Saturday, September 30, 2017

How martial arts figures in the FBI

Martial arts have been a part of law enforcement for thousands of years. People who were responsible for protecting and bringing order to society used martial arts to subdue criminals as well as defend themselves from imminent threats. 

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Nowadays, self-defense techniques have been refined and developed and combined to create practical routines of which law enforcers can practice. Learning martial arts to defend one’s self is of utmost importance in the FBI. Although FBI agents are expected to handle firearms with a certain degree of proficiency, it is also a requirement that they know how to subdue an unarmed suspect or assailant. And how do they do this? Through martial arts of course. 

As mentioned earlier, FBI agents aren’t just taught a single martial art, like karate or judo. No. They are taught a variety of martial arts, from boxing and wrestling to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Filipino stick and knife fighting and much more. FBI agents undergo numerous seminars and training sessions in self- defense. They are also visited by countless self-defense experts to impart tried and tested techniques. 

One of the biggest mistakes a law enforcement agent can make in the field is relying solely on their firearm. FBI agents are taught this early on and are conditioned to mold their bodies into weapons themselves. 

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Charles Joseph Bonaparte: A quick look into the life of FBI's creator

1908 was a momentous year in the history of US law enforcement. Charles Joseph Bonaparte, surely an American Bonaparte, by all accounts, who descended from the line of the legendary French emperor, created the Bureau of Investigation in his capacity as the US attorney general under former President Theodore Roosevelt. The Bureau was to fulfill the duties of a federal body that presided over sensitive investigations. During the early years, it was responsible for the litigation of trust violations committed by companies, most notably the American Tobacco Company owned by the Dukes. 

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Bonaparte was a Harvard Law School alumnus and in the beginning practiced law locally in Baltimore, Maryland, where he was born. Roosevelt had known Bonaparte even before he became president, admiring his zeal for local government reforms and numerous other advocacies. Many others had noticed in him the same passion and drive for real change. His involvements ranged from important and genuine reforms in local and national governance to human rights causes that also significantly included active opposition to discriminatory proposed suffrage legislation that would have disenfranchised many African Americans in Baltimore in the early 20th century. 

Even if he was born to a wealthy family, Bonaparte is singled out by a lot of his admirers for the simplicity with which he ran the household of his relatively large estate in Baltimore County. He did not like technology so he refused to have telegraph lines and electricity, for that matter, installed. Some sources also took note of his preference for horse-drawn carriages during the heyday of automobile development in the 20th century. Before becoming the secretary of the navy and eventually the US attorney general, he did a lot of pro bono work as legal counsel to poor people.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

How Experts Identify And Deal With Ransomware Threats

Ransomware is malware that locks one’s keyboard or computer and prevents further data access until the owner pays a ransom, typically in the form of Bitcoin. This digital extortion technique is a rampant one affecting hospitals, schools, law enforcement agencies, governments, and both small and large businesses.

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The impact can be catastrophic when it comes to the loss of proprietary or sensitive information, disruptions to daily operations, and financial losses from restoring systems and files. It can also hurt an individual or organization’s reputation and performance from loss of access to their critical data. 

Ransomware attacks entail victims opening an e-mail addressed to them, clicking on an attachment deemed legitimate, and actually falling prey to the malicious ransomware code. The email may also harbor a legitimate-looking URL that directs to a website intended to infect the computer with malicious software. Computer messages will then advise the users of the attack and demand for ransom payments in exchange for a decryption key.

Averse to paying a ransom in these attacks, the FBI focuses on prevention efforts – training employees and putting robust safeguards in place – and the creation of a business continuity plan in case a ransomware attack occurs.

Experts advise making everyone in the organization aware of ransomware and the role they play in shielding data. Firms should also patch operating system, software, and firmware on digital devices, as well as ensure antivirus and anti-malware solutions are in place. In addition, access controls should be configured appropriately, macro scripts from office files sent via email disabled, and data regularly backed up. These backups should be secured and not connected to computers and networks they supposedly back up.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Alaska P. Davidson: The first FBI G-Woman

In 1972, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Acts was passed in Congress, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or nation of origin. After the enactment of the bill, women were once again allowed to join the FBI, more than 40 years after the Bureau last employed a female agent. 

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Before, only three women had become FBI agents, namely Lenore Houston, who resigned in 1928, Jessie Duckstein, and Alaska P. Davidson, who is famous for being the first female Special Agent.

Davidson was born in 1868 in Ohio and had completed only three years of public education. When the Mann Act of 1910 was passed to protect women from prostitution, debauchery, or other immoral purposes, the Bureau of Investigation (which was what the FBI was called back then), became interested in hiring female agents. 

Alaska Davidson received training in New York City, eventually becoming appointed a Special Agent by Director William Burnes on Oct. 11, 1922, at the age of 54. She was described as “very refined,” thus, she could not be assigned to cases that were considered “rough.” The Bureau, though, found a use for her in other cases. 

But when J. Edgar Hoover became the Bureau’s acting director in 1924, he went on to clean house and found “no particular work for a woman agent.” Because of this, he asked Davidson, along with the other two female agents to resign. 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

How To Become a Special Agent Of The Fbi

Working in the FBI is a noble career choice and working as a special agent is a challenging yet respectable one. An FBI agent is responsible for handling investigations on terrorism, organized crime, counterintelligence, and other potential federal statutes violation. If you want to become an FBI agent, there are many requirements, tests, and procedure you need to pass to qualify.

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Here are some of the basic FBI qualifications according to the Bureau’s official website:

  • You must be a United States citizen or a citizen of the Northern Mariana Islands. Your minimum age must be 23, but you should not have turned 37 years of age by the time you are appointed as a special agent.
  • Have a four-year college degree from an accredited institution.
  • Have a valid driver license.
  • You must be willing to be posted anywhere in the FBI’s jurisdiction.

If you possess all these qualifications, you can start the process by completing an online application, or you can apply directly through your local FBI office. After completing the application, you will go through a series of tests that include, physical fitness tests, criminal background information, and medical examinations. The test can take up from six months to several years depending on the candidate.

Once you get selected to work for the FBI, you will then have an extensive FBI agent training in Quantico, Virginia, for almost 21 weeks. During this training period, you will be trained in physical fitness, practical application exercises, defensive tactics, and the use of firearms.

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You will get additional training over the course of your career to get updated with the latest techniques and technological advancements for use in the field of law enforcement and intelligence gathering.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

The early years of the FBI

The United States needed an organization to gather and disseminate information for the identification of known criminals, so in 1896, the National Bureau of Criminal Identification was created. Five years later, in 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated, and people began to fear that anarchists were taking control of the country. 

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President Theodore Roosevelt wanted more power to monitor any anarchist activity, so he assigned Attorney General Charles Bonaparte to a project that would create an autonomous branch of government that would investigate and report to the Attorney General. On July 26, 1908, the Bureau of Investigation, or BOI was created. Bonaparte tapped 34 people, including its first chief, Stanley Finch. The BOI was funded by the Department of Justice, and was made known to congress later that year. 

The BOI took over and assisted in many tasks such as surveying prostitution houses, and helping out the Bureau of Prohibition. The BOI then became the Division of Investigation, or DOI, and inevitably evolved into and independent service within the Department of Justice. In 1935, the DOI was officially called the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or the FBI. J. Edgar Hoover was its first director.  

Today the FBI provides protection for people within the borders of the United States against all criminal threats, local or foreign. It works in conjunction with many other agencies in upholding federal and state laws. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cream Of The Crop: The Most Successful Agents In FBI History

Since its inception back in 1908, the FBI has seen many great agents wear the black suit in service of the nation. Some of those are the following:

Melvin Purvis

During the earlier part of the 20th century, colorful criminals became prominent and made many places dangerous to live in. However, FBI became more effective in the 1930s because of the use of more scientific and investigative methods, not to mention, the greater authority and power the bureau was given.

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One of the investigators that took advantage of these was Purvis. He brought down notorious criminals, who were also called “public enemies,” such as John Dillinger and “Baby Face” Nelson, among others.

Joe Pistone

Pistone is best known as Donnie Brasco, his undercover identity that he used for several years in infiltrating the Bonanno Crime Family back in the 1970s. His five-year stint within the organization helped him gather enough evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of more than 30 gangsters.

Robert Lamphere

One of the bureau’s most valuable agents during the 1940s and 1950s, Lamphere was instrumental in bringing down numerous Soviet spies who had been extracting military secrets. Some of those he captured were Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, who leaked the secrets of the atomic bomb to Russia, and Klaus Fuchs.

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While he was celebrated within the agency, it was only in the 1990s that Lamphere’s work became known to people outside the FBI.

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