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

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FBI's new facial recognition program is fully operational

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

The FBI's Next Generation Identification (NGI) System is now fully operational. The powerful facial recognition program that started development in 2011 will now be accessible to various law enforcement agencies. Published September 17, 2014

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media during a joint press conference with the President of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III., as part of a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

AP EXCLUSIVE: CIA halts spying in Europe

- Associated Press

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

In this undated family photo provided by the National Action Network, Saturday, July 19, 2014, Eric Garner, right, poses with his children during during a family outing. Garner was confronted by police trying to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed, loose cigarettes on a Staten Island sidewalk, authorities said. The 6-foot-3, 350-pound Garner became irate, denying the charges and refusing to be handcuffed before one of the officers placed him in what Police Commissioner William Bratton said appeared to be a chokehold, according to partial video of the encounter obtained by the New York Daily News. (AP Photo/Family photo via National Action Network)

Expert says chokehold caused NYC man's death

- Associated Press

An expert forensic pathologist hired by the family of a New York City man whose death in a police chokehold this summer was ruled a homicide has agreed with the findings of the city's medical examiner.

A memorial for Darrien Hunt is set up at the Panda Express in Saratoga Springs, Utah on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Hunt was shot by police outside the restaurant on Sept. 10. (AP Photo/The Daily Herald, Spenser Heaps)

Lawyer to ask feds to probe Utah police shooting

- Associated Press

An attorney for the family of a black man who was fatally shot by Utah police says he is going to ask the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate the shooting and reports of racial discrimination in the city where it occurred.

FILE - U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske poses for photos after ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 file photo. Kerlikowske scheduled a news conference Thursday Sept. 18, 2014 in Washington to discuss what his office said were “developments toward CBP’s commitment to increase transparency and accountability.” (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Border Patrol to test wearing cameras

- Associated Press

The U.S. Border Patrol will begin wearing cameras this year at its training academy, a test to see if the technology should be used in the field to blunt criticism about agents' use of force.

In this Jan. 29, 2014, photo, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on current and projected national security threats against the U.S. Clapper, said this week that the loss of state secrets as a result of leaks by former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden was the worst in American history.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Intelligence director disputes allegations he lied

- Associated Press

James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, denied Thursday that he lied to Congress about government surveillance last year, and he rolled out a new national intelligence strategy that includes principles of ethics for intelligence officers.

A check point near the northeastern city of Qamishli, Syria. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)

CIA goes to war against Islamic State

- The Washington Times

Behind the scenes of the U.S. military preparations for airstrikes in Iraq and Syria against the al Qaeda offshoot terrorist group Islamic State, the CIA is gearing up for new drone strikes and a surge in intelligence-gathering operations to support it, according to U.S. officials.

This undated PennDOT identification photo released Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, by the Pennsylvania State Police shows Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Penn., being sought in Friday's shooting that left one trooper dead and another critically wounded at a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. A gunman killed Cpl. Bryon Dickson, 38, and critically wounded Trooper Alex Douglass outside the barracks during a late-night shift change, then slipped away. (AP Photo/PennDOT via Pennsylvania State Police)

Police run down tips about trooper ambush suspect

- Associated Press

Authorities hunting for a suspect in last week's fatal ambush outside a rural state police barracks chased down several mistaken sightings Wednesday as schools closed down and the public remained on edge.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton, right, and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson chat before a security conference begins, in New York,  Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Govs. Cuomo, Christie and Mayor de Blasio met with Secretary Johnson and a bi-state group of officials from local, state and federal law enforcement and public safety offices to discuss security preparedness and coordination in the New York-New Jersey region. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)

NYPD boss: Islamic State group threat expanding

Associated Press

New York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday.

Recent Opinion Columns

Illustration of Eric Holder and the corruption of the Justice Department by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The injustice of Eric Holder

Even we were shocked when we researched our new book, "Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department," at the extent to which Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has politicized the Justice Department.

Retired Major General Antonio Taguba (Associated Press)

Democrats 'shaping' attack on CIA interrogation program

It goes by a variety of names: Shaping; Intelligence Preparation of the Battle Space (IPB); Operational Preparation of the Environment (OPE). These are the first steps in any campaign and they are designed to maximize the chances of success before the campaign even begins — or at least before everyone recognizes that it has begun.

A man stands in the street during a protest Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo. Brown's shooting has sparked more than a week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Holder and Obama must enforce the Anti-Riot Act against agitators now

The rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, involves left-wing militants from across the country. It is not simply local unrest over the police shooting of Michael Brown. Out-of-state anarchists, Communists, Occupy movement members and other agitators are exploiting the situation to create chaos. That is their method for trying to bring down the American way of life that they detest.