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CIA Blames Al Qaeda, Taliban for Bhutto Assassination

According to the CIA, former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was assassinated by Islamic militants with ties to Al Qaeda and the Taliban, offering new support to similar but criticized assertions made by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. CIA director Michael Hayden told The Washington Post that the agency has concluded that followers of Islamist tribal… Keep Reading

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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… Keep Reading

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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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State Taps General Dynamics for New Passcard Technology

The State Department awarded a $72.7 million, five-year contract to a team led by General Dynamics Information Technology to print the passport card. The contract calls for one base year and five option years. State’s Logistics Management Office, Management Acquisition unit processed the acquisition. Keep Reading

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Huckabee Vows to Send All Illegal Aliens Home

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday continued to move to the right on immigration during this year’s presidential campaign, signing a pledge to enforce immigration laws and to make all illegal aliens go home. Washington Times – Click here to view the entire story. Keep Reading

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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. Keep Reading

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Cocaine Boom in Europe Fuels New Laundering Tactics

A cocaine boom in Europe and the continent’s strong currency have combined to fuel a thriving industry: Euro laundering. With the euro approaching $1.50 and soaring demand for cocaine in countries like Spain and Italy, Europe has become a far more lucrative place to do business for Latin American drug cartels than in previous years.… Keep Reading

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Marines Award SAIC $25 Million Law Enforcement Contract

The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), San Diego,CA, a task order  to perform interoperability consequence management in support of the Marine Corps’ Non-Guard Security Support and Training Support program. The single-award, firm-fixed-price task order has an 11-month period of performance and a total value of more than $25 million.… Keep Reading

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US to Step Up Security for British Travellers

British travellers to the United States face tighter security checks because Washington increasingly regards Europe as a ”platform” for a terror attack. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said yesterday that a threat to his country was the ease with which people can get in under the visa waiver program. The Telegraph – Click here to… Keep Reading

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Gates Faults NATO Force In Southern Afghanistan

In an unusual public criticism, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he believes NATO forces currently deployed in southern Afghanistan do not know how to combat a guerrilla insurgency, a deficiency that could be contributing to the rising violence in the fight against the Taliban. Los Angeles Times – Click here to view the entire… Keep Reading

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Official Says Critics of Driver’s License Standards Are Off Base

A top official at the Homeland Security Department said that much of the resistance to his agency’s plan for nationwide driver’s licensing standards is off base. Last week, the department issued final regulations for states to implement the so-called REAL ID Act. At a Heritage Foundation event Wednesday, Homeland Security Assistant Secretary for Policy Stewart… Keep Reading

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White House May Have Erased Controversial CIA-related Emails

The White House has acknowledged in a new court filing that it routinely recycled computer backup tapes containing its email records until October 2003, a practice that could mean that many electronic messages from the first two years of the Bush administration are lost forever.

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Kucinich Asks DHS to Investigate Rival

Representative and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinch asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate one of his Democratic congressional opponents, Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman.

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Admiral Says Pakistan OKs Bigger US Role

In a reversal of the Pakistani government’s earlier adamant position that it would not allow an increased US presence – and would consider any unilateral US anti-terroroperations in its territory as an attack – Pakistan now reputedly is taking a more welcoming view of US suggestions for using American troops to train and advise its… Keep Reading

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