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Feb 18, 2020

Exclusive: FBI document reveals local and state police are collecting intelligence to expand terrorism watch list

Posted by in categories: finance, government, law enforcement, terrorism

Despite a federal judge’s ruling last September that the U.S. government’s terror watch list violates constitutional rights, an FBI report obtained by Yahoo News shows local and state law enforcement agencies are being used to gather intelligence on individuals to collect information about those already in the database.

Law enforcement “encounters of watchlisted individuals almost certainly yield increased opportunities for intelligence collection,” says the FBI document, dated more than a month after the federal court ruling. The FBI says such encounters could include traffic stops or domestic disputes, which gives law enforcement “the opportunity to acquire additional biographic identifiers, fraudulent identification documents, financial information and associates of watchlisted individuals,” which might assist in thwarting terrorist acts.

The Terrorism Screening Database, widely known as the watch list, was created in 2003 and consists of names of people suspected of being involved with terrorism. Over the years, the list has grown to include the names of 1.1 million people, raising concerns that many of those on the list have no involvement in terrorism but have little or no legal resources with which to challenge the designation.

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Feb 10, 2020

How America’s prisons and jails perpetuate the opioid epidemic

Posted by in category: law enforcement

Medications for opioid addiction work. Most prisons and jails don’t offer them.

Jan 24, 2020

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns

Posted by in categories: 3D printing, law enforcement

Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet.

New York Attorney General Tish James, who helped lead the coalition of state attorneys general, argued that posting the blueprints would allow anyone to go online and use the downloadable files to create unregistered and untraceable assault-style weapons that could be difficult to detect.

The lawsuit, joined by California, Washington and 17 other states, was filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle. It is likely to reignite a fierce debate over the use of 3D-printed firearms and is the latest in a series of attempts by state law enforcement officials to block the Trump administration from easing the accessibility of the blueprints.

Jan 20, 2020

FBI: Stealing of Ideas for New Technology Increases

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At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, inventors and a law enforcement officer talked about the risks of showing off new technology to the public.

Jan 4, 2020

What CRISPR-baby prison sentences mean for research

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, law enforcement

Chinese court sends strong signal by punishing He Jiankui and two colleagues.

Dec 30, 2019

Chinese gene-editing scientist jailed for 3 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, law enforcement

A Chinese scientist who helped create the world’s first gene-edited babies has been sentenced to three years in prison.

He Jiankui shocked the world in 2018 when he announced that twin girls Lulu and Nana had been born with modified DNA to make them resistant to HIV, which he had managed using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 before birth.

He, an associate professor at the Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, said at the time that he was “proud” of the achievement. He later claimed that a second woman was pregnant as a result of his research.

Dec 30, 2019

Mysterious swarms of giant drones have started to appear in the Colorado and Nebraska night sky, and nobody knows where they’re coming from

Posted by in categories: drones, government, law enforcement

Swarms of giant drones have been flying above Colorado and Nebraska at night, perplexing both local law enforcement and the federal government.

Dec 27, 2019

New rule would make it possible to track and identify nearly all drones flying in the U.S.

Posted by in categories: drones, government, law enforcement, security

The Federal Aviation Administration put forward a rule Thursday that would empower the government to track most drones in the U.S.

The rule will require drones to implement a remote ID system, which will make it possible for third parties to track them. The measure will help law enforcement identify unauthorized drones that may pose a security threat, paving the way for wider adoption of commercial drone technology.

The rule said that the FAA expects all eligible drones in the U.S. to comply with the rule within three years.

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Dec 20, 2019

Cops Can Now Get Warrants for Entire DNA Websites

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, law enforcement, policy

To that end, Fields decided to ask a Florida judge to grant him a warrant that would override the new policy, allowing him to search GEDmatch’s entire database, including users who hadn’t opted in — and Judge Patricia Strowbridge did just that, the detective announced at a recent police convention, according to the NYT.

Legal experts told the NYT that this appears to be the first time a judge has approved a DNA website warrant this broad, with New York University law professor Erin Murphy calling it “a huge game-changer.”

“The company made a decision to keep law enforcement out, and that’s been overridden by a court,” Murphy told the newspaper. “It’s a signal that no genetic information can be safe.”

Dec 10, 2019

Want to Do Crimes? Upgrade to 5G, Apparently

Posted by in categories: internet, law enforcement, policy

Europe’s police agency is worried that the 5G will interfere with law enforcement’s ability to track people.

Catherine De Bolle, head of Europol is asking European Union leaders to allow their agency to be more engaged in policy conversations involving the adoption of 5G technology, Reuters reports.

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