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TSA to Start Searching Ground Transportation

December 24, 2011

The TSA’s secret counter-terrorism team that tries to topple crimes in transportation centers have run more than 9,000 unannounced checkpoints and other search operations in 2011, and the Department of Homeland Security are asking for an extra $24 million for 2012 to organize even more teams to put in bus stations and Amtrak terminals next year.

TSA screenings aren't just for airports anymore

December 11, 2011

The Transportation Security Administration isn't just in airports anymore. TSA teams are increasingly conducting searches and screenings at train stations, subways, ferry terminals and other mass transit locations around the country.

Obama Strategy Focuses on Local Connections to Combat Extremists

December 08, 2011

The Obama administration said that, while al-Qaeda and its affiliates remain the nation’s biggest threat, the government must focus on rooting out homegrown extremists inspired by the terrorist group. The administration released a report today that outlines ways federal officials are engaging with groups and communities that are potential targets for recruitment by terrorists.

Lawmakers, Twitter locked in dispute over Taliban tweets

November 23, 2011

Some members of Congress are urging the popular website Twitter to stop hosting pro-Taliban tweets that celebrate attacks against American and allied forces in Afghanistan. Twitter executives have told lawmakers that the micro-posts do not violate the website's terms of service because the Taliban is not listed by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization.

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.

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