Position:Citizens be alert

The U.S. Department of State is alerting U.S. citizens to the possibility of escalating civil unrest in Bangladesh. On Aug. 21, there was an assassination attempt on a political leader and senior members of her party involving grenades and gunfire. At least 19 people were killed and 200 injured. There has since been vehicle burning in Dhaka and a few other cities. A train was firebombed in Bhairab. There are no reports of Americans being attacked in the country yet. State says they should, however, avoid all demonstrations and large crowds. Aug 25, 2004

US Transportation Security Administration began the Registered Traveler Pilot Program at Logan International Airport in Boston in conjunction with American Airlines. Similar pilots have been launched in Minneapolis, Los Angeles and Houston. TSA said it is on track to expand the pilot program to Reagan Washington National Airport, also with American, by the end of this month. The pilot will last about 90 days at each airport. Aug 18, 2004

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Aug. 3 2004 that it will pilot and evaluate US-VISIT automated biometric exit procedures for foreign visitors. The program will expand from its current locations in Baltimore and Miami to Chicago this month, and in September will be piloted in Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Juan, Seattle and Los...

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