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Federal Perspective - Customs and Border Protection

- Security Management interviews Robert E. Perez, director of field operations of the New York Field Office for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations.  

Living Next to a War Zone: How El Paso Stays One of America's Safest Cities

- The Texas border town of El Paso perpetually ranks as one of America's safest cities despite neighboring one of the most violent and crime-infested places on earth.

Juarez Killings

- A New Mexico State University research librarian has created a Google discussion group that tallies the staggering number of murders in Juarez, Mexico, since 2008. Membership includes academics, activists, and U.S. and Mexican journalists interested in the violence. View the Frontera List online.

Border Security in the Al-Qaeda Era

- Experts weigh in on border security in the age of al Qaeda in this well written, citation-heavy text.

Bordering on Danger

- Security Management traveled to El Paso, Texas, for a front-line perspective on the challenges of securing a city just across the border from one of Mexico’s most violent regions.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Border Security

- A bill (S. 3243) designed to reduce corruption among border guards has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the bill. Under the measure, all applicants for law enforcement positions with U.S. Customs and Border Protection would be required to pass a polygraph examination before being hired. All existing law enforcement personnel would undergo periodic background investigations while employed by the agency.

Morning Security Brief: Background Investigations, Immigration Stats, Phone Security, and Anti-Counterfeiting Language

- Federal background investigators' handling of personal data they collect needs better oversight. Immigration enforcement claims are challenged. AT&T reportedly told by government not to buy certain phone equipment from a Chinese company. And draft of anti-counterfeiting agreement no longer has most controversial provisions.

Car Bomb Adds Dark Precedent to Juarez Narco-War

- The drug war just across the border from El Paso, Texas, just got closer to Baghdad last week after Cuidad Juárez experienced its first car bomb, killing two police officers and a paramedic and injuring seven people.

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.

Borderline Controls

- How far has the U.S. government come in removing security vulnerabilities that allowed the 9-11 attackers to obtain travel visas fraudulently and remain in the country even after they expired?

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.

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