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The TSA’s Power to Screen and Prohibit Certain Electronic Devices on Airlines

By   /  October 29, 2017  /  Counterterrorism, National Security Law, National Security Law & Policy, Public Security, Trending Topics  /  No Comments

By John R. Burns  On October 31, 2015, a Russian A321-200 airliner, operated by Metrojet, was blown out of the sky by an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) operative.  The operative used a bomb hidden in a soda can to bring down the aircraft.  “Russia said explosives weighing up to 1 kilogram, a […]

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Extra Screening to Expand from Nationality

By   /  April 4, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

The Obama Administration has expanded extra screening at airports for individuals matching intelligence descriptions of potential terrorists, including physical characteristics or travel patterns. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, “These new measures utilize real-time, threat-based intelligence along with multiple, random layers of security, both seen and unseen, to more effectively mitigate evolving terrorist […]

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Man Responsible for Newark Airport Security Breach Pleads Guilty

By   /  March 12, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

On January 3, Haisong Jiang passed under a rope and entered the restricted boarding area at the Newark Liberty International airport to say goodbye to his girlfriend. She was leaving for California after visiting him in New Jersey. His action prompted a security breach and led to worldwide flight delays. He pleaded guilty to a […]

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Congressional Report is Critical of the National Counterterrorism Center

By   /  March 2, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

A February 2010 report by the Project on National Security Reform to Congress showed that the National Counterterrorism Center’s (“NCTC”) planning arm did not have enough authority to do its job. The NCTC is an organization whose mission is to gather information from the government, assess terrorist threats and develop plans to combat them. The […]

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President Obama Outlines New Policy to Guide Government Response to Terrorism

By   /  January 8, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

In response to the attempted Christmas airplane terrorist attack—which President Obama characterized as an intelligence failure—the president and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano addressed changes that will streamline how the government responds to terrorist threats. In a nine–page unclassified version of his report regarding the attempted attack, president said that he will not “succumb […]

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