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Panel urges passenger-screening plan similar to CAPPS II

Lawmakers, civil-liberties groups and the travel industry have criticized the CAPPS II plan over privacy concerns and potential inconvenience to travelers.

Convention security effort wins positive reviews

Delegates impressed with speed, thoroughness of Secret Service/TSA screening efforts at checkpoints outside Boston's FleetCenter.

Ridge praises public service, offers advice

Secretary says creation of Homeland Security Department required strong leadership and keeping employees informed.

Contractors were hired to oversee interrogations

Documents show senior-level "advisers" managed security and intelligence-related activities.

Security forces set up 'hard zone' at Democratic convention

Secret Service hosts a Multi-Agency Communications Center with more than 70 representatives of 40 government agencies and private firms.

Secret Service agent is man behind convention security curtain

Special Agent Scott Sheafe has spent 13 months in Boston overseeing security preparations for the first post-9/11 political convention.

Partisan fissures continue to stall homeland authorization bill

A plan to mark up parts of the bill that enjoyed bipartisanship before the August break was stymied.

Agencies criticized for overclassifying information

9/11 commission report recommends government share more information, but new study finds classification costs increased $1 billion in a year.