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Nov 01, 2011 08:00 AM

CJIS Link Publication Moves Online

CJIS-Link, a long-running newsletter for law enforcement produced by our Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Division, is now an online-only publication.

CJIS Link Publication Moves Online

CJIS Link coverCJIS Link, a long-running newsletter for law enforcement produced by our Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Division, is now an online-only publication.

The monthly publication is geared for CJIS system users, including federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and members of the national security and intelligence communities. The CJIS Division provides these customers with vital criminal justice information services 24/7.

Stories in the current issue include a description of how the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database supports license plate reader technology, and a sketch of how mobile fingerprint devices help officers on the street.

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Oct 27, 2011 02:00 PM

FBI Executive Discusses Cyber Threat

FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry discussed the FBI’s response to cyber threats at the recent conference for the Information Systems Security Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

FBI Executive Discusses Cyber Threat

Shawn Henry at ISSA conference
Shawn Henry speaks at ISSA conference in Maryland.

FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry discussed the FBI’s response to cyber threats at the recent conference for the Information Systems Security Association in Baltimore, Maryland.

“I believe the cyber threat is an existential one, meaning that a major cyber attack could potentially wipe out whole companies. It could shut down our electric grid or water supply,” said Henry, head of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “It could cause serious damage to parts of our cities, and ultimately even kill people. While it may sound alarmist, the threat is incredibly real, and intrusions into corporate networks, personal computers, and government systems are occurring every single day by the thousands.”

In his speech, Henry described how the FBI is addressing the threats, and working with law enforcement partners around the world.

“I’m pleased to say we’re having success,” he said. “In 2010, we arrested 202 criminals specifically for cyber intrusion—up from 159 in 2009. In addition, our foreign law enforcement partners made dozens and dozens of arrests last year based on intelligence we’ve shared with them. And we obtained a record level of financial judgments for those cases in excess of $100 million.”

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Oct 26, 2011 02:50 PM

FBI Child ID App Updated with New Features

The FBI Child ID mobile application has been updated with new features, including password protection and photo editing.

FBI Child ID App Updated with New Features

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In response to user feedback, the FBI Child ID App has been updated with new features, including password protection and additional photo capabilities. To download the update, go to the iTunes store and click on the Apps button.

The iPhone mobile application, which enables users to electronically store photos and vital information about their children so that it’s handy if they need it, was launched on August 5 and has been downloaded more than 80,000 times.

Updates released last week include the following:

Passwords: You now have the option of password-protecting the application. To activate it, go to the Checklist screen, click on the Password icon in the upper right hand of the page, and select Enable Password Protection. If you use this feature, remember to update your password often and make it something you will remember if you need it. The passwords rely on the iPhone’s built-in keychain and encryption features.

Photos: You can now add any pictures from your iPhone’s image library (before, you needed to take a picture with your iPhone to add it to the app). You can also zoom in and crop images prior to saving.

Other additions include new icons and styles, smarter keypad input fields, and data protection that prevents you from losing unsaved data should the application be closed before saving.

With the Child ID App, you can quickly share pictures and physical identifiers such as height and weight with security or police officers. And using a special tab on the app, you can quickly and easily e-mail the information to authorities with a few clicks. 

The app also includes tips on keeping children safe as well as specific guidance on what to do in those first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

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Oct 24, 2011 07:00 PM

Director Talks About Post-9/11 FBI With Police Chiefs

In a speech today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, Director Robert S. Mueller talked about the FBI’s post-9/11 challenges.

Director Talks About Post-9/11 FBI With Police Chiefs

IACP Mueller 2011In a speech today at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, Director Robert S. Mueller talked about the FBI’s post-9/11 challenges.

“We have had to rethink the entire way we do business,” Director Mueller said in his speech. “But along with significant changes in our priorities and resources have come solid partnerships, closer connections, and shared goals. Today, we are all stronger and smarter. We in the FBI know that we do not fight our battles alone. We are all in this together. We, along with the Chicago Police Department, are taking on gangs. We, along with the New Jersey State Police, are investigating criminal syndicates. We, along with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, are tracking down child predators.”

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Oct 19, 2011 12:00 AM

FBI Releases Images in David Parker Ray Case

The Albuquerque FBI has released hundreds of images of items that were collected during the investigation of David Parker Ray, who died in 2002 while serving a sentence of more than 223 years in ...

 
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FBI Releases Images in David Parker Ray Case

The Albuquerque FBI has released hundreds of images of items that were collected during the investigation of David Parker Ray. The New Mexico man died in state prison in 2002 while serving a sentence of more than 223 years in connection with kidnapping and other charges involving two women who said he sexually tortured them at his residence near Elephant Butte Lake. Numerous searches have been conducted over the years based on suspicions Ray may have killed several unidentified victims. Ray claimed to have abducted about 40 victims from several states. No bodies have been found.

The FBI believes some of the items, which include jewelry and clothes, may have been taken from victims and is asking the public to see if they recognize any of the items.

“The FBI, along with its law enforcement partners in New Mexico, is aggressively pursuing several leads in the search for remains of any possible victims of David Parker Ray,” said Frank Fisher of the Albuquerque Field Office. “We are asking family and friends of missing people to look over these photographs and contact us if they recognize any of these items.”

Anyone with any information in the case is asked to contact Albuquerque Police Detective Richard Lewis at rlewis@cabq.gov.

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Oct 11, 2011 06:30 PM

Two Men Charged in Alleged Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador to U.S.

Two individuals have been charged in New York for their alleged participation in a plot directed by elements of the Iranian government to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with ...

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FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, center, is joined by Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant
Attorney General for National Security Lisa Monaco at a press conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
Present but not pictured is Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Two Charged in Alleged Plot to Assassinate Saudi Ambassador to U.S.

Two men were charged today in New York for their alleged participation in a plot directed by elements of the Iranian government to murder the Saudi Ambassador to the United States with explosives while the Ambassador was in the United States.

A criminal complaint filed today in the Southern District of New York charges Manssor Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen holding both Iranian and U.S. passports, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of a special operations unit of the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that is said to sponsor and promote terrorist activities abroad.

“The investigation leading to today’s charges illustrates both the challenges and complexities of the international threat environment, and our increased ability today to bring together the intelligence and law enforcement resources necessary to better identify and disrupt those threats, regardless of their origin,” FBI Director Mueller said during a press conference in Washington, D.C.

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Oct 07, 2011 08:00 PM

FBI Honored by ADL for Work on Terror Case

The FBI was honored this week for an undercover operation that led to the arrest of a Pakistani-born computer technician who plotted to bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

FBI Honored by Anti-Defamation League for Work on Terror Case

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Jim McJunkin, left, assistant director in charge of the Washington Field Office, is joined by FBI officials Willie Knight and Stu McArthur at the ADL event Tuesday in Washington D.C.

The FBI was honored this week for an undercover operation that led to the arrest of a Pakistani-born computer technician who plotted to bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

The Anti-Defamation League in Washington D.C. presented members of the Washington Field Office with the organization's SHIELD Award, which honors law enforcement agencies for hate crime and terrorism investigations. The awards were created in 2010 to annually recognize law enforcement for significant contributions towards protecting the American people from hate crimes, extremism, and domestic and international terrorism.

Farooque Ahmed, 35, of Ashburn, Va., was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 27, 2010. He was sentenced in April to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from his attempts to assist others whom he believed to be members of al Qaeda in planning bombings at Metrorail stations.

Oct 06, 2011 02:00 PM

FBI Recovers Valuable Civil War Battle Flag

Agents from the Fredericksburg Resident Agency of the Richmond Division of the FBI recovered a stolen 14th Louisiana Infantry Regiment Confederate Battle Flag.

FBI Recovers Valuable Civil War Battle Flag

Flag recovered

FBI agents in Virginia recovered a stolen 14th Louisiana Infantry Regiment Confederate Battle Flag.

The flag, which was stolen in the 1980s by a former volunteer at the Memorial Hall Museum of New Orleans, was recovered after information was initially provided to the Art Crime Team in the FBI Miami Division. Agents in the FBI’s Fredericksburg Resident Agency, with the assistance of the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, located a collector who had possession of the flag. Their investigation determined that the collector purchased the item in 2004 without knowledge of it being stolen and voluntarily turned the item over to the FBI.

The flag was turned over yesterday to The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, and will ultimately be returned to the Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Sep 28, 2011 11:00 PM

Massachusetts Man Charged with Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol

A 26-year-old Ashland man was arrested and charged today in connection with his plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic ...

Massachusetts Man Charged with Plotting Attack on Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, Attempting to Support al Qaeda

U.S. CapitolA 26-year-old Ashland man was arrested and charged today in connection with his plot to damage or destroy the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol, using large remote controlled aircraft filled with C-4 plastic explosives. Rezwan Ferdaus, a U.S. citizen, was also charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization, specifically to al Qaeda, in order to carry out attacks on U.S. soldiers stationed overseas.

“Today’s arrest was the culmination of an investigation forged through strong relationships among various Massachusetts law enforcement agencies to detect, deter, and prevent terrorism," said Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division.

The public was never in danger from the explosive devices, which were controlled by undercover FBI employees. The defendant was closely monitored as his alleged plot developed and the undercover personnel were in frequent contact with him.

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Sep 27, 2011 06:00 PM

International Fugitive Captured After More Than 40 Years

The FBI, United States Marshals Service, and New Jersey Department of Corrections jointly announce that George Wright, a fugitive for over 41 years, was arrested yesterday by Portuguese authorities. ...

International Fugitive Captured After More Than 40 Years

The FBI, United States Marshals Service, and New Jersey Department of Corrections jointly announce that George Wright, a fugitive for over 41 years, was arrested yesterday by Portuguese authorities.

On November 23, 1962, George Wright and three associates were involved in the commission of multiple armed robberies. During the second of these robberies, Wright and an associate shot and killed Walter Patterson, a World War II veteran and Bronze Star recipient, during the robbery of the Collingswood Esso gas station in Wall, New Jersey.

"Even after 40 years, the commitment of law enforcement is unwavering and through the vast contributions of a multitude of people in New Jersey, Washington, D.C., and Portugal, Wright was successfully taken into custody," said Michael Ward, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Newark Division. "This case should also serve notice that the FBI’s determination in pursuing subjects will not diminish over time or distance.”

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