Hardcore Investigative News! The Official Newsletter Of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists
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May 20th, 2007 Edition

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Department Of Homeland Security Announces $1.7 Billion for State and Local Counterterrorism Programs
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday released fiscal year 2007 grant guidance and application kits for five grant programs that will total roughly $1.7 billion in funding for state and local counterterrorism efforts. With the fiscal year 2007 funding, the department will have invested nearly $20 billion in local planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercises.

Handling Disgruntled Clients
In the investigative business, we cannot satisfy everyone. There is going to be times that clients will not be satisfied with your services. We have not had too many disgruntled clients, in fact, I can only think of one (1) that we had that was not satisfied. By Kirk R. Menard Menard’s Investigative Services, LLC

A Peek Inside The Search Engines Of The Future
Search for Tomorrow - An army of fledgling companies is lining up to take on Google. Could the world's biggest search engine possibly be vulnerable?

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The Forensic Felons: The Next Generation of Cyber Thieves
For years, retailers have been told that if they merely abide by common sense security procedures—don't permit obvious passwords, check audit logs regularly and patch software immediately—they'd be in good security shape.

What Your Should Know About Nigerian Letters, Emails And Scams
 This scam is commonly referred to as a "419." It is named for the section of the Nigerian Penal Code that refers to "Advanced Fee" Frauds.

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What is a Pyramid Scam? Pyramid scams have lots of names; after all, most adults know that Pyramid businesses are illegal and can land you in the pokey making license plates and wearing baggy orange jumpsuits. And so they give them names such as "referral marketing", "binary compensation" or "matrix marketing" and hope that the next person talked into joining the get-rich-quick company won't be smart enough to figure out what it really is...a plain old pyramid scam.

The State Of Divorce And The Private Investigator
On evening as I was dozing off to sleep, the telephone rang. On the other end was a reporter from the Atlanta Journal/Constitution. By Stan Lewis, ICU Investigations, Ga.

Spock.com - A New People Search Engine
There’s some serious internet buzz surrounding a new people search engine called Spock.com

Catching A Suspect In A Lie: Not Always A
Symptom Of Guilt

A skilled investigator learns to withhold certain inside information from a suspect during an interview in the hope that he can catch the suspect in a lie. For example, the suspect may lie about knowing the victim, being in the vicinity of the crime or having a prior conviction. This documented lie can later be used to good advantage during an interrogation where the investigator states that just as he knows the suspect lied about (knowing the victim) the investigator also knows that the suspect committed the crime. Furthermore, the documented lie can be used to impeach the suspect’s credibility and character, e.g., “If you don’t get this straightened out today no one is ever going to believe anything you have to say in the future. People are going to say, ‘We know Fred lied about knowing her, Fred is probably also lying when he says that he is sorry he did this.’” A John Reid Article.

Cell Phone Mapping
911 Dispatchers now able to locate people in distress

WAILUKU – The call came in the middle of the night, when a panicked visitor saw his friend’s car go off the road into a ditch.

Surveillance goes high tech for the modern private investigator
It’s night in the city and a female shape is silhouetted through the glass of a second floor office door.

On the case:
Criminal investigator Gavin Kelly digs for truth

Her name is Lucky. At least that's what she goes by. In late 2006, she witnessed a drug transaction during which police fingered the wrong guy for the illegal buy. Now that man awaits trial and could possibly get prison time if he's wrongly convicted.
That's where Gavin Kelly steps in.

Understanding Urban Legends & E-mail Hoaxes
 An Urban Legend is a story that has been told so many times that people start believing it to be true. Many of them are harmless and just caution the reader to be especially careful. The most damage they do is rob us of our valuable time and get us concerned about things that are only a figment of a creative writer's imagination. (For instance, finding hypodermic needles in the seats at movie theaters or in the sandbox at children's playgrounds.)

Investigating Possible Fabricated Claims
A recent case involving a University of Wisconsin student who falsely claimed that she was abducted highlights some important characteristics of these investigations. This particular case quickly achieved national attention and was followed on a daily basis by morning talk shows. The reason for this attention was probably because the media were able to build suspense by showing surveillance video of the victim leaving her apartment the night of her alleged abduction. It certainly was not because of the scarcity of missing person cases nor was it the rarity of claims of alleged abductions. Indeed, while this drama was unfolding in Madison, Wisconsin, police 150 miles to the northeast were investigating another mysterious disappearance of a school teacher that also turned out to be faked. Because these cases tend to be high profile, an agency must be sensitive, but also diligent, in their investigation. A John Reid Article.

Technology-DNA Forensic Mold Detection
Medical News Today (press release) - UK
Extensive research conducted by the US EPA, using State-of-the-Art DNA forensics, has established the Environmental Relative Moldiness Index, ...


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Legal News/Trends

President Bush Signs Bill Outlawing Pretexting Phone Companies
H.R. 4709, the “Telephone Records and Privacy Act of 2006”, which passed the House last April and the Senate on the last of the 109th Congress in December, was today signed into law by President Bush. ...

Legislation would allow taping on private land Bill inspired by man who recorded police
A man who was arrested after he used his home security system to videotape police at his door last year has inspired a bill to let property owners record audio and video at their homes without notice.

HP Investigator Accepts Plea Deal
This time it was only Bryan Wagner, whose sole notoriety stems from his role as a lowly private investigator in the Hewlett-Packard pretexting scandal.

Ready To Produce IMs In Court? Guidelines expand types of electronic info you'll need for discovery!
Companies that do not keep close tabs on PDAs, instant message conversations and other forms of electronic data may soon be in for a nasty surprise, should they find themselves in court. As of Dec, 1, 2006, new guidelines, called the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, go into effect. The rules, set by the U.S. Supreme Court, expand the types of electronically stored information that companies could be required to produce in a lawsuit.

EPIC Alert: 2006 Privacy Year in Review
From Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

“Congress returns to Washington this week and privacy issues are likely to get renewed attention with unresolved questions about the President’s domestic surveillance program, the future of Real ID, and the growth of the data broker industry. Meanwhile courts will consider sex bloggers and the media will try to sort through the increasingly complicated world of surveillance technology. Here are the Top Ten Privacy Stories of 2006 and Ten Privacy Issues to Watch in 2007 from the Electronic Privacy Information Center(EPIC).”

"If it's in the public domain, it's fair game"
Computerworld - Framingham,MA,USA
... Five years ago, if you wanted to know what someone did at a college party, you had to hire a private investigator to talk to the people who had been there, an ...


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Flash! Chinese Test Anti-Satellite Weapon
U. S. intelligence agencies believe China performed a successful anti-satellite (asat) weapons test at more than 500 mi. altitude Jan. 11 destroying an agingChinese weather satellite target with a kinetic kill vehicle launched on board a ballistic missile.

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Insurance Department Working to Prevent Fraud Investigators watch a tape of a weekend race driver preparing to hit the track. It is surveillance video of a man who claimed an injury at work hurt his back, preventing him from returning to work and allowing him to collect worker compensation.

Memo to Sens. Leahy and Specter: Choose Your Forensic Expert Wisely
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Evidence in the oddest places
Chicago Daily Herald - Chicago,IL,USA
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Investigator Accused Of Threat to Witness
Washington Post - Washington,DC,USA
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Over half of divorces hire a private detective claims survey In England
Private investigators were hired during half the divorce proceedings in Britain last year as wives or husbands tried to establish whether the spouse was having an affair, a survey of leading law firms revealed today.

Trends-Pet detective for hire
Melbourne Herald Sun - Melbourne,Australia
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What Can Campus Cops Do?
At least 33 people were killed in two separate shootings at Virginia Tech on Monday morning. The second round of violence began at 9:15 a.m., while campus police were still investigating the killings that happened two hours earlier. Are campus security officers just like real cops?

Montana private investigator sent to prison for 2 years.
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA
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