Government Search and Seizure Powers Have Gradually Expanded Since 9-11

The Washington Post reports that border agents, according to internal policies, used to need probable cause to search, seize, detain, and copy materials carried by travelers.

DHS Working on Anxiety Detection Screener

A new generation of passenger screening technology in development by DHS will seek to measure travelers' anxiety levels.

DHS and Sesame Street Teach Kids About Disaster Preparedness

The Department of Homeland Security teams up with Sesame Workshop to bring disaster preparedness messages to young children.

"Seven Years Later, Is the U.S. Safer?" Chertoff Responds

Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff says the U.S. is safer seven years after 9-11, but threats still loom large.

U.S. Government Gets Average Grade for Protecting Country Against WMD Attack

The bipartisan Partnership for a Secure America gives the U.S. government a "C" for its efforts to protect the country from terrorism involving WMDs. (Updated Version)

Security Officials Need to "Adapt" to a New Security Environment, ArgueTwo Academics

Two academics argue that security practitioners need to learn more from Darwin if they want to improve homeland and national security.

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.

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