NEWS & ANALYSIS

Not Just Fun and Games

Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Southern California's Gamepipe Laboratory team up to produce a video game that trains people to deal with terrorist attacks and disasters.

DHS Pilot Program to Test Small Vessels for Radiological Threats

The Puget Sound in Washington state and waterways in San Diego will be the test sites for a new Department of Homeland Security pilot program to test small vessels for radiological devices and materials.

NASA Scientists Rebel Against Background Checks

28 Scientists Refuse Bush Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12

Does Cyberwar Violate Human Rights?

Over at Reason, Michael Weiss has an intriguing argument in relation to the cyberattacks on Estonia this spring: Cyberwar violates human rights.

Spies in the Sky: Spy Satellites Need Proper Oversight

The Washington Post carefully endorses the use of domestic satellite images in domestic defense.

RFID Tags for Animals

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service "is reviewing several proposals for the production and delivery of 1.5 million radio frequency ear tags that are compliant with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) standards.

"These ear tags will be used to uniquely identify U.S. livestock that are part of current animal disease programs, in particular within geographic regions where bovine tuberculosis testing and the brucellosis calfhood vaccination program are most active."

New Details on Surveillance by Government Revealed

 "National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell pulled the curtain back on previously classified details of government surveillance," wrote the AP.

"McConnell confirmed for the first time that the private sector assisted with President Bush's warrantless surveillance program," it said. "Offering never-disclosed figures, McConnell also revealed that fewer than 100 people inside the United States are monitored under FISA warrants. However, he said, thousands of people overseas are monitored," the story further noted.

CIA: Poor Pre-9-11 Performance, Report Says

The recently declassified executive summary from the Central Intelligence Agency's own inspector general report confirms the intelligence failures documented by the 9-11 Commission: the CIA made critical mistakes leading up to the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

MySpace for Spooks

This December, the U.S. intelligence community will unveil a new  peer-to-peer social networking site modeled off of MySpace.com for its intelligence analysts and spies, according to MSNBC.

Vermont & DHS to Develop Enhanced Driver's License

The Department of Homeland Security will partner with the state of Vermont to develop a driver's license that will negate the need of Vermonters to show passports during border crossings to and from Canada.
 




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