How to Watch “FBI” triple premiere night on CBS
Starting at 8pm, watch three back-to-back premieres of FBI, FBI: International, and FBI: Most Wanted. From Dick Wolf and the Law & Order team come three other high-stakes crime dramas following the New York FBI office, International Fly Team, and Fugitive Task Force. You don’t want to miss three hours of FBI, FBI: International, and FBI: Most Wanted. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge, Isobel Castille, who operates under intense pressure and has undeniable command authority. Always at the scene where American interests are at risk, FBI: INTERNATIONAL is a globe-trotting depiction of law enforcement overseas.mlive.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
Explosive devices, note from ‘Handcuff Johnny’ found outside cellphone stores in northern Michigan, FBI says
CHEBOYGAN, MI — The FBI is asking the public for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for two explosive devices that were left outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan and Sault Ste. Both devices were inside USPS Priority Mail boxes, sealed with black duct tape and placed outside the cellphone stores. The notes were signed either “HJ” or “Handcuff Johnny.” The letters “CMT” were written on each box, the FBI said. The FBI and Michigan State Police believe these devices are related to a series of letters discovered in the Upper Peninsula last month. The FBI, Michigan State Police, Cheboygan Police Department, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Sault Ste.mlive.com
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
FBI raids homes of 2 Detroit City Council members, city offices
DETROIT -- The homes of two Detroit City Council members were raided Wednesday morning by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the Associated Press, the homes of council members Janeé Ayers and Scott Benson, along with city offices, were raided. The raid comes after another member of the council, Andre Spivey, was charged with conspiracy to commit bribery last month for allegedly accepting thousands of dollars in bribes. Spivey pleaded not guilty to the charges and is cooperating with federal authorities, according to the AP. Former councilman Gabe Leland quit the council in May and entered a guilty plea after he was accused of accepting a campaign donation in cash.mlive.com
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
The man who got the FBI's fake messaging app off the ground says pulling off one of the biggest police stings in history wasn't the only goal
Andrew Young, who formerly oversaw Operation Trojan Shield, told Insider a primary goal was to send a message to suspected criminals that encrypted technology will not protect them.news.yahoo.com
Suspected drug traffickers organized cocaine-stuffed shipments of tuna cans, pineapples, and bananas over a messaging app secretly run by the FBI
The FBI learned the inner workings of international criminal operations by secretly giving them an encrypted messaging service that it controlled.news.yahoo.com
Crack closes interstate bridge between Arkansas & Tennessee
The Interstate 40 bridge linking Arkansas and Tennessee remained closed Wednesday after inspectors found a crack in the span, forcing thousands of trucks and cars to detour and shutting down shipping on the Mississippi River. The bridge into Memphis was shut down Tuesday afternoon after the crack was discovered during a routine inspection. Traffic was being rerouted to Interstate 55 and the 71-year-old Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, about 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) south.news.yahoo.com
How a Key U.S. Pipeline Got Knocked Out by Hackers
One of the most important energy pipelines in the U.S. has been closed by a cyberattack. Colonial Pipeline -- a critical source of supply for the New York region -- was the victim of the biggest ransomware attack on a U.S. fuel pipeline and halted all operations on its system late Friday. It’s the latest such attack on U.S. critical infrastructure.washingtonpost.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.
Two Former Louisiana Correctional Officers Sentenced for Cover Up Following Death of an Inmate
Vaccarella was also sentenced for lying to FBI agents about her own observations of Ms. Henry. "To ensure that justice prevails, the Department will continue to prosecute officers who lie to investigators and cover up crimes." “The protection of all of our citizen’s civil rights is an essential part of our Constitution,” said U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans for the Eastern District of Louisiana. “Violation of these entitlements, especially in this case by the correctional officers sworn to protect the rights of inmates, erodes public confidence in our correctional system. Dominick and Williams each have pleaded guilty to violating Henry’s civil rights under color of law by being deliberately indifferent to her serious medical needs.justice.gov
Department of Justice Issues Statement Regarding Federal Civil Rights Review Into March 2020 Police Encounter with Daniel Prude
Pamela Karlan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, James P. Kennedy Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, and Stephen A. Belongia, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Buffalo Field Office, released the following statement:“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York, the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are aware that a grand jury empaneled by the New York State Attorney General’s Office has concluded its investigation of the various officers of the Rochester Police Department who encountered Daniel Prude on March 23, 2020, and determined that no charges would be filed. We intend to review the comprehensive report issued by the New York State Attorney General, as well as any other relevant materials, and will determine whether any further federal response is warranted.”justice.gov
Unchecked national security won’t stop America’s long-standing domestic terrorism threat
Before 2001, federal and state lawmakers were grappling with the consequences of expanding national security measures to prosecute drug crimes. “We now have a concern that any new legislation that revolves around domestic terrorism can be misused to target marginalized communities,” Walid said. “(Law enforcement was) treating protected First Amendment activities as some potential predicate of being a national security threat,” Walid said. Matt Weigand | The Ann Arbor News ANN ARBOR NEWSANN ARBOR NEWSMeanwhile, domestic terrorism worsensU.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Holly, said Michigan has dealt with the rise of extremism and domestic terrorism long before Jan. 6. Between 2013 and 2017, prosecutors closed 404 domestic terrorism cases, compared to the 233 international cases closed, according to the U.S. Justice Department.mlive.com
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.
Biden will keep Christopher Wray as FBI director, White House says
President Joe Biden will keep FBI Director Christopher Wray in his position, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday, a day after refusing to answer a question on the subject. She wrote in the tweet that she "wanted to state very clearly President Biden intends to keep FBI Director Wray on in his role and he has confidence in the job he is doing." The Justice Department, which contains the FBI, is also probing the financial affairs of Biden's son, Hunter Biden. Prior to Comey, only one FBI director had been fired in the bureau's history. Former President Bill Clinton fired William Sessions in 1993 after a Justice Department report raised ethics questions.cnbc.com
FBI: Scammers are selling fake COVID-19 vaccines online
DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is putting out a warning to protect consumers from scammers who are preying on people’s fears during the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports of fake COVID-19 test kits and now there are fake vaccines being sold online. Thieves want more than just your money, they want your personal money. READ: Scammers use multiple methods to target victims -- Here’s what to watch out forWatch the video for the full report.
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.
DOJ, FBI share update on criminal charges related to deadly Capitol siege
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’Antuono discussed charges and arrests made in connection with the pro-Trump riot that shook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. On Friday, Jan. 8, the DOJ announced that more than 50 people had been charged in connection to the deadly siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week.
FBI: Iran, Russia attempt to interfere in U.S. presidential election
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Wednesday that both Iran and Russia have made attempts to interfere with the current presidential election, for which voting is already underway. Officials announced during a news briefing Wednesday evening that Russia and Iran have obtained U.S. voting registration information. The obtained voter registration information is considered easily accessible. The voter-intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers. Bennett said the home address included in the personalized email he received was not current so he figures the data on him was acquired from the 2018 primary election voter roll.
FBI to announce ‘major election security’ issue
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held a news conference on Wednesday evening to discuss a “major election security” issue. Officials announced Wednesday that the FBI has identified that Iran and Russia have taken actions to disrupt the election process as voting is already underway across the U.S. for the presidential election. "They may seek to target those systems, or simply leave the impression that they have altered or manipulated those systems, in order to undermine their credibility and our confidence in them. “As we enter the last weeks before the election, we urge every American -- including members of the media -- to be cautious about believing or spreading unverified, sensational claims related to votes and voting,” the statement continues. “State and local election officials are in regular contact with federal law enforcement and cyber security professionals, and they are all working around the clock to ensure that Election 2020 is safe, secure, and free from outside interference.”Read more
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.
What does the 2019 FBI crime report really mean for Detroit?
DETROIT – According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime in the United States report, violent crimes are down three percent year-to-year. Detroit still has the highest violent crime rate of any major U.S. city. READ: More Detroit crime coverageHe said it’s on the city’s east side. He said the high crime numbers are related to gangs and drugs. Police departments report their number of violent crimes to the FBI.
Hear from mother targeted with violent, racial threats by man she met through Taylor church program
INKSTER, Mich. – A terrorizing message was sent to an Inkster mother last July. READ: Man pleads guilty to threatening Taylor woman due to her raceThe Facebook page the message came from had two friends. Sunset Church of Christ in Taylor did not shut down due to the threat. Wyatt pleaded guilty Wednesday to intentionally threatening physical harm to a woman to obstruct her free exercise of religion. His mother told police that Wyatt was angry that the church tried to council him on his drug use.
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.
FBI offers $10,000 reward in Detroit shooting that killed 2 parents, injured 3 children on July Fourth
DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any suspects involved in a quintuple shooting that occurred in Detroit on July Fourth. Three unknown vehicles allegedly drove past the family’s vehicle while in the 8300 block of Homer Street in Detroit. Maybe a 2014 GMC Arcadia, a Burgundy Chevrolet Malibu and a darker color SUV, drove past. The children involved in the incident are doing well and being cared for by family members, according to Gonzales. Anyone with any information can contact the FBI’s Detroit office at 313-965-2323 or can submit a tip to the FBI online here.
Police return to Canton cemetery to collect DNA samples, working to identify homicide victims
CANTON, Mich. Police returned to a cemetery on Tuesday where theyve already dug up several bodies in hopes of solving past homicides. Its phase three of Operation United. Sky 4 was over the scene in Canton on Tuesday at the Knollwood Memorial Park as police oversaw the digging up of unidentified remains in an effort to identify victims of homicide. READ: Operation United aims to ID bodies connected to cold casesThe operation started in the spring of 2019. READ: Police dig up bodies at Plymouth cemetery in attempt to identify Detroit homicide victims
Detroit police want help identifying armed carjacking suspect
DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Detroit Police Department are asking the public to help identify a carjacking suspect. Police said an unidentified man approached a woman outside a BP gas station at 4125 W 8 Mile Road, near the intersection of 8 Mile Road and Livernois Avenue on July 30 at 9:15 a.m. The man pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded the keys to her car, police said. The suspect pointed a gun at the other person’s head and demanded his car keys. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a black face mask.
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.
What Detroit police are doing to keep protests peaceful
DETROIT Thousands took to the streets in Michigan over the weekend to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Not because it was broken into during three nights of protests, but a preventative measure in case because the city knows the nights of unrest are not over. READ: Detroit police say outsiders coming to city to turn protests into chaosFor the most part in Detroit, that has not happened because Detroit police and the FBI have teamed up to identify groups who came into town to incident violence. READ: Detroit curfew extended after protesters armed with railroad spikes, fireworks concealed in boxes target officersAs other cities burned, and police departments around the country stood down -- Detroit ramped things up by implementing an 8 p.m. curfew. They could see when the sun went down, true protesters went home and outside instigators took to the streets.
Ypsilanti engineer accused of sending confidential information to Iran
DETROIT According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, millions of dollars of aerospace trade secrets were sent from Metro Detroit to Iran. The FBI claims Hasanzadeh lied about being an Iranian military veteran in order to immigrate into the United States. According to the court documents, Hasanzadeh is a hardware engineer and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. In 2015, Hasanzadeh was hired at a Metro Detroit company that serves defense, aerospace and auto industries. The FBI claims to have found thousands of the companys documents stored on Michigans cloud storage.
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.
Report: FBI, U.S. Olympic Committee 'fundamentally failed' to protect athletes from Nassar's abuse
A new congressional report claims organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Olympic Committee failed the athletes who were abused by imprisoned former sports physician Larry Nassar, according to NBC News. The report said those organizations "fundamentally failed" to protect athletes. The report stated that between the summer of 2015 and September 2016, Olympic organizations knew of Nassar's abuse and concealed it, leading to the abuse of dozens of other athletes. The report also stated that neither the FBI nor the USOC notified Michigan State University, where Nassar worked. It also said MSU had opportunities to put an end to Nassar's abuse and did not.
3 Flint men charged in conspiracy to rob marijuana grow operation
The men named in the federal indictment include Paul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams. DETROIT - An indictment was unsealed Monday charging three Flint men with conspiring to rob a Sanilac County marijuana grow operation, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. The men named in the federal indictment include Paul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 19, 2017 the defendants and others travelled from Flint to a residence in Sanilac County in order steal marijuana and marijuana proceeds. The indictment also alleges that the men covered their faces, put on gloves, and brandished firearms as they approached the home.
FBI renews push for tips in 1996 death of young woman in Highland Park
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - An unidentified young woman was discovered dead in an alleyway in Highland Park on May 20, 1996. Her clothing is described as a white shirt with yellow and black print smiley faces, white skirt, white socks with low-cut, black and white gym shoes. According to the FBI, she had type O blood and her fingernails were painted purple and her toenails painted pink. If you have any information, contact Detective Kelly Dupuis, with the Highland Park Police Department, at 313-252-0050 (extension 320). You can also contact the FBI ViCAP at 800-634-4097.