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No Real ID in Alaska

By Noam Biale at 5:05pm
The battle over Real ID — the Bush Administration’s backdoor national ID card — has been getting quieter in the last few weeks, but is by no means cooling down.

New Plan for Protecting Genetic Privacy: Don't Get Arrested.

By Noam Biale at 8:41am
(Also, don't be an immigrant.)

A few weeks ago, the Justice Department quietly released proposed regulations that would permit the collection and permanent retention of DNA from anyone arrested for a federal crime, or any non-U.S. person detained…

Happy Anniversary from the Homeland Civil Liberties Union!

By Noam Biale at 5:12pm
It's a jubilee year for the Department of Homeland Security, where Secretary Michael Chertoff and company are celebrating their fifth year of doing what they do best - securing the homeland. On March 1, the Department marked the five-year anniversary…

Run for President if You Must, But Don't Take My DNA!

By Noam Biale at 6:59pm
Ears were pricked to Michael Bloomberg's State of the City speech last night for any hint that the New York City mayor might throw his hat into the Presidential primary ring. No change in the tea leaves yet, but Bloomberg did say something that ought…

Bird Flu and Civil Liberties

By Noam Biale at 10:35am
The emergence of Avian Flu overseas and high profile cases of individuals with drug resistant TB last year alerted the American public to the potential for a large-scale pandemic of influenza or some other infectious disease in the near future. The…

Deja Vu, Plus 20,000 New Records

By Noam Biale at 7:07pm
Hanging around Capitol Hill tends to induce a feeling of déjà vu. The House Homeland Security Committee held a hearing today on the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC) Watch List - a rerun of last month's hearing in the Senate on the same…

We Must Try Every Stupid Idea at Least Twice!

By Noam Biale at 1:38pm
The Indianapolis Star reports today that next week, the Indiana state Bureau of Motor Vehicles will begin sending out "No Match" letters to Hoosiers with discrepancies in their records. The letters will go out to anyone whose license information…

Who's Watching the Watch List?

By Noam Biale at 3:51pm
The good folks at the FBI's Terrorism Screening Center are doing a bang-up job: they keep identifying more and more terrorists among us. Don't believe me? Just look at the number of records the TSC has added to the terrorist watch list: From 158,374…
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