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Drugs, Gangs & Radical Islam in a Caribbean Paradise

U.S. policymakers have begun to focus on the security threats from Trinidad and Tobago, just off South America’s north coast. According to a new study, the island nation of 1.2 million is emerging as a narcotics shipping hub; and on a per capita basis, it has sent more foreign fighters to Iraq and Syria than anywhere else in the region.

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As Deadline Looms, Congress Eyes Patriot Act Fixes

By Dec. 31, Congress must decide whether to overhaul a controversial surveillance program that collects Americans’ emails, phone calls and texts without a warrant. “This law is supposed to be a tool to fight terrorist threats overseas,” says Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “Instead it’s being used as an end-run around the Constitution.”

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Flagged Twice, NY-NJ Bombing Suspect Passed US Scrutiny

Ahmad Rahami was stopped by customs officials in 2014 when he returned from a nearly yearlong trip to Pakistan. Customs notified the U.S. National Targeting Center, which assesses potential threats, and a report was passed to the FBI and other intelligence agencies. Even after a second warning from Rahami’s father, federal agents decided the man did not warrant a deeper inquiry.