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FBI made a video to warn students about spies

Yes, The FBI Made A Video To Warn Students About Spies

Studying abroad? Don't become a pawn.

That's what the FBI is hoping to relay to college students through their new short film,'Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story,' an "FBI produced 30-minute movie released last week to warn college students about the threat of foreign governments recruiting them as spies," according to USA Today.

The movie is based on the true story of Glenn Shriver, a former Grand Valley State University (GVSU) student who was on a study abroad trip in China when he became the target of Chinese intelligence officers. Fox News says they eventually paid Shriver $70,000 to apply for jobs with the U.S. CIA and State Department in hopes of getting classified information. But in 2010, Shriver pleaded guilty to espionage.

Shriver was sentenced to four years in prison. And now his story is a warning for other students.

The biggest thing was how friendly they were. Just: 'Hey, no problem. You want some money? It's OK. Hey, don't worry about it ... We just want to be friendly about it. ... It's important for China and America to have strong relations.'"

NPR reports this isn't the first time the FBI has made a movie to send a message. The agency actually spends between $500,000 and $800,000 each year on videos, both for training and development.

This film's screenwriter told NPR: "They really demand accuracy. They want something that is as close to reality as possible."

According to CBS News, "the FBI says they've seen increased attempts by foreign intelligence networks to recruit American students abroad. That's why the agency made this movie to help students when they are being targeted."

Though some believe it looks like a parody, the movie's meant to be taken seriously.

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John Roberson May 02 2014 at 9:44 PM

15 years later he became a preacher and a believer and convinced people to sow their seed gift into his ministry and they would be rewarded 100 fold in return and he became a billionaire.

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itzfatcat May 02 2014 at 3:41 PM

Speaking of terrorists and spies. Who pardoned Ayers? You know, the pentagon bomber.

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D May 02 2014 at 3:32 PM

He doesn't look like abroad.


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dtoigo May 02 2014 at 3:30 PM

I read a lot of brainwashed (by our government) opinions here. Pride in our country doesn't include being deluded into thinking our government is so righteous or honest. They lie (propaganda) all the time.

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cptanarvn dtoigo May 02 2014 at 4:53 PM

Go live in China ,North Korea and Viet Nam and find out what "lie" is .

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Odens Fist May 02 2014 at 3:05 PM

"in 2010, Shriver pleaded guilty to espionage" That's TREASON..!!
He should have been publicly executed.. That is a much better deterrent then some wimpy little video and a participation trophy.. End that POS... NOW..!!!

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airtek01 May 02 2014 at 2:37 PM


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Asteveo2 airtek01 May 02 2014 at 3:58 PM

you two guys are crazy but i like the way you think

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rdclaw2000 May 02 2014 at 2:06 PM

Hang him..

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quincy_maxwell May 02 2014 at 1:46 PM

I worked in China for 3 years as a teacher. Honestly, I do not believe this story. It is not plausible. Something is amiss with this. We are not hearing the entire scenario. But do you really believe anything that the government says and comes up with?

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Plummer, Joseph quincy_maxwell May 02 2014 at 1:58 PM

Do you believe anything from any Government? that usually has an agenda.

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ROBINHOOD May 02 2014 at 1:46 PM

Like john kerry and jane fonda he should have stood a firing squad for treason.

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Plummer, Joseph ROBINHOOD May 02 2014 at 2:03 PM

" stood before a ... " But unfortunately in an effort to get the vietnam war behind us, Richard Nixon gave out an executive order giving amnesty to all vietnam war opponents. which caused Fonda to "skate" but kerry is a different situation. I'm surprised he wasn't thrown into a Military Prison for treason for the next 50 years for his actions of going to Paris to talk directly to the North Vietnamese about the Students against the War effort.

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joebitesmebiden May 02 2014 at 1:36 PM

Just stop sending them to study abroad, and problem solved, duh!

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