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Jun 25, 2013

Questions turn to U.S. competence in Snowden saga

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively.

As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower on a global game of hide and seek, U.S. government officials faced questions about whether they had botched the effort to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong to face charges related to his leak of classified information.

Jun 25, 2013

Analysis: Questions turn to U.S. competence in Snowden saga

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration has spent the past few weeks arguing it can wield power responsibly after Edward Snowden unveiled its sweeping spying programs. Now the administration must prove it can wield power effectively.

As the 30-year-old leads the world’s lone superpower on a global game of hide and seek, U.S. government officials faced questions about whether they had botched the effort to extradite Snowden from Hong Kong to face charges related to his leak of classified information.

Jun 19, 2013

FBI says it uses surveillance drones on U.S. soil

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance.

The acknowledgement came in response to questions from U.S. senators who said they wanted to know more about the federal government’s increasing use of unmanned aircraft.

Jun 19, 2013

As Tea Party rallies, FBI says IRS probe a top priority

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than a dozen FBI agents are assigned to a criminal probe into Internal Revenue Service scrutiny of conservative political groups, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday.

“It’s a high-priority investigation and it needs to be handled with care, but it also needs to be pushed aggressively,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing.

Jun 17, 2013

Two men with international ties added to FBI ‘most wanted’ list

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI added two people on Monday to its list of most-wanted fugitives: a Mexican laborer accused of killing a woman in Louisiana and a former U.S. university professor charged with committing sex crimes in the Philippines.

The FBI is offering $100,000 for information leading to the arrests of the men, who are the 499th and 500th fugitives to be featured on the Ten Most Wanted list.

Jun 13, 2013

FBI says U.S. will hold Snowden responsible for NSA leaks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Thursday that authorities would move aggressively to track down Edward Snowden and hold him accountable for leaking the details of extensive and top-secret U.S. surveillance efforts.

Mueller confirmed that a criminal investigation had been launched into the leaks and said public reports about the National Security Agency’s efforts to monitor Internet and phone data had hurt U.S. national security.

Jun 13, 2013

Justice Department steps into NYC stop-and-frisk lawsuit

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if she rules the department’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial over the New York police practice of stopping people suspected of unlawful activity and frisking those suspected of carrying weapons.

Jun 13, 2013

Justice Dept steps into NYC stop-and-frisk lawsuit

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if the rules of the department’s stop-and-frisk policy are unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial over the New York police practice of stopping people suspected of unlawful activity and frisking those suspected of carrying weapons.

Jun 13, 2013

Department of Justice steps into NYPD stop-and-frisk lawsuit

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department asked a federal judge to appoint an independent monitor to oversee the New York Police Department if she rules the department’s stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin presided at a 10-week civil trial over the New York police practice of stopping people suspected of unlawful activity and frisking those suspected of carrying weapons.

Jun 12, 2013

Factbox: Nine cases of Americans indicted for media leaks

By David Ingram and Joseph Ax

(Reuters) – U.S. prosecutors are increasingly seizing on an anti-espionage law to pursue Americans suspected of divulging government secrets to the press, a major shift in the use of a 1917 law that was designed to stop leaks to America’s enemies.

Nine times in U.S. history, all of them since 1971, federal prosecutors have brought charges under the Espionage Act for disclosing information to a newspaper, blog, book or other media outlet. Six cases occurred in the last eight years.