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Dueling Demonstrations As Occupation Continues At Oregon Refuge

The dividing line over a monthlong armed standoff in rural Oregon deepened yesterday as hundreds of people converged on a county courthouse lawn to send a message to the remaining occupiers at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and their supporters: Go home, The Oregonian reports. Backers of the anti-government standoff also turned out by the hundreds and made clear they would not back down. The dueling demonstrations diverted attention from the takeover of the refuge headquarters, now in its 31st […]

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Experts Say FBI Warnings On “Going Dark” Are Overblown, Misplaced

For more than two years, the FBI and intelligence agencies have warned that encrypted communications are creating a “going dark” crisis that will keep them from tracking terrorists and kidnappers. A new study in which current and former intelligence officials participated concludes that the warning is wildly overblown, and that a raft of new technologies, like television sets with microphones and web-connected cars, are creating opportunities for the government to track suspects, many of them worrying, reports the New York […]

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FBI Quickly Issues OR Shooting Video To Counter “Inflammatory” Statements

FBI negotiators kept channels open today with the remaining occupiers of a rural Oregon wildlife refuge in hopes of ending the nearly four-week standoff, as the group's leaders faced new court hearings after their arrest. The Washington Post reports that as the sun rose over the brushland in eastern Oregon, there were no indications of a breakthrough in the protest over federal control of ranch lands, an armed occupation that has opened debates over government reach in the West and […]

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Did Killing Of OR Refuge Occupier Give Extremists What They Wanted?

The FBI wanted a “peaceful resolution” to a takeover of a federal wildlife refuge by antigovernment extremists near Burns, Or. The Christian Science Monitor says the roadside capture Tuesday of the leaders, Ammon and Ryan Bundy, on charges of interfering with federal officers suggested law enforcement was bearing in mind a decades-long shift in thinking on how to deal with armed domestic extremists. The strategy, which resulted in the arrest of eight occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, was […]

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How Did Petraeus Avoid Prison In Case Of Leaking Government Secrets?

How did David Petraeus, the ­storied wartime general and former CIA director, avoid prison for lying to the FBI and violating the Espionage Act? The Washington Post tells the inside story. Not everyone at the U.S. Justice Department shared the prosecutors' confidence in the case, and lawyers for Petraeus and his mistress, Paula Broadwell, separately pushed back hard, saying they would fight and beat the charges being considered. With its mix of sex and government secrets, a trial promised to […]

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Is Homeland Security Agency Doing Enough About Domestic Terror Threats?

Daryl Johnson once worked in U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) studying threats posed by antigovernment groups. His office was shut down five years ago. When members of an armed group seized a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon last week, Johnson was not surprised, the New York Times reports. In 2009, he warned of a growing antigovernment movement and the possible recruitment of returning military veterans that could “lead to the potential emergence of terrorist groups or lone-wolf extremists.” His […]

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Will San Bernardino Make 2016 Campaign Resemble 1968’s “Law And Order”?

Last week’s terrorist massacre in San Bernardino brings the law-and-order issue back to presidential politics, writes Daniel Henninger in the Wall Street Journal. He likens the situation to 1968, when Richard Nixon put restoring “law and order” at the center of his campaign and hammered Hubert Humphrey with it. Now Hillary Clinton is in Humphrey’s position, Henninger says. “Humphrey was never able to overcome the public's sense of unease about domestic security,” he writes. Nixon carried 32 states to Humphrey's […]

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Little Oversight At Largest Enforcement Agency–Customs/Border Protection

When President George W. Bush created the Department of Homeland Security in 2001, he vowed that, “By ending duplication and overlap, we will spend less on overhead, and more on protecting America.” It didn't quite work out that way, reports the Texas Observer. DHS’ Customs and Border Protection unit, now the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, was left without its own internal affairs investigators. That task would instead be left to the overall department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG), which […]

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Congressman Believes Secret Service Lapses Endanger Obama

House Oversight and Government Affairs Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released damning details of a probe into the Secret Service, showing sexually charged exchanges between agents protecting President Barack Obama and concluding that the high-profile service has systemic problems and security gaps. “I’ve been looking at this for more than a year, and the more I’ve discovered, the more worried I’ve become,” Chaffetz told the Salt Lake Tribune that the agency is getting worse, not improving, adding “I think the president […]

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TX Boy Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School Seeks $15 Million

Attorneys for the family of Ahmed Mohamed, the Irving, Tx., high school student who made headlines after being arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school, have demanded apologies and $15 million in damages from the city of Irving and the Irving School District, reports WFAA. the lawyers say Mohamed’s civil rights were violated, and he and his family have suffered physical and mental anguish because of the ordeal. They say Ahmed was singled out “because of his race, national […]