Tagged: law

Terrorism Prevention and Training Within State, Local, and Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies

The events on 9/11 brought drastic change to the United States in numerous ways. Today, Americans look towards law enforcement agencies now, more than ever, for a feeling of safety. Knowing that the FBI agency has been trained in counterterrorism, the question lies as to how our state, local, and...

FBI’s Operation Cross Country Wrap-up: “These Are America’s Children”

Since 2003, the Innocence Lost National Initiative, or “Operation Cross Country” has resulted in the identification and recovery of over 3600 children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. This is the eighth year of the initiative. In a press release on Monday June 23rd, the Director of the Federal Bureau of...

War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has recently released a report on a dangerous new trend in law enforcement: the unnecessary militarization of American policing. According to the ACLU, this militarization is due in large part to “federal programs that have armed state and local law enforcement agencies with the...

CBP Releases Updated Use of Force Policy Handbook

Following a series of external reviews of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) use of force policies, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske released last week a revised version of CBP’s “Use of Force Policy, Guidelines and Procedures Handbook.” The updates to the handbook were driven in large part by...

International Cyber Officials Take Down BlackShades Malware Creators, Sellers, and Users

Cybercrime and cyberattacks are becoming increasingly prevalent in computer networks worldwide. Everything from national power grids to individual users’ private data is being targeted for malicious use, and on top of that, these networks and data are becoming harder and harder to protect. To combat the growing cybercrime phenomenon, the...

Lessons from a Violent Actor: Multimedia Police Review of the Christopher Dorner Incident Provides In-depth Analysis

For nine days in February 2013, Southern California law enforcement was at the height of security alert in response to events initiated by former Los Angeles Police Department officer Christopher Dorner’s manifesto-fueled rampage, in which he targeted civilians and law enforcement alike. The incident left four dead and several wounded...

Breach of Privilege: Spying on Lawyers in the United States

In 2013, Edward Snowden brought to light the extent of government surveillance in the United States, exposing everything from the collection, storage, and analysis of Americans’ private emails, phone calls, and text messages by intelligence agencies nationwide. Outraged, the public called for the protection of their First and Fourth Amendment...

How Beneficial are Crime Analysts?

A survey conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) in 2008 concluded that “89% of responding agencies reported having staff whose primary or secondary duty was crime analysis.” Since then, there have been ongoing budget cuts, making it necessary to cut down on all non-essential positions. Without data on...

2013 Trends Show a Decline in Hate and Extremist Groups in the U.S.

The Southern Poverty Law Center released this week the Spring 2014 edition of its “Intelligence Report” which focuses on hate and extremism in the United States. In the headlining article, “The Year in Hate and Extremism”, author Mark Potok discusses trends in hate and extremism for the year 2013, with...

FISC Judges Worry About Increased Workload from FISA

When it comes to applying limitations to intelligence gathering operations, it’s seen as the responsibility of the political branches of the United States to decide the legal requirements within the bounds of the Constitution. With this in mind, John D. Bates, Director of the Administrative Office of the United States...