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Border security

- A bill (H.R. 4238) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) would build on the President’s border security initiative by requiring aliens to post bond to be released from mandatory detention centers and by using more federal facilities as detention centers.

Head of Intelligence Community Defends Updated FISA

- Mike McConnell argued that Congress should make the expanded surveillance powers they permitted in August permanent.

DHS Grant Process

- The DHS's recently revised risk and needs-based grant allocation process needs more oversight, according to a new report.

Military Priorities

- A report by the Center for American Progress says that the military should take a proactive role in protecting the homeland.

Port Radiological Sensors Delayed and Overbudget

- A government audit says the development of high-tech sensors to detect radiation at ports and border crossings is hamstrung by poor coordination between government agencies and is overdue and overbudget, reports the AP.

DHS to Vet Private Aircraft Passengers

- Pilots will have to provide passenger manifesto an hour before departure.

Is Britain Becoming a Surveillance Society?

- A new poll and report says "Yes."

Annual Worldwide Terrorism by Tactic

- Target, Region and Tactic data on terrorist incidents will be reported in sequential months.

Vulnerabilities Remain for Bioterror Threat

- States were assigned a ranking from 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible score. The study found that more than half of the states received a score of 5 or less and nearly 85 percent scored 6 or less. Only three states, Delaware, South Carolina, and Virginia, scored 8 points or more. The District of Columbia, which is widely viewed as a prime target for terrorism, scored only a 4.

McConnell Recants

- Stronger surveillance law not used to spy on German jihadists.

Terrorism

- A bill (H.R. 1) that will implement the remaining recommendations of the 9/11 Commission has been passed by Congress and was expected to be signed into law by the President at press time.  

National Response Plan Lacks Substance Say Critics

- The Washington Post reports on a September 11 congressional hearing in which state and local emergency responders raise fears that problems with disaster response that became evident during Hurricane Katrina are not fixed by the new National Response Framework from the Bush Administration.

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