Scientists have developed a spray-on material that both detects terrorist bombs AND renders them harmless. This may end government restrictions on liquids that can be carried onboard airliners. Researcher Allen Apblett says, "This stuff is going to be used anywhere terrorist explosives are used, including battlefields, airports, and subways. It’s going to save lives." The spray is a type of ink made of tiny metallic oxide nanoparticles so small that 50,000 could fit inside the diameter of a single human hair.
If you’re getting ready to fly home for Christmas, you have to ask yourself this: Are airport scans and pat downs making us safer or playing into the hands of terrorists? Are they even legal? As millions of Americans pass through security lines at the nation’s airports, many will find themselves victims of overaggressive, theatrical safety precautions that do almost nothing to protect travelers, and waste valuable resources that could better be used attempting to identify likely terrorists.
In the past few years, people in the US and UK have been horrified to discover that many of the terrorists in their midst are "home grown," that is, citizens of their countries who have embraced a radical version of Islam. What’s causing this? A new study suggests that residents of the Middle East who are heavy viewers of Arab television news networks like Al Jazeera are more likely to view their primary identity as that of Muslims, rather than as citizens of their own country.
Your doctor and dentist are careful not to give you too many X-rays, but a new report says that Homeland Security has bought 500 mobile X-ray vans that can scan cars, trucks and homes without the drivers or residents even knowing it’s been done. The vans contain Z Backscatter X-ray devices, which aim a powerful X-ray beam that can of penetrate 14 inches of steel, and mobile X-ray machines, that can be hidden in a pocket or purse, will soon be ubiquitous among law-enforcement personnel.