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I was in DC for the inauguration. The overwhelming security state felt disturbingly similar to the worst parts of the post-9/11 response.

Being in DC for the inauguration reminded me of the days immediately after 9/11. Americans were rightfully traumatized, but we almost immediately began surrendering our civil liberties in the name of “security” and “counterterrorism.” A military occupation in the nation’s capital, and calls for sweeping new surveillance and law enforcement […]
I was in DC for the inauguration. The overwhelming security state felt disturbingly similar to the worst parts of the post-9/11 response.
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New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security

The US Department of Homeland Security tested facial-recognition technology that it said can accurately identify masked airline passengers 96% of the time. Pre-pandemic facial-recognition algorithms had lower rates of identifying people wearing face masks. Efforts to improve facial-recognition technology have increased in order to to protect travellers from having to […]
New facial-recognition technology can accurately identify travellers wearing masks 96% of the time, according to a test run by the Department of Homeland Security
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The Department of Homeland Security says it is replacing the camouflage uniforms worn by federal agents after they were slammed for masquerading as soldiers in Portland

Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that federal agents in Portland would stop wearing camouflage uniforms. The uniforms had been criticised for looking too militarised, and it looked like the federal agents were masquerading as soldiers. Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown cut a deal with the […]
The Department of Homeland Security says it is replacing the camouflage uniforms worn by federal agents after they were slammed for masquerading as soldiers in Portland
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The Trump administration is calling the presence of federal agents in Portland ‘Operation Diligent Valor,’ treating it like the invasion of a foreign country

The mission of federal agents in Portland sent to respond to ongoing unrest in the city resembles a US military operation in a foreign country. The agents have been seen wearing military-style attire and are part of a mission that’s been dubbed “Operation Diligent Valor.” The Pentagon, members of Congress, […]
The Trump administration is calling the presence of federal agents in Portland ‘Operation Diligent Valor,’ treating it like the invasion of a foreign country
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Trump suggests he’ll send federal agents to other major US cities, saying they have done a ‘fantastic job’ in Portland

President Donald Trump on Monday hinted at plans to send federal agents to other major US cities amid mounting criticism over their presence in Portland. Federal officers in military garb have reportedly been driving around downtown Portland in unmarked vans and detaining protesters without explanation. Democratic lawmakers and local leaders […]
Trump suggests he’ll send federal agents to other major US cities, saying they have done a ‘fantastic job’ in Portland
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A statistics expert slammed the Trump administration’s statements on the coronavirus as misleading, and accused him of downplaying the outbreak so he could get reelected

Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of Homeland Security fumbled his figures on the coronavirus under a grilling from Sen. John Kennedy on Tuesday, comparing its mortality rate to that of the seasonal flu. An expert on the misuse of statistics in public life told Business Insider Wolf’s characterization is completely […]
A statistics expert slammed the Trump administration’s statements on the coronavirus as misleading, and accused him of downplaying the outbreak so he could get reelected
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Trump’s acting Homeland Security chief was excoriated by a GOP senator as he stumbled over basic questions on coronavirus preparation

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Tuesday stumbled over questioning from GOP Sen. John Kennedy about the Trump administration’s coronavirus response. Wolf struggled to offer Kennedy clear numbers on the expected spread of the virus, among other topics. “You’re supposed to keep us safe. And the American people deserve […]
Trump’s acting Homeland Security chief was excoriated by a GOP senator as he stumbled over basic questions on coronavirus preparation
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Trump’s Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is stepping down

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is stepping down from his position President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Friday evening. Trump said McAleenan had done “an outstanding job” during his tenure and that he wanted to spend “more time with his family and go to the private sector.” “Congratulations […]
Trump’s Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan is stepping down