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Jul 31, 2013

U.S., China team up to seize counterfeit goods in joint operation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and China have joined forces in a combined operation to crack down on counterfeit goods, seizing more than 243,000 fake electronics products, including popular consumer items made by Apple, Samsung, Dr Dre and Blackberry.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the month-long operation was the biggest bilateral customs enforcement effort ever conducted by the United States. It focused on seizures of goods in ports as they were exported from China or imported into the United States.

Jul 31, 2013

U.S. releases documents on phone surveillance programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Congress increasingly scrutinizes U.S. surveillance programs, the government on Wednesday released declassified documents on the mass collection of telephone data in a rare glimpse into the world of intelligence gathering.

The U.S. Director of National Intelligence released three declassified documents that authorized and explained the bulk collection of telephone data, one of the surveillance programs revealed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

Jul 25, 2013

Obama’s pick for No. 2 at Homeland Security says he did nothing wrong

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At a confirmation hearing on Thursday boycotted by Republican senators, President Barack Obama’s nominee for deputy homeland security secretary denied allegations he abused his current government position to help politically connected companies.

Alejandro Mayorkas, currently director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, appeared before a Senate committee just days after reports he was being investigated by the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General.

Jul 22, 2013
Jul 19, 2013

U.S. court renews surveillance program exposed by Snowden

WASHINGTON, July 19 (Reuters) – The U.S. government said on
Friday a secret court that oversees intelligence activities
granted its request to continue a telephone surveillance program
– one of the two data collection efforts leaked by former
security contractor Edward Snowden.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or
ODNI, said its authority to maintain the program expired on
Friday and that the government sought and received a renewal
from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.

Jul 15, 2013

U.S. says 255 suspects caught in nine-nation child sexual predator sweep

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Authorities have arrested 255 alleged child predators in the United States and eight other countries in an operation led by a U.S. agency that illustrated a growing trend called “sextortion” in which children are blackmailed into providing pornographic images of themselves, officials said on Monday.

The month-long Operation iGuardian in June, led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, is part of a larger effort to identify and rescue victims of online sexual exploitation and arrest their abusers as well as others who own, trade and produce images of child pornography, officials said.

Jul 12, 2013

Homeland Security chief leaving for academic post

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a vocal supporter of immigration reform who became a target for Republicans, said on Friday she will leave her position to lead the University of California.

It was not clear who would replace her at the helm of the Department of Homeland Security, the third-largest U.S. department with a broad mandate including immigration and disaster response. She plans to leave in early September.

Jul 9, 2013

Nominee for FBI director says waterboarding is torture

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – James Comey, the man nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next FBI director, said on Tuesday that he believed the use of waterboarding as an interrogation technique was torture and illegal.

Comey, the former deputy attorney general from 2003-2005, told senators at a confirmation hearing that he had made his views known when he was serving in the George W. Bush administration but lost battles to stop the CIA from using so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding and sleep deprivation on enemy combatants.

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      "General assignment reporter in Washington, DC where she has previously covered the White House, Justice Department, Homeland Security and foreign affairs. Debbie has covered three presidential campaigns, including extensive coverage of Obama from 2007 through inauguration. Also worked in bureaus in Madrid, Bangkok, Montreal, Toronto, New York and Buenos Aires. In February she covered her fifth Olympics in Vancouver."
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