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Obama: 'We will not waver in our resolve'

October 29, 2010 President Obama declared Friday that the United States "will not waver in our resolve" to snuff out terrorist attacks after two explosive-laden packages destined for Jewish sites in Chicago were discovered aboard cargo flights originating in Yemen, home of an al-Qaida affiliate hostile to the United States. Confirming the apparent ...

Suspect in bomb plot sought to kill soldiers

October 28, 2010 A U.S. citizen from Pakistan who was arrested Wednesday in an alleged plot to blow up train stations in Washington's Metro system wanted to fight and kill Americans and coalition forces in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to new details of the plot released Thursday. Farooque Ahmed, 34, told a person ...

Hill aides, ACLU urge Obama to address cybersecurity bills

October 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Republican congressional aides and a top ACLU lawyer agreed Tuesday that the Obama administration needs to send Congress its views on pending cybersecurity legislation and whether it needs new authorities to monitor and defend Internet networks. The White House has largely sat on the sidelines as lawmakers and key congressional ...

GAO faults disaster recovery plan for critical networks

October 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has not developed an effective way to ensure that critical national infrastructure, such as electrical grids and telecommunications networks, can bounce back from a disaster, government auditors have found. In response to criticism from lawmakers and private-industry officials, DHS has emphasized the need for critical infrastructure ...

GAO faults disaster recovery plan for critical networks

October 26, 2010 The Homeland Security Department has not developed an effective way to ensure that critical national infrastructure, such as electrical grids and telecommunications networks, can bounce back from a disaster, government auditors have found. In response to criticism from lawmakers and private-industry officials, DHS has emphasized the need for critical infrastructure ...

Defense cyber chief downplays need to resolve lines of authority

October 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A senior Pentagon official Wednesday downplayed the need to define clear lines of authority for federal agencies involved in combating cybersecurity threats, saying the emphasis has shifted toward having agencies work more closely together. The Obama administration has ramped up efforts aimed at getting agencies to better coordinate their cybersecurity ...

Hayden: Obama still 'holds key' on spy notifications

October 19, 2010 Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Tuesday said he does not believe that a major intelligence bill that President Obama signed into law earlier this month will fundamentally change how lawmakers are briefed on covert spy activities. Hayden's remarks are a blow to congressional Democrats who hailed enactment of the fiscal ...

Most domestic intel centers lack privacy plans

October 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The majority of state and local counterterrorism centers across the country do not have federally approved plans to ensure they are protecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of U.S. citizens, raising concerns among privacy advocates that they lack proper oversight. The issue reveals the tension between government efforts to ...

Most domestic intel centers lack privacy plans

October 18, 2010 The majority of state and local counterterrorism centers across the country do not have federally approved plans to ensure they are protecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of U.S. citizens, raising concerns among privacy advocates that they lack proper oversight. The issue reveals the tension between government efforts to ...

Senators find contractors too close to Afghan warlords

October 8, 2010 A year-long Senate Armed Services Committee investigation has revealed that a number of private security firms working in Afghanistan under Defense Department contracts have hired Afghan warlords and powerbrokers with links to murder, kidnapping and bribery -- and the Taliban. The investigation, detailed in an 89-page report released Thursday, also ...