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Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra

Maggie Ybarra is a former military affairs and Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Times.

Articles by Maggie Ybarra

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa (Associated Press) **FILE**

Grassley pushes for clarity on FBI spy program

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wants the FBI to reveal more details about its spyware program, which can be used to collect passwords from a targeted computer and pinpoint its location. Published June 12, 2015

Demonstrators gather near a community pool Monday, June 8, 2015, during a protest in response to an incident at the pool involving McKinney police officers  in McKinney, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Cellphone 'vigilantes' pose new problems for police

Police advocates say "cellphone vigilantes" are popping up at various crime scenes and disturbances across the nation to capture short clips of high-tension moments, snippets that typically lack context and damage not only police-community relationships but the chance for cops to be treated fairly in the court of public opinion. Published June 11, 2015

This handout photo provided by the US Marshals Service shows Director Stacia Hylton. Hylton says she plans to retire in the coming months. She has served since January 2011 as leader of the agency, which is responsible for protecting federal courthouses, transporting prisoners and capturing fugitives. (S. Craig Crawford/US Marshals Service via AP)

U.S. Marshals director retires amid mismanagement probe

U.S. Marshals Service Director Stacia Hylton announced her retirement in coming months just as the Justice Department's Inspector General launched an independent investigation into the embattled agency. Published June 9, 2015

Transportation Security Administration officials check check passengers entering a security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta on Nov. 18, 2010. (Associated Press) **FILE**

TSA didn't spot airport workers with potential terrorism links: Audit

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. Published June 8, 2015

Community members and police officials at Boston Police Department Headquarters prepare to see video, Wednesday, June 3, 2015, in Boston, of a fatal police shooting on Tuesday, in the city's Roslindale neighborhood. Police said the video shows that officers did not have their weapons drawn when they approached Usaama Rahim and that they backed up when he initially lunged at them with a knife. (David Ryan/The Boston Globe via AP, Pool)

Law enforcement pushes Google to tweak cop-tracking app

Law enforcement officers are calling on Google's top executive to modify a GPS-based navigation software application that provides potential cop killers with the tools to track down and attack police. Published June 5, 2015

House Homeland Security Chairman Rep. Mike McCaul. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Michael McCaul says effort to counter violent extremism lacks structure

House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul said the nation's effort to counter violent extremism lacks structure, sufficient manpower and adequate funding, and is calling on the Department of Homeland Security to step up its efforts. Published June 3, 2015

A Baltimore Police officer speaks to a family member, where a young boy and a 31-year-old woman were shot and killed, Thursday, May 28, 2015, in Baltimore. In the month since Freddie Gray died and the city erupted in civil unrest, Baltimore has seen its murder rate skyrocket. There have been 36 murders in May alone.  (AP Photo/Juliet Linderman)

Justice Dept. official: Jim Crow laws to blame for poor policing

A Justice Department official said Thursday that Jim Crow laws of the 1800s are still an influence for many police squads across the nation and these policing tactics need to be abolished in order to improve relations between communities and law enforcement. Published May 28, 2015

Demonstrators rally outside outside the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct to protest police brutality on Nov. 25, 2014, in Minneapolis, following the previous day's announcement that a grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed, black 18-year-old Michael Brown. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Minneapolis police target minorities for low-level arrests: ACLU study

Minneapolis city police are more likely to arrest minorities for low-level criminal offenses, said the American Civil Liberties Union, which called on the city's law-enforcement to strengthen its ban on racial profiling and create a civilian review body that has authority to discipline officers when necessary. Published May 28, 2015

The not-yet completed Zenit Stadium  will host 2018 World Cup matches in St.Petersburg, Russia.  Swiss federal prosecutors opened criminal proceedings related to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. (Associated Press)

FIFA officials indicted on corruption charges

As the bombshell FIFA corruption charges exploded onto the soccer world Wednesday, some of the sport's biggest stars cheered, Russia denounced the probe as the latest example of U.S. overreach, and American prosecutors readied for the spectacle of suspects turning on one another to secure the best deal. Published May 27, 2015

The Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is seen here on May 14, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Ex-FBI agent blasts Justice Dept. audit of his firm

A former FBI special agent is accusing the Justice Department of unfairly conducting a federal audit that found his risk management firm spent more than $16,000 of a $375,000 tribal youth program cooperative agreement on questionable items. Published May 27, 2015

In Carpenter v. United States, the Supreme Court will decide whether police may use cellphone location records shared with third parties or whether privacy is protected under the Fourth Amendment. (Associated Press/File)

FBI pushes to weaken cell phone security, skirt encryption

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. Published May 26, 2015

FBI Director James B. Comey asked Congress this week to make sure Section 215 and two other parts of the Patriot Act, also slated to expire at the end of the month, are preserved. Those other powers include the ability to target lone wolf actors and to switch wiretaps if suspects switch their phones. (Associated Press)

FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers

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. Published May 21, 2015

Current staffing for the Metropolitan Police Department is around 3,800 officers, but officials have said at least 4,000 are needed to safely patrol the District. (Associated Press/File)

ACLU proposes policy for police body cameras

The American Civil Liberties Union has crafted a list of policy guidelines for the use of police body cameras after several law enforcement departments have instituted policies that lack pertinent rules and penalties. Published May 21, 2015