The Treasury Department deserves a major role in federal counterterrorism, said Juan Zarate, a former senior counterterrorism official at Treasury and the White House during the George W. Bush administration.
The public safety exemption the Justice Department says makes admissible into court statements from an un-Mirandized alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev taken by the FBI during a post-capture 16 hour interrogation has been judicially stretched far beyond its original intent, argues a September paper from the Columbia Law Review.
Nine days into the government shutdown, President Obama reached out to Congress to meet Wednesday about a temporary spending bill and the looming debt limit. Meanwhile, public confidence in the economy has dropped during the last week of the shutdown to its lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis, an Oct. 8 Gallup poll says.
Auditors at the Justice Department say the FBI's assumption that there's no difference when it comes to privacy between manned and unmanned aerial surveillance doesn't take into account the technological capabilities of UAVs.
The majority of Justice Department employees are exempt from furloughs as the government shuts down because they are considered necessary to protect life and property, DOJ guidance on the shutdown says.
The Senate Intelligence Committee intends to mark up a bill this week that would place limits on the bulk storage by the National Security Agency of telephone records but that keeps the program intact--and grants new authority to the intelligence community to look at the contents of communications. The new authority would plug what Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said is a loophole caused when a foreigner reasonably thought to be abroad who's the target of surveillance permitting intelligence analysts to see the actual content of communications enters and stays inside the United States.
Establishing a governance model for the latest Office of Management and Budget attempt to move federal financial managed systems onto a shared systems model remains an unfinished priority, officials said during a Sept. 25 panel.
Declining revenue has led the Bureau of Prisons to sharply decrease the number of Federal Prison Industries inmate workers, dropping employment to its lowest level in almost 20 years, says a Sept. 18 Justice Department inspector general report.
The Justice Department will not prosecute growers or dispensaries in states where marijuana is legal as long as they set up regulations to keep marijuana out of the hands of children and drug cartels, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the Senate Judiciary Committee Sept. 10.
The U.S. Appeals Court for the Federal Circuit rejected a petition from the Justice and Homeland Security departments for a court review of an April panel decision backing whistleblower Robert MacLean, an Aug. 30 ruling says.