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CIA retools site to make information 'more available'

February 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Forget Wikileaks. The CIA has decided that there is a virtue in openness. Sort of. The Agency has retooled its website, offering readers a broadened "public glimpse inside the agency." Want to contact the CIA? Now you can, through YouTube and Flicker. (The CIA is on Twitter, but I think ...

Senate probe finds gaps persist in preventing domestic attacks

February 3, 2011 The FBI and Defense Department still have not taken sufficient action to identify and prevent terrorist plots hatched by individuals inside the United States who succumb to radical Islamic ideology, according to the findings of a Senate investigation released Thursday. The probe by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs ...

TSA tests new technology for airport body scanners

February 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government Tuesday began testing new airport screening technology that does not generate an image of a person's body, in an effort to address concerns raised by privacy and civil liberties organizations. The use of whole-body scanning machines at airports has been controversial largely because the machines create an ...

Top intelligence panel Democrat open to spending cuts

January 28, 2011 The new top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said on Friday that cuts to intelligence and security programs should be on the table in order to help bring down the government's debt. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md., who was named ranking member of the panel only three days ago, told ...

Homeland Security chief announces end of color-coded threat alerts

January 27, 2011 This story has been updated. The Homeland Security Department will scrap the nation's color-coded threat advisory system for what it is calling a simpler, common-sense process to distribute information about security threats. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced during a speech in Washington on Thursday that the new notification system ...

House Democrats want panel overseeing intelligence spending reinstated

January 19, 2011 A group of House Democrats is calling on GOP counterparts to reinstate a panel created in the last Congress to help ensure better oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies and spending. The group, led by Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., wants House Republican leaders to maintain the Select Intelligence Oversight Panel under ...

Report: FBI spy powers too broad

January 19, 2011 New restrictions should be placed on the FBI's power to investigate people and organizations inside the United States suspected of having links to terrorist activity, including requiring agents to get prior written approval before conducting surveillance operations, according to a new report from a nonpartisan public-interest law center. The report, ...

Leahy to Review Use of 'Invasive' Scanners at Airports

January 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., plans to review the use of full-body scanning machines at the nation's airports, calling them "invasive" and one of a handful of "emerging privacy issues" for his panel's oversight agenda. The Transportation Security Administration has installed about 500 full-body scanning machines at airports across ...

Senate Judiciary panel plans to review use of 'invasive' scanners at airports

January 14, 2011 Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., plans to review the use of full-body scanning machines at the nation's airports, calling them "invasive" and one of a handful of "emerging privacy issues" for his panel's oversight agenda. The Transportation Security Administration has installed about 500 full-body scanning machines at airports across ...

Cybersecurity, virtual border fence on Hill agenda

January 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While talk about improving the economy and fiscal responsibility is likely to dominate the early days of the new Congress, lawmakers and key congressional committees are also expected to address a handful of homeland security issues through legislation and hearings in the next few months. And two of them involve ...