On October 12th, 1983, Bill Landreth called his friend Chris in Detroit to chat. Chris frantically explained that the FBI had raided his house. “Don’t call me anymore,” Chris said in what would be a very short conversation. Bill didn’t know exactly what was happening, but he did know this: If the FBI had come for…
The personal computer revolutionized the American home in the 1980s and 90s. And by the mid-90s mainstream America was getting online. But with Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee of the Republican party, there’s an interesting question that must be asked: Has Trump ever used a computer?
The FBI wants Apple’s help to investigate a terrorist attack. Apple says providing this help is the real danger. We’ve reached a boiling point in the battle between tech companies and the government over encryption. And what happens will affect anyone who uses a smartphone, including you.
I’m not saying the FBI’s heart isn’t in the right place. Making sure children know the difference between healthy political discourse and attempts to sway them into extremism is a laudable goal. But the agency’s execution in a new website is just embarrassing.
Today, the FBI released the 2014 edition of its annual report on crime statistics, which found a decrease in violent and property crimes. New this year are federal stats on on offenses related to human trafficking, hate crimes, and computer hacking; it was also announced that future reports will study non-fatal…
In 1993, sci-fi author Bruce Sterling testified in front of a House subcommittee about the future of the internet — specifically, what “the Net” would look like in 2015.
Buckminster Fuller was a world-renowned architect, math-obsessed designer, and affable weirdo. He died in 1983, but Fuller is still remembered fondly today for his geodesic domes and his three-wheeled cars. Despite extensive historical interest in the man, his FBI file has never been made public. Until now.
Johnny Depp has played Dillinger and Donnie Brasco, and this fall he’ll take on another famous gangster, Whitey Bulger. The trailer for Black Mass suggests the action will take place during Bulger’s 1970s heyday, but his tale has a contemporary hook: he was captured just four years ago after 16 on the lam.
The FBI and the Justice Department admitted that flawed forensic testimony over more than 20 years — particularly pertaining to hair analysis — may have led to wrongful convictions in hundreds of cases, including 14 instances where a possibly innocent defendant was executed or died in prison.
A couple of years ago, the FBI freaked out UFOlogists by making a ton of old documents public online — one of which was a memo sent to J. Edgar Hoover about a man who had seen flying saucers. It is the most popular document in the FBI Vault, accessed almost a million times.
The FBI file on Ray Bradbury reveals the federal government was investigating the legendary author for being a communist in the 1950s and 1960s.
If there's one lesson we've learned from 2009's television, it's that there's really only one place to work if you want to save the world from alien invasions, parallel universes or any kind of weirdness: The Federal Bureau of Investigations.
Today the federal government of the US will be spending roughly $50 million on state-of-the-art defense during today's inauguration of President Barack Obama. Here, a robot bomb sniffer gets ready for the big day.
Scientists like Jared Diamond argue that human history is essentially the story of technology. Our technological advancements are what propelled us from caves to cities, from gaslight to nuclear reactors, and from horseback to orbit. But with each advance comes a potential dark side: deadlier warfare, toxic pollution,…
Here's the first glimpse of the filming for Fringe, J.J. Abrams' new FBI-investigates-weird-shit show. Yes, it's just a row of Boston police cars, but this picture was taken in Toronto (by Flickr user Asianz.) Another batch of reviews of the Fringe pilot script have emerged online — and apparently it's not really an …
The long-awaited X-Files sequel (as yet unnamed) will be in theaters this summer, and even though it'll have been six years since X-Files fans have seen anything new, there's already a lot of excitement buzzing around this movie. Will they find the truth? Will they make a believer out of skeptics? Will they finally…