After 9/11, the FBI’s change from a crime-investigating organization to an intelligence-gathering agency was accompanied by an increased use of sting operations. A new PBS documentary focuses on one operation in Miami that revealed the often-questionable grounds for such operations, and the abuses they fostered.
On Wednesday, the FBI announced the global takedown of hundreds of criminals involved in drug trafficking and organized crime, thanks to an encrypted social messaging platform the FBI was secretly peddling to criminals. Authorities around the world say this saved lives, and transforms the way investigators will fight organized crime in the future.
More than half a decade after Eric Garner in New York and Michael Brown in Ferguson were killed by police, the public is still unable to access FBI gathered data on use of force incidents for the majority of US police departments, raising concerns about the ability of the nation’s top law enforcement agency to institute even the barest transparency reforms.
An undercover detective from the NYPD wrote a deathbed confession detailing his involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X. The Black Power icon’s three surviving daughters are now calling for the investigation to be re-opened.
The ACLU is suing the FBI following the discovery of public court documents and records that indicate the FBI Electronic Device Analysis Unit can bypass encrypted cell phone information. If true, the ACLU says this will “severely undermine our digital privacy and security.”
The Trump administration blamed Iran for the presumed death of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, identifying two Iranian intelligence officers believed responsible for his abduction and imposing sanctions against them.