FBI Missing Persons – Where is Reachelle Smith?

Since May 17, 2006
Minot, North Dakota


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September 10, 2002

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40 pounds










Reachelle Smith is missing under suspicious circumstances. She was last seen at her residence in Minot, North Dakota, by her guardian at approximately 1 a.m. on May 17, 2006. When the guardian awoke the next morning and found Reachelle gone, the guardian’s male roommate stated that Reachelle would be spending a few days with his mother, with whom the child has a grandmother-type relationship.

On May 22, the guardian awoke to find the roommate missing, along with her own van. She called police to report the missing child and roommate. The roommate was later found dead in the van, by an apparent suicide, outside of Minot. Reachelle was not inside the van.


The FBI is offering a reward for information regarding the disappearance of Reachelle Smith.

If you have any information concerning this person, please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

Field Office: Minneapolis

Breaking News – FBI warns of new internet scams on May 26, 2011

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Internet Crime Complaint Center’s (IC3)
Scam Alerts

May 26, 2011

This report, which is based upon information from law enforcement and complaints submitted to the IC3, details recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams.

Fraud Surrounding The Latest News Events Of The Moment

When a major news story breaks, it is typical for fraudsters to attempt to capitalize on the event. As a result, the IC3 has been monitoring its complaint database for possible scams related to the recent death of Osama bin Laden. Various scams have been identified; however, many complainants are becoming more aware of such scams and not participating in these schemes.

One such scam identified is cross-site scripting (XSS), which allows an attacker to execute code on the target website from a user’s browser via crafted values in the target site’s URL, web forms, or in cases where sites allow users to place material directly in posted content. Recently, social networking site users have fallen victim to “self” infecting XSS attacks where they actually perform the attack themselves by following directions to view the latest Osama bin Laden video. Before users can view the video, they must complete a “5 second security check.” A few keyboard shortcuts allow users to cut and paste malicious code directly into their browser’s URL without any indications it is a viral scam.

Scams Misrepresenting The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network Of The United States (U.S.) Department Of The Treasury

Perpetrators commonly use various government agencies or officials to legitimize their scams. Most recently, the IC3 has received several complaints which fraudulently represent the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network of the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

Victims reported they received an e-mail claiming to be from the U.S. Department of the Treasury stating their lost funds, which were stolen and diverted to a foreign account registered in their name, have been recovered. The e-mail advised to cease all money transactions, especially overseas, and to respond to the e-mail so the lost funds could be returned. The e-mail further stated the U.S. government is making adequate arrangements to ensure outstanding beneficiaries receive their funds. The e-mail is signed by James H. Freis, Deputy Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and requires victims to provide personally identifiable information that could potentially result in identity theft.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury posted a scam alert on their website on April 13, 2011, stating they do not send unsolicited requests and do not seek personal or financial information from members of the public by e-mail and recommending that recipients not respond to such messages. The alert further provides links for victims to report solicitations claiming to be from the U.S. Treasury.

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C), and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).

Abortion and the Brazilian Church – Women Rights

Here is a news report that raises the question for women in the Catholic Church –
Does your body belong to the Church and have you no right over it ?



By Gary Duffy
BBC News, Brazil

Brazil is a Catholic country, but in this row the Church has been controversial

The issue of abortion in Brazil has been making headlines not just in South America’s biggest country, but around the world.

The controversy began when news emerged from Pernambuco, a poor state in the north-east of Brazil, that a nine-year-old girl who had been raped was pregnant with twins.

It is alleged that she had been sexually abused for years by her stepfather, who is also suspected of sexually assaulting an older disabled sister. He is now in prison.

Public interest in the case soared when the local Catholic archbishop tried to block the girl from having an abortion.

Brazilian law allows abortion only if there is a risk to the life of the mother or in cases of rape. Doctors said the girl met both those conditions, and said she was so small her uterus was not big enough to carry one baby, never mind two.

Opponents of abortion say the girl could have safely had a Caesarean section.

In the end the abortion went ahead and the local archbishop, Jose Cardoso Sobrinho, said all those adults involved – the mother and the medical team – had been excommunicated.


VIDEO: Stand with Carmen – Sign our petition to Chevron now!

Amazon Watch

Dear Mark,

Carmen Zambrano is one of the 30,000 men, women and children of the Ecuadorian Amazon who continue to suffer the disastrous effects of Chevron’s greedy, reckless and polluting oil operations.

Carmen’s suffering and that of her family has transformed her from a quiet and reserved mother into an unlikely – and courageous – community leader speaking out for all those struggling to survive amidst Chevron’s widespread oil contamination.

VIDEO: Stand with Carmen - Sign our petition to Chevron now!

Carmen traveled outside Ecuador for the first time last week, coming to the United States to press Chevron to take responsiblity for the poisons the company has abandoned in her rainforest home.

At Chevron’s shareholder meeting tomorrow we want to deliver a petition with 30,000 signatures – a signature from a supporter like you, standing up for each of the 30,000 people in the Ecuadorian Amazon demanding justice from the oil giant. As I write this we have 18,000 signatures and need 12,000 more to reach our goal.

Please sign our petition now in solidarity with Carmen and the other mothers who fight for a healthy and just future for their children.

Han Shan

Han Shan
Coordinator, Clean Up Ecuador Campaign

P.S. – Tomorrow Amazon Watch and our allies from around the world will deliver your signature directly to Chevron’s leadership. Use your voice to help amplify the voice of people like Carmen who have waited too long for justice.

BREAKING NEWS: Daring Direct Action Turns Up the Heat on Chevron!

Amazon Watch

Dear Mark,

Less than 48 hours before oil giant Chevron’s shareholder meeting, activists from Amazon Watch and our allies at Rainforest Action Network (RAN) have rappelled from the deck of the Richmond Bridge over the San Francisco Bay to hang a 1500-square foot banner proclaiming
“Chevron Guilty: Clean Up the Amazon!”

Video - Daring action on the Richmond bridge in solidarity with the communities in Ecuador

Activists from RAN and Amazon Watch are dangling from the massive banner – which is anchored to the bridge deck – creating a spectacular sight adjacent to Chevron’s polluting refinery in Richmond, CA.

As Chevron escalates its abusive tactics to evade accountability in Ecuador, supporters of the communities in the Amazon are escalating their efforts in solidarity with the men, women, and children who continue to suffer the toxic legacy of the oil giant in their rainforest lands.

“I’ve seen with my own eyes the devastation Chevron caused in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and it’s long past time for the company to clean up its toxic legacy there,” said Thomas Cavanagh of Amazon Watch. “And until Chevron does the right thing, we will stand with the Ecuadorian communities fighting for justice.”

You can help support the delegation, too. Please join our Facebook Cause today!

Han Shan

Han Shan
Coordinator, Clean Up Ecuador Campaign

FBI Report – Child Predators The Online Threat Continues to Grow



It’s a recipe for trouble: naive teenagers, predatory adults, and a medium—the Internet—that easily connects them.

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 In a new video blog, Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry warns against the dangers of online predators. Watch Video | Download (50 MB)

“It’s an unfortunate fact of life that pedophiles are everywhere online,” said Special Agent Greg Wing, who supervises a cyber squad in our Chicago Field Office.

When a young person visits an online forum for a popular teen singer or actor, Wing said, “Parents can be reasonably certain that online predators will be there.” It is believed that more than half a million pedophiles are online every day.

Agents assigned to our Innocent Images National Initiative are working hard to catch these child predators and to alert teens and parents about the dark side of the Internet—particularly when it comes to social networking sites and, increasingly, online gaming forums.

Pedophiles go where children are. Before the Internet, that meant places such as amusement parks and zoos. Today, the virtual world makes it alarmingly simple for pedophiles—often pretending to be teens themselves—to make contact with young people.

Advice for Parents Parents should talk to their children about the danger of being sexually exploited online, and they should monitor their children’s Internet use along with online video gaming, an area where pedophiles are increasingly operating.

Parents should also understand that teens are not always honest about what they are doing online. Some will let their parents “friend” them on social networking sites, for example, and will then establish another space online that is hidden from their parents.

Youngsters often employ a secret Internet language to use when their parents are nearby. Examples include:

– PAW or PRW: Parents are watching
– PIR: Parents in room
– POS: Parent over shoulder
– P911: Parent emergency
– (L)MIRL: (Let’s) meet in real life

Parents can get more information from our Parent’s Guide to Internet Safety.

Even without being someone’s “friend” online, which allows access to one’s social networking space, pedophiles can see a trove of teenagers’ personal information—the town they live in, the high school they attend, their favorite music and TV programs—because the youngsters often post it for anyone to see.

“The younger generation wants to express themselves, and they don’t realize how vulnerable it makes them,” Wing said.

For a pedophile, that personal information is like gold and can be used to establish a connection and gain a child’s trust.

There are basically two types of pedophiles on the Internet—those who seek face-to-face meetings with children, and those who are content to anonymously collect and trade child pornography images.

Those seeking face-to-face meetings create bogus identities online, sometimes posing as teenagers. Then they troll the Internet for easy victims—youngsters with low self-esteem, problems with their parents, or a shortage of money. The pedophile might find a 14-year-old girl, for example, who has posted seemingly harmless information on her space for anyone to see. The pedophile sends a message saying he goes to high school in a nearby town and likes the same music or TV shows she likes.

Then the pedophile cultivates a friendly online relationship that investigators call “grooming.” It could continue for days or weeks before the pedophile begins bringing up sexual topics, asking for explicit pictures or for a personal meeting. By that time an emotional connection has been made—and pedophiles can be master manipulators. Even if an actual meeting never takes place, it is important to note that youngsters can be victimized by such sexually explicit online contact.

Innocent Images Investigators Agents on our Innocent Images squads around the country take part in overt and covert operations to stop online child predators and to identify victims.

During investigations, agents sometimes pose online as teens to infiltrate pedophile networks and to gather evidence by downloading files that are indicative of child pornography. During the investigation of known suspects, undercover agents may also “friend” people the suspect is associated with.

“Pedophiles regularly create bogus online profiles,” said Special Agent Greg Wing, who supervises a cyber squad in our Chicago Field Office. “Usually, anyone associated with that profile is either a fellow offender or a victim.”

Even worse than posting personal information for anyone to see is the fact that many youngsters will accept “friends” who are total strangers. “Nobody wants to just have five friends online,” Wing said. “It’s a popularity thing.”

Special Agent Wesley Tagtmeyer, a veteran cyber investigator in our Chicago office who works undercover during online investigations, said that in his experience, about 70 percent of youngsters will accept “friend” requests regardless of whether they know the requester.

Tagtmeyer and other cyber investigators say a relatively new trend among pedophiles is to begin grooming youngsters through online gaming forums, some of which allow two-way voice and video communication. Parents who might be vigilant about monitoring their children’s Internet activity often have no idea that online video gaming platforms can pose a threat.

“Parents need to talk to their children about these issues,” he said. “It’s no longer enough to keep computers in an open area of the house so they can be monitored. The same thing needs to be done with online gaming platforms.”

More information about the Innocent Images National Initiative
Keeping Kids Safe Online: FBI Program Offered in Schools (01/11/11) 

Open Letter to the United States from the Ecuadorian Amazon in video

Amazon Watch

Dear Mark,

I’m writing to deliver a letter to you from the Amazon. The letter tells the terrible story of Chevron’s abuses in the remote rainforests of northeastern Ecuador. It is a raw and courageous letter, filled not only with outrage but also with hope and urgency.

Watch this Open Letter to the United States from the Ecuadorian Amazon – in video form – and please sign this urgent petition to show solidarity with the Ecuadorian people in their fight for clean water and good health.

After nearly 18 years of struggle by the communities in the Amazon to hold Chevron accountable, an Ecuadorian court has found the oil giant liable for upwards of $18 billion in damages for the company’s environmental crimes. Now, in the face of Chevron’s promise to fight the verdict “until hell freezes over,” three courageous Ecuadorian leaders have traveled to the United States to demand that Chevron clean up its toxic legacy in the Ecuadorian Amazon, once and for all.

Please sign and share this solidarity petition, and help us get one signature for each of the approximately 30,000 men, women, and children in the Amazon who continue to suffer from Chevron’s toxic legacy in their homeland.

Today, a delegation of Ecuadorian representatives of the affected communities have arrived in the United States to appeal to shareholders and directly confront Chevron leadership at the company’s annual shareholders meeting next week. Along with our allies at Rainforest Action Network and other supporters, Amazon Watch will deliver your statement of solidarity directly to Chevron at the meeting on May 25th.

Stand with the Ecuadorians! Answer their courageous call!

In solidarity,

Mitch Anderson

Mitch Anderson
Corporate Campaigns Director

Join our Stop Chevron: Defend the Amazon Cause P.S. Don’t forget to join our Stop Chevron: Defend the Amazon Cause as we bring our campaign to the next level and demand Chevron do the right thing.