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The NIH and FBI Launch Investigation Into Undisclosed Influence of Foreign Entities on Domestically Funded Research

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are teaming up to investigate the veiled influence of foreign entities that are involved with United States domestic research. The implications could be vast; with the potential to dismantle research projects and lead to significant civil and/or criminal investigations.

The NIH and FBI are acting upon the suspicion that foreign entities are covertly funding and coordinating with domestically funded research; thereby obtaining confidential grant application information, shaping research funding decisions, duplicating our studies, usurping our findings and intellectual property, as well as perhaps illegally collecting state secrets and classified scientific information.


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Know Your Rights in the Digital Age

Barry Covert wrote a guest column that appeared in the October 9 issue of the Buffalo Law Journal. In “In this digital age, know your rights”, Mr. Covert details how advances in technology and changes in national security are affecting the rights of American citizens at the country’s borders and airports. The article also includes an explanation of current policy regarding the extent to which a person’s cell phone and laptop can be searched and efforts from various lawmakers and organizations to make changes to that policy.


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