In 1951, the FBI Thought the Soviets Might Be Hiding an Atomic Bomb Somewhere in New York City

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Fat Man, the atomic bomb detonated over Nagasaki by the United States in 1945.
In the incredibly overheated, paranoid environment of the Cold War, anything seemed possible. Senator Joe McCarthy saw Communists hiding in every broom closet, Julius and Ehtel Rosenberg were executed as spies -- although the evidence we have today suggests that Ethel, at least, wasn't guilty of anything of the sort -- and the Federal Bureau of Investigation launched COINTELPRO, a series of covert actions spying on and disrupting various political organizations, including civil rights leaders and Vietnam war protesters. In 1951, according to a recently declassified FBI file, the agency also became convinced that an atomic bomb built by the Soviet Union could be hiding somewhere in New York City, waiting to be detonated. After receiving a rather flimsy tip from an unnamed informant in Brazil, the FBI spent several years quietly looking for the bomb.

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Here are Photos of the FBI's Suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombings

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This afternoon, the FBI held a press conference where they presented pictures of their two Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Suspect one is on the left in the black hat, and suspect two is wearing the white hat. Scroll down for surveillance video.

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FBI Agent Arrested For Driving Without Pants and Allegedly Trying to Seduce a Truck Driver

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Some law enforcement officers like to unwind from a tough week on the job with a nice drink. Apparently one Buffalo, N.Y. FBI agent prefers to unwind by unzipping his pants and seducing truck drivers.

John A. Yervelli, a 48-year-old special agent for the FBI's Buffalo office, allegedly pulled alongside a truck on an upstate thruway, signaled to the driver of the truck that he was not wearing any pants and proceeded to make lewd gestures, according to a Buffalo News report.

The alleged incident occurred around 9 p.m. Friday night -- (you know, around the time when most agents might de-stress at the bar, relax at home with their families or generally not drive pants-less on a thruway.)

Not long after the truck driver alerted authorities, Yervelli was pulled over by a state trooper and arrested on misdemeanor public lewdness charges. He faces up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted, according to the report.

No word yet on whether Yervelli will keep his job or whether pants-less driving violates bureau protocol.

The FBI Will Destroy Your Social Media (But Maybe For the Right Reasons)

The Internet continues to face rough times, falling victim to the nationwide heat wave, the leap second and, now, the lifting of an FBI anti-virus program. Gotta love repetition.

At midnight, 64,000 computers in the United States and a quarter million worldwide might be forced off the Internet due to a stopgap provision provided by the federal police force that's on its last legs. The program was set up in November to allow the machines infected with the "doomsday virus" DNSChanger (or its more conspicuous title, Operation Ghost Click) to continue to be connected to the Web. 

This move came after the FBI realized that if it all eliminated the virus all together, those tens of thousands of computers would have immediately lost Internet connection. So, in order to prevent that, it set up a kind of safety net that would keep the malware at bay... for the time being.

But the FBI is not unleashing SkyNet for no reason (at least, we hope not), other than the fact that the court order it received to keep the servers running has expired. By ending the safety net, the federal police force hopes to step away from the computer protection industry and pass the torch over to the providers responsible for connecting uses to the Web. 

In other digital words, the FBI is putting the Internet up for security adoption.
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