NEWS & ANALYSIS

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.

Al Qaeda Strengthens Its Ability to Attack the United States

A top intelligence analyst says al Qaeda has strengthened its ability to attack the United States despite recent U.S. successes in striking militant strongholds.

DHS Short List for National Laboratory Sites Raises Eyebrows

Some critics question whether political clout led to the inclusion of a low-rated Mississippi site on the short list of possible locations for a $451 million national laboratory that will research dangerous diseases and other biothreats.

DHS Releases National Emergency Communications Plan

The Department of Homeland Security releases its National Emergency Communications Plan, which aims to improve communications and interoperability within and between states.
 




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