A federal appeals court turned down an attempt by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to overturn a lower court's ruling on the unconstitutionality of the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department.
Though the head of the Transportation Security Administration and the attorney general have called for a review of airport security in the aftermath of the killing of a TSA officer in Los Angeles, it's not clear what policymakers can do to stop such an attack from occurring again.
A federal appeals court has stayed a series of reforms to the stop-and-frisk practices of the New York Police Department required by lower court Judge Shira Scheindlin earlier this year.
The phenomenon of fusion centers sharing intelligence and skills with each other--not just with the federal government--is a new and underappreciated aspect of the centers, panelists at a Homeland Security Policy Institute event said. In recent years, a great deal of "horizontal sharing" has occurred, where fusion centers work closely with each other, said Ross Ashley, the executive director of National Fusion Center Association.
"We can now essentially capture our fingerprint with a standard commercial device, there's nothing special about that endpoint. It really drives that price point down," said Jeff Johnson, chief technology officer of the FBI. He spoke on a panel at the annual ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference.
FierceHomelandSecurity spoke with Gary LaFree about a number of fascinating projects going on at START, one of the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's Centers of Excellence. "When I got involved in this in 2000, we had no idea how much terrorism there was in the world. The behavioral and social sciences of terrorism really had fallen through the cracks. We had no idea whether violent extremism in the United States was going up or going down," he said.
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.
Until a few years ago, the Ontario Provincial Police--the largest law enforcement agency in the Canadian province--saw itself as conducting "intelligence-led policing." The problem was "nobody really knew what it meant, or how to implement it," said Mike Armstrong, chief superintendent of the OPP organized crime enforcement bureau. He spoke on a Sept. 12 panel at the US/Canada Border Conference held in Detroit.
A federal judge ordered on Oct. 2 appointment of an independent monitor to oversee compliance by the Maricopa County, Ariz., sheriff's office with new procedures that ensure it doesn't violate the constitutional rights of Latinos.
Far-right extremists who plan and commit homicides alone are more likely to have military experience, be younger and have struggled with mental illness than those who don't act alone, according to research published in Criminology & Public Policy.