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Informants

The Cost of Free Information

Alejandra Dubcovsky | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Alejandra Dubcovsky

The Drug Enforcement Agency paid over three quarters of million dollars for information that it could have gotten legally and for free. This money went to an Amtrak employee for confidential information about train passengers.

Ryan J. Reilly

FBI Terrorism Sting Tactics Under New Scrutiny In Report, Documentaries

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The undercover terrorism stings that the FBI has conducted in the years since Sept. 11, 2001, are coming under new scrutiny this week, w...

Report: New York Police Recruiting Muslim Informants

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2014 | Crime

NEW YORK, May 11 (Reuters) - New York City police have been recruiting immigrants, most of them Muslims, in the years following the attacks of Sept....

Murder, Mayhem and Mexican Mafia Stalk the Bakken Oil Fields

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.26.2014 | Crime
Georgianne Nienaber

Shortly before Spokane businessman Doug Carlisle was found murdered in the kitchen of his three story home he told his son, "If I disappear or wake up with bullets in my back, promise me you will let everyone know that James Henrikson did it."

6 Whistleblowers Before Edward Snowden

The Huffington Post | Katerina Rosen | Posted 06.13.2013 | Fifty

This week the media can't get enough of 28-year-old whistleblower Edward Snowden. The hero/traitor released details of the National Security Agency (N...

Jason Cherkis

FBI Fails To Provide Key Occupy Wall Street Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Connor Stevens was sentenced to eight years in prison in mid-November for taking part in a plot to blow up an Ohio bridge. The 20-year-o...

Morning Links: More Guns, Less Crime in Virginia; Libertarianism and the Middle East; Intrade Pulls Out of the U.S.

Radley Balko | Posted 01.28.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- Study: Gun sales in Virginia up 73 percent since 2006. Gun violence is down 24 percent over the same period. -- Intrade cuts off U.S. customers af...

The Dangerous Lives Of Undercover Informants

The New Yorker | Posted 11.01.2012 | Crime

On the evening of May 7, 2008, a twenty-three-year-old woman named Rachel Hoffman got into her silver Volvo sedan, put on calming jam-band music, and ...

Surveillance, America's Pastime

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan Salisbury

The tainting of character, the undermining of basic trust, the disruption of democratic politics -- these are the great achievements of state surveillance.

Stage-Managing the War on Terror: Ensnaring Terrorists Demands Creativity

Stephan Salisbury | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephan Salisbury

Informers have by now become our first line of defense in our battles with the evildoers, the go-to guys in the never-ending domestic war on terror. This duplicitous landscape of "success" has been illuminated yet again.

As Threats Increase, Sometimes It Is The Informants That Go Wild

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Brian Levin, J.D.

While the conduct of a couple of loose-cannon informants can be a headache for the FBI and the butt of jokes, behind the scenes authorities are increasingly concerned about evolving threats from across the ideological spectrum.