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Are risks from WikiLeaks overstated by government?
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Although the Pentagon warns that WikiLeaks could have blood on its hands for publishing classified U.S. war documents that name Afghan sources, history shows that similar disclosures have not always led to violence. More

Should local officials know when railroads
transport dangerous chemicals?

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The freight trains that rumble past your home at night often carry more than coal. According to the Star Gazette, railroad companies ship deadly chemicals across the country every day and "refuse to publicly disclose exactly what those substances are, or how often they travel through the area." More

Are lithium-ion batteries the next threat to airline safety?
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Worried about a possible terrorist strike, American Airlines flight attendants confiscated 58 cellphones, lithium-ion batteries and charging devices from a passenger on a June 23, New York flight to Buenos Aires. More

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'Secure Communities' raises questions
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While California's Bay Area cities and immigration activists focused this spring on Arizona's controversial law that criminalizes the undocumented, little attention has been paid to a Department of Homeland Security program that is detaining and in some cases deporting immigrants for crimes that could be as minor as traffic stops. More

Shamebook: Should cops use Facebook to publicize the accused?
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In Feb. 2010, New Jersey's Evesham Township Police Department joined Facebook. Like most new members of the social network, it posted its contact and personal information, linked out to some of its favorite sites, and began writing updates about daily events in its community. More

New Jersey gets $39.6 million for wireless public safety network that will cover Hudson County and other areas
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New Jersey will receive $39,638,152 in federal stimulus funding to help create a new wireless public safety broadband network designed to improve how first responders communicate during emergency situations. The network will be for use by public safety organizations in the state's Urban Area Security Initiative region, which includes Hudson County as well as Bergen, Essex, Morris, Passaic and Union counties. More

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation launches Nixle,
public message system

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will utilize a new communication service beginning Sept. 1, that will carry important alerts and messages directly to the community via the latest technology. Nixle, a community information service, will allow TBI to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribed residents instantly via cell phone with text messages and/or e-mail on a handheld device. More

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