"...First Texas’ senior senator had his invitation to speak at Texas Southern University’s commencement revoked. On the upswing, he was rumored to be shortlisted as the next director of the FBI – then one of his fellow GOP senators said he’d be a bad choice as the government’s top cop...."
"...In this week's News Roundup, John Legend wants to use his celebrity for good; the DOJ discovers flawed FBI testimony in capital cases; local radio host Paul Pryor passes away; and more...."
"...The FBI has launched an investigation into the drug bust at the home of a Maryland mayor last week, which ended with the deaths of the mayor's two dogs...."
"...However, Grassroots claims WCSO admitted in a phone conversation last Friday that they did not pursue any investigation. Meanwhile, ICE (which contracts with CoreCivic to run Hutto) said the federal agency, with the assistance of WCSO, found the allegations made by Monterrosa "unsubstantiated," concluding the information she provided could "not be corroborated" and that the case "lacked evidence to pursue any further action." Responding to a Chronicle follow-up, ICE's regional spokesperson emailed back two words: "Contact FBI." In a turn of events, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's San Antonio field office, Austin Resident Agency Office, and the Civil Rights Division have now taken over the case as a civil rights investigation..."
"...Comey, if you’ve been living under a rock in Zanzibar, is the FBI director best known now for his royal bungling of the 2016 presidential election via a late October reveal to Congress (and in turn the general public) that his agency was still investigating whether Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had used a private email server to do anything shady during her stint as U.S. secretary of state..."
"...According to the affidavit prepared by Special Agent Christopher Langert, McKay and Crowder were identified by "a confidential human source ('CHS 1')" to be part of "a group of individuals involved in planning to disrupt" the RNC. The affidavit goes on to detail information given to the FBI by the informant, including information that led to St..."
"...Polygamist prophet Warren Jeffs, the fugitive leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has attained the criminal equivalent of rock star status: On May 6, the FBI formally added Jeffs to its numero uno list of Top 10 Most Wanted criminals that's right, Jeffs' oblong mug has made it to primetime, alongside the likes of terrorist Osama Bin Laden and Boston Mafioso murderer James "Whitey" Bulger. Last summer Jeffs was added to a lesser Top 10 list, but as the list of criminal charges against him grows including the newest, charging the FLDS leader as an accomplice to rape the FBI has turned the heat up a notch; the reward for Jeffs' capture has also increased, up to $100,000 for information leading to his arrest and successful prosecution..."
"...A tip to FBI Special Agent Susana Haberman helped the Bureau's Joint Terrorism Task Force nab a 50-year-old Austin resident who was "planning to conduct a mass shooting," according to a federal criminal complaint signed April 13 by U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane..."
"..."Only a sustained, informed, courageous, and humane struggle can build a living community within the shell of the dying one." – Letter from the Citizens' Commission to Investigate the FBI, March 17, 1972..."
"..."I could hear tanks all night," said Doyle, who woke at about 4am on the morning of April 19, 1993, to study the Bible. "Any time the tanks came close, the building shook," he recalled from the witness stand in the Davidians' civil suit against the federal government. He also remembered the FBI broadcasting to them over the loudspeakers, warning that they were going to use tear gas..."
"...Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, Heather Burns, Diedrich Bader and Treat Williams. Sandra Bullock is back as Gracie Hart, the slovenly FBI agent who in the last film went undercover as a beauty-pageant contestant in order to get her man..."
"...But he can't let go. Nearly seven years after the fiery end to the siege of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Sage has become the only current or former FBI agent who is actively defending the agency's actions during and after the siege..."
"...I’ve been getting text messages from the FBI since April of this year...."
"...Just after 6am, Perez's housemate was jarred from sleep by pounding at the front door of the Oak Hill house they shared with one other roommate. A brace of law enforcement officers -- FBI agents, accompanied by investigators with the Texas attorney general's Cyber Crimes Unit -- was demanding entry..."
"...That said, Mark Felt should be a riveting historical parallel, or at the very least an alt-right-universe lesson on how not to screw up an already jittery nation. Against all odds, unfortunately, director Landesman’s portrait of FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt (Neeson, well cast), who would eventually reveal that he was the legendary informant – aka “Deep Throat” – leading to the downfall of Nixon’s cryptofascist administration, is its own worst enemy..."
"...His is the exhaustion of contempt. A trait that serves him perfectly in Breach, in which he plays Robert Hanssen, the brilliant real-life FBI spy whose exploits as a double agent during and after the Cold War led to the deaths of as many as 50 government agents and sources..."
"...That it's a chase picture is only another of the film's many plusses – from Duel to Jaws to Minority Report Spielberg has shown time and again his rapturous love of the chase, and when he's on top of his game, as he is here, precious few do it better. Based on the autobiography by Frank Abagnale Jr., Catch Me if You Can gives us the rosy-cheeked DiCaprio as Abagnale, who at the tender age of 17 led the FBI and various other law enforcement agencies on a giddy global romp while he kited, forged, and manufactured checks to the tune of several million dollars over a four-year period..."
"...The Saudi Arabia-set story opens with a brief history of the country and its 20th century interactions with the United States. However, in an instant, a series of devastating bombs goes off within the American oil-workers' compound in Riyadh, and FBI man Ronald Fleury (Foxx) is called away from his son's school to report for duty..."
"...As the Bush administration continues its all-out war on marijuana use, FBI officials last week confirmed that Director Robert Mueller is considering relaxing the agency's policy forbidding hiring certain employees who admit to past marijuana use. Reportedly, FBI administrators have become increasingly frustrated with policies that place strict limits on how often and how many years ago applicants for intelligence analyst, linguist, computer specialist, and accountant positions smoked pot even though some applicants, who've admitted to more toking than the FBI allows, have already worked in other government jobs that require a higher level of security..."
"...The FBI has released its preliminary snapshot of crime during the first part of 2010, showing that, again, crime has decreased across the country...."
"...Statham (The Transporter series, Crank) is Jack, the ultimate tortured badass. An FBI agent with a serious bone to pick and many asses to kick, he’s a man of few words..."
"...By Hollywood standards, that's pretty radical -- especially for a 72-year-old man. The character he plays, veteran FBI profiler Terry McCaleb, is no Roger Murtaugh, the character played by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon films, who continually complains, “I'm getting too old for this shit.” McCaleb may indeed be getting too old for this kind of work and the physical demands of the chase, but the character also seems to know that he is lost without it..."
"...Corky is the youngest son of a prominent Mafia family, the Romanos, who's on the skids with the family for becoming a veterinarian rather than a wiseguy. But when the Romanos realize the feds have found a snitch in the family, they decide to counterattack: Send Corky in undercover to the FBI as Agent Pissant (“It's French!” squeaks Corky)..."
"...The Watcher doesn't even deserve comparison to such modern serial killer masterworks as Silence of the Lambs or Se7en. But that said, this tale of a murderer and the FBI agent who tracks him isn't … all that bad..."
"...general who takes 81 tourists prisoner on Alcatraz and aims a battery of nerve-gas rockets at the San Francisco Bay Area in a misguided attempt to call attention to some vague injustice. Cage is the FBI “chemical super freak” called in to bring him down, and Connery plays a British expatriate criminal enlisted from within the bowels of the penal system to break back into “The Rock,” having been the only man to ever escape from the island fortress in the first place..."
"...The tense raid that opens the movie doesn’t start out as part of the drug war, although when it is discovered in the horrifying aftermath that scores of corpses are stacked up between layers of drywall in the booby-trapped Arizona house under siege, it’s clear that the cartel’s reach is far and wide. Kate Macer (Blunt), the head of the FBI kidnapping-rescue unit conducting the raid, loses two men in the rush, and becomes determined to avenge their deaths..."
"...The movie is a time capsule of hairdos and hairdon’ts from the Carter era. A dark comedy loosely based on the FBI’s Abscam sting operation in the late Seventies, this entertaining take on the American art of reinvention delights in the era’s sense of fashion (costume designer Michael Wilkinson nails the look) without distracting from its dysfunctional collision of con artists, undercover agents, and mobsters..."
"...This week, Boyd’s crew is not only snake-bit but mutinous, the marshals all have stiffies, the “widow” Thompson is a certified spiritualist, the FBI agent is crooked, and snake handling just got a lot more dangerous for Rev. Billy...."
"...In the film’s opening sequence, Boyle is seen lifting some blotter acid from the stash of a car-crash victim and dissolving a tab of the LSD on his tongue while still in uniform. His foil appears in the guise of FBI agent Wendell Everett (Cheadle), the company-man antithesis of Boyle, whom someone refers to as the "last of the independents." Most of Boyle’s Irish colleagues marginalize him because of his oddities, but Everett finds something curious and potentially brilliant about the man..."
"...Long live the new flesh? Not in this ridiculous and badly conceived flip side to David Cronenberg's Videodrome; it's a wonder the few actual "human" characters we get to see aren't covered with bedsores and suffering from serious immune system failure. Willis is a Boston FBI agent who uncovers a plot by bot manufacturing megacorporation VCI (or possibly by the jaundiced old duffer played by Cromwell or rogue elements in the FBI itself) to kill billions of people in their homes by frying the circuits of their robotic surrogates..."
"...Cedric plays Jake, a janitor who unwittingly becomes entangled in superspy espionage. When Jake wakes up in a strange hotel room with a dead FBI agent, he can’t remember who he is, how he got there or possibly why on Earth he agreed to be in this movie..."
"...To her credit, Rae gives free rein to Trudell's philosophy, and in sections tries to meld words and images in keeping with his artistic style. Yet, there's always the nagging feeling that there's a more probing and provocative study to be made of this man who was the subject of one of the FBI's longest personal dossiers – some 17,000 pages..."
"...This sequel to the wildly popular The Silence of the Lambs arrives 10 years, almost to the day, after its predecessor, and indeed picks up the characters of Lecter and Clarice Starling 10 years after their initial meeting. Hopkins sinks his teeth into this reprisal of the gentleman monster, and Moore offers up her best Jodie Foster impression as FBI agent Starling..."
"...Simply put, it's a fun little film, eminently watchable without burdening viewers by trying to be anything other than a broad, solid comedy. Bullock, in full tomboy mode, plays FBI special agent Gracie Hart, who infiltrates the Miss United States Pageant to ferret out a mad bomber called “Citizen.” Along for the ride is former Law & Order hunk Bratt as FBI agent Eric Matthews, who's eager to prove himself to his superiors via this plum assignment..."
"...The good news, then, is that The Siege is hardly the ticking time bomb of racial slurs some would have you imagine, and the bad news is that it doesn't matter because it's all too damn pedantically serious to take seriously. (Except for Bruce Willis, of course; he's one actor who should always be taken with a grain of salt the size of Lot's wife.) Washington plays FBI Special Agent Anthony Hubbard, who along with CIA spook Elise Kraft (Bening) and General William Devereaux (Willis), is called in to handle an escalating series of domestic terrorist acts that are reducing New York City to so much rubble and body parts..."
"...Planet Hollywood co-owner Willis, looking every bit the fat and prosperous restaurateur, is the title character, a sort Demi-god (as it were) among hit men. Hired by a Russian-based gangster to kill the FBI director, he's pursued by an American G-man (Poitier), a Russian military policewoman (Venora), and the good guys' secret weapon, an Irish Republican Army sniper (Gere), who's giving them the benefit of his terrorist savvy in exchange for a chance to get out of prison..."
"...Allard's judgment is that Los Federales were indeed firing on the compound, although the government has consistently and vehemently stated things to the contrary. (Although the ATF and FBI refused repeated requests to be interviewed for Gazecki's film, The Washington Post has since sent copies of the FLIR tape to twelve different independent examiners with extensive backgrounds in night vision firing..."
"...Years after a violent terrorist attack led to his retirement from the FBI, Will Sawyer (Johnson) finally has a chance to get his struggling security company off the ground. All Sawyer needs to do is fly to Hong Kong and perform a risk assessment of the tallest building in the world, a superstructure that contains living quarters and offices hundreds of stories above the ground..."
"...In this stupefyingly inane buddy-cop comedy featuring a cast of talking canines, a macho NYPD rottweiler named Max goes undercover to compete in a prestigious Las Vegas dog show as part of an assignment to bust up an international animal smuggling ring that’s stolen a precious baby panda to be sold on the black market. Tagging along on a short leash is his initially resistant human partner Frank (Arnett), an oddly tanned FBI agent who eventually becomes the Turner to Max’s Hooch as the two bond to become a team..."
"...In the best role he’s had since starting down the superhero highway, Jeremy Renner stars as Cory Lambert, a game warden for the Fish and Wildlife Service who, while out hunting wild bears that have been devouring livestock, discovers in the snow the frozen body of a young Native American girl – barefoot, bloodied, and apparently raped. Ben (Greene), the local authority, begins the investigation, but homicides on the reservation are federal affairs, so the FBI sends in Jane Banner (Olsen), an effective but green agent..."
"...As a washed-up former Motocross champ, Shepard’s Jon Baker is starting a new career as a rookie officer with the California Highway Patrol. He’s partnered with Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Peña, so much better than this), an FBI agent gone undercover at CHiP to suss out a dirty cop ring that’s been pulling heists all over Los Angeles...."
"...On Sunday, Jan. 24, while more than 16 million viewers were getting their first look at Walter Skinner in more than seven years, the actor who's played that redoubtable FBI assistant director since The X-Files' first season back in 1994 was languishing in the ninth circle of theatre hell..."
"...Like the original ringleader Bodhi (who was played by Patrick Swayze as a surfing Siddhartha), the new Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez) also seeks enlightenment, but this Bodhi’s path involves some mumbo-jumbo called the Ozaki 8 and eco-warrior ideals that promote the boosting of wealth and redistribution to the poor. Luke Bracey plays the newly minted FBI agent Johnny Utah who figures out the racket and infiltrates the group of extreme swindler/athletes..."
"...The time periods are interwoven, and the only things that differentiate them are the physical characteristics of the individuals, which aren’t always obvious at first glance. In the early part set in 2002, Ray (Ejiofor) and Jess (Roberts) are FBI investigators whose main task is to remotely surveil a mosque in Los Angeles, while Claire (Kidman) is a Harvard-educated newcomer to the D.A.’s office, who is out of Ray’s romantic league even though he has a deep crush on her..."
"...The first film told the story of modern-day Robin Hoods, Alejandro Toledo (Televisa star Colunga) and Emilio Lopez (Miguel Varoni), who brought down an infomercial mogul who was exploiting Latino immigrants. Afterward, Toledo turned to business, and Lopez (now called Sánchez) went to work for the FBI, but when a new injustice rears its head, the need for another caper becomes obvious..."
"...(Let’s just say we know from minute one that things are going to go pear-shaped.) Jogging back five years, Transcendence introduces a married couple, Will and Evelyn Caster (played by Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall), who have devoted their life’s work to artificial-intelligence research, and their best friend (Bettany), a doctor who has reservations about the wisdom of manufacturing sentient machines. Also in the mix are a neo-Luddite terrorist cell (led by Kate Mara, doing her surly, dead-eyed thing), an FBI unit (captained by Cillian Murphy, doing his creepy, affectless thing), and another AI researcher (played by Morgan Freeman, doing his soothing, avuncular thing)..."
"...Based on the memoirs of Jordan Belfort (adapted for the screen by Terence Winter, the primary writer and producer of The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire), Scorsese’s film chronicles this young stockbroker’s untimely arrival on Wall Street just prior to the bottom falling out of the system on Black Monday in 1987; Belfort’s reinvention as a broker of speculative penny stocks, where his commission was 50%; and his formation of his own firm with the distinguished-sounding name Stratton Oakmont, where he became a multimillionaire by his mid-20s. Belfort’s life of excess – drugs, women, schemes – comprises the bulk of the movie, until his downfall at the hand of a dogged FBI agent, and Belfort’s later reemergence as a promotional speaker...."
"...Sandra Bullock plays Ashburn, an FBI special agent who is brilliant, by-the-book, and abhorred by her colleagues for her superior airs and prim mouth (“bull feces!” is about as demonstrative as she gets in the face of adversity). McCarthy’s Mullins, on the other hand, is a Boston detective who is vulgar, slovenly, and quick to invective-riddled outrage. Settling comfortably into types familiar to them, McCarthy and Bullock embody a tetchy yin and yang that – predictably – will meet on middle ground...."
"...Based on the eponymous creation of James Patterson, the author your mom loves to read, Alex Cross is the third theatrical incarnation of the whip-smart FBI profiler played previously by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. This time, however, the role is taken on by the hulking Tyler Perry, who steps so far out of his in-drag Madea comfort zone that it feels, at times, like we’re watching a Saturday Night Live parody of a Patterson pastiche...."
"...While crime in the U.S. decreased only slightly overall in 2011, crime in Austin declined significantly, in almost every category, when compared to 2010, according to the FBI's latest uniform crime report, released this week...."