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FBI Chief: a 'Terrorist Diaspora' Is Coming

Defeat of ISIS in Syria will bring new challenges: Comey

(Newser) - Don't expect terror attacks to end with the Islamic State's defeat in Iraq and Syria. Though that defeat is on the horizon, "through the fingers of that crush are going to come hundreds of really dangerous people and they are going to flow primarily to Western Europe"... More »

Crime Spiking Because Cops Don't Want to Go Viral: FBI Chief

So-called 'Ferguson effect' is making police shy away from suspects: James Comey

(Newser) - James Comey doesn't have quantitative proof, but the FBI director has a hunch as to why there's been an uptick in violent crimes in some urban areas. The "viral video effect" is something he's used in the past to explain the recent spurt of seemingly less-aggressive... More »

FBI: We Screwed Up Trying to Unlock Phone

Apple, FBI clash at encryption hearing

(Newser) - Apple general counsel Bruce Sewell clashed with FBI Director James Comey at a congressional hearing on encryption Tuesday—and the latter man admitted that the hearing was taking place because the FBI messed up. Comey, who is trying to force Apple to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed... More »

FBI: We're Going to Start Counting Deaths by Cop Better

New system will list deadly encounters by gun, Taser, physical force

(Newser) - The FBI is finally on the case: The agency is revamping its data-collection system to more accurately portray how many deaths come at the hands of police officers each year, the Guardian reports, giving itself a pat on the back as part of the impetus behind the initiative. Officials say... More »

FBI Director Blames 'Ferguson Effect' for Rise in Violent Crime

'A chill wind...has blown through American law enforcement'

(Newser) - The top law-enforcement official in the country blamed cellphone cameras and the "Ferguson effect" for the increase in violent crime being seen in many cities, the New York Times reports. "I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has... More »

Senator Skeptical NYSE, United Failures a Coincidence

Barbara Mikulski presses FBI chief

(Newser) - Well, today was weird. First United Airlines suffered a huge cyber glitch , and then the New York Stock Exchange . People hoping to read all about it on the Wall Street Journal found the newspaper's website down as well. Despite assurances from the powers-that-be that the failures weren't connected,... More »

Hack on Feds May Be 4 Times Bigger Than We Thought

18M Americans may have had personal data stolen, sources say

(Newser) - The hack on the personal data of a 4.2 million current and past federal employees just increased fourfold. Although the Office of Personnel Management is so far keeping to the original figure, briefed US officials say that 18 million people were actually affected, and that number is expected to... More »

ISIS 'a Devil' on Americans' Shoulders, Saying 'Kill': Feds

US warns about increased chatter, risk of attack on US soil

(Newser) - The US government is warning about potential terrorist attacks on home soil after the arrests of some 30 Americans who allegedly unsuccessfully planned to carry out "lone wolf" plots like this one , inspired by ISIS. The FBI arrested each of the individuals on terrorism-related charges this year, the Los ... More »

Poland Outraged by FBI Chief's Holocaust Remarks

He listed Poles alongside Germans as 'murderers and accomplices'

(Newser) - Angry Polish leaders have demanded an apology from the US ambassador after some ill-judged remarks on the Holocaust from FBI Director James Comey. "In their minds, the murderers and accomplices of Germany, and Poland, and Hungary, and so many, many other places didn't do something evil," Comey... More »

FBI: We've Identified 'Jihadi John'

But FBI Director James Comey isn't making the information public

(Newser) - The US believes it has identified the British-accented masked man in videos related to the beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. But FBI chief James Comey told reporters that he would not reveal the man's name or nationality. Comey did not address whether the US... More »

FBI Thinks Americans Are Training for Terror in Syria

And it's watching them like a hawk

(Newser) - The FBI is keeping a close watch on Americans who have traveled to and returned from the war in Syria. The US believes that al-Qaeda affiliates in the war-torn country are actively attempting to recruit Americans there and train them to carry out attacks back home, senior intelligence and counterterror... More »

Navy Gunman, Snowden Checked Out by Same Firm

USIS has been under federal scrutiny

(Newser) - Both Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis faced background checks in recent years—and both checks were conducted by the same company. USIS ran a background check on Alexis in 2007 for the Office of Personnel Management, the year he joined the Navy; the company said it wasn'... More »

Senate OKs New FBI Director

Everyone except Rand Paul supports James Comey

(Newser) - The US Senate has confirmed James Comey as the FBI's next director today, the AP reports. Rand Paul had been holding up the vote until the FBI would tell him more about its use of domestic drones, but at the last minute, Paul announced the FBI had sent him... More »

Obama to Nominate Top Bush Official for FBI Chief

James Comey was key to warrantless wiretapping program

(Newser) - President Obama today plans to nominate George W. Bush's former No. 2 at the Justice Department, James Comey , to lead the FBI as the agency grapples with privacy debates over a host of recently exposed investigative tactics. Comey is perhaps best known for a remarkable 2004 standoff over a... More »

Obama's Pick for FBI Defied Bush Over Wiretaps

President set to name former Bush official James Comey to lead agency

(Newser) - President Obama is preparing to nominate former Bush administration official James Comey to head the FBI. Three people with knowledge of the selection said Obama planned to nominate Comey, who was the No. 2 in George W. Bush's Justice Department. Comey became a hero to Democratic opponents of Bush'... More »

FBI Chief Refutes Gonzales

Mueller's notes call hospitalized Ashcroft 'barely articulate'

(Newser) - Newly released notes taken by the FBI director in 2004 contradict Alberto Gonzales' Senate testimony about the internal conflict over the warrantless wiretapping program. Robert Mueller's heavily redacted notes refer to hospitalized AG John Ashcroft as "feeble" and "barely articulate," the Washington Post reports—a far cry... More »

AG Refutes Account of Hospital Visit

Senators assail Gonzales in acrimonious oversight hearing

(Newser) - Alberto Gonzales today refuted an ex-colleague's dramatic testimony about a 2004 visit to John Ashcroft's hospital bed, but the Senate Judiciary Committee wasn't buying it. Patrick Leahy and Arlen Specter were openly skeptical of the AG's account of the scene in John Ashcroft's room, and Specter raised the possibility of... More »

Comey's Star Rises as Support for Gonzo Falls

Testimony spotlights political future of former Justice No. 2

(Newser) - James Comey's star turn in Senate testimony against Alberto Gonzales this week prompts speculation that the charismatic former deputy AG should be on the short list to replace him—and might even have legs as a presidential candidate some day. The Wall Street Journal assesses Comey's political future, as support... More »

Ex-Justice No. 2 Tells of Attempt to Strong-Arm Ashcroft

Gonzales, Card visited AG in hospital

(Newser) - The Senate investigation of Alberto Gonzales took a turn toward high drama today as a former deputy AG described his hospital-room standoff with White House officials attempting to secure the signature of his critically ill boss. James Comey, then No. 2 at Justice—and, with John Ashcroft incapacitated, the... More »

Comey Defends Fired Attorneys

Most were strong performers, former deputy AG tells House panel

(Newser) - Most of the U.S. attorneys axed en masse by the Justice Department last year weren't underperforming, former Deputy Attorney General James Comey told a House panel yesterday. Comey, who left Justice over a year before the firings, said he'd rated the attorneys' performance for Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson... More »

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