NEWS & ANALYSIS

Leaked GAO Report Criticizes ASP Radiation Detection Machines

The GAO reports that DHS' next-generation radiation machines may cost $3.8 billion over a decade to implement, 81 percent higher than what was originally quoted.

CBP Officers Seized More Than $1.3 Million in Drugs Last Week

Twelve people at two California ports of entry were arrested for alleged drug smuggling over a three-day period last week while CBP officers in Kentucky found a bag of heroin inside a woman's suit shipped from India.

New Orleans Survives Hurricane Gustav; Evacuation Praised

Hurricane Gustav weakened to a Category 2 hurricane before it made landfall 70 miles southwest of New Orleans, reducing the damage to Southern Louisiana and offshore oil refineries in the Gulf.

Private Contractors Make up More Than 25 Percent of Intelligence Community

According to inventory taken by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, contractors make up 27 percent of the U.S. intelligence community.

Police Leaders Call for National Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Assessment

The country’s police chiefs have asked that the next president commission a major evaluation of how the country fights crime and terrorism, as law enforcement’s expanded responsibilities stretch its resources.

Congress Finds Critical Failures Affecting Terror Watch List

A $500,000 analysis enhancement program left officials unable to search terror databases by key word, while thousands of CIA inputs collected dust, and other data was lost in migration.

NIST Issues Report on Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7

World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7), which was not hit by a plane on 9-11, has been the subject of conspiracy theorists, who have suggested that it collapsed from a controlled demolition. NIST now says in a draft report that the cause was "thermal expansion of long-span floor systems at temperatures “hundreds of degrees below those typically considered in current practice for fire resistance ratings."

U.S. Tracking Citizens' Border Crossings

The U.S. government has begun tracking citizen border crossings and will retain the data for 15 years.

Government to Fund Synthetic Telepathy Research

A team of researchers at University of California Irvine will study the use of synthetic telepathy.

TSA Now Recognizes Checkpoint-Friendly Laptop Bags

As of Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration is recognizing checkpoint-friendly laptop bags.
 




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