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Riz Ahmed’s Star Wars Celebration Chicago Appearance Was Cancelled Because US Homeland Security Wouldn’t Let Him Board His Flight

On the first day of Star Wars Celebration Chicago this past April, it was suddenly announced that Riz Ahmed – who played Imperial courier-turned Rebel hero Bodhi Rook in Rogue One – had to cancel his appearance at the convention. Now, the actor’s revealed why, and it’s another reflection of being a minority attempting to travel in the U.S. Read More >>

travel
FAA Proposes Worldwide Laptop Ban For Checked Bags on International Flights

The US Federal Aviation Administration wants the world’s airlines to stop letting passengers put large electronic devices like laptops in checked bags on international flights. The proposal, which will no doubt upset some frequent travellers, will be considered by the United Nations in the coming weeks. Read More >>

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Trump Administration Backs Down From Order to Unmask ‘Rogue’ Twitter Critic

The United States Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has now withdrawn its outrageous and unconstitutional order demanding Twitter give up user data on an account frequently critical of the Trump administration. Read More >>

privacy
Dear US Visitors: Homeland Security Would Like Your Passwords, Please

Last night, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly was grilled by the House Homeland Security Committee on Trump’s Muslim ban, when he let slip an unusual strategy under consideration: demanding passwords from visa applicants. Read More >>

internet
US Customs Wants to See Foreigners’ Dumb Tweets and Embarrassing Snaps

If you’re a foreigner travelling into or out of the United States, US Customs and Border Protection wants to see your social media accounts. If my Twitter account is any indication, they are in for a dumb, boring time. Read More >>

security
Hackers Broke Into a Public Utility Control Room by Guessing a Password

In a rare gesture of transparency, the Department of Homeland Security just announced that hackers recently targeted and compromised a public utility's control system. They didn't say exactly where, but it happened inside United States borders. And it doesn't sound like it was even that hard. Read More >>

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Nude Bodies, Free Booze, Endless Radiation: An Ex-TSA Agent Tells All

Nobody likes the TSA. They slow you down in US airports. They pat you down. They take away your hard-earned things. Their tactics are questionably effective at making everyone resent them. It's easy to forget that the TSA is made up of real human beings like you and me being told what to do in the name of American national security. Read More >>

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The Head of US Homeland Security Stays Secure by Not Using Email, at All

If you're super concerned about cybersecurity and keeping your information and personal rendezvous private, there are plenty of measures you can take. If you're super hardcore, you can do the same thing US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano does: just don't use email. Read More >>

privacy
The Secret Government Laser That Instantly Knows Everything About You

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 50 metres away as soon as you step in the country. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes, to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body — agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you. Read More >>