Facebook’s facial recognition system was found to outperform similar systems used by the FBI. Where Facebook has a 98% accuracy rating in identifying faces, the FBI had a success rate of 85%.
Former FBI director, J. Edgar Hoover, liked to write on the margin of memos. One time, he read a memo with narrow margins, and replied “Watch the borders!” The next week was met with mass confusion, as multiple inquiries were sent to Border Patrol inquiring about any suspicious border activity.
The FBI suspected Frank Capra’s classic Christmas movie “It’s A Wonderful Life” was Communist propaganda when first released.
In 2013, the government of Iceland asked several FBI agents to leave after they lied to the local government and told them they were investigating terrorist hackers. It turned out they were investigating Wikileaks.
The FBI recruited a Mafia enforcer to use “illegal interrogation techniques” on KKK members to find the bodies of three missing civil rights workers. It worked.
F.B.I. agents fatally shot 70 “subjects” and wounded about 80 others from 1993 to 2011 — and in every single case, the agent’s use of force was determined to be “justified”.
In 2006, The FBI planted an informant in a Southern California mosque who pretended to be a radical Muslim and the Muslims at the mosque reported him to the FBI.
In 1976, an underachieving Princeton junior undergraduate wrote a term paper describing how to make a nuclear bomb. He got an “A”, but never got his paper back because it was seized by the FBI.