Homeland Security Wants To Build a System To Track Every License Plate

Coming not even a month after the official implementation of the Real ID program (which some have likened to a National ID card), The Washington Post has discovered that the Department of Homeland Security is currently working on a National License Plate Recognition (NLPR) database. Although from the looks of it, this … » 2/19/14 11:04am 2/19/14 11:04am

No, Real ID Is Not a National ID Card

Big Brother! Little Brother! Medium-sized Brother! Conspiracy-minded websites are ramping up the rhetoric in the lead-up to full enforcement of the Real ID Act, set to happen early next year. "It's a National ID card!" they scream. No, no it's not. » 12/30/13 12:56pm 12/30/13 12:56pm

This Handheld Radar Will Track Disaster Victims by Their Heartbeats

Building collapses are a tragic and overwhelmingly fatal occurrence in the developing world. But that could soon change once NASA and the DHS's revolutionary, handheld radar unit comes to fruition. It scans for and identifies buried building collapse victims based solely on their breathing patterns and heartbeats. » 9/26/13 11:35am 9/26/13 11:35am

Is This Tuna-Bot the Future of US Harbor Security?

What's the difference between a tuna fish and an unmanned underwater vehicle? About a million years of purpose-built evolution. That's why the Department of Homeland Security is hoping to leverage Mother Nature's handiwork into a fleet of ichthyoid-inspired drones to defend our harbors. » 9/21/12 11:30am 9/21/12 11:30am

With $1000 and a Team of Geniuses, You Too Can Hack a Government Drone

With the drone era upon us—drones flying through US airspace, no less—securing these pilotless aircraft is of the utmost importance because of the threat an errant vehicle could pose to civilians. But in answering a dare from the Department of Homeland Security, a team of researchers from the University of Texas proved … » 6/28/12 5:00pm 6/28/12 5:00pm

This Giant Tube Stopper Will Plug Flooded Subways and Choke Off Gas…

Numerous metropolitan subway systems around the country include spans that pass under bodies of water. If one of those lines were to spring a leak, the resulting flooding could be catastrophic. The Department of Homeland Security might have developed the answer—a giant, inflatable tube plug. » 3/28/12 12:20pm 3/28/12 12:20pm

The Weirdest Tweets and Facebook Posts That Could Get You in Trouble…

Animal has discovered the list of words that the Department of Homeland Security specifically target when they monitor Tweets and Facebook posts and it's, um, comprehensive. Ever tweet about the weather? Or used 'closure', 'cloud', 'home grown', 'bart', 'subway' or hell even 'social media' in your posts? YOU'RE… » 2/27/12 7:20pm 2/27/12 7:20pm

Department of Homeland Security: Deep Fry Your Thanksgiving Turkey…

What is it with killjoys? Every major holiday celebration—be it fireworks for 4th of July, turkey frying at Thanksgiving, or alligator wrestling on President's Day—seems to draw out finger-wagers and their shrill cries of "You'll shoot your eye out!" Case in point: this ominous tweet from the DHS. » 11/22/11 11:00pm 11/22/11 11:00pm

Feds Accidentally Shut Down 84,000 Websites over Wrongful Kiddie Porn…

"Operation Protect Our Children" sounded great! The Department of Justice and Homeland Security's tag-team beatdown was supposed to seize ten criminal sites this past weekend. Instead, it shuttered 84,000 innocent domains. And replaced them with a banner labeling them as child porn traffickers. Whoops! » 2/16/11 2:20pm 2/16/11 2:20pm

ACLU Mounts Lawsuit Against Baseless Border Laptop Searches

For the last two years, the Department of Homeland Security has claimed the right to seize and search your laptop on nothing more than a whim. Today, the ACLU and others have brought a lawsuit fixing to change that. » 9/07/10 3:20pm 9/07/10 3:20pm

Homeland Security: We Can Still Search Your Laptop, But We'll be Nicer…

Your laptop, mobile phone or camera can still be seized at the U.S border without suspicion of wrongdoing, but new guidelines require border protection and customs to take a maximum of 5 and 30 days each to complete searches. » 8/28/09 4:30am 8/28/09 4:30am