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FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies during an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Judge demands FBI provide new details about its surveillance

Apr. 3, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chief judge of a secretive national security court demanded Friday that the FBI provide him with details about some of its investigations after the Justice Department inspector general identified problems with more than two dozen wiretap applications. The order from Judge James...

Baltimore board OKs surveillance planes amid opposition

Apr. 2, 2020 8:37 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore officials determined to reduce violent crime have approved an eyes-in-the-sky program that uses surveillance planes to create a visual record of everything that can be seen in the streets below. Despite opposition from the American Civil Liberties Union and concerns that such...

Attorney General William Barr speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Briefing Room, Monday, March 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Watchdog finds new problems with FBI wiretap applications

Mar. 31, 2020 11:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department inspector general has found additional failures in the FBI's handling of a secretive surveillance program that came under scrutiny after the Russia investigation, identifying problems with dozens of applications for wiretaps in national security investigations. The...

In this March 24, 2020, photo, Serbian soldiers set up beds for treatment of possible COVID-19 infected patients inside of the Belgrade Fair, Serbia. In the ex-communist Europe and elsewhere, rulers are assuming more power while they introduce harsh measures they say are necessary to halt coronavirus spread.  (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Dismantling democracy? Virus used as excuse to quell dissent

Mar. 31, 2020 4:03 AM EDT

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Soldiers patrol the streets with their fingers on machine gun triggers. The army guards an exhibition center-turned-makeshift-hospital crowded with rows of metal beds for those infected with the coronavirus. And Serbia’s president warns residents that Belgrade's graveyards...

FILE -- In this March 10, 2020 file photo, a woman wearing a face mask checks her phone as she walks at the Naviglio Grande canal in Milan, Italy. Across Europe, governments are increasingly using surveillance to try to curtail the lethal spread of the new coronavirus, tracking people’s movements with aggregated cell phone location data and introducing apps to keep the infected quarantined. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Europe eyes smartphone location data to stem virus spread

Mar. 24, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

The Czech Republic has become the first European country to announce plans to deploy a powerful but potentially intrusive location-tracking tool for fighting the coronavirus pandemic, as others consider similar moves bound to put public health in conflict with individual privacy. The effort announced Tuesday by...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Mar. 20, 2020 6:10 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT In coronavirus crisis, there are no haves and have-nots Stamford Advocate March 20 We must do better. A person’s soul can be defined by how they respond to others in crisis. Dueling impulses of empathy and selfishness are at a crossroads in 2020....

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Israelis accuse Netanyahu of exploiting virus to keep power

Mar. 20, 2020 1:15 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel appeared to be barreling toward a constitutional crisis Thursday as opponents took to the streets and turned to the Supreme Court to fight a series of unprecedented steps taken by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while confronting the coronavirus pandemic. In recent days, Netanyahu...

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. walks to the Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Senate votes to extend, not tweak, 3 surveillance powers

Mar. 17, 2020 7:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has voted to extend, rather than tweak, three surveillance powers that federal law enforcement officials use to fight terrorists, passing the bill back to an absent House and throwing the future of the authorities in doubt. The 75-day extension pushes off the debate over...

Keith Gartenlaub poses for a pictures near his home Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A former Boeing engineer, Gartenlaub, who was targeted with a FISA warrant because agents suspected him of having provided the designs of a C-17 transport plane to China. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

How national security surveillance nabs more than spies

Mar. 15, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case against Nassif Sami Daher and Kamel Mohammad Rammal, two Michigan men accused of food stamp fraud, hardly seemed exceptional. But the tool that agents used to investigate them was extraordinary: a secretive surveillance process intended to identify potential spies and terrorists....

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US surveillance powers set to temporarily expire

Mar. 12, 2020 8:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three surveillance powers available to the U.S. government are set to temporarily expire Sunday after a trio of senators opposed a bipartisan House bill that would renew the authorities and impose new restrictions. The Senate will consider the House bill next week, after a delay, but it...