The Pentagon's new thick book of instructions for waging war the legal way says that terrorists also can be journalists.
Law Enforcement & Intelligence
The latest coverage of the law enforcement community and all aspects of the U.S. intelligence.
By Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times
Nearly 75 percent of U.S. bombing runs targeting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria returned to base without firing any weapons in the first four months of 2015, holding their fire mainly because of a lack of ground intelligence and raising questions about President Obama's key tactic in pushing back an enemy that continues to expand its territory in the war zone. Published May 31, 2015
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday she will work to "make safe the world of cyberspace" and to forge better relationships between police and minority communities.
Shooting and homicide rates are spiking in major U.S. cities including Baltimore and New York in the wake of nationwide protests against policing tactics such as stop-and-frisk and the questionable use of force against unarmed black men by law enforcement officers.
When Lt. Col. Jason Amerine, a decorated Green Beret, took the big step last summer of contacting a member of Congress on the gnawing question of freeing American hostages, he never suspected the bureaucratic minefield that awaited him, especially from the FBI.
Riding a wave of anti-government snooping sentiment, the House voted Thursday to stop the intelligence community from poring over Americans' emails and other data scooped up as part of its dragnet collection.
Despite China's escalating cyberattacks that are stealing massive amounts of sensitive U.S. government personnel and military data, President Obama still plans to have China's president as an honored guest in Washington this year, the White House said Wednesday.
The Transportation Security Administration failed to screen out more than 70 airport workers who appeared on terrorist-related vetting lists, the agency's inspector general reported Monday, saying officials weren't checking all of the right databases.
The number of long-range Russian strategic bomber flights that buzzed U.S. airspace doubled last year from their norm, forcing American jets to frequently scramble and capturing the attention of hawks in Congress who believe the Kremlin is sending a veiled warning to President Obama to keep out of its affairs in Ukraine.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who revealed the agency's phone snooping program in 2013, says the end of the mass surveillance of phone calls under the Patriot Act is "a historic victory for the rights of every citizen."
The National Security Agency's phone-snooping program is on its last legs after senators approved the USA Freedom Act Tuesday, rewriting the sweeping Patriot Act to ban bulk collection of Americans' data and adding more transparency checks to the secret court that oversees intelligence gathering in the hopes of heading off future surprises.
Key government surveillance powers under the Patriot Act were set to expire Monday after Republican leaders were unable to surmount the objections of Sen. Rand Paul, sending Congress careening past a midnight deadline.
Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore. She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.
The FBI's push to ensure a backdoor into cellphones so that federal agents can skirt around tricky encryption technology in order to track terrorists is evoking backlash from privacy groups and technology companies.
Fraudsters stole private information from the IRS on more than 100,000 taxpayers and used it to bilk the agency of tens of millions of dollars, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday -- though he insisted the breach didn't affect most Americans.
At the end, senators were fighting over the chance to be the ones filibustering the Patriot Act in Saturday morning's dramatic session, underscoring just how unpopular the law is and how difficult a time Republican leaders will have in trying to keep it intact as they race an end-of-month deadline.
FBI agents can't point to any major terrorism cases they've cracked thanks to the key snooping powers in the Patriot Act, the Justice Department's inspector general said in a report Thursday that could complicate efforts to keep key parts of the law operating.
A government watchdog is ringing the alarm bells over the FBI's "greatly expanded" use of the investigative authority granted to it by the Patriot Act, which the law-enforcement agency has used to obtain bulk information about people who have no ties to an official investigation.
President Obama signed legislation Tuesday establishing a "blue alert" system to warn police officers more quickly about threats to themselves and other law-enforcement officials.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he plans to do "everything humanly possible" to try to stop the Patriot Act, key provisions of which are due to expire at the end of the month, including Section 215, which the Obama and Bush administrations have used to justify the NSA's phone snooping and bulk data collection programs.
President Obama's aim to stop civilian law enforcement from using federal funds for military equipment has evoked the ire of police organizations, who say the sweeping mandate will keep out of their hands items commonly used to quell riots, such as batons, helmets and shields.
President Obama on Monday set new limits on police access to certain military equipment, part of a larger federal government response aimed at preventing the kind of unrest seen in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
A plan put forward by the District's mayor and police chief to outfit officers with body cameras but not allow public release of the video would undermine the program's goal of creating more transparency and accountability, say researchers studying the emerging technology.
The NSA's phone snooping program is probably illegal and certainly can't be justified under the Patriot Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a momentous decision that could rewrite the way the government has to go about gathering intelligence.
Privacy law experts are watching how a lawsuit over a Northern Virginia police department's collection of license-plate data plays out, saying the case carries implications for similar programs across the country.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing the debate on the NSA's phone-records snooping program to the last possible moment, hoping to win a full extension of the Patriot Act by leaving his colleagues with a take-it-or-leave-it choice.
Economic and civil rights experts say increased immigration spurred by President Obama's executive orders poses a bigger threat to the black community than police brutality or racial profiling, which have sparked protests in black communities across the country.
A day after revealing an innocent American hostage was killed in a January drone strike on an al Qaeda compound, President Obama said Friday that he welcomes a debate over U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism practices.
The national homicide "clearance rate" — that is, local police identifying and arresting killers — has slipped to 64.1 percent from more than 90 percent just 50 years ago amid shrinking budgets, higher closure standards and more crimes being committed by gangs and drug dealers who may have no local footprint and/or encourage a "no-snitch" mentality.
Sen. Robert Menendez says he doesn't believe the Obama administration orchestrated his indictment on corruption and bribery charges because of his opposition to the president's policies on Cuba and Iran.
A group of artists secretly installed a 100-pound bust of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on top of a Revolutionary War memorial in a New York City park early Monday.
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