NEWS & ANALYSIS

Gun Laws Criticized After NIU Massacre

Critics say gun law loopholes allow mentally ill people access to firearms.

Norway Faces Rising Jihadist Threat

Norway's new troop contribution to the NATO peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan increases its chance of becoming a victim of jihadist terrorism, says a new police intelligence report.

Virginia Tech, Kaine Lobby for Campus Security Study

Funds sought for study to secure open public environments.

Specter: Deport Convicted Illegal Immigrants

Senator says the cost of incarcerating illegal aliens combined with high rates of recidivism make deportation logical.

Amtrak Increases Security Measures

Amtrak to introduce mobile security teams to deter a terrorist attack on its rail lines.

Homeland Security Secretary Testifies on Budget Requests

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff testified in front of the Senate yesterday, outlining his department's 2009 budget requests.

Illinois Campus Shooting Tests Security Plan--Also, Shooter Off Meds But Had No Prior Police Contact

Yesterday's tragic shooting at Northern Illinois University again highlights the need for schools to have alert plans.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Restricting Use of State Secrets Privilege

At a recent Senate hearing witnesses discussed proposed legislation that would subject assertions of state secrets privilege to judicial review.

European Countries May Require Biometrics on Visitors

The European Union is considering proposals that would require all non-European visitors to submit biometric data before crossing European borders.

Government Acts to Reduce Human-Error Train Accidents

Human-factor-caused train accidents, such as a January 2005 accident in Graniteville, South Carolina, which killed nine people and resulted in the release of toxic chlorine gas, have increased in recent years. The Transportation Department has issued a regulation to reduce such accidents by emphasizing the need to follow operating procedures.
 




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