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America is losing its way in war against terrorism

America is losing its way in war against terrorism

Three disclosures this week show that the United States is losing its way in the struggle against terrorism. Sweeping government efforts to stop attacks are backfiring abroad and infringing on basic rights at home. CIA drone strikes are killing scores of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen.  The National Security Agency is eavesdropping on tens of […]

Napolitano quits as Homeland Security Secretary

Napolitano quits as Homeland Security Secretary

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced her resignation Friday to take over the University of California system, leaving behind a huge department still working to adjust to the merger of nearly two dozen agencies after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The former Arizona governor came to President Barack Obama’s Cabinet with plans to fix […]

Allowing knives onboard planes angers many

Allowing knives onboard planes angers many

Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration‘s new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes. The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, said it is […]

For first time, federal budget cuts affect Washington, DC

For first time, federal budget cuts affect Washington, DC

To get a sense of just how much federal government spending influences the Washington metropolitan area, all you have to do is listen to the ads on an all-news radio station there. Instead of promoting happy hours and nightclubs, WTOP’s commercials are replete with buzzwords about cloud computing and fulfilling mission statements — pitches by […]

Hijacking, ‘kill Obama’ joke lands Utah man in hot water

A purported practical joke on a colleague that threatened a plane hijacking and the assassination of President Barack Obama has landed a Utah man in trouble with federal authorities. Federal prosecutors say Jeremiah Hill placed a letter or note containing the threats inside a colleague’s travel case while both were working at Hill Air Force […]

Copyright ambulance chaser targets Drudge

Copyright ambulance chaser targets Drudge

Righthaven, the Las Vegas copyright enforcement company, didn’t think much of Internet gossip monger Matt Drudge’s use of an image from the one of its clients so it sued The Drudge Report over use of an illustration from The Denver Post. Filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada on Nov. 18, the company shows an […]

Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

Airport lines move smoothly as protest fizzles

The lines moved smoothly at airports around the country Wednesday afternoon despite an Internet campaign to get Thanksgiving travelers to gum up the works on one of the busiest days of the year by refusing full-body scans. The Transportation Security Administration said very few passengers opted out. And there were only scattered protesters — including, […]

Enhanced security protests ready to disrupt system

Enhanced security protests ready to disrupt system

Holiday travelers dismayed by airport body scans planned protests at bustling airports Wednesday, while the head of the nation’s transport security agency urged passengers to comply with searches to reduce the possibility of delays on one of the busiest travel days of the year. A loosely organized effort dubbed National Opt-Out Day plans to use […]

TSA agents face brunt of travelers’ anger

TSA agents face brunt of travelers’ anger

Airport security officer Ricky McCoy has heard the jokes: What does TSA stand for? “The Sexual Assailants.” TSA officers report being punched, kicked and shoved during pat-downs, and say one woman headbutted a screener who was searching her laptop. They are being called molesters and ordered not to touch “my junk.” And while they know […]

TSA or T&A?

TSA or T&A?

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) — which has been a joke since it was formed in the post-11 frenzy — is at it again, implementing new “pat-down” search techniques  that — in effect –  allow the rent-a-cops at airport security checkpoints to cop a feel of airline passengers. Call it another example of government overreaction, […]