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Judge William H. Webster Speaks at Atlanta Chapter of InfraGard

Judge William WebsterOn April 1, 2015, Judge William H. Webster’s presentation, “Perspectives on National and Homeland Security,” drew a crowd of 300 people at INTERFACE Atlanta. Judge Webster is the only individual in U.S. history to have served as Director of the FBI and Director of the CIA. He is currently the Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and a recipient of numerous awards for his decades of public service and law enforcement.

Speaking on the topic of keeping America secure and free, Judge Webster reiterated that the most important tool we have in dealing with threats is effective intelligence.

We owe a huge thank-you to Judge Webster for traveling to Atlanta to speak to the IAMA membership, and to IAMA President Jeff Gaynor for originating and coordinating this special event. For a recap, written by IAMA Special Agent Joan Cronier of the Atlanta FBI field office, go here.

Eco-Terrorist Sentenced

Help Us Find Remaining Operation Backfire Fugitives

After he was indicted in 2006 for firebombing a University of Washington research facility, Justin Solondz became an international fugitive, beginning an odyssey that would land him in a Chinese jail—and finally before a federal judge in Seattle, who sentenced him last week to seven years in prison.

Solondz, 32, was a member of an eco-terrorist cell known as “The Family,” which committed an estimated $48 million worth of arson and vandalism across the Pacific Northwest and western U.S. between 1996 and 2001 under the names of the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front.

Suspects Josephine Overaker, Joseph Dibee, and Rebecca Rubin

Three members of The Family are still on the run, and there is a reward for information leading to their arrest. Read the full story on the FBI website at

If you have any information to share please click here to find out how to contact the Atlanta FBI field office

Looking for Love?

Beware of Online Dating Scams

Millions of Americans visit online dating websites every year, hoping to find a companion or even a soul mate.

We want to warn you that criminals use these sites, too, looking to turn the lonely and vulnerable into fast money through a variety of scams.

These criminals—who also troll social media sites and chat rooms in search of romantic victims—usually claim to be Americans traveling or working abroad. In reality, they often live overseas. Their most common targets are women over 40 who are divorced, widowed, and/or disabled, but every age group and demographic is at risk.

Read the full story on the FBI website at

“Beware of ‘Sextortion'”

Cyber Alerts for Parents & Kids

At the beginning of her summer break in June 2005, a 15-year-old Florida girl logged onto her computer and received a startling instant message. The sender, whom the girl didn’t know, said he had seen her photo online and that he wanted her to send him pictures—of her in the shower. When the girl didn’t comply, the sender showed he knew where she lived and threatened to hurt the girl’s sister if she didn’t agree to his demands.

Worried and hoping to avoid alarming her parents, the girl sent 10 black-and-white images. When her harasser said they weren’t good enough, she sent 10 more, nude and in color.  Then he wanted more.

Read the full story on the FBI website at