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Richard A. Serrano
Comey's recent letter again clears Clinton of any wrongdoing

FBI Chief Says Agency Should Not Have Cleared Gun Sale To Dylann Roof

FBI Director James B. Comey said agency employees should have rejected Dylann Roof’s attempt to purchase a gun because Roof had earlier been arrested for possession of drugs.

July 10, 2015

Boston Bomber Speaks Out For First Time: ‘I Am Sorry For The Lives I Have Taken’

“I am sorry for the lives I have taken, for the suffering I caused.”

June 24, 2015
computer servers

Federal Cyberattack Linked To Foreign Government, Intelligence Panel Member Says

The data breached in the OPM attack included Social Security information and other personal data belonging to about 4 million federal employees in the U.S.

June 7, 2015
Boston Marathon, Bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Family, Trial, Court, Russia, Chechen, Terrorism, Prison

Boston Defense Focuses On Tsarnaev’s Troubled Family

The troubled Tsarnaev family is the focus of the defense during the Boston Bombing trial.

May 5, 2015

Defense Begins Last Chance To Save Life Of Boston Marathon Bomber Tsarnaev

Hoping to save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev from the death penalty, lawyers for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber aggressively portrayed his older brother, Tamerlan, as the brains and muscle behind the 2013 terrorist attack.

April 28, 2015

Boston Marathon Bomber’s Lawyers Try To Explain His Crude Gesture

Defense attorneys for convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on Wednesday tried to downplay prosecution claims that their client had shown anger and defiance at the U.S. when he raised his middle finger at a surveillance camera, and said he may instead have been upset or depressed over a conflict with a guard.

April 23, 2015
Top News, National News, Dzohkar Tsarnaev, Boston, Marathon Bombing, Trial, Dealth Penalty

Jury Quits For The Day With No Verdict In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

The jurors in the Boston Marathon bombing trial convene to decide whether to sentence Dzhokar Tasnaev to death.

April 8, 2015
Top News, National News, Dzohkar Tsarnaev, Boston, Marathon Bombing, Trial, Dealth Penalty

Prosecution Says Boston Bomber Is As Guilty As His Dead Brother

The federal jury in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is set to begin deliberations after prosecutors and defense lawyers on Monday offered rival narratives over who was to blame for the April 2013 terrorist bombings.

April 7, 2015
Top News, National News, Dzohkar Tsarnaev, Boston, Marathon Bombing, Trial, Dealth Penalty

Closing Statements Set In Boston Marathon Bombing Trial

How will the jurors rule on the 30-count indictment against Dzokhar Tsarnaev for his accused role in the Boston Marathon bombing after hearing the closing arguments today?

April 6, 2015

Boston Marathon Defense Expected To Call Just Three Witnesses

Defense lawyers in the Boston Marathon bombing trial are expected to close their case Tuesday with just one more witness and send Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s fate to the jury.

March 31, 2015

Boston Marathon Bombing Jury Hears Details Of Boy’s Death

Before resting the government’s case, a somber assistant federal prosecutor methodically told, clinically and legally, the heartbreaking story of a little boy’s death.

March 31, 2015
Intelligence Gathering, Homeland Secuirty, Drones, Criminal Investigations, FBI, 9/11 Review Commission, Cybersecurity, Terrorism, National News

FBI Must ‘Urgently’ Upgrade Intelligence On Terror Threats, Panel Says

FBI lags behind its “full law enforcement” capabilities review commission finds especially in targeting tech-savvy and lone wolf terrorists.

March 25, 2015

Defense’s Goal In Boston Bombing Trial: Save Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s Life

Learn more about the dramatic Tsarnaev trial.

March 20, 2015

In New Book, Guantanamo Inmate Describes Beatings, Death Threats, And Mock Execution

One of Guantanamo’s longest-held prisoners shares his experience in a new book.

January 20, 2015
Hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning the Hollywood studio not to release a film which has angered North Korea

FBI Says North Korea Played Role In Sony Hacking Case

The U.S. has officially acknowledged North Korea’s role in the cyber attack against Sony.

December 19, 2014

Dzhohkar Tsarnaev Appears In Court; No Outward Signs Of Plea Deal

Find out what the Boston bombing suspect did in court on Thursday.

December 18, 2014
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

September 11 Detainees In Guantanamo Get Copies Of CIA Torture Report

Could the torture report boost the 9/11 detainees’ criminal defenses?

December 15, 2014
Al-Qaeda and Taliban detainees captured in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks were transferred to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

At CIA’s ‘Salt Pit’ Prison, Torture Reigned, With Little Oversight

Learn more from the Senate’s horrifying CIA torture report.

December 10, 2014

Justice Department: Cleveland Police Use ‘Unnecessary’ Force

The Justice Department slammed the department where “avoidable force becomes inevitable.”

December 4, 2014

Quarantining Health Workers Could Worsen Ebola Epidemic, Officials Say

Controversy about the proper way to handle possible Ebola patients sparks after a New Jersey nurse is quarantined in a “tent structure”.

October 27, 2014

Justice Department Launches New Program To Identify U.S. Extremists

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced a new effort Monday to disrupt foreign terrorist cells from recruiting Americans, including a program to identify radicals who hold U.S. passports and are associated with the militant group Islamic State. The aim is to identify and stop Americans […]

September 15, 2014

Justice Department Opens Criminal Probe Into Journalist’s Beheading

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The FBI and federal prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation into the Islamic State beheading of American journalist James Foley, with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. vowing Thursday that those responsible for the videotaped slaying will be held responsible. “We have an open criminal investigation,” […]

August 21, 2014

Friend Of Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Found Guilty

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was convicted Monday of hindering the FBI investigation into the April 2013 blast by hiding Tsarnaev’s backpack from authorities. Azamat Tazhayakov, convicted in federal court on Boston, now faces up to 20 years in prison and becomes […]

July 21, 2014

Edward Snowden Says He Was A Trained Spy

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Edward J. Snowden, charged with leaking thousands of U.S. classified secrets, maintains he was “trained as a spy” and that his government handlers repeatedly gave him code names and undercover assignments abroad that made him far more than just a low-level computer analyst. In an interview […]

May 28, 2014

Tsarnaevs Might’ve Had Help In Boston Marathon Attack, Prosecutors Say

By Richard A. Serrano, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the Tsarnaev brothers may have received help in building the two bombs that exploded at last year’s Boston Marathon, although they did not identify any potential suspects except to suggest the pair were inspired by al-Qaida operatives overseas. In court papers, prosecutors […]

May 22, 2014