President Obama's re-election and the co-opting of fringe ideas by mainstream Republicans appear to have led to a decline in far-right extremist and hate groups, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Hotter weather caused by climate change could lead to 22,000 murders from 2010 through 2099 that otherwise would not have happened, according to a study from the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. The study analyzed crime and weather data for nearly 3,000 counties in the United States over the course of three decades.
Technology has allowed law enforcement and intelligence to expand surveillance not just because it has lowered costs but because they encounter less resistance from judges and companies, Christopher Soghoian of the American Civil Liberties Union said.
Law enforcement alone – whether in the form of strengthened border barriers, dismantling smuggling organizations, or going after illegal workers or those who employ them – will fail to solve the problem of illegal immigration, finds a new report from Migration Policy Institute.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and a former top aide will be deposed by Justice Department officials in early March as part of a lawsuit the DOJ launched against the Arizona sheriff in 2012.
According to newly released statistics (.pdf), ICE detained 477,523 aliens during 2012, an 11 percent increase from the year before. The agency also removed 419,384 individuals, an 8 percent increase from 2011. Both topline numbers are records, says the Homeland Security Department.
Documents newly uncovered via a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit show Customs and Border Protection blurring the line between border security and other law enforcement operations through the frequency of its unmanned aerial vehicle flights on behalf of other agencies, says the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced Dec. 30 six operators spread across the country that will test the integration of unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace.
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.