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

President Barack Obama arrives at Pease Air National Guard Base in Newington, NH, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson) ** FILE **

Obama to preserve but not yet declassify Senate torture report

By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

The 6,700-page Senate report on the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the CIA used on terrorism suspects held after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks will not be released to the public before President Obama leaves office next month, according to the top White House lawyer. Published December 12, 2016

Recent Stories

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.

Black suspects more at risk from black cops

- The Washington Times

Despite an intense national focus on high-profile police shootings involving white officers and black men, a new study shows that white officers are not statistically more likely to shoot and kill a black suspect.

The case of convicted church shooter Dylann Storm Roof is the kind that essentially requires the death penalty, say advocates of increasing the practice. (Associated Press)

Death penalty falls to new low as voters seek resurgence

- The Washington Times

Use of the death penalty in the United States fell to a historic low in 2016, even as voters in three states passed ballot initiatives in support of capital punishment, according to a year-end report from the Death Penalty Information Center.

A Harris Corporation Stingray device, shown in a trademark application, via Wikimedia Commons. A Dec. 19 House Committee on Government Oversight revealed that federal agencies own 400 such cell-site simulators, used in criminal investigations to zero in on the location of cell phones owned by suspects under investigation.

Federal agencies can spy on phones with 400 cell-site simulators

- The Washington Times

The Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department have spent collectively more than $95 million on secret cellphone tracking technology and own more than 400 cell-site simulators that can be used to zero in covertly on the locations of cellphones, according to a congressional report.

President Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Obama blames U.S. intelligence for missing rise of the Islamic State

- The Washington Times

As President Obama prepares to leave office without having destroyed the Islamic State, he's selling the notion that U.S. intelligence agencies failed to warn him promptly about the rise of the terrorist group more than two years ago, an assertion raising howls of incredulity in some quarters.

Police investigate motive of Ohio State attacker

- The Washington Times

Police are investigating what motivated a Somali-born Ohio State University student to plow a car into a group of pedestrians and to stab others with a butcher knife Monday morning -- an incident that triggered a lockdown on the Columbus campus as police responded to the scene and fatally shot the man.

Obama grants more commutations, topping 1,000, and breaks record

- The Washington Times

President Obama granted another 79 commutations Tuesday in his record-breaking year of clemency, including 16 individuals who were convicted of firearms offenses. The action brings Mr. Obama's total number of commutations to 1,023, far more than any other president in history.

San Antonio Police Department personnel investigate the scene after Det. Benjamin Marconi was fatally shot Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in San Antonio. Marconi was writing out a traffic ticket to a motorist when he was shot to death in his squad car Sunday outside police headquarters by another driver who pulled up from behind, authorities said. (Edward A. Ornelas/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Authorities say Texas, Missouri officers shot in ambushes

- Associated Press

A police officer has been fatally shot in Texas, and another in Missouri was shot in the face but is expected to survive, in what authorities are calling the latest in a series of targeted attacks on law enforcement.

Recent Opinion Columns

Image of Justice Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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.