From: Homeland Security News Wire
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: California driver's license design | Wisconsin surveillance policy | Shipping security
Date: Mon May 12 13:24:43 MDT 2014
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DAILY REPORT
Monday 12 May 2014 vol. 8 no. 109

In Today's Issue

Immigration
DHS wants changes in Calif.’s ID for undocumented immigrants

California is preparing to issue drivers' licenses to undocumented immigrants who have been permitted to stay in the United States, but DHS has rejected the state's design for the license card. DHS wants the cards to be unique enough to distinguish them from regular drivers' licenses, but immigrant rights activists do not want the design to be so different that license holders would suffer from discrimination.

Surveillance
Wisconsin silent about cell phone tracking by state police

The Wisconsin Department of Justice(DOJ) is refusing to acknowledge that it has deployed Stingray technology to track Wisconsin residents’ cellphones, despite reports claiming the state has used the technology during previous investigations. The state also denied a public records request made in April seeking details on how often Stingray technology is used, how data is stored and shared, and how often warrants are obtained.

Terrorism
Calif. Terrorism suspect to remain in jail, for now

Last Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Claire ordered the release of alleged supporter of foreign terrorists, Nicholas Michael Teausant, on $200,000 bail under restrictive conditions.. Teausant will remain in jail, however, because the judge accepted the request by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hitt to allow prosecutors to take the matter to U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez on Tuesday.

Shipping security
Bolstering shipping security

During a press conference following the March 2014 Nuclear Secu­rity Summit in the Hague, President Barack Obama noted that his biggest security concern was not Russia -- or any other regional superpower -- but rather “the prospect of a nuclear weapon going off in Manhattan.” Experts say that the most likely way in which a nuclear weapon would potentially come to a major U.S. city is not on the tip of a missile but in the belly of a ship, noting that this view has been openly validated by the intelligence community. In 2007, Congress passed a law requiring all overseas cargo containers to be inspected before they are loaded on a U.S.-bound ship. That law, however, has never been enforced.

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Bioterrorism
Validating air sampling techniques to fight bioterrorism

Air and surface sampling techniques currently used by the U.S. government are effective in fighting bioterrorism and potentially saving lives, a new study says. Air sampling has been readily accepted for similar uses such as measuring for particulate matter, but using it to detect bacteria in biological terrorism was a new concept instituted after the 9/11 attacks. This type of sampling is now part of a sophisticated system used by the DHS and the Department of Defense. In order for the system to work more efficiently, however, experts say that the detection cycle, which currently takes between 12-36 hours, would need to produce results in a shorter time frame.

Biodetection
Battelle shows smart technology for biodefense and hazard avoidance

Battelle last week announced production of the next generation chemical and biological hazard sensor system, which the company says operates at a fraction of the cost of current technologies. The technology, known as the Resource Effective BioIdentification System (REBS), is a battery-powered system capable of autonomous use with operating costs of less than $1 per day per unit (the company notes that current system costs that can range from $500 - $3,000 per day) and assay costs of $0.04 per sample (compared to current systems at over $100 per sample).

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Also noted

New York moves 9/11 attack victims' remains to Ground Zero | DHS funds cybersecurity risk management strategy | EPA seeks input on requiring fuller disclosure on fluids used in fracking | The hacker who worked on a Navy nuclear aircraft carrier | DOE: Could be 3 years to fully reopen N.M. nuke dump

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