An animal-rights group that rescued two piglets from a factory farm in southwestern Utah says the FBI has raided animal sanctuaries in search of the animals. Direct Action Everywhere, also known as DxE, is a nonprofit based in California that supports "total animal liberation," according to its website. It is known for entering factory farms in the dark of night to rescue animals it claims are being kept in unhealthy conditions and to show the links between such sites and Costco, Whole Foods and even the White House. Earlier this year, the group took two pigs it named “Lucy” and “Ethel” from a hog farm operation in Milford, Utah, that is owned by the Virginia-based Smithfield Foods. "Piglets were rotting to death in piles of their own mother's feces at Smithfield," DxE co-founder Wayne Hsiung said in a statement last week. "Rescuing them was an act of compassion, not a crime. But Smithfield doesn't want the public to see the horrifying truth of … [Read more...] about FBI raids animal shelters, searching for piglets rescued from factory farm, activists say
Caption Close This map is the escape route as described by "Wally" in the story that led Tom Colbert and team to the site where they found pieces of strap and foam. This map is the escape route as described by "Wally" in the story that led Tom Colbert and team to the site where they found pieces of strap and foam. These photos show the site and the pieces that Tom Colbert's team found recently, believed to be part of D.B. Cooper's parachute. These photos show the site and the pieces that Tom Colbert's team found recently, believed to be part of D.B. Cooper's parachute. A new theory about what happened to the mysterious D.B. Cooper has gained some attention and perhaps some credence in recent weeks as two senior FBI agents have given the nod to parts of the story. Author and filmmaker Tom Colbert and his wife, Dawna, with the help of a cold-case team comprised of former members of law enforcement, including ex-FBI agents, have come up with a theory that Cooper not only escaped but is … [Read more...] about D.B. Cooper: Former FBI agents support parts of new theory
The FBI is investigating two Russian government-funded media organizations that operate in the United States following accusations that they were part of a massive Kremlin operation to help swing last year’s presidential election to Donald Trump.Russia Today, Moscow’s flagship English language television broadcaster, and Sputnik News, a radio and wire service funded by the Kremlin, claim to be legitimate news gathering organizations, no different from the BBC.But the FBI is exploring whether the two Russian organizations should be required to register as foreign agents, invoking a U.S. law originally passed before World War II to prevent the spread of Nazi propaganda.A U.S. intelligence community report on Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential race concluded in January that Sputnik and RT, as Russia Today is known, were part of a multi-faceted Russian intelligence operation aimed at discrediting democracy and helping Trump win in November. Some … [Read more...] about FBI investigates Russian government media organizations accused of spreading propaganda in U.S.
SEATTLE (KCPQ) – A fake Federal Bureau of Investigation agent has been busted.Prosecutors say a Lake Stevens man pretended to be a federal agent and robbed several businesses run by East African immigrants.In one case, he got away with more than $100,000 in cash.Prosecutors believe the suspect specifically targeted immigrant communities who are less likely to report a crime.RELATED: Man accused of impersonating FBI agent 'Jack Ryan' Steven Wyatt Fisher appeared in front of a King County judge Wednesday after police allege he went on a burglary spree in Seattle.Cops say he used a phony FBI badge and called himself Jack Ryan, a fictional character created by Tom Clancy who appears in many of his novels and their respective film adaptations.“Impersonating a federal officer is very concerning,” said Ayn Dietrich-Williams, spokesperson with the FBI.Prosecutors allege Fisher first hit a … [Read more...] about Man accused of impersonating FBI agent ‘Jack Ryan,’ targeting immigrant communities
U.S. James Comey FBI Last fall, James Comey stood accused of throwing a presidential election. And he allegedly did it with just a letter.On October 28, less than two weeks before American voters went to the polls, the FBI director wrote to Congress, saying the bureau had discovered new emails related to its long-running investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server when she was secretary of state. In July, he had declared there was no evidence of any illegal activity by the Democratic presidential candidate, so this announcement ripped open a wound that had nearly healed over. Both the right and the left screeched in outrage, calling for either Clinton or Comey to be strung up. In The Washington Post, two former U.S. deputy attorney generals, Jamie Gorelick and Larry Thompson, wrote, “We now have real-time, raw-take transparency taken to its illogical limit, a kind of reality-TV of federal criminal investigation.” They called Comey’s … [Read more...] about Can FBI director James Comey escape the Clinton email debacle?
The FBI’s July raid on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's Virginia home lasted 10 hours and involved a dozen federal agents, who seized documents labeled “attorney-client,” according to a source close to the investigation. The July raid was first reported earlier this month, but the new details reflect the intensity and scope of the search, which the source described as "heavy-handed, designed to intimidate." Elements of the account were backed up by a second individual also not authorized to speak on the record. The source said both Manafort and his wife were asleep when FBI agents entered the Alexandria, Va., condo without warning at about 6 a.m. ET. They did not conclude their search until late afternoon, around 4 p.m. ET. The 1,600-square-foot condo includes three bedrooms and a main living area. … [Read more...] about FBI’s Manafort raid included a dozen agents, ‘designed to intimidate,’ source says
(CNN)"White supremacist": It's a label that's come to dominate our conversations in the wake of deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, but it's also one that has a deeply rooted history in the United States. As the FBI would tell you, the effort to disrupt violent hate groups and combat the threat of homegrown terrorism has been going on for decades. In fact, one of the Bureau's most remarkable investigations revolves around a white supremacist group that existed more than 30 years ago. It was known as "The Order." In order to dismantle it, the FBI had to rely on a skilled undercover agent to methodically gather intel against the group. In new interviews with CNN's series "Declassified," the agents involved describe what it took to see The Order fall. Going undercover It was the early 1980s, and white supremacist leaders were beginning to lure followers from multiple extremist groups with the intention of recruiting them to stage revolts … [Read more...] about How the FBI smashed white supremacist group The Order
A highly experienced FBI investigator and former army officer hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to examine Russia's interference in the 2016 election has unexpectedly stepped away from the probe, ABC News reported on Wednesday.Peter Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence investigator, is now working for the FBI's human resources division, according to ABC. It is unclear why he stepped aside, or if he did so voluntarily.Asha Rangappa, a former FBI counterintelligence agent and associate dean at Yale Law School, said that she had "never heard of an agent being moved to the human resources department."RELATED: Trump-Russia timeline "I have seen instances where if some issue comes up, the agent might be moved to another investigation or to the operations center, where you essentially field calls all day," Rangappa said. "But why he would be moved to HR is just bizarre."Rangappa did not … [Read more...] about Top FBI investigator unexpectedly stepped away from special counsel Mueller’s Russia probe
Former FBI Director James Comey was widely admired by agents who worked for him, winning high scores in anonymous surveys for his values and trustworthiness, even as he became embroiled in controversies over investigations related to the 2016 election. Comey was fired in May by President Donald Trump, who called him a "showboat" and a "grandstander," suggested he was incompetent and described the FBI as "in turmoil" under his leadership. President Donald Trump and then-FBI director James Comey in January, before their relationship soured. Andrew Harrer / Pool via Getty Images Afterwards, White House spokesperson … [Read more...] about FBI agents admired James Comey, despite what Trump said about him
The site of a three day Federal Bureau of Investigation search of a wooded area off Foxfire Court and Diamond Lane in Georgetown County. Don Woods, Supervisory Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not say what the FBI discovered in the last three days investigating the disappearance of the Brittanee Drexel in the Georgetown area, but he did say that the "investigation was advanced" by their efforts. The FBI, as well as local authorities, spent the last three days using searching a wooded area off Foxfire Ct. in an investigation related to the disappearance of Drexel who was 17-years-old when she went missing in Myrtle Beach while on spring break in 2009. JASON LEE [email protected] The site of a three day Federal Bureau of Investigation search of a wooded area off Foxfire Ct. in Georgetown County. Don Woods, Supervisory Agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation would not say what the FBI discovered in the last three days investigating the disappearance of the … [Read more...] about FBI wraps up latest Drexel-related investigation