Apr 292016

Cora Currier and Murtaza Hussain report:

Of the plans put forward by the federal government to identify and stop budding terrorists, among the least understood are the FBI’s “Shared Responsibility Committees.”

The idea of the committees is to enlist counselors, social workers, religious figures, and other community members to intervene with people the FBI thinks are in danger of radicalizing — the sort of alternative to prosecution and jail time many experts have been clamoring for. But civil liberties groups worry the committees could become just a ruse to expand the FBI’s network of informants, and the government has refused to provide details about the program.

The Intercept has obtained a letter addressed to potential committee members from the FBI, outlining how the process would work.

Read more on The Intercept.

Apr 292016
 April 29, 2016  Laws No Responses »

The Identity Theft Resolution Act, a bill authored by Assemblymember Bill Dodd (D-Napa), has unanimously passed the Assembly Floor with bipartisan support.

The Identity Theft Resolution Act will dramatically reduce the time it takes for victims of identity theft to clear their name, end harassing phone calls, and remove negative credit reporting.

Read more on Lake County News.

Apr 282016
 April 28, 2016  Surveillance, U.S. No Responses »

Cory Bennett report:

A key senator is trying to block the Justice Department’s request to expand its remote hacking powers, after the Supreme Court signed off on the proposal Thursday.

“These amendments will have significant consequences for Americans’ privacy and the scope of the government’s powers to conduct remote surveillance and searches of electronic devices,” warned Sen. Ron Wyden.

Read more on The Hill.