WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Wednesday that the threat of terrorism against the United States was in some ways “at its most heightened state” since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
In addition to the threats by al Qaeda, the militant group behind the attacks nearly a decade ago, Napolitano said the country faces new threats from those inspired by the group and those already inside the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday urged Congress to extend for nearly three years key powers to track terrorism suspects, setting up a possible clash with Senate Republicans who have urged making them permanent.
The methods, originally adopted shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks and set to expire at the end of this month, permit roving wiretaps, tracking suspected foreigners who may be acting alone in plotting attacks, and accessing certain business records.
U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton probably feels like he is living and breathing baseball these days. He is presiding over the case about whether former pitching ace Roger Clemens lied to Congress about not using steroids and human growth hormones, and he comes from the same hometown as baseball superstars Ken Griffey Sr. and Stan Musial.
During a brief court hearing on Wednesday, Walton alerted the lawyers involved in the case that he had run into Griffey Sr. a couple of months ago in their tiny hometown of Donora, Pennsylvania, and that the former outfielder remarked that Clemens was “a good guy.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. immigration judge has ordered a Ukrainian-born man be deported from the United States because he participated in Nazi-led persecution of Jews in Europe during World War Two, the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday.
John Kalymon, 89, who is living in Troy, Michigan, was stripped of his U.S. citizenship in 2007 after a judge found that he had helped round up and shoot Jews in Lviv, Ukraine, while he served in the Ukrainian Auxiliary Police.
ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – U.S. aviation security authorities on Tuesday unveiled a new pilot program aimed at quelling an uproar about full-body scanners used to screen air travelers — the new software will no longer produce an image of the actual person.
The Transportation Security Administration is deploying new software for scanners in three U.S. airports that will show screeners an alert on a generic male or female figure only if an anomaly is detected and highlight the spot of concern.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new system to warn Americans about terrorism threats that will include specific information about the threat, scrapping the widely ignored color-coded alerts.
The old approach was criticized because it lacked specifics about threats and so people ignored the warnings. The new approach will tell the public whether the threat is “imminent” or there is an “elevated” risk of threat.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of Homeland Security will replace the widely pilloried color-coded warning system for terrorism threats with more targeted alerts to the public, a senior lawmaker said on Wednesday.
The five-step system of colors and threat levels was adopted months after the September 11 attacks in 2001 when critics said government warnings were insufficient. But over the years since, it also has been panned as ineffective.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday is likely to ignite a clash with Republicans over the federal deficit and the pace of budget cuts, an issue that may dominate the political debate this year.
The No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, Eric Cantor, said on Sunday his party would demand “serious spending cuts” in an array of federal programs.
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia (Reuters) – A Michigan man was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison for trying to get a job with the CIA so he could spy for China, just as Chinese President Hu Jintao was wrapping up his U.S. visit.
Glenn Shriver, 29, pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to communicate national defense information after admitting he met Chinese officials about 20 times and took about $70,000 from Chinese intelligence officers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling by a federal judge in Virginia that declared unconstitutional a key part of President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law.
U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson last month backed the argument by Virginia’s attorney general that Congress exceeded its authority by requiring Americans to start buying health insurance in 2014 or face a fine.