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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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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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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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The World’s Most Wanted Cyber-jihadist

When police raided a flat in West London in October 2005, they arrested a young man, originally from Morocco, called Younes Tsouli. They had no idea, at the time, just how significant he was.

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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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DNI Weighs in on Waterboarding

Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said in a magazine interview that waterboarding “would be torture” if used against him or if someone under interrogation actually was taking water into his lungs. But McConnell declined for legal reasons to say whether the technique categorically should be considered torture. AP – Click here to view the… Keep Reading

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Showdown Over Destroyed CIA Tapes This Week

In a closed door hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Congress plans to ask why the CIA destroyed tapes showing interrogations of suspected Al Qaeda operatives. Was it a cover-up?

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Sen. Hutchison On Defensive Over Border Fence Amendment

In an uncharacteristic display of public frustration with party colleagues, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison on Friday sharply criticized two Republican congressmen who had accused her of a stealth effort to derail the fence along the US-Mexico border.

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Congress May Track Threat Reduction More Closely

An omnibus federal funding bill that President Bush signed into law late last month includes provisions intended to allow Congress to more closely monitor progress in nuclear threat reduction efforts.

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FBI Wiretaps Dropped Due to Unpaid Bills

Telephone companies have cut off FBI wiretaps used to eavesdrop on suspected criminals because of the bureau’s repeated failures to pay phone bills on time. A Justice Department audit released Thursday blamed the lost connections on the FBI’s lax oversight of money used in undercover investigations. In one office alone, unpaid costs for wiretaps from… Keep Reading

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Lawmaker: Protect Presidential Hopefuls

All presidential candidates still in the race should have Secret Service protection because their diversity and the media attention they attract present terrorists "a potent, high-profile target to make a statement," a House chairman wrote Wednesday to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.

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White House Told to Answer E-Mail Query

A federal magistrate has ordered the White House to reveal whether copies of missing e-mail messages written from 2003 to 2005 during an investigation into the disclosure of the name of CIA operative are stored in computer backup files. NY Times – Click here to view the entire story. Keep Reading

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