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Feds: Contractor Tried to Smuggle Military Secrets to Iran

An engineer who spent time working for U.S. defense contractors has been indicted on charges that he attempted to smuggle sensitive military information to Iran, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Mazaffar Khazaee, of Indianapolis, Ind., is charged with two counts of interstate transportation of stolen property, according to the FBI. Each count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison ...

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Agents: $387,000 Stashed on Mexico-Bound Bus

Agents with an Alabama-based drug task force discovered almost $390,000 in cash hidden in passengers’ luggage on a bus heading to Mexico, according to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE). The officers stopped the bus on Dec. 8 in the small town of Cuba, Ala., near the Mississippi state line. A drug-sniffing dog indicated the presence of contraband in the luggage compartment, according to an ICE n ...

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Immigration Deportations Down 10% in 2013

Almost 60% of the individuals deported from the United States in fiscal year 2013 had a criminal conviction, according to new statistics from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In the 12 months ending Sept. 30, ICE removed 368,644 people, representing a roughly 10% decrease over the previous fiscal year and the first year-over-year drop since President Barack Obama took office in 2008. Mexican ...

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Homeland Security Expands Cybersecurity Program for College Students

A program created to engage top-notch college students in cybersecurity work is expanding, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Initiative, founded in April 2013 by then- Secretary Janet Napolitano, will select more than 100 students to work as volunteers in dozens of locations across the country in 2014. ...

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Eco-Terrorism Suspect Still on the Lam 10 Years After Bombings

Ten years after the bombing of two businesses in northern California, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is soliciting the public’s help in locating the fugitive sought in the suspected acts of eco-terrorism. A reward of up $250,000 is being offered for information leading to the capture and prosecution of Daniel Andreas San Diego, 35, who is considered to be armed and dangerous. The FBI describes hi ...

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Agents Unearth U.S.-Mexico Smuggling Tunnel

A tunnel stretching almost 600 yards between a warehouse in Tijuana, Mexico, and an industrial building in San Diego, Calif., was being used as a major drug-smuggling passageway, U.S. authorities announced recently. Federal agents seized 17,292 pounds of marijuana and 325 pounds of cocaine, and took three people into custody as part of the investigation that uncovered the tunnel, according to an Oct. 31 new ...

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President Taps New Homeland Security Chief

President Barack Obama has nominated former Pentagon lawyer Jeh Johnson as secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The selection requires Senate confirmation. Given Washington’s hyper-partisan atmosphere, those hearings are likely to feature Republican opposition, as signaled by early grumbling about Johnson’s selection. If confirmed, Johnson would fill the vacancy left by Janet Napolitano, w ...

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ICE App Targets Fugitive Child Predators

A new smartphone app is designed to allow the public to help federal agents capture fugitive and unidentified child predator suspects. Tips can be reported anonymously at any time through the Operation Predator app, or by phone or online. At the app’s mid-September rollout, officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations said the new technology is the fir ...

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New Technology Aims to Help Searchers Find Disaster Victims

A process known as technology foraging has speeded the development of a radar-based device that could soon be used to locate humans trapped in rubble, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The device, called Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response (FINDER), uses radar technology to detect a disaster victim’s heartbeat. Federal officials report that FINDER can detect th ...

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