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U.S. Supreme Court: Whistleblower’s Disclosure of Sensitive Security Information is Protected Activity

Former Federal Air Marshal (FAM) Robert MacLean engaged in protected activity when he publicly disclosed Sensitive Security Information (SSI) regarding Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) plans and policies that FAM MacLean believed put the flying public at risk of harm, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a decision issued on January 21, 2015.

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When Police Shoot: A Dialogue on the Use of Force

On Wednesday December 3, the National Law Enforcement Museum and The Memorial Foundation, builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, hosted the Museum’s inaugural Conversations on Law Enforcement panel discussion entitled When Police Shoot: A Dialogue on the Use of Force at the US Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater. The event provided an opportunity for a national discussion on police training and procedure, and the use of force.

Craig Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, kicked off the event by welcoming the nearly 150  guests in attendance, and thanking the event’s sponsor, Target®, and co-host, Harry Johnson, President & CEO of The Memorial Foundation, Builders of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Mr. Johnson briefly spoke about the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington, DC, and encouraged the panelists, audience and general public to bring forth the four tenants of the Memorial: justice, hope, love and democracy.

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CBP, TSA Exempted From New Profiling Guidelines

The announcement last week by the Justice Department of new guidelines regarding racial profiling by federal law enforcement officers signaled a clear intention by the Obama administration to respond to recent controversies involving police officers and minority suspects. In announcing the new guidelines, Attorney General Eric Holder outlined the changes and revisions that would be made: for the first time, racial profiling would be banned from national security cases. Another significant change is the expansion of types of profiling that will be banned: while President George W. Bush stopped racial profiling in 2003, the new policy will cover religion, national origin, and sexual orientation profiling as well.

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It's Time for the National Blue Alert

Now that we buried our two NYPD heroes, Detective Liu and Detective Ramos, what is being done to augment protections for our nation's blue warriors? Our nation's leaders will fail if they quietly allow the memory of Detective Liu and Detective Ramos' ultimate sacrifice to revert back to a "chaos as usual" atmosphere. ‎We all know that sound bites provide us with zero ballistic protection, so what can get done? Re-enter the National Blue Alert.

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