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Homeland Security's Improper Spying On Nation Of Islam

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

WASHINGTON — Homeland security officials improperly gathered intelligence on the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim group, but government rules wer...

Homeland Security Privacy Policy Investigation Sought

Washington Post | Spencer S. Hsu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Privacy advocates have asked lawmakers to investigate the Department of Homeland Security office in charge of protecting Americans' privacy, saying it...

U.S. Still Lacks Reliable System For Tracking Foreign Visitors On Expired Visas

New York Times | JAMES C. McKINLEY Jr. and JULIA PRESTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Eight years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and despite repeated mandates from Congress, the United States still has no reliable system for verif...

Why Racial Profiling Makes for Dumb Security

Ahmed Rehab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ahmed Rehab

The racial profiling argument is lazy and unimaginative. Most of all it is irresponsible because it evades the real problem starring us in the face regarding a fatal breakdown in communication.

Just Another Day at the T.S.A.

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Rick Horowitz

Rrriinnnng! Rrriinnn -- "Good morning, and thanks for calling T.S.A., 'Your Travel Partner.' This is Janet speaking -- how may I help you?" "I w...

Playboy: Con Man Convinced Bush Administration He Could Predict Terror Attack

Playboy | Aram Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The weeks before Christmas brought no hint of terror. But by the afternoon of December 21, 2003, police stood guard in heavy assault gear on the stree...

The Other Essential Reform Joe Lieberman Is Blocking

Kelly Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Caldwell

Not only has Sen. Joe Lieberman been working overtime to smother health reform, he's parked himself squarely in the path of another badly-needed, long-awaited change: FEMA.

Sheriff Arpaio: "I Could Get Elected On Pink Underwear"

Isabel Macdonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Isabel Macdonald

Sheriff Joe Arpaio is a defiant, racial-profiling desperado with renewed authority to abuse his inmates. The scary part? The voting public approves.

U.S.-Mexican Border Wall Destroying Habitats for Endangered Animals (SLIDESHOW)

Boonsri Dickinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Boonsri Dickinson

The building of a border wall along the Rio Grande has an unlikely victim: local wildlife. Most of the wall, in fact, was built without any regard to environmental laws.

Kicking the National Security Football

Danielle Celena Belton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Danielle Celena Belton

National security is serious business. It involves how our country protects and projects itself abroad. It's not meant to be about partisan game-playing.

Thanks to Homeland Security and the Media, Terrorists Win Even When They Lose

Brian Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Brian Ross

Media outlets are really good at turning the screws on other publicity-seekers, but are addicted to promoting the work of terrorists because they all profit from generating the same fear that the terrorists thrive upon.

Hosenball: Is DHS Scared Of The Far Right?

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration didn't hesitate recently to pick a fight with Fox News, but its Homeland Security Department now appears to have backpedaled ...

Torn Apart by Deportation, Families Struggle to Stay Together

Seth Freed Wessler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Seth Freed Wessler

Families are being torn apart by deportation at the treacherous intersection of immigration enforcement and the criminal justice system.

Flip Side of Intelligence Failure -- Poor Response

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christine Negroni

Listening to the stories of several passengers, its clear in the first few hours after the removal of Mr. Mutallab from the airplane, some basic safety precautions were not taken.

TSA, Customs Agencies Still Lack Permanent Leaders Appointed By Obama

AP | EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Two federal agencies charged with keeping potential terrorists off airplanes and out of the country have been without their top lea...

Emil Jones, His Stepson, and Todd Stroger -- A Great Deal for Them

Carol Felsenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Carol Felsenthal

The Chicago Sun-Times discovers another bad deal for taxpayers in Cook County government.

The Audacity of Hindsight Could Help FEMA

Michael D. Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael D. Brown

Ironic that a few days after a terrorist attack occurs on U.S. soil, a House committee takes action which would enhance the Nation's ability to respond to and recover from a disaster.

Send a Bad Law Away, Not People

Alison Parker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison Parker

Every day the U.S. government is forced to grapple with the consequences of harsh and sweeping immigration laws passed by Congress 13 years ago. And Jose Padilla is the latest senseless case.

Thinking Outside the Box on Airport Security

Diane Dimond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Dimond

There is a hue and cry across the land for tighter security at airports following the thwarted Christmas day terror attack by Umar Farouk Abdulmutalla...

Janet Napolitano Eats Her Words

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

The instant I heard Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano utter the words, "the system worked," I've waited for the ass covering that was bound to come. Today it arrived.

Support Airport Officers This Holiday Season

María Elena Durazo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
María Elena Durazo

Transportation security officers truly are on the front line of defense. But, thanks to former President Bush, transportation security officers have been second-class employees.

U.S. Ports Still Wide Open to Nukes, Report Says

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

Over $3 billion and seven years since U.S. intelligence discovered that Osama Bin Laden was seeking a nuke, terrorists can still drive a radioactive truck through the holes in America's border defenses

Secret Service Spread Thin By Threats Facing U.S. Leaders

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An internal Congressional Research Service report says that the Secret Service does not that have the resources to deal with the unprecedented number ...

Fear, the Abuse of Power, and the Need for Immigration Reform

John Amaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Amaya

Many of my law enforcement contacts have been struggling with this issue: How can they effectively protect the public from real threats when a certai...

The Faces of Detention and Deportation: Jean Murat Montrevil

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

Instead of expending its resources to deport immigrants like Jean Murat Montrevil, ICE should exercise its discretion to grant Deferred Action.