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Archive for September 12th, 2008

Seven Years Later Concerns About Airports Persist

The uniforms may look nicer, but complaints still persist seven years after 9/11 that the airports aren’t as safe as they should be. What’s it going to take?

By John Hilkevitch
Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — The nation’s airport security screeners unveiled new uniforms Thursday on the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and as a congressional report blistered the federal government for failing “to provide the American people the security they expect and deserve.”
The report, titled “Wasted Lessons of 9/11,” cited poor progress toward identifying potentially dangerous airline passengers before they show up at the airport. It also questioned whether the Department of Homeland Security will meet a 2010 deadline to screen all cargo transported on passenger planes in the U.S.
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Justice Dept. To Give FBI Agents More Power

Line agents woud get more power under a new plan to be unveiled today. Will the extra power help? Will it stir controversy? 

Carrie Johnson
Washington Post Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department will unveil changes to FBI ground rules today that would put much more power into the hands of line agents pursuing leads on national security, foreign intelligence and even ordinary criminal cases.
The overhaul, the most substantial revision to FBI operating instructions in years, also would ease some reporting requirements between agents, their supervisors and federal prosecutors in what authorities call a critical effort to improve information gathering and detect terrorist threats.

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Related Story: Judge Limits Searches Using Cellphone Data (Washington Post)

Economy Weighs Heavier Than Terrorism

Terrorism is no longer the catch-all phrase. What a difference seven years makes.

By Mathew B. Stannard
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO –Seven years ago today, the roar of exploding planes and the spectacle of collapsing buildings riveted the nation’s attention on a single topic, terrorism – and in the terrible aftermath, it seemed that focus would never waver.
But it has. Just 2 percent of Americans identified terrorism as their nation’s top problem in a Gallup survey in early August – the lowest level since the 2001 attacks. And in new poll results released Wednesday, just 38 percent of respondents said they were at least somewhat worried that they or their families would become victims of terrorism – a nine-point drop since the question was asked last year and the lowest level since mid-2005.
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