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June 2021


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Judge: Suspected Murderer Can’t Use Old FBI Records to Prove His Innocence

Photo courtesy of the Chicago Tribune

By Steve Neavling

 A Seattle man will not be able to use old FBI records to help prove he did not kidnap and kill a 7-year-old Illinois girl in 1957, the Associated Press reports.

A judge ruled the records relied on hearsay and shouldn’t be admissible.

The records indicate Jack McCullough was in Chicago on the day Maria Ridulph went missing, the AP reported.

The remains fo Maria Ridulph were found less than a year later, about 120 miles away.

McCullough’s trial starts Monday, according to the AP.

FBI Is Building New Complex in Suburban Boston

Steve Neavling

It was a long time coming, but the Boston office of the FBI is finally beginning to build a new complex in nearby Chelsea, the Boston Globe reports.

The FBI expects to move into the 200,000-square-foot building by early 2015.

The agency is moving forward with the construction after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a South Boston property owner who wanted to host the FBI, according to the Globe.

The FBI wouldn’t say how many employees would be assigned to the field office, the Globe reported.

FBI: No Evidence That Agency Had Access to Millions of Apple Devices

By Steve Neavling

The FBI on Tuesday disputed reports that it possessed a database with personal information on millions of Apple devices.

It also said there’s no evidence that an FBI laptop was compromised.

“The FBI is aware of published reports alleging that an FBI laptop was compromised and private data regarding Apple UDIDs (unique identification numbers) was exposed,” the agency responded. “At this time, there is no evidence indicating that an FBI laptop was compromised or that the FBI either sought or obtained this data.”

A group that calls itself AntiSec said the proof is online, where it posted more than 12 million downloadable UDIDs.

Partner group, Anonymous, has been linked to other high-profile computer attacks targeting the FBI and CIA.


FBI Clears San Diego State Basketball Team Cleared of Fixing Games

By Steve Neavling
It’s hard to imagine a team with a 34-3 record throwing games, right?

Well, the FBI tracked San Diego State during its fantastic  2010-11 season, unbeknownst to coaches, players and school officials, CBS Sports reports.

The FBI cleared the university of wrongdoing.

The investigation began after one of the 10 men tied to the University of San Diego case was found to have contacted five San Diego State players in the fall of 2010, according to CBS. Apparently, the FBI then thought it should probably look at San Diego State just in case.

But the FBI couldn’t find evidence that any players tried to throw a game.

Book: Reagan Used Close Relationship With FBI and Hoover to Get Special Attention

By Steve Neavling

Former President Ronald Reagan exploited his relationship with the FBI  and J. Edgar Hoover as an informant to get the agency to provide information on  his children Michael and Maureen and to obtain information unavailable to the public, LA Observer reports.

Citing Seth Rosenfeld’s new book, “Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power,” the Observer reports that Reagan was a close friend of J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime FBI director.

Reagan also reported secretly to the FBI about suspected Communists, even when evidence was scant, according to the Observer.

While president of the Screen Actors Guild in the 1940s and ’50s, Reagan cooperated with the FBI.

According to the book, Reagan asked the FBI to conduct investigations of family members when he became suspicious of people around them.


Hackers Claim FBI Is Monitoring More Than 1 Million Apple Users

By Steve Neavling

The hacker group Anonymous announced it has stolen information from an FBI laptop computer that carried information on more than 1 million iPhone and iPad users, Forbes reports.

While Forbes was unable to verify the authenticity of the data, writer Andy Greenberg said the information “does seem to be an enormous list of 40-character strings made up of numbers and letters A through F,” just like Apple’s unique device identifier numbers used to identify individual users of iPhone and iPads.

Also included in that information are user names, cellphone numbers, addresses, texts and other personal information, according to Forbes.

It could mean Apple is supplying the data, that the FBI is getting the information on its own or something else entirely, according to technology news site, Gizmodo.

Whatever the case, the FBI will have a lot of questions to answer, Forbes reported.



A Warm Detroit Welcome: U-Haul Van with Secret Service Equipment Stolen and Later Recovered

By Allan Lengel

DETROIT — The Secret Service probably wished this little embarrassment remained a secret.

Thieves made off over the weekend with a U-Haul truck parked  in downtown Detroit that contained equipment for the U.S. Secret Service, which was planning a protection detail for Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke Sunday in downtown  after the Labor Day Parade, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The truck was recovered Sunday along with at least some of the equipment. None of it was reportedly guns.

Media reports stated that the thieves used the van to move furniture.

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Stories of Other Interest



FBI: Prison Supervisor Jailed After Having Sex with Inmates for Cigarettes

Steve Neavling 

An Arizona prison supervisor was arrested this week on charges that he had sex with two male inmates who were given cigarettes in exchange, according to Smoking Gun.

An FBI surveillance camera caught Carl David Evans in a menage a trios with two inmates in a storage closet.

The camera was set up after prison authorities suspected Evans of having sex with an inmate in exchange for tobacco, according to Smoking Gun.

The recording found Evans having sex with two inmates he supervised, the Smoking Gun reported.