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Mar 18, 2011

Pilots say revised U.S. screening still too invasive

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two U.S. commercial airline pilots complained in a lawsuit on Friday that new screening procedures for flight crews — scaled back after complaints by pilots — were still too invasive and violated privacy rights.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration on October 19 started requiring air travelers and flight crews to go through full-body scanners or physical patdowns amid concerns that militants could hide a bomb underneath their clothing and detonate it aboard a plane.

Mar 16, 2011

FBI chief defends mortgage fraud efforts

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) – FBI Director Robert
Mueller defended on Wednesday the Obama administration’s
efforts to prosecute Wall Street executives responsible for the
U.S. mortgage meltdown amid criticism from some lawmakers that
not enough has been done.

The agency has more than 3,000 open investigations into
mortgage fraud alone, with 94 task forces and some 340 agents
assigned, Mueller told the House of Representatives’ Judiciary
Committee.

Mar 16, 2011

US travel group urges overhaul to aviation screening

WASHINGTON, March 16 (Reuters) – The Obama administration
should adopt a trusted traveler program and order airlines to
permit travelers to check one bag for free to make airport
screening faster and encourage more travel, a leading industry
group said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Travel Association, whose members include hotels,
car rental services and amusement parks, worked with security
experts to develop recommendations to improve the screening
process, which has turned off travelers because of searches
seen as invasive and long wait times to get through security.

Mar 12, 2011

U.S. judge backs request for Assange friends’ records

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday upheld federal prosecutors’ request for Internet records from associates of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as part of an investigation into the leak of secret U.S. diplomatic messages.

U.S. Magistrate Theresa Buchanan in Virginia issued an order on December 14 for the social media site Twitter to turn over records for Assange and several others including a member of Iceland’s Parliament, Birgitta Jonsdottir.

Mar 11, 2011

US to publish radiation data from airport screening

WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters) – The U.S. Transportation
Security Administration said on Friday it will start publishing
radiation test results from airport passenger and luggage
screening equipment in a bid to allay lingering fears about
potential health risks.

TSA said it also uncovered anomalies in some reports, such
as missing data or calculation errors unrelated to safety, and
as an extra precaution has ordered retesting for all full-body
scanners as well as other X-ray equipment used to screen
baggage that had inaccurate reports.

Mar 10, 2011

U.S. House panel delves into Muslims radicalization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Muslim Americans must do more to combat Islamic radicalization as al Qaeda targets them to help carry out terrorism plots, a U.S. lawmaker said on Thursday as he convened hearings critics said unfairly singled out Muslims.

Peter King, the chairman of the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee who convened hearings to examine Islamic radicalization, has accused the Muslim community of refusing to cooperate with law enforcement and charged that preaching in some U.S. mosques was leading to radicalization.

Mar 10, 2011

Attorney General warns against alienating Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday warned against alienating the U.S. Muslim community, in a veiled criticism of a congressional probe into the radicalization of Muslims at home.

The House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee will open a series of hearings on Thursday about the increasing terrorism threat against the United States, with the first hearing drawing criticism because of its sole focus on Muslim Americans.

Mar 9, 2011
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U.S. House panel probes Muslim radicalization, critics see witch hunt

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(A woman protests in New York City March 6, 2011/Jessica Rinaldi )

The U.S. House of Representatives will investigate radicalization in the American-Muslim community, sparking outrage that the probe is a witch hunt akin to the 1950s anti-Communist campaign. With al Qaeda and its affiliates openly trying to recruit Americans and Muslims inside the United States for attacks, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King called congressional hearings on the subject “absolutely essential”.

“I am facing reality, my critics are not,” King said on MSNBC. “Al Qaeda is changing its tactics, they realize that it’s very difficult to attack from the outside, they’re recruiting from within.”

Mar 9, 2011

House panel to examine Muslim radicalization

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives will investigate radicalization in the American-Muslim community, sparking outrage that the probe is a witchhunt akin to the 1950s anti-Communist campaign.

With al Qaeda and its affiliates openly trying to recruit Americans and Muslims inside the United States for attacks, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King called congressional hearings on the subject “absolutely essential”.

Mar 3, 2011

Muslim American sues FBI over tracking movements

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A California Muslim man sued the Obama administration and the FBI on Wednesday for violating his constitutional rights by tracking his movements with a GPS device hidden on his car.

Yasir Afifi, a 20-year-old American citizen studying in Santa Clara, California, was alerted to the tracking device by a mechanic last October when he took his car for an oil change. He was confronted by FBI agents days later after removing it.

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      "Legal correspondent. Previously has covered the White House, U.S. political campaigns, Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, and the U.S. economy. Launched and directed the "Tales from the Trail: 2008" Reuters campaign blog, the predecessor to Reuters' "Front Row Washington" blog."
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