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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.

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.

Spies in the Sky: Spy Satellites Need Proper Oversight

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

The New "Need to Know"

- The intelligence community is slowly learning the value of sharing the data it gathers, but barriers to good information flow remain.

What’s Wrong with the War on Terrorism?

- Brian Michael Jenkins is one of the world’s leading authorities on international terrorism, currently serving as senior advisor to the president of the think tank RAND Corp.  He recently published Unconquerable Nation: Knowing our Enemy, Strengthening Ourselves, and Security Management. Assistant Editor Joseph Straw talked with him about the book, terrorism generally, and private security’s role.

State Perspective – Kansas

- An interview with Maj. General Tod M. Bunting.

Talk Trumps Tech in Silicon Valley

- It stands to reason that California’s Silicon Valley would lead the country in establishing a network of interoperable communications for first responders. And it does—but not for the technological reasons you might think.

Are Cities Sapping Immigration Laws?

- Critics of sanctuary cities argue that such policies provide cover for terrorists. Law enforcement officials disagree.

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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