The federal witness protection program has taken in individuals considered known or suspected terrorists, but program officials didn't share the new identities of those individuals with national security stakeholders, a new report from the Justice Department office of inspector general says.
A federal attempt to ensure that Internet communications and services can be wiretapped could undermine national security by making the U.S. government's own communications less secure and by causing hardened communication tools to proliferate among a receptive audience that includes bad guys, says a May 17 paper from privacy advocates and cybersecurity researchers.
Training builds relationships between law enforcement agencies, and that's part of what made the response to the Boston Marathon bombings so effective--but it's also among the first things those agencies cut when budgets tighten, FBI Director Robert Mueller said May 16.
Justice Department documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act suggest that some U.S. attorneys may continue to authorize law enforcement access of opened emails less than 180 days old without first obtaining a warrant, says the American Civil Liberties Union.
The Justice Department report (.pdf), obtained and put online by Secrecy News , shows the vast majority of the applications put before the court included--whether exclusively or as part of a combined request including a physical search--electronic surveillance. The government withdrew one application and the court made modifications to 40 proposed orders.
More than four-fifths of American adults favor the expansion of camera surveillance in public places, according to a poll from CNN, Time and ORC International. A similar amount favor the use of facial-recognition technology to scan for suspected terrorists at certain locations.
The FBI's Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force--which since 2006 hasn't focused exclusively on foreign terrorists--doesn't always provide field offices "with timely and relevant information," say Justice Department auditors.
The FBI would be able to find out if a person was involuntarily committed to a mental health institution for purposes of running a gun purchase background check through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System if a rule being considered by the Health and Human Services Department is instituted.
Though counterterrorism and law enforcement agencies have worked to identify early indicators of terrorism and violence, the Boston Marathon bombing and other recent events show the limitations of those efforts, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said at a Senate hearing April 23.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will not be treated as an "enemy combatant" following his April 19 apprehension and subsequent hospitalization, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Monday. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice," Carney said, adding that the courts system had proven many times its ability to handle terrorist cases.