NEWS & ANALYSIS

Report : TSA Lax on Cargo Security

A report by the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Inspector General contends that the agency's policies are making it easier to place explosives or other dangerous items in cargo carried aboard passenger aircraft.

Al Qaeda's Resurgence Assessed

The Washington Post’s Craig Whitlock reports on al Qaeda’s resurgence.

$42 Million Data Mining System Scrapped

A $42 million Department of Homeland Security data mining system has been discontinued due to an inability to meet privacy standards.

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.

 




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