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June 2021


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New Federal Law to Help Police Collect DNA of Suspects Upon Arrest

Steve Neavling

A new federal bill will help some states begin collecting DNA from suspects upon arrest, the Associated Press reports.

The money, which will be awarded to select states who apply for a share of the $10 million grants, would be used as start-up funds, the AP wrote.

Perhaps no one more than Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pledged to begin collecting DNA on arrested suspects.

Walker planned to spend $7.2 million on the effort, which would include collecting DNA from anyone arrested for a felony and certain sex offenses. Adults would be subject to DNA collection for an arrest on misdemeanors, the AP writer.


Human Trafficking, Forced Labor, Physical Abuse? FBI Investigated Scientology for 3 years

 Steve Neavling

The FBI conducted a secret investigation into Scientology from 2009-11 – and the findings were troubling.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the FBI turned up accusations of human trafficking, forced labor and physical abuse.

Scientology leaders denied knowing of an investigation, which has been dismissed without charges.

Church whistleblower Mike Rinder, who was an the FBI confidential informant, has alleged that he was physically assaulted about 50 times and was forced into confinement.

Why no charges?

The FBI wouldn’t comment, but Rinder blames the Constitution for extending too much protection to religious institutions.

“To me, it’s like trying to have an argument about whether segregation in 1960 was legal,” he told the Times. “Yeah, it was legal. . . . Was it moral? No.”

Prosecutors Begin Presenting Evidence in Portland Bombing Case

Steve Neavling

 Prosecutors in the case against a former college student accused of trying to detonate a bomb near Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland will begin presenting evidence in the case today, KOIN Local 6 reports.

During open arguments Friday, the prosecution painted Mohamed Mohamud as a calculating jihadist intent on killing as many people as possible with what he thought was an 1,800-pound bomb packed into a van in November 2010, KOIN reported.

His attorney, Steve Sady, says Mohamud was entrapped by an undercover FBI agent who provided the fake bomb.

“It’s a matter of going too far,” Sady said during open arguments Friday.

Officials Meet to Try and Lure FBI Headquarters to Northern Virginia

By Allan Lengel

Virginia is continuing its push to lure a new FBI headquarters.

Oldtown Alexandria Patch reports that local, state and congressional leaders met Thursday in Arlington to discuss six potential sites in Northern Virginia for the headquarters.

Patch wrote:

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who called the meeting, said leaders from Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Stafford counties had a “singular focus” in bringing the FBI headquarters to the Old Dominion.

“We’re all committed to finding a home for the FBI in the commonwealth of Virginia,” Moran said during a news conference following the meeting. “We are all going to promote Virginia as the best place for this relocation.”



FBI Probes Shooting of Agent at Police Training Center in Oklahoma

Steve Neavling 

The FBI is investigating a shooting of one of its own at a police training center in Oklahoma Thursday, News 9 Oklahoma reports.

Agents are tight-lipped about what happened, but sources told News 9 that the agent did not shoot himself.

The agent was being treated Thursday evening for a gunshot wound to the leg and was in stable condition, News 9 reported.

The shooting is “certainly very rare, very unusual [and] very unfortunate,” special agent Rick Rains told News 9. “The agent was rendered aid at the time by our own EMTs who were on scene [as] part of the training exercise.”

The FBI described the probe as a routine investigation.

Critics: FBI Violates Federal Law with Cell Phone Tracking Technology

Steve Neavling 

New records show the FBI is using a controversial cell phone tracking technology that dupes phones into using a fake network, Slate reports. The idea is to track the movements of suspects in real time, Slate reported. But communication is not intercepted.

The technology, called “Stingray,” is controversial because it collects data from the phones of innocent bystanders and can interrupt phone service.

Critics charge that the practice violates federal communications law, Slate wrote.

“There are clearly concerns, even within the agency, that the use of Stingray technology might be inconsistent with current regulations,” says attorney Alan Butler, of the Electric Privacy Information Center. “I don’t know how the DOJ justifies the use of Stingrays given the limitations of the Communications Act prohibition.”

FBI’s Washington Field Office Investigates Manipulation of Interest Rates

D.C. Field Office/gov photo

Steve Neavling 

The FBI’s Washington field office is best known for investigating terrorism and public corruption.

Now, the office is leading an investigation of the manipulation of interest rates, Bloomberg reports.

The work has paid off so far, with two international resolutions, including a $1.5 billion settlement with UBS AG in December and the arrests of two of the bank’s former traders.

“We’ve got an enormous amount of resources devoted to this,” Timothy Gallagher, the head of the Washington criminal division who is overseeing the probe, told Bloomberg.

Investigations of corporations and security fraud often was the job of the bureau’s New York office, Bloomberg wrote.


American Football Coaches Asscociation Gives FBI’s Robert Mueller Top Award

Grant Teaff (left), executive director of the American Football Coaches Associaton, presented the Tuss McLaughry Award to Director Mueller.

By Allan Lengel

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday night received the Tuss McLaughry Award from the American Football Coaches Association in Nashville.

The award, established in 1964, is the organization’s highest honor and is presented to distinguished Americans in recognition of outstanding service to others.

“Coaches are parental figures,” Mueller said during the ceremony according to information posted on the FBI website.

“They reinforce the importance of hard work and dedication; of selflessness and fair play; and of character, humility, and leadership.”

“Everyone remembers their favorite coach and the lessons they learned,” Mueller said. “You as coaches contribute to a legacy of sportsmanship and solidarity…of discipline and dedication…of toughness in the face of adversity. That lasting impact is every coach’s legacy.”