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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Legal Tools to Deter Travel by Suspected Terrorists: A Brief Primer

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Terrorism

Provides an overview of some of the tools the federal government currently employs to prevent individuals from traveling to or within the U.S. to commit acts of terrorism. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Report to the Director of National Intelligence on the Fort Hood and Northwest Flight 253 Incidents

Categories: Homeland Security,Spying/Intelligence,Terrorism

Release of a declassified but heavily redacted report on two notable terrorist incidents with observations on problems in intelligence gathering and analysis which contributes to military and civilian vulnerability to terrorism. From the Intelligence Committee Review Panel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Summer Study Report on Strategic Surprise

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Science/Technology,Telecommunications/Internet

A study of how to counter threats and prevent regrets in eight areas including nuclear proliferation, missile defense, space security, undersea warfare, cyber vulnerabilities and more. From the Defense Science Board


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


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