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Nov 30, 2010

TSA says airlines providing more passenger data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All airline passengers on flights to, from and within the United States are being checked against U.S. government security watchlists, the Transportation Security Administration said Tuesday.

TSA said that all of the nearly 130 international carriers flying to and from the United States have begun collecting new data from passengers, including their full name, date of birth and gender, which are then checked against the lists, a program known as Secure Flight.

Nov 29, 2010

U.S. to tighten security after WikiLeaks disclosure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House ordered tighter security on Monday to prevent leaks like the release of more than 250,000 State Department cables that have embarrassed the U.S. government and some of its allies.

Sunday’s release of documents obtained by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks exposed the inner workings of U.S. diplomacy in recent years, including candid assessments of world leaders and disclosures on issues such as Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Nov 19, 2010

Pilots get reprieve from new U.S. screening checks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. airline pilots will be allowed to bypass new heightened security screening at U.S. airports, the Transportation Security Administration said on Friday, relenting after a lawsuit and outcry that pilots already undergo rigorous background checks.

Pilots have complained bitterly they should not have to go through new full-body scanners or be subjected to thorough patdowns when they already go through extensive security checks and control the airplane.

Nov 18, 2010

Republican leader slams Obama over terrorism case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans criticized the Obama administration on Thursday for pursuing terrorism cases in federal court after a jury acquitted a man once held at the Guantanamo Bay prison on almost all of the charges related to the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa.

Obama administration officials countered that the suspect, Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, had been convicted on a key terrorism charge and would be sentenced to at least two decades in prison.

Nov 18, 2010

Q+A: What happens next in U.S. terrorism trials?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration’s bid to prosecute detainees held at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in U.S. criminal courts was severely complicated by a trial in New York of a Tanzanian man once held there.

Here are some answers to questions about what happens to other terrorism trials and why the New York case was key.

Nov 15, 2010

U.S. officials defend new airport screening procedures

ARLINGTON, Virginia (Reuters) – Homeland security officials on Monday defended heightened airport security screening measures but said they would consider adjustments to new rigorous patdowns after complaints from travelers.

With the busy holiday travel season about to begin, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano made it clear that new full-body scan checks would become the routine as hundreds of the machines are installed at U.S. airports and that the alternative would be physical patdowns.

Nov 13, 2010

U.S. officials try to address air security worries

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Department of Homeland Security said on Friday it is trying to address concerns of pilots about stepped-up screening at U.S. airports and worries in the travel industry that fliers will limit trips because of more rigorous checks.

Security officials have defended the measures after foiled plots by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which tried to hide bombs in clothing and parcels that made it aboard a U.S. passenger airliner and two cargo planes.

Nov 12, 2010

U.S. officials meet travel industry over security

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. homeland security officials sat down with travel industry executives on Friday to try to address growing complaints by fliers who feel they are facing overly intrusive screening at U.S. airports.

Industry officials, travelers and pilots have complained bitterly to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about new full-body scanners and more rigorous patdown checks begun recent weeks.

Nov 12, 2010

U.S. high court declines to lift military ban on gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday denied

a request to lift the Pentagon’s ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, a decision that turns the focus on the issue to Congress when lawmakers return to work next week.

President Barack Obama has pledged to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires homosexual soldiers to keep their orientation secret, but has run into hurdles getting lawmakers to pass the legislation to end it.

Nov 12, 2010

Supreme Court declines to lift military ban on gays

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to lift the Pentagon’s ban that prevents openly gay men and women from serving in the U.S. military, a decision that turns the focus on the issue to Congress when lawmakers return to work next week.

President Barack Obama has pledged to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which requires homosexual soldiers to keep their orientation secret, but has run into hurdles getting lawmakers to pass the legislation to end it.

    • About Jeremy

      "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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