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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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Discriminatory Profiling Practices Lead to Surge in Muslims Added to No-Fly List

By   /  April 4, 2012  /  Featured  /  No Comments

Over the past year, the U.S. government’s No-Fly List, containing the names and biographical data of suspected terrorists, has more than doubled from 10,000 to 21,000[]. About 500 of such individuals are U.S. nationals, a broad term that encompasses both U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. The recent surge in additions to the list began […]

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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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More Than One Year After Stimulus Passage, DHS Yet To Install A Single Airport Scanner Paid For By Bill

By   /  February 23, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

The 2009 Stimulus Bill included $25 million dollars in funding for airport security scanners designed to detect explosive devices similar to those worn by Christmas-Day bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab. The Department of Homeland Security, however, more than a year after passage has yet to install a single one of the more than 150 Advanced Imaging […]

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Small Plane Strike on IRS Building Raises Fears of Terrorist Attack

By   /  February 22, 2010  /  Unsorted  /  No Comments

The Department of Homeland Security has ruled that there are no terrorist ties to the February 18 crash of a plane into an International Revenue Service Building in Austin, Texas flown by Joseph Stack. Stack’s apparent motivation for flying his plane into the IRS building was displeasure with the government’s handling of his taxes, healthcare, […]

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