Entries in FBI (10)

Thursday
Apr252013

Famous But Incompetent (FBI)

Do you really want to put your safety and security in the hands of these bureaucrats?  We live in a Constitutional Republic where our inalienable rights are guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.  If you live in one of the few states where your rights are being usurped by the state government consider moving to one of the free states.

Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.-Thomas Jefferson

Monday
Dec102012

Everyone in U.S. Under Virtual Surveillance by NSA

As a former special agent with the the Departments of State and Treasury and Homeland Security, my ears perk up when I hear someone talk about domestic spying by the National Security Agency (NSA). The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and virtually all other federal law enforcement and investigative agencies have unlimited access to NSA information .  I will not disclose classified information that may have come to my attention during my career but I will say this report does not suprise me. 

NSA Whistleblower William Binney was recently interviewed by Russia Today.  I have been paying close attention to Binneys story.

Binney came to national attention earlier this year when he started telling the story of how NSA surveillance works to anyone who would listen. He is a crypto-mathematician and a codebreaker (described as one of the best in NSA history) and  his explanation of the spying program appeared in the New York Times in August 2012 . Binney spoke about “Stellar Wind” a top-secret domestic spying program developed by the NSA and its implications for civilian security and privacy.

After the recent General Petraeus scandal, the NSA has come under the spotlight as it pertains to domestic spying and the privacy of US citizens and their digital dealings.  Everyone should be aware that anything sent over the Internet can be intercepted. Everything send in the clear is largely unprotected; but the scale of surveillance of any individual citizen has always been something of a technical conundrum.

It’s unlikely that any one person (not already targeted) could have all their data ransacked by even an overfunded government agency because of the sheer volume but with the falling prices on big storage technology and the advent of Big Data fears of the NSA’s spying powers are less science fiction and more business fact. Massive storage of petabytes and the analytics necessary to process it are not uncommon today.

“He is [President Obama] supporting the building of the Buffdale (Utah) facility which is over 2 million dollars they’re spending on storage alone of data,” says Binney when asked about how the current administration may have changed the NSA’s mission. “Which means they’re collecting a lot more now and they need more storage for it. That facility, by my calculations, that I submitted in a sworn affidavit to the court for the EFF lawsuit against the NSA would hold on the order of would hold on the order of 5,000 exabytes or 5 zettabytes of data…and that’s not talking about what they might have in the future.”

Binney is alleging a great deal of surveillance that extends to billions of communications.

Even now, with Anonymous rattling around like the rats in the walls of the Internet, the youth of many countries are turning to the use of anonymizing services and VPN services to hide their cyber-activities from prying eyes. Although for the most part this cultural shift is due to ISPs throttling and essentially spying on their own customers as part of anti-copying regimes—we’ve seen the sudden up-thrust of more VPN use after the UK blocked The Pirate Bay, but using more security to hide communication would also tend to help shield against government surveillance to an extent as well.

Not long after the Petraeus scandal hit the airwaves,  it sparked a debate about domestic government spying and much of the media circled back to Google’s most recent semiannual Transparency Report. In that, Google revealed that they’d received over 20,000 requests from governments around the world and complied with almost 90% of them. This doesn’t even cover covert surveillance of the type that Binney speaks about in his interview.

Much of this behavior, and the radical transparency of Internet communications may lead to a paradigm shift among the wired-and-wise to migrate to more secure communication, use more cryptography in their daily communications, and watch what they say online. Of course, the opposite is also true: as the Internet integrates more fully into our daily lives, it’s easy to be more cavalier about what we say online, what information we boast across the wires, and recklessly abandon in dusty 3rd party storage silos.

Of course, a person targeted for surveillance by a large agency wouldn’t be able to hide their activity even if they encrypted everything online—spies capably sussed out communications long before the arrival of the Internet.

Binney believes that he’s definitely a “target” and takes a bit of humor in his being in the NSA’s spotlight:

“So I keep telling them everything I think of them in my e-mail, so when they read it they know everything I think of them,” he says.

Binney - The FBI has access to the data collected, which is basically the emails of virtually everybody in the country. And the FBI has access to it. All the congressional members are on the surveillance too, no one is excluded. They are all included. So, yes, this can happen to anyone. If they become a target for whatever reason - they are targeted by the government, the government can go in, or the FBI, or other agencies of the government, they can go into their database, pull all that data collected on them over the years, and we analyze it all. So, we have to actively analyze everything theyve done for the last 10 years at least.

If you are using an iPad, iPhone or other device without FLASH, view interview here

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall issue, but upon probably cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. -4th Amendment

Friday
Oct052012

Border Patrol Agent May Have Been Killed by Friendly Fire

FOX News and AP are reporting that the FBI is investigating the possibility that the fatal shooting of  U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas Ivie and the wounding of another was a case of the agents exchanging fire among themselves, known as friendly fire. 

The conclusion is based on an analysis of the ballistics, the lack of evidence of other criminals in the area at the time, and other factors, the sources said. A formal statement about the findings could come later tonight.

State and federal officials said immediately after the incident that the shootings were committed by armed criminals.  And since then, Mexican authorities have said they arrested two men in Agua Prieta, northern Sonora state, a few miles from where the shooting occurred.

The probe is looking into whether the two agents exchanged gunfire Tuesday in the mistaken belief that each was being fired on by a hostile gunman. The shootings occurred five miles ( 8 kilometers) north of the Mexican border.

The shootings occurred in a rugged hilly area as Nicholas Ivie and two other agents responded to an alarm that was triggered on one of the sensors that the government has installed along the border. Ivie was fatally shot. The wounded agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks and released from the hospital after undergoing surgery. The third agent was not injured.

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Thursday
Mar222012

WWP and MSM Protest "Due Process" for George Zimmerman

The worldwide main stream media (MSM) is continuing a campaign to try George Zimmerman in the court of public opinion, without granting him due process of law.  African American politicians and self serving civil rights leaders from all over the U.S. have joined forces, calling for the firing of Sanford, Florida Chief of Police Bill Lee Jr. and the arrest of Zimmerman.

The reality is that people in this community have lost faith in the police chiefs ability to keep their children safe, Benjamin Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), told Reuters news service yesterday. 

CNN reported that outrage over the shooting death of unarmed Trayvon Martin in Florida grew nationwide Wednesday as at least 1,000 supporters of Trayvon Martin took to the streets of New York, led by the Workers World Party.   A petition demanding Zimmermans arrest amassed nearly 1 million signatures, according to CNN.   New Yorks protest was lead by the Workers World Party (WWP), a far-left political party in the United States, founded in 1959 by a group led by Sam Marcy.  Marcy and his followers split from the Socialist Workers Party in 1958 over a series of long-standing differences, among them Marcys groups support for Henry A. Wallaces Progressive Party in 1948, the positive view they held of the Chinese Revolution led by Mao Zedong, and their defense of the 1956 Soviet intervention in Hungary, all of which the SWP opposed.

WWP describes itself as a party that has, since its founding, supported the struggles of all oppressed peoples. It has recognized the right of nations to self-determination, including the nationally oppressed peoples inside the United States. It supports affirmative action as necessary in the fight for equality.  WWP was known for their consistent defense of the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground.

A police report made public on Wednesday said Martins death was originally investigated as a homicide, specifically an unnecessary killing to prevent an unlawful act.

The report, made by the first two officers to arrive at the scene of the shooting, cited a state law that says someone who unnecessarily kills another person while trying to prevent that person from committing an unlawful act, shall be deemed guilty of manslaughter.

The report said that when the first officer arrived, Martin was lying face-down on the ground with his hands beneath him and that Zimmerman told the officer that he had shot the subject and he (Zimmerman) was still armed.

The officer said he handcuffed Zimmerman and removed the gun and holster from inside Zimmermans waistband, and saw that his back was wet and covered in grass and that he was bleeding from the nose and back of his head.

Zimmerman was put in the backseat of a police cruiser, given first aid by paramedics and taken to the police station to be interviewed by investigators.

Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. posted on a city Dear Citizen website that Zimmerman provided a statement claiming he acted in self-defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony.  This statement by the chief was not reported by the MSM in any of the hundreds of reports that I have seen or heard.

But when Martins girlfriend made a self-serving statement, saying that she was talking on the cellphone with Martin, and that she heard him say he was being followed and trying to get away from Zimmerman, it was reported immediately by the MSM as fact, without any confirmation from investigators.

I dont know exactly what happened that rainy night in Sanford, Florida when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.  Neither does the MSM or the WWP or any of the other protesters.  But we do know that the Sanford Police conducted an investigation and the Florida States Attorney and the FBI are now conducting their own independent investigations.  The results of these investigations will be presented to both state and federal grand juries.  This is part of due process, which is an inalienable right of all people in the United States.

The constitutional guarantee of due process of law, found in the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, prohibits all levels of government from arbitrarily or unfairly depriving individuals of their basic constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. The due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, ratified in 1791, asserts that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

This amendment restricts the powers of the federal government and applies only to actions by it. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, declares,[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law (§ 1). This clause limits the powers of the states, rather than those of the federal government.

The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment has also been interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the twentieth century to incorporate protections of the Bill of Rights, so that those protections apply to the states as well as to the federal government. Thus, the Due Process Clause serves as the means whereby the Bill of Rights has become binding on state governments as well as on the federal government.

No state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.

Friday
Feb172012

HSI Deputy Special Agent in Charge Shoot By Distraught Agent

A SAC/Los Angeles Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations Group Supervisor shot and seriously wounded the Deputy Special Agent in Charge during a Thursday evening workplace confrontation.  An Assistant Special Agent in Charge reportedly pulled his weapon and shot the assailant (group sup) to death inside a Southern California federal building last night. Only management agents were involved in the incident, according to numerous sources.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) are the two primary divisions of ICE.  HSI is the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.  ICE has thousands of agents across the United States and in dozens of foreign countries. The FBI is the only federal law enforcement agency with more agents than ICE.

According to reports, the HSI managers were shot on the seventh floor of the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building in Long Beach, about 20 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. FBI agents were seen interviewing witnesses and processing the crime scene.

The 5:54 p.m. Thursday shootings were described by the FBIs Steven Martinez as a case of workplace violence involving two federal agents in their office space. He offered no other details about what led to the initial shooting.

The Los Angeles Times, citing multiple law enforcement sources, reported that the initial shots were fired by an agent at his supervisor during an unspecified dispute.

Another agent, working nearby, intervened and fired his weapon to prevent additional rounds being fired at the victim, said Martinez, the assistant director in charge of the FBIs Los Angeles office.

The gunman died at the scene and the wounded agent was hospitalized at St. Mary Medical Center. ICE Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Claude Arnold would only say he was stable.

St. Marys hospital trauma director James Murray told KCAL-TV that the injured agent had multiple gunshot wounds, but he didnt give details. The victims vital signs were good for now, Murray said.

One source told me that the Group Supervisor fired 5 shots at the DSAC before being shot and killed by the ASAC. The names of the dead gunman, the victim and the agent who fired the final rounds have not been released.

There were conflicting early reports about the number of people shot, with local authorities saying two were dead and one wounded, while HSI said one was dead and one wounded.

The Long Beach federal building houses Homeland Security Investigations, the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Probation and Parole Office.

At times like this, words honestly seem inadequate. When something like this happens in our offices, its incomprehensible, Arnold said.

The shooting is being investigated by the FBI, ICEs Office of Professional Responsibility and Long Beach police.