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June 21, 2013

By Lydia Dennett

Dangerous Chemical in Texas Explosion Poorly Regulated



Ammonium Nitrate Ammonium nitrate fertilizer, the suspected culprit behind the April factory explosion in West, TX, has a deadly history well known to government agencies. Despite that, the Environmental Protection Agency has yet to add it to the list of Extremely Hazardou

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Topics: National Security

October 4, 2012

By Neil Gordon

Senate Report Silent on Fusion Center Reliance on Contractors



The Intelligence Process A bipartisan Senate investigative report on joint federal-state-local anti-terrorism facilities, called Fusion Centers, uncovers many problems but fails to explore the risks of using contractors to perform intelligence services.

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Topics: National Security

October 3, 2012

By Mia Steinle

Senate Investigation Found DHS Intelligence Centers Wasted Money and Violated Civil Liberties



National Security A Department of Homeland Security effort to improve the sharing of terrorism-related intelligence among state and local governments and with officials in Washington has yielded “shoddy” information and civil liberties violations, according to a Senate inve

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Topics: National Security

September 10, 2012

By Lydia Dennett

Cheating on Security Tests at Y-12 is Nothing New



Nuclear Energy The DOE's Independent Oversight Program recently tested security at the Y-12 nuclear weapons facility, but a federal inspector found evidence of cheating--something the security contractor has a history of.

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Topics: Contract Oversight, National Security

July 30, 2012

By Mia Steinle

Mission Impossible? Not for 82-year-old Anti-Nuclear Weapons Activist



Peace Activists When a nuclear weapons facility can't stop infiltration by an octogenarian nun, it's time to reassess its security standards. The 82-year-old nun, accompanied by two other anti-nuclear activists, broke into Tennessee's Y-12 National Security Complex early Saturday morning.

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Topics: National Security

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