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Senate Democrats Are Filibustering for Gun Control

'I am prepared to ... talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can'

(Newser) - Senate Democrats, led by Connecticut's Chris Murphy, launched a surprise filibuster Wednesday morning to pressure Republicans on gun control, Politico reports. “I am prepared to stand on the Senate floor and talk about the need to prevent gun violence for as long as I can," Murphy tweets... More »

TSA Didn't Catch 73 Airport Workers on Terror Watchlist

DHS: Problem is TSA isn't allowed to receive every bit of terrorism-related data

(Newser) - The good news from the Department of Homeland's Security new report on the TSA's "multi-layered process to vet aviation workers for potential links to terrorism": That process is "generally effective." The bad news: There were still 73 individuals who should never have gotten jobs with... More »

Feds Think There's a New Snowden in Our Midst

Someone appears to be leaking sensitive US documents again

(Newser) - A story published by Glenn Greenwald's Intercept , which has published the leaks of none other than Edward Snowden, contains information from national security documents dating back to August 2013—after Snowden fled the US, and thus an indication that there's a new leaker in town. The newly leaked... More »

Judge: No-Fly List Is Unconstitutional

Air travel an 'aspect of liberties,' she says

(Newser) - In today's world, international travel isn't a "mere convenience or luxury," but "a necessary aspect of liberties sacred to members of a free society," a federal judge has decided, striking down the government's post-9/11 no-fly list procedures as unconstitutional. The judge ordered the... More »

Muslims: FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Us

Lawsuit alleges that agents try to strong-arm people into becoming informants

(Newser) - The FBI has been using the no-fly list to try to strong-arm American Muslims into becoming confidential informants, four men allege in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday. The plaintiffs' stories are all slightly different, but in each case FBI agents allegedly offered an explicit or implied quid-pro-quo, the Guardian reports.... More »

France Shooter Did Film Killings

Also: Mohamed Merah was on the US no-fly list

(Newser) - The gunman who terrorized France in recent days filmed all three of his shootings ( as suspected) and claimed to have posted them online, a French prosecutor confirmed today. Mohamed Merah, 23, filmed his alleged shootings with a camera strapped to his chest harness, the prosecutor told Sky News . In... More »

No-Fly List Has Doubled to 21K Since Last Year

New standards imposed after attempted 'underwear bombing'

(Newser) - One year ago, the US no-fly list was at about 10,000 names; today, it has more than doubled to around 21,000. The list has been growing at a quick clip ever since the failed Christmas 2009 "underwear bomber" plot , after which the government lowered the standards required... More »

Egypt Bans Ray LaHood's Son From Leaving

Along with other Americans monitoring Egyptian elections

(Newser) - Egypt has placed Ray LaHood's son and several other Americans working for pro-Democracy groups on a no-fly list, barring them from leaving the country. Sam LaHood tried to board a plane out of Egypt in Cairo on Saturday, Politico reports, but was prevented from doing so. A State Department... More »

It's Time to Ditch the No-Fly List

Since when do the feds dispense travel like a privilege?

(Newser) - The no-fly list was a good idea that got lost in the execution, and it's time the TSA owns up to that and just kills the list, writes Steve Chapman for Reason. It's not quite clear what it takes to get on the list, much less off it, Chapman contends.... More »

Wary of Leaks, FBI Quashed No-Fly Info About Shahzad

Agency feared tipping off would-be bomber

(Newser) - The FBI identified Faisal Shahzad as the prime suspect in the botched Times Square car bombing within 2 days but specifically notified only certain airlines that he had been added to the no-fly list. His status changed on May 3, but the bureau pressed Homeland Security to limit the number... More »

The NRA Fights for Terror Suspects' Gun Rights

We prevent them from flying, but not buying weapons

(Newser) - If you ascribe to George W. Bush's “you're either with us or you're with the terrorists” logic, then the head of the NRA “should be just a few frequent-flier miles short of a free ticket to Gitmo right about now,” argues Dana Milbank of the Washington Post... More »

US Tightens No-Fly Rules

Faisal Shahzad got on flight despite list

(Newser) - The Obama administration is tightening its no-fly-list rules in response to Times Square bomb scare suspect Faisal Shahzad's near-escape on a Dubai-bound flight. When an urgent new name is added to the watch-list, airlines will now have just two hours to check and make sure they don't have a matching... More »

Bomb Plot, Near Escape Point to Huge Holes in Security

Shahzad allowed to board plane despite no-fly listing

(Newser) - Officials are probing huge holes in a US security net that allowed the Times Square bomb suspect to travel back home to Pakistan for several months of terrorist training, then purchase gallons of explosive chemicals for his car bomb. In addition, incredibly, suspect Faisal Shahzad was allowed to board a... More »

How an 8-Year-Old Got On the No-Fly List

Misidentification has earned Mikey Hicks repeated pat-downs

(Newser) - On its website, the TSA specifically denies that there is an 8-year-old on any of its watch lists. But try telling that to Mikey Hicks, who has had problems getting on airplanes his entire life. As a baby, Hicks was denied a seat on a plane because, officials told his... More »

Obama: 'Buck Stops With Me'

President faults intelligence 'shortcomings' and promises reform

(Newser) - President Obama says when it comes to terror threats against the US, he is ultimately responsible. And he is ordering changes in the way information on potential threats is handled. "The buck stops with me," said Obama in a brief address to the nation. He is ordering the... More »

No-Fly List Expands as Obama Beefs Up Security

Prez will detail improvements to watch-list system today

(Newser) - In the midst of beefing up airport security after the Detroit terror attempt, the US is expanding passenger surveillance lists, adding "probably dozens" of names to the no-fly and watch lists, the White House tells the BBC . The new names have been moved to the lists from TIDE, the... More »

Tightening Air Security Will Take a Toll

Most options come with costs Congress, or fliers, find unpalatable

(Newser) - The White House is talking tough about airline security after Friday's failed bombing, but many options for tightening up the system are either politically untenable, repugnant to travelers, or both. Josh Gerstein takes a look at a few possibilities, and their likelihood of becoming reality, in Politico .
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