Another Turn in Ferrari Saga
Sheriff's officials investigating the crash of a Ferrari in Malibu last month are asking how a small private transit company could create its own police department and allegedly hand out law enforcement identification to....read more
Police defend shooting strategy
There is no need to change the strategy police use to deal with suicide bombers despite the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, senior officers have said.
But the Association of Chief Police Officers, reviewing how the Brazilian was killed, accepted the public needed a....read more
Machetes cutting a wider swath of fear in U.S. communities
They have the heft of an ax, a blade nearly as long as a sword, and the intimidation power to make the hair stand up on the back of your neck.
Cheap and easily bought, machetes in America have commonly been reserved for underbrush and sugar-cane cutting. But now, in a spreading trend that so far has...read more
Homeland Security Headquarters Insecure
WASHINGTON - The agency entrusted with protecting the U.S. homeland is having difficulty safeguarding its own headquarters, say private security guards at the complex.
The guards have taken their concerns to Congress, describing inadequate training, failed security tests and slow or confused reactions to bomb and biological threats.
For instance, when an envelope with suspicious powder was opened last fall at Homeland Security Department headquarters, guards said they watched in amazement as...read more
Crackdown on animal-rights activists
Animal-rights activists around the country - at least the most extreme - are becoming increasingly militant. And law enforcement officials and lawmakers are stepping up efforts to combat those who break the law. These interconnected trends came to a head in New Jersey last week when an animal rights group and six of its members were convicted of inciting violence in their campaign to shut down a company that...read more
The Admissibility of Digital Photographs in Criminal Cases
Representing today's trend in photography, digital cameras continue to rapidly replace traditional film-based models. As prices keep dropping, consumer ownership will become even more prevalent. Similarly, law enforcement agencies have begun to favor digital cameras - just the latest in a long line of technological innovations used by departments to collect and document evidence. Digital photography offers law enforcement numerous benefits, including instant access to images, rapid transportability of pictures within a department or to outside agencies, and decreased cost and time as these cameras require no film development.
Of course, photographs - which generally hold substantial weight -serve as one of the most effective forms of evidence in court. However, many individuals in the legal community fear...read more
Probe finds terrorists in U.S. 'training for war'
The Pakistani terrorist group Jamaat ul Fuqra is using Islamic schools in the United States as training facilities, confirms a joint investigative report by an intelligence think tank and an independent reporter.
A covert visit to an encampment in the Catskill Mountains near Hancock, N.Y., called "Islamberg" found neighboring residents deeply concerned about military-style training taking place there but frustrated by the lack of attention from federal authorities, said the report by the Northeast Intelligence Network, which worked with an Internet blogger, "CP," to publish an interim report.
The neighbors interviewed, who asked not to be identified, said they feared retaliation if...read more