DHS Freezes Intelligence Program Over Civil Rights Concerns

  • Part of the I&A program was put on hold last year as concerns grew within the department that it could lead to violations of the rights of interviewees who are currently incarcerated, out of prison on parole, or otherwise in a sensitive position regarding authorities.
  • Some employees concerned about the legally gray area they operated in asked about government-covered legal liability insurance.
  • Others worried about raising internal concerns about I&A or blowing the whistle on aspects of the agency they felt violated the Constitution.
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