Tagged: law

Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority

Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority, a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), details the “extraordinary expansion of FBI power over the last 12 years” and the way the agency “has subverted internal and external oversight by squelching whistleblowers, imposing and enforcing unnecessary secrecy,...

In Remembrance: September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2012

Despite the self-proclaimed “victories” of terrorists on September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2012, the actions of citizens and military personnel on both 9/11/2001 and 9/11/2012 are emblematic of American resilience and heroism. The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) joins the nation in mourning the loss of innocents from over...

Consequences of Criminal Conviction in the United States: An Inventory

The American Bar Association (ABA), in association with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), has made it easier to research the consequences of a criminal conviction in the United States with the release of its database, the National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction. ABA has ventured to make...

Crime in the United States, 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released its Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for January – December, 2012. The statistics “indicate that, as a whole, law enforcement agencies throughout the nation reported an increase of 1.2 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for 2012...

FBI Proposal May Undermine Cybersecurity, Experts Say

The Center for Democracy and Technology posted a report from 20 of the leading experts in computer and network security criticizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) proposal to require makers of secure communication tools to redesign their systems to make them wiretap compatible. Currently, the Communications Assistance for Law...

Which Companies Help Protect Your Data from the Government?

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has released its Third Annual Report on Online Service Providers’ Privacy and Transparency Practices Regarding Government Access to User Data. The report examines “the policies of major Internet companies — including ISPs, email providers, cloud storage providers, location-based services, blogging platforms, and social networking sites...

2013 National Drug Control Strategy

2013 National Drug Control Strategy In a Press Release on April 24, 2013, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy announced the release of the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy. The White House has also established a website entitled, “A Drug Policy for the 21st Century”. From the...

New Survey Released of Law Enforcement Officers’ Opinions on Gun Control

Gun Policy & Law Enforcement: Survey Results Yesterday, April 10th, a new survey on gun policy was released by PoliceOne.com. The survey was conducted in March 2013 and included more than 15,000 verified law enforcement professionals. The survey was “aimed to bring together the thoughts and opinions of the only...

FBI Highlights the Hostage Rescue Team’s 30 Years of Service

The FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team is federal law enforcement’s only full-time counterterrorism unit. FBI.gov is highlighting the team with a special 6 part series that celebrates its 30 years of service to the nation. Part 1: Three Decades of Service: “Last month marked the 30th anniversary of the FBI’s Hostage...

Law Enforcement and Mental Health Efforts: A Vital Strategy to Protect Our Communities

In the wake of violence committed by those with mental illnesses, proper response has proven vital in saving lives and protecting law enforcement officers. The Council of State Governments Justice Center has prepared a report which discusses the way individual states across the country are now forming policies and community...