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Morning Security Brief: Indian Bombing's U.S. Connection, Illegal Immigrant Detentions Trends, Al Qaeda Financing, and More

Sources wonder whether American David Coleman Headley, charged with aiding terrorists in the Mumbai attack, may also have had a hand in the planning of the weekend attack on a bakery in the India city of Pune. A study of illegal immigrant detection rates finds that they have more than doubled in five years but the percentage of persons detained who had criminal records has declined. An update on how the battle to cut off Al Qaeda funding is going. New pictures from 9-11; and a debate on whether critics of homeland security policies are aiding the enemy. And former CIA Director Michael Hayden co-authors a piece in the Baltimore Sun about the need for public-private partnerships to improve cybersecurity.

Watchdog: DHS Should Test Feasibility of 100 Percent Cargo-Scanning Mandate

DHS says it can't satisfy Congress' mandate of 100 percent scanning of U.S.-bound shipping containers by 2012. Finding little progress, GAO now says DHS must examine whether that goal is feasible at all.

DHS: No Probable Cause Standard for Border Laptop Searches

New directives follow FOIA suit by the ACLU; Muslim, Arab and South Asians complain their devices are disproportionately subject to search at the border.

DHS, Pentagon Battle Over National Guard at the Border

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are fighting over who will pay for National Guardsmen ordered to help protect the southwest border from Mexican drug violence, reports The Houston Chronicle and the Associated Press.

Security Trumps Design at U.S. Port of Entry

Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) decision to tear down a huge sign welcoming travelers into the United States from Canada is more evidence that when security and design face each other down in post-9-11 America, security wins, reports The New York Times.

Senators Raise Concerns Over E-Verify as Illegal Immigration Detentions Drop

Illegal immigrants with stolen Social Security numbers are still beating the federal government's employment eligibility verification system, warned senators yesterday at a subcommittee hearing. Meanwhile, government numbers show the fewest number of illegal immigrants caught sneaking across the border since the 1970s.

United States and Spain Formalize Program to Identify "High-Risk" Travelers

The United States and Spain today formalized a program that identifies high-risk travelers at Madrid Barajas International Airport before they can board a flight to the United States.

Administration Plans to Send National Guard to Mexican Border?

The Obama administration is planning to seek as many as 1500 National Guardsmen to secure the nation's border with Mexico, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

New CBP Rules Will Redefine Many Knives as "Switchblades"

Customs and Border Protection's proposal to designate any knife that opens using a spring- or release-assisted mechanism a switchblade, thus barring its import into the United States, has provoked outrage on Capitol Hill as well as among sportsmen organizations and knifemakers.

CBP Testing Drone Along Northern Border

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has adopted a new addition to help the agency watch over the northern border in upstate New York: a Predator B Unmanned Aircraft System, according to WWTI in Watertown, New York.
 




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