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Privacy advocates want Hill probe of airport scanners

November 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Privacy and civil-liberties advocates Tuesday called for controversial passenger-screening procedures at the nation's airports to be suspended and for Congress to investigate whether the Homeland Security Department has misled the public about the safety of whole-body scanning machines. The advocates, including consumer activist Ralph Nader, want the use of whole-body...

IG finds centers can't search across terrorism databases

November 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Despite more than $400 million spent on technology systems, domestic counterterrorism centers across the country still face significant information sharing challenges, including the inability to search across multiple databases for terrorism-related data, according to a new report from the Homeland Security Department's inspector general. The Homeland Security Department has spent...

Privacy advocates want Hill probe of airport scanners

November 16, 2010 Privacy and civil-liberties advocates Tuesday called for controversial passenger-screening procedures at the nation's airports to be suspended and for Congress to investigate whether the Homeland Security Department has misled the public about the safety of whole-body scanning machines. The advocates, including consumer activist Ralph Nader, want the use of whole-body...

Union urges TSA to give bargaining rights to screeners

November 16, 2010 The nation's largest union of federal workers is calling on the Transportation Security Administration to grant immediate collective bargaining rights to screeners at airports across the country. TSA screeners are now able to form unions but have never had the permission to bargain collectively with management. John Pistole, who became...

Officials defend airport screening but say changes are coming

November 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Homeland Security officials Monday defended airport screening procedures amid a backlash of complaints that they are too invasive, but officials said that changes to some tactics will be made soon. "We are doing what we need to do to protect the traveling public," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during...

Officials defend airport screening but say changes are coming

November 15, 2010 Homeland Security officials Monday defended airport screening procedures amid a backlash of complaints that they are too invasive, but officials said that changes to some tactics will be made soon. "We are doing what we need to do to protect the traveling public," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during...

Agendas for Homeland Security panels take shape

November 9, 2010 The dust from last week's elections has barely settled, but the landscape of hearings and priorities by the House and Senate homeland security committees is already becoming clear. Surprisingly, the panels do not appear too far apart heading into the new Congress, even though the chambers will be controlled by...

Napolitano announces air cargo restrictions

November 8, 2010 The Homeland Security Department on Monday announced new rules aimed at preventing terrorists from shipping bombs on passenger or cargo planes, in direct response to the failed plot late last month to ship package bombs aboard cargo planes from Yemen to the United States. The agency will indefinitely continue a...

Officials move to beef up air cargo screening

November 4, 2010 Top U.S. Homeland Security officials are ramping up efforts to prevent terrorists from transporting package bombs through the international aviation system, including holding a high-level meeting in Yemen where last week's terrorist plot was hatched. The head of the Transportation Security Administration, John Pistole, met with Yemeni officials - including...

House Intelligence Committee faces shakeup

November 3, 2010 The House Intelligence Committee is facing a major shakeup as a result of Tuesday's election results. It's been known for some time that a new Republican will be taking over the panel's top GOP post due to the retirement of Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich. The race...

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