Monthly Archives: March 2007

DHS Awards First Responder Grants

The Homeland Security Department has announced $34.6 million in equipment and training grants to first responders across the nation as a part of the 2006 Commercial Equipment Direct Assistance Program, which funds personal protective equipment; thermal imaging, night vision, and … Continue reading

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TechSolutions Program Will Support Emergency Responders

The Homeland Security Department’s Science and Technology directorate has established a program, TechSolutions, to support first responders by accelerating delivery of emerging technologies. First responders are encouraged to submit ideas that would aid the first responder community by increasing efficiency … Continue reading

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600,000 Fugitives Unaccounted For

“Teams assigned to make sure [that] foreigners ordered out of the United States actually leave are grappling with a backlog of more than 600,000 cases and can’t accurately account for the fugitives’ whereabouts,” according to “the Homeland Security Department’s inspector … Continue reading

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Denmark Charges Four Muslims With Terrorism

“Four young Muslims have been charged in Denmark with planning terrorist bombings in Denmark or abroad,” reports Agence France-Presse. “The four men were accused of acquiring chemicals and laboratory instruments to make triacetone triperoxide (TATP) explosives, often used by suicide … Continue reading

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Elite Terrorist Hunters in Iraq

“U.S. ‘black’ special operations forces in Iraq have conducted as many as 300 ‘takedown’ operations,” writes columnist William M. Arkin in the Washington Post, citing a “report written by retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, an adjunct professor at West Point.” … Continue reading

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Terror Database Has Quadrupled in Four Years

“TIDE, for Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment … is a storehouse for data about individuals that the intelligence community believes might harm the United States,” reports the Washington Post. “It is the wellspring for watch lists distributed to airlines, law enforcement, … Continue reading

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Islamic American Relief Agency and Five Persons Indicted

The Islamic American Relief Agency (the U.S. branch of an international Islamic charity) and five of its officers, employees or associates have been indicted for illegally transferring funds to Iraq, laundering money, stealing federal funds, and obstructing tax laws by, … Continue reading

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FEMA Has Thousands of Unused Mobile Homes

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency hurriedly bought 145,000 trailers and mobile homes just before and after Katrina hit, spending $2.7 billion largely through no-bid contracts,” reports the Washington Post. “Now, it is selling off as many as 41,000 of the … Continue reading

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DHS Tests ‘ADVISE’

Homeland Security officials are testing a supersnoop computer system that sifts through personal information on U.S. citizens to detect possible terrorist attacks, prompting concerns from lawmakers who have called for investigations,” reports the Washington Times. “The system uses the same … Continue reading

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‘Fortress America’: How the U.S. Is Reshaping Its Southern Border

The U.S. government’s plan to stem the tide of illegal immigrants “will lead to the biggest border prison boom in decades, create the federal government’s largest enforcement arm, and literally remake the landscape of the country’s 2,000-mile southern border,” according … Continue reading

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