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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.

Fights Over Gitmo Detainees Renewed

- The Obama administration's new plan to relocate Guantanamo detainees within the United States has caused a motley chorus of voices to rise up in opposition and support.

Whistleblowers Optimistic About Treatment Under Obama

- Whistleblowers and their advocates are optimistic that the Obama administration will more vigorously protect other government employees that divulge government misconduct in the public interest, reports ABC News.

Cybersecurity Review Leader Resigns

- Melissa Hathaway, who led the Obama administration's 60-day cybersecurity review, has resigned her post as the administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, The Washington Post reports.

DHS Continues Its PR Makeover

- The Department of Homeland Security yesterday relaunched its Web site and unveiled its new YouTube channel to harness the power of social media.

More Unconventional Security Solutions

- If you liked the pepper-spraying ATM machine, get a load of these other security technologies that exploit human biological weaknesses.

U.K.: Police Force Suspends Stop and Search Counterterrorism Powers

- A police force is southern England has suspended a controversial police power that allows police to stop and search street-goers that was originally meant to prevent terrorism.

Napolitano Pushes REAL ID Rollback

- The bill could ease the burden of 2005’s REAL ID Act and allow residents of non-compliant states to board commercial flights after Jan. 1. Critics say it would eviscerate post 9-11 identity fraud protections.

DHS Task Force to Review Color-Coded Terror Alert System

- Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano has formed a bipartisan task force to review the color-coded terror alert system instituted after 9-11 to communicate the threat of terrorism to the United States.

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