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Military judge halts 9/11 trial following accusations of FBI spying
April 14, 2014
Army Col. James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trials of those accused of involvement with the 9/11 terrorist attacks, halted a hearing on Monday following accusations that the FBI was spying on attorneys for one of the accused. Defense attorneys for admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid She....... [more]

FBI reports decrease in violent crimes, property crimes
February 19, 2014
The FBI on Tuesday released preliminary crime statistics indicating declines in reported violent crimes and property crimes in the US. The statistics are based upon data collected during the first six months of 2013 submitted by nearly 13,000 federal and state law enforcement agencies around the nat....... [more]

Rand Paul files complaint against NSA surveillance program
February 13, 2014
US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, the Director of National Intelligence, the director of the NSA, and the director of the FBI challenging the constitutionality of the NSA's surveillance program. The class action complaint seeks a declaration th....... [more]

Federal appeals court rules FBI can withhold racial surveillance information
October 24, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Wednesday ruled that the FBI is not required to disclose documents regarding its use of ethnic and racial information. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the disclosure of those document....... [more]

Third Circuit rules warrant needed to attach GPS tracker to vehicle
October 23, 2013
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Tuesday that a warrant is required prior to the government's attachment of a global positioning system (GPS) device to a vehicle for the purposes of monitoring the vehicle's movements. In December 2010 FBI agents affixed a "slap-on" GPS tracker to....... [more]

FBI use of unmanned drones revealed
September 27, 2013
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) on Thursday released an interim report on the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The report details that currently the FBI is the only DOJ component to have used UAS to support its mission. However, other DOJ components....... [more]

ACLU urges Obama administration to curb FBI surveillance powers
September 17, 2013
FBI powers have expanded rapidly in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which called on the Obama administration and Congress to rein in the agency. The report states that the FBI's excessive secrecy has limited oversig....... [more]

BP ordered to pay $130 million to oil spill claims administrator
August 8, 2013
Judge Sally Shushan of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday ordered British Petroleum (BP) to pay the third quarter and some fourth quarter expenses for the gulf oil spill claim administration program. The budget and fees for the program totaled over $130 millio....... [more]

Rights groups challenge NSA surveillance
July 18, 2013
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California against the National Security Agency (NSA). The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the NSA, Justice Department, FBI and directors of the agencies for allegedly viola....... [more]

NSA collecting phone call data under top secret court order
June 6, 2013
The National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting call data from Verizon customers under a top secret court order published by The Guardian Wednesday. The court order, granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to the FBI in April, requires Verizon to turn over information about ph....... [more]

Federal judge rules Google must comply with national security letters
June 1, 2013
A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of California has ruled that Google Inc. must follow the FBI's warrantless requests for user information through national security letters (NSLs). The ruling, which was issued on May 20, was released to the public on Friday. Under 18 USC....... [more]


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