NEWS & ANALYSIS
May 08, 2013 -The Obama administration favors an FBI plan to overhaul U.S. surveillance laws, which supporters say would bring them up to date with the Internet age. Some online companies have been warned that the background checks they provide may violate the U.S. Fair Credit Reporting Act. Arrests have been made in a $50 million diamond heist that occurred in February. And more.
Apr 24, 2013 -Witnesses at a Senate subcommittee hearing on the use of drones as a counterterrorism tool told lawmakers that, while useful, the drone program should have stringent oversight.
Apr 11, 2013 -U.S. Senators agree to background checks at gun shows, a report urges the government to better research emergency response to a nuclear disaster, and two agents charged with investigating corruption are found falsifying records.
Apr 08, 2013 -European data protection authorities launch investigations of Google, the government fights illegal border crossings at Indian reservations, and the Indiana legislature considers placing an armed officer at every public school.
Apr 01, 2013 -The Supreme Court limits the role of police dogs in searches, a new Senate bill targets visa fraud, and a federal court has ruled that the CIA must release documents on its drone program.
Mar 25, 2013 -A new law offers grants to fight campus crime, a Pennsylvania study finds that halfway houses do not help former inmates, and a new bill would provide security equipment to courthouses.
Mar 21, 2013 -A judge rules that the accused Fort Hood shooter cannot plead guilty; gun bills move forward in Colorado and Utah; and the Craigslist Killer faces the death penalty.
Mar 20, 2013 - The rapid advancement of technology has had a positive impact on law enforcement, but it also poses enormous legal challenges because the U.S. has “old laws,” according to Andrew Weissman, general counsel to the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). He spoke at the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Law & National Security luncheon in Washington, D.C. today.
Feb 28, 2013 -Witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee testified in support of S. 150, which would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.
Feb 27, 2013 -The U.S. Supreme Court heard a case yesterday on whether DNA can be collected by law enforcement without a warrant for comparison in unsolved crimes. A shooting spree has occurred at a plant in Switzerland. Prosecution will not proceed against the owner of an Internet streaming site accused of piracy.