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FBI Seeks to Expand Wiretapping Statute

By   /  November 18, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  Comments Off on FBI Seeks to Expand Wiretapping Statute

In 1994, Congress passed the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act, which required phone and broadband providers to immediately comply when presented with a court wiretapping order.  The FBI now wants to extend the Act to cover internet companies as well. In furtherance of this decision FBI Director Robert Mueller traveled to Silicon Valley earlier […]

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Russia to Drill for Oil off Cuban Coast

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Russia’s energy corporation, Gazprom, announced its plan to drill for oil off Cuba’s coast. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of the company, bought a thirty percent share of four exploration blocks from a Malaysian corporation. The Russians will now take over all of the operations from the Malaysians, although Gazprom has little experience in offshore […]

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First Guantánamo Detainee Tried in Federal Court is Aquitted

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The first former Guantánamo detainee to be tried in federal court, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to destroy government buildings and property.  He was acquitted of the other 280 charges, all stemming from the 2008 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Tar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya, which killed 244 […]

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Internal Audit Reveals DHS Struggles with Timely Dissemination of Intelligence Information

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A recently released report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) revealed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is struggling to provide regional fusion centers with timely intelligence information due to limitations of its IT systems and dissemination process. DHS collaborated with the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2003 to set up fusion […]

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Drones and Domestic Surveillance in the UK

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Britons are the most-watched citizens in the democratic world because of an array of systems including CCTV, cameras that track vehicles, vast government databases and the sharing of personal data.  That surveillance will increase with the use of drones in the domestic arena. A pilot scheme by local British Police will use unmanned helicopter drones […]

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