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Live-Blog. Video, and Link Roll on the Peter King Muslim Radicalization Hearings

Thursday, March 10, 2011

New York Representative Peter King (R-3rd), chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is holding controversial hearings today on "The Extent of Radicalization in the American Muslim Community and that Community's Response." WNYC's Arun Venugopal is in Washington DC for the hearings, and live-blogged the event and answered reader questions.

»» WNYC Hearing Coverage: Arun Venugopal Sets the Stage | Guide to Witness ListImam Feisal Abdul Rauf on The Takeaway | Protest Slideshow | Muslim Playwright Changes the Script

»» WNYC's Live Event on Homegrown Terror: Video and Audio of Brian Lehrer, Daisy Kahn, Ray Kelly, Arun Venugopal

»» Peter King: Official Page | NY Mag Profile | NY Times Archive

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King's Hearings on Radical Islam Draw Rival Protest Groups

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

About 130 protestors demonstrated in front of Rep. Peter King's office in Massapequa Park on Tuesday, some in support and others against the Long Island politician's proposed Congressional hearings meant to examine the threat of radical Islam in the U.S.

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The Takeaway

Haitians Face Uncertain Future as US Suspends Special Immigration Status

Monday, December 20, 2010

Beginning next month, the U.S. government will end the special immigration status granted to certain Haitians left homeless by January's devastating earthquake. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — part of the Department of Homeland Security — says that they will only deport Haitians who had been convicted of crimes and finished serving their sentences; however, within New York's Haitian population, reaction has gone from concern to anger, as slow reconstruction coupled with a deadly cholera epidemic means an uncertain future for those forced to return home.

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WikiLeaks: Are the Critics Wrong?

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Just imagine if on this show today the government's listening and decides there are things that you say or that one of your guests say that it doesn't like or it think harms the national security of the United States and then it starts calling your banks and telling your banks to freeze your funds because what you've done is illegal. And then it starts cutting off your credit cards and preventing people from donating to your station...all informal, all just through pressuring tactics and bullying tactics. Is anyone going to argue...that this is not a major threat to freedom of the press and first ammendment values? That is exactly what they're doing to WikiLeaks.

- Glenn Greenwald, columnist with Salon.com on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Sec. Napolitano: Holiday Travel Comes With More Pat Downs

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Transportation Security Administration has begun more thorough pat-downs at airport security checkpoints just weeks before holidays' heavy travel season. Many passengers have already complained of inappropriate contact and others are upset with the intimacy of the search. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano explains the new search procedures and the full-body scanning machines that have been set up in airports. She and the TSA are asking passengers to be patient and cooperate.

"The vast majority of the traveling public understands that this is a safety and security measure," Napolitano said. Read a full transcript

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Transportation Nation

Janet Napolitano on Airport Full-Body X-Ray Scanners

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A TSA Agent viewing images from a full body X-Ray scanner. Image: Getty Images

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Opposition from travelers is mounting to new security screening equipment that uses full-body x-ray technology at airports ever since it surfaced that thousands of images of travelers were being saved, and some of them surfaced online.

Our partner, The Takeaway, will be speaking with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano tomorrow morning. It's sure to come up. For now they're asking you if this new technology is causing you to rethink your travel holiday travel plans.  Here are some of the responses they've gotten so far:

-- "If it means my family and I can fly more safely, I am all for it." via Facebook, Rusty Roy, Groveport, Ohio.
-- "Do I agree with them? Not so much. Would I vote against them? Yes. But do I have the luxury of circumventing them by not flying at all? No," via Facebook, Cristy Moran, Miami Fla.
-- "Yes. No cold showers that morning. :))" via text msg from Pontiac, Mich.

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Transportation Nation

Transit Safety Bill Clears U.S. Senate Panel

Thursday, July 01, 2010

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation, Washington, DC) Transit systems across the country would have to abide by a common set of safety standards under a bill that cleared a Senate panel this week.

The bill forces public transit systems receiving federal money to adopt new minimum safety standards created at the Department of Transportation. The agency could conduct ad-hoc safety reviews, and it also gets new powers to conduct safety investigations and issue subpoenas after transit accidents.

The bill was approved by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee earlier this week. It was largely motivated by the last year’s Metro crash in Washington, DC that killed 9 people.

It’s one of several transit safety bills circulating in Congress now. Another beefs up funding and clout at the National Transportation Safety Board.

Meanwhile, the Homeland Security Department is trying to give rail safety a boost. DHS Sec.Janet Napolitano was in New York’s Penn Thursday morning launching a new safety campaign for Amtrak.The campaign is based on the “See Something, Say Something” message familiar to New York City subway riders.

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