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"Subversives"

Friday, September 28, 2012

In 1981, student journalist Seth Rosenfeld began researching the FBI's misconduct in its investigations of 1960s student protests at UC Berkeley. The project blossomed into a 30-year investigative odyssey, resulting in the release of 300,000 FBI documents, which the government spent over $1 million trying to block. Bob talks to Rosenfeld about some of the stunning revelations from his new book, Subversives: The FBI's War on Student Radicals, and Reagan's Rise to Power

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Allegations of Harassment, Profiling Along America's Northern Border

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

According to a report released earlier this year, Latino and Arab communities who live along the border between Canada and the United States are experiencing an increase in instances of racial profiling by border patrol and other federal agents. In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for what it claims has been religious profiling and mistreatment of Muslims at the border.

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WNYC News

Exit Interview With FBI's Outgoing NY Field Boss

Friday, August 24, 2012

Today is the final day on the job for the head of New York’s FBI office. Janice Fedarcyk, the highest-ranking female officer in the field, will retire after 25 years with the FBI and two years at the helm of the nation’s largest field office. During her tenure, she oversaw terror cases, insider trading probes and other investigations.  She is leaving to run a consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

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Is the U.S. Government Too Prone to Leaks?

Friday, June 08, 2012

Members of congress met yesterday with the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, to discuss recent government leaks about two of America’s newest weapons: computer worms (like Stuxnet) and drones. They asserted that each leak puts lives at risk and makes America's allies less likely to trust our government with their secrets.

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The Secret World of Espionage Comes to New York

Friday, May 25, 2012

John Hockenberry visits the new spying exhibit at the Discovery Center in Times Square. He peruses hundreds of artifacts from the CIA, FBI, and National Reconnaissance Office with Tim Weiner, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former New York Times reporter who wrote the definitive history of the CIA.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Art of Intelligence

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Henry Crumpton discusses leading the CIA's global covert operations against terrorists, including al Qaeda. His book The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA's Clandestine Service, details how the campaign changed the way America wages war.

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WNYC News

FBI Taps Michael Douglas to Raise Financial Crime-Fighting Profile

Monday, February 27, 2012

The FBI is seeking to raise its profile as an enemy of financial crime — and not just fighters of terrorism — with the release Monday of a public service announcement featuring an actor who played a famous Wall Street villain.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tim Weiner on His History of the FBI

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tim Weiner offers the first definitive history of the FBI’s secret intelligence operations. Enemies: A History of the FBI is the story of how presidents have used the FBI, and Weiner exposes the hidden history of America’s hundred-year war on terror, in which the FBI has fought against terrorists, spies, and anyone it deemed subversive.

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The Secret History of FBI Counterintelligence

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Since its founding, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has grappled with how to balance personal liberty and national security. The bureau grew exponentially in the years following World War I, as the country became increasingly terrified by the communist threat. The fear of communism often served as a guide for J. Edgar Hoover, the man who built the FBI and ran the Bureau for more than 40 years.

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The Takeaway

FBI Purges Hundreds of Islamophobic Training Documents

Thursday, February 16, 2012

After an internal review spanning many months, the FBI announced Wednesday that it has purged hundreds of training documents containing Islamophobic material.  The bureau stated that instructional materials were destroyed that contained "factual errors," stereotyped Arabs, were in “poor taste,"or lacked accurate information. The FBI is now in the process of reviewing and updating its training material and policies. 

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Excerpt: Tim Weiner's "Enemies: A History of the FBI"

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Excerpted from ENEMIES by Tim Weiner Copyright © 2012 by Tim Weiner. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

Coming up on The Takeaway...a new book based on seventy-thousand pages of recently-declassified documents reveals the secret history of the F-B-I. Award-winning author Tim Weiner [WHY-ner] explains it all, next.Excerpted from ENEMIES by Tim Weiner Copyright © 2012 by Tim Weiner.  Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.Passage excerpted from ENEMIES by Tim Weiner Copyright © 2012 by Tim Weiner.  Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

45: "If We Don't Do This, People Will Die"

On the day after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt gave J. Edgar Hoover the power to monitor all telecommunications traffic in and out of the United States. Three weeks after 9/11, President Bush handed Robert Mueller an authority almost as strong. For twenty-nine months following Bush’s order, the FBI had tracked thousands of telephones and Internet addresses in the United States under the aegis of the National Security Agency. 

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The Takeaway

Missing Former FBI Agent Robert Levinson Appears in Hostage Video

Monday, December 12, 2011

Nearly five years ago, FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran. Over the weekend a hostage video of Levinson was given to his family. "I am not in very good health," Levinson says on the video. "I am running out of diabetes medicine. I have been treated well, but I need the help of the United States government." It was the first sign his family had that Levinson was alive.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Don't Blink

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Mary Ellen O'Toole, a former FBI profiler and the co-author with Alisa Bowman of Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Feelings Betray Us, says that relying on fear and emotion won't keep us safe.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What the "Lone Wolf" Says About FBI/NYPD Relations

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The FBI twice refused to get involved in the Jose Pimentel case. Bob Hennelly, WNYC reporter, discusses what this tells us about federal-local police relations.

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WNYC News

Feds Passed Up City’s Terror Case Twice

Monday, November 21, 2011

The FBI declined to participate in the terror case against a Manhattan man at least twice because they felt it crossed the line into entrapment, a federal source confirmed to WNYC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Terrorist Hunter to Target

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Former special agent with the FBI and covert operations officer for the CIA, Nada Prouty talks about her exoneration from the accusations of treason in the aftermath of 9/11, which she chronicles in her memoir, The Rise and Fall of an Arab-American Patriot in the CIA.

»» Event: The New York Society for Ethical Culture will be hosting an interview with Nada Prouty this evening at 7:00PM. $10, 2 West 64th Street., Manhattan. More Information

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The Takeaway

Homegrown Terror Suspects Arrested in Georgia

Thursday, November 03, 2011

On Tuesday, federal agents arrested four men ranging from ages 65 to 73 from the north Georgia towns of Cleveland and Toccoa on charges of an ambitiously designed domestic terror plot. The men are accused of trying to procure 10 pounds of ricin — an extremely lethal biological toxin — as well as explosive devices and illegal firearms. Kim Severson, Atlanta bureau chief for The New York Times, reports on the latest.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dangerous Instincts

Friday, October 28, 2011

Former FBI profiler and expert on psychopathy and criminal behavior Mary Ellen O’Toole explains that our gut instincts and a sense of fear alone can’t protect us from danger. In Dangerous Instincts, she outlines how to protect yourself and your family from harm, and what to look for when you hire someone to work inside your home or with your children, and what signals to evaluate when hiring a new employee in your office.

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After Criticism, FBI May Change Federal Definition of Rape

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last year, according to The New York Times, the city of Chicago recorded nearly 1,400 rapes. But none of these appeared in the FBI's annual federal crime report. That’s because the FBI doesn’t accept Chicago’s definition of what constitutes "rape." And it’s not just Chicago. The annual figures from cities and municipalities across the country are understated every year in the FBI's yearly Uniform Crime Report due to how the Bureau defines the crime.

Last year, according to our partner the New York Times, the city of Chicago recorded nearly 1,400 rapes. But none of these appeared in the FBI’s annual federal crime report. That’s because the F-B-I doesn’t accept Chicago’s definition of what constitutes “rape.” 
And it’s not just Chicago. The annual figures from cities and municipalities across the country are understated every year in the F-B-I’s yearly Uniform Crime Report due to how the Bureau defines the crime. It's a definition that was written more than 80 years ago.
But after years of criticism from women's rights advocates.. the F-B-I is proposing a revision to the federal definition of rape. The change would lead to a significant increase in the number of sexual assault crimes reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies across the country. 
Joining us now to talk about all of this is Carol Tracy. She’s the Executive director of the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia and she’s been leading the effort for a new, broader federal definition of rape for years.

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The Takeaway

New Details Revealed in Secret Leaking Case

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Since FBI translator Shamai Leibowitz was sentenced to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to leaking information to a blogger, the case has been shrouded in mystery. Even the judge trial didn't know what information Leibowitz had divulged. Over a year later, it is now known that Leibowitz acquired secret transcript of wiretapped conversation from the Israeli Embassy and passed them on to a blogger named Richard Silverstein. The case is the Obama administration's first successful prosecution over the leaking of classified information to the media.

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