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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Resigns

Monday, November 24, 2014

After less than two years on the job Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has stepped down amidst growing pressure from the Obama Administration.

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Money Talking

Congress' Unfinished Business: Terrorism Insurance

Friday, November 21, 2014

Real estate and insurance companies worry the lame-duck Congress will fail to re-authorize the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act before it expires on December 31.

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The Takeaway

Jeh Johnson & The Future of Homeland Security

Friday, October 18, 2013

This afternoon the president will likely nominate Jeh Johnson, a senior lawyer formerly with the Department of Defense, to lead the DHS. If confirmed, he will fill the seat of Janet Napolitano, who stepped down in August. Joining us to weigh in on the future of American security policies under a change of guard is Michael Schmidt, reporter for our partner The New York Times.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeland Security Spending

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a TV Show: Homeland

Friday, November 23, 2012

Every so often, we pick a popular movie, play, or TV show and talk about the real-life context. Today: Showtime's "Homeland."

Bob Baer, the Intelligence Columnist for TIME Magazine and 21-year veteran of the CIA, talks about what "Homeland" gets right and what it says about counter-terrorism. Then, June Thomas, a culture critic for Slate and host of the new Slate podcast The Afterword, discusses what the show says about the evolution of spy thrillers after 9/11.

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Report: After Breaches, Lax Security At Newark Airport

Friday, October 19, 2012

Plane at Newark Airport. (photo by Flickr / Stephen Rees)

(New York, NY - WNYC) - An analysis by the federal Department of Homeland Security shows that corrective action was taken for only 42% of the security breaches recorded at Newark Liberty International Airport between January 2010 and May 2011. That's the lowest grade of six major airports analyzed for the report, which blacked out the names of the other airports examined.

The breaches included a man gaining access to the "sterile," or most secure, area of a terminal, which shut down operations for six hours. In another incident, a dead dog was placed on a passenger plane without screening the cadaver for a bomb. Corrective actions after such incidents can include fines, reprimands, suspensions and firings of employees.

Newark Liberty International Airport is located 14 miles from Manhattan. About 33 million people traveled through it in 2010, making it one of the country’s busiest airports.

As with most U.S. airports, Newark's security screenings are conducted by staff with the  federal Transportation Safety Administration. The report says most of the security breaches in which corrective action was not taken occurred in 2010, but goes on to add that security has been more aggressive: "Since 2010, Newark has improved efforts to correct security breach vulnerabilities."

New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, who commissioned the report, concurred. "TSA has taken meaningful steps to improve performance," he said in a statement.

But the report goes on to slam the federal agency for its lack of coordination. "TSA does not have an effective mechanism in place to consolidate information about all security breaches and therefore cannot use information collected to monitor trends or make general improvements to security," say the report's authors. "It does not have a complete understanding of breaches occurring at the Nation’s airports and misses opportunities to strengthen aviation security.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Context and a TV Show: Homeland

Monday, October 01, 2012

Every so often, we pick a popular movie, play, or TV show and talk about the real-life context. Today: Showtime's "Homeland."

Bob Baer, the Intelligence Columnist for TIME Magazine and 21-year veteran of the CIA, talks about what "Homeland" gets right and what it says about counter-terrorism. Then, June Thomas, a culture critic for Slate and host of the new Slate podcast The Afterword, discusses what the show says about the evolution of spy thrillers after 9/11.

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The Takeaway

Senate Report Exposes Regulatory Failures at HSBC

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

HSBC spent ten years failing to comply with regulatory measures, according to a new report from the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. They enabled drug lords to launder money in Mexico, did business with banks linked to Al Qaeda, and bypassed American Sanctions against Iran.

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The Takeaway

Presidential Leadership and the Origins of the "Kill List"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The "Kill List": It's the President's shifting roster of names of high-profile targets. If you're a suspected terrorist, it could be the last list your name appears on before the US government ends your life. The Obama administration appears to be the first presidential administration to keep such a list.  What does the president's hands-on role in monitoring this list says about his leadership style?

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The Takeaway

Domestic Terror Suspect Arrested in New York City

Monday, November 21, 2011

In a late night press conference Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced New York City police arrested Jose Pimentel, a 27-year-old American citizen, for criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism, conspiracy and soliciting support for an act of terrorism. Motivated in part by continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the death of Yemeni cleric Anwar Awlaki, police arrested Pimentel as he was allegedly building a bomb. Government workers, returning military personnel, and elected officials were among the targets of his intended attacks, according to authorities.

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The Takeaway

Immigration Enforcement Detaining American Citizens in Error

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

According to new figures released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Obama administration has deported a record number of illegal immigrants for the third year in a row. Yesterday, The Takeaway spoke to Frontline correspondent Maria Hinojosa about an investigation into detention centers and deportation proceedings. She explained that some of the individuals picked up by immigration enforcement are, in fact, legal immigrants with green cards. 

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The Takeaway

9/11: Looking Back and Ahead with Lee Hamilton

Friday, September 09, 2011

All week long, we’ve been talking about the tenth anniversary of 9/11. We’ve spoken with young people, experts, soldiers, and you, our listeners. Today, we're focusing on the 9/11 commission, and what we've done to improve homeland security since the attacks.

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It's A Free Country ®

Obama Administration Signals DREAMer Reprieve

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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On Thursday Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sent a letter to 22 Senators and White House Intergovernmental Affairs Director Cecila Muñoz issued a statement, both in essence saying that undocumented children and youth as well as others not deemed to be serious criminal threats will not be deported.

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The Takeaway

US Begins New Deportation Policy

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Last week, the Obama administration announced a dramatic shift in its deportation policy for undocumented immigrants. The Department of Homeland Security will narrow its focus when it comes to deportation efforts, deporting only those undocumented immigrants who have criminal records or pose a threat to national security. Those with clean records will be able to apply for work permits. The department is also suspending any previously assigned deportations for immigrants who have not committed crimes beyond immigration violations. It's a big step for the administration, which has already set a modern record for deportations.

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The Takeaway

Americans and Pakistanis Questioning Foreign Aid

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Why should America give millions in foreign aid to a country where the United States' number one enemy was able to hide for years? That's a question many in the U.S. are asking in the wake of the discovery of Osama Bin Laden's hideout. But it's also being asked by many in Pakistan, who wonder if America's financial aid is worth the influence and pressures that come with it. Has it helped or hurt the country? Aleem Maqbool, reporter for our partner the BBC, joins us to discuss the growing debate. 

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The Takeaway

PJ Crowley on Osama Bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

Former spokesperson for the State Department PJ Crowley has an intimate knowledge of the U.S. government's mission to find Osama Bin Laden and bring him to justice over the last decade. Crowley joins us now, and reacts to the breaking news announced last night that the U.S. military did indeed kill and capture the 9/11 mastermind's body. George McAvoy, a New York resident whose brother died on 9/11 also speaks with us.

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It's A Free Country ®

King Hearings: Did We Learn Anything?

Friday, March 11, 2011

There were obvious omissions from the witness stand. Namely, the Muslim community groups that were not called to sort of speak to the accusations against them, like CAIR. What people were saying was inappropriate or wrong about the hearing was not simply its premise, but what they saw as King's cherry-picking of witnesses.

Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter, talking about yesterday's hearings on American Muslims on the Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hearings on Muslim Radicalization

Friday, March 11, 2011

Faiza Patel discusses her new report, "Rethinking Radicalization", on how law enforcement officials try to deter "homegrown" terrorism in the United States. Ahmed Nasser, detective and Muslim community affairs representative for the NYPD, weighs in on radicalization and on yesterday's hearings in Washington D.C. on radicalization within the Muslim American community. And Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter who covered the hearings, describes what happened in Washington yesterday.

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NY Rep. King’s First Hearing on Radical Islam Stokes Fiery Emotions

Thursday, March 10, 2011

In an emotive, hours-long congressional hearing on Thursday, New York Rep. Peter King presided over tearful testimony and bitter back-and-forths from members of Congress, experts and family members as they testified about Muslim radicalization in the U.S. before the Homeland Security Committee. 

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The Takeaway

LIVE: Hearings on Islamic Radicalization

Thursday, March 10, 2011

UPDATE: The hearings have concluded.

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) held hearings today on “The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response.” See below for live video and live Tweets from Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich.

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