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FBI, State Dept Join Illegal Diamond Trade & Threat Financing Forum

The FBI and the State Department are helping to lead a global law enforcement forum on diamond trafficking, illegal trade and threat financing which will run until Thursday. The FBI said Tuesday the Europol-hosted forum will focus on the use of diamonds for trade-based money laundering, crime financing and other illegal purposes. “Europol is interested in …

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DHS Releases Advisory Bulletin on Homegrown Violent Extremism

The Department of Homeland Security has published a new National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin to inform the public of general trends or developments regarding terrorism. DHS said in its five-month bulletin released Wednesday it remains concerned that terrorists-inspired individuals and homegrown violent extremists could launch attacks inside the U.S. The department has also observed …

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Sen. John Cornyn Seeks to Authorize FBI to Access Electronic Records Without Court Order Via Amendment to ECPA

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) has proposed an amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would authorize the FBI to gain access to “electronic communication transactional records” through the use of a national security letter, the Washington Post reported Monday. Ellen Nakashima writes the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled Thursday to …

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Amy Hess: FBI Relies on Judicial Authorization Principle to Access Encrypted Electronic Data

Amy Hess, executive assistant director of the FBI‘s science and technology branch, has said the FBI needs access to electronic information to aid in its investigations amid technological changes and evolving national security and criminal threats. Hess made the remarks in testimony delivered Tuesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s oversight …

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Sens. Richard Burr, Dianne Feinstein Introduce Draft Encryption Bill

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s vice chairman, have unveiled the draft of a bill that would require technology companies to help law enforcement agencies decipher encrypted data in compliance with court orders. Burr’s office said in a release posted Wednesday the Compliance …

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Jeh Johnson: E-Passport Required for US Visa Waiver Program Travelers

Jeh Johnson, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said e-passports are now required for all individuals entering the U.S. from the 38 countries included in the Visa Waiver Program. Johnson said in a statement posted Friday the announcement follows the passage of the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel …

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Senate Banking Committee OKs Adam Szubin’s Treasury Nomination

The Senate Banking Committee on Thursday voted 14-8 to approve the nomination of Adam Szubin as undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department, Bloomberg reported Friday. Elizabeth Dexheimer writes Szubin was nominated by President Barack Obama in April last year to lead the department’s efforts to stop financing for …

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