Earlier this week the US Department of Homeland Security launched a new hotline to "assist victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens". The resulting "screw you!" from average Americans was swift and hilarious.
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Last month, the American Department of Justice announced that investigators would require a warrant to use a tool called a StingRay that mimics a cell tower to spy on phones. There were a few exceptions listed, however, including issues of homeland security. But now the Department of Homeland Security says it will also require a warrant.
A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to detect alien life on distant exoplanets. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home — to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save four men trapped under earthquake rubble in Nepal.
Today at massive security tech conference RSA in San Francisco, US Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told a packed audience that DHS would be forging alliances with Silicon Valley. He described plans to build an office here, in order to work directly with tech companies on key issues for the DHS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
This is nefarious-sounding: The Department of Homeland Security "spent millions of dollars on mobile body scanner technology that could be used at railways, stadiums and elsewhere," according to a trove of documents obtained via FOIA by the Electronic Privacy Information Center.