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FDA Takes Important Steps in Modernizing the Food Safety System

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Food/Nutrition,Headlines,Homeland Security

Agency press release announcing final rules, the first two of seven major rules, to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. Includes links to Federal Register publication of the texts of the two rules. From the Food and Drug Administration


USGS Role and Response to Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Health/Medical,Homeland Security,Science/Technology

Describes the threat posed by avian influenza, the manner in which it spreads, and the response of the U.S. government to the threat. From the U.S. Geological Survey


Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Privacy,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses concerns that enhanced encryption techniques may hamper law enforcement investigations and what policy options might be available to mitigate the problem. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Barack Obama v. Larry Klayman

Categories: Govt Secrecy,Headlines,Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence,Supreme Court/courts$file/14-5004-1570210.pdf

Federal appeals court decision overturning a District Court case which had blocked the National Security Agency from gathering phone information on U.S. citizens.  The judge ruled that the conservative activist lacked standing to sue the agency, because he lacked evidence that records involving his calls had been collected.  From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia


Overhead Imagery: The U.S. Target

Categories: Homeland Security,Privacy,Spying/Intelligence

A collection of 38 government documents on the use of unmanned aircraft or drones and satellites to conduct surveillance activities aimed at civilian targets within the U.S.  From the National Security Archive


Encounters with Unmanned Aircraft

Categories: Homeland Security,Transportation

List of encounters between aircraft and drones reported by pilots and citizens from November 2014 to August 2015.  From the Federal Aviation Administration


Cybersecurity: Legislation, Hearings, and Executive Branch Documents

Categories: Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Telecommunications/Internet

A roundup of recent legislation, hearings, and executive directives relating to cybersecurity issues over the past few years.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


The National Military Strategy of the United States of America 2015

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Terrorism

Describes how the U.S. will employ our military forces to protect and advance our national interests in face of significant global disorder with challenges coming from traditional state actors and transregional networks of sub-state groups.  From the Joint Chiefs of Staff


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