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Civil rights advocates protest FBI almanac warning

January 8, 2004 Civil rights advocates protested Thursday in front of the FBI building against a recent memo warning law enforcement officials across the country that would-be terrorists could use almanacs to plan attacks. In a bulletin sent over the holidays to about 18,000 police organizations, the FBI said terrorists might use almanacs ...

Inaccurate databanks pose challenge for new visitor tracking system

January 7, 2004 The Homeland Security Department is undertaking a massive effort to integrate more than two dozen criminal and terrorist databanks as part of a new immigration tracking system, but some immigration advocates fear inaccurate information will cause problems for people entering the country. The department plans to integrate 27 different biographical ...

Homeland Security eyes military technology for commercial aircraft

January 6, 2004 The Homeland Security Department has selected three contractors to study whether military countermissile technology can be used to defend U.S. civilian aircraft from shoulder-fired missiles. Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and United Airlines will each receive $2 million to develop a plan for using military technology to answer the threat that ...

Immigrant tracking system launched amid skepticism

January 5, 2004 A new immigration tracking system went into effect Monday amid doubts that it would work as advertised and concerns that it might infringe on the rights of immigrants. The Homeland Security Department launched the first phase of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US VISIT) program at 115 ...

Union fights FAA over privatizing maintenance jobs

December 23, 2003 The Professional Airways Systems Specialists union has filed a grievance against the Federal Aviation Administration, charging that the agency is unfairly subjecting maintenance jobs to private sector competition. The union filed the grievance last week after learning the FAA will include maintenance jobs in a study of the nation's Automated ...

Agencies respond to increased terrorist threat level

December 22, 2003 Federal agencies put action plans into effect Monday in response to an increased national threat level, but some officials said heightened security requirements create budget and personnel burdens for their agencies. Homeland Security Department Secretary Tom Ridge announced Sunday that the national threat level had been raised from code yellow ...

Park Police chief prepares to fight firing

December 19, 2003 The chief of the U.S. Park Police is prepared to fight efforts to fire her, saying that the government is violating her First Amendment rights and the federal Whistleblower Protection Act, her lawyer said Friday. Chief Teresa Chambers was notified in an eight-page letter Thursday that the National Park Service ...

Report criticizes federal immigrant tracking efforts

December 18, 2003 A new study finds that the Bush administration has failed to fully implement a 2002 federal visa-tracking law and has missed a series of deadlines to improve immigration controls in the country. More than a year and half after Congress passed the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act, ...

TSA awards grants to test airport security technology

December 17, 2003 The Transportation Security Administration awarded eight airports $7.8 million in grants to evaluate whether new technology will improve security and can be applied at other airports, an agency spokesman said Wednesday. Under a new pilot program, selected airports will test technology ranging from advanced surveillance systems to secure communications systems ...

Justice report: U.S. Attorneys’ offices unprepared for crises

December 16, 2003 Many U.S. Attorneys' offices around the country are unprepared to respond to critical incidents ranging from natural disasters to terrorist attacks, the Justice Department's inspector general reported Tuesday. The offices have failed to fully implement the department's Crisis Management Coordinator Program and provide ongoing crisis management training, Inspector General Glenn ...