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U.S. senators: Al Qaeda calls for 'electronic jihad'updated: Wed May 23 2012 06:55:00

An al Qaeda video calling for "electronic jihad" illustrates the urgent need for cybersecurity standards for the most critical networks in the United States, a group of senators said.

Public hearing scheduled on Secret Service prostitution scandalupdated: Sun May 13 2012 13:17:00

The Senate Homeland Security Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the prostitution scandal involving U.S. military and Secret Service agents in Colombia.

Leaks in foiled plot compromised mole, alerted al Qaeda, Lieberman saysupdated: Thu May 10 2012 17:33:00

A top U.S. senator said Thursday the "biggest harm" to come from leaks to the news media about the recently foiled al Qaeda airline plot was that it compromised the mole who turned the bomb over to the United States.

TSA: Screeners find 4-5 guns on a typical dayupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 16:17:00

Federal airport screeners still find four to five guns at checkpoints on a typical day, the Transportation Security Administration's chief told a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Senator, DHS secretary disagree on extent of drug cartel 'spotters'updated: Wed May 04 2011 18:45:00

Do Mexican drug cartels have scores of "spotters" sitting on Arizona mountain tops helping drug couriers make their appointed rounds?

New terrorism alert system will offer specific warningsupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 19:13:00

A new terrorism warning system will provide the public with information on specific threats, replacing the color-coded alerts put in place after the September 11, 2001, attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday.

New terror alert system announcedupdated: Wed Apr 20 2011 19:13:00

Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano unveils a new terror threat level system that will go into effect next week.

Gates: Army near a finding on Fort Hood suspect's rise through ranksupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 12:32:00

Fifteen months after the Fort Hood shootings, the Army is poised to report to the secretary of defense on how the suspect, Maj. Nidal Hasan, rose through the ranks without raising any alarms.

Senate panel postpones hearing on accused Fort Hood gunmanupdated: Thu Jan 27 2011 11:10:00

Fourteen months after the Fort Hood, Texas, massacre, a Senate panel is still consulting with the FBI over the public release of what the government knew in advance about the accused gunman.

Terror threat against America diversifying, security officials sayupdated: Wed Sep 22 2010 17:42:00

The terrorism threat against the United States has evolved, with homegrown terrorists and a greater diversity in the scope and methods of attack making it more difficult to prevent them, top security officials told a Senate committee Wednesday.

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.

Airport screening manual leaksupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 08:27:00

The TSA is trying to explain how a secret screening manual was posted online. CNN's Jeanne Meserve reports.

TSA launches review after online release of screening proceduresupdated: Fri Dec 11 2009 08:27:00

The Transportation Security Administration Tuesday said it is launching a "full review" of an incident in which the agency posted on the Internet a sensitive manual outlining screening procedures for law enforcement officers, diplomats, prisoners, federal air marshals and others.

CNN poll: Majority think Fort Hood shooting was preventableupdated: Fri Nov 20 2009 08:54:00

A majority of Americans think that authorities could have prevented the deadly attack at Fort Hood, Texas, according to a new national poll.

Top U.S. security officials share Afghan-Pakistan border concernsupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 17:44:00

As President Obama huddles with key military advisers to talk about a strategy in Afghanistan, top officials charged with protecting the homeland on Wednesday pointedly stressed the danger from terrorists in the Afghan-Pakistan border area.

Senate bill would strengthen security against biological attacksupdated: Tue Sep 08 2009 18:13:00

Heeding warnings from a congressionally mandated commission, two U.S. senators introduced a wide-ranging bill Tuesday to address the threat of a biological attack on the U.S. homeland.

Senators demand Rumsfeld release base closing dataupdated: Sat May 28 2005 11:25:00

Two senators from New England have sent a letter to U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld demanding the release of documents on proposed military base closures.

Democrats probe alleged mismanagement in Iraqupdated: Mon Feb 14 2005 17:45:00

Democrats held a hearing Monday to probe concerns raised by whistleblowers, saying Republican leaders refuse to act on calls to investigate alleged U.S. mismanagement of resources in Iraq.

Bush works phones in bid to move intelligence billupdated: Fri Dec 03 2004 02:33:00

Amid charges the White House has dragged its feet on the stalled 9/11 intelligence reform bill, President Bush on Thursday spoke by phone with the two top congressional leaders about trying to get the bill passed.

Lawmakers hold closed talks about intelligence overhaulupdated: Thu Aug 26 2004 16:25:00

Key officials from the Pentagon, the FBI and the CIA met in closed session Thursday with a Senate panel charged with developing legislation to implement recommendations from the independent 9-11 commission.

9/11 families plead for intelligence reform updated: Tue Aug 17 2004 15:30:00

The families of some of the people killed in the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in the United States are trying to persuade lawmakers to quickly implement reform within the intelligence community.

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