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National Dragnet Is a Click Away

Several thousand law enforcement agencies are creating the foundation of a domestic intelligence system through computer networks that analyze vast amounts of police information to fight crime and root out terror plots. Keep Reading

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US Intelligence, Police Unite in National Data Exchange System

Though many citizens currently quiver in fear at the crime-fighting technology displayed on shows like CSI, the government really isn’t as technologically advanced as many think; in fact, for a very long time, police forces and intelligence agencies were forced to rely on their own information databases to catch criminals and terrorists. However, it seems that the U.S. government is taking a step towards tightening the noose around criminals — and potential criminals — with a new national information-sharing system.

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Iran ‘May Not Have Ended Search for Nuclear Bomb’

A senior British diplomat has for the first time challenged the findings of a crucial American intelligence report which was considered to have removed the justification for military strikes against Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions.

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Failure Analysis Takes Mapping Underground

Failure Analysis has submitted a proposal to the CIA/Air Force/National Reconnaissance Office to provide a civil and military satellite-based, underground 3-D mapping system called DUMSTR. DUMSTR stands for “defense underground mapping satellite tracking and ranging”. DUMSTR can provide locations and size of small and large underground facilities as well as large geological plate tectonic movement. DUMSTR is derived from the CIA/U.S. Air Force Defense Meteorological Mapping Program (DMSP) and the Air Force Global Positioning System (GPS) and doesn’t require development of new technology.
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Who Leaked the Details of a CIA-Mossad Plot Against Iran?

The Bush administration is prolonging the hunting season against journalists. The latest victim is James Risen, The New York Times reporter for national security and intelligence affairs. About three months ago, a federal grand jury issued a subpoena against him, ordering Risen to give evidence in court. A heavy blackout has been imposed on the affair, with the only hint being that it has to do with sensitive matters of "national security."

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Senate GOP Plans to Unveil Tough New Immigration Bills

Senate Republicans are set to announce Wednesday the hardest-hitting package of immigration enforcement measures seen yet - one that would require jail time for illegal immigrants caught crossing the border, make it harder for them to open bank accounts and compel them to communicate in English when dealing with federal agencies.
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Over Here or Over There, Intelligence Key to Countering Terror

David Cid thinks he knows how to protect America against terrorists, but it won’t be easy.

The former FBI agent and current deputy director of the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism said intelligence, especially human intelligence, is the key to battling ne’er-do-wells at home and abroad.

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Congressional Oversight Office at NSA Sits Empty

The Government Accountability Office - Congress's investigative arm - has an office at the super-secretive National Security Agency's headquarters, but it keeps no staff there because lawmakers have not made enough oversight requests, the agency's head told Congress last week. Keep Reading

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Lawmakers Voice Concerns Over Cybersecurity Plan

Members of the House of Representatives sought details on Thursday of a $30 billion plan to secure federal government systems and upgrade network defenses to ward off attacks from foreign nations and online criminals.
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Wiretap Compromise in Works

House and Senate Democratic leaders are headed into talks today that they say could lead to a breakthrough on legislation to revamp domestic surveillance powers and grant phone companies some form of immunity for their role in the administration's warrantless wiretapping program after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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Collins Urges REAL ID Act Extension

In a letter Friday, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged Gov. John Baldacci to request an extension for the state's complying with the federal REAL ID Act, which establishes national standards for state-issued driver's licenses.
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Deal Close on Wiretap Law, a Top Democrat Tells CNN

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee hinted Sunday that a battle over an expired eavesdropping law might be moving toward a conclusion that gave phone companies the retroactive legal protections long sought by President Bush.

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House Lawmakers Question Privacy in Cyber-Security Plan

House lawmakers yesterday raised concerns about the privacy implications of a Bush administration effort to secure federal computer networks from hackers and foreign adversaries, as new details emerged about the largely classified program.

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Bush Calls Surveillance Bill an ‘Urgent Priority’

Using some of his toughest language in weeks, President Bush prodded Congress on Thursday to pass his preferred version of surveillance legislation, asserting that every day of delay could put the country in danger.

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Use of Google for Data Triggers Fears

"It's called "Google hacking" - a slick data-mining technique used by the Internet's cops and crooks alike to unearth sensitive material mistakenly posted to public Web sites," reports AP's technology writer. Keep Reading

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GOP Uses Surveillance Bill to Bash Democrats

Republicans are convinced that highlighting their counterterrorism policies will be a political winner in this presidential election year, and they have focused this week on Democratic opposition to their version of a new surveillance bill as a way to paint Democrats as soft on national security, according to GOP lawmakers and their aides.

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