National Security

ACLU: US military skirting law to spy on Americans

NEW YORK - The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain private records of Americans' Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, the ACLU said Tuesday. The American C...

U.S. increases fingerprints IDs at airports

Karen Brettell Reuters 26.03.2008
U.S. increases fingerprints IDs at airports

NEW YORK - International visitors flying into New York now face being identified by all ten fingerprints, part of a heightened security system aimed at identifying potential terror suspects and visa fraud, officials said on Tuesday.

Right now, feds might be looking into your finances

WASHINGTON — Each year, federal agents peek at the financial transactions of millions of Americans — without their knowledge. The same type of information that raised suspicions about New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is reviewed every day by authoritie...

FBI wants palm prints, eye scans, tattoo mapping

Kelli Arena, Carol Cratty CNN 05.02.2008
The FBI wants to use eye scans, combined with other data, to help identify suspects.

CLARKSBURG, West Virginia -- The FBI is gearing up to create a massive computer database of people's physical characteristics, all part of an effort the bureau says to better identify criminals and terrorists. But it's an issue that raises major p...

Dismissal of NIE intelligence report undermines US' credibility

President George W. Bush hasn't accomplished much on his voyage to the Middle East, but he did take the time to inflict another wound on the entire U.S. intelligence community—and on the credibility of anything he might ever again say about the wo...

Passenger jets get anti-missile devices

Mimi Hall USA Today 04.01.2008
Passenger jets get anti-missile devices

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of airline passengers will soon be flying on jets outfitted with anti-missile systems as part of a new government test aimed at thwarting terrorists armed with shoulder-fired projectiles. Three American Airlines Boei...

Source: Green Peace

WASHINGTON — Over the past six years, the Bush administration has spent almost $100 million on a highly classified program to help Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, secure his country’s nuclear weapons, according to current and former s...

Bush Gives Clearances for N.S.A Surveillance Inquiry

WASHINGTON — Just four days after Michael B. Mukasey was sworn in as attorney general, Justice Department officials said Tuesday that President Bush had reversed course and approved long-denied security clearances for the Justice Department’s ethi...

GAO: Bomb Parts Snuck Past Airport Checks

CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports terrorists could slip past Transportation Security Administration screeners and, with a few readily available components, assemble an explosive that could cause severe damage to an airplane, according to a ne...

John William Anderson, who was born on July 4, 2001, is on TSA's watch list. He was first stopped in 2004 when his mother and grandmother took him on his first plane ride to Disney World.

WASHINGTON — More than 15,000 people have appealed to the government since February to have their names removed from the terrorist watch list that delayed their travel at U.S. airports and border crossings, the Homeland Security Department says.

A B-52 is seen on the ground at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, in this file photo.

WASHINGTON -- A six-week probe into the mistaken flight of nuclear warheads across the country uncovered a "lackadaisical" attention to detail in day-to-day operations at the air bases involved in the incident, an Air Force official said Friday.

Marine Sgt. Mark Castro Elias is fitted for a dress jacket by Zeny Dalit at Dorothy Military Shop and Laundry, in Oceanside, Calif. on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2007.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. - The Marine Corps is taking on the role of fashion police. Earlier this year, the Marine Corps commandant updated the regulations on what Marines can and cannot wear, on duty and off, in the United States. Among the fashion don'...

Most fake bombs missed by screeners

WASHINGTON — Security screeners at two of the nation's busiest airports failed to find fake bombs hidden on undercover agents posing as passengers in more than 60% of tests last year, according to a classified report obtained by USA TODAY.

Tough Punishment Expected for Warhead Errors

The Air Force has decided to relieve at least five of its officers of command and is considering filing criminal charges in connection with the Aug. 29 "Bent Spear" incident in which nuclear-armed cruise missiles were mistakenly flown from North D...

US Military inadvertently recruits gays

The Army, Navy and Air Force unwittingly advertised for recruits on a website for gays, who are barred from military service if they are open about their sexual orientation.

Nuke transportation story has explosive implications

Last month, six W80-1 nuclear-armed AGM-129 advanced cruise missiles were flown from Minot Air Force Base, N.D., to Barksdale AFB in Louisiana and sat on the tarmac for 10 hours undetected. Press reports initially cited the Air Force mistake of fl...

US Secret Service Agent Shoots Car Protecting Ahmadinejad

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating why one of its agents shot his car last month during a United Nations visit by the Iranian premier. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren confirmed that his agency's internal affairs unit has been asked to f...

Post editor says Bush, Gonzales should be tortured

An associate editor and columnist for the Washington Post says that until George W. Bush and others in his administration endure the "harsh" treatment to which terrorism suspects are subjected, then Bush "will be remembered as the president who tr...

President Bush was speaking at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend, at the National Firefighters Academy, in Emmitsburg, Md. when the airspace violations occurred, according to the Secret Service.

Maryland, US - The Secret Service tells CBS News that there were eleven violations of temporary flight restrictions around Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, on Sunday.

Security forces work the sidewalk at LAX

To help combat the terrorism threat, officials at Los Angeles International Airport are introducing a bold new idea into their arsenal: random placement of security checkpoints. Can game theory help keep us safe?

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