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Americans Continue to Lack Disaster Emergency Plans

In 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) declared 63 major US disasters. Almost every state in the country was affected, including Hawaii. In response to such emergency situations, Disaster Recovery America has formulated a Web-based emergency plan to help families and communities quickly get back on their feet.

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Mac Users Targeted by ‘Scareware’ Fraud Application

Just in time for the Macworld Conference, Mac users now have their very own “scareware” application. F-Secure, a security company based in Finland, has identified a rogue software application for the Mac called MacSweeper. Scareware is a term for applications that find fictitious malware on a user’s computer and then try to trick the user… Keep Reading

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Rangers Describe Bloody Raid On Al Qaeda House

When the two Army Rangers slipped inside the house of suspected assassins in the dark on Christmas morning in Mosul, they expected a fight. They got one. Two gunmen, using an 11-year-old boy as a shield, confronted the soldiers. One, a Ranger staff sergeant, shot them dead with his rifle. The boy was unharmed, according… Keep Reading

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Atlanta, Canadian Terror Suspects Met, FBI Says

Two US citizens accused of plotting to attack civilian and government targets shot “casing videos” of Washington landmarks that were found on a terrorism suspect’s computer in Britain and met with suspects in a Canadian terrorism case, an FBI agent testified Monday. FOX News – Click here to view the entire story. Keep Reading

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DHS Cancels Farm Chemical Assessment Deadline

The majority of farmers no longer need to be in a rush to complete a chemical storage risk assessment for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by Jan. 22. With a few exceptions, DHS has decided to grant agricultural operations an indefinite stay from the requirement. “Under current threat conditions, DHS does not believe that… Keep Reading

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Spychief Wants to Tap Into Cyberspace

Spychief Mike McConnell is drafting a plan to protect America’s cyberspace that will raise privacy issues and make the current debate over surveillance law look like “a walk in the park,” McConnell tells The New Yorker. “This is going to be a goat rope on the Hill. My prediction is that we’re going to screw around with this until something horrendous happens.”

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Geneva Conventions: Privileged Terrorists, Deprived Soldiers

Terrorists are evanescent, fleeting. They come and go. Their whereabouts are unknown. They hide among the innocent civilians. They roam about, dressed up like any other civilian. There are no warning signals; a bomb, an explosion, a head flies. Yes, it was a suicide bomber, and the soldiers could not do much about it. It is extremely difficult, almost impossible, to distinguish between this unconventional terrorist posing as a civilian, and the ordinary civilian. The conventional soldier therefore is operating in an environment where the enemy is less recognisable.

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Militants Escape Control of Pakistan, Officials Say

Pakistan’s premier military intelligence agency has lost control of some of the networks of Pakistani militants it has nurtured since the 1980s, and is now suffering the violent blowback of that policy, two former senior intelligence officials and other officials close to the agency say. As the military has moved against them, the militants have… Keep Reading

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Regional Consortium Predicts Homeland Security Business Boom

To position Hampton Roads as a regional defense and homeland security superpower, a swelling group of city development officials and local defense contractors are pursuing a new branding strategy that crowns the area with the nickname “Pentagon South.” The group, called the Defense & Homeland Security Consortium, recently launched a new Web site, and within… Keep Reading

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NRC Plans More Security for Nuke Freight

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to impose new security requirements on radioactive material shipped across the USA that could be an inviting target for terrorists looking to build “dirty bombs.” The effort follows years of criticism from members of Congress, security experts and environmentalists who say that the commission hasn’t done enough to secure potentially… Keep Reading

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US to Speed Deportation of Criminals in Jail

Federal authorities expect to identify and deport more than 200,000 immigrants this year who are convicted criminals serving time in prisons and jails across the country, the country’s top federal immigration enforcement official said Monday. The effort to speed the deportation of foreign-born criminals is part of a campaign by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement… Keep Reading

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HSToday in a changed world

It was the convoy of Humvees that brought home the fact that everything had changed.

There were about a half dozen of them, full of grim-faced men in camouflage uniform, wearing black berets. It was late afternoon and a warm, golden sun slanted down the largely deserted street. On the side streets armed men stood guard at each corner blocking off access while yellow police tape flapped in the gentle breeze.

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Seven Troops, 23 Militants Killed in Pakistan Clash

At least seven Pakistani troops and 23 Islamic militants were killed in a major battle Monday near the Afghan border, days after Islamabad ruled out direct US military intervention. Local Taliban commander Faqir Hussain was among the rebels killed in the battle, which erupted when gunmen ambushed a paramilitary convoy in Mohmand district of the… Keep Reading

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BB&T Fined $10K for Terrorist Account

Regional bank BB&T Corp. recently paid the US government $10,000 to settle allegations that it allowed funds to be withdrawn from an account held by a known terrorist. AP – Click here to view the entire story. Keep Reading

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Our Ally In Islamabad

For decades, the United States has faced a fundamental national security dilemma: How does it address the threats posed by global terrorist networks without further entrenching dictators and antidemocratic governments?

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German Terror Threat Reportedly Wanes

A threat of possible terrorist attacks in Germany,based on a tip from Lebanese authorities after they interrogated an Al Qaeda suspect, is less severe than initially thought, authorities said Monday. The tip came after Lebanese police arrested suspect Mohammed Naddoum last Thursday on allegations that he called the German Embassy in Beirut threatening to strike… Keep Reading

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TWIC Biometric Port Security in 10 More Ports

The Department of Homeland Security announced that enrollment in the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will begin at ten more locations in the coming weeks. This program ensures that any individual who has unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities and vessels has received a thorough background check and is not a known… Keep Reading

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Real ID Enters the Final Stretch

Although implementation of the REAL ID Act of 2005 has been stalled for many months while states await final regulations and funding, systems integrators and other technology companies say the law is driving upgrades in state motor vehicle departments. Washington Technology – Click here to view the entire story. HSToday.us comments:Remarks by Homeland Security Secretary… Keep Reading

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