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The FBI sniper who killed the wife of a white separatist in the siege at Ruby Ridge, Ida., in 1992 invoked his Fifth Amendment privilege Tuesday and refused to describe to a Senate subcommittee the circumstances of the crucial event. Sniper Lon Horiuchi took the Fifth Amendment after the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on terrorism refused to give him limited immunity from prosecution. Immunity for Horiuchi could have complicated criminal inquiries being conducted by the Boundary County, Ida.
February 20, 2010 | By Richard A. Serrano
The FBI and Justice Department on Friday officially closed their investigation into the 2001 mailings of anthrax-contaminated letters to Capitol Hill and journalists in New York and Florida, concluding that U.S. Army medical researcher Bruce E. Ivins was solely responsible for the five deaths that resulted. Had Ivins not died in an apparent suicide in July 2008 as investigators were closing in on him, he would probably have been charged with the use of a weapon of mass destruction, authorities said in their report.
It took five hours, but the feds found what they were looking for--a small white ball of what they said appeared to be methamphetamine. The FBI agents and Los Angeles police let Eddie Nash change out of his pajamas, then led him from his condominium here in handcuffs as TV cameras rolled. Authorities had long considered Nash the one who got away--a convicted drug dealer who was acquitted of murder charges in the notorious bludgeoning deaths of four people in a Laurel Canyon drug den.
January 21, 2010 | By Josh Meyer
The FBI used a variety of controversial and possibly illegal methods to obtain phone records in terrorism investigations, according to a sharply critical report issued Wednesday by the Justice Department's inspector general. The report by the department's independent watchdog office said the tactics were used by the FBI from 2002 to 2006 and approved by officials at the highest levels of the bureau, including at least four top counter-terrorism officials. In an apparent effort to cut corners, the FBI informally -- and improperly -- used emergency "exigent letters" to phone service providers to obtain at least 2,000 phone records, Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said in the 289-page report.
February 27, 1990 | From Associated Press
A Kentucky dentist allegedly killed thoroughbred racehorses so owners could collect insurance money, the FBI said Monday. Dr. Joseph James Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., was arrested and charged with wire fraud Feb. 17 at Calder Race Course after an investigation by the FBI and the New York-based Thoroughbred Racing Protective Board. "Brown was arrested . . . by FBI agents as he was about to administer a lethal injection to a thoroughbred race horse," FBI spokesman Paul Miller said.
October 5, 1989 | STEVE HOCHMAN
First Amendment activists and a member of Congress said this week that the FBI may have stepped out of line with a letter accusing a Compton rap group of encouraging "violence against and disrespect" for law enforcement officers. "The FBI should stay out of the business of censorship," said Rep. Don Edwards (D-San Jose), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on civil and constitutional rights, when informed of an Aug.
March 30, 1988 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
The plan had the irresistible lure of easy money and an unexpected added attraction: It was legal. Peter Milano, a San Fernando Valley vending machine company owner who authorities say also heads the Mafia in Los Angeles, sat down with his son-in-law one day in 1985 to talk about the mob's latest moneymaking enterprise, a proposal to set up tourist junkets between San Diego and Las Vegas. The son-in-law, Russell J.
As he drives through South Los Angeles on an overcast afternoon, Special Agent John Pi of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is having trouble--as usual--making up his mind. Pi, who in sunglasses looks far younger than 36, has an organized-crime case to work. But the call over a bureau radio is clear: The SWAT team is about to enter a house where it believes kidnappers are keeping a 3-year-old taken from a San Marino family two weeks earlier. The address is only five minutes away.
August 8, 1993 | BARRY SIEGEL, Barry Seigel, a Times national correspondent, is the author of "Death in White Bear Lake" and "Shades of Gray," both published by Bantam Books. His last story for this magazine was about the University of Wisconsin's effort to outlaw hate speech
WHEN FBI AGENT JON LIPSKY PROPOSED IN JUNE, 1988, THAT they "do Rocky Flats," Assistant U.S. Atty. Ken Fimberg gave him the type of look you'd direct at someone who'd just said something intriguing but utterly wacky. Lipsky was neither surprised nor offended, for he more or less shared this response. They were sitting in Fimberg's office in the federal courthouse building in downtown Denver. With them was William Smith, an Environmental Protection Agency investigator.
December 13, 1997
Norwalk's community policing efforts have won first place in the National League of Cities' Community Policing in Action for cities between 75,000 and 150,000. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has ranked Norwalk as one of the nation's 20 safest cities with populations of more than 100,000 for the past three years. The ranking is the result of a commitment to community policing by the Sheriff's Department and the city's public safety department, city spokesman Anthony Ayala said.
January 8, 2010 | By Hector Becerra
The FBI will join Mexican investigators in their search for the killers of El Monte school board member Bobby Salcedo and five other men in the central Mexico city of Gomez Palacio. Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman, said the Mexican government asked for the agency's help in the investigation into last week's slayings, though she declined to elaborate on what that assistance would specifically involve. "Mexican law enforcement is leading the investigation and has jurisdiction in the crime, but we're providing them whatever assistance they need," she said.
December 23, 2009 | By Harriet Ryan and Kimi Yoshino
When the FBI announced last week that it planned to make public its previously secret file on Michael Jackson, the bombshells seemed guaranteed. How could hundreds of pages of inside government information about the world's most famous and famously unconventional man be anything other than riveting? But the materials released Tuesday turned out to be more somnolent than sensational, their 333 pages a collection of photocopied tabloid articles and heavily redacted reports from investigations that were old news years ago. The file, opened to the public as the result of Freedom of Information Act requests by news outlets, contained no information at all about Jackson's June death or the subsequent criminal probe of his personal physician.
December 9, 2009 | By Josh Meyer
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Tuesday tapped former CIA and FBI chief William H. Webster to lead an independent review of the bureau's "policies, practices and actions" before last month's shooting rampage at Ft. Hood, Texas. Webster, who also was a federal judge, "is uniquely qualified to undertake this task and look at the procedures and actions involved in this matter," Mueller said. "It is essential to determine whether there are improvements to our current practices or other authorities that could make us all safer in the future."
December 5, 2009 | By Scott Glover
An Irvine man who says he was recruited by the FBI to go undercover as part of an antiterrorist effort in Orange County had been working with the bureau in 2007 and had provided "very, very valuable information" that had proven "essential" to a federal prosecution, according to a court transcript made public Friday. FBI officials have declined to publicly address Craig Monteilh's assertion that he was an informant, and, citing bureau policy, continued to do so following the release of the previously sealed transcript.
December 4, 2009 | By Richard Winton
The FBI served search warrants at the Silicon Valley offices of Yahoo Inc. and Google Inc., seeking explicit videos and electronic records involving the Illinois man accused of illegally recording ESPN reporter Erin Andrews through hotel peepholes. Michael David Barrett, 48, of Westmont, Ill., who is accused of trying to sell nude videos of Andrews, pleaded not guilty last month in federal court in Los Angeles to a charge of interstate stalking. The warrants were served in Northern California on Wednesday.
October 30, 2009 | Andrew Blankstein
A decorated Burbank Police Department sergeant who was named in an FBI probe shot and killed himself on a residential street corner Thursday, authorities said. Burbank police responding to a "shots fired" call about 11:40 a.m. near North Sunset Canyon Drive at East Harvard Road found Neil Thomas Gunn, 50, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police officials called the death of the 22-year veteran "a devastating tragedy" and said the investigation into what led to the suicide would be handled by the neighboring Glendale Police Department.
August 28, 1989
The government has no case, and that's why he hasn't been charged, Felix S. Bloch, who has been tailed by FBI agents and reporters since he was identified nearly two months ago as a suspected Soviet spy, told Time magazine. Bloch refused to comment on allegations he passed secrets to the Soviet Union. When asked, he paused 30 seconds and told the Time correspondent: "I can't comment on particulars, for then I must comment on the whole."
The FBI tried to explain Monday how it got stung by its own sting, an operation it mounted against an official in President Bush's campaign based partly on information from a man who has sent reporters on a wild goose chase and whom Soldier of Fortune magazine called: "Scott Barnes: My Favorite Flake." "The FBI investigates alleged violations of federal criminal law, irrespective of any political circumstance," said FBI Director William S.
October 20, 2009 | David Kelly
Congressman Ken Calvert said Monday that published reports indicating that he is under investigation by the FBI for his involvement in a disputed land deal were untrue. "I have never been contacted by the FBI, and they have not contacted any of our partners," said Calvert, a Republican from Carona. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said she could neither confirm nor deny whether the agency was investigating Calvert. The Associated Press, which had reported that Calvert was under investigation, said Monday that its published story was erroneous.
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