Last month, the Department of Justice announced that investigators would require a warrant to use a tool called a StingRay that mimics a cell tower to spy on phones. There were a few exceptions listed, however, including issues of homeland security. But now the Department of Homeland Security says it will also require… »
As a kid, fire drills taught you fire safety. And you haven’t been killed by a fire. Your parents trained similarly for nuclear war. With 248 mass shootings in US in the 238 days of 2015, it’s time we began treating those the same way. This is how.
Does Homeland Security have a sense of humor? This is Liberty City, the Grand Theft Auto inspired “urban obstacle course” where the department tests drones for potential public safety applications. »
Here’s some fun irony: The same biometric tracking technologies developed by the US government to track terrorists and would-be unauthorized immigrants is so effective it can also be used to out US spies in the field.
For nearly a decade now, 10 Predator B drones have been zipping around our nations's borders at $12,000 an hour under the pretense of securing our borders. Except that, according to a scathing report released earlier today by Homeland Security, not only do these drones cost five times as much as advertised, but… »
Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down at the airport. They pat you down. They take away your Christmas presents. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of national… »
What would happen if an army of hackers put America's power grid in its sights and pulled the trigger? How fast would the country descend into darkness? Would there be anarchy in the streets? Would people die? According to a war game carried out across the country this week, the answer is not necessarily good news. »
Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline… »
Because July 4th falls on a Wedneday, a lot of Americans will spend a five-day weekend traveling and drinking. It's pretty common to misplace a wallet or a purse on that kind of vacation. And getting on a return flight without a valid ID, as you might imagine, is not easy. But it can be done. Here's how to work it… »
The average passenger doesn't really get excited about going through airport security, but as it turns out the TSA isn't particularly interested in feeling you up either. And it's actively looking for a way not to. »
Federal investigators "identified vulnerabilities in the screening process" at domestic airports using so-called "full body scanners," according to a classified internal Department of Homeland Security report. »
The TSA will no longer require children 12 years or younger to remove their shoes while going through airport security. It's part of a larger change that might even stop the nasty TSA from groping kids too. It sounds good but it's really not. »
Ever wonder how we went from carefree flying to mandatory groping at airport gates in less than ten years? Or how the Joint Special Operations Command grew from an unknown hostage rescue team into the crew that killed Bin Laden? »