Agents of Asian ancestry have been part of the FBI for a half-century and were honored at a recent conference for the “special value and needed diversity” they brought to the FBI’s ranks.
Agents of Asian Ancestry: ‘Historical Marker’ Celebrates 50 Years of Service
|Fred Wong, seen here taking the FBI oath, became a special agent in 1982. He played a key role in the arrest of a Top Ten fugitive in 1984, and served as head of FBI offices in Belgium and Indonesia before retiring in 2007.
The role of agents of Asian ancestry over the past 50 years—since Edwin Yee and Calvin Shishido were sworn in as agents in 1965—was a centerpiece of this year’s annual national conference of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. Retired Special Agent Ellen Glasser, who was president of the society during the September gathering in Reno, Nevada, said it was a fitting time to honor them for the “special value and needed diversity” they brought to the FBI’s ranks.
“We decided this was an opportunity to do something really important and to create a historical marker for their 50 years of service,” Glasser said, speaking to hundreds of former agents, but specifically addressing the cadre of Asian former agents in attendance. “By celebrating your achievements and your loyalty, we here in the FBI family want to publicly say thank you and job well done.”
As the holiday shopping season officially gets underway, the FBI would like to take this opportunity to warn shoppers to be aware of the increasingly aggressive techniques of cyber criminals who want ...
Protect Your Wallet and Your Information This Holiday Season
As the holiday shopping season officially gets underway, the FBI would like to take this opportunity to warn shoppers to be aware of the increasingly aggressive techniques of cyber criminals who want to steal your money and your personal information.
For example, watch out for online shopping scams—criminals often scheme to defraud victims by offering too-good-to-be-true deals, like brand name merchandise at extremely low discounts or gift cards as an incentive to buy a product. Beware of social media scams, including posts on social media sites that offer vouchers or gift cards or that pose as holiday promotions or contests. Always be careful when downloading mobile applications on your smartphone—some apps, disguised as games and offered for free, maybe be designed to steal personal information. And if you’re in need of extra cash this time of year, watch out for websites and online postings offering work you can do from home—you may actually become the victim of an advance fee, counterfeit, or pyramid scheme, or become an unknowing participant in criminal activity.
Here are some additional steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim of cyber fraud this season:
- Check your credit card statement routinely, and ensure websites are secure and reputable before providing your credit card number;
- Do your research to ensure the legitimacy of the individual or company you are purchasing from;
- Beware of providing credit card information when requested through unsolicited e-mails;
- Avoid filling out forms contained in e-mail messages that ask for personal information;
- Never click on links contained within unsolicited e-mails;
- Verify any requests for personal information from any business or financial institution by contacting them directly;
- Be cautious of e-mails claiming to contain pictures in attached files, especially unsolicited e-mails—the files may contain viruses; and
- Be leery if you are requested to act quickly or told there is an emergency (fraudsters often create a sense of urgency).
If you suspect you have been victimized, contact your financial institution immediately, contact law enforcement, and file a complaint with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
The 2015 recipient of the FBI’s Biometric Identification Award (formerly known as the Latent Hit of the Year Award) is a Virginia investigator who played a key role in the identification of a ...
2015 Biometric Identification Award
The 2015 recipient of the FBI’s Biometric Identification Award (formerly known as the Latent Hit of the Year Award) is a member of Virginia’s Norfolk Police Department (NPD) who played a key role in the identification of a dangerous serial offender. Congratulations to Melvin Grover III, an investigator with the forensic section of the NPD’s detective division.
This Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division award is traditionally given to a latent print examiner or law enforcement officer who solves a major violent crime using the FBI’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, or IAFIS. But IAFIS—our longstanding fingerprint repository—was replaced last year by the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, developed to expand the Bureau’s biometric identification capabilities and services, and future awards will involve the use of the NGI system.
In light of the recent Paris terrorist attacks, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey discussed ongoing efforts to protect the security of the U.S. during a press briefing ...
Attorney General, Director Brief Media on Efforts to Protect the Homeland
|On November 19, 2015, FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch briefed the media on efforts to protect the homeland in light of the November 13, 2015 attacks in Paris. (Department of Justice video)
In light of the recent Paris terrorist attacks, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey discussed ongoing efforts to protect the security of the U.S. during a press briefing today in Washington, D.C.
Of the investigation into the attacks, Lynch said the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FBI, and other agencies are providing support to French authorities to “coordinate strategies and to advance our shared efforts.” She also said that the services of DOJ and FBI victim assistance professionals are being made available, the FBI Legal Attaché Paris office has been expanded, and U.S. personnel are working day and night to respond to any additional requests from our French partners for assistance.
But, she said, the DOJ’s “highest priority is—and will remain—the security of our homeland and the safety of all Americans,” and that DOJ is “operating around the clock—as we have since 9/11 and even before—to uncover and disrupt any plot that takes aim at our people, our infrastructure, and our way of life.” According to Lynch, DOJ and the FBI are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the broader intelligence community, and our partners around the world in all of these efforts.
Discussing those efforts in more detail, Comey said that the Bureau “is not aware of any credible threat here of any Paris-type attack, and we have seen no connection at all between the Paris attackers and the U.S.” He recounted the actions taken immediately after last week’s attacks—looking for connections between Paris and here, sharing information with our state and local partners, covering every tip and lead, and ensuring that the more than 100 FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces focus intensely on our investigations, taking them up a notch.
The threat, according to Comey, is “troubled souls in America being inspired or enabled online to do something violent for ISIS.” But together with partner agencies, he said, “we are watching people of concern, using all of our lawful tools. We will keep watching them, and if we see something, we will work to disrupt it.”
Comey offered this advice to the American public: “Don’t let fear become disabling ... turn fear into a healthy awareness of what’s around you.” He advised reporting anything that doesn’t seem right to law enforcement, and then to “go on living your lives while we do our work.”
At a recent conference, members of the FBI’s International Operations Division who work in North, Central, and South America joined with other partners in the region who help address the criminal ...
International Operations: Building Partnerships in the Americas
Members of the FBI’s International Operations Division who work in North, Central, and South America carry out their mission in some of the most violent countries in the world and face criminal threats that spill across borders and threaten the safety of Americans at home and abroad. Some of the most potent weapons against these threats are strong and lasting partnerships—not only among U.S. federal agencies but also with international allies.
At a recent conference at the United States Southern Command military headquarters in Florida were the FBI’s legal attachés—or legats—who cover the Americas: the Bureau has offices in Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Mexico, and Panama.
Participants at the conference—including other federal law enforcement agencies—were briefed on recent investigations and a variety of criminal trends relating to terrorism, cyber intrusions, espionage, and more. The overwhelming crime issues in the Americas stem from transnational gangs and criminal organizations that traffic in drugs and people. These groups routinely murder, extort, and commit other crimes in the region, and those crimes have an impact inside the United States.
According to the FBI’s latest report, law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses to our Uniform Crime Reporting Program in 2014. These figures are down from ...
Latest Hate Crime Statistics Available
|Of the 5,479 hate crime incidents reported in 2013, 5,462 were single-bias incidents, as detailed in the chart above.
According to the FBI’s latest report, law enforcement agencies reported 5,479 hate crime incidents involving 6,418 offenses to our Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2014. And these crimes—which often have a devastating impact on the communities where they occur—left 6,727 victims in their wake.
The latest figures are down from 2013, when 5,928 criminal incidents involving 6,933 offenses were reported.
The FBI is now accepting applications from talented and motivated individuals who want to embrace this challenging and rewarding opportunity to serve their country and communities.
FBI Seeking Special Agent Applicants
Do you have what it takes to be a special agent? The FBI is now accepting applications from talented and motivated individuals who want to embrace this challenging and rewarding opportunity to serve their country and communities.
Special agents bring with them a variety of experience and skills, from computer science and engineering to law and accounting. The FBI is looking for diversity of perspective to effectively achieve its mission.
Applicants must successfully complete the Special Agent Selection System (SASS), a mentally and physically challenging process designed to identify the most capable candidates. The SASS includes an online application to screen for eligibility and willingness, followed by a number of exams, interviews, and background evaluations. Applicants are rated on their individual competitiveness and the professional needs of the FBI. The process can take six months to a year.
Becoming a special agent isn’t easy. In fiscal year 2014, the Bureau received more than 20,000 applications for approximately 700 special agent vacancies.
Before you apply, make sure you meet the preliminary standards (with some exceptions):
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be between 23 and 36 years of age
- Possess a bachelor’s degree
- Have at least three years of full-time work experience
- Have lived in the United States or its territories for three of the last five years.
For more information, visit https://www.fbijobs.gov/special-agents
“Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror” is an updated and expanded version of a popular, long-running FBI exhibit at the Newseum, a museum devoted to news and journalism located a ...
Newseum Goes “Inside Today’s FBI”
Some of the FBI’s biggest terrorism cases since 9/11—along with headline-grabbing espionage and cyber investigations—are featured in an exhibit that opens today in the nation’s capital.
“Inside Today’s FBI: Fighting Crime in the Age of Terror” is an updated and expanded version of a popular, long-running exhibit at the Newseum, a museum devoted to news and journalism located a few blocks from FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
A collaboration between the Bureau and the museum, “Inside Today’s FBI” will display evidence and artifacts never before seen by the public, including the blue Toyota Corolla abandoned by terrorist hijackers prior to the 9/11 attacks and the explosives-laden Nissan Pathfinder used in a failed attempt to bomb New York City’s Times Square in 2010. Also on display will be items from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, including the handcuffs that restrained bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
More than 45 new artifacts have been added to the exhibit, which focuses on terrorism as well as recent espionage and cyber cases.
Since the FBI-Oakland Police Department Homicide Task Force effort officially began in June 2014, the rate of homicide clearances in the city has doubled—and the task force is actively working its ...
Oakland, California—just across the bay from San Francisco—is one of the most violent places in the country, with a murder occurring on average every three days. To Oakland Police Department (OPD) detectives and FBI agents on the Homicide Task Force, that reality is all too clear.
Seventeen months ago, the FBI dedicated 10 special agents to work alongside OPD detectives to investigate active homicides and more than 2,000 cold case murders that have taxed the department’s historically understaffed homicide detective squad. And since the effort officially began in June 2014, the rate of homicide clearances in the city has doubled—and the task force is actively working its backlog of cold cases as well.
A civilian engineer was sentenced to 11 years in prison for providing schematics of the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear aircraft carrier to an individual he thought was an Egyptian intelligence officer.
Navy Engineer Sentenced for Attempted Espionage
|The dead drop area in a Virginia park that was used by Navy civilian engineer Mostafa Ahmed Awwad to pass sensitive information on the USS Gerald R. Ford, a new aircraft carrier currently under construction.
In the fall of 2014, civilian engineer Mostafa Ahmed Awwad provided schematics of the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear aircraft carrier—the USS Gerald R. Ford—to an individual he thought was an Egyptian intelligence officer. At the time, Awwad was an employee of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Portsmouth, Virginia, and had access to naval nuclear propulsion information.
His actions could have potentially compromised the safety of some 4,000 American sailors who will be serving on the USS Gerald R. Ford after it joins the fleet of Navy vessels sometime next year—and the security of our nation in general. Fortunately, Awwad’s Egyptian contact turned out to be an undercover FBI agent. And last month, Awwad was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading guilty earlier this year to attempted espionage.