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Newly Obtained Homeland Security Documents Reveal Radical Shift In Internet Policy

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Under the logic that governs Brian McCarthy's arrest, any Internet user who sends around a link to a copyrighted YouTube video -- or posts such a link on their personal blog -- is a criminal.

Securing the Homeland, One Hometown at a Time

Gov. Chris Gregoire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gov. Chris Gregoire

In a time of political polarization and economic difficulty, working together to make our communities more secure and resilient should be an effort in which we all come together.

Wisconsin, Meet the Military

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russ Baker

In all the talk about the outrageous salaries and benefits of teachers and government employees, how much discussion is there about the budget for the military and the spy establishment? Well, um, almost none at all.

Weekly Diaspora: The 2012 Budget and Our Unsecured Border

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger President Obama is taking heat from all sides this week for his 2012 budget proposal, which propose...

Big Apple Bonanza: $24M in Homeland Grants for NYPD Overtime

G.W. Schulz | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
G.W. Schulz

New York City plans to use an eye-popping $24.3 million this year for paying overtime to its police department -- money that's generally set aside to prepare for disasters.

Elise Foley

Issa, Cummings Clash Over Subpoenas Of Obama Administration | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Darrell Issa issued two subpoenas this week targeting the Obama administration, reigniting a dispute with Democrats on the House Ov...

When The Government Says No, And You Still Go

AOL Travel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

When traveler Earl Baron went to Syria last year, a relative made this plea: "Promise me that whatever you do, you won't go to Iraq." Little did his f...

How Much Is Your Life Worth?

The New York Times | BINYAMIN APPELBAUM | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As the players here remake the nation’s vast regulatory system, they have been grappling with a subject that is more the province of ...

What Egypt Taught Us About Ourselves

David Ropeik | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Ropeik

Deep down inside, what the Egyptians are really after is a universal desire of people everywhere -- a feeling of control over their own lives.

Oh, the Hypocrisy: Congress Is Fine With a 'Government Takeover of the Internet'

Art Brodsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Art Brodsky

Next week, people will be able to see what it means when the government goes after vital parts of the Internet with a vengeance. The sad part is the U.S. Congress is largely OK with it.

Immigration Reform and Border Communities: We Need Bipartisan Problem-Solving

Arturo Venegas, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arturo Venegas, Jr.

Our southern border is being used a pawn for politics rather than progress. What is really infecting the border cities in America is rhetoric about "border violence."

Elise Foley

Study: Immigration Prosecutions Climb With Record Deportations | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As politicians call for more immigration enforcement and border security, a report released Wednesday found that the Obama administratio...

Excerpt from Investigative Story: A Los Angeles Underground Industry Uncovered

Ashley M. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Ashley M. Williams

Stylish and confident, yet barely five feet tall, Ima Matul used her slender frame to quickly push open the front office door of the Coalition for Abo...

Colorado State Prof Develops Bomb-Detecting Plants

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Colorado State University Biologist Dr. June Medford is working to develop the next big thing in security systems -- bomb-detecting plants. On Wednes...

SBInet Is Dead, But Don't Expect an End to Costly Border Surveillance

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

After months of inaction and hundreds of millions in taxpayer money handed over to defense giant Boeing Co., federal officials have chosen to give up on a troubled border surveillance initiative known as the "virtual fence."

Top 5 to Watch in 2011: Infrastructure Leaders

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

1. Bellwether Members of Congress - Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) Rep. John Mica (...

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.