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Rural Illinois Prison Wants Gitmo Detainees

- Officials from the Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Defense yesterday toured the Thomson Correctional Center in rural Illinois to evaluate whether the nearly vacant prison could safely and securely house detainees from the prison complex at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

House Passes Chemical Facility Security Standards

- Tough and controversial new antiterrorism standards for chemical facilities passed the House last week, setting up an upcoming battle in the Senate.

DHS Official Outlines Federal Support to State-based Fusion Centers

- During a speech yesterday, a high-level official from the Department of Homeland Security explained how his office will support the nation's rapidly expanding network of state-based intelligence fusion centers created to share information across all levels of government to help prevent terrorist attacks.

Iraqi Government Arrests Security Personnel After Twin Suicide Blasts

- The Iraqi government has arrested approximately 60 members of the security forces after twin suicide bombings ripped through Baghdad on Sunday, killing more than 155 people in one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in Iraq since the 2003 invasion.

Lawmakers, State Officials Say FEMA's Homeland Security Grant Evaluation Tool Flawed

- Lawmakers and state officials today criticized an initiative that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created to measure the return on investment from homeland security grants provided to states for preparedness.

Congress Boosts DHS Funding 6.6 Percent for 2010; Targets Cybersecurity

- Spending bill headed to President Obama's desk would ban transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainees to U.S. soil and places conditions on construction of a new bio/agro defense facility planned in the heartland.

A Peek Inside the U.S. Government's Transportation Security Lab

- At New Jersey's Transportation Security Laboratory, government scientists test cutting-edge screening technology and brainstorm ways to fool current devices.

Panel Says Terror Alert System Works Better for Institutions Rather than Public

- Institutions, including the private sector, are much better served by the color-coded terror-alert system created after the 9-11 attacks than the public, a bipartisan task force created to reevaluate the system reported yesterday.

Chertoff: Threat Level System May Be Too Ingrained to Change

- Current DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano has consulted both Chertoff and his predecessor, Tom Ridge, in a reassessment of the agency's five-level, color-coded alert system.

U.S. and Mexico Sign Agreement to Build Public Security Communications Network

- The United States government announced a bilateral agreement with Mexico today that will create a public security communications network to bolster border security between the two countries.

States Praise DHS's New Management, Engagement

- State officials say that DHS headquarters is listening to their needs under the new Obama administration.

DHS: No Probable Cause Standard for Border Laptop Searches

- New directives follow FOIA suit by the ACLU; Muslim, Arab and South Asians complain their devices are disproportionately subject to search at the border.

Obama's Counterterrorism Efforts Aggresive, Nuanced, Advisor Says

- John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, says the administration is aggressively pursuing terrorists with an emphasis on diplomacy and civil liberties that eluded its predecessor.
 




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