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A House committee voted this week to advance the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund until 2090. The vote comes one day after a heated hearing during which comedian and advocate Jon Stewart expressed frustrations with significant delays in the legislation’s passage.
Legislation passed in the House would create a specialized unit within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) dedicated to protecting federal agencies and the private sector against cyber-attacks. The legislation would foster cooperation between DHS and the private sector to identify and combat threats.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced this week that Internet Crimes Against Children task forces around the country have led to the arrests of nearly 1,700 suspected child sex predators. The 61 task forces, located in all 50 states and comprised of more than 4,500 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, coordinated the operation called “Broken Heart” throughout April and May 2019.
In 2016, researchers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimated that almost 70% of people turning age 65 will need some type of long-term care services in their lifetimes. If you or someone you know has ever had to care for a loved one with a chronic disease or condition, you know the emotional, physical, and financial burden this can create.
FEDagent previously reported on the Supreme Court’s opinion in Carpenter v. United States. In Carpenter, the Court held that the third-party doctrine does not apply to cell-site location information, and that the government’s acquisition of cell-site location information is a search under the Fourth Amendment requiring a warrant. On remand, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit found that the FBI agents who obtained the cell-site location information reasonably relied on the Stored Communications Act when obtaining that information, and therefore, acted in good faith.
Pride Month can be a difficult time for police officers navigating participation in parades. An openly LGTBQ police captain in Sacramento is working to rebuild trust so everyone can march with pride together.