NEWS & ANALYSIS

DHS Agency Criticized Over Lack of Nuclear Terrorism Defense Plan

The agency responsible for protecting the United States from nuclear terrorism wasted time, money, and effort on flawed detection technology rather than developing a plan to close critical vulnerabilities terrorists could exploit, a panel of watchdogs told a Senate committee today.

G8 and G20 Summits Yield Close Calls, Constitutional Controversy

The latest G8 and G20 global economic summits wrapped up in Toronto and nearby Huntsville, Ontario, Canada over the weekend, amid the largest mass arrests in the country's history, and the troubling revelation that two protesters were caught emerging from a city manhole, according to press reports.

Companies Purchase Terrorism Insurance at Increasing Rates

The percentage of U.S.-based companies that have purchased terrorism insurance is at its highest level ever, according to a new market survey.

Supreme Court Rules that Humanitarian Aid to Terrorist Organizations is Illegal

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a law prohibiting “material support” to terrorist organizations also bans support intended for an organization’s humanitarian activities.

U.K.: Police Raid Companies Suspected of Selling Fake Bomb Detectors

Five locations linked to three British companies were raided by London police on Tuesday for suspicion of exporting fake bomb detectors banned earlier this year by the British government and blamed for hundreds of deaths in Iraq.

Amendment to Defense Bill Would Prevent Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners

A amendment to the 2011 defense department authorization bill would prohibit the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States.

Options Limited for Fighting Online Radicalization and Recruitment, Experts Say

Jihadists' efforts to radicalize and recruit Americans online have been largely unsuccessful, but incidents are growing in number and the campaign is tough to stop, terrorism experts told lawmakers today.

National Intelligence Director's Weakness Will Persist for Years, Expert Says

The political conflicts that contributed to Dennis Blair’s pending resignation will hamstring his successors for years to come, a defense scholar said today during an expert panel on the threat of homegrown terrorism.

Morning Security Brief: Radiation Detection, Full-Body Scanners, Superbug Killers, and Another al Qaeda Video

NYPD faults DHS for moving too slowly on grant funding. Scientists raise new questions about safety of full-body scans. Research offers hope to U.S. soldiers infected with a superbug when wounded in Iraq. And Cleric Anwar al-Awlaki appears in al Qaeda video.

DHS Taps Parking Lot Attendants and Meter Maids to Watch Out for Terrorism

The Department of Homeland Security is training parking lot attendants and meter maids to observe and report any suspicious activity that could be terrorism-related.
 




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