From: Adrian Courtenay
To: Scott Jenkins,
Subject: Two House Committees approve bill to end mass NSA surveillance
Date: Fri May 09 12:24:10 MDT 2014
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May 9, 2014


Two House Committees approve bill to end mass NSA surveillance



The House Intelligence Committee approved the USA Freedom Act Thursday, a bill that would put far greater restrictions on how the National Security Agency is able to collect and analyze Americans' phone records. The approval comes about a year after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden first brought the surveillance program to light.

The approval, by voice vote in a closed session, comes just a day after the House Judiciary Committee voted 32-0 in its favor. The Intelligence Committee decided to vote on the USA Freedom Act instead of its own, competing bill, which some said did not go far enough to curtail surveillance activities.  More 

For the second time within three days, the White House was put on lockdown Thursday due to a security breach. According to the Secret Service, the lockdown lasted about 90 minutes after two suspects threw items over the surrounding fences on opposite sides of the White House at almost the exact same time.

The Secret Service identified the suspects as Evan J. Graham and Von Greenbrier Lerriche. Graham purportedly threw a cassette tape over the north fence, while Lerriche allegedly threw papers over the south fence. It is not known at this time whether the men knew one another.  More

Research from the University of Adelaide, in Adelaide, South Australia, may help combat terrorism with the creation of a sensor that can detect tiny quantities of explosives with the use of light and special glass fibers.

Published in the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical, the researchers describe a novel optical fiber sensor that can detect explosives in concentrations as low as 6.3 parts per million. It requires an analysis time of only a few minutes.  More 


Magal Security Systems, Ltd has announced that it has entered into a $6.4 million turnkey contract with the Kenyan Airport Authority to secure critical areas in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi, Kenya. The project includes multiple surveillance and access control technologies, integrated by Fortis4G -- an advanced PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) system. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015.  More    

Reston, VA-based Strategic Enterprise Solutions has announced an expansion in homeland security strategic and mission-specific services with the addition of Eric Hagopian as technical director for data analytics. Hagopian will leverage his data analytics and Agile development expertise to tailor solutions across SE Solutions' cyber, technology, and management consulting services.  More 


The Sectera vIPer Universal Secure Phone by General Dynamics C4 Systems, of Scottsdale, AZ, has been selected by the FBI to replace outdated Secure Terminal Equipment phones. The vIPer Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone modernizes and protects federal law enforcement and national security personnel's voice and data communications. Delivery of the vIPer secure phones to the FBI will begin during the second quarter of 2014.  More 

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