December 27th, 2013
12:18 PM ET
9 months ago

NSA gets win in court over bulk data collection

(CNN) – The National Security Agency notched a much-needed win in court, after a series of setbacks over the legality and even the usefulness of its massive data collection program.

A federal judge in New York ruled Friday that the National Security Agency's bulk collection of data on nearly every phone call made in the United States is legal.

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Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance
December 9th, 2013
07:59 AM ET
9 months ago

Tech companies seek limits on government surveillance

(CNN) – Some U.S. technology giants are asking the Obama administration and Congress to rein in government surveillance.

Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Google and Microsoft are among the companies signing an open letter arguing that surveillance has gone too far. The companies say they're improving encryption and fighting to limit surveillance requests, but they're also asking for new legal changes to limit surveillance.

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Filed under: Facebook • NSA
3-D printer guns at center of House vote to extend screening law
December 3rd, 2013
08:02 AM ET
10 months ago

3-D printer guns at center of House vote to extend screening law

(CNN) – House lawmakers on Tuesday are expected to approve a 10-year extension of a federal law requiring that all guns be detectable by metal screening machines.

But partisan wrangling could still mean the Undetectable Firearms Act will expire next Monday.

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Filed under: Congress • Gun control • Gun rights • House
Obama faces crucial Guantanamo votes
November 18th, 2013
01:11 PM ET
10 months ago

Obama faces crucial Guantanamo votes

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's efforts to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are expected to face some crucial Senate votes this week, and for the first time in four years, he stands a chance to win some.

A Senate bill to authorize defense spending contains some of the loosest restrictions yet on transferring Guantanamo prisoners, including possibly to the United States for detention, trial or medical care.

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Filed under: Guantanamo • President Obama
FBI chief on Benghazi probe: 'We will never stop'
November 14th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
10 months ago

FBI chief on Benghazi probe: 'We will never stop'

(CNN) – FBI Director James Comey told a Senate hearing on Thursday the agency considers the investigation of the deadly Benghazi terror attack among its "highest priorities."

In response to questions from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, Comey said the FBI still has "a lot of people working very, very hard on this. We are committed bringing to justice those responsible for the attack and the murder of our folks.

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Filed under: FBI • James Comey
Holder touts benefits of changes in mandatory minimum sentences
November 5th, 2013
01:41 PM ET
11 months ago

Holder touts benefits of changes in mandatory minimum sentences

Philadelphia (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder visited a federal court program for former criminal offenders to highlight the Justice Department efforts to change mandatory minimum sentences and other rigid federal rules.

Holder sat in court Tuesday as a group of men who have been released from prison in the past few months gave reports on efforts to find jobs, places to live and reunite with their families.
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Source: U.S. to allow ATF agent to write 'Fast and Furious' book, not profit from it
October 16th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
11 months ago

Source: U.S. to allow ATF agent to write 'Fast and Furious' book, not profit from it

Washington (CNN) - A federal agent will be allowed to write a book with an insider's account of Operation Fast and Furious, reversing an earlier government attempt to block publication for "morale" reasons. However, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, won't be allowed to make money on the book.

A U.S. law enforcement official familiar with the matter says the Justice Department, ATF and the Federal Bureau of Investigation will review Dodson's manuscript and, after making redactions to protect sensitive law enforcement information, will clear it for publication. However, federal employee guidelines prohibit Dodson and other active agents from making a profit from their work in law enforcement, the official said.

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Filed under: Justice Department
September 27th, 2013
08:32 AM ET
12 months ago

NSA: Some used spying power to snoop on lovers

(CNN) – The National Security Agency's internal watchdog detailed a dozen instances in the past decade in which its employees intentionally misused the agency's surveillance power, in some cases to snoop on their love interests.

A letter from the NSA's inspector general responding to a request by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, lists the dozen incidents where the NSA's foreign intelligence collection systems were abused. The letter also says there are two additional incidents now under investigation and another allegation pending that may require an investigation.

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Filed under: Chuck Grassley • NSA
Feds cringe at possibility of more forced budget cuts
September 23rd, 2013
03:38 PM ET
12 months ago

Feds cringe at possibility of more forced budget cuts

Washington (CNN) - The leadership of federal law enforcement agencies is bracing for some real pain/tough choices if forced budget cuts are implemented again next year.

The Obama administration’s ongoing standoff with Republicans over Obamacare and the budget means forced budget cuts from the so-called “sequestration” will be likely. The administration is pushing Congress to find a long-term solution that would restore some of the sequestered cuts.
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Filed under: FBI • James Comey • Justice Department
Yahoo fight among new NSA court documents to be made public
September 13th, 2013
05:00 PM ET
1 year ago

Yahoo fight among new NSA court documents to be made public

A new batch of secret court orders that govern the National Security Agency's surveillance programs soon could be public following major legal victories on Friday by transparency advocates.

Yahoo, which lost a battle with the government in 2008 over the legality of an NSA foreign surveillance program, will soon get its wish to have the public see the court rulings in that fight.

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