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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has changed its chief mission from law enforcement to national security. The changes reflect reforms to the FBI implemented after September 11, 2001. As John Hudson reports, commentators and experts have criticized the change and, more than a decade since the 9/11 attacks, been prompted to question, “Why now?” […]
As the housing market shows initial signs of recovery, Wall Street has developed a new way to profit. As Laura Gottesdiener reports, Wall Street hedge funds and other private equity firms have been accumulating hundreds of thousands of foreclosed homes—houses that homes were only foreclosed in the first place because of conditions perpetuated by these […]
With information released by Edward Snowden, Canada can be added to the list of countries recently caught spying electronically on several ministries of Brazil, most notably the Ministry of Mining and Energy. The Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) has been spying on the Brazilian government for years. CSEC developed its own program named Olympia which […]
Budget cuts are so severe in the court system in England and Wales that they are affecting important trials. The budget cuts have resulted in significant reductions in the numbers of state prosecutors and other staff in criminal courts as well as resources necessary to bring cases to trial in a timely manner. The Bureau […]
The CIA is heavily involved in the distribution of weapons to known extremist groups in Libya and Syria. Beginning with the conflict in Libya during Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, and more recently in the Syrian conflict, the United States and Qatar have been involved in moving weapons from rebel forces in Libya to rebel forces in […]