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Can an "FBI domain seizure" April Fools joke land you in jail?

I can't comment on what the legal situation would be in your home country, but as a matter of U.S. law, the hypothetical scenario you've described is not illegal. First, because you aren't a U.S. ...
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Are FBI agents eligible to be whistleblowers?

This particular list of excluded branches seems to refer to those who are able to excercise whistleblowing protections through the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. It does not mean that employees ...
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On which jurdical/legal ground can the FBI declare a foreign military officer a " wanted" person?

If the FBI has reason to believe they have committed a crime under US law Being an official of a foreign (or domestic) government in a military or civilian capacity does not make a person immune from ...
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US Law on interfering in a federal investigation

This would be a serious crime Knowingly telling lies to a federal investigator is itself a crime, or can be. Threatening someone to attempt to indue that person not to cooperate with a federal ...
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Who investigates the Kidnapped Sheriff?

Because kidnapping is a violation of state law, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation would have jurisdiction to investigate. Assuming the crime occurred in the sheriff's home county, the undersheriff ...
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Why isn't FBI's access to our data against the right of privacy?

Firstly, because there isn't an explicit Constitutional "right to privacy", per se, and even if there was (and there are arguments that several constitutional provisions amount, in aggregate,...
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Will a court order be taken out for this? Could the FBI get involved in something like this?

It is not a crime or a tort to accidentally sign in to an email provider with an incorrect email address, even if that address is actually held by some other person. Not attempting to enter a password ...
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Why is the FBI rather than state investigators looking into these judges who take bribes?

The federal Hobbs Act has been interpreted to prohibit state and local officials from accepting bribes, under the theory of "extortion under color of right". Violation of the Hobbs Act is a federal ...
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Why is the FBI raiding the house of a whistleblower over leaked SAT questions?

From the article: The FBI is investigating alleged computer intrusion and theft against an unidentified “victim corporation” involving “confidential or proprietary information,” including tests, ...
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Is the FBI acting independently?

None of the above. A grand jury issues an indictment. It usually (universally?) does so at the recommendation of a federal prosecutor, who may decide based on a recommendation from the FBI. This is ...
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Search of deceased person's residence following fatal incident at work

A warrant is required: you cannot just bust into a home because the owner died. Nothing that you describe resembles the kind of emergency situation that allows a warrantless search. In order to get a ...
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Suppose you were hacked and harassed using the data stolen

There is really no point in hiring a lawyer until you can identify a culprit. Lawyers can't sue people until they have a way to serve the person at fault with legal process. You need an IT ...
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On which jurdical/legal ground can the FBI declare a foreign military officer a " wanted" person?

Outside of the Counterintelligence list, there are no North Korean, Chinese, or Russian military officers or government officials are on any of the FBI wanted list. The Counterintelligence list ...
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Does the FBI tell you if they take on a case you asked them to look into?

No They can if they want to but no law requires them to.
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Bizarre boots-on-ground investigation by FBI: transparency and recourse

Is there any way he can gain insight as to what all of this snooping was driven by? No. Active law enforcement investigations, especially undercover operations, are exempt from FOIA requests until ...
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Could the FBI take action against me for owning a pirated game?

So, the bad news, yes, possessing this may violate copyright laws and you could be at risk of that association. Now, the good news, is that the FBI has more important things to do than to bust some ...
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Can the FBI take custody of a defendant in a state trial if they have information the FBI needs (possibly national security related)?

Basically yes. Assuming there’s a grand jury investigation (which the FBI needs if it wants to issue subpoenas), the government can get a writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum. This orders the warden ...
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Why is it not the FBI's policy to electronically record witness interviews?

You are speaking of former policy, which changed. The policy and underlying reasons are discussed here and here. The reasons are practical and not legal, having to do with logistical burden, ...
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Who investigates the Kidnapped Sheriff?

The FBI doesn't sit around waiting for other agencies to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the FBI has jurisdiction. The FBI is allowed to be proactive: they have every right to investigate ...
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Are businesses obligated to obey the FBI by law?

It depends on what the FBI is ordering the business to do, and on why and how the order is made. If the FBI orders the business to commit a crime, then then the business is not only not obligated to ...
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Does this constitute reportable suspected criminal activity to FBI or local police authorities?

Just about anything is reportable to the FBI or any other US law-enforcement agency if the reporting person honestly thinks it is evidence of a possible crime. If the agency does not agree, they may ...
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Could the FBI take action against me for owning a pirated game?

There is no law against unknowingly or even knowingly coming to possess a CD which contains illegally copied software. Installing or using it as software (as opposed to as a coaster) is illegal. ...
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