Last year's Orlando nightclub shootings propelled the annual number of deaths linked to domestic extremist-related attacks to their highest level in decades and made Islamist extremism the deadliest ideology for the first time in 30 years.
Law Enforcement & Intelligence
The latest coverage of the law enforcement community and all aspects of the U.S. intelligence.
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
President Trump said Thursday he's ordered a Justice Department probe of leaks of classified information and defended fired national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying "he was just doing his job" by talking to a Russian diplomat before the inauguration.
The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee have asked the country's top law enforcement officials for copies of the transcripts of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's conversations with a Russian diplomat, as well as a briefing on the circumstances surrounding Mr. Flynn's resignation.
The chairmen of the House oversight and judiciary committees have formally requested an investigation from the Justice Department's inspector general to see if any officials mishandled classified information in the wake of recent intelligence-related leaks.
Roger Stone, a longtime confidant of President Trump, on Thursday denied having regular contacts with the Russians during last year's campaign.
President Trump said Thursday that "low-life leakers" "will be caught" and demanded an apology from The New York Times, among others, in the wake of recent reports tying some of his team to Russian operatives during last year's campaign.
Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House intelligence committee, said most of the recent intel leaks are likely originating from people who worked in the Obama administration.
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.
Fairfax County police detective identified 10 suspects -- four adults and six juveniles -- who they believe were involved in the murder of a 15-year-old girl.
Rep. Steve King said Wednesday that there are clearly people within the intelligence community who don't want to see President Trump succeed and that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was subjected to a "political assassination."
Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy announced his retirement Tuesday after two years at the helm of the agency.
A former store clerk was convicted Tuesday of murder in one of the nation's most haunting missing-child cases, the disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz on the way to the school bus stop 38 years ago.
A group of California police officers have stepped in to help a 12-year-old Girl Scout and her mother after they were robbed at gunpoint while selling cookies outside a grocery store Wednesday evening.
After Jeff Sessions was sworn in as U.S. attorney general Thursday, he gave brief remarks promising to combat crime and crack down on the "lawlessness" of illegal immigration. But foremost on his growing list of responsibilities appears to be defending President Trump's executive orders.
The chief of the Jacksonville Beach Police Department warned law enforcement personnel Monday after a local restaurant owner told authorities that his employees have been spitting in officers' food, according to police documents.
A proposal by Texas lawmakers to withhold grant money from jurisdictions that hamper enforcement of immigration laws through so-called "sanctuary city" policies is constitutional, according to a review by the state's Republican attorney general.
D.C. Council members want to take a closer look at emergency legislation that would offer retention bonuses to retiring police officers, asking if retirees are the best source to replenish the dwindling police force.
More than 70 Prince George's County Police officers have alleged racial discrimination in the department.
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.
A Philadelphia police officer whose tattoo provoked outrage from the mayor's office and spurred a months-long internal probe has been cleared of wrongdoing, local media reported Tuesday.
Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch defended her former deputy Sally Q. Yates for questioning the legality of President Trump's executive order banning refugees and travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries and refusing to defend the order in court.
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.
The New York City Police Department is stepping up patrols at mosques and other houses of worship in the city following the fatal shooting of six people at a mosque in Canada.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus pushed back Sunday against claims that the nation's top military and intelligence leaders are barred from participating in the National Security Council.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Trump is offering to "send in the Feds" if Chicago can't reduce its homicide figures.
FBI Director James B. Comey will reportedly remain on as head of the agency in President Trump's administration.
President Trump has asked FBI Director James B. Comey to remain at his job, according to a published report.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Monday commended Mexican officials for helping capture and facilitate the extradition of drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman to the United States last week.
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.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday that former CIA director John Brennan is "bitter" he wasn't retained by the Trump administration.
President Obama commuted the sentences of 330 more federal prisoners on Thursday, the second batch of clemency grants in his final week in office.
Virginia has executed a man convicted of killing two young girls and their parents during a New Year's Day home invasion more than 11 years ago.
President Obama denied a clemency application by Native American Leonard Peltier, who was convicted of killing two FBI agents during a shootout at South Dakota's Pine Ridge reservation in 1975.
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.
President Obama said Wednesday that he commuted the sentence of transgender military-secrets leaker Chelsea Manning because "justice has been served" in her case.
Georgetown professor and author Michael Eric Dyson used a CNN segment Wednesday on President Obama's legacy to segue into racial commentary likening police to the Islamic State group.
Virginia is planning to execute a man convicted of killing a well-known family of four in their Richmond home on New Year's Day 2006.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top U.S. intelligence officials reportedly gave classified documents last week to President-elect Donald Trump that detailed accounts that Russian intelligence had damaging information on him.
FBI Director James B. Comey, in his first public comments since the presidential election, said the bureau requested but was denied direct access to the Democratic National Committee's servers and other hacked devices as part of its probe of Russian hacking.
The Islamic State's terrorist army in recent weeks has used channels on a popular messaging app to show gruesome killings and to instruct followers on how to attack the U.S. with chemical weapons, despite the app's assertion that it blocks such extremists.
Senate Democrats are poised to throw away 20 years of friendship and a bipartisan working relationship with Sen. Jeff Sessions to wreak political vengeance on him this week as they consider his nomination for attorney general.
Rep. Duncan Hunter on Friday personally removed a painting that depicted police officers as pigs and had been displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex.
President-elect Donald Trump said Friday he's asking the chairmen of the House and Senate intelligence committees to investigate how NBC got hold of details from what it says is the top secret dossier on Russian interference in the U.S. election.
A spokesman for the State Department said Friday that it's "pretty obvious" Russia was "trying to hurt" Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton through election season hacks.
President-elect Donald Trump is prepared to listen to and understand intelligence information he's due to receive Friday on alleged election season hacking by Russia, according to Mr. Trump's spokesman.
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.
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.
The spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump refuted Thursday a report that the Republican plans to revamp U.S. intelligence agencies in the wake of Obama administration claims that Russian hackers helped Mr. Trump to win the election.
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 sheriff of Roane County, West Virginia, was arrested Tuesday and charged with grand larceny two days after taking office.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Wednesday he hopes President-elect Donald Trump will trust the U.S. intelligence community over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, saying Mr. Trump should "ignore" and "condemn" Mr. Assange.
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.
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