NEWS & ANALYSIS

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.

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

DHS Cautioned on Radiation Monitors

"Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., along with Senator Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, House Committee on Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss., and Congressman James Langevin, D-R.I., Wednesday called on the Department of Homeland Security to hold off on a $1.2 billion acquisition of nuclear radiation monitors until questions about their reliability, performance, and effectiveness have been addressed," according to a press release from the committee.

 

Muslim American Organizations Denounce NYPD Report

The release of a report detailing the path to radicalization and the threat of homegrown jihadists by the NYPD has led Muslim American organizations to denounce the report.

Homegrown Terrorism Risk Real Says NYPD

The New York Police Department's Intelligence Division has released a report on the homegrown terrorism threat facing the city and the United States.

The report says that while the threat from al Qaeda's core still persists, a new threat has emerged from radicalized local residents or citizens or both.

Port of Houston Security District Could Be National Model

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Port of Houston is close to creating its own free market security district that could be a model for the rest of the country.

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.
 




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