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The Government Technology & Services Coalition's Homeland Security Today (HSToday) is the premier news and information resource for the homeland security community, dedicated to elevating the discussions and insights that can support a safe and secure nation. A non-profit magazine and media platform, HSToday provides readers with the whole story, placing facts and comments in context to inform debate and drive realistic solutions to some of the nation’s most vexing security challenges.

Bush to Make Smaller Security Fund Cuts

The Bush administration will cut counterterrorism money for police, firefighters and rescue departments next year, but not by as much as it originally proposed. Next month the White House will request $2.2 billion to help states and cities protect against terrorist attacks in 2009, and not $1.4 billion, an administration aide told Rep. Peter King,…

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Waking Up To the Risks of Terrorism Liability

A suicide bomber infiltrates a nightclub in an English city wearing explosives and detonates his device among 500 young clubbers. Six people are killed instantly, ten are seriously injured, and in the stampede to escape the club, two more people die and four are seriously injured. Eleven other people suffer minor injuries, smoke inhalation and…

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Forget Oil, the New Global Crisis is Food

A new crisis is emerging, a global food catastrophe that will reach further and be more crippling than anything the world has ever seen. The credit crunch and the reverberations of soaring oil prices around the world will pale in comparison to what is about to transpire, Donald Coxe, global portfolio strategist at BMO Financial…

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Two Senators Blast DHS Decision Over Feb.1 Northern Border ID Mandate

DHS Friday reminded travelers that beginning January 31, 2008, border crossers will be asked to present documents denoting citizenship and identity when entering the United States through land and sea ports of entry. DHS said “this change primarily affects United States and Canadian citizens, who have previously been permitted entry by oral declaration alone, and…

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Two Senators Blast DHS Decision Over Feb.1 Northern Border ID Mandate

In separate statements two northern border state senators Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. Susan Collins have challenged the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to require birth certificates at the Northern Border beginning Feb. 1. Sen. Leahy criticized the looming requirement for birth certificates at the Northern Border as poorly planned, unmanageable and likely to cause economic damage by damaging trade and travel between the US and Canada.

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DHS To Investigate Immigration Raids

The inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security has pledged to review Immigration Customs and Enforcement’s actions during last year’s Michael Bianco raid, which politicians and immigrant advocates say caused a “humanitarian crisis” by tearing families apart. Inspector General Richard L. Skinner has agreed to launch a general review into the concerns raised in…

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Female Bomber Strikes Shiite Worshippers

A female suicide bomber struck black-clad worshippers preparing for Shiite Islam’s holiest day, killing at least nine Wednesday in an attack that highlighted insurgents’ increasing use of unconventional tactics in a province that has defied the nationwide trendtoward less violence. AP – Click here to view the entire story. HSToday.us comments: Three earlier suicide bombings…

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Lawmaker Calls for Legislatively Expanding Sanctions Against Iran

Rep. Brad Sherman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, said Thursday in an emailed statement that the Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Iran sanctions issued this week arguing for for an assessment of existing sanctions “should be undertaken with a view to making the sanctions regime more effective. We need to legislatively expand sanctions, close loopholes, increase the resources devoted to enforcement, and most importantly, actually enforce the existing Iran Sanctions Act.

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Chertoff Says Longer Lines Coming to Borders

New border crossing rules to take effect at the end of the month will initially mean longer lines for those entering the country, including returning Americans, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Thursday. But he said the rules are necessary to prevent another 9/11-style attack. AP – Click here to view the entire story.

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