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Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covering fiscal waste, fraud and political ethics. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Washington Guardian. Phillip can be reached at

Articles by Phillip Swarts

Parole Agent Steve Nakamura uses a flashlight to inspect a GPS locator worn on the ankle of a sex-offender parolee in Rio Linda, Calif., on Aug. 3, 2009. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sex offenders go under the radar in federal witness protection program: IG

Sex offenders who entered the federal witness protection program were sometimes given waivers so they did not have to register as a sex offender in their new life, federal investigators said Wednesday, raising concerns that law enforcement officials didn't do enough to protect citizens. Published March 11, 2015

In this Nov. 1, 2011, file photo, Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia speaks during the opening session at the London Cyberspace Conference in London. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, file pool)

Wikipedia suing NSA over Internet spying

A collection of civil-liberties and free-speech advocates, including the popular Wikipedia site, announced Tuesday they are suing the National Security Agency over its broad surveillance of U.S. Internet traffic, in part based on information gleaned from NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Published March 10, 2015

Non-resident visitors to the United States wait at the immigration control area after arriving at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Dec. 13, 2011. (Associated Press) **FILE**

U.S. visited by more foreigners than ever: Report

Roughly 75 million foreign citizens visited the U.S. in 2014, making it the nation's best year for international tourism, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Published March 10, 2015

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2015 file photo, Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch appears on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Democrats pressed Republican leaders Thursday, March 5, to schedule a vote on the president's pick to be attorney general. President Barack Obama nominated Lynch in November. She now serves as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )

Sen. Leahy: Honor Selma by confirming Loretta Lynch

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said his colleagues can honor the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march in Selma by voting to confirm Loretta Lynch as the next Attorney General. Published March 10, 2015