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Former New York Senator Sentenced to House Arrest for Lying to FBI

Thomas Libous

Thomas Libous

By Steve Neavling

A former New York state senator who was convicted of lying to FBI agents was sentenced to six months of house arrest on Tuesday, Reuters reports. 

The once-powerful Republican lawmaker, Thomas Libous, lied to agents about a public corruption investigation.

A judge said Libous, 62, would have been sent to prison if he didn’t have terminal cancer.

Libous was accused of pledging to steer business to a law firm if it hired his son.

Authorities also said his son’s salary was supposed to be financed by a lobbying firm.

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FBI Warns Universities to Protect Research from Espionage

Genetic research at the laboratoryBy Steve Neavling

Universities are the hub of innovative research, and the FBI warns, a target for foreign spies.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the FBI has notified universities to be on the look out espionage.

“Some of the greatest threats to academia in the Houston area are the insider threat, theft of trade secrets and economic espionage,” said Maryjo Thomas, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston Division

Thomas delivered the warning to more than 100 academic and technology leaders at the FBI’s Houston headquarters.

“It is an initiative whose time has certainly come,” said Mauro Ferrari, president and CEO of the Houston Methodist Research Institute. “Many people in the world would like to have free access to things developed in the United States.”

Donald Trump’s Call for Spying on U.S. Muslims Recalls Darker Times in FBI

Donald Trump, via Twitter

Donald Trump, via Twitter

By Juan Cole

As Donald Trump supporters beat a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protester at his rally in Birmingham, Ala., Trump himself reminded us of the dark days when a paranoid J. Edgar Hoover had the FBI monitor the Rev. Martin Luther King and black Churches of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Trump said in Birmingham, “I want surveillance of certain mosques . . . We’ve had it before, we’ll have it again. … We have a situation where ISIS has raised its ugly head again and we have to chop off that head like they’re chopping off heads.”  He also said he would send Syrian refugees back to Syria if he were elected.  Many Syrian refugees have fled because they would be killed in their homeland.

The African-American protester was beaten, kicked and pulled down, with 8 or 9 people on top of him, as he was called a “monkey” and the N-word.  You wonder if they were wearing brown shirts. The Trump campaign later said it did not condone the behavior, but we haven’t heard Trump himself publicly denounce it. During the altercation, Trump said from the podium, “Yeah, you can get him out. Yeah, get him out. Get him the hell out of here.”

Trump’s desire to spy on American congregations recalls Cointelpro and other domestic surveillance programs of the 1960s that led to massive abuses and in some ways led to Watergate under Nixon.

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FBI Director: Terrorism Attacks in Paris Have No Links to U.S.

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling

The Paris attacks that killed 129 people and wounded hundreds of others had “no connection at all” to the U.S., FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.

Speaking at a briefing with Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Comey dismissed any notion that that U.S. is the target of any specific or credible attacks, the USA Today reports.

Still, he emphasized, the FBI stepped up surveillance of dozens of potential suspects who could launch an attack.

Lynch added that the U.S. won’t be intimidated by terrorists.

“We will not let our actions be overtaken by fear,” Lynch said, referring to ISIS operatives as “merchants of violence.”

“They want us to live in fear, and we refuse,” the attorney general said.

FBI: Suspect in Theft of Military Weapons Is an Accused Child Rapist

us-army-logoBy Steve Neavling

The FBI believed it has solved the theft of more than a dozen military weapons from a Massachusetts armory, Inside Edition reports. 

The suspect is a former Army reservist accused of child rape and who was wearing a monitoring bracelet at the time of the theft.

Jams Walker Morales was arrested Wednesday by the FBI and Nassau County Police.

He is accused of stealing 16 weapons, including rifles and pistols, from the Lincoln Stoddard Army Reserve Center in Worcester.

Authorities believe Morales used a power saw and pry bar to breach a metal and rood ceiling to reach a gun vault.

FBI Is Investigating Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Over Contracts

cincinnatiBy Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District over the hiring of outside contractors.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that agents are examining whether money was properly spent on vendors to provide goods and services.

Those contacts have reached as high as $35 million.

“This is highly disturbing,” County Commissioner Chris Monzel said of the FBI investigation. “It calls into question how the city of Cincinnati is operating the Metropolitan Sewer District.”

City Manager Harry Black recently expressed concerns about the contracts.

GOP Presidential Candidate Fiorina: IRS Has More Agents Than FBI, CIA

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina

By Steve Neavling

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina pointed out “a startling fact” on Tuesday: The IRS has more agents than the FBI and CIA.

“Does that strike you as a mis-allocation of resources? Of course it is. We need to take this terror threat seriously,” Fiorina said in an interview with Fox News. 

While it’s unclear how many agents the CIA has because of its classified budget, the employment numbers are disproportionate. The IRS is authorized in its budget to have 82,203 employees, while the FBI has 35,000 employees.

Fiorina said she supports increasing “the amount of agents we have on the ground.”

“Let’s get real here and talk about who’s the enemy and do what is necessary to protect our nation, because the first and most important responsibility of the federal government is to protect the nation,” she said.

FBI Investigates ISIS Video That Warns of Potential Terrorism Attack in NYC

new york city3 cabsBy Steve Neavling

Responding to threats of a terrorist attack by ISIS in New York City, the FBI and New York police said there are no specific threats, Reuters reports. 

ISIS suggested in a video that New York City is a potential target for attacks similar to the ones in Paris.

“While some of the video footage is not new, the video reaffirms the message that New York City remains a top terrorist target,” Stephen Davis, a deputy NYPD commissioner, said in a statement. “While there is no current or specific threat to the city at this time, we will remain at a heightened state of vigilance.”

The FBI said it is investigating the threats.

ISIS took credit for the Paris attacks in the video, which shows New York City and a suicide bomber holding a trigger.

“Footage of New York shown in the ISIS video was taken from a video released by the group in April of this year. So while NYC is and has been a target for ISIS, today’s video does not warrant any kind of panic,” SITE director Rita Katz said in an email to Reuters.

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