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Aerial drones vulnerable to being hacked, Congress toldupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 17:24:00

It wouldn't take much effort to hijack a drone over U.S. airspace and use it to commit a crime or act of terrorism, an aerospace engineering expert told a House subcommittee Wednesday.

Are fliers safe from new al Qaeda bomb?updated: Wed May 09 2012 09:14:00

CNN's Brian Todd investigates whether the bomb in the latest plot could have gotten through airport security.

Body scanning 'woefully inadequate' abroad, experts sayupdated: Wed May 09 2012 09:14:00

A foiled plot to sneak a bomb through airport checkpoints and onto a plane bound for the United States calls attention to gaps in screening measures that are supposed to detect threats airport metal detectors miss.

The government is reading your tweetsupdated: Fri Mar 09 2012 09:08:00

There were once seven words you couldn't say on television, as the late comedy icon George Carlin famously lampooned 40 years ago.

Protocols could allow 14% of immigrants to bypass courtsupdated: Fri Jan 20 2012 08:35:00

U.S. immigration officials, testing controversial new protocols that give them discretion to "administratively close" immigration cases instead of taking them to court, have recommended that about 14% of the nearly 12,000 cases reviewed thus far be closed, allowing those people to remain in the United States.

Test of new immigration rules says 14% of immigrants could stay in U.S.updated: Thu Jan 19 2012 18:37:00

U.S. immigration officials, testing controversial new protocols that give them discretion to "administratively close" immigration cases instead of taking them to court, have recommended that about 14% of the nearly 12,000 cases reviewed thus far be closed, allowing those people to remain in the United States.

Feds: Illegal immigrant arrests decreaseupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 19:19:00

The number of arrests made by U.S. Border Patrol agents decreased in the last three years, according to government.

Administration to draw down National Guard troops on Southwest borderupdated: Tue Dec 20 2011 19:19:00

A year and a half after deploying National Guard troops to counter illegal immigration on the Southwest border, the Department of Homeland Security and Pentagon told Congress Tuesday they are cutting the number of troops and changing their mission.

Air travel tax could pinch small citiesupdated: Mon Nov 21 2011 09:02:00

It's the holiday season, and that means air travelers across the United States have shelled out good money to spend time with their families. With record fuel prices squeezing airline margins, travelers may have paid more than they expected this year. And if the government has its way, you might be paying even more next year for less frequent flights, especially to small cities.  

U.S. deportations reach historic levelsupdated: Tue Oct 18 2011 16:22:00

Nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States in the past fiscal year, the largest number in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the government announced Tuesday.

Immigration attorneys: U.S. deportation policy shift startingupdated: Fri Aug 26 2011 02:44:00

Judy Flanagan's phone rang Tuesday with a call the Arizona immigration attorney wasn't expecting.

Report: Immigration program distracts police, destroys trustupdated: Tue Aug 16 2011 20:19:00

Local leaders across the country were presented Tuesday with the results of a report that calls for the end of a controversial Department of Homeland Security program involving local officials in immigration enforcement.

New rules would govern fertilizer ingredient that can be used in bombsupdated: Tue Aug 02 2011 13:11:00

The Obama administration is proposing rules to govern the sale and transfer of ammonium nitrate, a potentially explosive substance that was used in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing and reportedly was a component in the July bomb attack on a government building in Oslo, Norway.

Homeland Security warns of potential threats against utilitiesupdated: Thu Jul 21 2011 18:15:00

A bulletin the Department of Homeland Security sent to local law enforcement officials this week warns of possible threats to private utility facilities in the United States.

Summer holiday could tempt terrorists, federal officials warnupdated: Tue Jun 28 2011 13:36:00

There is "no specific or credible information" terror groups are planning to attack the United States during the summer holiday season but law enforcement agencies should remain vigilant, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security say in an intelligence bulletin.

Feds: 187 illegal immigrants paid up to $3,000 for driver's licensesupdated: Mon May 09 2011 21:36:00

After being accused of taking thousands from illegal immigrants in exchange for driver's licenses, a Nevada state employee might be forced to pay a hefty price after being nabbed in a multi-agency inquiry.

Don't let ignorant people voteupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 17:08:00

Should ignorant people be allowed to vote?

Readers comment, columnist fires backupdated: Fri Apr 15 2011 17:08:00

CNN Opinion contributor LZ Granderson responds to comments on his article "Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Trump and race."

CNNMoney: Government shutdown: White House details consequencesupdated: Fri Apr 08 2011 17:40:00

If the government closes shop after Friday, the IRS will stop processing paper tax returns, the Small Business Administration will stop making loans and federal home loan guarantees will be put on hold.

Budget plan dubbed 'debt on arrival'updated: Tue Feb 15 2011 09:29:00

Critics take on Obama's 2012 budget. CNN's Jim Acosta reports.

Obama's proposed Homeland Security budget sees slight increaseupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 09:29:00

President Barack Obama's budget cutters left the Department of Homeland Security relatively unscathed Monday, less than a week after the department chief said the country's terror threat is at its "most heightened state" since the September 11 attacks.

Why terror alert codes never made senseupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 07:40:00

The Department of Homeland Security is getting rid of the color-coded threat level system. It was introduced after 9/11, and was supposed to tell you how likely a terrorist attack might be. Except that it never did.

Judge says government need not disclose air traveler security imagesupdated: Thu Jan 13 2011 13:51:00

A federal judge in Washington has ruled the Department of Homeland Security can keep from public view 2,000 "whole-body" images taken to test the machines used to screen travelers at airport checkpoints.

Next terrorist target: The salad bar?updated: Wed Dec 22 2010 09:05:00

CNN's Brian Todd looks at reported food poisoning terror plots targeting restaurants and salad bars.

Al Qaeda group contemplated poisoning food in U.S., officials sayupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 09:05:00

The al Qaeda group that built two toner-cartridge bombs in an unsuccessful attempt to blow up planes in October also has contemplated spreading poison on salad bars and buffets at U.S. hotels and restaurants, U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday.

Sen. LeMieux concerned about pat downsupdated: Fri Nov 19 2010 09:31:00

Sen. George LeMieux of Florida is bothered by pat down screenings at airports.

Feds ask for airport workers' personal informationupdated: Thu Nov 18 2010 17:31:00

The inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security is asking airports to deliver personal information on workers who have access to secure or sensitive areas.

U.S. tightens restrictions on cargo from Yemen and Somaliaupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 15:48:00

New steps implemented Monday to tighten air cargo security include prohibiting airline passengers from traveling with large printer cartridges, banning "high-risk" cargo from passenger planes and asking cargo airlines for earlier access to their manifests, the Department of Homeland Security announced.

Napolitano to attend Mexican customs officials' graduationupdated: Fri Oct 22 2010 00:26:00

The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is scheduled to attend a graduation ceremony for Mexican customs officials Friday.

Conservatives accuse White House of circumventing immigration lawsupdated: Mon Aug 23 2010 15:58:00

A group of conservative activists slammed the Obama administration Monday for allegedly planning to use its administrative authority to undercut immigration restrictions in the wake of congressional inaction on a comprehensive reform bill.

Senate Republicans say memo seeks 'amnesty'updated: Fri Jul 30 2010 18:54:00

Senate Republicans have an internal memo from the Department of Homeland Security that they say shows the Obama administration "conspiring" and "scheming" to allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States.

Cyber-security legislation seeks emergency powersupdated: Fri Jun 11 2010 10:11:00

A new Congressional cyber security proposal would give the president emergency powers to protect critical private networks under attack, but the bill's sponsors insisted it does not allow the government to take control of any private cyber-network.

U.S. travel promotion bill signed into lawupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 13:37:00

President Obama signed legislation into law Thursday to create the United States' first national travel promotion program.

Report: Officers lose 243 Homeland Security gunsupdated: Thu Feb 18 2010 10:05:00

Nearly 180 Department of Homeland Security weapons were lost -- some falling into the hands of criminals -- after officers left them in restrooms, vehicles and other public places, according to an inspector general report.

Fingerprinting program targets law-breaking immigrantsupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 14:20:00

Evans Mesadieu has racked up a lengthy rap sheet during the three years he has lived illegally in the United States.

Fingerprints don't lieupdated: Fri Jan 08 2010 14:20:00

CNN's Rafael Romo talks to law enforcement and an immigrant rights group about the new DHS Secure Communities program.

Security in the airupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 16:19:00

Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano talks with CNN's Jeanne Meserve to discuss sharing terror watch lists with airlines.

Sources: Feds scrambling to find additional air marshalsupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 16:19:00

The federal government is scrambling to find ways to comply with President Obama's order to put more air marshals on flights after a botched Christmas Day airline terrorist attack, government sources have told CNN.

Will airports screen for body signals? Researchers hope soupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 09:31:00

The days of being able to walk through airport security checkpoints while wearing shoes and a jacket could return if an experimental program proves successful, some Department of Homeland Security officials say.

Stadiums, hotels attract 'terrorist interest,' feds sayupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 13:50:00

The Department of Homeland Security and FBI have issued security bulletins to raise awareness regarding "terrorist interest" in attacking sports and entertainment venues as well as luxury hotels.

$$ for lonely border crossingsupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 10:26:00

Millions in stimulus dollars are going to two little-used borders crossings. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.

Feds plan to spend millions on remote Montana border postsupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 10:26:00

We were driving through some of the most remote country in the United States, chasing a story that seemed hard to believe.

Ground broken on $3.4 billion Homeland Security complexupdated: Wed Sep 09 2009 19:52:00

Washington notables broke ground on the future home of the Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, symbolically starting construction on the biggest federal building project in the Washington area since the Pentagon 68 years ago.

Public's help needed in terror fight, Napolitano saysupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 12:10:00

Almost eight years after the September 11 attacks, the American public remains insufficiently engaged in the fight against terrorism, the nation's homeland security chief warned Wednesday.

U.S. government sites among those hit by cyberattackupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 15:17:00

U.S. government Web sites -- including those of the White House and the State Department -- have been under attack since the Fourth of July, along with financial and commercial sites like Yahoo Finance and the New York Stock Exchange, cybersecurity experts said Wednesday.

Right-wing extremismupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 17:11:00

The DHS issues an assessment about right-wing extremism that isn't pleasing everyone. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Napolitano defends report on right-wing extremist groupsupdated: Wed Apr 15 2009 17:11:00

The Department of Homeland Security will never monitor ideology or political beliefs, the head of the agency said Wednesday, responding to criticism of a recent report on right-wing extremist groups.

Homeland Security trains for presidential transitionupdated: Thu May 15 2008 13:01:00

Federal agents sped after phantom drug runners and fired at mock hijackers in coastal Georgia this week as senior officials from various agencies watched and sometimes participated.

Terror transition 101updated: Thu May 15 2008 13:01:00

Homeland Security preps for terror during the presidential transition. CNN's Jeanne Meserve has an exclusive report.

New technology, rules aim to ease air travel aggravationupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 20:44:00

The Department of Homeland Security unveiled measures Monday aimed at easing the aggravation associated with air travel, including new screening machines, clearer standards for identification, and a new effort to keep travelers from falsely being identified as potential terrorists.

Lawmaker: U.S. security agency falteringupdated: Sat Mar 15 2008 12:59:00

A series of embarrassing incidents on federal property across the country, including the theft of a trailer of surveillance equipment from an FBI parking deck, is being blamed on budget cuts at the agency charged with securing federal grounds.

Federal buildings at riskupdated: Sat Mar 15 2008 12:59:00

CNN has learned dramatic details about how federal buildings are at risk due to cutbacks. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

Feds warn terrorists could smuggle explosives in shoesupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 13:38:00

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are urging state and local law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for the possible use of shoes to conceal and smuggle explosive components.

FSB: An immigration victory for employersupdated: Fri Oct 12 2007 09:19:00

On Wednesday small business owners nationwide caught a break of sorts when a federal judge blocked the implementation of a recent Bush administration initiative that would use the Social Security system to go after employers of illegal immigrants.

Hacking the power supplyupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 09:39:00

CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports on what's being done about potential threats to the U.S. electricity supply from hackers.

Mouse click could plunge city into darkness, experts sayupdated: Thu Sep 27 2007 09:39:00

Researchers who launched an experimental cyber attack caused a generator to self-destruct, alarming the government and electrical industry about what might happen if such an attack were carried out on a larger scale, CNN has learned.

Investigators: Homeland Security computers hackedupdated: Mon Sep 24 2007 22:59:00

Hackers compromised dozens of Department of Homeland Security computers, moving sensitive information to Chinese-language Web sites, congressional investigators said Monday. Study Faults Homeland Securityupdated: Thu Sep 06 2007 00:00:00

The Homeland Security Department has failed to meet even half of its performance expectations in the four years it has been in existence, congressional auditors concluded

Judge puts hold on immigration penalty letters to employersupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 08:22:00

The Social Security Administration cannot start sending out letters to employers next week that carry with them more serious penalties for knowingly hiring illegal immigrants, a federal judge ruled Friday.

U.S. expands domestic spying program at bordersupdated: Thu Aug 16 2007 07:40:00

U.S. spy technology is expected to help law enforcement and immigration officials keep a closer watch on U.S. borders.

Spy satellite use in the U.S.updated: Thu Aug 16 2007 07:40:00

Spy satellite use in the U.S.

New York terror warningupdated: Sat Aug 11 2007 22:07:00

New York terror warning

48 hour warningupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 06:08:00

New legislation will require visitors to the United States to register their travel plans 48 hours before departing for the U.S. The agreement -- signed by the United States and the European Union -- will allow the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to continue using Passenger Name Record (PNR) data as a screening tool at U.S. borders.

CNNMoney: US plans crackdown on illegal immigrantsupdated: Wed Aug 08 2007 00:20:00

The U.S. government is planning a workplace crackdown on illegal immigrants after Congress failed to overhaul immigration laws, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Wednesday.

Fortune: Uncle Sam's hiring spreeupdated: Wed Jul 25 2007 21:43:00

The federal government is about to embark on a hiring spree, according to a new study by a nonprofit group called the Partnership for Public Service ( U.S. Does U-Turn on Green Cardsupdated: Wed Jul 18 2007 17:25:00

The government did an about-face Tuesday and announced it is accepting applications for green cards filed by skilled immigrant workers

No-fly list complaints site launchedupdated: Thu Feb 22 2007 09:01:00

Travelers whose names mistakenly appear on the U.S. no-fly list can now apply to their good name repaired. The U.S. Department for Homeland Security (DHS) has unveiled a new system that allows travelers to complain if they have been wrongly refused transit, been detained or subject to additional security checks.

Nuke detectors to ring New York, official saysupdated: Fri Feb 09 2007 20:34:00

New York City will be protected by a ring of devices to detect nuclear or dirty bombs before the end of the year, the Department of Homeland Security said Friday.

Immigration: Key datesupdated: Wed Sep 27 2006 09:38:00

Some key dates surrounding the immigration issue:

CNNMoney: Preparing for the unthinkableupdated: Mon Sep 11 2006 14:24:00

Looking back to the tragedy of September 11th, there were many things we wish we could have been prepared for. It's always a smart idea to be ready for any crisis. We're going to help you make your own preparation checklist in today's top tips.

U.S.: 'Do your attacks now' message triggered arrestsupdated: Fri Aug 11 2006 22:35:00

Suspects in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic flights received a message within the last three days in which they were advised, "Do your attacks now," according to U.S. sources.

Air marshals face smuggling chargesupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 15:25:00

Two federal air marshals are facing drug charges after allegedly agreeing to smuggle cocaine from a man who turned out to be a government witness, the U.S. attorney's office in Houston, Texas, announced Monday.

U.S. sends back Pinochet daughterupdated: Sat Jan 28 2006 05:33:00

The eldest daughter of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has been sent back to Argentina, two days after she arrived in the United States after fleeing tax charges in Chile, a U.S. Homeland Security official said.

Alert: Man photographed trucks, tankersupdated: Thu Jan 12 2006 17:26:00

The Department of Homeland Security has tapped the nation's truckers to help find a man who has been seen taking photographs of tanker equipment.

CNNMoney: Record bad year for tech securityupdated: Thu Dec 29 2005 07:39:00

2005 saw the most computer security breaches ever, subjecting millions of Americans to potential identity fraud, according to a report published Thursday.

Source: Limits easing for sharp objects on planes updated: Wed Nov 30 2005 08:21:00

The Transportation Security Administration will announce Friday that it will ease restrictions on sharp objects aboard airlines, a Department of Homeland Security official said.

Your e-mails: Government after Katrinaupdated: Fri Oct 21 2005 12:19:00

Government response to Hurricane Katrina was sharply criticized at all levels. asked readers what suggestions they had to improve federal response to emergencies. Here is a sampling of the responses, some of which have been edited:

U.S. border protection chief resignsupdated: Wed Sep 28 2005 21:11:00

The commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Robert C. Bonner, said Wednesday that he will retire.

New Orleans paper rips federal responseupdated: Sun Sep 04 2005 16:03:00

Louisiana's largest newspaper printed a blistering editorial in Sunday's edition under the headline "An Open Letter to the President," criticizing the federal government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Major U.S. cities raise vigilanceupdated: Thu Jul 07 2005 07:37:00

The Homeland Security Department asked authorities in major cities Thursday for heightened vigilance of major transportation systems after a series of explosions on London transit systems.

Congressional investigators find flaws in port securityupdated: Thu May 26 2005 09:48:00

Two government programs designed to prevent terrorists from smuggling weapons of mass destruction into the United States are under-performing, leaving the nation's ports vulnerable, congressional investigators said Wednesday.

CNNMoney: Protecting your PCupdated: Wed May 11 2005 15:22:00

How seriously are you taking your own PC security? If even the government and corporations can't keep themselves from being hacked, how can we PC-users protect ourselves?

Feds won't let man get away with b-o-l-o-g-n-aupdated: Mon Apr 25 2005 13:11:00

Federal agents found and destroyed 845 pounds of bologna and 100 pounds of cheese someone smuggled into the United States from Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday.

Official: No laser, terrorism link updated: Mon Jan 03 2005 15:26:00

The FBI investigation into recent incidents involving laser beams aimed at aircraft has found no link to terrorism, the Department of Homeland Security's transportation security chief said Monday.

Homeland security nominee withdrawsupdated: Fri Dec 10 2004 22:07:00

One week after President Bush nominated him to be secretary of homeland security, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik withdrew from consideration Friday night after discovering a former household employee had a questionable immigration status.

Fortune: French Whineupdated: Mon Sep 06 2004 00:01:00

This summer a French politician named Alain Suguenot proposed a novel way to rescue the ailing French wine industry: Create an official body modeled on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to c...

Wary New York stands guardupdated: Fri Aug 27 2004 10:50:00

Anarchist, terrorist. Train, truck or bus. Whatever the threat, New York's finest say they are prepared.

CNNMoney: Terror? What terror?updated: Mon Aug 02 2004 10:18:00

Terror alerts can be, well, terrifying, and they make for great headlines, but they have little long-term impact on the economy and financial markets, analysts said on Monday.

U.S. rethinks airline passenger screening plan updated: Thu Jul 15 2004 11:40:00

A federal plan to collect personal data about airline passengers to block potential terrorists from boarding aircraft has been abandoned, a government source familiar with its development said Thursday.

Terror and its costsupdated: Fri May 21 2004 17:59:00

A new FBI warning for people to watch out for suicide bombers has the public hearing a lot of scary talk.

Report: Flaw could shut down Internet trafficupdated: Tue Apr 20 2004 19:20:00

Major companies and government agencies are scrambling to ensure they are not vulnerable to an Internet flaw that would allow attacks that could disrupt all communication.

Federal security program draws few responsesupdated: Fri Apr 16 2004 13:49:00

A new federal program to protect privately owned power plants, factories and other "critical infrastructure" from terrorists is getting little response from businesses.

FBI, Homeland Security warn of possible transport plotupdated: Fri Apr 02 2004 12:45:00

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have sent a "message of concern" to police agencies across the United States about an alleged plot against commercial transportation systems in major U.S. cities this summer.

GAO: Air marshal cuts had 'minimal' impact updated: Wed Mar 31 2004 21:59:00

For the then-fledgling Department of Homeland Security, the news could not have broken at a worse time.

Bill aims to speed airline missile protectionupdated: Tue Mar 30 2004 13:32:00

Saying it could be years before commercial airliners are equipped to thwart shoulder-fired missiles, three members of Congress introduced a bill Tuesday to stem the proliferation of the weapons and to speed up certification of new protective technology.

Homeland Security suspends some hiringupdated: Fri Mar 26 2004 13:42:00

The Department of Homeland Security has temporarily stopped hiring employees for two of its main divisions as it seeks to find out if it is facing a large budget shortfall or simply having problems reconciling the books after the largest government merger in history.

Fortune: 1 Smart Dust Kicks Up A Storm Tiny wireless sensors start monitoring the nation's food, workplaces, and welfare.updated: Mon Feb 23 2004 00:01:00

The last thing a company wants in its factories, trucks, or corporate offices is a layer of dust. But "smart" dust? That's a different story.

House Democrats criticize security effortsupdated: Fri Jan 16 2004 12:06:00

A group of House Democrats blasted the Bush administration's homeland security efforts Friday, saying that almost two-and-a-half years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, security gaps leave the United States vulnerable to terrorists.

Business 2.0: How to Sell Tech to the Feds Uncle Sam runs the fastest-growing IT market today. Here's the way for hungry vendors to set up shoupdated: Sat Mar 01 2003 00:01:00

With the commercial market for technology shrinking, tech companies have turned to the government as a recession-proof source of revenue. Defense and intelligence agencies, along with the new Depar...

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