Mon, 17 Dec 2018

Articles Posted by the Author: Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

  • Former DEA Supervisor and Employee Lied About Strip Club Ownership

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    NEW YORK — An investigation by the FBI, IRS and Office of the Inspector General found two DEA employees had lied about their ownership of a strip club in New Jersey, according to an OIG press update.

    David Polos, 51, was formerly an Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge with the DEA and supervised the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Strike Force. Glen Glover, 45, worked as a DEA Information Technology specialist who assisted in narco trafficking investigations domestically and abroad.

    The two men were found to have lied about their ownership of a New Jersey


  • U.S. and Asia-Pacific Partners Meet to Discuss China and North Korea

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    WASHINGTON — United States Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with the defense leaders of several nations from the Asia-Pacific region to discuss a myriad of issues including, disputes in the South China Sea and North Korean aggression, according to a Department of Defense press release.

    The meeting was part of an annual summit called the Shangri-La Dialogue, formerly known as the Asia Security Summit, which began in 2002 and was started by the UK based International Institute for Strategic Studies.

    Carter, along with


  • Belgium to Begin Airstrikes in Syria as part of US Led Coalition

    Sailors signal as an E-2C Hawkeye launches from the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Arabian Gulf, April 13, 2016. The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve and other security efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ethan T. Miller

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    WASHINGTON — Belgium will begin conducting airstrikes in Syria as part of the United States led air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, according to Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.



  • Freddie Gray, FBI Planes and Civil Unrest: Baltimore 1 Year Later

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    I run into Bailey as she is stepping out of her car in downtown Baltimore. It has been almost a year since waves of protests shook the city following the death of Freddie Gray, but she remembers those days well. “I live off Fulton Street, right where everything was happening – the rioting, the looting around there.

    “Now everything’s pretty much the same around there.”

    The words have barely left her mouth when we are interrupted by the sirens of a BPD patrol car as it pulls


  • Problems at the FBI Cellular Forensics Crime Lab in New Jersey

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    WASHINGTON — An audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory in New Jersey (NJRCFL) found potential for abuse in the agency’s cellular forensic kiosks used by law enforcement in the area.

    Regional Computer Forensics Laboratories run by the FBI were started in 1999 as a way for the FBI to assist local law enforcement agencies in processing electronic evidence from seized computers. In 2001, under the PATRIOT Act, the scope of the program was extended and now there are 16 RCFLs across the nation with an annual budget of $50 million.

    The


  • FBI Aviation and Policy Guide Sheds Light on Aerial Surveillance

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    A recently declassified internal FBI document has shed light on certain aspects of the Bureau’s aerial surveillance program but large redactions still leave much to speculate.

    The document, titled Bureau Aviation Regulations Policy Directive and Policy Guide (BAR for short), was released as part of a North Star Post Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in May of 2015.

    The BAR discusses many aspects of the FBI’s aviation program from maintenance and safety policies to staffing requirements.

    The FBI has three separate teams as part of their main aviation program. Surveillance and Aviation Section (SAS)


  • Report Details Dangers of “Non-Lethal” Weapons Used Against Protesters

    A protester flees from tear gas fired a protesters in Hong Kong in 2014. Photo by Pasu Au Yeung via Flickr

    A report by Physicians for Human Rights and the International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations detailed the health risks associated with crowd control weapons (CCWs) used by police around the world and issued recommendations for their proper use.

    The report, titled “Lethal in Disguise,” discusses the use of kinetic projectiles, chemical irritants, water cannons, disorientation devices, acoustic weapons and directed energy weapons with information obtained from medical reports and news reports on injuries sustained by these weapons at protests


  • 1,000 Civilians Estimated Killed in Air Campaign Against ISIL

    An EA-18G Growler launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Oct. 28, 2014. Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense.

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    IRAQ & SYRIA — The air campaign against ISIL in Iraq and Syria has reached a grim milestone with estimates now putting the civilian death toll at 1,000. This estimate is fifty times greater than the number of civilian deaths the US led coalition has admitted to in it’s 18 month campaign against ISIL.

    Researchers with the non-profit group AirWars have identified 352 “reported civilian casualty events” in which coalition


  • OIG Finds Issues in DEA Chain of Custody on Seized Drugs

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    WASHINGTON — A report by the Office of the Inspector General revealed the Drug Enforcement Administration did not always follow specific policies when dealing with seized drugs.

    The report, released in February, examined the methods in which the DEA handles seized drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and others. In 2015, the DEA operated out of 221 domestic offices, 86 foreign offices and employed nearly 5,000 employees with a budget of approximately $2 billion, according to the OIG report.

    The OIG examined 250 exhibits of seized drugs to see how