afghanistan for hundreds of raids.
The Washington Post reports on a controversial, effective and little-known alliance between the FBI and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
Some in the bureau questioned why domestic law enforcement agents were sent to battlefields a world away from the U.S.
“The concern was somebody was going to get killed,” said James Davis, the FBI’s legal attache in Baghdad in 2007 and 2008.
Davis said FBI agents often were involved in shootings and were forced to fight attacks alongside the military, though no deaths were ever reported.
U.S. officials said the relationship was helpful because of the bureau’s expertise in investigations.
A diplomat accused of bludgeoning his family to death in their suburban Maryland Home in 1976 was added to the FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.”
The Associated Press reports that William Bradford “Brad” Bishop Jr., who worked for the State Department at the time, is suspected of killing his mother, wife and three sons. According to authorities, he then drove their bodies to a wooded area in North Carolina, buried them in a shallow grave and lit them on fire.
Bishop, who would be 77 years old now, is a Yale graduate fluent in five languages.
“Brad, you’ve been living with this on your conscience now for 38 years,” Montgomery County, Md., Sheriff Darren Popkin said. “I am the voice of your family who can no longer speak. The time is now to contact law enforcement.”
Arthur Lewis, the first African American acting deputy administrator of the DEA, rose to prominence after starting his career on the hardscrabble streets of Harlam as an undercover agent.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Lewis is credited with breaking down racial barriers and winning a legal battle in the 1970s to improve treatment of black and female agents.
It was a tough journey that spanned nearly three decades and involved some of the most dangerous assignments, Lewis, 84, told the Inquirer during an interview at his home in Cherry Hill.
“It was hard work and it was difficult,” Lewis recalled. “But to me, it was very worthwhile.”
Added Lewis Rice, a former special agent, “He’s a living legend, a legend for all ages.”
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If the FBI conducted a “more thorough assessment” of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the bureau may have been able to prevent the attack, according to an Inspector General report, The Los Angeles Times writes.
The report concludes the FBI should have done a better job handling Russian intelligence that suggested Tsarnaev was embracing Islamic extremism and could pose a threat.
The FBI investigated Tsarnaev based on a 2011 tip from Russia, but the bureau found links to terrorism.
Criticizing the Albuquerque Police Department for a well-documented history of police brutality and unjustified deadly force, the U.S. Justice Department painted a disturbing picture of the department.
CNN reports that the report details police officers killing an unarmed drug store robber, a 19-year-old who was “motionless on his back” and a 25-year-old veteran who was threatening to commit suicide.
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City officials didn’t immediately respond to the findings.
The report could result in long-term oversight of the department.
In an era of school shootings, sophomore Alex Hribal brought knives.
The 16-year-old boy used two 8-inch knives during a vicious attack Wednesday morning at a high school near Pittsburgh, PA, stabbing and slashing 21 fellow students and a security guard, the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports.
“When I saw a kid bleeding on the ground is when I realized this was really serious,” student Hope Demont told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.
Hribal, who was treated for minor hand wounds, was charged as an adult following the attack. Four of his classmates were in critical condition Wednesday evening.
In a daring rescue mission late Wednesday, the FBI saved a man being held in an Atlanta apartment.
The News & Observer reports that Frank Arthur Janssen, 63, was rescued unhurt by an elite rescue team. It was unclear this morning whether arrests have been made.
Janssen went missing after coming home from a bike ride Saturday morning. His wife found droplets of blood.
Wake Forest police brought in the FBI, which determine it was a kidnapping case.
Three hours of mob violence in downtown Louisville last month was perpetuated by a gang of middle school students who call themselves “Young ‘N Off that,” or YNO.
Louisville Courier-Journal reports that the students are “armed in a major way” and belong to several different schools after it started at Frost Middle School.
The gang of students showed up to Waterfront Park on March 22 to fight another local gang, Trill Young Savages, or TYS, according to an FBI memo.
“TYS members apparently didn’t show, which is when the ‘mob violence’ ensued,” the agent wrote.
The teens committed at least 20 robberies assaults and acts of vandalism.
A 39-year-old Guatemalan suspected of entering the country illegally is behind bars after slamming a Border Patrol agent’s head into a tree branch in Texas early Sunday morning.
The agent, who was identified only as J.C., was taken to a hospital for lacerations on his face, but the injuries are not life-threatening, The Monitor reports.
The suspect, Cresencio Perez, was ordered to jail without bond.
The struggle ensued after the agent began to chase Perez.
A gunmaker is suing the ATF for claiming the company is selling a gun silencer.
Gunmaker Sig Sauer said that the ATF wrong classified its “muzzle brake” as a silencer.
“If classified as a silencer, no market exists for the subject device given that it will not silence, muffle, or diminish the report of a firearm and yet it would still be subject to the burdensome requirements set forth above as if it really is a silencer,” Sig argues through
Manchester attorney Mark Rouvalis and Virginia attorney Stephen Halbrook.
By classifying it as a silencer, sales will drop significantly because people won’t want to deal with the “required burdens” that come with a silencer.
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at the ATF’s use and treatment of people with mental disabilities in undercover stings, saying he is “greatly troubled” by the information, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
“The notion that you would use mentally unstable people, you would tattoo them, that you would do ridiculous things like that, it’s absurd and people will be held accountable,” he said. “It’s crazy.”
Holder was testifying before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee and said he wants to get to the bottom of the bungled stings.
Holder’s statements one after a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigation found that agents were conducting stings with people with mental disabilities.
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The Senate confirmed two key nomination on Monday – Retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Frank Taylor to be DHS undersecretary for intelligence and analysis and Dr. Reggie Brothers to Homeland Security’s under secretary for Science and Technology, HSToday.us reports.
Brothers led oversight of the Department of Defense’s cyber portfolio as the former deputy assistant secretary of defense for research.
Taylor was formerly the coordinator for counter-terrorism and assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security.
“As I have consistently said, filling vacancies at DHS is essential to the continued success of this department, and today I thank the Senate for confirming President Obama’s nominees to two key leadership positions at the Department of Homeland Security,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said.
Johnson added, “The Senate has shown a strong commitment to DHS leadership by confirming seven senior positions across the Department since December. This is important progress, and a priority we must continue to be focused on. Good management starts with strong leadership, and I am pleased to welcome the newest members of our leadership team, who will join an impressive group of individuals working every day to keep our country safe.”
“Dr. Brothers brings a breadth of hands-on technical experience to the Department of Homeland Security,” said House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Tom Carper (D-Del.). “His previous role overseeing the Department of Defense’s science and technology programs has prepared him well for his new role and has given him the experience and capability that the Department needs. I commend my Senate colleagues for their swift confirmation of his nomination, and I look forward to working with Dr. Brothers on his plans for the future of the Department’s science and technology initiatives.”
Carper also showed support for Taylor’s conformation.
“After more than 15 months without a Senate-confirmed leader, the office of Under Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis is being filled by a man whose experience equips him for the responsibility before him,” Carper said. “General Taylor brings to the Department of Homeland Security a 35-year career in the federal government, in critical areas such as counterterrorism and law enforcement. Rounding out his experience, for the past nine years, he has worked in the private sector to secure one of the largest companies in the world. I thank my Senate colleagues for their speedy confirmation of General Taylor, and I look forward to working with him on the Department’s vital intelligence and information-sharing mission.”
The Rev. Al Sharpton lashed out at critics who are calling him a rat for helping the FBI go after Mafia figures in the 1980s.
At a news conference in Harlem, Sharpton said he “did what was right” when he helped an FBI task force – the “Genovese Squad” – pursue violent mafia members, the New York Daily News reports.
“I was not and am not a rat because I wasn’t with the rats,” he said. “I’m a cat. I chase rats.”
Sharpton said he approached the feds only because his life was threatened by mobsters and had no idea feds were referring to him as an informant.
I don’t know none of that,” Sharpton said. “I know I was threatened. I did what anybody would do…other than a thug. And I cooperated.”