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Houston Muslims question FBI terror tactics

November 20, 2011

The Texan convicted last week of attempting to aid al-Qaida wasn't on any most-wanted lists and was not in possession of bomb-making materials. He was by no means a major player in global terrorism. But the Muslim man from Hempstead was a threat, FBI agents said. So they tracked him for two years, using cameras, recording devices, an informant and even a plane.

Turning to the Netherlands for Counterradicalization Lessons (Subscription Required)

November 20, 2011

This week, The George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute is looking to find out what lessons the United States can learn from its European ally. Subscription required to view article.

Pilot Locked in Restroom Causes Mid-Air Terror Scare

November 17, 2011

A pilot, a faulty lock on a bathroom door and a man with a thick foreign accent combined to turn a seemingly routine landing at New York’s LaGuardia Airport into anything but last night.

Ten years on, TSA continues to evolve

November 15, 2011

As the ten year anniversary of the creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approaches, TSA Administrator John Pistole says the agency is making the necessary moves to enhance aviation security while becoming more customer-friendly.

Security clearance holders could begin zipping through airport security

November 15, 2011

With the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) moving towards a tiered airport security system, those holding federal security clearances could become the next in line for expedited screening at checkpoints.

Pistole: Security clearance holders could get expedited airport security

November 13, 2011

Holders of federal security clearances could become the next class of individuals to receive expedited treatment in Transportation Security Administration airport checkpoints. "Clearly, that is a category of people that we as a society know and trust more than others," TSA Administrator John Pistole told a Nov. 10 audience at an event hosted by Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

TSA looks forward to happier Thanksgiving

November 11, 2011

Even though the Thanksgiving holiday is still two weeks away, the chief of the Transportation Security Administration said his agency is preparing for what he hopes will be a smoother trip to Grandma’s house than last year.

TSA Confiscates More Than 1,000 Guns From Airplane Passengers in 2011

November 10, 2011

Transportation Security Administration officers have confiscated more than 1,000 guns that were discovered by security personnel as passengers traveled through airport security screenings so far this year, the head of the TSA said.

Passengers Continue to Pack Guns in Carry-on Luggage, TSA Says (Subscription Required)

November 10, 2011

Nearly 1,100 guns were discovered in carry-on baggage from the beginning of the year through October, resulting in 689 arrests. In the past two weeks, TSA discovered 59 guns. Nine of them were detected Tuesday alone, Pistole told an audience at the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute. Subscription required to view article.

Is the TSA's 10th Birthday Cause for Celebration?

November 09, 2011

The federal agency charged with protecting the nation’s transportation systems turns 10 on Nov. 19, 2011. And although its supporters will probably spend the coming days talking about its apparent successes, including the absence of a 9/11 sequel, the question of whether we’re better off with this fledgling $8 billion-a-year federal agency remains very much unanswered.

Resilience Challenge Extends to Psychology, Experts Say (Subscription Required)

November 09, 2011

Al Qaeda has not carried out a major plot in recent years, and therefore public officials fear they will be perceived as alarmist if they warn of an imminent attack and none materializes, said Daniel J. Kaniewski, deputy director of the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University. Subscription required to view article.

Can 'lone wolf' terror suspect claim entrapment? It will be hard to prove.

November 02, 2011

The FBI reportedly decided that Jose Pimentel, the 'lone wolf' terror suspect arrested by the NYPD, was not a credible threat. But translating that into an entrapment defense will not be easy, experts say.

Yemen says Al Qaeda militants killed in drone strike

October 15, 2011

Yemeni officials told reporters that nine members of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula were killed in the strike in southeastern Yemen, including Awlaki’s 21-year-old son, Abdul-Rahman Awlaki, and Egyptian-born Ibrahim Banna, whom officials described as the media chief of the Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen.

GW Hosts Homeland Security Secretaries

October 13, 2011

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and former secretaries Michael Chertoff and Tom Ridge spoke Tuesday about the security challenges facing the nation in the “new normal” of a post-9/11 world. The discussion, called “A National Conversation on the Homeland Security Environment Looking Forward: The Secretaries’ Perspective,” was moderated by Admiral Thad Allen, M.P.A. ’86.

Three secretaries of Homeland Security address department's future

October 12, 2011

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and former secretaries Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff convened Tuesday in the Jack Morton Auditorium to discuss national security in a post-9/11 world.

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