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From J. Edgar Hoover to Louis Freeh
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FBI WATCH

More Spy Powers for the FBI? Bad Move - businessweek.com, March 18, 2004
Now the feds are demanding that the FCC grant full access to tap all sorts of Net communications. It simply isn't necessary

 

4 November 2003 - Cryptome received a visit today from FBI Special Agents Todd Renner and Christopher Kelly from the FBI Counterterrorism Office in New York, 26 Federal Plaza, telephone (212) 384-1000. Both agents presented official ID and business cards. FBI Visits Cryptome

PATRIOT ACT: Law used against Las Vagas strip club owners - November 05, 2003, Las Vegas Review-Journal

See: rotten Library > Federal Bureau of Investigation

The Subpoenas are Coming!
Citing a provision of the Patriot Act, the FBI is sending letters to journalists telling them to secretly prepare to turn over their notes, e-mails and sources to the bureau. Should we throw out the First Amendment to nail a hacker?
By Mark Rasch Sep 29 2003

chapter about Louis Freeh from "The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI." by Ronald Kessler ... Kessler does not appear to think Freeh did a very good job.

August 29, 2003 FBI agent pays fine in shooting into hotel cooler - by Sito Negron - Las Vegas Sun - An FBI agent who fired two rounds into a walk-in cooler at a Strip hotel in May has paid the Barbary Coast $12,517 for the damage and paid a $105 fine after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge, authorities said. John Hanson III still faces investigation by his agency, said Special Agent Todd Palmer, spokesman for the FBI Las Vegas office

"potentially the most dangerous agency in the country if we are not scrutinized properly." - Louis Freeh, to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, 1997

"There (is) a cultural problem in the FBI that needs to be addressed. If it isn't, it's going to destroy itself." - Former FBI Special Agent Dan Vogel, speaking on CBS 60 Minutes II, May 29, 2001

Sex and Espionage in the FBI by Charles R. Smith NewsMax, Wednesday, April 16, 2003
FBI AFFIDAVIT on Katrina Leung [@softwar.net]

When The War on Terrorism Hits Home How the U.S. Department of Justice forced a man to leave the country, his wife and his two young children without proving he had any connection to terrorism by Seth Rosenfeld San Francisco Chronicle, January 12, 2003 - What is going on with FBI agent Michael Di Roma (Sacromento office?)?

Robert Mueller ...

Civil liberties & the FBI...

Is the FBI going after prostitution? New Orleans Brothel Made a Federal Case FBI Wiretap Finds Elite Clientele - Adam Nossiter, The Washington Post Monday, June 3, 2002

Are You on the No Fly List? The Progressive | 4/26/02 - One U.S. Marshal said the FBI compiles the list, and an FBI agent said it "comes out of headquarters." But a spokesperson for the FBI in Washington, Steve Berry, would not comment at all on the issue of the "No Fly" list, and referred all questions to the TSA, a new wing of the Department of Transportation.

FBI links from the FreeRepublic archives ..... lots of stories here. .....including
FBI says arrests broke up Y2K plot - Militia group sought to ignite holocaust, indictment contends
FHP admits it was wrong, drunk FBI agent caused fatal crash
FBI expert tell US: stay home
Former FBI Agent Indicted In Mob Case
FBI's lack of publicity on racist activity assailed
Former FBI Agent Arrested, Indicted

FBI agents said to oppose inquiry (shooting of Eagle Scout in Maryland) Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2002 | Gail Gibson Two senior agents from the FBI's Baltimore office told a private detective yesterday that the mistaken shooting of an unarmed Pasadena man likely would be ruled a "clean shoot," and discouraged him from looking into the case further, the investigator said in an interview. Dudley F.B. "Butch" Hodgson, a former FBI agent who has been retained by the shooting victim's lawyers, said he was told by one of the agents: "There's no middle ground in this thing. You're either with us or against us." A top FBI official said late yesterday that the investigation into the shooting March 1 of Joseph C. Schultz is far from complete and that any remarks made by the agents to Hodgson "clearly reflect their own personal opinions" - not the FBI's official position.
The Scout, the suspect and the SWAT team Shooting: Baltimore Sun | 18 March 2002 | Gail Gibson, Michael James and Laura Barnhard

Fatal Crash Raises Questions Did Investigators Protect Agent at Expense of Victims? By Brian Ross and David Scott ABCNews, March 8 - FBI agent David Farrall was driving this Honda Accord before he was involved in a head-on collision last November on Interstate 95, north of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Farrall survived the crash, but the two young men in the other vehicle did not. ... Suspicion of FBI Cover-Up When the patrol did begin to focus on Agent Farrall, it found the FBI less than forthcoming. Farrall had been moved inside North Broward Medical Center under an assumed name. When patrol investigators inquired, hospital personnel told them no such patient existed. A tip led investigators to the room where Farrall was recovering, but FBI agents standing guard at his door turned them away.

"It is amazing to me that Ashcroft is essentially trying to dismantle the bureau," said Oliver "Buck" Revell, a former FBI executive assistant director who was the primary architect of the FBI anti-terrorism strategy during the 1980s. "They don't know their history," he said, "and they are not listening to people who do."
Ex-FBI Officials Criticize Tactics On Terrorism
Detention of Suspects Not Effective, They Say By Jim McGee Washington Post, November 28, 2001

The Israeli Spy Ring Scandal - The Story That Will Not Go Away - Prior to 9/11, the FBI had discovered the presence of a massive spy ring inside the United States run by the government of Israel. This seems a harsh gratitude from a nation which obtains 10% of its annual budget from the American taxpayer, $3+ billion a year.

LOS ANGELES, JAN 23 2002 - Heavily armed with high-powered machine guns, shot guns, and hand guns, the FBI, Secret Service, and Los Angeles Police Department sorounded the founder of raisethefist.com in his house. The founder was currently asleep, woken up by a relative who said fbi, police and undercover's were currently up and down all of the streets, with they're eyes focused on the premises. Raisethefist.com founder aproached the door were 2 FBI agents demanded that he step outside. Within seconds a swarm of FBI raided the house with automatic weapons and shot guns. Additional police and fbi also stayed on the front lawn, around the house with a door baracade and additional weapons. "armed and ready". FBI and secret service entered the house, seizing all servers and political liturature. raisethefist.com
What the FBI Doesn't Want You to See at RaisetheFist.com [articles about]
An interview with Sherman of RTF / LAAnarchists.org

FBI v. CIA: Battle in Cyberspace by Charles R. Smith, Nov. 28, 2001
U.S. Agencies Battle Each Other on the Internet. The U.S. government is struggling to rebuild its image after it failed to discover the plot to attack America on Sept. 11.

LAND OF THE FREE?
Political dissent can bring federal agents to door - By Kris Axtman, The Christian Science Monitor January 08, 2002
Lawyer: Student Was Held In Solitary 24-7 - NY Daily News ... 23-year-old San Diego college student — jailed as a witness in the terror probe — was kept in 24-hour solitary confinement in a tiny cell in lower Manhattan for more than two weeks, his lawyer said.
Questions Swirl Around Men Held in Terror Probe - Washington Post, October 15, 2001
When Freedom Is Not Normal In America - by Emil Guillermo, sfgate
FBI Considers Torture as Suspects Stay Silent - by Damian Whitworth, Times of London

Homeland Security, Homeland Profits By Wayne Madsen
Law enforcement agencies like the FBI already have at their disposal a massive information sharing network through which federal, state, local, and foreign police forces can exchange information on groups felt to pose a threat. The system, RISSNET, or Regional Information Sharing System Network, which existed before the September 11th attacks, recently got a boost when Congress authorized additional money for it in the USA PATRIOT Act. RISSNET is a secure intranet that connects 5,700 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states, as well as agencies in Ontario and Quebec, the District of Columbia, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Australia. According to sources close to the Washington Metropolitan Police, data on targeted local groups such as the Alliance for Global Justice, the anti-World Bank/International Monetary Fund activist organization, has been shared with other jurisdictions through RISSNET. -

FBI and Secret Service pay a visit Houston Art Museum
On Wednesday November 7th Terry Donaghoe, an FBI agent and Steven Smith, a Secret Service agent visited the “Secret Wars” exhibit at the Art Car Museum in Houston, Texas.

The FBI & Women in Black?
[FBI casting wide net ...] ... FBI Brands Reclaim The Streets as "Terrorists" by Slingshot June 27 2001

Beyond Carinovore: FBI Eyes Packet Taps - October 18, 2001 By Max Smetannikov , Interactive Week - The FBI to expand its Internet wiretapping program past Carnivore?... FBI: A scathing General Accounting Office report recently found that the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center is falling far short in its mission — it's working poorly with other federal agencies and the private sector, and regularly warns of cyberattacks only after the fact. Many breathed an audible sigh of relief when former NIPC Director Michael Vatis moved on in January; he was deeply disliked by government agencies for his legendary megalomania. Incoming Director Ron Dick appears to be more even-handed, but he has inherited a sick organization that clearly needs to learn how to better serve its constituents. The FBI is accustomed to calling the shots and getting the glory. That approach clearly isn't working with cybercrime enforcement, which depends more on finessing relationships than on kicking butt.[FBI]

FBI's New Generation of Cointelpro by Hank Hoffman, In These Times , August 28, 2001
Is the FBI back in the business of trying to squelch political dissent? ... the final paragraph in Freeh's assessment of "left-wing extremist groups" that raised eyebrows among anti-globalization activists: "Anarchist and extremist socialist groups -- many of which, such as the Workers World Party, Reclaim the Streets and Carnival Against Capitalism ...

FBI Calling the Kettle Black Tim Wise, AlterNet
The Anti-Defamation League applauds Holocaust training for FBI agents. Would it be more useful to investigate the Anti-Defamation League connection to Jonathan Pollard and Marc Rich?


Robert J. Lamphere [1918 - 2002] - Lamphere, the FBI Venona liaison, stated that in a letter from J. Edgar Hoover sent to President Truman, the Attorney General - Tom C. Clark, and the Rosenberg Prosecutors in 1951, "It was made quite clear that the FBI had confidential information mitigating the guilt of Ethel Rosenberg and that the case for active participation of espionage by her was weak, and that he and FBI Director Hoover had qualms about the possible execution of a mother of two small children for espionage based on such relatively slight evidence".

 

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History of the FBI. "The FBI originated from a force of Special Agents created in 1908 by Attorney General Charles Bonaparte during the Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt..." -- A good place to start is: FBI HISTORY or Famous Cases at the official FBI.gov website, see also brief chronology What is perhaps most interesting in the FBI's own version of their history is that they go on record as having opposed putting Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II saying, "The most serious discrimination during World War II was the decision to evacuate Japanese nationals and American citizens of Japanese descent from the West Coast and send them to internment camps." Apparently FBI Director Hoover took the position that because it "had arrested the individuals whom it considered security threats, confining others was unnecessary." President [Franklin D. Roosevelt] overruled him.
A copy of FBI History is also at fas.org
Books
  • The Bureau: The Secret History of the FBI. - by Ronald Kessler
    St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312304021; 1st edition (July 2002) amazon.com
    chapter about Louis Freeh
  • The FBI : A Comprehensive Reference Guide by Athan G. Theoharis (Editor), Tony G. Poveda (Editor) (April 2000) amazon
  • The FBI/Inside the World's Most Powerful Law Enforcement Agency by Ronald Kessler 1994 amazon
  • FBI Secrets : An Agent's Expose by M. Wesley Swearingen amazon
  • The Davidian Massacre by Carol Moore 1995 amazon
  • Very Special Agents The Inside Story of America's Most Controversial Law Enforcement Agency--The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms by James Moore, University of Illinois Press


Organizations and Issues
The Society of Former (FBI) Special Agents
The FBI Agents Association - for active duty FBI agents
The Center For Democracy & Technology - promotes democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age.
Internet PRIVACY Coalition - promotes privacy and security on the Internet through widespread public availability of strong encryption
Freedom Forum
2600: The Hacker Quarterly
Waco Holocaust Electronic Museum

Articles about or relating to the FBI
IMC: FBI/Secret Service Breaking News
COINTELPRO, FBI Counterintelligence, Domestic Covert Operations ...
FBI and Counterintelligence - by J. Ransom Clark, Muskingum College
Federal Bureau of Intimidation - by Howard Zinn
The F.B.I.: A Special Report - By David Burnham, The Nation, 8/11/97
TIME April 28, 1997 COVER: The Trouble with the FBI Sloppy work at the bureau's vaunted laboratory raises a serious question: What's happened to America's top law-enforcement agency?
FBI Documents on Encryption at EPIC
FBI's 90th Anniversary Marred By Growing Legacy of Abuse of Power - November 23, 1998 ACLU Press Release
THE HACKER CRACKDOWN - Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier by Bruce Sterling
The FBI, COINTELPRO and Far-Right Vigilante Networks By Tom Burghardt
FBI's Shutter Speed - Subversive Filmmaker Attracts the Wrong Kind of Agent by Mark Boal, The Village Voice, November 24 - 30, 1999

"War on Drugs"
Human Rights and the Drug War
November Coalition
Vaults of Erowids
War on Drugs @ Google

Carnivore (DCS1000?)
StopCarnivore.org - anti-carnivore web site

Research
FBI - Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room!
FindLaw's collection of FBI files!
Federal Bureau of Investigation at FAS
TRAC FBI Site - "source for comprehensive independent, and nonpartisan information about FBI"
COINTELPRO - the FBI's secret program to undermine the popular upsurge which swept the country during the 1960s and 70s.
Secret No More - a subject guide to thousands of FBI files (and their file numbers) that are now publicly accessible.
APBnews.com - a national, daily news service providing eight channels of crime, justice and personal safety information - See THE G-FILES
FBI and CIA Documents [at pir]
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [at totse.com]
Federal Bureau of Investigation - on a list of Subversive Organizations ??
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) - links at Yahoo! also list at Google
Anti Law Enforcement Sites
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Who can you call when the police are the ones robbing you? - Asset Forfeiture Laws

“If there is going to be a Big Brother in the United States, it is going to be us — the FBI,” said Paul George, supervisory special agent for the Michigan bureau of the FBI, TORONTO, April 6 [Source: FBI agent: I am Big Brother By Robert Lemos, ZDNet News, April 6, 2000 - 1, 2 ]

Dec 15 2000— Hundreds of FBI agents are marching in front of the White House today to protest against the possibility of President Clinton granting clemency to Leonard Peltier
FBI Agents Stage Protest March - Dec 15

A telecommunications trade association this week criticized a recent FBI move to thwart the $5.5 billion sale of ISP Verio to a Japanese firm. - Telecoms Miffed at FBI Meddling by Declan McCullagh

Yet Weaver continues to rise like a martyr above the wreckage. In his case, the black helicopters really did come. A robot with a gun in its claw really did move across his cabin porch. ... When asked about McVeigh's impending execution, he says almost reflexively, "There should be a bunch of federal agents lying right beside him on the gurney." Randy Weaver's Return From Ruby Ridge - Washington Post

Is Dancing Terrorism? - FBI brands Reclaim the Streets as "terrorists"

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