Tales from the Trail

“Whitey” Bulger arrest mugshots released after years as a fugitive

August 1, 2011

The U.S. Marshals Service on Monday released the mugshots of long-sought fugitive James “Whitey” Bulger and his girlfriend Catherine Greig after they were arrested in California on June 22. They were released after Reuters filed a Freedom of Information request.

“Deceased” bin Laden opens up slot on FBI’s 10 most wanted list

May 2, 2011

The FBI’s list of “Ten Most Wanted Fugitives” has a new opening now that Osama bin Laden is dead.

FBI releases files on ex-Senator Stevens, little on corruption case

February 11, 2011

The FBI released some of its expansive files on former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens who died last year in a plane crash, offering tidbits about threats against him, accusations of corruption and some correspondence he had with the FBI.

GASP! Russia spying on the United States

June 29, 2010

There’s gambling in Vegas (sharp intake of breath)… Tea grows in China (eyes widen)… Russia spies on the United States (hand over heart stagger backward).

FBI gives Osama bin Laden shave and a haircut

January 14, 2010

UPDATE: After the aged Osama bin Laden photos were posted on U.S. government websites, a Spanish politician said his photograph was used to compose one of the images and he was considering taking legal action. Read about the latest twist here.

FBI latest computer overhaul has more glitches

November 10, 2009

The FBI’s trouble-plagued, long-running effort to put in place a new computer system has hit a few more glitches.MARKETS-CHINA-STOCKS/

FBI discussed advising Saddam Hussein of legal rights, decided no

November 2, 2009

Much has been made over the past few months by some Republicans in Congress about whether terrorism suspects arrested overseas by U.S. military forces must be read their legal rights and the answer has been largely no.IRAQ-SADDAM/

FBI translation troubles appear in Danish terrorism case

October 27, 2009

It was just yesterday that the Justice Department’s Inspector General Glenn Fine issued a scathing report about how the Federal Bureau of Investigation was behind in its efforts to translate foreign language documents and audio recordings in terrorism and criminal investigations.

Hey, even the FBI gets telemarketing calls

October 27, 2009

TELECOMSYep, it’s true. Even the G-men who are trying to track down criminals get calls from those pesky telemarketers.

FBI stresses that it gets along with NYPD

September 30, 2009

When U.S. law enforcement authorities launched a series of raids in New York City that culminated in the arrest of an Afghan-born airport shuttle driver (Najibullah Zazi) for an alleged bombing plot, there was a fair bit of speculation afterward questioning whether the FBI or the New York Police Department bungled the investigation by acting too early.