Under new rules endorsed by President Obama, US law enforcement will be banned from using some military equipment, such as tracked vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets, heavy machine guns and most camouflage uniforms.
Mass surveillance was necessary after 9/11, but not expanding the law to authorize it was a “strategic blunder” that landed the agency in hot water after the Snowden revelations, a former NSA counsel told the agency.
While the US is fighting ISIS intensively on the ground, some lawmakers also want Washington to take the battle online. One even proposed using internet memes, noting that the terrorist group has successfully used them to further its mission.
The Florida man who landed a small copter on the lawn of the United States Capitol on Wednesday is free, pending a hearing next month in Washington, DC. Meanwhile, officials are scratching their heads over new security challenges.
The director of the United States Department of Homeland Security has personally apologized to the congressman overseeing a probe of the Secret Service after embarrassing details about the lawmaker leaked to the press.
The House Intelligence Committee unanimously approved its cyber threat data-sharing bill on Thursday. The measure provides liability protections for companies when sharing cyber attack information with government agencies.
A federal audit of the Justice Department’s use of unmanned aerial systems shows that more than half a million dollars has been spent on a drone program that was quickly canned after barely getting off the ground.
A program that allows one million pre-approved fliers to cruise through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints is under scrutiny by Congress following a report by federal inspectors that a former terrorist was let through last summer.