Tag: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Man Who Claimed Trump Would Start a ‘Racial War and Crusade’ Is Arrested

A Nazi sympathizer who threatened to butcher a Hispanic woman and boasted that President Trump would wipe out nonwhites in a “racial war and crusade” was arrested on charges of making threats, the F.B.I. said on Tuesday. Prosecutors said that the suspect, Eric Lin, 35, sent a barrage of chilling and gruesome Facebook messages to […]

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Egyptian Sought in F.B.I. Qaeda Query Says He Has Nothing to Hide

An Egyptian who has been living and working in Brazil as a furniture mover says he long ago got an inkling that he was on the American security establishment’s radar. A few years ago, while he was living in Istanbul, a friend told the man, Mohamed Ahmed El Sayed Ahmed Ibrahim, that American officials wanted […]

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Don’t Pay the Ransom

In July, Europol celebrated the third anniversary of its No More Ransom initiative, announcing that the public-private partnership had helped more than 200,000 ransomware victims recover their files using its library of freely available online tools instead of giving in to hackers’ demands to pay a cryptocurrency ransom. All told, the recovered files saved victims […]

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Ohio Man Threatened to Shoot Federal Agents, Authorities Say

In February, F.B.I. agents in Alaska who were researching an online chat room found that someone had posted several times about supporting mass shootings and assaults, and targeted Planned Parenthood, the authorities said. The person’s online following was growing, they said. Delving deeper, the authorities found that he had written in June about shooting federal […]

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Inside the Government, Addressing Domestic Terrorism Has Been Fraught

WASHINGTON — Not long after Barack Obama took office in 2009, a Homeland Security Department analyst produced a report presciently predicting that the deep economic downturn, the rise of social media and the election of the first black president would combine to make race-driven extremism a growing and serious threat to national security. But when […]

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Andrew McCabe, Former F.B.I. Deputy Director, Sues Over His Dismissal

WASHINGTON — Andrew G. McCabe, the former F.B.I. deputy director who was fired for statements he made about communications between the F.B.I. and the press, sued the F.B.I. on Thursday, alleging that the dismissal was retaliatory and politically motivated. The Justice Department engaged in a “politically motivated and retaliatory demotion in January 2018 and public […]

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Ohio House Explosion Investigated as Hate Crime After Racist Graffiti Is Found

The unoccupied home of an interracial couple in Sterling, Ohio, exploded early Wednesday morning, and officials found a misshapen swastika and a misspelled anti-black slur painted on their garage. The incident was being investigated as a possible hate crime by the local police, the F.B.I. and other agencies, according to Capt. Doug Hunter of the […]

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What Could a Domestic Terrorism Law Do?

WASHINGTON — The mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso on Saturday and arrest of a man whose white supremacist manifesto railed against a “Hispanic invasion of Texas” have heightened calls for Congress to enact a federal domestic terrorism law. In a statement on Tuesday, the president of the F.B.I. Agents Association, Brian O’Hare, […]

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F.B.I. Opens Domestic Terrorism Investigation Into Gilroy Shooting

The F.B.I. has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy, Calif., shooting after discovering that the gunman who killed three people and injured 13 had a “target list” of religious institutions, federal buildings and Democratic and Republican political organizations. John F. Bennett, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s San Francisco office, said […]

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F.B.I. Opens Domestic Terrorism Investigation Into Gilroy, Calif., Shooting

The F.B.I. has opened a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy, Calif., shooting after discovering that the gunman who killed three people and injured 13 had a “target list” of religious institutions, federal buildings and Democratic and Republican political organizations. John F. Bennett, the special agent in charge of the F.B.I.’s San Francisco office, said […]

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Shootings Renew Debate Over How to Combat Domestic Terrorism

WASHINGTON — With President Trump pledging to give federal law enforcement authorities “whatever they need” to combat domestic terrorism, officials said containing threats from white supremacists and nationalists would require adopting the same type of broad and aggressive approach used to battle international extremism. Even before the shootings this weekend in El Paso and Dayton, […]

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Mass Shootings Are Terrorism

If one of the perpetrators of this weekend’s two mass shootings had adhered to the ideology of radical Islam, the resources of the American government and its international allies would mobilize without delay. The awesome power of the state would work tirelessly to deny future terrorists access to weaponry, money and forums to spread their […]

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James Comey: Mr. President, Please Take a Stand Against Racism

America has long had a radioactive racist soup in the center of our national life. Donald Trump thinks he is stirring it for political benefit. He’s actually doing something more dangerous. For much of our history, the soup was deadly and uncontained, spewing radiation that led to the enslavement, terrorization, murder and oppression of African-Americans. […]

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Look at the Mueller Report as a Detective Story. It Will Blow Your Mind.

When the Mueller report was released, commentators reviewed it not only as a political and legal work but also as another genre: literature. In The Washington Post, Carlos Lozada described the report as “the best book by far on the workings of the Trump presidency.” Michiko Kakutani wrote in The Columbia Journalism Review that it […]

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How Four Cities Can Predict Murder in America

Is murder rising or falling nationwide this year? It’s a simple question but surprisingly hard to answer. Every year, nearly 20,000 state and local law enforcement agencies collect data on a variety of crimes. The F.B.I. compiles the data, and at the end of September — of the following year — it releases the Crime […]

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Justice Dept. Declined to Prosecute Comey Over Memos About Trump

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department declined to prosecute the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey after determining that two memos he wrote about his interactions with President Trump contained classified information and examining whether he mishandled the documents, according to people familiar with the matter. The F.B.I. upgraded the memos to confidential — the lowest […]

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F.B.I. Agents Raid South Bend Housing Authority Offices

F.B.I. agents raided the offices of the Housing Authority of South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday, the second potential distraction back home for the presidential campaign of the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg. No one was arrested during the raid, in which evidence collection teams visited the housing authority’s headquarters on Alonzo Watson Drive about 1 p.m. […]

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Why Does Trump Fan the Flames of Race-Based Terrorism?

If I learned anything from 25 years in the F.B.I., including a stint as head of counterintelligence, it was to trust my gut when I see a threat unfolding. Those of us who were part of the post-Sept. 11 intelligence community had a duty to sound the alarm about an impending threat. Now, instinct and […]

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Lawyers Press Case That 9/11 Confessions Given to F.B.I. Are Tainted

This article was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — By the time the C.I.A. delivered Khalid Shaikh Mohammed to the military prison at Guantánamo Bay in 2006, it had already extracted confessions from him through interrogations that included waterboarding, rectal abuse, sleep deprivation and other forms of […]

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Emmett Till Sign Photo Leads Ole Miss Fraternity to Suspend Members

Three students at the University of Mississippi were suspended by their fraternity on Wednesday after an Instagram photo surfaced of them brandishing guns in front of a bullet-riddled memorial sign for Emmett Till, whose brutal murder in 1955 served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement. The photo of the smiling Kappa Alpha members […]

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