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Intelligence Committee Votes to Declassify Portions of CIA Study

Describes the vote of the Senate Intelligence Committee to authorize public release of the 500 page Executive Summary with findings and conclusions of the five year study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program.  Also contains statements of Committee Chair Feinstein on the importance of the vote.  Posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

Categories: Food/Nutrition,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Proposed rule to require domestic and foreign food facilities to protect food from contamination by acts of terrorists.   From the Food and Drug Administration


The Road to Boston: Counterterrorism Challenges and Lessons from the Marathon Bombings

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Russia,Terrorism

Examines Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s personal history and interaction with federal agencies and the missed opportunities that might have prevented the Boston attack.  Offers seven recommendations to strengthen counterterrorism efforts which echo recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission after the Al Qaeda attacks.  From the Majority Staff of the House Homeland Security Committee.


Audit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Management of Terrorist Watchlist Nominations

Categories: Crime/Justice,Homeland Security,Terrorism

Criticizes the FBI for continuing weaknesses in the database used to monitor those considered potentially dangerous to U.S. security and offers 12 recommendations for strengthening watchlist related operations and practices.  From the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice


Military Commissions Act of 2009 (MCA 2009): Overview and Legal Issues

Categories: Defense/Military,Homeland Security,Laws/Regulations,Terrorism

Provides a background and analysis comparing rules and procedures of military commissions as envisioned under the revised MCA (2009) to those established by the MCA (2006). From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Prospects for Afghanistan as ISAF Withdrawal Approaches

Categories: Afghanistan,Asia,Civil/Human Rights,Defense/Military,Elections/Campaigns,Great Britain,NATO,Terrorism,Women

Takes a pessimistic view of prospects for Afghanistan as western military forces prepare to withdraw due to weaknesses of Afghan government and national security forces.  House of Commons Library Research Paper 14/18.


Countering Overseas Threats: Gaps in State Department Management of Security Training May Increase Risk to U.S. Personnel

Categories: Govt Personnel,Terrorism

Examines oversight of security training requirements for government employees entering risky areas by State Department and Agency for International Development officials. From the Government Accountability Office


Visa Waiver Program

Categories: Homeland Security,Immigration/Migration,Laws/Regulations,Recreation/Travel,Terrorism

Explains what the Visa Waiver Program is, how it operates, policy issues such as security and overstays, and proposed legislation for change.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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