Stories about Department of Homeland Security


Congressional delegation eyes use of drones for border protection

By Jen Lynds on Nov. 05, 2011, at 4:48 p.m.
HOULTON | Officials with the Department of Homeland Security told members of Congress late last week that they plan to fly sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft along a greater expanse of the 5,500-mile border with Canada to spot illegal activity. Even though the unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, are not yet …

Feds warn of small airplane terror threats

By Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press on Sept. 04, 2011, at 3:21 p.m.
WASHINGTON — The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center …

Border security bill would allow DHS to bypass dozens of environmental laws in Maine

By Steve Mistler, Sun Journal on July 14, 2011, at 10:41 a.m.
Environmentalists and Maine’s congressional delegation are closely monitoring a controversial bill that would give the Department of Homeland Security the authority to waive dozens of federal environmental laws along the nation’s borders and coastline. If enacted as written, the legislation could have a significant impact in Maine. The proposed broadening …

Human errors fuel hacking as test shows nothing prevents idiocy

By Cliff Edwards, Olga Kharif and Michael Riley, Bloomberg News on June 27, 2011, at 9:26 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Department of Homeland Security ran a test this year to see how hard it was for hackers to corrupt workers and gain access to computer systems. Not very, it turned out. Staff secretly dropped computer discs and USB thumb drives in the parking lots of government …

More than 30 cities out of government anti-terrorism grant program

By Paul J. Weber, The Associated Press on May 19, 2011, at 9:24 p.m.
SAN ANTONIO — More than 30 smaller and midsized U.S. cities are losing about $170 million in federal anti-terrorism funding that began after the Sept. 11 attacks, perplexing some local officials at a time when information gleaned from Osama bin Laden’s hideout suggests al-Qaida is being encouraged to attack smaller …
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