NEWS & ANALYSIS

DHS Funds Local Surveillance Systems

Yesterday's Boston Globe reported the Department of Homeland Security has been funding video surveillance systems across the country at the price of $23 billion in grants since 2003.

These hi-tech video camera networks are not just being installed in big cities that carry significant terrorism risks but in mid-size cities and across small-town America as well.

Fusion Centers Raise Privacy Concerns

While state fusion centers are generally lauded as a reasonable effort to improve information sharing among intelligence agencies and law enforcement, they are raising fears among civil libertarians because of the amount and type of information collected and shared.

For the paper by the privacy advocacy group EPIC, click here.

Presidential Hopefuls on U.S. Security

Presidential hopefuls Senator Barak Obama (D-IL) and the former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney each made news yesterday offering how they would improve the security of the United States.

iPhone Security Flaws Exposed

A team of computer security consultants, according to The New York Times, has found a significant security flaw in one of the hottest items this summer: Apple's iPhone.

The Insurgent That Wasn't

With all the kinetic commentary on the National Intelligence Estimate's analysis that al Qaeda is resilient and revamping to attack the United States, comes this interesting bit of news about the leader of its affiliate in Iraq, al Qaeda in Mesopotamia: He's a ghost.

3 Found Guilty of Failed 2005 London Bombings

The BBC reports that three men have been found guilty of plotting to carry out suicide bombings on London's transport network on July 21, 2005.

DHS Vacancies Hurt National Preparedness

The House Homeland Security Committee released a report today detailing "critical leadership vacancies" at the Department of Homeland Security due to the department's seeming "overpolitization" of top posts.

Jihadi Doctors Will Attack U.S.?

The United Kingdom's Daily Telegraph features a disturbing piece on terrorist discussion of doctors striking the United States, as in last week's botched attacks in London and Glasgow .

Does the U.S. Need a Unified Security Budget?

Does the U.S. Need a Unified Security Budget? On Boston Globe's op-ed page yesterday, two security experts - Lawrence Korb from the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense and Miriam Pemberton of Foreign Policy in Focus - argued the United States needs a unified security budget.

White House Wants 3 New Categories for Detainees

Ever since enemy combatants in the "war on terrorism" were detained at Guantanamo prison, a debate has raged between those who believe Guantanamo prison and the legal limbo it represents is a necessary evil in this new age of spectacular terrorism and those who believe it is an erosion of our Constitution and the due process rights it affords.
 




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