Sep 1, 2016

Japanese lawyers criticize proposed conspiracy bill

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has said it opposes an effort by the government to criminalize conspiracy. The government plans to submit a bill to this effect as part of moves to strengthen counterterrorism ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The so-called conspiracy ...

Apr 14, 2016

Counterterrorism drill held at Narita airport ahead of G-7 summit

Narita International Airport held a large-scale counterterrorism drill Thursday ahead of the Group of Seven summit in Mie Prefecture next month. About 170 people, including police, airline officials and personnel from security firms participated in the drill in response to possible chemical, biological, radiological, ...

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program, officials say

Mar 30, 2015

Before leak, NSA mulled ending phone program, officials say

The National Security Agency considered abandoning its secret program to collect and store American calling records in the months before leaker Edward Snowden revealed the practice, current and former intelligence officials say, because some officials believed the costs outweighed the meager counterterrorism benefits. After ...

Nov 13, 2014

U.S. lawmaker: Europe security gaps fuel 'jihadi superhighway'

European security shortcomings have created a “jihadi superhighway” allowing countless battle-hardened Islamic extremists to return from Syria, a top U.S. lawmaker warned Wednesday. “Security gaps in Europe — and Turkey in particular — make it easier for them to return to the West undetected,” ...

Dec 11, 2013

Divisive conspiracy bill to get another try

Lawmakers will once again be asked to pass legislation making it illegal to participate in plotting a serious crime, such as murder, regardless of whether the crime is ever committed, a government source said. Since 2003, the government has made several attempts to revise ...

Aug 22, 2013

NSA email collection violated law: court

For several years, the National Security Agency unlawfully gathered tens of thousands of emails and other electronic communications between Americans as part of a now-revised collection method, according to a 2011 secret court opinion. The redacted 85-page opinion, which was declassified by U.S. intelligence ...