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Red Light Cameras: Safety Devices or One More Step Toward a Surveillance State?

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

The bottom line is this: red light cameras are not safety devices -- they're revenue-raising devices for corporations, states and municipalities.

NY Governor Pardons Caribbean Immigrants

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Arlene M. Roberts

In 1738, the French philosopher Voltaire wrote, "Love truth, but pardon error." Last week, New York Governor Paterson adhered to that maxim when he p...

Attention, Walmart Shoppers: Big Sis Wants You to Spy on One Another

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

You have power, so use it. Be what those who founded America wanted us to be -- engaged, active, informed. After all, we are the government.

WikiLeaks Latest Release (12/5) is Reckless with Ordinary Civilian Lives

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Likosky

WikiLeaks has just released documents that could pose a serious threat not only to US interests around the world, but also to the lives of ordinary ci...

Happy Critical Infrastructure Protection Month: Let's Invest

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

December is Critical National Infrastructure Protection Month. And, it's about even more than safeguarding our homeland in a post-9/11 world through...

A New Terrorism Alert System. Goodbye, and Good Riddance, to Code Red

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Ropeik

What color worried are you today? No-worries Green? Freaked-out Red? A-little-nervous Yellow? Not for long. The color-coded chart of our fears is...

U.S. To Drop Color-Coded Terror Alerts

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Goodbye danger defined as yellow, orange and red. The Homeland Security Department is looking to scrap the five-tiered color-coded ...

Colorado Springs Marijuana Busts Were Aided By Use Of $7 Million Homeland Security Plane

Colorado Springs Gazette | JOEL MILLMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A $7 million surveillance plane equipped to detect air, land and sea threats was flown from the Canadian border to Colorado Springs in April to assist...

Full Body Scanners, Pat-Downs, and Democracy

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

The new airport security measures demonstrate a frightening willingness on the part of the government regulators to apply an authoritarian, and ultimately nonsensical, logic to a real, but controllable security problem.

A Pat on the Back -- and Elsewhere

Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Gotliffe, Ph.D.

Our divided federal government is facing a nearly $14 trillion national debt which grows exponentially by the minute. If you have a strong constitutio...

The Total Control Society Is Here: Iris Scanners

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

In the future, whether it's entering your home, opening your car, entering your workspace, getting a pharmacy prescription refilled, or having your me...

Investigate the TSA, Not Tyner

Jane Hamsher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Hamsher

The TSA is opening an investigation targeting John Tyner, the man who earned himself an aggressive "pat down" at the airport when he refused to go through the TSA's new AIT "porno scanners." This is a full-on outrage.

Invasion of the Body Scanners: More Tales of Terror from the Unfriendly Skies

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
John W. Whitehead

The outrageous invasion of our privacy rights that is the whole-body scanner (and its equally outrageous counterpart, the full-body pat down) was hurr...

Five Ways to Move Forward on Immigration

Philip Wolgin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Philip Wolgin

Despite the election results, the fight for immigration reform is far from over. There are five reasonable suggestions to move forward on immigration.

Ugandan Woman's Future Uncertain, Despite Winning Asylum

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In a Catholic church in Uptown, Regina Othola prays. She prays for courage. She prays for hope. And sometimes, Othola, 30, prays to forget....

A World Made by War: How Old Will You Be When the American War State Goes Down?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

As commentators point out that the U.S. seems to be morphing from a can-do into a can't-do nation, don't imagine the American spirit is dead. It's just that today our country is triumphant in producing only things that go boom in the night.

Local Immigration Enforcement, Coming Soon to A City Near You

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

It's official: Cities have no way to get out of Secure Communities, the Obama administration's fastest growing local immigration enforcement program, a disappointing end to months of confusion over whether localities could opt out.

Deadline Approaches for Immigrants Seeking a Pardon to Relieve Deportation Consequences

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arlene M. Roberts

This past spring, Gov. Paterson pardoned a young immigrant with a minor criminal record dating back to his teenage years. Shortly thereafter, the gov...

'Secure Communities' Fingerprint Initiative Draws Ire Of Immigrant Groups

AP | IVAN MORENO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER — The federal government is rapidly expanding a program to identify illegal immigrants using fingerprints from arrests, drawing oppositio...

Close the "Terror Gap": Good Policy, Good Politics

Dennis A. Henigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dennis A. Henigan

Janet Napolitanosaid there is a "new and changing terrorist threat" from "homegrown" terrorists. Given this reality, how long can we tolerate the existing "terror gap" in our laws allowing persons on the terrorist watch list to buy guns and explosives?

Gay Saudi Diplomat Seeks Asylum In U.S.

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles reportedly has asked for political asylum in the United States, claiming his life is in danger if he is...

Rep. King: Investigate Ground Zero Mosque Funding

AP | BETH FOUHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

NEW YORK — The ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee said Monday he favors an investigation into the funding of a proposed...

Airports Aren't the Only Place to Find Companies Selling X-Ray Scanners

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
G.W. Schulz

Government agencies have purchased hundreds of van-mounted X-rays that reveal the contents of passing vehicles without relying on manual searches to find human stowaways, narcotics or bombs.

Can Cities Really Opt Out of Secure Communities?

Afton Branche | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Afton Branche

Secure Communities is touted as a voluntary partnership that strengthens "efforts to remove dangerous criminal aliens from the U.S." Some cities looking to opt out of this "voluntary" program found their hands tied.

Improving America's Disaster Response

Janet Napolitano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janet Napolitano

Earlier this week, we announced $25 million in funding for rebuilding projects in Louisiana and Mississippi. These resources are helping cut through red tape and get long-delayed construction projects off the ground.