Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say they're concerned that jihadist groups are gaining new strength, partly due to the conflict in Syria.
The NSA reveled in what it termed "the golden age of SIGINT" in a five year strategy also outlining its goal for expanding authorities even while other administration officials told Congress the information age had diminished their ability to intercept electronic communications. In it, the agency notes that the "advent of the information age [has] transformed the nature of our target space" but notes that signals intelligence collection has adapted.
The new FBI headquarters will require about 50 acres of land in close proximity to a Metro station and the Capital Beltway, the General Services Administration says.
"When you're doing a La Cosa Nostra investigation, you can de-conflict by calling each other or setting up a meeting for next Wednesday," FBI Director James Comey said during a Senate hearing. "When the threat is moving at 186,000 miles per second, as a photon does on the Internet, there's no time to make that phone call."
Intelligence officials pushed back against proposals to end the bulk storage of telephony metadata, telling a Nov. 4 oversight panel that limiting metadata collection to cases when the records can be tied to particular individuals would make counterterrorism efforts more difficult.
The man charged with the Friday murder of a Transportation Security Administration screener at Los Angeles International Airport and the injuring of two other screeners and a passenger reportedly carried a handwritten note expressing his desire to kill "TSA and pigs."
The advent of big data leaves federal policymakers with at least two opposite ways to ensure privacy--limit data collection, or allow agencies to store everything and later limit and audit database searches, as the NSA has done with telephony metadata. That second option "will fundamentally change the relationship we have with the state. It means the state will be in a better control position, because it has all this data on our activities," said Greg Nojeim of the Center for Democracy and Technology.
"We can now essentially capture our fingerprint with a standard commercial device, there's nothing special about that endpoint. It really drives that price point down," said Jeff Johnson, chief technology officer of the FBI. He spoke on a panel at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
The public safety exemption the Justice Department says makes admissible into court statements from an un-Mirandized alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev taken by the FBI during a post-capture 16 hour interrogation has been judicially stretched far beyond its original intent, argues a September paper from the Columbia Law Review.
The sheriff of the county with the largest Somali population in the United States called for federal support to counter recruitment by the Somalia-based terrorist group al Shabaab during a House hearing Oct. 9.