We Got Buckminster Fuller's FBI File

Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now. » 5/20/15 3:52pm 5/20/15 3:52pm

The FBI's Secret Air Force Is Watching Us

This might come as a shock: The FBI has a secret air force of sorts that’s recently been buzzing over Baltimore. Or maybe it’s not a shock at all. The FBI’s been using aircraft for decades. These new planes, however, use surveillance equipment designed for warfare and capable of tracking innocent citizens. That’s bad. » 5/07/15 11:45am 5/07/15 11:45am

FBI Admits Flawed Forensics May Have Led To Wrongful Convictions 

The FBI and the Justice Department admitted that flawed forensic testimony over more than 20 years — particularly pertaining to hair analysis — may have led to wrongful convictions in hundreds of cases, including 14 instances where a possibly innocent defendant was executed or died in prison. » 4/21/15 3:42pm 4/21/15 3:42pm

The FBI Lets Criminals Walk in Order to Keep This Device a Secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is notoriously secretive about its cell phone tracking tools known as Stingrays. Now, new documents obtained by the ACLU show how the Feds keep their surveillance gadgets shrouded in mystery: the FBI makes cops dismiss criminal cases if they threaten to reveal secrets about… » 4/08/15 1:20pm 4/08/15 1:20pm

The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand of Malware 

It’s not only digital criminals who like to secretly infect people’s computers with invasive malware. In fact, the FBI likes malware so much, it created its own special brand. We don’t know much about it, but now that the US Department of Justice is pushing for policy changes that’ll allow the FBI to install spyware… » 4/02/15 11:45am 4/02/15 11:45am

The Bizarre Schemes of the Silk Road Investigator Who Broke Bad 

Two former federal agents have been charged with fraud and money laundering while they were working on a task force devoted to bringing down infamous online drug bazaar Silk Road, and the charges paint a picture of a 15-year DEA veteran going rogue in such an over-the-top fashion that it's hard to believe this isn't … » 3/30/15 5:40pm 3/30/15 5:40pm

FBI Admits Its Secret Spy Tool Screws Up Bystanders' Cell Service

The FBI wants to keep stealthy phone surveillance tools called Stingrays as secret as possible, for obvious reasons (to use them whenever they want with as little oversight as possible, growing tipsy on the intoxicating liquor of unfettered power). And now another reason for secrecy just came out: Using Stingrays can… » 3/03/15 3:45pm 3/03/15 3:45pm

Where Are the FBI's Drone Privacy Reports?

The FBI is known to have flown unmanned aerial vehicles since at least 2005 and, like any other federal agency, it's supposed to conduct a privacy impact assessment prior to such activity. But according to Muckrock, the Beaurau can't track them down, and nor can the Justice Department office that's supposed to collate… » 2/13/15 4:30am 2/13/15 4:30am

Plan C: America's Nuclear Doomsday Plan to Declare Martial Law

Newly released documents show that the U.S. government drew up a plan in April of 1956 for how to deal with an impending nuclear war. What was its strategy? Declaration of martial law, evacuation of top American personnel to secret offices, and the immediate detention of over 12,000 people with ties to "subversive… » 1/30/15 11:36am 1/30/15 11:36am