NEWS & ANALYSIS

Biofuel Production Causes Food Shortages, Scientist Says

Food-based biofuels are exacerbating food shortages and could cause further social and political instability worldwide, according to a presenter at the Third International Symposium on Agroterrorism, held April 22-24 in Kansas City.

Report: DoD's Oversight of Contractor Security is Weak

Congress's watchdog finds that the Defense Security Service has failed to catalogue agency contractors, doesn't track classified data violations, and is slow to inform contracting agencies when violations occur.

DHS Scraps — or Replaces — Virtual Fence Prototype

The government is taking down 28 miles of prototype “virtual” fence on the U.S.-Mexico border amid technological problems. Officials say it’s an upgrade, not abandonment.

Better Biosecurity Could Minimize Bird Flu Outbreak

Two experts described the socioeconomic and cultural conditions that create poor biosecurity practices in the developing world.

Proposed US-VISIT Rule Requires that Travel Industry Collect Fingerprints of Foreigners Departing the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued a proposed rule requiring that airlines and cruise lines collect fingerprints from foreigners before they depart the United States.

FBI: Agroterror Could Devastate Broader U.S. Economy

A top U.S. intelligence analyst says that a successful attack on U.S. agriculture could have a ripple effect through both the U.S. economy and foreign trade.

I-35W Bridge Collapse Report Issued by U.S. Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration reports that emergency response efforts at the time of the I35W Bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, August 1, 2007, were generally good. It discusses issues where lessons can be learned.

South Korea Training Cloned Detection Dogs

The BBC reports that the first cloned detection dogs are being trained in South Korea.

Justice Department Releases Regulations for Expanded DNA Collection

The U.S. Department of Justice has released regulations that will expand the federal DNA database.

New WTC Plans Found in Trash Can

A homeless man Thursday found floor diagrams for the New York City's planned Freedom Tower dumped in a street-side garbage can.
 




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