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.
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By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times
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. Published May 7, 2015
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.
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.
As the Boston Marathon bombing trial wound to a close Monday, a parallel debate continues to rage inside federal law enforcement circles about whether the United States has the capability and resources to track down "lone wolves" like Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who admitted helping his elder brother detonate two pressure cooker bombs amid a crowd of thousands.
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.
The Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division has spent three days discussing with community groups and individuals in Ferguson, Missouri, the outcome of an investigation and evaluation of the city's police department.
Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is teaming up with a few Democrats to push a measure that would help state and local law enforcement cover the cost of purchasing or leasing body-worn cameras as part of pilot programs that will test whether the equipment could help increase public trust in law enforcement and bolster public safety.
Yemen's descent into political chaos makes it the latest Mideast nation too dangerous for U.S. officials to operate in — a development intelligence sources say will dangerously limit America's ability to track and target al Qaeda and other extremist terror movements in the region.
Sen. John McCain on Thursday scolded Senate Democratic Whip Richard J. Durbin for accusing Republicans of making Loretta Lynch "sit on the back of the bus" by delaying a confirmation vote on her nomination for attorney general, which could make her the first black female to serve as American's top cop.
Nearly two dozen of the illegal immigrants picked up in a nationwide sweep for criminal aliens earlier this month had previously been approved for President Obama's deportation amnesty, the Homeland Security Department said Wednesday.
Mitch McConnell says the Senate must finish a human trafficking bill before it can vote on confirming Loretta Lynch as attorney general.
A Metro Transit Police officer fatally shot a person inside a train tunnel Thursday night near the Potomac Avenue Metro Station, shutting down the D.C. station overnight.
Activists offered their support to the two police officers shot Thursday in Ferguson but acknowledged that the gunfire delivered a setback to the movement as questions surfaced over whether nonstop protests helped provoke the incident.
Within the last two weeks, Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has written two scathing letters to the Department of Justice and the FBI questioning the law enforcement agency's treatment of whistleblowers and its handling of retaliation complaints.
The Justice Department announced Thursday the six cities that will be part of a $4.75 million pilot program to restore trust between police agencies and the communities they serve.
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