National Security

REUTERS/Janet Hamlin/Pool

GUANTANAMO BAY U.S. NAVAL BASE, Cuba (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden's driver knew the target of the fourth hijacked jetliner in the September 11 attacks, a prosecutor said on Tuesday in an attempt to draw a link between Salim Hamdan and the al Qaeda ...

First Class for Brass on Air Force Jets?

Derek Kravitz The Washington Post 19.07.2008
First Class for Brass on Air Force Jets?

The Air Force's use of more than $16 million in counter-terrorism funds for "comfort capsules" on military planes has prompted an internal debate over whether taxpayer money should be used for luxury Defense items.


2,000 Marines face longer Afghan tour

David Wood Baltimore Sun 04.07.2008
2,000 Marines face longer Afghan tour

WASHINGTON - In a decision reflecting the shortage of available combat troops, more than 2,000 Marines fighting the Taliban will be kept in Afghanistan 30 days beyond their original seven-month tour, the Marine Corps said yesterday.

EXCLUSIVE: How the FBI Botched the Anthrax Case

BRAD GARRETT ABC News 01.07.2008
Brad Garrett retired from the FBI and is now an ABC News consultant. He was one of the key investigators in the anthrax case.

Former Agent Explains What Went Wrong in the Investigation


Robots ready to support soldiers on the battlefield

James Bloom The Guardian 26.06.2008
The US army has 1,700 Lockheed Martin Mule armed vehicles on order

At a desert test site in Texas, a street battle rages between US soldiers and local "insurgents". It's much like any other training exercise, except the soldiers are accompanied by a Mule (Multifunctional utility/Logistics & Equipment), an armed r...

Super fast silent UFO pursued by military Chinook helicopter in Washington USA.

WASHINGTON, USA - A military helicopter was photographed pursuing a super fast UFO in Washington State, America last week.


Global Warming as Security Issue: Intelligence Report Sees Threat

Siobhan Gorman The Wall Street Journal 26.06.2008
Global Warming as Security Issue: Intelligence Report Sees Threat

WASHINGTON -- One of the biggest conundrums facing lawmakers is that solutions to global warming often hurt another of their top priorities: ensuring the availability of affordable energy, for example.

China denies hacking US lawmakers' computers

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday dismissed accusations from two United States lawmakers that it had hacked their office computers as alarmist and unfounded.


Gates recommends Schwartz as next Air Force chief

ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR The Kansas City Star 10.06.2008
Gates recommends Schwartz as next Air Force chief

Defense Secretary Robert Gates launched the Air Force in a new direction Monday by announcing an unusual choice as the service's next uniformed chief and by declaring an immediate halt to personnel reductions that he said had put the Air Force und...

10 airports install body scanners

BALTIMORE — Body-scanning machines that show images of people underneath their clothing are being installed in 10 of the nation's busiest airports in one of the biggest public uses of security devices that reveal intimate body parts.


Bush Inflated Threat From Iraq's Banned Weapons, Report Says

Joby Warrick, Walter Pincus The Washington Post 06.06.2008
Bush Inflated Threat From Iraq's Banned Weapons, Report Says

President Bush and top administration officials repeatedly exaggerated what they knew about Iraq's weapons and its ties to terrorist groups as the White House pressed its case for war against Iraq, the Senate intelligence committee said yesterday ...

US air chiefs quit over nuclear blunders

Alexander Monro Times Online 06.06.2008
US air chiefs quit over nuclear blunders

The two most senior officials in the US Air Force have been forced to resign following incidents that threw into question the safety of the country's nuclear weapons.


2 Leaders Ousted From Air Force in Atomic Errors

Thom Shanker New York Times 06.06.2008
2 Leaders Ousted From Air Force in Atomic Errors

WASHINGTON — The Air Force’s senior civilian official and its highest-ranking general were ousted by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Thursday after an inquiry into the mishandling of nuclear weapons and components found systemic problems in t...

EPA tests plans to protect water from terrorists

CINCINNATI (AP) — Water utilities would get earlier warning of viruses, bacteria or chemicals that could be introduced into drinking water systems by terrorists under a test monitoring program set for expansion beyond Cincinnati.


Fingerprint Registry in Housing Bill

John Berlau Openmarket.org 24.05.2008
Fingerprint Registry in Housing Bill

Fingerprints are considered to be among the most personal of information, and fingerprint databases created and proposed in the name of national security have generated much debate. Recently, “Server in the Sky” — a proposed international database...

Agent says FBI terrorism units badly run

Randall Mikkelsen Reuters South Africa 22.05.2008
Agent says FBI terrorism units badly run

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - FBI counterterrorism units are dangerously ill-equipped and barely 60 percent of the supervisory positions in the division that tracks al Qaeda were filled as of March, a bureau agent told Congress on Wednesday.


CIA Letters Give Rationale for Torture: Stopping Terrorism

MARK MAZZETTI The New York Times 28.04.2008
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has told Congress that American intelligence operatives attempting to thwart terrorist attacks can legally use interrogation methods that might otherwise be prohibited under international law.

U.S. Navy To Revive Fleet for Latin America, Caribbean

NADINE ELSIBAI The New York Sun 28.04.2008
Photo: navybuddies.com

Washington — The U.S. Navy plans to re-establish its Fourth Fleet, disbanded in 1950, to oversee ships, aircraft, and submarines operating in the Caribbean and Central and South America, a Defense Department statement said.


Pilot's Missing Laptop Causes Security Scare at 17 Airports

A pilot's laptop, filled with top secret security information was reported missing at Dulles Airport and the ripple effects were felt across the country. The Mesa Airlines employee couldn't find the personal laptop he brought with him while co-pil...

Documents prove FBI has national eavesdropping program that tracks IMs, emails and cell phones

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act and given to the Washington Post -- which stuck the story on page three -- show that the FBI's massive dragnet, connected to the backends of telecommunications carriers, "allows authorized FB...



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