Key security agencies in the United States are expected to be exempted from new Justice Department rules announced by President Barack Obama’s administration to reduce racial profiling by federal law enforcement. The exemptions will permit Homeland Security agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday December 6, 2014 2:11 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday November 5, 2014 7:27 am|
The investigator who led the Department of Homeland Security’s internal review of the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal, David Nieland, claimed hotel records showed a member of the White House advance team signed a prostitute into his room the same night. The White House denied one of its people was involved and a formal report of the scandal by Nieland did not mention the White House staffer.
The staffer alleged to have been involved is now a policy adviser at the State Department. His father also works in the Obama administration. After the report became public, Nieland said he was asked to delete information about the White House staffer because it was potentially damaging to the administration during an election year.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 24, 2014 7:51 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) obtained a copy of guidelines for Amtrak customer service employees in Texas. The organization received it as a result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, which it filed because individuals have been submitted reports indicating they were “wrongfully searched and arrested on Amtrak trains.” The company may [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 20, 2014 12:47 pm|
The United States government has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of five US citizens who say they were victims of a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. According to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], a National Suspicious Activity [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 9, 2014 2:33 pm|
A United States Senate committee held a hearing in the aftermath of what happened with militarized policing in Ferguson, Missouri, in order to examine federal grant programs for state and local law enforcement. At the hearing, two of the heads of three major grant programs admitted they do not examine whether a law enforcement organization [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday August 14, 2014 8:09 am|
Is ISIS a Direct Threat to the U.S.? Doubtful. Get Afraid! First, a few samples of the fear-mongering rhetoric. “The militant Islamic State group could launch a direct attack on U.S. soil,” warned South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who claimed the militants are a “direct threat to our homeland… They are coming.” Graham, and his [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday July 11, 2014 5:53 pm|
Multiple organizations have filed a class action lawsuit against the government for violating the due process rights of immigrant children, who have crossed the US-Mexico border, by failing to provide them with legal presentation during deportation hearings. The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Public Counsel, and K&L Gates LLP [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 10, 2014 7:50 pm|
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of five United States citizens challenging a domestic surveillance program, which involves the collection of “suspicious activity reports” on individuals. The federal government has a National Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative (NSI) that, according to the ACLU’s filed complaint [PDF], “encourages state and local law [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday June 24, 2014 11:45 am|
The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report on the militarization of local law enforcement in the United States, which shows how the vast majority of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team deployments are for executing search warrants for drugs and the federal government is incentivizing the use of military-grade weaponry. A statistical analysis [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:47 am|
Elliot Rodger, a college student who posted videos that documented his rage against women, killed six people and wounded 13 others last week. So where was the NSA?