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Archive for July 29th, 2021

Homeland Security Requires All Employees to Wear Masks Following New CDC Advice

By Steve Neavling

By Steve Neavling

As COVID-19 cases make a resurgence, Homeland Security and other federal agencies are requiring all employees to wear masks indoors and socially distance. 

The mandate comes after the White House said masks must be worn in all federal buildings. On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that vaccinated people should mask up indoors in areas where COVID-19 is on the rise. 

“Beginning today, all employees, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear a mask indoors & physically distance,” Homeland Security tweeted Wednesday. 

Also on Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he’s working from home because he had come in close contact with an employee who later tested positive for COVID-19.

Other federal law enforcement agencies have not yet publicly announced mask mandates. 

President Biden is expected to discuss mask requirements for federal employees today. 

FBI Photographer Fights Crime with a Camera

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By Steve Neavling

Buren Foster has seen enough for a lifetime. 

A crime scene photographer for the FBI since 2006, Foster fights crime – not with a gun, but a camera. 

“I’ve seen my share of dead bodies,” he told People. “I see things people shouldn’t see — I see them in their raw state.”

Foster has photographed murders, active shooting scenes, the aftermath of bombings, plane crashes and even funerals for fallen FBI agents. 

But it’s not all gory. He captures critical evidence for agents and prosecutors, including fingerprints, shoe impressions, and bullet trajectories. 

He also tags along during FBI surveillance. 

And there’s no room for mistakes. 

“There’s no ‘oops,'” he said. “You go through all the scenarios in your head to avoid any Murphy’s Law things from happening.”

For him, the most difficult part of the job is dead children. 

“I’ve worked my share of cases with murdered children. For most people this is probably the hardest. It is for me — and it doesn’t get any easier,” Foster said.