DHS Funds Biometric Surveillance Checkpoint Technology

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FAST program aims to develop checkpoint technology that would notice the imperceptible and alert security screeners, reports The Boston Globe.(Updated at 11:43am)

Background Screening Hot Topic After Arrest in Yale Murder Case

The arrest of a Yale lab technician in the murder case of Yale graduate student Annie Le has provoked questions about the university's background screening policies.

France Takes Another Stab at Tough Anti-Piracy Legislation

A bill in France that cracks down on Internet users who illegally download content such as computer games, music, and films has received preliminary approval from French lawmakers.

Multinational Cooperation Tries to Take Fight to Somalia's Pirates

A host of nations, international organizations, and the maritime shipping industry reaffirmed their commitment to combat piracy off the Horn of Africa at a recent United Nations meeting, including a trust fund to help prosecute pirates.

(Updated at 12:40 pm)

Senate Passes Amendment to Require Amtrak to Let Passengers Pack Firearms

Amtrak could lose its pubic subsidy next year if it doesn't allow passengers to carry guns in checked baggage, after the Senate passed an amendment to its fiscal 2010 Transportation-Housing spending bill today.

Panel Says Terror Alert System Works Better for Institutions Rather than Public

Institutions, including the private sector, are much better served by the color-coded terror-alert system created after the 9-11 attacks than the public, a bipartisan task force created to reevaluate the system reported yesterday.

USAF Shoots Down Out-of-Control Reaper Over Northern Afghanistan

The United States Air Force shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on Sunday morning after it lost control of the aircraft over a remote area in Northern Afghanistan.

FEMA Guidance on Recovery After Radiological Event Insufficient, GAO Reports

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not developed a strategy to help cities and states across the United States recover from a dirty bomb or improvised nuclear device (IND) attack, a representative from Congress' investigative arm told legislators yesterday.

Nonlethal Weapon Used on Pirates, Deployed in California by Sheriff

A long range acoustic device, used to fend off Somali pirates, radical environmentalists, and Iraqi insurgents by their adversaries, was deployed by police recently at local political events in California, reports San Diego-based East County Magazine.

Liquid Restrictions Could be Over in 2010, While TSA Begins Screening Powders

Liquid restrictions at U.S. airports could be a thing of the past as soon as next year, while the federal government has introduced new screening measures on powders, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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