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The latest coverage of the law enforcement community and all aspects of the U.S. intelligence.

Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates, names prosecutor Dana Boente replacement

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

President Trump on Monday fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates, an Obama administration holdover, after she "betrayed the Department of Justice" by refusing to defend his executive order for extreme vetting, according to the White House. Published January 30, 2017

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The resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has opened up a vicious fight over the integrity of the intelligence community. (Associated Press)

Trump's clash with U.S. spy agencies spooks intelligence allies abroad

- The Washington Times

The Trump White House and the U.S. intelligence community moved closer to open warfare in the wake of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's spectacular downfall -- and the fallout is unnerving key American intelligence partners around the world, according to several high-level national security sources.

More ambulances arrive on scene as all Delaware prisons went on lockdown Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017,  due to a hostage situation unfolding at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna. Geoffrey Klopp, president of the Correctional Officers Association of Delaware, said he had been told by the Department of Correction commissioner that prison guards had been taken hostage.  (Suchat Pederson/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)

Delaware prison secure: 1 hostage dead, another alert

Associated Press

Delaware prison officials say one hostage is dead and a second is alert and talking after authorities went into a building at the state's largest prison where inmates took staff members hostage.

Alexandre Bissonnette is escorted to a van after appearing in court for Sunday's deadly shooting at a mosque, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Quebec City. The French Canadian suspect known for his far-right, nationalist views was charged Monday with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder in the shooting rampage at the Quebec City mosque that Canada's prime minister called an act of terrorism again Muslims. (Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian man charged in deadly shooting spree at Quebec City mosque

- The Washington Times

Canadian authorities on Monday charged a lone French Canadian in connection with a shooting spree at a Quebec City mosque that left six men dead -- just days after President Trump's travel ban on seven Muslim countries heightened tensions worldwide over the acceptance of Muslims.

Sen. Mark Warner, Virginia Democrat. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

Intel committee Democrats outraged over Trump's torture comments

- The Washington Times

Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence expressed outrage Thursday over President Trump's suggestion this week that he is considering allowing of U.S. officials to restart a program that used enhanced interrogation techniques tantamount to torture against terrorism suspects.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said sending federal troops into Chicago will set back police-citizen relations. (Associated Press

Trump's call for 'feds' in Chicago confounds city leaders, police experts

The Washington Times

President Trump's threat to "send in the Feds" to combat crime in Chicago is stirring consternation among law enforcement and policing experts, who say the president's comments could be interpreted as anything from sending in the National Guard to upping federal funding for law enforcement.

(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Donald Trump's draft order seeks review on terror interrogations

- Associated Press

President Donald Trump is considering a major review of America's methods for interrogating terror suspects and the possible reopening of CIA-run "black site" prisons outside the United States, according to a draft executive order obtained by The Associated Press.

FILE - In this June 27, 2006 file photo, reviewed by a US Department of Defense official, US military guards walk within Camp Delta military-run prison, at the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba. A draft executive order shows President Donald Trump asking for a review of Americas methods for interrogation terror suspects and whether the U.S. should reopen CIA-run black site prisons outside the U.S.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

Trump defends waterboarding: 'It works'

- The Washington Times

President Trump is considering an executive order that would keep open the Guantanamo Bay prison and could lift a ban imposed by former President Obama on the CIA operating overseas clandestine prisons for terrorism suspects.

Vice President Mike Pence, right, swears in CIA Director Mike Pompeo, left, as Pompeo's wife Susan, center, watches in the Vice President's Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Senate confirms Mike Pompeo to lead CIA

- The Washington Times

The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to be the new CIA chief Monday and cleared the way for a vote later this week on Rex Tillerson, President Trump's pick to lead the State Department, as Republicans pushed through Democrats' roadblocks.

Critics says CIA Director John Brennan, a career intelligence analyst, sharply turned the agency in a leftward direction during his tenure in Langley. (Associated Press)

Donald Trump to reform intelligence

One national security priority of the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump is to reform the heavily bureaucratized and, to some critics, politicized U.S. intelligence community.

Chelsea Manning's sentence commuted by Obama

- The Washington Times

President Obama on Tuesday commuted the prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the transgender Army intelligence analyst convicted of leaking military secrets, issued a pardon for former Gen. James Cartwright and freed a Puerto Rican nationalist in a last-minute flurry of clemency grants that added to the president's record-breaking total.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Justice Department releases scathing report on abuses by Chicago police

- Associated Press

Institutional problems within the Chicago Police Department have led to serious civil rights violations for years, including racial bias against blacks and a tendency to use excessive force, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Friday.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz says he will launch an investigation into the Justice Department and FBI's actions in the months leading up to the 2016 election, including whether department policies were followed by FBI Director James Comey.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

FBI, Justice Department to be investigated over handling of Clinton email case

- The Washington Times

The Justice Department inspector general will review the FBI's handling of its investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, including Director James B. Comey's decision to publicly release information about the resolution of the case in July and his correspondence with Congress about renewing the probe just ahead of the presidential election.

Federal reform policy for Baltimore police discourages arrests for minor offenses

- The Washington Times

Department of Justice and Baltimore officials announced Thursday that they have reached an agreement on a consent decree that will reform the city's police department, in part by setting policy guidelines to prohibit unlawful stops and arrests and unnecessary use of force, and to ensure stops are constitutional and sexual assaults are properly investigated.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper told the Senate Armed Service Committee that the U.S. needs an information agency "on steroids" to fight Russia's propaganda operation. (Associated Press)

Intel chiefs call for tougher fight against Russia

- The Washington Times

The nation's top intelligence chiefs said Thursday that the government needed to conduct a far more aggressive information war push to counter foreign cyberespionage while strongly defending their conclusion that top Russian officials authorized efforts to hack the presidential election in an effort to influence the vote.

In this Nov. 17, 2016, file photo, then-Indiana Sen. Dan Coats on Capitol Hill in Washington. President-elect Donald Trump is planning to appoint former Coats as Director of National Intelligence. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) **FILE**

Donald Trump selects Dan Coats, former senator, for top intelligence post

- Associated Press

President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Indiana Sen. Dan Coats to lead the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a role that would thrust him into the center of the intelligence community Trump has publicly challenged, a person with knowledge of the decision said Thursday.

Obama pens law review essay on reducing prison population

- The Washington Times

President Obama published an essay in the Harvard Law Review Thursday to highlight his efforts at criminal justice reform, saying he's the first president since Jimmy Carter to leave office with fewer inmates in federal prison than when he was inaugurated.

The organization held the demonstration to protest Sen. Jeff Sessions' nomination by President-elect Donald Trump, saying Sessions has a questionable record on civil rights and "can't be trusted to be the chief law enforcement officer for voting rights." (Associated Press)

NAACP sit-in against AG nominee Jeff Sessions ends with arrests

Associated Press

Several NAACP protesters led by their national president were escorted away in handcuffs by police after staging a sit-in Tuesday at the Alabama office of Sen. Jeff Sessions, the nominee for U.S. attorney general, the civil rights group said.

Recent Opinion Columns

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ORRIN G. HATCH: Why the rush to a new attorney general?

President Obama's nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder Jr. as attorney general is an opportunity to refurbish the tarnished image of both the Senate and the Department of Justice.

Unarmed police are sitting ducks

- The Washington Times

David Grosso, a freshman at-large council member, wants members of the Metropolitan Police Department to serve but not protect. He wants to take their guns away, and he wants us to participate in a love-in of the '60s and '70s variety. Mr. Grosso must be having flashbacks from innocently being in the vicinity of second-hand reefer smoke.