The first FBI female special agent killed in the line of duty was killed by other agents. She was fatally shot by other agents at the arrest scene who mistook her for an armed associate of the fugitive. There have also been allegations by an officer involved in the shooting of a coverup, intended to conceal an incompetent administration and needlessly dangerous arrest plan that contributed to her death.
A hacker, named Raphael Gray, posted stolen data of over 6.5k credit cards, claiming that the law enforcement was too incompetent to stop him. Gray’s arrogance annoyed ex-hacker Chris Davis so much that he found Gray’s information and informed the FBI about the crime, leading to Gray’s arrest.
The FBI has struggled to hire hackers because of the FBI hiring rule that the applicant must not have used marijuana during the last 3 years.
The FBI spent years investigating an anti-goth cult that didn’t even exist. Official investigation on ‘Church of the Hammer’ and their Yahoo group ‘GodHatesGoths’, continued for over 2 years before they realized the entire thing was completely fake and intended to be a joke.
In 1971, burglars broke into an FBI office by writing a note that said “Please don’t lock this door tonight” and plastering it onto the front door. It worked and they stole several files.
The FBI has an entire fake town for training agents. Hogan’s Alley has a bank, post office, hotel, laundromat, barber shop, pool hall, shops, and homes. The town is populated by actors who roleplay parts like bystanders, terrorists, bank robbers, and drug dealers so scenarios always change.
In the 1950s the US Government investigated a person named Robert Dorr because he kept writing to Boeing and asking for pictures of their planes. They discovered Dorr was a just teenager who loved planes, an “average and loyal American boy.” He grew up to be a diplomat, author, and TV pundit.
The FBI followed Einstein, compiling a 1,400 pages file, after branding him as a communist because he joined an anti-lynching civil rights group.
Ernest Hemingway had often complained the FBI was tracking him, but was dismissed by friends and family as paranoid. Years after his death released FBI files showed he had been on heavy surveillance, with the FBI following him and bugging his phones for nearly the final 20 years of his life.
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.