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US Government Wants To Delete Years Of CIA And DHS Emails

On September 17, the National Archives published a seemingly routine announcement in the US Federal Registrar. Couched in language about preserving records of value is a line about the destruction of records and a list of federal agencies. The CIA is one of these agencies, and its emails about waterboarding could be some of those records.


Hackers Broke Into A Public Utility Control Room By Guessing A Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the US Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility’s control system. It didn’t say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn’t sound like it was even that hard.


US Homeland Security Wants To Build A System To Track Licence Plates

Coming not even a month after the official implementation of the Real ID program (which some have likened to a National ID card), The Washington Post has discovered that the Department of Homeland Security in the US is currently working on a National Licence Plate Recognition (NLPR) database. Although from the looks of it, this isn’t just a database — we’re looking at a full-fledged tracking system.


Monster Machines: This Qantas Airbus A380 Barely Fits Inside Its Hangar

Yesterday, we were given a tour of Qantas’ Sydney Jetbase including the flight hangar where aircraft are serviced and repaired. At the time of our visit, the bulk of the sprawling installation was filled up by a single Airbus A380. Standing over 24 metres high and boasting a wingspan of nearly 80 metres, it truly is a monster of a machine. Here are the photos.


Monster Machines: This Handheld Radar Will Track Disaster Victims By Their Heartbeats

Building collapses are a tragic and overwhelmingly fatal occurrence in the developing world. But that could soon change once NASA and the DH’s revolutionary, handheld radar unit comes to fruition. It scans for and identifies buried building collapse victims based solely on their breathing patterns and heartbeats.


US Homeland Security Is Moving Into An Abandoned Insane Asylum

Did you know that the US government’s third-largest agency is ramping up a 20-year, $US4.5 billion construction project that will turn the grounds of a former mental hospital into an “elaborate” headquarters for its sprawling network of agencies? It’s already a decade behind schedule and $US1 billion over budget.


The Secret US Government Laser That Instantly Knows Everything About You

Within the next year or two, the US Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 50 metres away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body — agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you.


TSA Hates Pat-Downs As Much As You Do

The average passenger doesn’t really get excited about going through airport security in the US, but as it turns out, the Transportation Security Administration isn’t particularly interested in feeling you up either. And it’s actively looking for a way not to.


This Giant Tube Stopper Will Plug Flooded Subways And Choke Off Gas Attacks

Numerous metropolitan subway systems around the world include spans that pass under bodies of water. If one of those lines were to spring a leak, the resulting flooding could be catastrophic. The US Department of Homeland Security might have developed the answer — a giant, inflatable tube plug.


The Weirdest Tweets And Facebook Posts That Could Get You In Trouble

Animal has discovered the list of words that the US Department of Homeland Security specifically target when they monitor tweets and Facebook posts and it’s, um, comprehensive. Ever tweet about the weather? Or used ‘closure’, ‘cloud’, ‘home grown’, ‘bart’, ‘subway’ or hell even ‘social media’ in your posts? YOU’RE ATTRACTING ATTENTION FROM THE DHS!!