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New Video Due From American Al Qaeda Member

Al Qaeda announced Thursday that it would soon release a new video message from American-born member Adam Gadahn that would be the first message from the terror group in 2008. AP – Click here to view the entire story. HSToday.us comments: Meanwhile, US military says 51 Qaeda leaders killed or captured in Iraq in December.… Keep Reading

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Al Qaeda Says It’s Behind Deadly Bombing in Algeria

Al Qaeda claimed responsibility Thursday for a bombing a day earlier in Algeria that killed four police officers and wounded 20 people at a building housing security forces. AP – Click here to view the entire story. Keep Reading

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COLORADO: Audit Shows State Lagging in Attack Preparedeness

Colorado’s firefighters and police aren’t fully prepared to handle terrorist attacks or disasters because Colorado has not adequately prepared them, according to an audit which is expected to be released Thursday by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General. The audit is also critical of the way Colorado has spent about 15 percent… Keep Reading

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Tighter Canadian Border Creates Complications

Robert Dault lives just a few miles from work, a distance he says he theoretically could drive in 15 minutes without breaking any laws. But on summer weekends his commute can take more than two hours, his car barely inching through the line to cross the international border between his home in Fort Frances, Ontario,… Keep Reading

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Paraguay Called Financial Hub for Terror, Crime

Ralph Nieves, a wiry ex-NYPD narcotics detective, lived through the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, in Manhattan. That is why what he discovered about a particular part of Paraguay during arecent assignment there has so disturbed him. Working under a US government contract to carry out polygraph examinations of public officials in the country, Nieves… Keep Reading

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Ammonium Nitrate Regulated – Sort of

More than 12 years after Timothy J. McVeigh used ammonium nitrate fertilizer to blow up the Oklahoma City federal building, Congress quietly passed legislation this month to regulate sales of the explosive. But the Secure Handling of Ammonium Nitrate Act of 2007, part of an appropriations measure signed Wednesday by President Bush, falls far short… Keep Reading

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DHS Nominations, CFATS and a Field Hearing

The Senate acts on nominations of Harvey Johnson to be deputy administrator of FEMA and Jeffrey Runge to be chief medical officer at DHS. A panel of the House Homeland Security Committee examines implementation of the CFATS rule for chemical security and then the full committee goes to El Paso to examine travel through US ports of entry. Keep Reading

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DHS Conditionally Accepts First Border Surveillance Segment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Friday conditionally accepted the first leg of the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet), designed to establish surveillance and communications towers along the US border to enable Border Patrol to monitor illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States.  Keep Reading

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International Outreach and Earthquakes

Senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security are in Europe this week to continue to share information on combating terrorism. Meanwhile, Congress returns to session, with the Senate holding a hearing on the danger of earthquakes along the New Madrid Seismic Zone.


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Playing the earmark game

The change of Congressional leadership made for an interesting year in 2007, not so much because of who was in charge, but because a new group had taken over that did not want to follow the processes that had been begun by those they replaced.  As has been common over the past several years, the… Keep Reading

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Homeland Security Appropriations Pending?

The Department of Homeland Security awaits approval of a fiscal 2008 budget by Congress, which has not yet convened a conference committee to finalize an appropriations bill. President Bush says he will veto the likely bill, however, dimming prospects for speedy delivery of homeland security funds. Keep Reading

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San Francisco Oil Spill and TWIC

A panel of the House Infrastructure and Transportation Committee holds a field hearing on the recent oil spill in San Francisco. Meanwhile, the Transportation Security Administration continues to introduce TWIC to port cities around the nation.


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Mutual Aid in Emergencies, Terrorist Watch Lists, and Senate Confirmations

A top FEMA official talks to a panel of the House Homeland Security Committee about effective mutual aid strategies for states and localities during emergencies. The full committee then looks at making a terrorist watch list. Finally, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee considers the nominations of two DHS officials.


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Policing Islamist Extremists, Rescheduling TWIC and Cybersecurity for Infrastructure

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee takes a look at how police departments best handle Islamist extremists. The House Homeland Security Committee holds a rescheduled hearing on TWIC. Several panels of that committee then take a look at cybersecurity as it applies to the 17 sectors under the National Infrastructure Protection Plan.


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Technology Showcase, Secure Borders and Screening Terrorists

The House Homeland Security Committee sponsors a fair this week to showcase technologies that help implement recommendations of the 9/11 Commission. Several subcommittees then hold a joint hearing on the future of the Secure Border Initiative-Network program. Finally, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee examines terrorist screening methods.


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