Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano unveiled new television ads Wednesday for the public awareness campaign "If you see something, say something," as the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks nears.
Calling for an airport screening process that maximizes security but cuts down on passenger hassles, the U.S. Travel Association on Wednesday recommended key changes to the current system.
The United States is replacing its much-mocked system of color-coded terrorism alerts with detailed advisories about specific threats, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Thursday.
The much-maligned, color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System appears about to be consigned to the proverbial dustbin of history.
The man who allegedly lit an explosive on board a U.S.-bound international flight deserves none of the constitutional protections afforded American citizens, a former top Bush administration official said Monday.
CNN's Larry King talks with former Secretary of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, about the attempted airliner attack.
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge says he successfully countered an effort by senior Bush administration officials to raise the nation's terror alert level in the days before the 2004 presidential vote.
In his new book, former Homeland Secretary Tom Ridge says Bush officials pressured him to raise the terror alert.
A former Bush administration official said she thinks former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's recent charges that politics were behind raising the terror level in 2004 were "personally motivated."
Tom Ridge says politics may have played a role in threat level decisions in the Bush administration. CNN's Ed Henry reports.
Colin Powell stirred up the Republican Party's very public internal debate about the direction of the party and asserted it's losing because it doesn't appeal to moderates like him.
The sounds of Sunday on Memorial Day weekend included the sonic booms of the Shuttle Atlantis returning home. As always, it was a breathtaking sight.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist announces his candidacy for senate.
Rep. Eric Cantor tells CNN's John Roberts how a new Republican Party effort plans to reboot the GOP.
A poll of Pennsylvania voters suggests that the newest Democrat in Congress, Sen. Arlen Specter, would easily beat his old rival, Republican Pat Toomey, in a Senate race next year.
The McCain campaign focused on Pennsylvania on Tuesday, working to overcome a double-digit deficit in a state with 21 electoral votes.
Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says at some point she'd like to work on a national level, but vice president is a long shot.
Sen. John McCain's campaign has told Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty he will not be the GOP vice presidential nominee in November, sources told CNN on Friday.
Sen. John McCain has decided on his running mate and will inform the person Thursday night, sources close to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said.
AC360 guests discuss the possibility of Sen. John McCain choosing Joe Lieberman as his vice-president.
Conservatives and Democrats rarely agree, but the decision to have Sen. Joe Lieberman speak at the Republican National Convention has put both groups on edge.
Tom Ridge, a supporter of Sen. John McCain, sits down with The Situation Room's Wolf Blitzer.
Speculation that Sen. John McCain is considering as a running mate two men who support abortion rights has sparked a backlash among social conservatives, including radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh.
CNN's Candy Crowley takes a look at clues surrounding the Obama and McCain running mate decisions.
In the run-up to the vice presidential announcements, a campaign stop is less about what's said than where it is; geography and choreography are clues.
CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser looks ahead to the week's political plans.
Sen. John McCain on Monday is campaigning through Pennsylvania with former governor and vice presidential contender Tom Ridge.
CNN's Ed Henry reports on what real people in Ohio are saying about the GOP choices for Vice President.
With Sen. John McCain touring Pennsylvania with his good friend and the state's popular former governor, Tom Ridge, the buzz is inevitably building about the Republican presidential candidate's choice for running mate.
If conventional wisdom is correct and Barack Obama's vice presidential selection is days away, should John McCain pounce with his own veep announcement?
Guest host Campbell Brown talks with her panel about reaction to Sen. McCain's new attack ad against Sen. Obama.
The nation is preparing for its biggest terrorism exercise ever next week when three fictional "dirty bombs" cripple arteries in two major U.S. cities and Guam
Tourism industry leaders will propose a $10 fee for visitors from England, France, Germany and 24 other "visa waiver countries" -- money that would be spent to promote travel to the United States and to pay for ways to ease border inspection bottlenecks, it was announced Friday.
Just how much does it mean when a major presidential candidate wins another politician's endorsement? It's possible -- indeed almost inevitable -- that it'll be poked, prodded, and pondered for every scrap of significance. But let me suggest another approach -- take a deep breath, and try the decaf.
The end of the world is nigh! At least it sure looks that way if you've opened the latest edition of the yellow pages. Business categories are routinely added and deleted from the book, and the lis...
A business traveler from Morocco arrives at a British airport. Instead of showing his passport, a camera checks that the pattern of his iris matches official computer records.
The United States will take steps to speed security and immigration checks of international travelers at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday.
President Bush on Tuesday nominated federal appeals court Judge Michael Chertoff to replace Tom Ridge as the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Thursday the amount of terror threat information intercepted by U.S. intelligence has declined in recent months, down from peak levels during late 2003 and spring 2004.
The Department of Homeland Security released a wide-ranging national response plan on Thursday to coordinate U.S. government response to large-scale emergencies, including terrorist attacks.
One week after President Bush nominated him to be secretary of homeland security, former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik withdrew from consideration Friday night after discovering a former household employee had a questionable immigration status.
A recent memo sent to law enforcement agencies warns that terrorists may attempt to use laser beams to try and blind pilots during landing approaches.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson announced his resignation on Friday, the latest departure from President Bush's Cabinet, according to an administration official.
President Bush will nominate former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik to take over as secretary of homeland security, two administration officials said Thursday.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigned Tuesday, but he will remain in the post until February 1 unless a successor is confirmed sooner.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge plans to leave his post, according to senior administration sources, although no one will officially confirm his intention to depart.
Two videotapes threatening to unleash more terror attacks against the United States are being analyzed by U.S. intelligence officials hoping to find clues that could lead them to each speaker.
Amid increasing concerns about possible terrorist attacks leading up to the presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin Monday to the 50 states and the District of Columbia, providing guidelines for establishing security through Election Day, government officials told CNN.
The British recording artist Yusuf Islam returned to London Thursday saying he was "shocked and slightly amused" after U.S. officials determined he was on a terrorist watch list and was not allowed to enter the United States.
The singer formerly known as Cat Stevens was making his way back to London Wednesday after being taken off a diverted trans-Atlantic flight by U.S. officials.
Florida authorities reopened Sanibel Island early Wednesday for the first time since August 12, when it was evacuated in advance of Hurricane Charley.
No evidence has been found so far that a Pakistani man arrested after videotaping office buildings in Charlotte, North Carolina, is connected to terrorist groups, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Wednesday.
Bush administration officials used Sunday's talk shows to defend last week's heightened security alerts in three cities and to underscore the administration's focus on terror threats.
President Bush highlighted his leadership against homeland terror Saturday during his weekly radio address, saying he agreed with the recently completed 9/11 commission report, which concluded the United States was safer since the attacks but not safe enough.
Former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean asserted again Wednesday that "ample evidence" exists that President Bush was playing politics when he approved raising the terror alert level Sunday -- a contention Bush administration and campaign officials deny.
The man arrested in Pakistan with documents that sparked this week's increased threat levels is a computer expert who helped Osama bin Laden communicate with his terror network, U.S. government sources told CNN.
The government warned Sunday that al Qaeda is targeting a handful of iconic financial institutions including the New York Stock Exchange, Citigroup and the International Monetary Fund.
U.S. stock markets tumbled early Monday on intelligence reports that al Qaeda terrorists may be seeking to target financial institutions.
Citigroup CEO Charles Prince told his employees that the company is taking the reported threat against the company's headquarters very seriously.
U.S. stock futures fell Monday as investors worried about a possible terrorist threat to the nation's financial institutions, including the New York Stock Exchange.
Information seized from a suspected al Qaeda computer expert was largely responsible for the increased threat level for three East Coast financial districts, U.S. and Pakistani officials said Monday.
An adviser to Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry says the government's decision to raise the terror alert level in three urban areas indicates the country is not as safe as it could be.
Security at financial sites in New York City, northern New Jersey and Washington, D.C., increased significantly Sunday after the Department of Homeland Security raised the terror threat level for those areas to orange, or high.
Threat warnings indicating that terrorists plan attacks on corporate and financial institutions in New York and Washington are based on new information -- not on previous advisories, officials said Sunday.
New intelligence indicates al Qaeda is threatening to attack corporate and financial institutions in New York City, a federal law enforcement official has told CNN.
Stocks have rebounded smartly after coming near or touching their lows for the year in July. But this week, critical economic data will have to compete for traders' attention with a new terrorism threat against companies and financial institutions.
If the Bush administration's intelligence can be believed, the 2004 presidential election, or the related democratic processes associated with the election, have been targeted by terrorists. Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge has repeatedly said, "Al Qaeda is moving forward with plans to carry out a large-scale attack in the United States aimed to disrupt our democratic process."
A week after offering another warning of possible terrorist attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge expressed confidence Wednesday that authorities have enhanced security to thwart any attack during the Democratic National Convention.
U.S. officials have discussed the idea of postponing Election Day in the event of a terrorist attack on or about that day, a Homeland Security Department spokesman said Sunday.
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The chiefs of the CIA and FBI told senators Thursday that the current terror threat against the United States is at its highest level since the attacks of September 11, 2001, according to senators and congressional staff who were present at the closed-door meeting.
A plot to carry out a large-scale terror attack against the United States in the near future is being directed by Osama bin Laden and other top al Qaeda members, senior intelligence officials said Thursday.
Presidential hopeful John Kerry and his running mate John Edwards on Friday are in New York City; Beckley, West Virginia; and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
A week after Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced that U.S. seaports and ocean-going vessels were in "full compliance" with new anti-terrorism security standards, a Congressional report is casting doubts on that claim.
The FBI issued a warning last week for state and local authorities to be on the lookout for booby-trapped floating material in and around the nation's marinas, warning they could contain explosives.
U.S. seaports and ships are "in full compliance" with new international security requirements ahead of a July 1 deadline, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday.
What's in a name? Quite a lot if you're the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the largest agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Billions of dollars earmarked by Congress for state and local homeland security are going unused because of safeguards meant to combat fraud and waste in government spending, according to a report released Thursday.
U.S. stock markets tumbled Thursday, led by a selloff in technology, in a jittery session ahead of Friday's key monthly payrolls report.
After two days of conflicting assessments and mixed signals on the urgency of the terrorist threat within the United States, Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge late Friday issued a joint statement citing "credible intelligence" of a threat to the nation.
New reports of increased concern of a possible terror attack on U.S. soil this summer ensure that we'll hear a lot today about national security -- both from the Bush administration (John Ashcroft, Robert Mueller and Tom Ridge) and from Democrats trying to unseat them (John Kerry and Al Gore).
Citing upcoming gatherings that may be attractive to terrorism targets, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced Monday the government is creating a new task force to help coordinate antiterrorism efforts.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is expected to call Monday for an acceleration of plans to prepare for a terrorist attack because of several forthcoming high-profile events that could give terrorists a chance to strike.
The Bush administration this week asked Congress to give other countries two more years to issue biometric passports for entry to the United States, saying it is clear that none of the 27 countries entitled to issue the advanced technology passports will be able to meet an October 26 deadline.
Calling the March 11 Madrid bombings "a solemn reminder that terrorists continue to exploit our vulnerabilities," Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced a series of initiatives to improve train and subway security Monday.
The number of federal air marshals declined modestly during the current fiscal year, and will decline further next year under the president's proposed budget, administration officials acknowledged Thursday.
From the Wolf Blitzer Reports staff in Atlanta:
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday that "very specific information" about possible terrorist attacks led to the cancellation of 11 airline flights Saturday, Sunday and Monday -- but he said just how terrorists might have been planning to attack remains unclear.
The Bush administration lowered the national terror threat alert level from high to elevated on Friday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge announced, but he stressed that the United States is not letting down its guard.
Government officials tell CNN they expect the national threat level to be lowered from orange, or "high" risk of attack, to yellow, or "elevated" risk of attack, within the next week.
Monday was the first day of a new U.S. anti-terrorism program aimed at fingerprinting and photographing most foreign air and sea travelers arriving in the United States.
Up to 28 million visitors to the United States now have to stop for photographs and fingerprinting under a new government program launched Monday and intended to make it harder for terrorists to enter the country.
The delays and cancellations of several British Airways flights in the last week were justified by specific threats, according to the U.S. official in charge of security.
STEVE BRILL, author, After: How America Confronted the September 12 Era: Are we safe?
Some days just seem more important than others. June 16 had that feeling for me.
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