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TSA Announces New ID Scanners, Expert Questions Past Practices

- TSA announced on Tuesday the start of a pilot program of a new technology to catch counterfeit IDs. One expert says the era of visual inspections of IDs is over.

Mineta Publishes Study of Foiled Attacks on Public Transportation

- Many terror plots against public transportation start with unrealistic aspirations that are eventually scaled down to meet realistic capability, according to a newly released report from a transportation research group that provides insight into terrorist weapons and tactics against ground transportation.

Panel Discusses Steps to Improving Public-Private Collaboration to Secure Air Cargo

- Achieving balance between efficiency, privacy, and security are key in securing cargo in the United States, said a panel speaking on security at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce 11th Annual Aviation Summit on Thursday.

ID Verification Remains a Vulnerability for Airports

- A video by The Daily shows how easy it is to purchase fake identification convincing enough to dupe TSA officers.

Searches

- A man sued the government for violation of his Fourth Amendment rights after a pat-down at an airport checkpoint revealed 700 Oxycodone pills hidden on his body. The court ruled that the pat-down was reasonable because the man consented to the search and could have withdrawn from the search at any time.

Researchers Hope Lessons Learned in Second Intifada Will Open Dialogue About U.S. Transit Security

- Researchers at the Mineta Transportation Institute hope to open discussion of the safety of U.S. public transit systems with a study of attacks targeting bus systems in Israel, published on Thursday.

Malaysian Professor Can Sue to Find Out If She Remains on No-Fly List

- The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Malaysian woman can sue the government to find out whether she is still on the no-fly list.

U.S. No-Fly List Doubles in One Year

- A year ago the list had around 10,000 known terrorists and now has 21,000, according to government data provided to the Associated Press.

Documentation

- A bill (H.R. 2431) introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) would make it a federal crime to use falsified travel documents. Under the measure, it would be illegal to produce, transfer, possess, or use false travel documents. The bill would also provide training for transportation security officers on the best methods to identify false documents.

Premises Liability

- New York’s high court has ruled that The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is immune from liability for the 1993 World Trade Center (WTC) bombing. According to the court, the port authority was acting in a “governmental capacity” at the time of the bombing and, thus, has legal immunity.

The New Highwaymen

- Cargo thieves have grown increasingly sophisticated both in their selection of targets and in their operational planning. Still, incidents of cargo theft were down for the first half of 2011, perhaps a sign that some countermeasures are yielding results.

Transportation

- A bill (H.R. 3173) introduced by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) would alter the application and distribution process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC). Currently, transportation workers must make at least two trips to a TWIC enrollment center every five years to apply for and then pick up and activate their cards. Sometimes workers travel hundreds of miles to the nearest enrollment center.

Calling All Protesters

- An agency’s attempt to ban cell phone service in advance of a protest raises questions about balancing safety and civil rights.
 




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