NEWS & ANALYSIS

New Details on Surveillance by Government Revealed

 "National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell pulled the curtain back on previously classified details of government surveillance," wrote the AP.

"McConnell confirmed for the first time that the private sector assisted with President Bush's warrantless surveillance program," it said. "Offering never-disclosed figures, McConnell also revealed that fewer than 100 people inside the United States are monitored under FISA warrants. However, he said, thousands of people overseas are monitored," the story further noted.

CIA: Poor Pre-9-11 Performance, Report Says

The recently declassified executive summary from the Central Intelligence Agency's own inspector general report confirms the intelligence failures documented by the 9-11 Commission: the CIA made critical mistakes leading up to the terrorist attacks of 9-11.

MySpace for Spooks

This December, the U.S. intelligence community will unveil a new  peer-to-peer social networking site modeled off of MySpace.com for its intelligence analysts and spies, according to MSNBC.

Pentagon Pulls Controversial Database Site

"The Pentagon said Tuesday that it will shut down an antiterror database that has been criticized for improperly storing information on peace activists and others whose actions posed no threat," says an Associated Press report on MSNBC.

Vermont & DHS to Develop Enhanced Driver's License

The Department of Homeland Security will partner with the state of Vermont to develop a driver's license that will negate the need of Vermonters to show passports during border crossings to and from Canada.

Behavior Detection Officers Scan for Threats

TSA to deploy 500 by end of 2008

Military Web Sites Security Leaks Worse Than Soldier Bloggers

An Army audit found official military websites more prone to security leaks than soldiers' blogs.

Study Contradicts Perception Police More Trigger Happy in Black Communities

A new study finds police are significantly less trigger happy when deciding to shoot unarmed black men than the overall community.

New Anthrax Vaccine Possible

An exotic anthrax vaccine administered in just a couple of doses through the nose could provide better protection than the standard vaccine, according to a report in Newscientist.com.

The Power of Small Groups to Wreak Havoc in 21st Century Cities

With the earth's population now more concentrated in cities than rural areas for the first time in history, small groups can wreak havoc like never before. A new report looks at the implications.
 




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